The Drawing Board

Notes on Process, the Artist’s Life and Other Relevant Stories

Listen to Whispers

Listen to Whispers

Photo Credit: Warrior Publications Things come to us quietly, in whispers, as it should be. Most of us recoil from loud noise or when someone or something is shouting at us. But whispers, like serendipity, are something I pay attention to — not in a “woo-woo” sort of...

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The Crown

The Crown

The Crown (top view) 2019 © Kristin Maija Peterson I’m fascinated by the intricate shapes dried native plants morph into at the end of a season. Does that make me a Morticia? She looped of the heads of roses and kept the stems arranged in vases. Does it make me...

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The Tale of Bunny and Fox

The Tale of Bunny and Fox

In between working on large series pieces, I sneak in time to practice drawing subject matter I haven’t tackled before — like drawing animal fur. Given we know the nature of fox and rabbits, the likelihood of these two cuddling up together is straight out of a fairy...

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Group Hug

Group Hug

After a very long hiatus from watercolor, I decided to be brave, break the fast and start oiling rusty know-how and devotion to a medium I love. I find that even with studies, using the best paper (I fell in love with Fabriano after my Dad gave me a few 300lb hot...

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The Other Gimlet (without the vodka)

The Other Gimlet (without the vodka)

Or “This Is What Happens When You Give Me Presents,” Part 2. Dad sent me these small woodworking tools for drilling holes into the framing kits so I wouldn’t splinter the wood when making holds for screws. I had never heard of them before but it turns out they have...

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About Time

About Time

For a very long time, I have been fascinated by how time works. Is time a man-made concept or something that happens naturally? For a lot of people, time is linear. We wake up, we go to work, we come home, we go to bed. In between all that time, a lot of stuff happens...

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Persimmon Tree ~ Gujo Hachiman, Japan

Persimmon Tree ~ Gujo Hachiman, Japan

  Friends and colleagues all asked me if my artwork had been influenced by my whirlwind trip through Japan late last year. I think my answer disappointed them. To travel that far to a foreign country known for its art, I had to have been influenced! Truth is, I...

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We Know How You Feel

We Know How You Feel

This week’s sketch - another experiment using metal point. If you are like me, hunkered down for weeks because it’s too dang cold to breathe outside and you’re going stir crazy with tedium — this one’s for you. Honestly, what makes seagulls all stand together, out in...

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