Monday, August 08, 2022

Blessed written in sand, beach, painted on wood

"Blessed"

Love the curve and the softer colors in the letters.  captured a bit of perspective too.  
This board has rough bark across the bottom, which I liked for the dirt and sand. 

ENJOY!
  • Exclusive, original art
  • Acrylic on wood
  • 5 x 12 inches
  • Sides and back are painted and sealed
  • Wired for hanging
  • $155.00 (free shipping) 

Email me at: fawn@fawnsartstudio.com for availability

 

Bark edge


Side

 

Sunday, August 07, 2022

Hope written in sand, wall art, cheeseboard



"Hope"

Cleaned, sanded, and primed this cheeseboard before writing the letters on it. I painted over the straight vertical letters I had drawn not just once, but three times.  Could not get the water and waves to make sense with the letters.  Each time I put more sand color back over the letters and tried again. 

Frustrated, and tired from painting late at night, I gave up and prayed about it as I went to bed:
"Lord, can you help with this? How can I get the letters to tie in better with the sand?"
As I closed my eyes, it came to me in clear images.  (This is not the first time I have seen the answer to a painting I am struggling with after I stop to ask for help.) You would think I would learn to ask first!

I fell asleep at peace with it. The next morning I couldn't wait to get started!  It is obvious now - people don't write in the sand vertical along the shoreline! So I turned it and tried to get some perspective, which is what I saw in my mind after I prayed about it.  This is the first time I tried to make the letters look like they are carved in the sand, which is another aspect I believe Father God showed me. 

This became quite interesting to learn to do, and I am so excited that it worked! I have a few more in progress and I am getting the hang of making the illusion of letters written in the sand.  I love the extra detail and the way it looks like the wood has been carved!

ENJOY!
  • Exclusive, original art
  • Acrylic on a cheeseboard
  • 14 x 4.5 inches
  • Sides and back are painted and sealed
  • For decoration only
  • $155.00 (free shipping) 

Email me at: fawn@fawnsartstudio.com for availability



 

At G-36, rim canal, knife painting


"At G-36"
© Fawn McNeill 2010


I recently framed this small painting in a custom gold frame to set off the foreground. 
Did this a few years ago En Plein Air (out on location) at lock G-36 on the rim canal.   It was my first try at painting with a palette knife on location.  I had painted with knives, but not from start to finish while working En Plein Air.

It was early morning and very windy, which made the whole project more of a challenge. I was very happy with the outcome! 
ENJOY!

  • Original palette knife painting
  • Acrylic on hardboard
  • 8 x 10 inches
  • Elaborate gold frame 
  • $295.00 (Free Shipping)

Email me at: fawn@fawnsartstudio.com for availability




 

A Rose is a Rose


"A Rose is a Rose"
© Fawn McNeill 2007


 

While remodeling and organizing things this past year, I am also reframing some of the gems I find in storage.  

This is one of my Daily Paintings, back when I challenged myself to create about 5 paintings a week! Most of them were small, and many were quite impressionistic, because I did them en Plein Air (on location) or alla prima (all in one session). This painting took a couple of sessions as I took my time to add more detail to it.

I love this frame. It reminds me of something you might see in a museum.  A quality frame can set off a painting, complimenting and enhancing it.  A frame also helps protect the artwork. This is essential if you have art created on paper or photos that you want to preserve.  These should be framed behind glass, with acid-free matting to slow the aging process and to keep the art or prints off of the glass.  

  • Original art
  • Acrylic on hardboard
  • 5 x 7 inches
  • Elaborate gold frame 
  • $125.00 (Free Shipping)

Email me at: fawn@fawnsartstudio.com for availability

Thanks for stopping by!


Friday, July 29, 2022

Love, wall art, beach shoreline at sunset


"Love Shoreline"




Found this wall hanging at a thrift store.  It was dirty and a solid dull blue-gray. I cleaned it up, sanded it down, and painted it with lovely sunset colors. 

  • Original art
  • Acrylic
  • 19 x 6 inches
  • Sides are painted
  • $85.00 (free shipping) 

Email me at: fawn@fawnsartstudio.com for availability


 

Tree Tops, cardinals, impressionism


"Tree Tops"

Applied the paint quickly in this painting, for an impressionistic feel.  Actually, I created it years ago but never finished it. I just pulled it out of storage and added the cardinals and more details in the trees and bushes.  

ENJOY!

  • Original art
  • 8 x 10 inches
  • Elaborate gold frame (see below)
  • $175.00


Email me at: fawn@fawnsartstudio.com for availability





Drifting, shoreline on driftwood, mixed media


'Drifting"
19 x 6 x 3 inches 



Painting this cool driftwood turned into quite the project.   Love all the layers and holes throughout the piece - adds interesting depth.

Had to be careful while cleaning the fragile pieces of wood. I also used a clear matte sealer to hold it together before adding color.  

Striving to get the wood to resemble sand, I used very little paint in the lower areas.
Finally, I got to add a tiny starfish and some shells in key places! Then I put a final clear coat on it.

 Great gift idea!

~ Hand painted, unique original art
~ Professional materials
~ Nautical décor
~ Sealed on all sides
~ Ready to hang, or set on a shelf
~ $275.00 (free shipping)

Please email me for availability: fawn@fawnsartstudio.com






 

Friday, June 24, 2022

Defender of the Weak, angel with sword


 "Defender of the Weak"
© Fawn McNeill 2019

    Had just started experimenting with adding found objects to my paintings when I created this angel.  I used metallic gold paint, beads, and gems to give it stronger emphasis. This is part of a series of palette knife angels paintings I used to do quite often. painting with a knife creates unique mixtures of color and thick texture.  Exciting and fun!
  • Original knife painting
  • Mixed media
  • 9 x 12 inches
  • Sold

Email me at: fawn@fawnsartstudio.com for availability, or information on having a similar painting custom-made in your favorite colors and in a size you want.

