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Inspirations

I just got back from a visit to San Francisco where I went to the De Young museum to see the  Girl with a Pearl Earring show, along with Etching from Rembrandt and his contemporaries.  I found it very inspiring, especially all the etchings, they are so intricate and invite you to spend several minutes […]

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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

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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:)

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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

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Distractions

I know so many new babies and babies that will soon be here and the last few months I’ve been going nuts making baby dresses.  Not the kind of creating I usually do, a great obsession for the evenings.  Here are just a few things for my new niece who will be born in about […]

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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

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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

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Recent Sketches and Drawings

Filed under: figure, Uncategorized Tagged: 2013, art, drawing, figurative, figure, fine art, grisaille, life, life drawing, nude, nude female, Sarah burns, sarah f burns, sketch, work of sarah f burns

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Proserpina

The figurative piece is at Illahe Gallery, Ashland, Oregon until the end of February 2013. These pieces were created in my studio using a live model.  The painting is a modern take on the myth of Persephone. I was particularly inspired a song by Martha Wainwright, “Proserpina”, which was written by Wainwright’s mother, Kate McGarrigle. […]

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The Pendulum Swings

At times all I do is spend time painting and working in my studio and resent ANY intrusion that pulls me away and at times I suffer guilt because I’m so lazy or distracted that I can’t get in there. In the car and on walks these days I’m listening to Amy Chua’s Battle Hymn […]

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