Saturday, March 30, 2013

Weasel Portrait

The Weasel is the third animal in the Woodland Portrait series:


“Weasel” Woodland Portrait
Artist: Amy E. Fraser
Date: March 2013
Size: 10” x 12” Oval
Medium: Acrylic Glaze on Watercolor Paper

Early one morning the cats were going insane, howling and digging at the French doors. I went to see what all the fuss was about; assuming it was another squirrel fight, but when I looked out, it seemed as if nothing was there. Sometimes the Turkeys come up on the porch to torture the cats and vanish as quickly as they materialize. No Turkey tracks, but then I caught sight of a wispy black shape racing across the snow, I looked closer and this adorable white creature began to take shape. Of course I squealed with girlish delight, exclaiming what is that thing? It’s SO cute! My husband replies it’s just a weasel. What? I thought weasels were mean and hideous. This thing was magnificent! Then, me and the weasel, we had a *moment*, gazing at each other through the window, smiling, him on his hind legs practically about to wave… and then the Mr. says, uh aren’t you going to get your camera? Oh I forgot. Caden wakes up, grumpy, Mama what are you making so much noise about? Moment over. So later I excitedly shared my weasel sighting with my father-in-law (woodsman and critter expert), and you know what he says? That the weasel was only smiling at me because my throat was exposed and he was thinking about ripping it open and drinking my blood. No, not my weasel! :)

Friday, March 29, 2013

Raccoon Portrait

The Raccoon is the second animal in the Woodland Portrait series. This one stopped by our back porch for a late night snack:

“Raccoon” Woodland Portrait
Artist: Amy E. Fraser
Date: March 2013
Size: 10” x 12” Oval
Medium: Acrylic Glaze on Watercolor Paper

Coyote Portrait

The first animal in the Woodland Portrait series is the Coyote whose chilling vocals drifted through our windows just the other night:

“Coyote” Woodland Portrait
Artist: Amy E. Fraser
Date: March 2013
Size: 10” x 12” Oval
Medium: Acrylic Glaze on Watercolor Paper

Woodland Portraits

The next addition to the AEFMA will be the Woodland Portraits. This will be a series of 14-20 10” x 12” oval shaped animal paintings. At first I imagined this new series as dark and Victorian (which is probably where the oval frame obsession originated), then I changed my mind and began imaging other delightful fairytale scenarios, like the golden halos of medieval times, or elaborate castle backdrops, or two or three characters having a “moment” but that’s pretty much where I am going with the Legend of Hare Terra series… So I looked into the eyes of our critters and realized that the best way to truly honor OUR beloved woodland friends is to paint them as simple and straightforward animal portraits (no bow ties, spectacles or crowns for our wild beasties!). I will after all, be representing simple country animals, ones that have actually spent time in our yard, that have shown no inclination toward magic or interest in clothing, real, adorable, but wild animals, which we have grown extremely fond of and feel a personal connection to. Therefore I will do my best to paint them just as they are. The oval frames I was finally able to purchase (after much searching and dismay!) are 10” x 12”. I will be displaying them in groups of two and three amidst the already heavily blocked floral instillation dominating The AEFMA. I think the oval shape will compliment the oval theme in our recent mantel project and provide visual relief from the abundance of square and rectangular grid patterns. The Woodland Portraits will hopefully add just the right touch of fairytale whimsy, without getting too cutesy. Stay Tuned! I will present the portraits as I paint them.

Monday, March 25, 2013

Floral Tapestries

Here is a look at another set of Tapestry inspired pieces I painted for The AEFMA:

“Floral Tapestry 1”
Artist: Amy E. Fraser
Date: March 2013
Size: 20” x 20”
Medium: Acrylic Glaze on Watercolor Paper

 


“Floral Tapestry 2”
Artist: Amy E. Fraser
Date: March 2013
Size: 20” x 20”
Medium: Acrylic Glaze on Watercolor Paper


“Floral Tapestry 3”
Artist: Amy E. Fraser
Date: March 2013
Size: 20” x 20”
Medium: Acrylic Glaze on Watercolor Paper

Mandala Set

Here is a look at some Indian inspired circular designs, often reffered to as "Mandalas", that I created for The AEFMA restroom:

“Blue Mandala”
Artist: Amy E. Fraser
Date: March 2013
Size: 12” x 12”
Medium: Acrylic Glaze on Watercolor Paper


