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

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Wednesday, September 29, 2021

Thankful, shore line


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
11 x 5 x 1.5 inches
Sealed with clear semi-gloss sealer

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Friday, September 24, 2021

Working the Edge, tricolored heron, mixed media

"Working the Edge"

I saw this heron while we were out fishing in the rim canal at Lake Okeechobee.  He fished that edge for quite a while and I got some nice pictures of him.  This was a fun little impressionistic painting with lots of loose brush strokes and bright colors.

I hid some clear colored beads in colors that match, so it is a somewhat hard to see them until the light hits them.  There are some peach and orange beads on the hill, green ones among the lily pads, and a few blue ones near the rocks in the water.  The blue ones show up the best, which was the goal, so it adds more sparkle to the water. 

 Framed it in a nice wide custom frame and embellished it with silver lace along the inside lip (see below).


5 x 7 inches
Mixed media


Thursday, September 23, 2021

Seahorses, mixed media, starfish and shells


This is a fun little piece.  I inverted a deep cradled board (wood block) and used the outer edge as a frame.  I painted all sides, including the back.
The seahorses and the white starfish are resin. My friend, Carol Jones, made them for me. You can find her art at:  
They are perfect for mixed media!  I added shells that Carol and I found together.  The tiny starfish are real.  I also added some beads and pearls for that extra sparkle. 

Mixed Media
6 x 6 x 1.75  inches 
$45.00 plus shipping
Sealed with a clear permanent sealer for protection.


Fluffy, bunny portrait, knife painting


This is a take off of "Peter" which I did years ago.
I thought I would add mixed media and thick layers of impasto, but I stopped here because I really liked it and didn't want to mess it up by adding too much.  It is much harder to undo mixed media than it is to change knife paintings.

I apologize for the glare on the images. I usually do my photography with a professional camera, but these were taken with my cell phone, because they were spoken for before I had a chance to get a better capture. The glare is in a different place on each image, so you can get a good overall idea.  (Images never capture the way it truly looks in person because the camera can't capture the subtle changes in values and hues.)

I made the little custom frame for it.  I mitered, joined and then embellished it.  I love the little bit of gold lace on the inside lip.  It adds a nice texture and enhances the painting too.

6 x 6 inches
Knife painting
Not Available 

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Wednesday, September 15, 2021

Near The Window, mixed media flowers


"Near The Window"

Nice little mixed media painting. I only added a few beads this time.  Wanted to keep it simple but then I put it in a beautiful fancy frame (see below.) Really sets it off.

Thanks for looking!

Mixed media
5 x 7 inches
Custom frame
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Morning Path, knife painting


"Morning Path"

Just updated this little palette knife painting. I love the way the plants light up when the sun hits them just right, the orange and yellow really caught my eye along this pathway. I added a couple of palms, a bird, and a little bunny.  I also put it in this custom frame, which I painted with a lacy gold trim.  I love it!


Media: acrylic on hardboard
Size: 5 in X 7 in (12.7 cm X 17.8 cm)
Unique custom frame
$85.00 (free shipping in US)

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Sunday, September 12, 2021

Back to the River, mixed media

"Back to the River"

I've been revisiting some older works. This is a scene on the Kissimmee River.  I was interested in the  blue shadows on the sandy road from the morning sun.   This is a somewhat of a knife painting with beads and charms for added interest.  I did some parts with thick texture by using a palette knife and I left other parts smooth for contrast.  I love the way the beads catch the light.  Too much fun!

Mixed media 
5 x 7 inches
Unique custom frame
(Not available)

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Monday, September 06, 2021

Mountain Air Too, colorful knife painting

 "Mountain Air, Too"
© Fawn McNeill July 2020

This was originally a demonstration painting for an art lesson last year.  I was doing semi-private lessons after everything closed down.   I went back later and repainted it as a knife painting to add more texture and details.  It quickly became one of my favorites!

Acrylic on canvas
11 x 14 inches
Ready to frame

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Heaven's Grace, Knife painting, Dove

 "Heaven's Grace"
© by Fawn McNeill, Dec. 2020

This is a demonstration painting from last year. I was using the knife to paint over a smoothly painted background (used a brush for the background).  I wanted to exaggerate the contrast of the smooth texture against the rough texture. 
This painting is special to me because I sign my name with a dove as a thank you to God the Father.  The dove is symbolic for the Holy Spirit.

Acrylic on canvas
11 x 14 inches
Ready to frame
$225.00 (Free shipping in the US)

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Friday, July 23, 2021

Relax, beach scene, sunset, coat hanger


I found this wood sign in a thrift store.  Went back to it several times, but I really did not want to clean it up.  It was old, grimy, and smoke stained. It also needed some wood glue to hold the letters in place as they were coming loose.  

