daily paintings

Quiet Beauty

Quiet Beauty • 6×6 • oil on wood • $125 • SOLD

What a beautiful and peaceful snowfall we have today! I love looking out at the Casco Bay Islands and Fort Gorges in this kind of weather. There is such a quiet beauty about this scene. I’m so enjoying looking at this view from the Eastern Promenade in different winter weather and light. It’s all so magical and painting snowflakes is fun!

Winter Promenade

Winter Fort Sunrise • 6×6 • oil on wood • $125 • purchase link

Winter Afternoon Walk • 6×6 • oil on panel • $125 • purchase link

My world has been fairly small over the past few weeks because I haven’t been feeling well, but the one constant I have had is my doggy walks on the Eastern Promenade. I have been so grateful to be able to get outside for 2 walks a day and to soak up the winter beauty of the prom and the views of Fort Gorges and the Casco Bay Islands. So dreamy! And I’m happy to report I am finally starting to feel like myself … and getting to spend time in the studio today felt amazing!!! YAY!

Island Moon

Island Moon – framed • 6×6 • gouache on panel • $150 • purchase link

You know I love watching the sun rise and the sun set …. well, catching a moon rise or set is so special too. What a gift to get to witness these moments in beautiful settings. This is a gouache painting on wood panel and it is framed in a custom gray wooden frame. I have had a great time playing with gouache (it’s basically an opaque watercolor)… I love the immediacy of it, as it dries very quickly, and there’s a quiet to the soft, flat colors.

Ode to the Shacks

I have been trying to build a sketchbook practice over the past few years, and the truth is I go in spurts … some weeks I’ll play a lot and then there are times I leave it untouched for days. I think what’s hard about sketchbook work for me is that I use my daily paintings and small gouache or watercolor crayon paintings as a sketchbook of sorts. I do have to say that it is very satisfying to fill an entire sketchbook with ideas and studies and then to flip through it. That really is the fun of having a sketchbook for me–the revisiting.

I am still not feeling 100% and have had a hard time painting in my studio, and after the storms that hit the Maine coast last week, I got my sketchbook out and flipped through some of the many photos I have of the Fishing Shacks at Willard Beach and I did some paintings. I had fun playing and remembering the shacks that we all loved so much.

Once I am back to my old tricks, I will do some oil paintings of the shacks and maybe a notecard release to commemorate them and to help raise some money for the relief efforts of our coastline. Until then, enjoy these snippets from my sketchbook.

Coastal Love

Coastal Love • 6×6 • oil on wood • $125 • purchase link

Happy New Year, friends! I have been under the weather and am just starting to get back some energy to paint. I figured that there was no better way to start 2024 than with a painting on the beautiful Maine coast and one of my favorite spots on Lane’s Island. While my body has been feeling battered of late, so have the shores of our coastline. My finger are crossed that tomorrow’s tides and storm surge spare any extreme damage to our already fragile waterfronts. I am holding space for our shores and communities that have been impacted and sending love to all. xoxo

Evening Stroll & Windy Shore

Evening Stroll • 6×6 • oil on panel • SOLD

Windy Shore • 6×6 • GOUACHE on panel • $125 • purchase link

Here are a couple of small paintings inspired from my time on Vinalhaven this Fall. One from a sunset stroll with the pups and another from a wild and windy afternoon on a point. I soaked up so much magic! Ahhhh.

Quiet Morning

Quiet Morning • 6×6 • oil on wood • $125 • purchase link

The beauty and stillness from this quiet morning walk around Lane’s Island just called to me for a painting. It’s definitely a muted beauty and that is what I love about it. I could use more of this in my life! :-). Ahhhhh.

Sunrise from the Boat

Sunrise from the Boat • 6×6 • oil on wood • $125 • purchase link

One of the benefits of hopping on the first boat off of the island in October is catching the sunrise. This particular morning the sky was on fire! And it just didn’t stop. Wow. Just wow. Always a treat to witness these moments.

Sibling Set: Autumn Sunrise Walk

Autumn Sunrise Walk • 6×6 • oil on wood • SOLD

Following oceanside trails is fun at any time of day … but there is something extra special about doing it at sunrise. I love watching the sun burn through and over the pine trees and light up the marsh grasses and rocks of the shoreline. So special and peaceful. Cheers to more of that!

E. Fraser-6×6-oil on wood

M. Fraser-6×6-oil on wood-purchase

Window Through the Trees

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Window Through the Trees • 6×6 oil on wood SOLD

I love being surprised by a beautifully framed view. In this case, the pine trees on all sides of me opened up a little window, highlighting the morning sun on the shore across the way. I can’t think of a better way to start the day!