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Colorful Autumn Shore

Colorful Autumn Shore • 6×6 • oil on cradled wood panel

Every painting tells a story and I’m going to tell you the behind the scenes story to this one. I headed out on a morning painting adventure yesterday, determined to find a little trail I had heard about. It was somewhat hidden, but I propped my bike up against a tree and followed a narrow path out to a lovely creek at low, low tide.

I scouted around for a minute and decided to rock hop over to the perfect painting ledge. The sun was beating down and the rocks looked dry, but as I stepped from one rock to another my feet slipped out from under me and I threw my water bottle 50 feet behind me and found myself on the ground with my paint bag, nestled between 2 rocks and some seaweed. Ouch! I brushed my scrapes off, retrieved my water bottle and my pride and set up a few rocks closer to shore. The autumn shoreline across from me was calling … so many gorgeous colors popping in the morning light.

When I was finished painting and roasting in the sun, I wrapped up my supplies and walked the path back to my bike and hopped on. As I pedaled a dirt road, I felt my painting shift in my bag … when I got home I found that the painting had flipped and 1/4 of it had been rubbing against my back the whole ride home. What a mess. 🙂 I almost scrapped the whole thing, but in the end, I couldn’t resist finishing the colorful autumn shore. 🙂

Autumn Island Summit

Autumn Summit View • 6×6 • oil on cradled wood panel • SOLD

I took a late afternoon hike the other day on a trail that I had never been on before and there were so many wonderful elements of surprise–including this spectacular view looking down Long Cove. The trees have really started to turn on the island and the glow of the afternoon sun combined with the crunching of the leaves underfoot and the smell of pine trees in the air made for a heavenly walk with my pup. So many unexpected joys and so much beauty. I’m so grateful. I shared this picture with my brother for our sibling Sunday painting. We used the exact same composition this time, so these 2 paintings really do look similar, with each of our styles coming through. So fun!

E. Fraser • 6×6 • oil on wood • SOLD
M. Fraser • 6×6 • oil on wood • SOLD

Teal Dory

Teal Dory • 6×6 • oil on cradled wood panel • SOLD

This morning I walked down the street to sit near a dock. There were lobster traps piled high everywhere I looked and this teal dory just called to me. I was about halfway through the painting when 2 guys and dog walked down this dock and hopped in the boat and took off. I was glad that didn’t happen right away. 🙂 Such a gorgeous morning to sit quietly by the water and see the comings and goings of the lobster boats.

Golden Hour

Golden Hour • 6×6 • oil on cradled wood • SOLD

I sat on the beach shore of Lane’s Island yesterday afternoon and painted as the sun quickly lowered. It was low tide and the pine trees, sea grasses and seaweed started to glow, and the water sparkled even more. What a magical time of day. I painted quickly trying to capture the golden autumn light and then ran out of paint and decided to wrap it up at home. So pretty!

Maine Coast Drizzle I & II

Drizzle at the Basin I • 6×6 • oil on wood
Drizzle at the Basin II • 6×6 • oil on 1/8 inch birch panel • SOLD

It was a gray and drizzly day yesterday … and beautiful! I decided to head out for a morning paddle at high tide and as I got to the Basin, a gentle rain started to fall. I decided to head out anyway and it was so worth it. The water was so still and there were these gorgeous lines of light and dark running through it … currents, rain, reflections … so serene. And the icing on the cake was that I had some seals follow me on and off the whole time. So fun! Later in the afternoon, my partner and I headed out with one of our pups for a trail walk along the edge of the basin at low tide. Just a gorgeous rainy day.

Sunrise at Bob Meadow Point

Sunrise at Bob Meadow Point • 6×6 • oil on cradled wood panel • SOLD
E. Fraser • 6×6 • oil on cradled wood
M. Fraser • 6×6 • oil on cradled wood

This week my brother and I decided to paint a panoramic scene from one of my photos on Vinalhaven. I took the left side of the image and he took the right, and together they make up the spectacular sunrise I witnessed earlier this week. It’s so funny to see how we interpret information, isn’t it?

About this scene: My partner and I headed to Geary’s Beach for the sunrise the other day and decided to walk out to the tip of Bob Meadow Point, and it did not disappoint. So much eye candy between the light, the sky, the water and the shore. Magic!

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October Seal Bay

October Sea Harbor • 6×6 • oil on gesso board panel • SOLD

I took an afternoon walk that dropped my onto some gorgeous granite rocks with amazing views of little islands and ledges. My little friend Pebbles joined me, leading the way on the trails and then napping by my side while I painted. I perched myself on the granite and painted this sweet little view of Seal Bay looking toward Burnt Island. (Speaking of seals … I saw two this morning when I went out for a paddle on my paddleboard. Magic!) It was a beautiful afternoon with big clouds, a chilly wind and an occasional ray of sunshine.

NOTE: This painting is on a 6×6 inch gesso board panel, ready to prop up on a shelf or pop into a frame.

Little Tiptoe View

Little Tiptoe View • 6×6 • oil on canvas • SOLD

It’s so much fun to explore! Yesterday we walked a couple of small trails off of Tiptoe Mountain Road and everything about the walks was magical … the sound of the water, the birds chirping, the green moss cushioning the forest floor, the smell of pines, the light shining through and of course the breathtaking views. Here’s a view looking down into a charming cove. Pinch me!

A Loster Dock

A Lobster Dock • 6×6 • oil on cradled wood panel • SOLD

I am on Vinalhaven right now painting my heart out–it is one of those special places that just calls to me in a way that is hard to put into words. I sat at the edge of Carver’s Harbor this morning to paint this little lobster dock scene. It was a feast for the eyes with all of the lobster traps, shacks and the sweet little homes and trees peering over them from behind, along with the morning light. Such a magical harbor–so many things sparkling.

Harvest Moon

Harvest Moon • 6×6 • oil on cradled wood • $100 • purchase link

Time for a sibling set! We caught the Harvest Moon over the Eastern Prom earlier this week and it was gorgeous! Witnessing moments like this never gets old. It was a mild night and there were people scattered all over the promenade watching the magic happen. I love the pinks and purples and the shimmering reflection of the moon in the water. So special.

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E. Fraser • 6×6 • oil on wood
M. Fraser • 6×6 • oil on wood