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Bison Acrylic Painting

I recently had one of those rare urges to do some painting, which was inspired by a photo I came across recently.  Granted, I did have fun painting this, and I don’t mind how it turned out.  There’s something funny about painting though…every time I end up painting, even if I thoroughly enjoyed the process, I walk away from the finished painting feeling as if I just had to get that out of my system.  My passion lies in drawing more than in painting by far.  In fact, my hand is so much more comfortable with a pen than with a brush that I found myself using a bit of stipple technique with the paint.  Sometimes, I think my hand will never relearn how to draw without the dot-dot-dotting action. 😉

Anyway, I thought I’d share this painting, nonetheless.  I did enjoy it, and I do think that it turned out nicely.  A good change of pace for a bit.

And now, back to drawing! 🙂


– Measures 5×7 inches.  Painted on a canvas board.

– Painted with acrylics, with a somewhat limited palette.


Thank you for looking, and happy spring!


Posted by on March 24, 2015 in All Artwork, Paintings


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Merry Christmas!

Merry Christmas, dear readers!

As is my tradition, here is my annual Christmas drawing, and the finished Christmas card.

I’ve dedicated this drawing to my wonderful, creative aunt Diane, who, sadly, passed away last October.  I miss her so much that I almost skipped making a Christmas drawing this year because my heart was so heavy.  She died about the time I was planning to start this drawing.  But I decided to do the very best I could, because she was a great encourager of my artwork, and she would have been sad if she knew I wanted to skip my annual Christmas card drawing.  As you can see in the photo below, she loved getting my Christmas cards, and displayed them at her house every year.

Peterson Christmas 008 - Copy

This year’s drawing was quite involved and detailed, and those of you who follow my blog know how much I enjoy details in drawing.

The Magi

– 8×10 inches in size, drawn on Strathmore 500 series Bristol Plate paper.

– Drawn with Sakura Pigma Micron Pens, varying in size from 005 (primarily), 01, and 03.  I haven’t used these pens much, but the ink is a bit warmer, and it flows quickly from the tip, which is nice for deep darks, though it can feel a bit out of control sometimes.  But the quick darks that can be achieved make them a delight to use.


Here is the finished card.  We did something different this year by choosing to print the drawing on parchment paper, which really warmed it up nicely.

Christmas Card 2014 Face CR

Continuing with our tradition, my mom and I put our heads together to make the cards.  In the end, as usual, we are happy with the result, and though they require a lot of work, they are worth it.

The inside of the card.  The left side has the lyrics of the hymn “Come Thou Long-Expected Jesus”, and the right side has a message that we created ourselves with some inspiration from other sources.

Christmas Card 2014 InsideCR

And here is the back.  In memory of Diane.

Christmas Card 2014 Back

Merry Christmas, dear readers.  Thank you for looking.


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Spring and the Wildlife it Brings

It’s a beautiful time of year.  The leaves are open, the grasses are growing, and there are animals moving and grazing and raising young everywhere.  It’s that time of year where my camera goes with me almost everywhere.  You never know what you’ll find!

It’s also been a good year for new sights.  You may remember the bear and her cubs that I was lucky enough to get on camera.  I’ve also seen Sandhill Cranes, Canadian Geese, Woodpeckers, Robins, Squirrels, Toads (noisy, singing toads), Bullfrogs, Redwing Blackbirds, Butterflies, Houseflies, and other insects.  While houseflies don’t sound too exciting, I was pretty happy to get some up close and personal shots of them.

I’ve also been really enjoying my new Macro lens.  I’m still practicing and getting used to it, but I think it’s going to be a truly essential addition to my photography equipment.  What am I saying?  It already is. 🙂

I hope you enjoy seeing some of the local wildlife in these photos I’ve taken.  All but the Sandhill Crane were taken here on our land.  It’s amazing what you find when you open your eyes!  There is one photo of a blackbird in flight with his beak open.  Look closely, and you’ll see an insect flying in front of him.  I have a feeling that insect was lunch!

As for the not-so-local animals, I recently went to a wildlife park nearby and saw the most amazing fanning peacock.  He was gorgeous and mesmerizing to watch.  I hope you enjoy the photos of him, as well as a couple other animals I saw there.  I think the hyena is a rather handsome creature. 😉

Thanks for looking!


Posted by on May 28, 2014 in Photography


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Blood Moon

Two nights ago, I set an alarm and got up at 2:30 because there was supposed to be a “blood moon”.  I was not disappointed!  Putting on my snow boots and coat and trusty fingerless gloves, I grabbed my camera and tripod and went out.  The moon was fascinating, a true reddish-orange, and rather dim, but quite dramatic!

The orange color of the moon in the photos is accurate.  It was stunning!  Be sure to enlarge the photos, because you’ll see stars too!

Enjoy, and thanks for looking. 🙂

Blood Moon 006Edit Blood Moon 005 CROP


Posted by on April 16, 2014 in Odds and Ends (Uncategorized), Photography


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Ah, Winter…

A few weeks ago, we got a big snow storm.  It’s been a brutally cold and difficult winter for us in Wisconsin, so we are very ready for spring to come.  It’s been in the 40s F lately, so that’s much improved.  However, I did get some photos of this drastic winter that I decided I may as well share.  Snow, while a bit frustrating at times, is pretty, I must admit.

We had some over 2 feet of snow at the time that I snapped these shots.  It was pretty crippling for awhile.  But it’s melting and settling pretty fast now, which is good.

Enjoy the photos!  Thanks for looking. 🙂


Posted by on March 13, 2014 in Photography


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Icicles and Sunbeams

Though I just posted some winter photos, I can’t resist posting more.  In truth, our winter here in Wisconsin has been brutal.  Very, very cold and a lot of snow.  Despite the struggles that causes us, I have to admit that it does make for a pretty world to photograph.

Day before yesterday, I was unable to resist going out with my camera as the lighting was warm and pretty.  Despite the fact that it was only 11 degrees F out there, the sun had that hint of spring warmth, and the icicles were dripping.

The sunshine shone like a brilliant star out there, and I was so glad that came through in the photos.  The shafts of light coming from the sun made it look so star-like.

I also have some photos of icicles, which I tried to photograph as they dripped.  I’ve never had a camera able to capture that quick drop of water until now, so as you can imagine, I took many, many photos and then deleted the uneventful ones later.  I encourage you to enlarge the images so you can see the water droplets larger.  They are quite mesmerizing.  Just these perfect little upside-down worlds.  Another interesting thing was that there was always one large water drop, and one tiny one following it.  Like a perfect little marble.  So pretty!

I hope you like the photos.  Thanks for looking.  Stay warm!


Posted by on January 20, 2014 in Photography


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Winter Lace

To glance out the window today was a good idea here, because a recent snow and drizzle has frozen onto the branches of the trees, and they are wrapped in a winter lace.  The photos I am sharing were taken on two separate days.  Yesterday’s weather was very heavy and foggy, shrouding the landscape and adding a sense of mystery to the woods.  Today, the clouds were lighter, and the air clearer, so that the trees glowed white against a pale blue background.  It was beautiful.  Some of the photos were taken with various settings to portray different moods in the images.  It was hard to stop snapping photos today.

It is scenery like this that inspired me to write the poem for our Christmas card for 2012.  You can see that poem, the 2012 Christmas card, as well as the original Winter Cow drawing here.

Thanks for looking!


Posted by on January 11, 2014 in Photography


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