“Pink Mandala”
Artist: Amy E. Fraser
Date: March 2013
Size: 12” x 12”
Medium: Acrylic Glaze on Watercolor Paper


“Purple Mandala”
Artist: Amy E. Fraser
Date: March 2013
Size: 12” x 12”
Medium: Acrylic Glaze on Watercolor Paper


“Green Mandala”
Artist: Amy E. Fraser
Date: March 2013
Size: 12” x 12”
Medium: Acrylic Glaze on Watercolor Paper

Decorative Panels

Here is a look at a set of Decorative Panels I created for the AEFMA, this is how they are displayed in our living room:



Here is a closer look:

Decorative Panels 1 and 4
Artist: Amy E. Fraser
Date: February 2013
Size: 10” x 20” Each
Medium: Acrylic Glaze on Watercolor Paper


Decorative Panel 2
Artist: Amy E. Fraser
Date: February 2013
Size: 16” x 20”
Medium: Acrylic Glaze on Watercolor Paper


Decorative Panel 5
Artist: Amy E. Fraser
Date: February 2013
Size: 16” x 20”
Medium: Acrylic Glaze on Watercolor Paper


Decorative Panels 3 and 6
Artist: Amy E. Fraser
Date: February 2013
Size: 10” x 20” Each
Medium: Acrylic Glaze on Watercolor Paper

Bird Tapestries

Here is a look at some Tapestry inspired pieces I painted for our house (now known as The AEFMA):



"Purple Finch Tapestry"
Artist: Amy E. Fraser
Date: February 2013
Size: 16” x 20”
Medium: Acrylic Glaze on Watercolor Paper



"Scottish Crossbill Tapestry"
Artist: Amy E. Fraser
Date: February 2013
Size: 16” x 20”
Medium: Acrylic Glaze on Watercolor Paper

Grumpy Brunch

One crisp sunny morning I caught a moment between two Red Squirrels that struck me as a hilarious but Grumpy Brunch:

Here was Hank enjoying his late morning brunch when his annoying neighbor Marv happens to drop by, again. Hank reluctantly invites Marv to share in his meal.

All is fine for a while, until Marv goes on and on, telling that same boring story he always tells about how he got that stupid human to give him a year’s supply of peanuts. As if.

Until finally, despite Hank’s best efforts to gather himself together and stay calm...

He finally snaps! Hank finds himself viciously attacking Marv!

With Marv finally gone, Hank throws himself across the bowl screaming “Mine! All Mine!”

Even as he looks back at the human, it never seems to occur to Hank where the snacks in the bowl came from in the first place. Or that perhaps Marv was telling the truth.

March Wildlife






Checking In

The last time I stopped by the blog it was January. I had that post New Year’s Day high enveloping my brain, promising great things for the year ahead. I was full of hopes and dreams and was well on my way to completing the drawing stages of The Legend of Hare Terra project. However, I was also under the delusion that I could work on that AND reorganize my house. An organized space means an organized mind, right? Well, reorganizing evolved into the purchase of new shelves and other random furniture, which inevitably led to a bit of re-decorating. When I say “a bit” I mean I also hung about 50 paintings. But then I discovered I had plenty of wall space left, so I thought… hey! why don’t I just do a few decorative paintings… Ugh. Big Mistake! But, you know me and my obsessions. My main floor has now been turned into the Amy E. Fraser Museum of Art, currently referred to as The AEFMA by my Mr.’s. Unfortunately, even months later, development of The AEFMA is still in progress. I might have completed the mission by now had I not fallen sick with a terrible cold which was then followed by pneumonia, which I am STILL recovering from. Not to mention other irritating tragedies this winter, like my car broke down twice, my computer caught another virus almost causing me to lose all my work on Hare Terra and well, there was lots of other annoying stuff but I digress… So, while I know this is probably a horrible waste of time, I feel compelled to continue the “Museum” project. I know I sound like I’m bailing on Hare Terra, I’m not, I promise. I’ve convinced myself that this detour is a good thing, a symbolic close to my past work and past career paths. I’m so completely bored doing the decorative paintings that I’ve once again become grateful that I was not hired by that local design firm a few years ago (Seriously). By hanging those pieces in my home, I’m committing to NOT selling them, to moving on and devoting myself completely to my new role as creator of Hare Terra. I know that sounds strange but it’s working for me. So please bear with me. In the meantime, I’ll share some recent photos of our backyard critters and the new decorative works. Stay tuned!