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 the 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 (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)
  • $225.00 


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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 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.

  • Original art
  • Acrylic on hardboard
  • 5 x 7 inches
  • Elaborate silver frame
  • $95.00 (Free shipping in US)


Email me for availability: fawn@fawnsartstudio.com

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.  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 US)


Email me for availability: fawn@fawnsartstudio.com


 

Thursday, June 02, 2022

3D Sea-Star, Starfish, beach shore on rope



Cleaned up this old gray rope décor before adding two coats of bright white primer.  Then I got to paint my favorite colors of sand and sea.  The primer made it easier to work on the rough surface and made the colors stronger.  It took a few tries to get the colors to blend on the bumpy surface, but I love the way it turned out!

Enjoy!
  • Original art
  • Hand-painted 
  • Acrylic on a 3D rope structure
  • Approximately 14 x 14 x 3 inches
  • $225.00 (free shipping in the US)
Email me for availability: fawn@fawnsartstudio.com

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