Friday Photo Roundup - April 21

Hello and happy Friday to you! I hope your week was fantastic. This week seemed to have gone by rather quickly. Much like last week, I feel all I did was paint and work on my #the100dayproject and I'm loving it.

I did go to the Botanic Garden last Friday. There was so much more in bloom! It's really amazing what a difference a few days make. The daffodils were out in force, some of the tulips were starting to bloom, and the magnolia trees! Oh, let's talk about how magnificent the magnolia trees are! (Don't mind me, I'm swooning over here...)

I hope you enjoy this weeks photos of what's in bloom at the Garden!

Spring by april bern photography
spring tulips and daffodils
that magnificient magnolia tree
spring tulips by april bern photography
daffodils by april bern photography

I hope you have a wonderful weekend. When you are near a magnolia tree,  stand underneath and take a deep breath and enjoy the sweet smell of spring!

See you next week!


#The100DayProject - Week 2

Hello! Happy Wednesday!
Woo-hoo! Two weeks completed in the #The100DayProject. I'm super excited. I really had some serious doubts during my first few days and was really stressing trying to paint "abstract" and being concerned that a painting is or is not "abstract" enough. Two weeks in, I still feel like I'm in way over my head because this is literally the only thing I have worked on. I do feel more relaxed, and I'm beginning to think of different ways to play. I am starting to realize (and accept) that not every little painting is going to be a "winner" in my eyes, and that's okay. It really truly is all about the process!

#The100DayProject - Painted hands
#100DayProject - blue galaxy
#100DayProject - Stripes
#100DayProject - Roses
#100DayProject - pastoral

These are just of few of my favorite little paintings from this past week. Follow me on Instagram to see all my paintings (and photos! I still do take and post photos!) everyday.

Hows your #The100DayProject going? Is it getting easier for you? Are you still as enthusiastic as the first few days? Let me know in the comment section below!



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Friday Photo Roundup - April 14

Hi! Happy Friday! I hope you had a wonderful week. I feel like all I did was go to work, come home, make dinner, and paint. I mean, that's not a bad way to spend the week. But that's literally all I did. On the plus side, I haven't missed a day of my #The100DayProject, and I feel like I'm finally feeling less stressed about trying to paint something abstractly. It was a good week.

I went to the Garden last Friday afternoon and had a lovely lovely time. The highlight was definitely seeing the cherry blossom tree in the Japanese Garden in full pink blooming glory. It was magnificent. Pink tree, blue sky... perfection.

I hope you enjoy this weeks photos from last weeks trip to the Garden!

Cherry Blossoms in Bloom by april bern photography
spring magnolia in bloom by april bern photography
tiny spring blooms by april bern photography
Foxgloves by april bern photography
spring blooms by april bern photography


I hope you have a wonderful weekend, and if you celebrate Easter, a wonderful Easter! See you next week!





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#The100DayProject - A few thoughts after the first week

Happy Wednesday! The first week of the #The100dayproject is in the bag and I have a few thoughts to share about this experience so far. To remind you, for my #The100DayProject I'm creating 100(!) small abstract oil/acrylic/mixed media paintings (some of my favorites may end up in my shop...)

#100DayProject - first few days

1. It's SO much harder than I thought it would be.

2. I've spent an average of two hours a night trying to create these abstract paintings. This is the most consistently I've ever painted.

3. The first few days were really difficult for me. I wanted to quit on day three.

4. I feel that I like the process of creating something "abstract" better when I have a plan (does that even make any sense?)

5. I'm way too hard of myself and I'm my worst critic. I'm having a difficult time letting go of perfectionism and just letting a piece be what it wants to be.

6. It's been a week and I am finally relaxing and starting to have a little bit of fun.

#100DayProject - 100 days of painting abstracts
(This is my most favorite abstract from this project so far!)

(This is my most favorite abstract from this project so far!)

I'm going into this week with more of an open mind. We'll see how it goes! Check out my Instagram, where I post my #The100dayproject everyday. I'd love to see you there.