Thursday, June 23, 2022

Busy Morning, mixed media, colorful flowers, insects, and a frog


"Busy Morning"



    What can I say? I certainly got carried away with this little piece! 
    Honestly, I wasn't happy with it at first. It started as a palette knife painting. Nothing seemed to be working out.  I added more knife work and even used paper clay to build up the flowers.  (Paper clay is an air-dry clay that has paper fibers in it.  It dries stronger and is better suited for mixed media projects than regular air-drying clay.) But I still was not liking it. 
     Carol Jones (https://www.facebook.com/CarolsTreasuresFromTheSea), a close friend of mine, sent this resin frog as a gift with my order of seahorses and starfish. It made me smile each time I looked at it.  I moved it all around to see if it would look good and where I might add it.  It cracked me up! That got things moving.  I added some charms and then purchased some molds to make insects and flowers out of paper clay.  Thought I would use resin at first, but the paper clay worked so well I just kept making more.  
    The advantage of paper clay is that I can paint it any color I want.  Resin stays as it was created, so you have to get the colors right when you make the mold.
    Painting the molded insects and flowers was time-consuming but enjoyable.  Each piece gave me a new idea of what else I wanted to add. I had to make myself stop because it was too much fun to keep adding more! 
    This breaks so many rules on so many levels!  So I went back and added shadows to the bottom and the left side (to tone it down some) and also to keep the viewer's eye in the painting.  I also used a solid color scheme of complementary colors throughout the project to harmonize the painting. 
    To top it all off, I made a shadow box frame for it and sealed it behind glass.  This added to the whole notion of a child capturing a frog in a jar!  So far everyone that sees it starts laughing.  That makes it all worth so much more!

ENJOY!

  • Original art
  • Mixed media
  • 8 x 10 inches
  • Gold shadow box frame (see below)
  • $225.00 


Email me at: fawn@fawnsartstudio.com for availability








 

Wednesday, June 22, 2022

Wedding Roses, white roses

 

"Wedding Roses" 
© Fawn McNeill 2007

Here is another one I just reframed.  I think this fancy frame is perfect for it!  


This is another one of Kathy Papasso's frames that have been on sale at the Okeechobee Arts and Cultural Alliance.  Her husband donated her equipment and frames (and many of her paintings) after she passed away from COVID last year.

It brings me comfort and joy to use her frames.

  • Original art
  • Acrylic on hardboard
  • 5 x 7 inches
  • Elaborate silver frame
  • $95.00 (Free shipping in US)


Email me for availability: fawn@fawnsartstudio.com

Enchanted Morning, water lilies, great egret



"Enchanted Morning" 
© Fawn McNeill 2010

Just reframed this little favorite painting.  I did it on location (en plein air) quite a few years ago at White City Park.  White City Park has always been one of the best places to do a paint-out.  It is hard to decide where to set up my easel!  By the river or near a pond, it doesn't matter because every painting turns out amazing.  

This is one of Kathy Papasso's frames I purchased at the Okeechobee Arts and Cultural Alliance.  Her husband donated her equipment and frames (and many of her paintings) after she passed away from COVID last year.

It brings me comfort and joy to use her frames.

Enjoy!

  • Original Plein Air painting
  • Acrylic on canvas
  • 8 x 10 inches
  • Elaborate gold frame
  • $325.00 (free shipping in the US)


Email me for availability: fawn@fawnsartstudio.com


 

Thursday, June 02, 2022

3D Sea-Star, Starfish, beach shore on rope



Cleaned up this old gray rope décor before adding two coats of bright white primer.  Then I got to paint my favorite colors of sand and sea.  The primer made it easier to work on the rough surface and made the colors stronger.  It took a few tries to get the colors to blend on the bumpy surface, but I love the way it turned out!

Enjoy!
  • Original art
  • Hand-painted 
  • Acrylic on a 3D rope structure
  • Approximately 14 x 14 x 3 inches
  • $225.00 (free shipping in the US)
Email me for availability: fawn@fawnsartstudio.com

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Thursday, April 28, 2022

Serene Beach, shoreline, accent table, solid wood furniture



"Serene Beach"
© Fawn McNeill 2022
 

This is my first piece of furniture.  I started it two years ago!  I was working on it just before COVID shut everything down and I had to close my gallery.  Most everything has been in storage since.  

Lately, we've been remodeling, and I've been cleaning things out.  It has been good to finish up some older projects.

Originally I did a practice painting ("Invitational") on a canvas after ordering the table. Wanted to figure out how to make the woodgrain appear to be sand under the transparent water and to gain some confidence that I wouldn't add too much paint and lose the woodgrain.  It took a few tries to get the effect I wanted.  (See below.)

I left more sand on this painting because I loved the wood grain showing through.  It required thin layers of paint, so I used a matte medium instead of water to make the paint transparent. I also added more seafoam.  Just got carried away.  

I used a semi-gloss finish, sanding between each coat with fine-grade sandpaper.  It made a beautiful hard surface that should not scratch easily.

  • One of a kind, hand-made original.
  • Acrylic painting on a custom-made table.
  • Solid wood accent table ( a little taller than a coffee table).
  • 5 coats of clear sealer.
  • 22W x 40L x 21 H inches.
  • $895.00 plus shipping (this is a very heavy table, shipping will be quite expensive).
Email me for availability: fawn@fawnsartstudio.com

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"Invitational" 
© Fawn McNeill 2020
Acrylic on canvas
12 x 24 inches
Sold