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).
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© Fawn McNeill 2020
Acrylic on canvas
12 x 24 inches

Wednesday, March 23, 2022

Coming Storm, seascape, knife painting

"Coming Storm"  © Fawn McNeill 2022

This painting started as a demo for one of my children's art classes. We used different tools for different textures.  The clouds were made with crumpled paper towels dipped in paint.  The water and waves were created with a painting knife, and the sand was tapped in with a stippling brush and some knife work.

The support is a mat board that was sealed on both sides with a clear primer before we started.  Some of the dark color of the mat board peeks through.

 Love the way it came together. I went back later and finished it up with more layers and details. 


  • Original art
  • Acrylic on mat board
  • 8 x 11 inches (matted to 11 x 14, )
  • Suede mat (see below)
  • Ready to Frame
  • $75.00 
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Thursday, February 17, 2022

Beach Pines, seascape, cardinals, knife painting

 "Beach Pines"

With COVID came a few unfinished lesson plans.  This painted started as a fall scene with deciduous trees.  After it sat in storage partly painted (due to closing the gallery),  I went back over it and exaggerated the beach.  It took over from there! No resistance while adding larger tree trunks, bark, and pine needles (created with a knife), which added interesting contrasts to the smooth brush work in the sky.  The male and female cardinal were an after thought because I wanted to add some brighter color back into the composition - which led to the dead needles to give it color balance.

Acrylic on canvas
Knife painting
11 x 14 inches 
Ready to frame

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Saturday, January 29, 2022

Sanderlings, shore birds

© Fawn McNeill 2004

Drip, drip drip. Spritz the paint, tip the painting back to slow the runs, and watch the colors bleed into each other.  Way too cool.

Fun memories! Just pulled this large painting out of storage.  It is part of a 'drippy' series I did years ago.  I believe I did 10 in this style.  The paint is harder to control and similar to watercolors, but on canvas it spreads differently.  The goal is to create an abstract background and then add realism with thick paint and details over the top. This gives it more contrast in transparency against the opaqueness. 

When acrylics are thinned with water instead of with a gloss or matte medium, it is not as permanent and can be easily damaged even after it is dry. Using thin runny paint actually jeopardizes the integrity of acrylics. So I sealed it when I was finished with a few layers of semi-gloss medium and varnish to protect it. (I prefer using professional grade paints and mediums.) Once sealed, the integrity of the painting is restored.  It can be cleaned with a damp cloth if needed without lifting off any of the color.

Acrylic on canvas
24 x 30 in
Thin custom wood frame (see below)

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Thursday, January 27, 2022

Reaching Up, abstract iris, knife painting

"Reaching Up"
© Fawn McNeill 2010

Fourth in a series that started with a little watercolor painting inspired by Georgia O'Keeffe. I just got it out of storage and cleaned it up!

Original acrylic
Knife painting
16 x 20 inches
Ready to frame
$270.00 (free shipping in the US)

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Beach Reflections, blue heron

"Beach Reflections"

This gorgeous sunrise with vivid colors set off the silhouette of a great blue heron as he posed for my friend Carol. 

I used a palette knife for some of the dramatic highlights in the foreground, which gave the painting stronger contrast of not only the highlights but also the thick layers against the smooth brushwork.
The frame (see below) is heavily textured wood, which I slightly accented with gold throughout and then gave it a stronger gold inner lip.

Original art
Acrylic on canvas
14 x 18 inches
Unique custom frame


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