oil paintings and photography by Amber Honour

Burnt Umber Arts

Conquering the Ugly Stage of Painting

Conquering the Ugly Stage of Painting

  Sometimes a painting is just horrible. This one was particularly bad right up until the moment it wasn’t. Funny how that works. I had to remind myself over and over that it would eventually start to look better if I just kept working. It […]

Whiskey

Whiskey

  Whiskey has been a part of my family now for a week. I briefly mentioned him in my last painting post. It has really been an exhausting week too. My older dog, Shanzi, hasn’t been a puppy for 10 years and I’m reminded of […]

The 6th Yellow Onion

The 6th Yellow Onion

  This my be my favorite onion to date. It has so many colors happening in it. It may be that I just love a good transformation. I seriously hated this painting to begin with. It was a cartoon circus onion when I was just […]

How to Photograph High Gloss Artwork

How to Photograph High Gloss Artwork

  I love, love, love the look of glossy, varnished paintings. The problem? All of that gloss is hard to photograph, especially when the artwork in question is also very dark. Almost every painting I’ve painted in the last 6 months just so happens to […]

Fifth Yellow Onion Finished

Fifth Yellow Onion Finished

    The transparency in the back half of this onion is by far my favorite part. I just love it. This was a sneaker-painting. Meaning, it was done before I realized it. I love it when that happens. I probably only worked on it […]

Hunter Canyon Hike

Hunter Canyon Hike

  Hunter Canyon is a nice little canyon down Kane Creek outside Moab, Utah. It’s a quiet hike with a campground at the mouth of the canyon and tons and tons of bike, side by side, and jeep traffic. It’s best to hike in the […]

Artichoke Still Life Commission Completed

Artichoke Still Life Commission Completed

    This is the first of several artichoke still lifes I have planned to finish up my 30 small still life series. I haven’t yet decided how many of these I will paint. Either 3 or 6, but based on interest so far it […]

Perspective in the Desert

Perspective in the Desert

    Find the dog. The dog is a reference to how big the area is because otherwise it could look small. It could mean that house crushing boulder on the left looks a little less impressive. Those boulders on the right like inconsequential little rocks. Perspective […]

Fourth Yellow Onion & Why I Decided to Stop Using Alizarin Crimson

Fourth Yellow Onion & Why I Decided to Stop Using Alizarin Crimson

  There isn’t much to say about this painting. It’s the 4th of 9 yellow onion paintings I’m working on. It didn’t give me much trouble, but most of my paintings lately haven’t. I think I’ve officially reached a point where I can quickly and […]

Change on the Horizon

Change on the Horizon

  This is far from my usual posts, so I apologize in advance. Last week had me reeling. I couldn’t for the life of me figure out my emotions and as a result it was a very unproductive week. Early Wednesday morning, there was a […]