I love apples … their color, their shape and especially their taste! And as the crisp autumn air rolls in, I love them in an apple pie smoothie, a raw apple cobbler, a cooked apple crisp or some homemade apple sauce. SO GOOD! And of course, they can’t be beat eaten on their own or with your favorite nut butter. Apples are nature’s candy AND nature’s fast food. Who needs Mickey Ds or BK? 🙂 I hope you are getting your fill of Autumn apples too!
This week’s theme is the Eastern Promenade in October.
I never take for granted getting to live on the Maine Coast and on Munjoy Hill. I start every morning with a dog walk on the Eastern Prom and end every work day with with an off leash stroll with Zoe through some of the trails on the Eastern Prom. It is always a gift–especially in October.
Being near the water and looking out at Fort Gorges and the Casco Bay Islands feeds my soul and definitely inspires some painting! The pre-dawn light is often so bold and peaceful and magical all at the same time. And then the golden light of the afternoon sun is just breathtaking. Seeing the happy sail boats bouncing around in the harbor is an added bonus. In case you can’t tell, I love where I live. 🙂
My favorite city landmark is without a doubt the Portland Observatory. I love the way it stands so tall and proud, keeping watch over my neighborhood, the city and Casco Bay. And the burnt orange shingle siding and the teal trim are just so happy. Simply put, the Observatory brings me joy every single day. I try to climb up to the top at least once a year to admire the amazing view and to remember the cool history behind it. It was built in 1807 and was a signaling tower that would raise flags to notify merchants in town about the ships that were headed in t the docks. Here are a few paintings of the Observatory from different vantage points. I hope you enjoy them!
WOW! How on earth have almost 5 months flown by without a post? Geez. I have missed you! Life got in the way and I just had to roll with it. I feel as though I am on track to find my groove again and look forward to sharing new work with you each week. And rest assured that despite this long absence, I have been painting quite a bit and keeping up with my many pet portrait commissions, which is always fun.
So, where have I been? Well, I spent part of May, all of June and part of July helping care for my father-in-law who was undergoing a very intensive cancer treatment at Dana Farber in Boston. It was a draining stretch for everyone and we’re all moving forward and hoping he will hang on for a long time to come –I so admire his positive outlook and playful, jokester nature.
In early July I took part in the East End Open Studios Tour and turned my driveway and back yard patio into a little garden gallery. We had lots of visitors come through & quite a few paintings found new homes. YAY! Always a fun day on the East End in Portland.
From there I traveled up to my family’s summer camp in North Hero, Vermont for 10 days which was a treat and filled with swimming, biking, eating, drinking, boating and just hanging out with family & friends.
When I returned to Maine in August I worked hard to catch up on all of my commission work as I knew I would be out of commission for all of September due to an upcoming hip replacement. So in between work and surgery prep appointments, we managed to squeeze in some Maine summer fun where we could … by ourselves, with friends and family, and with overnight guests too! Phew–fantastic and exhausting. And then before I knew it, August 30th was here–the date of my surgery.
My hip replacement surgery went great, thanks to an awesome team at Maine Med, and I was up and moving around within a few hours! Truly amazing when you really think about it. I returned home the next day and have been working my way up the recovery ladder ever since (if you are curious about my recovery, I have shared some of my journey on my @girlgoneraw Instagram account). I am now feeling pretty good–I’m walking a lot, doing the stationary bike and lots of PT exercises too. I have managed to completed 8 paintings since my surgery, but I am really just getting back in the studio this week, as sitting and standing for any length of time have been challenging up until recently.
So, that’s where I have been and I’m so happy to be back! My plan moving forward is to pick a theme each week and do 2-4 paintings that relate to the theme and then share the collection here with you. This week’s theme is the Portland Observatory, so stay tuned for new paintings tomorrow. If you are interested in following along with me, please join me on Instagram @fraserartstudio! I hope you are well and enjoying a gorgeous Autumn. Such a magical time of year.
There is so much magic that happens in the marsh and I was lucky enough to get to be an observer of it all during my stay in South Carolina. From the deck we watched the birds, the crabs, the fish, the deer, the racoons, the snakes, the insects … what amazing web of life that ebbs and flows in and out of here with the tides. 🙂
Long time, no see, my friends! I know I have been missing in action since late March … I certainly didn’t mean for so much time to go by. I was down in South Carolina until the first of May & then it has taken me almost 3 weeks to get back to my blog–although I have been painting!
In any case, I had a wonderful time in the low country enjoying the wildlife, the marshes, the beach and the mild weather. Ahhhhh! I didn’t actually paint any paintings while I was down there, just walls, but I did recharge and take in the beauty that surrounded me. My favorite part of each day was my sunrise beach walks with my pup Zoe–always gorgeous even when the sun wasn’t out. Here are a few sunrise paintings I did upon my return.
Here’s another painting from my Vinalhaven series. I was pedaling around the island and stumbled across this scenic harbor with lobster boats, islands, and coastal homes. It never gets old! :-). I had fun playing with colors and shapes in this painting.
NOTE: ART OPENING TOMORROW! I’m a huge fan of white line woodcuts and Blanche Lazzell in particular, so I decided to give the method a shot. Here is my Ferry Ride piece in honor of my little art show at the Dodwell Gallery on Long Island, Maine — my work is there through the end of the month. The white line woodcut method was a somewhat tedious and meditative process that I enjoyed. This is the only print I have done from the block, but I may do a few more. :-). Hop on the ferry & come join me for the reception on Long Island tomorrow, Saturday the 9th, from 11am-1pm. The gallery is located about a half a mile from the ferry terminal (and includes an uphill walk) to the Learning Center on Fern Avenue.
Colorful Day at the Basin • 24×24 • oil on canvas • $625
I have felt a little blocked as an artist for awhile now … not super motivated, not truly inspired to go beyond where my day to day work load takes me. Of course I have kept on painting and trying to challenge myself–discipline is half the battle–but there seems to be more to it. I have written off this blocked feeling to the fact that I do so much commission work (which I absolutely LOVE) and how it’s hard to keep up with that and carve out time to paint what calls to my soul.
Well, I have decided to spend some time getting unstuck by playing more & working larger. This painting was a fun piece for me to experiment with. I drew out the composition in paint and then let myself play with colors and shapes. It’s a really happy piece & definitely sparks joy! I have also begun “The Artist’s Way” which is book that helps you dive in to your creative being through a 12 week program. Let’s see where this leads … How do you get unstuck?
There are some places that I connect with in ways I cannot even begin to explain–this place is one of them. The first time I visited Lanes Island, it took my breath away. There is so much beauty everywhere you look. Following the little paths along the shore and around the bluff are so much fun … and so inspiring! I am turning a few of my favorite small Vinalhaven daily paintings into larger paintings & here is the first one.