Author: Amber

Shanzi: Repainted

Shanzi: Repainted

  This is a painting of my old dog, Shanzi, and probably one of my favorite paintings to date. I absolutely love how it turned out and wouldn’t change a thing. I feel like doing the 30 in 30 challenge has really paid off in […]

Sometimes an Island

Sometimes an Island

  Sometimes Island: named such because sometimes it’s an island and sometimes, when the tide is out, it’s not. It’s located on the remote island of Kodiak, Alaska. Several years ago, my husband and I decided to explore it one afternoon when it wasn’t an […]

Peppers in a Bowl

Peppers in a Bowl

  This painting was started way back in November 2017. It sat, mostly finished, for a couple of months while I completed other projects. I couldn’t stand to leave it, so close to being done, so I quickly finished it after the 30 in 30 […]

Dinosaur Stomping Ground

Dinosaur Stomping Ground

  The Dinosaur Stomping Ground Trail north of Moab is a nice hike and the destination is really interesting. It’s a huge area of sand stone crisscrossed everywhere with dinosaur footprints. I think most of the tracks were about the size as the one in […]

January 2018: 30 in 30 Challenge – Results Post

January 2018: 30 in 30 Challenge – Results Post

  Despite how difficult it is to complete a 30 in 30 challenge, I highly recommend it as a means to quickly advance your painting skills. It took me a year to see the same amount of improvement I saw in these 30 days. Plus, […]

Hidden Valley Trail

Hidden Valley Trail

  Hidden Valley is a hike I’ve hiked countless times. So many times, that I usually don’t take my camera anymore. These photos are from two hikes I took last winter. I just loved the look of the dead tree next to the trail and […]

January 2018: 30 in 30 Challenge – Days 26-30

January 2018: 30 in 30 Challenge – Days 26-30

  Oh, man. The final 5 paintings are done. This challenge is finished and I’m spent. I don’t know how people paint every single day all the time. It’s a lot harder than it looks, but I imagine it gets easier with time. The first […]

In Line

In Line

  This was taken somewhere in the Gemini Bridges vicinity outside Moab. It’s a nice little view of some yucca plants all lined up in front of the La Sal mountains and the Behind the Rocks area.

January 2018: 30 in 30 Challenge – Days 19-25

January 2018: 30 in 30 Challenge – Days 19-25

  I’m in the home stretch! Only 5 paintings left. I have no clue what I’m going to scrounge up for those final paintings though. My studio is littered with a collection of the most random objects from around my house. Most of them don’t […]

Poison Spider Dinosaur Track Trail

Poison Spider Dinosaur Track Trail

  I always just thought of this trail as the Poison Spider Dinosaur Track Trail because it starts at the Dinosaur Tracks in the Poison Spider Jeep Trail parking lot. It’s actually called the Longbow Trail, named for Longbow Arch at the end. The dinosaur […]

January 2018 30 in 30 Challenge – Days 12-18

January 2018 30 in 30 Challenge – Days 12-18

  I’m just over half way through the 30 paintings in 30 days challenge. My dreams for this challenge were definitely lofty and a little glamorous. I envisioned every single painting being a masterpiece, that each still life would be easy to arrange, and that […]

The Wastelands

The Wastelands

  As the title would suggest, this post is about what I like to refer to as the wastelands. While there are some really beautiful and unique areas in and around Moab, the vast majority of the area is wastelands. Nothing really grows there or […]