Friday Photo Roundup - September 1

How is it September already?! Don't get me wrong, I'm not upset at all. It is my most favorite month. First of all, I feel like September 1 is the unofficial start of Pumpkin everything season (no complaints here!) AND, it's our birthday month. <insert crowd cheering noises> This September is going to be full of photo adventures and cake.

This weeks photos are from my last trip to the Botanic Garden. I wanted to showcase more almost-the-end of season flowers that I cannot get enough of, like waterlilys, passion flowers, and those yellow Helenium (also known as sneezeweed!) Enjoy!

august waterlily by april bern photography
passion flower by april bern photography
late summer hosta by april bern photography
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blue flowers by april bern photography

I hope you have a good weekend and a fantastic start to your September!

-a

 

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WIP COMPLETE - Large Succulent Painting

Hey! How's it going? Remember last week, when I posted the WIP of the large succulent painting I've been diligently working on? I'm happy to report that it's FINISHED and I absolutely LOVE how it turned out.

FINISHED! Large Succulent Oil Painting by april bern

My favorite part of this painting? Using this new paint color:

Phthalo Turquoise

It is such a gorgeous color and it blends so well with pinks to make the beautiful shades of purple you see in this painting. It also makes a gorgeous shade of green when mixed with yellow. I really should do a color swatch and show you guys. Do yourself a favor and pick up this paint color. You won't be disappointed.

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Check out the great shades of green in my newest WIP on the bottom left corner. That's a combination of the phthalo turquoise, cadmium yellow pale and white. I added phthalo blue to darken the greens. Pretty right? I'll post a proper WIP featuring that painting next week.

What are you working on? I'd love to see it. Leave a comment and a link to your latest WIP in the comments section below.

-a

 

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Friday Photo Roundup - August 25

Happy Friday!
This week was great! I painted and made a ton of progress on my latest succulent painting. I made plans for a new painting, new posts for the blog, and new items my shops that I'm super excited about. And, I went to the garden. I can't ask for anything more. It was wonderful week. 

With summer (sadly!) coming to a close, I wanted to post flowers that are quintessentially summer. That means sunflowers, Japanese anemones, and bright yellow daisies! I hope you enjoy this weeks photos from Flickr.

Summer Sunflower
japanese anemones by aprilbern photography
my favorite cactus by april bern photography
summer dasies by april bern photography
Harvest by april bern photography

If you need more lovely photo inspiration, follow me on over on Instagram. I post flowers and pretty things as well as behind the scenes photos every day!

 

Have a fantastic weekend and enjoy this last weekend of August!

-a

 

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WIP - Large Succulent Painting

Well hello!

I decided to take a little break from blogging and painting after #the100dayproject.  As I was nearing the end of the project, I began worrying I might not go back to oils and painting the super detailed and blendy way I usually do. Diving into abstracts, working with acrylics, and painting with my fingers was so fast, and so fun. Really, quite freeing. It's how I've always wished that I could paint. So I was a little apprehensive when I picked up my brush to begin a new oil painting few weeks ago. I went in with no preconceived ideas of how it was going to turn out. If it was full of brushstrokes, I'd be okay. If it was super blended, I was fine with that too. I just wanted to paint.

And then I made this:

succulent painting 8x8

I know, right?! This little 8x8 inch painting happened so fast! It took a week from start to finish. I can't get over how amazing it turned out. There are some bits that I didn't blend to death and I love them. I think I might be finally learning to embrace the visible brush strokes!

 

This is my current work in progress:

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I'm clearly not finished drawing/painting succulents. I decided to be a little more adventurous and paint on a 16x20 inch canvas panel. Again, I drew pretty loosely, and figured I can fix the shapes when I go in and start painting.

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This is what I lovingly call the "ugly phase"

This is what I lovingly call the "ugly phase"

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This is where I'm currently at. I've been painting nearly every evening (thank you #the100dayproject for helping build a painting habit!) The top half is totally done and I'm super happy with it. Now, onto the bottom portion. I can't wait to see how the rest of this one turns out! 

-a

 

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100 paintings in 100 days - I completed #the100dayproject!

I can’t believe I did it, but I successfully completed the #100dayproject; 100 paintings in 100 days! It seems a little unreal because I didn’t think I would even be able to get through the first two weeks. There were many (many!) days I didn't feel like painting. And there were that many more where I wanted to straight up quit, because I hated what I made. I have to give a BIG shout out to my friends and family who gave me the space and time to create, and who gave me inspirational pep talks whenever I contemplating quitting.

