Monday, November 21, 2022

Christmas Pearls, mixed media painted tree

"Christmas Pearls"

How do you find just the right little jewel?  I actually go on treasure hunts at different thrift stores and department stores for the right pieces! I couldn't find a string of pearls the right size, so I had to carefully place each pearl to create the rows. Then I chose different charms, beads, and earrings for the ornaments. 

I laid it all out before adhering everything to the painted tree. Changed my mind a few hundred times! Or so it seems.  I used Liquitex matte gel medium to secure it all one piece at a time.  (No hot glue). 

This tree is smaller than the one I decorated for the Festival of Trees, "Christmas Hope"(for the Hospice benefit).  It has a similar feel to it with the background snow and glitter paint setting off the jewelry. 

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  • 6 x 12 inches
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    Saturday, November 12, 2022

    Christmas Hope, mixed media on wood

    "Christmas Hope"

     This is for the Festival of Trees, to benefit the Hospice of Okeechobee.

    It has earrings that remind me of my grandmother. I added angel wings from a bracelet. The red heart shape string of beads set it all off nicely, and the glitter paint adds extra shimmer to the snow.

    I can't put into words what this piece means to me personally. It goes out with prayers for those that will find comfort from it.

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    • Original mixed media on wood
    • 18 x 8 inches
    • Value: $300.00 available for bid
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    Friday, November 11, 2022

    Breakthrough, water lilies, mixed media


    The young flower was coming up under a lily pad. Got some interesting photos of this area while I was out working En Plein Aire (on location).  Originally, I just wanted to capture the warm morning sunlight chasing the cool shadows away.  It made the many shades of green into a feast for the eyes!  But I got carried away with the impasto, hidden critters, and beads. I also added glitter paint here and there for a little extra shimmer in the water.

    The impasto effects are made with heavy gesso and a palette knife. Some of the lily pads, lotus flowers, and the little stick that the snail is on are built up with it.

     The baby turtle is actually a metal charm that I primed with a primer that is made for use on metal (so the paint doesn't peel off).  He was just too shiny to leave unpainted!  I wanted him to blend in more.

    The dragonfly is made from paper clay, which is an air-dry clay with paper fibers added to it for strength. I used a mold to make it. Paper clay is wonderful to work with for mixed media projects. It receives acrylic paint well. I added iridescent paint into hues of blue for his color.

    The snail is made from a resin mold that a friend gave to me. Resin molds are harder to work with and are not easily painted over.  I used a special primer (different than the one used on metal) to get the snail to receive the acrylic paint. Again, I wanted to get him to blend in.

    Gel medium (matte) and acrylic modeling paste were used for adhesives. (I use professional-grade primers, paints, mediums, and sealers for longevity.)

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    ~ 8 x 10 inches
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    Monday, October 10, 2022

    Sunlit, orange dahlia, fall colors


    © Fawn McNeill 2014

    Created this as a demonstration while teaching an art class a few years ago. I just put it on display at the Unique Boutique.  I love the contrasting colors.  Hoping someone will be blessed by it!

    ~ Original Demo Painting
    ~ 11 x 14 inches
    ~ Acrylic on stretched canvas
    ~ Ready to frame
    ~ $125.00 (free shipping in the US)

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    Thursday, September 01, 2022

    Relax 2, carved wood, word art, with sailboat


    "Relax, 2"

    Painted the sides (and the back).

    Walking through thrift stores and sale isles at different outlets, I keep my eyes open for anything made out of wood.  It makes a great base for the effect of transparent water and sand.   Most items have to be cleaned and/or sanded before they can be primed and painted.  I use a clear primer where I want the wood to show through and white where I want bright colors. (Used both for this one, plus a primer for metal on the sailboat.)

    This piece caught my attention because I liked the sailboat and because I had painted a coat hanger that said 'relax' in sunset colors which turned out awesome! 

    I chose this color scheme for something a little different, plus these are my favorite hues! 

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    • Acrylic on wood
    • 22L x 3W x 6H inches
    • Sides and back are painted and sealed with professional materials
    • $150.00 (free shipping in USA) 

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    Monday, August 08, 2022

    Blessed written in sand, beach, painted on wood


    I grinned and held back a laugh as I watched someone try to run his fingers in the "groves" because he thought the letters were carved out. This is a fantastic illusion! It is all paint, nothing was carved out of the wood.  

    I 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 used as dirt and sand. 

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    • Acrylic on wood
    • 5 x 12 inches
    • Sides and back are painted and sealed with professional materials
    • Wired for hanging
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    Bark edge



    Sunday, August 07, 2022

    Hope written in sand, wall art, cheeseboard


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

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    • Acrylic on a cheeseboard
    • 14 x 4.5 inches
    • Sides and back are painted and sealed with professional materials
    • For decoration only
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    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! 

    • Original palette knife painting
    • Acrylic on hardboard
    • 8 x 10 inches
    • Elaborate gold frame 
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    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 in USA)

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    Friday, July 29, 2022

    Love, wall art, beach shoreline at sunset

    "Love Shoreline"

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

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    • Acrylic on wood
    • 19 x 6 inches
    • Painted and sealed with professional materials
    • $95.00 (free shipping in USA) 

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    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.  


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    • 8 x 10 inches
    • Elaborate gold frame (see below)
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    Drifting, shoreline on driftwood, mixed media

    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 d├ęcor
    ~ Sealed on all sides
    ~ Ready to hang, or set on a shelf
    ~ $275.00 (free shipping in USA)

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    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

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