Sabbath At Sea

A lot of people who know mainly my watercolors are surprised to learn oil was my dominant medium until the 1990s. This 24 x 36 oil, “Sabbath At Sea”, won the Hoyne Award at the 1991 Mystic Maritime Museum International Exhibition; category Grand Banks Fishing. Among the jurors was the famous journalist William F. Buckley, himself a distinguished sailor. The museum sent comments from some of the jurors, and of this award winner, Buckley said, “This painting has an almost palpable sense of piety!” All of us who have spent time at sea are familiar at times with the sensation of knowing we could really use some help. I think this is exemplary of my approach to painting: I try to create an honest and accurate interpretation of life, to which the viewer brings his own experience, giving us a shared conversation about life.

Schwabisch Hall

This 1961 field sketch recently came back into our hands from a Pennsylvania Gallery going out of business.  It instantly refreshes happy memories of our life together.  After our wedding,  Sue and I returned to my alma mater Marietta College in Ohio where I had been named Art Department Head.  We were given the summer off to enjoy a pleasant drive circling down from Paris to Florence and then back up to Bavaria  where we hoped to visit Sue’s brother George, stationed at Schwabisch Hall.  As on any characteristic day,  Sue enjoyed the city center while I took a few hours to do one of my ‘field sketches’  like this one, the medieval “St. Michaels at Schwabisch Hall. ”   I felt challenged to capture in such short order the spirit of a beautiful, long, and complex tradition.  This painting resumes a warm companionship with one we’ve long enjoyed which I had done a few days later on the same trip,  “Street Scene at Innsbruck.”  

Charles Peterson Old Art

Door County Today: Charles Peterson Interview/Video

Charles Peterson’s Profile by Door County Today

Enjoy this short video interview and profile of Mr. Peterson. Thanks to Door County Today for publishing the interview.

New: Painting of the Month

We have added a new section to our main website:  Painting of the Month.  This section will feature one piece of artwork each month (or roughly every month).  The purpose of the monthly painting is to provide visitors a quick glimpse into Charles Peterson’s ongoing collection.  Because the For Sale section is continuously updated with new painting, and the inventory or status of the artwork is constantly changing, the featured painting will give visitors a chance to quickly view recent (and available) artwork.


 View the Painting of the Month


Painting of the Month - Charles L Peterson

View of the new "Painting of the Month" section

The Critique

“Thinking of the feelings we all have when we do something new,  wondering how it fits into its category over time.”

C. L. Peterson

The Critique


Publications & Flyers: Now Online

A new section for printed media has been added to Charles Peterson’s website.  The section has a collection of flyers and other small publications. All of the content was produced by White Door Publishing Company.  We anticipate visitors will find some of the new content interesting and informative.  For instance, most of the flyers that were produced as part of ‘The Memories Collection’ are listed, and include short blurbs about the print, sizing, and even original retail prices.  The flyers are divided by artwork series:

  • The Memories Collection
  • A Week In Door County
  • School Days

There are a few other flyers listed that don’t fit in any of the previous categories.  Please note that most, but not all, of Charles Peterson’s prints had flyers produced.  A “flyer” column has also been added to our list of reproductions.

Charles Peterson Art Flyers

Click here to view the new flyers & publications section. Enjoy.

Featured: 31st Annual International Maritime Art Exhibition

Charles Peterson’s original watercolor Lucia Simpson Leaves Sturgeon Bay will be featured in the 31st Annual International Maritime Art Exhibition at Mystic Seaport Maritime Gallery on September 25, 2010.   The Maritime Gallery at Mystic Seaport is the nations more reputable gallery for contemporary maritime art. 

Maritime Art by Charles Peterson

Lucia Simpson Leaves Sturgeon Bay

Moonset and Sunrise, for Mythology Show

Moonset and Sunrise is a watercolor painting that C. L. Peterson has done for the “Norse Mythology, the Muse” event at the Peninsula School or Art in Door County on October 1-November 6, 2010.


Norse Mythology, the Muse    October 1- November 6, 2010

Opening reception: Oct 2, 5-7pm Free and open to the public

Vision Statement:

In the exhibition, “Norse Mythology, the Muse,” 2- and 3-D artists are invited to draw inspiration from ancient Norse myths. Inherently imaginative in their explanation of natural events, myths encourage the storyteller/artist to literally put their unique mark on a piece, in this case through symbolic and figurative designs.

The art in the gallery will be enhanced by prominent displays of the myth narratives, adding further meaning to this exhibition.Moonset and Sunrise - Charles Peterson

Peninsula School of Art’s Guenzel Gallery is located at 3900 County Road F, Fish Creek. Info at 920-868-3455 or

Memorial Weekend Show – Charles L. Peterson

Please join us on May 29, 2010 for the Memorial Weekend Show.

Charles L. Peterson’s new original artwork will be featured at Cottage Row Gallery in Door County, WI.

Memorial Weekend Show Details

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Maritime, Pencil vs. Watercolor

A maritime scene; a watercolor compared with the pencil version.  Enjoy!

watercolor version

watercolor version

pencil version

pencil version