daily paintings

Teal Dory

Teal Dory • 6×6 • oil on cradled wood panel • SOLD

This morning I walked down the street to sit near a dock. There were lobster traps piled high everywhere I looked and this teal dory just called to me. I was about halfway through the painting when 2 guys and dog walked down this dock and hopped in the boat and took off. I was glad that didn’t happen right away. 🙂 Such a gorgeous morning to sit quietly by the water and see the comings and goings of the lobster boats.

Golden Hour

Golden Hour • 6×6 • oil on cradled wood • SOLD

I sat on the beach shore of Lane’s Island yesterday afternoon and painted as the sun quickly lowered. It was low tide and the pine trees, sea grasses and seaweed started to glow, and the water sparkled even more. What a magical time of day. I painted quickly trying to capture the golden autumn light and then ran out of paint and decided to wrap it up at home. So pretty!

Maine Coast Drizzle I & II

Drizzle at the Basin I • 6×6 • oil on wood
Drizzle at the Basin II • 6×6 • oil on 1/8 inch birch panel • SOLD

It was a gray and drizzly day yesterday … and beautiful! I decided to head out for a morning paddle at high tide and as I got to the Basin, a gentle rain started to fall. I decided to head out anyway and it was so worth it. The water was so still and there were these gorgeous lines of light and dark running through it … currents, rain, reflections … so serene. And the icing on the cake was that I had some seals follow me on and off the whole time. So fun! Later in the afternoon, my partner and I headed out with one of our pups for a trail walk along the edge of the basin at low tide. Just a gorgeous rainy day.

Sunrise at Bob Meadow Point

Sunrise at Bob Meadow Point • 6×6 • oil on cradled wood panel • SOLD
E. Fraser • 6×6 • oil on cradled wood
M. Fraser • 6×6 • oil on cradled wood

This week my brother and I decided to paint a panoramic scene from one of my photos on Vinalhaven. I took the left side of the image and he took the right, and together they make up the spectacular sunrise I witnessed earlier this week. It’s so funny to see how we interpret information, isn’t it?

About this scene: My partner and I headed to Geary’s Beach for the sunrise the other day and decided to walk out to the tip of Bob Meadow Point, and it did not disappoint. So much eye candy between the light, the sky, the water and the shore. Magic!

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October Seal Bay

October Sea Harbor • 6×6 • oil on gesso board panel • SOLD

I took an afternoon walk that dropped my onto some gorgeous granite rocks with amazing views of little islands and ledges. My little friend Pebbles joined me, leading the way on the trails and then napping by my side while I painted. I perched myself on the granite and painted this sweet little view of Seal Bay looking toward Burnt Island. (Speaking of seals … I saw two this morning when I went out for a paddle on my paddleboard. Magic!) It was a beautiful afternoon with big clouds, a chilly wind and an occasional ray of sunshine.

NOTE: This painting is on a 6×6 inch gesso board panel, ready to prop up on a shelf or pop into a frame.

Little Tiptoe View

Little Tiptoe View • 6×6 • oil on canvas • SOLD

It’s so much fun to explore! Yesterday we walked a couple of small trails off of Tiptoe Mountain Road and everything about the walks was magical … the sound of the water, the birds chirping, the green moss cushioning the forest floor, the smell of pines, the light shining through and of course the breathtaking views. Here’s a view looking down into a charming cove. Pinch me!

A Loster Dock

A Lobster Dock • 6×6 • oil on cradled wood panel • SOLD

I am on Vinalhaven right now painting my heart out–it is one of those special places that just calls to me in a way that is hard to put into words. I sat at the edge of Carver’s Harbor this morning to paint this little lobster dock scene. It was a feast for the eyes with all of the lobster traps, shacks and the sweet little homes and trees peering over them from behind, along with the morning light. Such a magical harbor–so many things sparkling.

Harvest Moon

Harvest Moon • 6×6 • oil on cradled wood • $100 • purchase link

Time for a sibling set! We caught the Harvest Moon over the Eastern Prom earlier this week and it was gorgeous! Witnessing moments like this never gets old. It was a mild night and there were people scattered all over the promenade watching the magic happen. I love the pinks and purples and the shimmering reflection of the moon in the water. So special.

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E. Fraser • 6×6 • oil on wood
M. Fraser • 6×6 • oil on wood

September Glow

September Glow • 6×6 • oil on cradled wood panel • $100 • purchase link

The timing of the sunrises in September are perfect for my morning routine–I catch them almost every day and they are such a treat. This was a special one from last week … I could see the sky glowing from the house and hurried down to the Eastern Prom with the pups to catch it. Mother Nature is amazing!

I talked to my brother later that day and he asked me if I caught that sunrise because he could see the incredible glow above his house in South Portland. I sent him a few pictures and we decided on this scene for the weekend sibling set.

This was a tough square composition for me to settle on … to include Fort Gorges or not. You know how much I love the Fort, but I felt like the composition was better without it, so for me, it’s all about the sun coming up. Michael solved the issue by painting a panoramic that included everything! I love seeing how we both interpret that same scene in paint and hope you do too.

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M. Fraser • 12×6 • oil on wood • purchase
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Fort Gorges

Fort Gorges • 6×6 • poil on cradled wood • SOLD

We’ve got a Fort Gorges set for you this week for Sibling Sunday! This fort is such an iconic landmark on Casco Bay–it can be seen from just some many places in Portland, South Portland and some of the islands. We just can’t get enough of it. We painted this view of it as seen from a kayak. Magic!

Elizabeth’s Fort Gorges • 6×6 • SOLD
Michael’s Fort Gorges • 6×6 • SOLD