oil paintings and photography by Amber Honour

Photography

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 […]

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 […]

Porcupine Ridge

Porcupine Ridge

  This is one of my favorite photos lately. It was taken from our campsite on Porcupine Ridge and overlooks Castle Valley, Utah. I’ve entered it in a calendar photo contest and would love to win. The competition is steep and I could use your […]

Genesee Country Village

Genesee Country Village

  I was apparently still in still life mode on a recent visit to the Genesee Country Village and Museum in Mumford, New York. Most of my photos consist of all of the beautiful old paraphernalia people used to keep in their homes. It is […]

Photographing Lightning

Photographing Lightning

  Call me silly, but I’m super excited to have finally captured my first lightning photos. These were taken on a whim. It was storming a few nights ago as I was getting ready for bed so I decided sleep could wait. Since I hadn’t […]

Bear Sighting

Bear Sighting

  On a drive up to the mountains with my husband and kids last weekend, we got to see a sow and two cubs right from the road. This was my first ever bear sighting in Utah. I watched one of the cubs climb down […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]