daily paintings

Black-eyed Susans

Black-eyed Susans • 4×4 • oil on cradled wood panel • $50 • purchase link

A sweet friend gave us a beautiful bouquet of black-eyed susans from the farmers’ market last week and I just couldn’t resist painting these little beauties. They are just soooo happy! They are painted on small 4×4 inch wood panels with 1 inch deep edges. I loved painting on this surface because it felt so smooth and hard against the brush. I think there will be more of wood panels in the future. I was able to focus on gestures and strokes and I love the light and cheerful feeling these evoke. Purchase all 3 and get free shipping. 🙂

Summer Sunset

Summer Sunset • 8×8 • oil on canvas • $145 • purchase link

My brother Michael is an amazing oil painter and my inspiration for diving into oil painting over 25 years ago. 🙂 We live near one another and enjoy talking about art and painting, but we haven’t collaborated in ages. After much chit chat, we decided it would be fun to play together and paint from the same reference photo or on location together on a regular basis and call it Sibling Sunday (paintings posted Saturday & released on social media on Sunday). Here’s the first one of many, we hope!

Michael’s kids chose a Lake Champlain picture from one of our many collective photos and we made it happen. This here is a summer sunset with a crescent moon as seen from the water. We have always loved going out in the canoe or paddleboard at sunset to get a sweeping view of the sky when visiting the summer camp in North Hero.

Michael Fraser • 12×12 • oil on wood
Elizabeth Fraser • 8×8 • oil on canvas

You can see that we have both captured some of the same elements of the sunset, but in very different ways. So fun. You can purchase these paintings individually (here for Michael / here for Elizabeth), or as a Fraser Sibling set (set includes free shipping).

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Fishing Shacks in Gouache

Fishing Shacks at Fisherma’s Point • gouache on paper • $50 • purchase link

I did a little daily painting of the fishing shacks not that long ago and I kept thinking that it’d be fun to do a few gouache paintings of them, so here you go. I’m having fun playing in gouache–it’s a different kind of meditative creative process for me. The paintings are done on cold press watercolor paper approx 6×6 or 5×6 inches and the paintings are approx 4×4 or 4×3 inches. Wishing you a good week!

Summer Garden

Summer Garden • 24×24 • oil on canvas • $675 • purchase link

I’m not much of a gardener, but I sure do appreciate the efforts and magic of others … and mother nature. I stumbled upon this garden in Hallowell, Maine, once upon a time, and it was such a feast for the eyes that I knew at some point I would paint it. So many colors, so many flowers–so much beauty. This painting evokes pure joy and sunshine to me and I hope it does to you as well. This was a fun one to paint! Enjoy this eternal summer garden.

Poppies Lino Cuts

Poppies Lino Cuts • 4×5 inch block or approx 6.5×7.5 paper • $25 each

I’ve been meaning to do something with this poppies linoleum block I carved last month and I thought this week’s tiny tuesday was the perfect opportunity to make it happen. I just let myself play with color, paper, printing and painting too, and it was really fun! I tried all kinds of things … there are some single color block prints, a few 2 color block prints printed from 2 blocks and then some hand colored variations too. I love how each one is different and I love the imperfections in them all. They tell the story of the process and that each one was made my hand … from the carving to the rolling of the ink and the placing of the paper and the burnishing of the paper on the inked block. I made a video that shows a little bit of the process as well as the inspiration from the neighborhood poppies–check it out.

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Ship Harbor Trail

Ship Harbor Trail • 5×5 • oil on 1/2″ wood panel • SOLD

Here’s a little oil painting inspired by an evening walk on the Ship Harbor Trail on Mount Desert Island at Acadia. The light was perfect and the low tide landscape exquisite. Such a peaceful and gorgeous walk through the trees and along the pink granite shore. More moments like this, please! 🙂

Acadia in Gouache

Acadia in Gouache Series4x4s • gouche on cold press watercolor paper • $50 each

I went up to Acadia National Park for a few days last week with a friend and just soaked up the beauty and the trails all over Mount Desert Island. I squeezed in a lot of outdoor time in a short amount of time … from a sunset hike to an early morning paddle, a day of bike riding the carriage trails and a rainy day walk around Great Head. Magic! It does wonders for the soul to spend time in the woods and on the water.

I’ve been curious about trying gouache, so I used this getaway as my inspiration for diving into a new medium. Gouache is beautiful, rich, opaque and really quick drying. The quick drying part was the hardest thing for me to get used to, but after 7 little paintings and a few sketches in the sketchbook, I felt like I was getting the hang of it and had lots of fun doing them. These little paintings are done on some very thick cold press watercolor paper with deckled edges. Paper is approximately 6×6 or 6×5 inches and the paintings themselves are about 4×4 or 4×3 inches. Here’s a video reveal of the tiny tuesday acadia series.

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Peony Love

tiny tuesday: Peony Love • 4x4s • oil on birch panel • SOLD

I had such a good time in the peony garden at Gilsland Farm a couple of weeks ago that I just couldn’t resist some tiny peony paintings. Why not keep peonies blooming all year long. They are pure magic and smell sooooooo good. Ooooo, and so luscious in paint!

These little paintings were done on 4×4 inch birch panel–a new surface for me. I put a couple of layers of gesso on them, sanded them down and got busy with paint. Here’s a little tiktok reveal video of the peony love paintings. :-).

Summer Fun at the Shacks

Summer Fun at the Shack • 5×5 • oil on 1/2″ wood panel • SOLD

We took a gorgeous walk in the Willard Beach area last weekend and of course I got inspired by the shacks. I can’t resist these beauties perched on the bluff. I love the way they sit so proud and exposed while keeping tabs on all of the happenings in the channel. So magical!

This painting is done on a wood panel, click the purchase link to see pictures of the panel

Morning Marsh

Morning Marsh • 6×6 • oil on canvas • $100 • purchase link

We took the pups over to Pine Point last week for a gorgeous early morning beach walk (watch the video here). It was sunny when we left Portland and really foggy and a good 12 degrees cooler when we arrived at the beach. It was such a treat to stroll the misty shoreline at low tide. We had the whole beach to ourselves! As we headed back home I couldn’t resist stopping to admire the Scarborough marsh looking back towards Ferry Beach and Pine Point. There is something so peaceful about getting lost in a marsh view.