oil paintings and photography by Amber Honour


“This world is but a canvas to our imagination” – Henry David Thoreau

Art is a process, good, bad, and ugly. To me, painting is similar to sculpting. Although it’s more additive than subtractive.  The image is moulded with a paintbrush, not fingers. It starts as an idea, then transforms from a jumble of random and sometimes ugly shapes and lines into a beautiful finished work of art.

This blog offers readers insight into my art process, occasional useful tips I’ve come across over the years, and my struggle to ultimately sell some artwork.

Current topics weighing on my mind include:

  • selling – I finally took the plunge with an Etsy store, but now I need to drive traffic.
  • printmaking – Prints are apparently far more complicated than just hitting the print button.
  • galleries – How do I get local gallery representation? Am I qualified?
  • canvas – Wanting to paint larger, and learning the more small stuff I paint, the faster I’m getting. Hopefully there will be larger paintings in the works soon.



Who am I?

Hello, I’m Amber Honour. I’m not a professional artist. I’m a work in progress, constantly learning and striving to become a better artist. I don’t create perfect art and that’s ok. It’s the imperfections that make art interesting.

I’ve been an artist for as long as I can remember, but I’m only more recently a painter. I was alway more into drawing than anything else and would spend hours meticulously shading until my hand hurt so bad I couldn’t hold a pencil. I drew so much as a kid that I actually have a permanent dent in my right ring finger.

I’ve tried my hand at many arts, but painting, more specifically oil painting, really stuck. Oddly, acrylic painting never caught on with me. I was introduced to oil painting durning a brief stint in college and fell in love with it. Despite how much I enjoyed oil painting, it wasn’t until 2015 that I decided that I wanted to pursue it.

So I did.

I started painting more frequently, but found plenty of excuses not to paint. So in February 2016 I started my blog Burnt Umber Arts. It was started as a way to hold myself accountable. I post once a week which means I have to paint every week. Gaining readers has motivated me to continue to paint every week as well as continue to learn and improve.

One of my main painting goals is to eventually make a small income from my paintings. It’s something I love and can pursue in place of a regular job. My husband’s job has a tendency to have crazy hours so it’s far simpler for me to stay at home to take care of our kids, pets and house. Not having a regular job means my family also has more time to be together, which we frequently try to spend outside or with extended family.

One of our favorite activities is hiking, which is a hobby in and of itself. We usually try to hike in pretty locations so I can take tons of photos. I think my constant stopping for a quick snap is probably obnoxious, but if I didn’t I wouldn’t have thousands of awesome reference photos to work from. One of these days I want to try my hand at plein air painting, but at the moment, hiking is usually the main goal.

Speaking of photos, I have more recently (April 2017) decided that I need to step up my photography game. I got a new camera last year and I don’t think I’ve lived up to my potential lately when it comes to photography. So I’ve added photography to my blog since I love it nearly as much as painting. There is a brief history of my photography journey in my post Photography Love.

Thank you for visiting my blog. I truly appreciate it… and you.


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