oil paintings and photography by Amber Honour

Author: Amber

Black Betty Portrait Finished

Black Betty Portrait Finished

  This painting has been mentioned on my blog a handful of times over the last year. The last time I posted about it, it had been so long since we had worked on it that I incorrectly thought it had been a year already. […]

First Snow in Fall

First Snow in Fall

  In the first days of October this year, me and my husband went up to the mountains for a little hike to see the fall colors. I think we were a little early though. Despite being early, we also managed to catch a snowstorm, […]

Pepper Spray

Pepper Spray

    This was just a quick painting I knocked out while trying to warm up to work on some other paintings. After painting those artichokes, this was a welcome relief from so much detail and I love the reds. This original painting is for […]

Foggy Day in Kodiak

Foggy Day in Kodiak

  I do believe fall has arrived and with fall comes bright oranges and yellows as well as fog. I love foggy days. It’s something I really miss about living on the coast. While it does occasionally get foggy in Moab, it only happens very […]

Pepper Commission Complete

Pepper Commission Complete

  This was not an easy painting to paint. After all of my dark paintings, I actually struggled with this one a little to keep it from looking flat. I realize that the issue came from having a too well-lit reference so I ended up […]

Pepper Reshoot

Pepper Reshoot

  In my previous post about photographing peppers, I mentioned that they were intended for a commission that didn’t work out. This is the reshoot for that commission. I had a much more specific talk with the client about the look they were after. It […]

30 in 30 Inspired Challenge Complete

30 in 30 Inspired Challenge Complete

  The original plan was to paint these paintings in 30 days, but I didn’t for two main reasons. 1. I suck at painting alla prima, and 2. I fell in love with my subjects and wanted to do them justice. So I decided to […]

Setting Up a Pepper Still Life for Painting

Setting Up a Pepper Still Life for Painting

  Painting from life is a great way to keep those observational skills sharp and is a useful skill to learn. It is a tool that should be in every artist’s tool box right next to photography. All throughout my artistic career I’ve always created from […]

The Complete Artichoke Trio

The Complete Artichoke Trio

  I’m pleased to announce the completed artichoke trio. Painting artichokes is a lot of fun, and by fun, I mean work. But people love them, so I will probably paint a few more eventually. For now though, I’m going to stop at 3. Two […]

Negro Bill Canyon

Negro Bill Canyon

  The hike up Negro Bill Canyon to Morning Glory Arch in Moab is a really beautiful 4 mile round trip hike. The trailhead recently got a name change to Grandstaff Trailhead, but the canyon itself is still named Negro Bill Canyon. I read somewhere […]