The scene on it was cartoonish, and the shells were dull browns. I wasn't sure it would be worth the time to clean it and prime it.   

First I repaired it, then I tried to clean it.  What a mess.  It did not come clean, even with strong cleansers and rubbing alcohol.  So I sanded it down to get most of the dirt and paint off.  Then I primed it with a couple of coats of white primer.  

The shells and starfish are made from some kind of hard plastic.  I used a special primer so the acrylic paint would not peel off.  (Acrylic paint does not like slick surfaces.)

 Now I could see it would work.  I drew my seascape on it and got the first layer of color started. That's when I knew it would be worth it! I always love painting the colors of the ocean, and this was one I could really exaggerate.  I also added some pearlescent paint to my colors on the shells and some in the painting too.  When you view it at different angles it shines.  

The idea of taking something I would have thrown away and turning it into something beautiful and valuable really made me feel good.  Made me think about how God rescues us so often, and He turns our lives around for good.

Original hand crafted art
Acrylic on wood
Coat hanger (see below)
15.5 x 8.5 inches

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Casper, white calf, knife painting


Revisited this older painting.  Corrected a few things, added flowers, and exaggerated the eyes to make it even cuter.   I also changed the name and put it in a new frame. 

Sometimes they go into storage and when I bring them out for a new frame I just have to fix the things that don't look right to me now.  

Too funny how we see things differently over time!

Original art
Acrylic palette knife painting
Image size: 5 x 7 inches 
Custom frame (see below)
$95.00 (free shipping in the USA)

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Tuesday, July 20, 2021

Spring Showers, arrowhead plant, swamp, mixed media

"Spring Showers"

Fun little knife painting that was a study of this water plant.  I found it a couple of months ago while going through some things in storage.  Thought I should finish it up and add some bling! 

I was thinking about the winter colors of oranges and reds giving way to lime greens and all the bugs come out as the flowers start to bloom. I darkened the background and added some blues to symbolize rain, then added more texture with acrylic modeling paste to make the leaves jump out more.  I also added charms and beads to emphasize the ideas of spring. They catch the light at different angles.

About this Painting:

Mixed media 
6 x 6 inches
custom wood frame (see below)
$65.00 (includes shipping in the USA) 

Love the classy wood frame, which added the finishing touch. 

Hint: frames can really set off a picture, or kill it.  They also protect the artwork from damage over the years.  Look for something that enhances the art or brings out the colors first, and then something that also goes with your d├ęcor. 


Monday, July 19, 2021

Rough Shore, sand dunes, waves, mixed media

"Rough Shore"
" this world you will have trouble... Take heart,
 I have overcome the world!" 
 (Jesus) John 16:33

 Learned how hard it can be to undo things that have been adhered with modeling paste while working on this painting off and on for the last couple of years!  It certainly is not easy to change my mind once it has dried.  (This was one of my early experiments with mixed media.)

 I started it just before I closed my gallery and teaching center because of the pandemic.  Worked on it several times, but I struggled to resolve the texture issues that are left behind when you remove items that aren't working.

I wanted to contrast smooth areas (created with a brush) with thick areas (built up with a palette knife).  I was after the effect of waves crashing against rocks near the shore.  This proved to be quite a mess at first.  Needed to resolve texture issues and correct the size and placement of waves coming onto the shore. 

Then I got to have some fun and add the sea-glass, beads, shells, and aquarium stones.  I framed it in this lovely textured frame, which compliments the whole effect I was trying for.  

About this painting:
11 x 14 inches
Mixed media on hardboard
Textured custom frame (see below)
$250.00 (free shipping in the USA)

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Wednesday, July 14, 2021

To and Fro, beach, crabs, waves

 "To and Fro"

Palette knife painting on a small wooden plank.  This was actually a failed attempt at transparent layers of water rushing up over the sand.  The wood grain was perfect for the sand and made interesting patterns that I wanted to exaggerate.  But the wood its self was damaged in a quite a few places and the thin layers of paint exaggerated the odd scars in the wood, which went in the opposite direction of what I was trying to achieve.

So I squished out large blobs of paint and took my palette knife and covered the scarred wood with wonderful mixtures and textures!  I added some pearlescent paint in the water and two little crabs running back and forth on the beach, which made me laugh.  Good memories.

About this painting:
Acrylic knife painting
(mixed media)
Wood support, wired and ready to hang
12 x 5.5 inches

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Sandy Daze, beach, shells, sand dollar, mixed media

"Sandy Daze"

Here is a free art lesson:
I cleaned and sealed this unusually large sand dollar, which was bleached white, before adding color to it.  I used very thin glazes of paint to get subtle value changes.  I would add color and rub it off, leaving a soft stain behind.  This made the flower shape stand out, which is what I wanted.

