Welcome to The Fundamental Note—creative nonfiction books / graphic notecards / archival ink prints

Coloring books were not a part of my childhood experience. “Draw a horse the way it looks to you,” my mother always insisted, “not the way someone else tells you to draw it.” Years later, when I began to write about my painting experience, I discovered that my mother’s advice had shaped my approach to art. And to writing. In fact, her words underlie the philosophy I live by. Trust your intuition. Suspend judgment. Take risks. In other words, draw a horse the way it feels to you.

I invite you to explore the books, cards, and prints offered by The Fundamental Note with your own bold adventures in mind.

—Thordis Niela Simonsen