A little more cheer and joy for you today from a summer scene in Acadia National Park. I took the Park Loop early one morning last Summer and just soaked up some of the coastal magic. You can’t beat the roses, the sand and that quintessential Maine coastline. I love it so much.
Happy 2021 to you! I’ve been thinking about you & have been meaning to post for some time now, but for various reasons I just could not make it happen. Hopefully I am back at it now.
Here’s a bright little piece that makes my heart happy! Field of Joy is done from a visit to Lane’s Island Preserve on Vinalhaven. This place is simply breathtaking and awe-inspiring, and I thought it’d be a good way to kick off the first post of a new year … so here you have it! 🙂
I had a very busy commission season in December (THANK YOU for your orders)! I think I did close to 40 holiday paintings this year … phew … most to them pet portraits, but not all. Some of the commissions I got a jump on early in the season and many I did in December (thanks to all of the procrastinators out there, like myself). I always enjoy the long December days in the studio, playing the role of Santa’s helper. 🙂 Here are a few of the holiday pieces I got to paint.
As we entered a new year, I needed some time to regroup from all of the holiday painting and just the weight of last year. Geez, it was a heavy year. And despite the new date and the hope that a new leader brings, 2021 hasn’t been easy either, but I have so much to be grateful for and I find beauty and joy in my surroundings–I hope the same holds true for you. I know so many people are hurting right now and I just want to send out much love, light, peace and virtual hugs! Oh, how I miss hugs! Be well. xoxo
I took a trip up to Acadia National Park in late June and haven’t really done much painting yet from my visit. I decided to spend a little time revisiting my MDI excursions over the weekend–so much beauty, so much inspiration. Here’s a scene from an early morning walk along the Shore Path … the pink granite cliffs, the coastal pine trees & that morning light. Lucky me! 🙂
I took the long way home from the chiropractor’s office yesterday afternoon to enjoy the Eastern Prom and the view of the Casco Bay Islands. The weather was phenomenal and the afternoon light with the lingering autumn glow, exquisite. November afternoon’s like this feel so luxurious, and we have another one today. Such a treat!
I’m still in a post election haze–I had no idea how much of weight I had been carrying and now I am feeling a slow release of pressure. Walks on the Eastern Prom on gorgeous, warm fall days certainly make everything brighter. Hope you get a nice walk in too!
I took a day trip with my bike to my favorite island on Thursday. It was one of those gorgeous autumn days–bright, crisp, still and mild–and everything about my adventure was perfect. I took the hour plus ferry ride over to Vinalhaven, grabbed a cup of coffee and sat on a picnic table looking out at the water. I pedaled around and picnicked at the beach and stopped to dip by feet in the quarry water. I admired the autumn colors and gorgeous views like this one. I meandered and sat and then rode the ferry back into Rockland as the sun was setting. What a day!
The Fonz (our elderly black cat) is such a sweet napper. He will favor one or two spots around the house for a couple of weeks and then move on to new spots. Sometimes we have to really search for him, as he can be rather creative. It just so happens that he is currently into the bed for napping, and I couldn’t resist painting him with our happy pillows as a backdrop. At one point today I caught the two dogs up there with him snoozing–that made my heart smile & might be a painting for another day. 🙂
Who doesn’t love a good sunset?! We spent a couple of days up at Acadia National Park last month and went up on Cadillac Mountain to watch the sun go down. The air was especially crisp and we had to layer up and wear our winter coats. We had chairs and blankets too, but the warmth of the sun of the sun on our faces and over the landscape made it so worthwhile . I’m so grateful to be able to soak up so many special moments like this on the Maine coast.
I’ve been thinking about you a lot, but just had to step away from posting here and on social media for awhile, as I tried to figure out how to navigate the heaviness of the world and the loss of a loved one–my partner’s sweet dad passed away in July. It’s been a tough stretch … for everyone, hasn’t it? One moment at a time is all we can do. xox
My motivation disappeared and so many things felt overwhelming, so I tried to be gentle with myself and take cues to help me through what felt hard. After a summer and fall of outdoor time spent with family and friends, time on the water and in nature, snuggles with pets, an occasional afternoon nap, getting back into the Portland Pottery studio (I started taking pottery classes last January), riding my bike and taking (outdoor) spin classes again, I feel as though I am regaining my footing and that sense of routine that I had lost and so desperately need. And just recently I joined the Art Queens, a community of women artists, which has been great for inspiration and connecting. It feels so good to get some of my mojo back.
I have certainly been painting over the past 4 months, and I am beyond grateful for all of your orders and support! You have really kept me going and helped me stay present and working regularly in my studio. Thank you so very much for that! xox Truly. It really is an honor for me to get to paint your beloved pets and places that are special to you.
With my renewed energy, I hope to be sharing new work with you regularly. The Morning Meditation piece above is inspired by one of the many spectacular sunrises I have witnessed over the past 6 months. You know how I feel about sunrises. :-). There are certainly more to come.
As members of my e-list, you will be given the first opportunity to purchase new paintings. They will not be offered on social media until the day after the email is sent, so take advantage of that perk if something grabs you. 🙂
If you are interested in joining me on social media, I’d love that! I am currently most active on instagram: @fraserartstudio.
Hope you are well and taking good care of yourself during these trying times. You are in my thoughts & heart. Be well. In love, paint & gratitude, xoxo Elizabeth
I got to see the solstice sunrise from the top of Cadillac Mountain (in Acadia National Park) and it was breathtaking! And so worth the 3:30am wakeup call. 🙂 I hadn’t been up to Acadia in at least 10 years and it was such a treat. The weather was spectacular and the hiking, walking and exploring were so much fun. I will have many more Acadia paintings coming soon I hope. Hope you are staying healthy. Thinking of you & sending love your way! xoxo