oil paintings and photography by Amber Honour

Still Life

Pepper Spray

Pepper Spray

    This was just a quick painting I knocked out while trying to warm up to work on some other paintings. After painting those artichokes, this was a welcome relief from so much detail and I love the reds. This original painting is for […]

Pepper Commission Complete

Pepper Commission Complete

  This was not an easy painting to paint. After all of my dark paintings, I actually struggled with this one a little to keep it from looking flat. I realize that the issue came from having a too well-lit reference so I ended up […]

30 in 30 Inspired Challenge Complete

30 in 30 Inspired Challenge Complete

  The original plan was to paint these paintings in 30 days, but I didn’t for two main reasons. 1. I suck at painting alla prima, and 2. I fell in love with my subjects and wanted to do them justice. So I decided to […]

The Complete Artichoke Trio

The Complete Artichoke Trio

  I’m pleased to announce the completed artichoke trio. Painting artichokes is a lot of fun, and by fun, I mean work. But people love them, so I will probably paint a few more eventually. For now though, I’m going to stop at 3. Two […]

The Long Awaited Second Artichoke

The Long Awaited Second Artichoke

  Well, I told you I’d paint more artichokes eventually, and here they are. For whatever reason, people seem to absolutely love the artichokes. Maybe it’s because the hearts are so tedious to paint. Getting all of those thin lines perfectly shaded is a serious […]

The Complete Yellow Onion Series

The Complete Yellow Onion Series

  Here it is, the complete yellow onion series! While I did really enjoy painting these onions, I’m also really glad I’m done for now. I’ve discovered that yellow onions are hardly yellow at all. There was far more pink and orange than I expected. […]

The Last Yellow Onion

The Last Yellow Onion

  I’m relieved to be done with onions for the moment as this set of 9 onions is now finished. They’re really interesting to paint and far more colorful than I expected. Though, at times I was thoroughly annoyed with all of those colors. For […]

8th Yellow Onion Finished

8th Yellow Onion Finished

For some reason, I thought it was Tuesday all day today. I very leisurely varnished this painting and set it aside to dry. Then tonight as I put the kids to bed, realized that it was in fact Thursday and I hadn’t taken any photos, […]

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 […]