San Diego Art Fair

We had Art Fair San Diego over the weekend. It was spectacular. My friend Susan Myrland was over the alternative art spaces, aka Art Labs, which were found all over the city and part of Tijuana.

This is Carlos, whom I found at the Picnic, an art lab using 1000 feet of found fabric to create a space to meet and eat. As you can see, he came prepared to share.



And now, in a move that will only interest me and approximately .37 other people, here is a comparison of my iPhone using Instagram and the X Pro II filter and my Canon 30D using a 50mm 1:1.4 taking the same shot of Bougainvillea.



Group Painting, Try Deux

Together by Rhoda Anderson and Leah Peterson

Once upon a time, I had a wonderful idea I was really excited about. I asked people to send me found objects so I could compile them into a painting. And people sent me things! and I was so pleased!

Then, Some Stuff Happened and I was unable to start the painting with any verve and flourish. Soon after that, we moved. Then moved again. Then moved again, then again and One More Time. And THEN we moved here, back to San Diego where most of the items entrusted to me made it. We had one small catastrophe (is that a thing? a small catastrophe?) where an envelope with a few items was lost. I’m SO SORRY if your item was in that envelope.

I want to try again. Would you try again with me?

If you’re willing, here is the plan:

My vision is for a group painting made of objects from around the world. Would you send me something small in the mail? Something that fits in an envelope and doesn’t require lots of shipping is ideal. Buttons, small stones, bottle caps, bark, leaves, scraps of paper, shells, broken jewelry or seed pods are all ideas that have worked in the past.

My intention is to keep track of where you are from, any story attached to the item and where it gets placed in the painting. I will share that online and anywhere the finished work hangs. Unless you want to keep that information private.

If you want to mail me something, leave a comment and I’ll send you my mailing address. And if you would spread the word, I’d be most thankful. The more items from the more places the better, my old uncle Wilber used to say. (I don’t have an uncle Wilber.)

For an idea of what Found Object paintings look like, use this handy link or look at the painting at the beginning of this post. Now look at me. Now look in the mirror. Now look at this (then laugh) and leave a comment so you can send me some stuff.


Joe and I make our own cards whenever it’s feasible. Sometimes we do it alone and sometimes together. I think we make a pretty good team. I do the ink and he does the adorable tiny creatures and color.

Moving Forward Fund

Hello Internet. How are you today? Good, I hope.

For reasons that I’m not comfortable sharing very much of yet, I need to move to my own place very soon. As of this moment, I don’t have enough money to do it. But, I need to, trust me. I have a very hard time asking for help, let alone money, so putting a donate button or whatever isn’t something I can do. However, my integrity has no problem doing a service for a price.

If you are game for it, I’m going to offer some custom works of art for various prices. If you aren’t game for it, that is totally cool, too. I have no idea if this will work or not, but I need to try. Thanks for not leaving a comment telling me how dumb you think I am or how stupid this idea is or how you are going to unfollow me now. Just go ahead and do whatever you need to do and I’ll do the same. This is an incredibly hard time for everyone in the household and we need support, not poopoo.

So here’s the deal. If you ever wanted your own custom painting, this is the time. You tell me some colors or an idea or email me a photo or whatever and the size and I will create something custom for you. Shipping is included in the price along with my thanks and love.

I can do watercolor, acrylic, found objects with modeling paste, ink and combinations of them all. Realistic or abstract. Pretty much anything you want except for oil, because it takes about 3 months to dry and since I will be moving, I don’t think that is going to work.

1 ink and watercolor blank card with envelope – $10
Set of 10 ink and watercolor blank cards with envelopes – $50
Custom name or word in blown ink – $40
Any style painting size 6″ X 8″ – $50
Any style painting size 16″ X 16″ – $80
Any style painting size 14″ X 18″ – $100
Any style painting size 20″ X 30″ – $160
Paper Mobile, any three colors – $120
Jewelry – email for prices

Send me an email [leahATleahpeahDOTcom] with your requirements and I’ll get started. I prefer payment via Paypal (my email address) and please allow up to two weeks for delivery.

Additionally, these are still for sale. There isn’t any room for them where I’m going, so if you want them, get them now. If you have the desire to invite people to view this post because you think they might like a custom Leahpeah work of art, please do so and thank you. xo

Forest in Blue

I’m obsessed with trees. I’ve done more tree sketches and paintings than I can count. I see something new all the time and try to capture it on canvas. This 4 foot square painting made with paper, modeling paste and acrylic paint is one of my all time favorites.

Forest in Blue

Detail –


Forest in Blue is for sale here. Other paintings are available here.

Maybe You Need a Painting!

Just like everyone else, we’re trying to get by over here at the ol’ homestead. If you have any wiggle room in your budget for high-quality paintings by an awesome person (that would be me) then NOW is the time, my friends, to buy my work. Use the links below to view the paintings, email me at my email and tell me which one you’d like and what your budget is, and I promise to work with you to make the sale happen. I prefer payment via Paypal. Really super-dooper GREAT deals if you buy today, Saturday or Sunday. (I’m working on adding the dimensions on all the paintings this afternoon or evening.)









Click here to view the top two trees in this image that are for sale.








Also for sale SOLD – the yellow circle chandelier.


I also do commissions like this one –


Awesome Etsy

I asked people on Twitter the other day if they had any favorite Etsy sellers. I got a great response and thought I’d list them below. Thanks to all those who sent ideas! Feel free to leave more ideas in the comments.

Mighty Marce
~Mighty Marce
~Single Stone Studios
~Matahari Jewelry
~Starry Designs

Momma Ruth Says
~belle and boo
~The Vintage Supply Co

~Courtney Courtney
~Adorn Jewelry
~Yellow Goat
~TM Studio Designs
~Danita Art:

Rebecca Serra
~Couch Objects

~Redrock Lane Papercrafts

~k g + a b

However Although
~Queenvanna Creations

~Sun Basil Garden

Farmstead Lady
~Farmstead Lady Designs
~The Illustrated Garden

Laurie Writes
~Shobha Ohal Designs

~Fresh Gems

Sarah Jane and Ben
~Sarah Jane and Bentley’

Peeved Michelle
~Peeved Michelle’s Feed (Some really great stuff in there!)

~Melissapher’s Etsy Shoppe