Wednesday, December 14, 2022

Joy, Love, Peace, Christmas beach, ornament


"Joy, Love, Peace"
SOLD



"Joy, Love, Peace, 2"
SOLD

Fun little projects. The letters were the hardest part, but once I settled on the right colors I was happy with it.

These could be used as ornaments or wall hangings.

 

  • Exclusive original art
  • Acrylic on wood
  • 6.5 x 4 inches
  • Painted and sealed with professional materials
  • SOLD


 

Sea Biscuit Shoreline, beach

 

"Sea Biscuit Shoreline"


Was exploring the odd texture of this organism, which I wanted to take advantage of for the sand and seafoam.  The prep involved bleach to clean it, and 3 coats of clear primer, but that made it easier to paint on.  This is my second sea biscuit.  I love the raised flower shape and added stronger shadows there to make the shallow wave stand out more.

I created this a few months ago and never had the chance to post it.  (Two hurricanes and many health issues for my husband and me have put me way behind this year!)

ENJOY!

~ 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 in USA

Email me for availability: Fawn@fawnsartstudio.com 

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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  "Christmas Hope".  It has a similar feel to it with the background snow and glitter paint setting off the jewelry. 

  • Exclusive art 
  • Original mixed media on wood
  • 6 x 12 inches
  • Professional Materials
  • Sealed
  • $190.00 (Free shipping in US)

  • Email me for availability: fawn@fawnsartstudio.com

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    Saturday, November 12, 2022

    Christmas Hope, mixed media on wood




    "Christmas Hope 2"




     I added crosses, flowers, angels, and angel wings from jewelry. The red beads set it all off nicely, and the glitter paint adds extra shimmer to the snow. I love the way these turn out!

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

    • Exclusive art 
    • Original mixed media on wood
    • 14.5 x 7.5 inches
    •  $250.0.00 plus shipping
    Email me for availability: fawn@fawnsartstudio.com

    Friday, November 11, 2022

    Breakthrough, water lilies, mixed media


    "Breakthrough"




    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.)

    ~ Exclusive Art
    ~ Original Mixed Media
    ~ Professional Materials
    ~ 8 x 10 inches
    ~ Elaborate Gold Frame (see below)
    ~ $275.00 (Free Shipping in the US)

    Email me for availability: fawn@fawnsartstudio.com




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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! 

    • Exclusive, original art
    • Acrylic on wood
    • 22L x 3W x 6H inches
    • Sides and back are painted and sealed with professional materials
    • Sold 


    Monday, August 08, 2022

    Blessed written in sand, beach, painted on wood

    "Blessed"

    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. 

    ENJOY!
    • Exclusive, original art
    • Acrylic on wood
    • 5 x 12 inches
    • Sides and back are painted and sealed with professional materials
    • Wired for hanging
    • $255.00 (free shipping in USA) 
    Email me at: fawn@fawnsartstudio.com for availability

     

    Bark edge


    Side



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    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 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!

    ENJOY!
    • Exclusive, original art
    • Acrylic on a cheeseboard
    • 14 x 4.5 inches
    • Sides and back are painted and sealed with professional materials
    • For decoration only
    • SOLD



     

    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. 
    En Plein Air (out on location), I did this a few years ago 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 before, 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 quite happy with the outcome! 

    ENJOY!

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


     

    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 down 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 (has a greenish tint to it)
    • SOLD


    Email me at: fawn@fawnsartstudio.com for availability

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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!

    • Exclusive original art
    • Acrylic on wood
    • 19 x 6 inches
    • Painted and sealed with professional materials
    • SOLD


     

    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.  

    What inspired me?  Those bright yellow greens contrasted by the deep dark shadows.  I went home and did some small thumbnail sketches so I could capture it later when I had time to paint it!

    ENJOY!

    • Original art
    • Acrylic on hardboard
    • 8 x 10 inches
    • Elaborate gold frame (see below)
    • $375.00 (free shipping in USA)
    Email me for availability: fawn@fawnsartstudio.com

     





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    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.

    ~ Hand painted, unique original art
    ~ Professional materials
    ~ Nautical d├ęcor
    ~ Sealed on all sides
    ~ Ready to hang, or set on a shelf
    ~ Sold


    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 of the painting (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)
    • SOLD









     

    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 Culture 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
    • $125.00 (Free shipping in USA)
    Email me for availability: fawn@fawnsartstudio.com

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    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, in Fort Pierce, Florida.  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 USA) 
    Email me for availability: fawn@fawnsartstudio.com




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