Friday, November 26, 2021

Christmas Trees on shells

 

Shell ornament, front and back: Morning Christmas Trees


Fun little projects for the Okeechobee Arts and Cultural 

Alliance gift shop.

Approximately 3 x 4 inches.  (Pearlescent paint on back.)


         Shell ornament, front and back: Christmas Eve Trees


The colors of these seashells have a wonderful effect that remind me of  sunrise and sunset. The Christmas eve shell also suggests mountains on an ice covered lake in the distance. 

The shimmer on the back reflects the lights nicely when hung on a Christmas tree. (In case the ornament gets turned.)

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Please email me if you would like something similar: Fawn@fawnsartstudio.com

Palm on a biscuit, nautical art


Coconut Palm

How cool is that?  I tried waves on the shore at first, but the raised flower pattern on the sea-biscuit cried out to me, "Make a flower, or a plant, or something!"  It took a few tries to get it to look like a palm tree instead of a green flower, but it was worth the extra effort!

The sea-biscuit has an interesting texture, which I would like to explore the next time I create something on one of these.  It seems like it would make very nice seafoam and bubbles.  (See the painting below for the back of this sea-biscuit to see the texture. Click on the image to enlarge it.)  The prep for this was a little more involved: used bleach to clean it, and 3 coats of clear primer. 

~ One of a Kind Original Art
~ Acrylic Painting on a Sea-Biscuit
~ 5 1/2 x 4 1/2  inches
~ Painted and Sealed with Professional Materials
~ Front and Back are Painted and Sealed
~ $65.00
~ Free Shipping

Email me for availability: Fawn@fawnsartstudio.com 



Back of sea-biscuit
 

Wednesday, November 24, 2021

Loved, reflections, seashore, plaque


"Loved"

Believe it or not, you are loved beyond measure by the Creator of the whole universe!  He wanted you, created you and has good things planned for you. Seek Him, invite Him into your situations again and again, and ask Him for strength to get through the rough times.  He will fight for you!

I found this piece of wood at a thrift store.  Cleaned it up with alcohol and used a clear primer to prep it.  I wanted the wood grain to show through for the most part.  The reflections of the sunrise were a little challenging, but I like the way it turned out.

Great gift for yourself!

~ One of a Kind Original Art
~ Acrylic Painting on Wood
~ 5 1/2 x 12 inches
~ Rope Hanger on Back
~ Painted and Sealed with Professional Materials
~ Front and Back are Painted and Sealed
~ $45.00  
~ Free Shipping in the US


Email me for availability: Fawn@fawnsartstudio.com 




 

Paper weight? Beach Rock, waves


Beach Rock

Nice rough texture on the rock.  It added to the feeling of sand and surf.  Rocks are a great painting surface, just be sure to clean them well and use a good primer, clear or white are my favorites.  I used clear for this little painting.

Display or use as a paper weight?

~ One of a Kind Original Art
~ Acrylic Painting on a Rock
~ 5 1/2 x 3 1/2  inches
~ Painted and Sealed with Professional Materials
~ Front and Back are Painted and Sealed
~ $50.00 plus shipping


Email me for availability: Fawn@fawnsartstudio.com 



 

Inhale - Exhale, mini, set, seashore



"Inhale/Exhale"

Sometimes you have to remember to just breathe!  Especially this time of year.  
Seems like the stress got overwhelming earlier this year.  I have slowed it down and told myself more than once, "It isn't even December yet!" 

Great gift idea:

~ Cute Little Paintings: just 4x 4 inches each.
~ One of a Kind Original Art
~ Acrylic Paintings
~ Saw Hangers on the Backs
~ Painted and Sealed with Professional Materials
~ $55.00 for the Set 
~ Free Shipping in the US



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Monday, November 22, 2021

Friendly Snowman, chatting with a cardinal


"Friendly Snowman"

"How do you do?" I imagined the snowman welcomed the little red bird who seemed content to stay awhile.

Sometimes these demo paintings are just too fun to put down.  I made this one up in an afternoon for my afterschool art class.    My students will use him to add to their own winter scene, with or without the snow covered tree. And I'm sure some will add the cardinal. 

Original demo
Acrylic
9 x 12 inches
Not available

I would love to create something similar for you! Email me at: Fawn@fawnsartstudio.com


 

Friday, November 05, 2021

More Joy, Christmas ornament, snow, mixed media


"More Joy"
© Fawn McNeill 2020

Added extra snow, and bling to this second Christmas Joy ornament painting. This one is a little larger.  Both were from separate demonstration paintings for art classes. I finished them up later with details, metallic paint, and glitter paint. 

Original Demo
Acrylic
11 x 14 inches
Ready to frame
$125.00 includes shipping

email me: fawn@fawnsartstudio.com for availability, or for having something similar created in a size you prefer. (We can also create animal portraits, gardens, favorite vistas, angels, etc... I would love to create an original and a special memory with you!)




 

Thursday, November 04, 2021

Christmas Snow, Christmas tree, mixed media




"Christmas Snow"

Went back and embellished this demo by adding glitter paint, and metallic paint.  I have done 3 of these, each one is a little different in the the background and the placement of the Christmas tree. This one has lights coming down, reminiscent of a hint of  Northern lights, and a suggestion of a frozen lake or pond. 
This is always a fun lesson for the children's art class. 

I framed it in an expensive frame, seemed to really set it off (see below).

Original Art
11 x 14
Elaborate silver frame
$375.00 (includes shipping)

email me: fawn@fawnsartstudio.com for availability, or for having something similar created in a size you prefer. (We can also create animal portraits, gardens, favorite vistas, angels, etc... I would love to create an original and a special memory with you!)





