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Sunrise Fishing - Mixed Media on Canvas

by: Joi@RR Schultz
May 2, 2017

Sunrise Fishing - Mixed Media on Canvas

Have you ever had a request you thought impossible to fill? Sure you have and I did too: this project! My brother asked me to paint him the following:

A cardinal…

On a tree…

Overlooking a lake…

With a Sunrise…

Put him in a boat on the lake…

And a Fisherman in the sky…

Then Frame with cedar from the ranch.

This project took a bit of time but with the help of LOTS of DecoArt Media products… he seemed pleased by the end result. Impossible made possible!

Items needed :

  • Americana Acrylics 2oz - Primary Red
  • Americana Acrylics 2oz - Primary Yellow
  • Dazzling Metallics 2oz - Bronze
  • Dazzling Metallics 2oz - Festive Red
  • Glamour Dust Glitter (Liquid Glitter Paint) 2oz - Ice Crystal
  • DecoArt Media Fluid Acrylics - Cadmium Red Hue
  • Metallic Lustre 1oz - Copper Kettle
  • Metallic Lustre 1oz - Silver Spark
  • Metallic Lustre 1oz - Champagne Ice
  • DecoArt Media Fluid Acrylics - Cobalt Turquoise Hue
  • DecoArt Media Fluid Acrylics - Carbon Black
  • DecoArt Media Fluid Acrylics - Prussian Blue Hue
  • DecoArt Media Fluid Acrylics - Pyrrole Orange
  • DecoArt Media Fluid Acrylics - Pyrrole Red
  • DecoArt Media Fluid Acrylics - Quinacridone Burnt Orange
  • DecoArt Media Fluid Acrylics - Quinacridone Gold
  • DecoArt Media Fluid Acrylics - Quinacridone Magenta
  • DecoArt Media Fluid Acrylics - Titan Buff
  • DecoArt Media Mediums and Specialty Products - Liquid Glass
  • DecoArt Media Mediums and Specialty Products - Gesso - Black
  • DecoArt Media Mediums and Specialty Products - Gesso - White
  • DecoArt Media Mediums and Specialty Products - Clear Matte Medium
  • DecoArt Media Mediums and Specialty Products - Crackle Paste - White
  • DecoArt Media Antiquing Creams - Patina Green
  • DecoArt Media Varnishes - Ultra-Matte Varnish
  • DecoArt Media Antiquing Creams - Raw Umber
  • DecoArt Media Mediums and Specialty Products - White Tinting Base
  • DecoArt Media Misters - Shimmer White
  • DecoArt Media Misters - Shimmer Yellow
  • DecoArt Media Misters - Shimmer Turquoise
  • DecoArt Media Misters - Orange
  • DecoArt Media Fluid Acrylics - Diarylide Yellow
  • DecoArt Media Fluid Acrylics - Green Gold
  • DecoArt Media Fluid Acrylics - Phthalo Green-Yellow
  • Weathered Wood 8oz - Weathered Wood
  • Archival Ink: Sepia
  • Archival Ink: Teal BLue
  • Bloom Stencil
  • Shrubbery Stamp
  • Canvas
  • Assorted Brushes

Instructions :

Choose a canvas and apply gesso to the surface. When dry, draw or trace in your design for the project.

Begin working on your tree branches.

I began with black gesso, followed by white and then added weathered wood.

Add photos using Andy Skinner’s transfer technique.  

Begin painting the first layer of your background.

There is much freedom in adding your paint in layers! You just play until you feel satisfied with the end result. 

Work more on your tree branches.

After the weathered wood is dry you can begin to work with your chosen colors. I love lots of color variation in my branches. I also added a bit of crackle paste over the weathered wood for even more yummy texture!

Add more layers of paint to your sky.

My sky went through so many transitions before it seemed pleasing. Don’t give up – just keep adding paint – take a break – add more and it will come together.

Work on your water!

I so enjoy using Liquid Glass and it was perfect for my water. It literally made It look like there was a water line on the boat!! As with your sky – just keep adding paint until you feel like your water is appealing to the eye.

Time to paint your bird.

I am from Missouri. Our family are long time Cardinal fans. My brother actually sent me a picture of the Cardinal he wanted in this painting. Once again… it’s all about the layers – just keep playing. It also helps to have a nice liner brush.

Add a bit of stamping and stenciling for details.

My little additions were the foliage on the sides, the flowers in front, a small deer by the lake and a horse/rider on the hill. Each had special meaning!

Varnish Your Creation with the DecoArt Varnish of your choice.

I encourage you to BELIEVE that you can make the IMPOSSIBLE POSSIBLE in your artwork. There will always be doubt when you are working on a project and you may want to quit. Just work through – keep adding layers – you will succeed! One thing I know for sure is that my DecoArt products make success much easier. Xj.

Be sure to visit Joi@RR for more projects and to learn more about Joi@RR Schultz.


Wow! Turned out so cool! I feel like I'm there standing on the shore watching them fish!

Nan G

May 2, 2017

Your Brother clearly thought that if anyone could rise to this challenge it was you Joi!! The frame is beautiful and your painting is gorgeous! I love how the orangey tones in the water are reflected in the beautiful sky and the Cardinal is just superb! You never fail to impress with your amazing talent!! Anne xx

Anne R

May 2, 2017

What a challenge and what an outcome. Your art is always such a pleasure Joi watching it develop layer after layer until it all comes together so magnificently. The view of the lake is gorgeous and the composition is perfect fitting in all your brothers requests. I need to go back again to take more of it in. Xxx

Brenda Brown

May 3, 2017

An absolute wowser of a painting Joi, you manage to achieve such incredible effects with those Decoart products, your brother obviously believed in you and now you have proven him right! This is one incredible painting (I think those tree branches are probably my absolute favourite part, with that subtle stamping in the background), but te whole painting is just one incredible piece of mixed media art, you are sooooo talented!!


May 3, 2017

So stunning Joi!! Love that sunset! Jackie xx

Jackie Neal

May 3, 2017

Joi, this is gorgeous!

Candy Colwell

May 4, 2017

Wow! You see me stand in awe, Joi! You did so much more than just rise up to this challenge - you created a true masterpiece. I love that sunset, the cardinal, the branches and especially the silhouettes of the fishermen in the boat! Absolutely brilliant! Hugs! Claudia xxx

Claudia Neubacher

May 5, 2017

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