Trending Articles

Friends of SOAR

For great posts about the business of art, check out The Artsy Shark HERE!
ArtistsBillofRights.org reviews competitions and appeals seeking creative content, listing those that respect your copyrights and highlighting those that don't. Art Matters! publishes calls to artists, and not all of them may be compliant with ABoR's standards. Visit their site to learn more.
We support the Embedded Metadata Manifesto.  Metadata is information such as copyright notice and contact info you can embed in your images to protect your intellectual property, save time when uploading to social sites and promote your art. Click to visit the site and learn more.

Shore Acres Rhododendrons

John Petersen

  Shore Acres State Park on the Oregon Coast during May has a wonderful collection of Rhodies.  The weather was a bit overcast yet still somewhat glary so difficult to shoot even with my usual polarizer.  The Japanese lily pond … Continue reading

Continue reading Shore Acres Rhododendrons

The Splendor of Bandon

Here is a very fortunate moment in time when the sun, clouds, waves, plume of spray, the silhouetted rocks and the fishing boat were all lined up perfect.  Sometimes it is better to be lucky than good:)

Continue reading The Splendor of Bandon

Escaping to Bandon

  We are off to the beach … Bandon By The Sea … where time slows down, salt is in the air, waves are crashing into majestic rocks, and the beach is made for long walks allowing for long conversations … Continue reading

Continue reading Escaping to Bandon

The Basilica of St. Francis of Assisi

Young artists on the piazza of the Basilica of St Francis of Assisi

The Basilica di San Francesco is a distinctive landmark that can be seen from miles away as you approach Assisi.  As you draw nearer you can appreciate the huge supporting arcades.  The Basilica of St. Francis is considered one of the … Continue reading

Continue reading The Basilica of St. Francis of Assisi

Happy Mother’s Day!

  Happy Mother’s Day!

Continue reading Happy Mother’s Day!

John Christer's Open Heart 2013-05-04 14:24:10

Tranquility Harbor, image © John Petersen

There is something almost mystical about being in a harbor at the crack of dawn … barely a ripple in the water, no trace of a breeze, and the only sound to be heard are the sea gulls.  This is … Continue reading

Continue reading John Christer’s Open Heart

Humble Servanthood: Jesus Washing the Disciples’ Feet

After his ‘triumphal entry’ to Jerusalem seated on a donkey’s colt Jesus predicts his death. “The hour has come for the Son of Man to be glorified.  I tell you the truth, unless a kernel of wheat falls to the … Continue reading

Continue reading Humble Servanthood: Jesus Washing the Disciples’ Feet

The Cathedral of Assisi

John Petersen's photography "In The Footsteps of Francis" - The St Francis of Assisi pilgrimage in Italy

The Chiesa di San Rufino is the Duomo or the Cathedral of Assisi.  The cathedral is the seat of the local bishop.  Rufino was Assisi’s first bishop, it’s Patron Saint, and was martyred and buried here in the third century. … Continue reading

Continue reading The Cathedral of Assisi

The Duomo of Florence, Italy

While on our pilgrimage to Assisi we had a ‘free’ day and several of us decided to take the train to Florence and “Do Florence in a Day.” Despite the rain showers and the accelerated pace not being able to … Continue reading

Continue reading The Duomo of Florence, Italy

The Pantheon of Rome

While in Rome I visited the Pantheon.  I was really impressed by it.  When you consider its size, age, and structure it truly is an engineering marvel.  For starters I expected it to be out more in the open like … Continue reading

Continue reading The Pantheon of Rome