 

Healing Shores, sunset beach

 


"Healing Shores" 

© 2019 by Fawn McNeill


I created this for a friend  a few years ago. I love these colors and the angel hiding in the clouds. 

I just made this image available in greeting cards. (The original is not available.)  Published from an original acrylic painting.

Cards: 5 x 7 inches, blank inside, $5.00 each

Email me at: Fawn@fawnsartstudio.com for more info, or to have something similar created in a size you prefer.

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Florida Sunshine, butterfly


"Florida Sunshine"

One of my favorites! I just made this small painting available in greeting cards!

The butterfly landed on the grapefruit, which had a crack in it, and the light was making him glow.  It was captivating!  I took a lot of pictures at different angles until he finally flew off.

(The original is sold.)
5 x 7 cards, blank inside, $5.00 each




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Monday, October 25, 2021

Victorian mural, woman, palms, flowers and egrets


Approximately 10 by 11 feet, located above the walkway cabinets across from 
the kitchen in a beautiful home.

(Sorry for the glare on the image, but there was no way to get a good capture.) 


This image has less glare


Finished this today! What a challenging project this was.  Totally out of my comfort zone, in subject matter, style, and the level of danger!  Really stretched me.
I got the wall primed in late August, and then got sick with COVID the next day.  It was 3 weeks before I got the first lay in started, and I wasn't handling the after affects very well at all.  Scroll down for the in-progress images...


I had to climb up onto the counter top and then climb up on top of the cabinet via the opened door and bottom shelf on the far right.  There was about 10 inches to stand on to reach up, so there was very little space for moving around.  Standing on a small ledge and reaching up was quite exhausting, especially since I was easily tired and still week from being so sick.

 I used a roller to prime it, and trimmed it with large brushes, but it was too difficult to use the roller to get the blending of the colors, so I used large brushes for that.  I had a couple of scary moments with trying to climb up or down: my hand slipped in the small space between the cabinet and the wall (my fingers just fit enough to pull my self up) on the top right side. Thought I was going to have to leave early to change my pants.


I searched rental shops and online for some kind of split scaffold.  I lost sleep over trying to figure out how to build something to make things safer.  I even asked the Good LORD to help me put something together.  This small scaffold idea came to me after I prayed about it! 
 I used clamps to make it easy to move and take apart, but still keep it sturdy.  Climbing up and down was still dangerous, and my body ached in more places than I could have imagined. I expected some soreness in my shoulders, hands, wrists, knees, and legs, but I did not know your ribs in your back had muscles that could get sore! Even my bottom hurt.  (I had already been achy in my joints from COVID, so I wasn't sure how much was from the awkward positions and how much was from the after affects.) Needless to say, I only put in a couple of hours at a time the first week, and I didn't go every day.


In the image below you can get a better look at the way I put two 1 x 4 boards together for each leg to stabilize it, and I made a bracer bar on the top and the bottom of the legs. I screwed that whole base part together. I made the top brace equal to the length of the plywood so I could clamp the base to the platform. I could slide the whole thing down as I moved to the right of the mural.

You can also see that I found an extension ladder that was perfect for this project - I was so excited about that!  So much safer.
I did put drop cloths on the whole length of the counter and the floor, which was a good thing when my bucket of dirty water went over board!  Oh, and my phone bit the dust on another day, cracked the screen protector.

Once I got to feeling stronger, I stayed for longer periods of time and started making good progress.  Staying for 4 to 5 hours each session sped the process up.  It was a total of five and a half weeks from when I actually started painting, but just over two months if you count the time I was quarantined.  

I am so proud of myself for sticking with it and finishing it up!  There were some serious doubts! 

Let me know what you think!
 

Thursday, October 07, 2021

Lovely Ladies, flowers, mixed media


"Lovely Ladies"

Normally I create a painting and then put it in a complimenting frame.  But this painting was a little backwards.  I had this amazing custom frame that belonged to a dear friend that passed away, so I wanted something special that looked fantastic with it.  (See below.)

Honestly, it was too elaborate for most of my country and wildlife paintings until I tried it on this painting with the pretty yellow flowers, it looked like it might work. 

 I painted a few more flowers in key places (and let it dry) before moving some charms and gems around on it.  I tried different pieces. They looked okay, but I wasn't satisfied.    I wanted something demanding that stood out and grabbed my attention.  That way the frame would enhance the artwork and not take away from it.    

I found some earrings, broaches, and pendants at a thrift store within the next week, and I knew that the gorgeous red flower would be perfect for this project! I added the sparkly white flowers, some beads, and the pretty butterfly for balance. I thought it all came together nicely.  The digital image doesn't do it justice.  The way the light hits it at different angles is truly delightful.

Custom frames are quite expensive, but I love it.  This is a tribute to my dear friend, Deborah Flowers, who had exquisite taste.

Mixed Media
8 x 10 inches
Elaborate custom frame
$295.00

Please email me for availability: fawn@fawnsartstudio.com






Wednesday, September 29, 2021

Thankful, shore line


"Thankful"


I wanted the word 'thankful' to feel like a whisper, so I glazed over it to soften the dark bold color of the letters, but I didn't want it to completely disappear, so I put  less waves and sand over the letters.  I liked the effect, so I left it alone and didn't add too many details. 

Original art on cradled wood
Acrylic
11 x 5 x 1.5 inches
Sealed with clear semi-gloss sealer
SOLD


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