oil paintings and photography by Amber Honour

Still Life

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

The Third Yellow Onion & Some Watercolor Sketches

The Third Yellow Onion & Some Watercolor Sketches

  Sometimes the original plan for a painting doesn’t work out. For instance, on this painting there was a chunk of onion skin on the right hand side. I was a little over half done with it before I realized that the source of my […]

Sulfurous Orb Yellow Onion #2

Sulfurous Orb Yellow Onion #2

This, the second onion, makes me think of a planet. I’m not sure exactly what about it makes me think that, but it’s just very out of this world. This painting is available for sale in my Etsy shop. This little guy was a breeze […]

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 […]

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.┬áThis […]

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 […]