Next, I tried it in a wooden tray, a shadow box and on a regular canvas.  But I wanted some kind of wood support to give it more protection, without it being so deep.   This inverted cradled wood really set it off!  I liked the way I could use the edges as a frame too.  It was the perfect depth to show off the sand dollar and still give it some protection.  I primed the wood surface and then created the sandy colors for the beach.  I used professional grade acrylic modeling paste (which doesn't crack or loose its hold as easily as student grade) to adhere the sand dollar and build up thick areas of sand at the bottom.  (I added some sand color to the modeling paste before using it.) The shells in the sand gave it more balance and interest.

Painting transparent glazes (thinned paint with acrylic matte medium) for the water gave the illusion of the sand dollar being in the water instead of on top of it.  Then I used gel medium to adhere beads and create some texture for the splash.  (The texture is rendered with a palette knife by tapping gently onto the thick gel medium.)

  I used a paint brush and more opaque paint as I moved away from the sand dollar.   I love the sandy areas in the water, and put some of those back in when they disappeared. Using small detail brushes for extra shadows under the splash and under some of the shells gives it more depth.  Then small liner brushes are nice for extra details and lacey lines of seafoam. Had fun adding some pearlescent paint for extra shimmer in the water (as well as on some of the small shells at the bottom).

I painted the back and then the edges for the frame before using matte gel medium to adhere the shells to the corners.  Then I sealed the whole piece with two coats of an acrylic semi-gloss clear medium and varnish.

 I use professional grade acrylic colors and mediums also, because they have more intense hues and are thicker in viscosity. 

Feel free to email me with questions if you want to try to create a mixed media piece of your own!

About this painting:
Mixed Media on Cradled Wood
10 x 10 x .75 inches

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Be Still, wood plaque


This was a little plaque I found with the words already on it.  It was plain white with a bit of wood grain showing.  I cleaned and primed the surface before I painted over it in thin layers.  I added the letters back onto it where they had almost disappeared.  I used a matte medium to make the glazed colors so they would be transparent.  This glazing technique adds a nice luster and depth to the painting, and it also assures the integrity of the paint is not jeopardized.  Then I used a semi-gloss sealer over the whole thing to give it a uniformed shine and protect the painting.

I generally do not like words over my art, but this was simple and the words didn't overpower the painting.  It really spoke to me.  There is always a refreshing of the soul when I get to go to the beach. (I also liked the nice twist of creating my art over the words.) I will most likely do a few more of these and see how it goes.


Be Still
Acrylic on cradled wood
10.75 x 5 x 1.5 

Thursday, July 01, 2021

Blessed Shores, painted bowl, seascape, angels

"Blessed Shores"

I found this interesting bamboo bowl at a thrift store.  It goes perfectly with my seascape theme.   The painting is small, and the large bamboo sides of the bowl frame it out dramatically.  

I painted it with thoughts about when I lived on Guam, where I graduated from high school.  I was part of a youth group that put together island adventures frequently.  We explored hiking trails that led to hidden waterfalls, swam in crystal clear pools in deep caves, and had many beach parties and retreats.  Amazing memories!

This bowl was in rough shape.  I cleaned it up and repaired the broken corners before priming the bottom. The bamboo was gray and dingy at first, so after I cleaned it up (with alcohol) the colors came back to a warm brown tone, which I loved.  From there I tried to use similar colors in the sand to give it harmony.  The angels were added for symbolism of my new found faith as a teenager.


Acrylic in a bamboo bowl
image: 5.5 x 5.5 inches
Overall size: 12 x 12 inches

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Tuesday, June 29, 2021

May Flowers, mixed media, bees


This little painting has charms and beads added to it.  The original photos came from pictures I took on a misty morning with all the wild flowers  lit up from the sun peeking through.  The beads and bumble bees came later when I wanted to have some fun with it.


Mixed media on hardboard
5 x 7 inches
Custom frame (see below)
$65.00 (includes shipping)


Hand-crated original art, professional materials, and sealed with a clear acrylic sealer.

Friday, June 18, 2021

All Wrapped Up Again, mixed media, heart


"All Wrapped Up Again"

Added some beads and glitter paint to this old gem.  I love the way it shines when the light hits it from different angles.  I also strengthened the tiny black shadows.  

I've been having too much fun with these mixed media pieces!

Mixed media on hardboard
5 x 7 inches
Custom frame: classic black
$85.00 (includes shipping)


Thursday, June 17, 2021

Time Out, boxer dog and butterfly

 "Time Out"

Started this as a portrait of a friend's boxer.  It didn't turn out too well at first, so I scrapped it.  I changed the colors and then added a butterfly on this painting.  (It is always better to start over if things aren't working out, then I can play around with the one I wasn't happy with).    I like it much better now.  I think it will make nice greeting cards, something like, "Missing You" or "Thinking of You." 

