oil paintings and photography by Amber Honour

Burnt Umber Arts

Bunkers in Spring

Bunkers in Spring

    One of my favorite things is abandoned old structures. All over the island of Kodiak, Alaska are remnants of World War II. Most of the concrete structures are showing their age, but still pretty solid. The one in the picture above is a […]

The Humble Yellow Onion

The Humble Yellow Onion

  It has been a while since I’ve painted onions. If you’ve been following me this year, you’ll remember the Red Onion Trio I finished back in February. I think onions are really fun to paint and I use them in nearly everything I cook […]

Onion Still Life Photography

Onion Still Life Photography

  I’ve been doing a lot of studio still life photography lately. A few days ago had to buy and photograph a whole bunch of hot peppers for a commission. It got me thinking that I should start buying veggies at the store every time I […]

I Love My Patrons

I Love My Patrons

  No new paintings this week. I tried really hard to paint two paintings the previous week because I knew I would be busy, but it just didn’t happen. I was super busy hosting guests (in my new multi purpose studio) and helping with my niece’s wedding. […]

Termination Point

Termination Point

Here are a few photos of Termination Point in Kodiak, Alaska. It is a beautiful hike through mossy forest, assuming you can find the trail. The first time we attempted this hike, we ended up on a game trail that left us a little way […]

Orange you Glad? The Complete Orange Trio

Orange you Glad? The Complete Orange Trio

  This orange went by pretty quickly. As it usually is the case when I struggle with one painting, the next one is a breeze. I like to think I learned something in the struggle which is why the next one is almost always easy. This […]

Cholla Cactus Blooms

Cholla Cactus Blooms

  There is this large bush like cactus in my yard that looks pretty ugly most of the year. It traps all sorts of debris with its spiky fingers so it always looks a mess. It has a redeeming quality though. Once a year is covers […]

Orange is the New Black

Orange is the New Black

  This painting is available for sale in my Etsy shop. Sometimes I get lazy when I paint. I try to capture an object with the simplest shapes/paint strokes possible but it rarely works out for me. This week’s laziness was focused on the texture […]

Onion Flowers

Onion Flowers

Green onion flowers in the garden. After this picture my husband and I each ate one. Not a good idea! They’re really spicy. Not in a peppery way, but in a horseradish or wasabi way. The big challenge now is remembering to harvest for cooking.

Orange Crushing with a New Color

Orange Crushing with a New Color

  What you think and what is are not always the same. I started mixing up light oranges to paint this orange, and very quickly realized that this orange isn’t orange. Then I started mixing a yellow with only the slightest hint of orange and got closer. […]