Paint Squared

Daily Paintings and Pet Portraits by Elizabeth Fraser

For the Love of Seals

For the Love of Seals • 6×6 • oil on canvas • SOLD

I was out on my paddleboard a couple of days ago for an evening paddle.  As I weaved through the moored sailboats off the East End Beach I noticed an unusual amount of debris and seaweed floating around, and some plastic trash too, which I of course collected to dispose of properly.  I also spotted something big bobbing around.  I kept an eye on it and determined that it must be a log and I kept on paddling.  On my way back around I saw the “log” again.  The light was hitting just right and I could see that it was a seal.

This poor baby was struggling to breathe. Ugh.  My heart sank and I watched for a minute before determining I had better call for help.  I sat down on my board, opened up my dry bag for my smartphone and googled who to call for a seal in distress.  Marine Mammals of Maine popped up and I called and left a message–a volunteer returned my call within 5 minutes and asked me to send a video of the animal and a description of my exact location.  I sent them a video and my location and thanked them.  At this point they were tracking reports but their facility was full.  I sat on my board feeling sad and helpless for this seal and the many others that have been washing up on Maine beaches this week.  The sun began to set and I paddled in with a heavy heart.

I followed the correct protocol but I wish I could have done more for that seal.  Here’s my attempt to do a little more.  50% of the proceeds from this painting went to Marine Mammals of Maine.  We must do better for our planet, the animals and all of us.

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August 17, 2018 paintings for a cause, seascape, SOLD

Spring Point Through the Roses

Spring Point Through the Roses • 24×24 • oil on canvas • SOLD

I have missed you, but know that Summer has been packed with family, friends, fun, time in and on the water & of course lots of painting despite my lack of posts.  I am beyond grateful to say that my commission work has keeps me busy in the studio most days!  Lots of sweet critters being painted!

I have also had some time to work on some larger pieces which I absolutely love to do.  Here’a piece that I did of Spring Point as seen through the rose bushes at Willard Beach.  This view always takes my breath away!  Hope you like it too.  🙂

 

August 16, 2018 florals, landscape, lighthouse, seascape, SOLD

2 EVENTS This Week

Dog Days at the Harlow Gallery, Hallowell

July 6-14 • Opening Friday, July 6th, 5-7pm

Come join me for the Opening!  😉 Dogs NOT invited to the Opening, but welcome during regular exhibit hours–paintings will be hung at dog level.  Woof!

 

 

SEA Open Studios Tour on Munjoy Hill, Portland

Sunday, July 8th, 10-4pm

Pick up a map at 81 Congress St & stroll East End Studios!  Wicked fun day!

 

July 3, 2018 AVAILABLE, Events

Poppy Love

Poppy Love • 5×5 • oil on canvas • $75

Watching plants come to life is so much fun!  Don’t you just love poppies!!!!!!!  Poppy & peony buds really are my favorite … they are so round and full of magic.  I usually sketch out my painting in red paint, but because poppies are red/orange, I opted for a yellow paint sketch & I think it makes for softer edges, which I like.

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June 12, 2018 florals

Camden Harbor

Camden Harbor • 8×10 • oil on canvas • $135

I love this time of year on the coast … the boats, the islands and the incredible light.  Here’s a little look at Camden Harbor. 🙂

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June 8, 2018 seascape, SOLD

Lilacs

Lilacs • 6×6 • oil on canvas • $95

We have the most gorgeous lilacs bushes at our house and every spring I just have to paint them.  And the smell … so intoxicating!

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June 5, 2018 AVAILABLE, still life

Joy at Goose Rocks Beach

Joy at Goose Rocks Beach • 6×6 • oil on canvas • SOLD

You know that feeling you get when you come around the corner to find something beautiful … much of my bike ride around Kennebunkport was like that yesterday.  So many scenic vistas.  Here is one of them … Goose Rocks Beach.  So much joy and sunshine here!  And yes, the roses were popping out–a true sign that summer is near.

June 1, 2018 landscape, seascape, SOLD

Willow

Willow • oil on canvas • 8×10 • SOLD

And now for a special birthday pup & message …
To my loving wife,  I wish you a happy birthday and offer you an eternal happiness with a memory of our beloved Willow frozen in time on canvas. Happy birthday!  Your loving husband, Thomas

pets, SOLD

Pets

Just a little nite to say hi!  I have been spending lots of time in my studio catching up on some commission work.  So many cute pets.   And many I cannot share yet.  Meet Henry & Phoebe–love these critters!  Happy Spring!

May 30, 2018 commissions, pets, SOLD

A Piece of Kettle Cove

A Piece of Kettle Cove • 5×5 • oil on canvas • $75

You want to know what never gets old?  Riding my bike down to Kettle Cove & seeing this view.  I just love it!  Aand every time I do it, it’s like the first time.  Just breathtaking!  This is a little cropped view of Richmond Island & the bobbing lobster boats of Kettle Cove.

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May 24, 2018 AVAILABLE, seascape
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