100 paintings in 100 days - #the100dayproject complete

Seeing them all together like this is a little impressive!

100 paintings in 100 days
#the100dayproject 2017 abstract painting

I wish I would have taken notes, or journaled during this process. Truthfully, I didn't think about it. I just painted. But looking back, there are a few lessons that this challenge has taught me.


1. You can’t wait for inspiration, the right mood, your muse, or divine intervention to create. The act of creating begets more creating. It’s so true. You have to just sit down and do it!

2. Don’t judge. Your only job is to make the work.

3. Don’t let other’s opinions (or lack of) deter you. Again, just make the work.

4. Make the time for your art/project. If it's important to you and you really want to do it, you will find a way. Even if you have to get up a little earlier before work in the morning or miss your favorite show, or order take-out a little more often; you can figure out how to make the time. Where there's a will, there's a way.

There it is! The Final Painting for my 100dayproject

And there she is! The last painting of my #the100dayproject for 2017.  I'm SUPER happy to have stuck with this project despite my doubts, insecurities, and occasional laziness.

So now that I've completed that personal challenge, I'm going to work on finishing all the little painting projects I started prior and then get my shops ready for the holidays. Also all my 100day paintings are for sale and will be slowly added to my shop. If you're interested in any of them, feel free to browse them on instagram and send me an message and we'll work out the details.

How did your 100 day project go? What did you learn? Would you do it again? What are you planning next? Are you psyched to do another right away?

I hope your experience was fantastic. And if you're not finished yet, just keep at it! You got this!

 

-a

 

 

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Friday Photo Roundup - July 7

Hello and happy Friday! I hope your 4th of July holiday week was fantastic. I'm so thankful that this was a 3 day work week, it was pretty hard to get back into the swing of things after the long weekend. And now, I'm ready for another weekend! 

Since it was a short work week, I only posted a few of my favorites from my last trip to the botanic garden. I was THRILLED to see all the waterlilies blooming this year and took a ton of photos. I can't help it, I just adore them.

summer waterlily by april bern photography
summer at the chicago botanic garden
asiatic lily by april bern photography

Also, check out the incredible colors of this asiatic tiger lily! Can you believe that color?!

 

If you're as big of a fan of waterlilies as I am, stop by my shop to check out waterlily canvas prints, photo notecards, tote bags and other home decor pieces. Let me know which ones are your favorite in the comment section below.

www.aprilbernphoto.etsy.com

 

I hope you have a fabulous weekend!

-a

 

Friday Photo Roundup - June 23

Happy Friday! This week was pretty quiet. I spent most of it sitting outside and enjoying my patio. I also painted a lot. As of today, I think I only have 20 days left of my #the100dayproject. Crazy right?

This weeks photos were from my last visit to the Botanic Garden a few weeks ago. They have a new summer show called Brazil in the Garden, which features bright and bold plants native to Brazil and the tropics. I can't wait to check it out and share my photos with you!

succulents by april bern photography
Summer Peony by april bern photography
Ivy Leaves photography by april bern
Purple Iris
Summer Dahlia by april bern photography

I hope you have a lovely weekend and have a chance to get outside and enjoy the first weekend of Summer!

-a

 

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WIP - Gnome Garden

You guys! My patio garden is now my very own gnome garden!

Mom and I spent all weekend finalizing and planting (and replanting) all of my plants. I can't tell you how many trips to the local nursery we took this week but the workers are beginning to recognize us. I think we are finally finished. Planting at least. We have two new planters that I got from work that we finally put up this year AND we created a DIY birdbath out of thrift store finds. Oh don't worry-- I'll post photos soon.

Mom thought it would be a cute idea to add my little garden gnomes I had been photographing for my shop.  I think they are here to stay!

Gnome and Fairy Garden
Welcome Gnome!
My very own gnome garden
garden gnomes hanging out
Welcome garden gnome
mischievous garden gnome
garden gnome chilling with a snail

Sitting out here is pure joy. No matter how terrible the day at work, when I come home and sit outside and take sight of my plants, the days stresses just melt away. Okay, the glasses of wine might help too. Seriously though. It's so relaxing and peaceful. And beautiful. And I love it.

How is your garden coming along so far? What fun surprises do you have planted or hanging out? Let me know in the comment section below.

Happy summer!

-a

 

 

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