Saturday, January 16, 2021

Morning Flight, angel, knife painting


"Morning Flight"

This was a demonstration for a video lesson, but the video cut off during the session and I didn't know it. I did the whole thing thinking I was still recording!  LOL.  I went ahead and did another demo knife painting with the angel facing the other way, which recorded fine. I think this one turned out better, so I framed it up first. 

 I like the transparency of the angel and the soft colors. I also like the way the bottom could be sky or water.  Palette knife paintings lend themselves to abstract qualities which leaves room for the imagination. It is also fun to load up thick amounts of paint and smear it all together.

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Acrylic knife painting
11 x14 inches 
Rustic teal custom frame (see below)
$170.00  plus shipping


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Friday, January 08, 2021

Indian Hills Morning, palette knife, plein air painting


"Indian Hills Morning"

What a beautiful day yesterday!  Wonderful cool weather, partly cloudy, and the birds singing to me!  I haven't been able to do very many paint-outs, so I was excited to get back out there.  It was well worth the drive over!  The Plein Air Painters of the Treasure Coast met at Indian Hills Recreational Area, in Fort Pierce, Florida.

This painting turned out great, but it was actually a failed attempt at a new technique!  I wanted to use a brush to create a dark underpainting and then add the thick knife work over the top in bright colors.  I ended up painting over the underpainting entirely, so I will have to try that idea again.  I am usually a little stingy with the amount of paint I add, so I was also working on applying generous amounts of color.  I got carried away with all the thick textures.  I did like the way the underpainting gave me a guide as I slapped more blobs of paint onto the support!


Here is the painting in progress.  The palms were off to the right of my easel.  I added some more highlights and the egret when I got home.  



8 x 8 x 1 1/2 inches,
Acrylic palette knife, original Plein Air painting,
Sides are painted, framing is optional (see below),
$275.00



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Wednesday, December 16, 2020

Christmas Joy, painting of an ornament, mixed media


"Christmas Joy"

This was originally a demonstration painting from a year ago that I did for one of my classes.  I finished it up recently by splattering it with white and then adding bits of silver glitter (and I also added chunky glitter where I wanted the snow to pile up more).  The gold is metallic paint and the red has some red glitter paint.  I love all the extra sparkle it added.  When you view it at different angles the light catches on it and it shines.

I put it in an expensive custom gold frame to really set it off.  

Enjoy!

Merry Christmas!

About this painting: 
Mixed media
8 x 10 inches on canvas
Custom gold frame



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Saturday, November 28, 2020

New Every Morning, shore line, shallow waves


"New Every Morning"
The steadfast love of the Lord never ceases; His mercies never come to an end; 
they are new every morning; great is your faithfulness. (Lamentations 3:22-23)

I just updated this little beach scene.  Originally I had painted the sides of the cradled hardboard and left it unframed, but then I found this larger cradled hardboard, which I had planned to use for a mixed media piece.  When I set the 10 x 10 inch painting next to the 12 x 12 inch unpainted board, I thought, "Wow! That might fit perfectly if I invert it..." I stained the back and painted the frame piece in the front and the sides before joining the two boards. How cool is that?  It makes a beautiful floater frame! (See the images below.)

I have become quite fond of painting on wood.  I look for patterns in the grain and use that to find the waves.  Then I layer the different effects of the transparent water.   It is exciting to see it all come together! 

I measured the back precisely for where to place the hanger brackets.  They hold the whole piece together and hold the wire nicely.  

Original acrylic on cradled hardboard
12 x 12 inches (including frame)
$225.00 (free shipping in the US)

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Thursday, November 19, 2020

Star of the Sea, shore line, mixed media


 "Star of the Sea"
© Fawn McNeill 2020

Absolutely love this piece!  A little harder to put together, but well worth the extra effort!  I painted the outside edges and the back of the tray.   I also added a wire on the back if someone wanted to hang it on a wall instead of setting it on a shelf or table.  

Most of the objects were found at the beach, except the starfish. I found it at Walmart, all bleached white.  I painted it the colors I wanted.  Before adding it to the tray, I used a painting knife with gel medium to build up interesting textures in the sand and the water.  Then I added different shades of colors to get the textures to show up better.

Enjoy!


Mixed Media
8.5 x 11 x 2.5 inches
$225.00




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Tuesday, November 10, 2020

Deep Calling, shells on the shore, mixed media


"Deep Calling"


This painting went through a few phases.  It started with an underwater scene, which became very dark and uninviting.  So then I added more sand and deep blue water to get a better bird's eye view of the transparent water on the shore, which has been a recurring theme for me lately.  I love the challenge of getting things under the water to show up and still capture the feeling of movement in the water.  Plus I love finding shells and sea glass at the beach.

I used the brush for most of the painting and then used a palette knife to build up some interesting textures in the waves and sand.  I used gel medium for the thicker impasto areas, and then did a dry brush technique with white paint to enhance it. 

I decided to add found objects after leaving it alone for a few days.  (I wasn't sure if it was finished yet.) I set a few on and took them off.  I didn't want to take away from the painting.  But in the end the little girl in me showed up and dictated the outcome!

I finally adhered the seashells and the aquarium stones with gel medium.  Something about that always makes me laugh.  I feel like a kid while arranging them.  I think it has something to do with breaking all the rules of fine art and making something more of a fine craft.  I was never crafty, and I was taught that it devalues the painting when it looks more like a craft project.  But I have found it to be a wonderful expression of art, and I feel comfortable with lowering my prices on the mixed media pieces.  This is because they are smaller works for the most part, and they don't take as long to create compared to all the hours of adding tiny details to my realistic paintings.

