Paint Squared

Daily Paintings and Pet Portraits by Elizabeth Fraser

In the News

Animal World USA, Dec 2008  •  Art Business News Magazine
Elizabeth’s artwork on Senator Snowe’s Holiday Card
Fox NEWS Correspondent, Laura Ingle’s Blog
USA Today Online Gift Guide • American Art Collector Magazine
POPSUGAR.COM  • the Maine SWITCH  • NY Times Article • Port City Life
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December 2010
Today I am sharing some exciting news with you … this painting, “Dreamin’ of the Maine Coast” is going to be on a wine bottle label for a vintage reserve bottle of red wine for Gudlach Bundschu, a Sonoma Valley vineyard.  YEAH!  The release date of the wine is December 1st.
Why a Maine scene on a California wine?  Gundlach Bundshu has been doing a series of vintage reserve wines on the American Landscape & this year New England is the theme.  Visit their website www.gunbun.com  OR to order a bottle, call the vineyard at 707.938.5277 & ask for the 2007 Vintage Reserve bottle with the Maine Coast painting by Elizabeth Fraser.  🙂

                                                                          24×26 • oil on canvas • SOLD

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December 2009
The weather took priority on the show this morning, but one of my daily paintings of Maxi, our hound dog, is on the set with the gang at Good Day New York for a pet lovers gift guide segment.  How fun!  I’m so proud to be a part of www.dailypainters.com

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April 2009
Elizabeth’s dogs, Maxi & Calvin, WIN the Fetch $4M idea contest!

THANK YOU, FETCH!  We are so honored!  🙂

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December 2008

Order the Daily Painters Book!  
scroll down to see what my page in the book looks like.


165 BEAUTIFUL PAGES–$39 plus shipping.  A perfect gift for the daily painter fan!

I have been a with daily painters website since the very beginning & I am thrilled and honored to be a part of such an amazingly talented group!  The book is GORGEOUS & you can flip through some of it by clicking HERE.   I have one page in the book featutring 4 of my paintings and a blurb about my Paint Squared project–A preview of my page is posted below.

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Animal World USA, December 2008

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Dec 2008
My daily painting of the World’s Largest Snow Woman on Senator Olympia Snowe’s Holiday Card.

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August 2008
Tribute to a Beautiful Earth
An International fine art exhibit by 137 artists in 10 countries – August 1 – August 31, 2008

Denver, CO July 15, 2008 — How do artists see the world around them? During August, our beautiful earth will be showcased daily in painted images at DailyPainters.com. The 137 member artists from 10 countries will post their tributes to the planet at the free website. The online international show, which opens August 1 will run all month to celebrate the beauty of the world and taking care of it.

All of creation is potential subject matter during the Daily Painters Tribute. Juried member artists will present picturesque people, places, animals and other subjects from around the world. DailyPainters.com members hail from Canada, Chile, Denmark, France, Germany, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, United Kingdom, and the United States.

DailyPainters.com gallery owner Micah Condon says “I think we’ll see quite a variety of subject matter in this Tribute exhibit. We have artists who skillfully paint their beautiful regions so I know we’ll have lots of unique scenes from around the globe, including landscapes and cityscapes from Europe, the U.S., and elsewhere. Surprises may be in store for viewers too.”

Condon continues, “Our artists are committed to conserving our planet’s resources, so some members will also be painting and discussing conservation-related themes. With gasoline so expensive these days, this exhibit is a terrific chance to see the world without driving or flying.”

Visitors are able to communicate directly with the painters, and learn the stories and inspiration behind the paintings. Site visitors can enjoy the latest paintings, browse by artist, search by category, and visit the artists’ blogs. Viewers can also subscribe to daily email updates to get the most recent art in their inbox every morning. Because the paintings are sold directly by the artists, prices are very affordable.

The members of DailyPainters.com represent a growing trend in the art world, known as ‘daily painting’ or ‘painting-a-day’. These artists strive to produce one small painting every day, or nearly so, and post them for sale at the online gallery. Visitors to the site (over 1.5 million expected this year) can peruse over 20,000 paintings by the daily painters.

DailyPainters.com was founded in 2006 by artist Micah Condon and has since grown to include almost 140 artists. DailyPainters.com painters have been featured in publications such as The New York Times, USA Weekend Magazine, The Boston Globe, and Art Business News.

For Addtional Information: See the Daily Painters Gallery website at www.DailyPainters.com or contact gallery owner Micah Condon at micah@dailypainters.com or 303.828.4701

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Art Business News Magazine
December 2007
One of my paintings was featured in an article called “Small Wonders,” about the hot market for small original artwork.  Michah Condon, artist & creator of the Daily Painters website (which I am a member of), was quoted in the article & my painting of “2 Red Pears” was posted along with it.

“Two Pears,” a 5-x-5-inch oil on paper by Elizabeth Fraser, is one of many miniature pieces created daily and posted on www.dailypainters.com.

