april bern art & photography

Come Visit Me at HoneyCraft Indie Art and Craft Market - Last show of 2018

I hope you had a wonderful Thanksgiving holiday. Now that it’s officially after Thanksgiving, it’s time to switch gears into the Christmas holiday season! If you need to start your holiday shopping and you’re in the Chicagoland area, be sure to stop by the HoneyCraft Indie Art and Craft Market this Saturday, December 1st, in Woodstock, IL.

HoneyCraft Holiday Market {Dec 1}

  • Saturday, December 1, 2018

  • 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM

  • Mixin Mingle-Woodstock

    124 Cass Street

    Woodstock, IL, 60098

    United States (map)

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I will have a selection of matted art prints, original paintings, brand new 2019 calendars (including my most popular gnome calendar) and more for sale, just in time to start shopping for your friends and loved ones. I will also have a selection of my mom’s brand new, gorgeous, and one of a kind Christmas cards. You can check out her etsy shop here: OldLadyBern Designs

Be sure to check out some of the other amazing vendors that will be there too:

Willow and Copper

Max & Bean

Xanadu Art Studio

InSpirit Adornments

The Hippie Homesteader

RedHead by Design

Karin Lekan Illustrations

Belle & Bark Designs

Jo Williams Design

Oak Spring Design

True North Berry Farm

Elizabeth & Co.

Casting Whimsy


Annabelle’s Bees

Naughty Body Boutique

…and more!

You will definately find something for everyone.

See you Saturday!



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New 2019 5x7 Desk Calendars Now Available

I can’t believe it’s November already! This year has zoomed by so quickly and 2019 will be here before you know it. Now is the perfect time to pick up my new 2019 desk calendars for your office, for your kitchen, your coworkers, or for stocking stuffers. These calendars will certainly make you smile and make your work or home space a little bit brighter.

My favorite new calendar this year is my super cute garden gnomes calendar.

This 5”x7” 2019 desk calendar features 13 original photos of my mischievous and adventurous garden gnomes.

13 loose 5”x7" pages (1 for each month and a cover) that feature a 5”x5” photo that you can trim and frame after the month is over. The images are professionally printed on premium quality Fujicolor Crystal Archive photograph paper which provides excellent resistance to light fade.

You can display this calendar in a 5x7 frame, on your desk at work, hang on your refrigerator, pin to your inspiration board, use as a bookmark, or hang from a clipboard-- the possibilities are really endless!

Once the month is over, you can trim off the bottom calendar portion and hang or frame each remaining 5”x5” photo. This is a super affordable way to get 13 mini prints!

In addition to the adorable gnome calendar, I have three more new 2019 desk calendars:

2019 5x7 Desk Calendar Collection

Each of these calendars will certainly bring a bit of nature and calming beauty into your space and life.


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65/100 - The 100 Day Project

Hi! I'm really excited about this little painting. I've been slightly obsessed with peonies lately and I was looking over some of the peony photos I have available for sale in my shop and thought this one would be fun to try and paint with acrylics.

65/100. 3"x3" acrylic on canvas.

65/100. 3"x3" acrylic on canvas.

So? How do you think it turned out? I love it!

I feel I had an easier time painting this with acrylics because I had the windows open and it was SUPER humid out. I think all the extra humidity in my studio helped extend the drying time a little bit. Ha! I'm still learning! Do you have any tips for me to learn to work with acrylic paints better? I'd love to hear your suggestions and tips! Let me know in the comment section below!


Happy creating!





64/100 - The 100 Day Project

Hello friends! For today's painting, I tried to paint a photo I had taken of petunias from my planters. I remembered why I don't like acrylic paint-- it dries too fast! I had all sorts of problems with this painting. It turned out okay, i mean, you can tell that they are purple flowers, but it didn't turn out quite like I had wanted it. That's okay though. I'm practicing and learning! :D

64/100. 3"x3" acrylic on canvas.

64/100. 3"x3" acrylic on canvas.

I hope you remember to keep going with this challenge, even when things don't turn our like you plan, or if things get a bit hard. I'm rooting for you! If you need some motivation, please comment in the comment section below! Let's get through this challenge together!


happy creating!



Finish what I start project: 3 down!

Guess what?! I finished three paintings that were in various stages of incompleteness! Check them out!


I love them. Especially the succulent painting (I've been a little obsessed with succulents since my wedding!) The bad news is that I started a new painting today.. I know, I know! I have several more to finish up first, but it was in my head and I wanted to start it before I lost inspiration/motivation! (I'll share some in-progress photos next week or so!)

3 projects down, 25,623 left...  ;)