10 x 10 x 1 1/2 inches
Mixed Media on cradled hardboard
(Painted sides, framing is optional.)
$225.00

Enjoy!



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Saturday, November 07, 2020

Winter Cardinal, mixed media


 "Winter Cardinal"
Original Demo

This was originally a demonstration painting for an adult class a couple of years ago.  I just added glitter paint and some chunky glitter for the snow.  Wanted to add a little sparkle!

Enjoy!

11 x14 inches
Mixed Media on stretched canvas
Ready to frame
$180.00


 
I am accepting orders for custom paintings.  If you want something before Christmas we need to get started!  I need more than a month for larger paintings.    

I would love to create a painting for you!


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Thursday, November 05, 2020

Along the Boardwalk, seascape, mixed media


 "Along the Boardwalk" © 2019
9x12 inches Mixed Media
SOLD

Last year I reworked this painting from a few years ago. The sea-grapes definitely needed some attention.  I enhanced the shadows and added more detail to the boardwalk and the sandy path.   I couldn't wait to add some charms and beads in the flowers! I camouflaged them really well, so they are not very noticeable until you see them at an angle.  It catches the light and then you want to look for others.  I also added a few shells.  I love the way it turned out!

I made a custom frame for it in rustic wood, which complemented the boardwalk perfectly.  (See below)

I would love to create a painting for you!
I am accepting orders for custom paintings for another week.  If you want something before Christmas we need to get started!  I will need more than a month for large paintings.  



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Wednesday, October 28, 2020

December Snow, winter, mixed media, original art


 "December Snow"

This was originally a demonstration painting from last year.  I thought I would spruce it up a bit by adding some glitter paint and bling.  I also added an angel in the sky.  When my young students did their paintings of this scene they often added a cabin and/or a snowman.  The snow twinkles a little in the background from glitter paint. The path has chunky glitter paint along the light edges, so it sparkles when you view it at different angles.

These are fun to create! It is also a great gift idea!

11 x14 inches
Mixed Media on stretched canvas
Ready to frame
SOLD
 

I am accepting orders for custom paintings.  If you want something before Christmas we need to get started!  I need more than a month for larger paintings.  Early orders get a 20% discount!  

I would love to create a painting for you!


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Wednesday, October 21, 2020

Breathtaking Impact, beach sunrise

 

"Breathtaking Impact" ©2019

"...the breath of the All Mighty gives me life."  Job33:4


When I came around the corner and got that first glimpse of this scene before me, it stopped me in my tracks!  The salt air blew across my face and the sunlight danced on the water.  It was just incredible.  I wanted to capture that moment of awe when all of your senses are engaged in absorbing so much information all at once.  I was also interested in the shadows from the fence falling on the footprints on the sand.

I used modeling paste to build up thick impasto relief on the fence and in the waves.  I used gel medium on a painting knife to build up the textures in the sand and then painted the highlights and shadows over the top with a drybrush technique. This causes all kinds of interesting effects and is fun to create. 

The fence was very challenging.  Trying to get the edges straight and the posts to stand out with thick layers had me adding many layers.  The image doesn't capture the textures.  

This painting didn't get posted last year because it was at a show in Wellington in December.  Then before the show ended (the first week in April, 2020) everything was closed.  I couldn't pick it up for months!  

18 x 36 inches (plus frame)
Mixed Media
Framed (see below)
$1,500.00 plus shipping  


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Wednesday, October 14, 2020

Spoonbills Feasting, mixed media, wild flock, Florida art


"Spoonbills Feasting"


This is an older painting that I have revisited and put in a new frame.

Here is what I wrote about it a few years ago:
This was an amazing site! I have seen spoonbills at zoos, but this is the first time I have seen them in the wild! The evening sun was shining on them and the pink feathers were just dancing all around. I tried to capture it from memory, because I forgot to take my camera! 

I added beads and aquarium stones for more interest.  I like the way they reflect the light!

8 x 10 inches
Mixed Media
Unique custom frame; see below)
$170.00


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FYI: I use professional artist grade materials for priming, painting, adhering, and sealing my work.
This one has shells and beads added.  I like the way the light catches on the beads in the water, and how the shells really stand out on the beach.  

I would love to create a painting for you of your favorite place!  

I am accepting orders for custom paintings.  If you want something before Christmas we need to get started!  I need more than a month for larger paintings.  Early orders get a 20% discount!




Saturday, October 10, 2020

Shoreline Treasures, mixed media, beach scene


 "Shoreline Treasures"
10 x10 inches
Mixed Media on Cradled Hardboard
Sold

This painting is actually done on the wrong side!  I flipped it over and primed the back so I could use the cradled edge as the frame.  I gave the '"frame" a faux finish to create the illusion of woodgrain. 
This is probably the longest I have ever stuck with a series.  It is endless.  Each painting sparks a new idea, or a new experiment!  I think I will keep going with this theme for a while!

FYI: I use professional artist grade materials for priming, painting, adhering, and sealing my work.
This one has shells and beads added.  I like the way the light catches on the beads in the water, and how the shells really stand out on the beach.  

I would love to create a painting for you of your favorite place!  

I am accepting orders for custom paintings.  If you want something before Christmas we need to get started!  I need more than a month for larger paintings.  Early orders get a 20% discount!





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