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December 13th, 2007 6:32 PM Eastern
Rainbow; the one eyed dog
by Laura Ingle
Fox News, Laura’s Lowdown

Meet Rainbow, the one eyed dog. A few days ago, I blogged about my good friend Rock n’ Roll Al having a birthday, and I have been dying to tell you what I got him for his present!

He has had his dog Rainbow for 15-years now. She is a black shepherd lab mix, maybe a little bit of wolf, and”a little bit of crazy” in her (that’s what Al says) Rainbow lost her left eye in 2004 when she had glaucoma and a cataract at the same time. It was removed, sewn up, and she’s been winking at people ever since!

Rock n’ Roll Al ADORES this dog, and I wanted to do something special involving her for his gift. I was surfing the net a few months ago, and came upon an artist named Elizabeth Fraser in Portland, Maine who specializes in pet portraits, and once I clicked on the link, I couldn’t believe how great her paintings were! www.paintsquared.com

I started emailing back and forth with Elizabeth, to try to get her the very best picture of Rainbow so she could work her magic – the problem is, Rainbow doesn’t like to have her picture taken, so there are only a few in existence, and most are from far away. I told Al I was going to blog about Rainbow and needed some pictures of her (my trick to get some photos) and he sent me some on email, but none were a close up of Rainbow’s face. Then… my amazingly talented boyfriend thought of a way to get the shot.

When we were alone with Rainbow, he took a Starbucks handle bag, cut a hole out in the bottom of it, slipped the camera in it, turned off the flash (that’s what she hates, and is scared of) and then put a treat inside the bag so she would come up close and sniff it. And it worked! We got the shot, Rainbow didn’t get spooked, and a commissioned piece of art was in the works for Rock n’ Roll Al’s birthday.

Here’s the final product…..

Don’t you just love it? Thank you Elizabeth for making such a great likeness of “the girl”!
This rocks!

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USA TODAY, ONLINE GIFT GUIDE, 12-5-07

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POPSUGAR.COM
Commissioning a Painting…of Your Dog
Mon, 10/08/2007 – 5:58am by casasugar

Sometimes I worry about walking that fine line between being a responsible pet owner and an obsessive pet owner. (“Your dog is wearing a backpack,” my sister recently observed.) Still, that concern didn’t deter me from commissioning a painting of my dog, Ozzie. Portland, Maine, artist Elizabeth Fraser, whose work I’d found on Etsy, started out with a photo of Ozzie, and two weeks later, the painting arrived in the mail.

The painting’s diminutive size, at at only 5×5 inches, made me feel like less of a weirdo for getting my pet’s portrait commissioned. But as more of my friends saw the final result (framed and placed on my fireplace mantel) they stopped thinking that I was slightly nutty and began to realize that I was on to something really cool.

Fraser, who works primarily in oils, was a delight to work with, and I thought that $75 was a major steal for an original piece of artwork of my pet.

What do you think? Would you get artwork commissioned of your pet?

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The Maine SWITCH
A painting a day
Elizabeth Fraser aims for 8 squared each week
By Avery Yale Kamila
2007-05-22

It’s been a little more than a year, and Elizabeth Fraser continues to crank out 8 paintings a week. The Munjoy Hill artist is part of the small world of painters who create work daily and sell them to the highest bidder on eBay. She took her inspiration from Duane Keiser, a Virginia artist who pioneered this eBay painting trend in 2004.

“It’s rare that I miss a day,” says Fraser, 35, noting that 1 day a week she paints 2 pieces. “I’ve probably missed 5 since I started.”
Each of her works is a 5-inch by 5-inch square, and she paints with oil on mat board. The size combined with the frequency led to the title of her project: “Paint Squared, 8 Days a Week.”

Using bold brush strokes and rich splashes of color, she makes each piece an eye-catching gem that captures a small slice of Maine. Her subject matter is wide-ranging, including buildings, landscapes and a variety of pet portraits.

“I get inspired by my walks on the Prom, food in the kitchen and the travels I’ve taken,” Fraser says. She adds that her pet portraits have been particularly popular, leading to a number of commissions.

So far, she’s created 550 paintings and sold 500 of them. The bidding starts at $60, and Fraser said on average the works sell for around $75, with an occasional piece selling for more than $250.

You can view and bid on her works online at www.paintsquared.com. Fraser’s work also is on display until the end of the month at Casco Bay Frames, and during each First Friday Art Walk she opens her studio at 81 Congress Street (between the Blue Spoon and The Front Room).
“I can’t imagine not doing this,” she says.

Which means her fans can count on many more square meals of art.

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Elizabeth’s Daily Paintings mentioned in the NEW YORK TIMES, August 31, 2006
Online Shopper
Everyday Scenes, Painted Every Day
By MICHELLE SLATALLA
Published: August 31, 2006

NICK JAINSCHIGG was having a terrible time last week trying to paint a pink rose in 30 minutes. One day he said the petals looked thick as icing, and the next he just couldn’t get the bud texture right.

