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Father's Day Gifts - Artwork by Sonja
June 02, 2021

Father's Day Gifts - Artwork by Sonja

Make this year's gift extra special. Share a one-of-a-kind artwork that's truly from the heart. 

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Family Portrait
May 31, 2021

Family Portrait

Join me for an up close look at a recent commissioned portrait. 

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Drawing in Progress: Blue Butterfly in Pencils
May 05, 2021

Drawing in Progress: Blue Butterfly in Pencils

Laying the foundation starts with a sketch and then I just keep building the drawing from there! Building subtle colors...

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House Portrait Painting - Behind the Scenes
April 24, 2021

House Portrait Painting - Behind the Scenes

Here's a quick and fun behind the scenes look at one of my recent house portrait paintings. This garden rambler is full of charming sophistication! 

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Easter Egg Colored Pencil Drawing
April 04, 2021

Easter Egg Colored Pencil Drawing

Happy Easter! I'm so happy to share some springtime joy with this fun drawing of decorated easter eggs. Take a look at how a small drawing comes to life. 

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Packaged with Care Behind the Scenes Video
March 30, 2021

Packaged with Care Behind the Scenes Video

Here's a quick behind the scenes look at how I packaged two custom paintings for shipping to their new home. 

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DIY Decoupage Art Eggs | Art @ Home
March 22, 2021

DIY Decoupage Art Eggs | Art @ Home

Sonja shares her favorite Easter craft which is a great project for all experience levels - from beginners to experienced artists. Find out how to make colorful, creative egg art. 

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Introducing "Holding Court"
March 10, 2021

Introducing "Holding Court"

In this painting, I focused on the church courtyard and the view of Renwick in the background. I love painting the architecture of these two buildings along with the lovely brick path and wrought iron fencing.

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Pet Portrait Behind the Scenes Video
March 02, 2021

Pet Portrait Behind the Scenes Video

Here's a quick and fun behind the scenes look at one of my recent pet portrait paintings. This very handsome Pyrenees Mountain Dog is featured in a special custom artwork.

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Steeple - Art Out and About with Sonja
February 21, 2021

Steeple - Art Out and About with Sonja

Find out Sonja's favorite spot to take in the view of Fredericksburg, Virginia. And see where she was inspired to paint "Steeple," a rooftop view of the historic St. George's Episcopal Church steeple.

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Sonja's Studio Tour
February 17, 2021

Sonja's Studio Tour

Join Sonja on a quick tour of her newly renovated home studio. Reorganizing her drawing tables, easel and big comfy chair made better flow for her video calls 

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Easy Framing Without a Mat
February 04, 2021

Easy Framing Without a Mat

Sonja's easy framing trick for a matted look that everyone can do at home. This tip is great for framing postcards, greeting cards, children’s art – or anything sentimental that isn't standard shaped.

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Snack Time at Carl's - Art Out and About with Sonja
January 23, 2021

Snack Time at Carl's - Art Out and About with Sonja

Sonja introduces her hand drawn pencil artwork on location! "Snack Time at Carl's" was inspired by Carl's Frozen Custard, a business dating back to mid-century modern America. It's a registered Landmark and happens to be the most popular spot in Fredericksburg for a sweet treat! 

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Perfect Painted Edges - Art @ Home Tips by Sonja
January 18, 2021

Perfect Painted Edges - Art @ Home Tips by Sonja

Art tips for a curated lifestyle. Artist Sonja Petersen shares her secret weapon for achieving perfectly crisp painted edges when creating a wall design with painters tape. Perfect stripe edges brighten up a blank wall and are easier to achieve than you may think! 

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3 Reasons to Work from Photographs for Pet Portraits
January 12, 2021

3 Reasons to Work from Photographs for Pet Portraits

I’m frequently asked about working from photographs when creating a custom artwork. Yes, I prefer to work from photos when creating pet portraits, and here are my top 3 reasons why: 

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Custom Portrait of Pet and Owner
August 23, 2020

Custom Portrait of Pet and Owner

I have received a growing number of requests for portraits of owners with their dogs. I feel so honored to work with each pet lover in creating something so special! I'm an artist who works from your photographs, and I can create a portrait of your pet regardless of their age. 

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Dad Says it Best
June 13, 2020

Dad Says it Best

I grew up the daughter of a jeweler and small business owner in the little town of Culpeper, Virginia. Over the years my Dad helped thousands of customers with what he calls "Marking Time." He taught me that we all hold on to special trinkets and remember who, when and why we have them. It's in our nature to recall time using such memory hooks... 

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Custom Art for Interior Designers
February 29, 2020

Custom Art for Interior Designers

I've gained many clients who appreciate my talent for "taking an idea out of someone's head and putting it on paper." This skill translates wonderfully to the world of Interior Design. Not only do I LOVE working with other creative professionals, I also thoroughly enjoy the challenge of creating the perfect piece to complete a designer's vision.

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January Brings a Warm Welcome at Frosty Brew Thru
January 26, 2020

January Brings a Warm Welcome at Frosty Brew Thru

As my first big outing in the new year, this was a fun and exciting weekend to unveil three of my brand new art pieces. For the first time, Snow Over FxbgSunflower 1 and Sunflower 2 were on view and available for sale.

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Custom Pet Memorial Portraits
January 05, 2020

Custom Pet Memorial Portraits

Pets really are members of the family, and the death of a cherished dog or cat can be a significant loss for the whole family. While we will be carrying them in our hearts for a very long time, a memento such as a pet portrait helps us to honor and cherish our pets' gifts of love to us. A framed wall art is something we can place in our home and have near to us. 

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A Drawing of Snack Time at Carl's in Fredericksburg
November 01, 2019

A Drawing of Snack Time at Carl's in Fredericksburg

I recreated a memorable moment in my artistic rendering. The outdoor setting of this ice cream shop makes it a perfect destination for dog lovers to share the love of frozen custard in a historic setting with their owners. On any given day, you'll see adorable fur babies waiting in line with their family for a chance to lick some yummy goodness.

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