While I was in Vermont last week enjoying some Summer fun at my family’s cottage on Lake Champlain, my pup, Calvin, got injured. There was no particular event or apparent reason for the injury, but Calvin just started screaming on our first morning there. We couldn’t tell if it was his head, neck, legs, or what. I checked him over & had him rest on his beddie. He seemed better for a little bit, but then he would move funny & start screaming again. I had never heard or seen a dog in pain like that–it broke my heart. I took him to the local vet & they said it looked like a back or neck injury & they gave him a painkiller & muscle relaxant & said with some rest he may improve … & if not to take him to a neurologist when we got home.
Long story short, Calvin did not require surgery & is now walking after a steroid treatment. He is still a little tired & weak in his legs, but his sassy little personality is back & we are so relieved. Calvin is supposed to lay low for 8 weeks & avoid jumping, climbing & play with his boisterous sister, Zoe. That will be a challenge … as will monitoring his reactive personality.It looked liked he was making headway, but Saturday morning after he went out to tinkle, he completely froze up. He couldn’t stand or walk at all. It was so scary. We grabbed him & headed over to the ER/Maine Veterinary Referral Center to have him checked out. He was in a lot of pain, terrified and couldn’t move. They told us it looked like a ruptured disc & that he’d likely need surgery. We left him there overnight for some tests & an MRI.
Between the 2 vet visits the tab came to over $3600. OUCH! To help offset the costs of the bills I am offering a crazy good CALVIN SALE on some of my larger pieces, as well as a 2 month payment plan, if needed. :-) If you have ever wanted a larger “EFraser” painting to hang on your wall, now would be the time! I’ve never made an offer like this before & don’t plan on doing it again. :-) Shop away! Click here to view the amazing deals!
COMMISSIONS: I am also offering LARGE commissions or pet portraits (36×36 or 30×40) for $600 instead of $1000. Click on the appropriate link to place your order & simply e-mail me several pics of what you would like painted to email@example.com. Local commission, to be picked up – Commission to be shipped.
LOVE: And Calvin is charging $10 for 20 minutes of love. If you choose this option, you will receive 3 Calvin notecards. :-) Click here to purchase 20 minutes of Calvin Love.
Thanks for reading my story & for your support of my artwork. YOU ROCK! xoxo Elizabeth, Maureen, Calvin, Zoe, Fonzi & Chickpea
Summer on the Prom • 5×7 • oil on canvas • SOLD
I sat on the Eastern Prom yesterday under a tree in the shade & painted. It was delightful to feel the warm breeze & watch the boats in the harbor come & go. I had my pups with me too & they were so content lounging in the cool grass, sniffing the ocean air. I never get tired of this view of Fort Gorges & the Casco Bay Islands. Happiness.
Sleepy Pup • 10×10 • oil on canvas • SOLD
I love seeing sleepy pups … there’s nothing cuter than a dog that is crashed out. Same goes with 2 legged kiddos. :-)
Summer Sunset Over the Back Cove • 5×5 • oil on canvas • $75
Sunsets are magical at any time of year, but it’s especially nice to sit outside on a warm summer’s night & watch it go down. I got to witness this sunset from Fort Sumner Park on North Street a little while back … the sky was incredible!
Summer Clouds & Sailboat • 5×5 • oil on canvas • $75
We went for a lovely SUP paddle yesterday from Falmouth Town Landing. There were so many boats to paddle between … hundreds … which was fun. This sailboat was at the edge of the boat mass & it looked stunning against the low clouds & still water. We live in such a gorgeous place.
Starry Night II • 8×8 • $150
A painting from the show we did in Hudson, Ohio, in honor of my dad’s retirement.
All of us love Van Gogh and my dad & I have both spent time in France, where Van Gogh spent much of his time painting, and we’ve seen many Van Gogh paintings & exhibits over the years. It only seemed fitting that I do a couple of square Van Gogh inspired paintings to include in our show. So here’s an interpretation of his “Starry Night”. Cheers to Vincent!
Happy Pups • 16×20 • oil on canvas • SOLD
Nothing makes these pups happier than being together & playing at Fort Williams. And that sounds mighty fine to me too! Can I go, can I go?!
Farmers’ Market Flowers • 6×6 • oil on canvas • $95
The Portland Farmers’ Market is BURSTING with color in the form of fresh produce, bouquets of flowers & potted plants … it is truly a feast for the eyes! Thank you, farmers, for the amazing work you all do!
We were at a party recently & these gorgeous sunflowers were on display on the deck. We couldn’t help but admire them & then of course, I had to turn them into a painting, this way they will last forever. That’s the beauty of floral paintings. Stay tuned, another one coming tomorrow.