“Despite my best intentions, the image of a rose on a white background will always look like a greeting card,” he wrote in despair.

But Mr. Jainschigg refused to give up. And as he used different techniques — he tried big, floppy brushstrokes, he tried painting at twilight, he even changed the background to a flat chalky gray — I found myself rooting for him. And for the rose.

I was following his progress by making frequent visits to nickjainschigg.org, the Web site where he posts results of his efforts to complete a tiny postcard-size painting every day. Each afternoon, I clicked on his newest thumbnail image, hoping to see a masterpiece.

Why did I care? There were several reasons, actually, the most obvious being the empty space on the wall in the hallway that leads to my kitchen. Mr. Jainschigg is one of a growing number of artists who in the last few months have starting selling one-a-day creations online. One of his roses could look great on my wall.

Three might look even better. And suddenly, thanks to the one-a-day art movement, buying three original oil paintings is not a budget-busting proposition. Mr. Jainschigg, for instance, sells his small paintings for $100.

But beyond my instinctive shopper’s impulse to find a bargain, I was also excited to be witnessing yet another example of how the Internet has the power to upset old ideas and reshape retail markets.

Sites like acollageaday.blogspot.com (where Randel Plowman sells his 4-inch-by-4-inch collages for $25) and dailypaintings.com (where Elin Pendleton has posted her acrylic and oil paintings for prices as low as $100) remove the middleman from the transaction, connecting artists directly to collectors.

The Internet changes things fast. By most accounts, the roots of the painting-a-day movement reach back only as far as December 2004, when a painter named Duane Keiser, who also is an adjunct professor at the University of Richmond in Virginia, decided to test his discipline by challenging himself to post a new creation every day on his site at duanekeiser.blogspot.com.

“I wanted to make a ritual for myself, to complete a painting in one day, every day, without any excuses,” Mr. Keiser said in a phone interview last week. “I liked the diary aspect of it, that it was like putting a time stamp on a painting. When it goes up on the blog, I know it happened on this day.”

Mr. Keiser’s experiment soon attracted the attention of boingboing.net, a popular blog that identifies online trends.

“After somebody wrote a little blurb about me for Boingboing, the whole thing just spread like, well, it was unbelievable,” Mr. Keiser said. “I would wake up in the morning and paint, say, an egg, and post it, and then some guy in India would e-mail me and it was breathtaking to realize that within a few minutes of my finishing a painting, people everywhere in the world were looking at it.”

Previously, Mr. Keiser sold most of his work through traditional brick-and-mortar galleries. “But this has allowed me the flexibility to not worry about whether a gallery will accept me,” he said.

Now there are plenty of other artists are doing the same thing. At paintingadayproject.blogspot.com, for instance, Jan Blencowe posts what she calls “small, simple still life paintings of common objects.” The artist Elizabeth Fraser sells her paintings on eBay, starting at $60; her work is online at www.PaintSquared.com.

At some painting-a-day Web sites such as justinspaintings.com and shiftinglight.com, I could subscribe to mailing lists; now I receive e-mail alerts the moment a new painting-a-day is posted.

There was a time when Mr. Keiser’s daily artworks sold for as little as $100 on his site. But since Domino magazine anointed him “the godfather of these blogs” in an article published in July, things have changed.

These days, he auctions his painting-a-day work at eBay, where last week a 5-inch-by-5-inch painting of a plate decorated with a crab got 12 bids before selling for $265. As of yesterday, a 5-inch-by-4-inch painting of a rushing river had 18 bids, and was up to $380.

But eBay frenzies turn me off. I’ve lived through too many of them.

I can remember, for example, when prices for milk-green Depression glass coffee cups were rising by the day as collectors who once were at the mercy of local flea markets’ limited inventory suddenly discovered the novelty of finding a world’s worth of collectibles at eBay.

I’m one of those people who overbid on a stack of chipped saucers. Now I look at them in the pantry and I feel the same kind of vague embarrassment that may overwhelm someone who stumbles across a Chia Pet in the attic.

Will the painting-a-day frenzy last? Or is it merely the fleeting symptom of a new Internet trend? In recent weeks, Mr. Jainschigg has sold the vast majority of the 413 painting-a-day works he posted during the last 15 months.

One of his biggest challenges now, he said, is not to cave in to the temptation to create work solely for the sake of selling it.

“All of a sudden, I realize, there are people looking over my shoulder,” Mr. Jainschigg said. “But although I do paint some fun stuff like little pretty landscapes, the occasional stuffed animal or a bug, I like to paint what I’m trying to learn. I was doing study after study of skeletons for a while when I was trying to master anatomy.”

Most of his paintings of skeletons and skulls are still for sale.

Last week, he warned his audience that he was painting his last rose for now. “This one, the final bud for the time being, was by way of declaring victory and going home,” he wrote.

Did I want to hang it on my wall? I wasn’t sure. Luckily, he’ll have something new for me to consider tomorrow.
E-mail: Slatalla@nytimes.com.

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