Are you participating in the #The100dayproject this year? How's it going for you? Do you need some motivation/encouragement? Let me know in the comment section below!

Have a great day!



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Friday Photo Roundup - April 7

Happy Friday! We made it! High fives all around!

This week was pretty exciting. We adopted (well, my mom adopted) a little rescue dog. Her name is Molly and she's a two year old Chihuahua and Boston terrier mix. She was rescued from a hoarders house where she lived in a crate for her entire two years of existence. She's the sweetest little pup. She's super clingy with my mom and will not leave her side (or chair.) We're working on giving her lots of love and attention and building up her confidence. Photos and a proper introduction coming soon!

This week was also the start of The 100 Day project. Every evening after dinner I locked myself inside my studio and tried to paint small 6x6 abstract paintings. It's.... going. It's actually a lot harder than I thought it would be. But I haven't quit yet! Follow me on Instagram and keep up with my 100 day project.

In the meantime, I hope you enjoy this weeks photos. These are all from last spring at the Garden.

Hosta fine art photography by april bern photography
Red and White Rose by april bern photography
spring daffodils by april bern photography
spring blooms by april bern photography
spring lilacs by april bern photography

Today I'm headed back to the Garden in order to capture and document spring happening. I really feel like spring sneaks up on us. One minute, trees and flower beds are bare, and then BOOM! Leaves and flowers happen, practically overnight! I want to capture moments that help me savor this brief season. This trip also marks the beginning of my much anticipated tulip stalking adventures. Yeah tulips, I'll be watching you.  (Be on the lookout for updates!)


I hope you have a lovely weekend!



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The 100 Day Project

I'm excited to announce that I am participating in elle luna's The 100 Day Project. This is a free, global art project that anyone can participate in. If you create, or want to create, you're in. All you have to do is create something for 100 days (april 4th through july 12th) and post it on Instagram using the hashtag #The100dayproject and your own unique hashtag. That's it! Don't worry, you don't have to create a masterpiece everyday and you won't get in trouble with the art police if you miss a day. The point is to get you to make time and commit to making/doing what you love, consistently.



After much deliberation, I decided to do 100 days of abstract paintings. I will be creating 100 small abstract oil/acrylic/mixed media paintings. I want to practice creating abstracts and playing with paint (something I don't do well.) I expect many tears and many days of not wanting to post my project because I deem it "not good."  If I keep at it and not let my judgement stop me, I know it will only benefit me.

If you want to follow along, I will be posting all my project photos on Instagram. You can find me here:

Are you participating in the #The100dayproject? Let me know in the comment section below! I'd love to follow along with you!

Happy arting!


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Friday Photo Roundup - March 31

Happy Friday and last day of March (I know, I can't believe it either!) I hope you've had a good week.

This week, I'm in total spring mode and very much inspired by the tulips that have begun to sprout by my garage. I need to go on a tulip bulb rescue mission this weekend, but that's a whole big mess of a story I will share soon.

In the meantime, here are some spring tulip photo from last years adventures at the Garden.

Spring Tulips in the Garden by april bern
Flame Orange Tulip by april bern
Tulip fine art photography by april bern
Pink Tulips by april bern
Purple Tulip Art Photo by april bern

For more of my photos, find me on flickr and Instagram, where I post a daily photo and some behind the scenes and fun photos of what I'm working on. Stop by and say hi!


Have a great weekend and keep planting!



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WIP - Teeny Tiny Succulent Painting

Happy Wednesday! I have the cutest little succulent painting to share with you today. This little one is nearly finished.

Tiny succulent painting by april bern
small succulent painting

Its super tiny-- only 4 inches tall and 2 inches deep.

I don't have any in-progress shots because this one was super quick and super fun. I was totally in the Zone as I worked on her, with coffee as my fuel and Spanish flamenco music as my soundtrack. After I paint the sides she'll be ready to be photographed and added to the shop, alongside some new paintings I've just listed. You'll recognize them as previous WIP stars!

So what new projects are you all working on this week? Let me know in the comments section below.



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