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!
Today I just needed a happy little exercise, so I decided to use a big, fat paint brush and lots of paint to do a little Maine Coast landscape. It was fun and freeing to just let go while painting the beauty of Lane’s Island Preserve.
I hope you are well and that you are taking care of yourself! Sending love your way! 🙂
Morning rituals are my favorite … sunrise walks with the pups, making coffee in the French press, sipping coffee in a favorite mug surrounded by my partner and family of sweet critters, making the bed, getting settled in my studio. All of these things spark joy for me and even if the rest of the day falls apart, at least I started off on the right track. 🙂 Here’s a little morning coffee making scene that includes one of the mugs I made in pottery class. We all need a little dose of cozy and comfort on this cold and dreary day. Cheers. xox
NOTE: Tough day for photos because of the darkness outside, but I think you get the idea. 🙂
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. 🙂
It was dark and raining hard this morning when I got up, so I treated myself to a colorful breakfast. Avocado toast always brightens my day! And then you add the coffee (mug barely visible by back edge of plate) and some fresh OJ & you’re golden. Yummm. What’s your favorite breakfast treat?
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.
Witnessing moments like this are my saving grace. I love, love, love catching this kind of magic! The colors. Wow. The drama of a sunrise like this is fleeting, so to actually see the sky start to glow and then catch fire right before my eyes just takes my breath away. So awesome! I love where I live. :-). Sending some magic and beauty your way. Be well. xoxo
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