Acrylic on canvas
12 x 16 inches
Ready to frame

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Sunday, April 25, 2021

Let it Shine, blue zebra

"Let it Shine"
. . . Let your light shine before men . . .  Mathew 5:16

I took pictures of this little zebra out at Antlered Acres last year.  Her name is Karen.  She is not tame, but she did let me get close enough for some nice photos.  The sun lit up her stripes and her main to show all kinds of subtle color changes. Of course the photos only captured a little of that, so when I sketched different ideas for this little painting I knew I wanted to exaggerate the colors.  

I zoomed in and cropped the composition so I could make her eye the focal point and try to capture her intense expression.  Plus I wanted some detail of the fur instead of making the stipes all smooth (which some of them absolutely were on her face, especially close to her muzzle).

Originally I thought I would create her all in sepia tones (as a monochrome), but the shadows of the white were such a beautiful light blueish gray that I kept dipping into blues and purples, which led to the stripes getting more of the same. This accented the wonderful contrast of the browns and oranges in the highlighted areas.  

I have worked on this painting of and on for almost a year. It was a tough year.  I closed and moved twice and then had to have major repairs on the home studio as well.  So I ended up moving things in and out of storage again! (Click here to read about this past year ).

 But more than all that, I think I just didn't want to be done because I enjoyed it so much. It was one of the bright spots in the middle of such difficult times. I just kept going back and changing the placement of the stripes, or shadows, or the shape of the eye.  I finally made myself stop and sign it!

About this painting:
Acrylic on gallery wrap canvas
The sides are painted, framing is optional
8 x 8 x 1.5 inches

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Friday, March 26, 2021

Seahorse, shoreline, mixed media, 3D painted plaque

Seahorse Seashore
42 x 6 inches

A friend of mine got this plaque for me, it was varnished wood.  I had to strip it, sand it, and prime it before I could even begin painting it!  It was well worth the time and energy!  Once I started painting the blues and teals I fell in love with it.  When I added the beads and shells and more details, I wasn't sure if I would be able to part with it!

The eye is made from a small shell that had a pinkish color to it and a cool spiral pattern on it.  I turned it so the shape of the shell curved up in the back, like the eye is looking down a little. I painted black around it and added black for the pupil. I added pearlescent shine just below the eye and some tiny beads. 

I love these shells for fins!

The tail has beads and a shell, but it needed more, so I added some shallow waves to tie it in with the rest of the seahorse.

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Sunday, March 07, 2021

Mountain Rush, waterfall, knife painting


"Mountain Rush"

I have a done a few of this scene as demonstration paintings. This one I decided to go back and rework the entire painting with palette knives.   This makes it unique and more interesting as it becomes full of new color mixtures and thick textures.  Knife paintings are a little harder, especially if I want details and realism, so I have to remind myself to keep it suggestive.  I do use tiny brushes for the extras (like the eagle). 

I wanted to use knives because of the rough texture in the rocks, which a palette knife renders very nicely.  

Original knife painting
Acrylic on canvas
11 x 14 inches
Ready to frame

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Spring Calf, knife painting

"Spring Calf "

This was a small demo for an art lesson I did a few years ago.  After closing my gallery and teaching studio, I started reworking some of the demonstration paintings to finish them up.  (While I am teaching, I spend most of my time with my students and my paintings usually get left unfinished.) 

 I am doing a lot of knife paintings these days and wanted to load this one up with thick texture and stronger color.  I like it much better!

Original knife painting
Acrylic on canvas
8 x 10 inches
Ready to frame
$150.00 (free shipping in the USA)

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Wednesday, February 10, 2021

Morning Splash, beach, seascape, watercolor


"Morning Splash"

I painted three of these (three tries), each a little different. (See below for how I tried to fix the sand on the first one.)  I was practicing different ideas for the sand and ended up liking the use of a tooth brush over a fan brush because the grain of the sand turned out smaller and a little easier to control. 

Watercolors are a little more difficult for me because mistakes are harder to correct.  With acrylics I can paint over things and change my mind as often as I want.  I usually start over with watercolors if it is not capturing my intended effect.  In this series I did salvage the two that I was not as happy with, and I ended up with three nice paintings.  The one featured below has a little more depth with the extra sand dune.

Watercolor on acid-free paper

11 x 14 (including the mat)

Ready to frame (should be framed behind glass)

$175.00 (free shipping in the US)

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A note about framing: Artwork on paper should be framed behind glass with a mat around it to keep it off of the glass and protect it.  This includes photographs and prints on paper.  Those on canvas or wood should not be framed behind glass.  Original oils and acrylics are usually done on canvas or wood and need to breath.  If they are done on paper or matboard they should be framed behind glass with a mat to keep them off of the glass. (Glass can trap moisture and ruin the artwork.) 

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"Morning Treasure"


11 x 14inches (including mat)

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