Monday, August 08, 2022

Blessed written in sand, beach, painted on wood


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. 

  • 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) 
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Bark edge


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Sunday, August 07, 2022

Hope written in sand, wall art, cheeseboard


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!

  • 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! 


  • 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

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