WIP - New Succulent Garden Painting

Hi! I hope you had a fantastic Christmas holiday! Mine was quite lovely. We got to spend a ton of time with family and ate soooo much. I did find a few quiet moments to start a new painting that’s been rolling around in my head. I feel like this one will be one of my most ambitious paintings yet. There is so much going on here. Usually, I stick to a larger, single flower/succulent type of image. This one is PACKED with succulents!

WIP - Succulent Garden Painting

First, I loosely sketch out my drawing to make sure I can fit everything on my large 24”x24” canvas. I just want to get the basic shapes down. The next step is a more detailed drawing, where I start to draw in the actual leafs and petals.

Work in progress - succulent garden painting on easel. First step: Drawing it out.

Just a note: I love my new neutral grey glass palette. It’s fantastic! It’s easy to clean and the colors appear more true than the white plastic palette I was using. This cost a little more than the plastic palettes, but it’s really worth it.

WIP - Succulent Garden Painting. Starting to paint!

Finally, it’s time to paint! I didn’t finish drawing all the details on the right side. I was too eager to start painting. I will continue to make slight adjustments as I go along.

Work in progress - Succulent Garden Painting. Starting to paint.

I am so excited to paint again! Hopefully I’ll be able to finish this one before April of 2019…

What projects are you working on? What are you going to start next year? Let me know in the comments section below!

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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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Happy Thanksgiving - What I'm most thankful for

Happy Thanksgiving!

This year, in addition for the usual things to be thankful for (our wonderful families, amazing friends, good health, a great job, food on the table, etc.) I’m especially thankful for this!

let the adventure begin - baby cohn arriving soon

Glenn and I would like to introduce you to our upcoming adventure! 

If you’ve been wondering why I’ve been a little more quiet than usual, this is why. Growing a baby is no joke! Also, pregnancy hormones are no joke.

After 6 years of trying to grow our family, we experienced a devastating miscarriage in February. We feel insanely blessed and lucky to have conceived again so soon and to be able to carry baby though this far!  

Expect our adventure to begin in April, 2019!

WIP - Pink Peony Oil Painting - COMPLETE

Yay! My pink peony painting is finally complete. I LOVE how it turned out and I’m super excited to give it as a gift this year for Christmas.

Pink Peony Oil Painting by april bern

This painting is done in oils, measures 20”x24” inches and is 2” deep. I carried over the painting design onto all four sides. This baby is ready to hang!

Pink Peony Original Oil Painting - side view
Pink Peony Painting - Top View

What are you working on? How’s it going? Let me know in the comment section below! I’d love to see!

Happy arting!



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Come Visit Me at the Home Grown Holiday Fair in McHenry, IL

What are your plans this weekend? Have you started your holiday shopping yet? I hope whatever you do, you have a chance to stop by the Home Grown Holiday Fair in beautiful downtown McHenry, IL. I will be there selling my brand new 2019 calendars, matted art prints, original paintings, and fun and functional canvas tote bags.

Home Grown Holiday Fair McHenry IL

Home Grown Holiday Makers Fair
10 a.m.-3 p.m.
Mixin Mingle
1118 N. Green St. 

Home Grown makers fair is an exciting way to get to know and support me and many other local makers. You’ll also enjoy live music and makers demos, meet-the-maker opportunities, amazing shopping, makers basket raffles, food and beverage tastings and much more.

Here are a sampling of who’s going to be there this Sunday:

M. Leigh Rose POTTERY
Just-Joshin Custom Creations HAND-SEWN GIFTS  
Little Lady Impressions BABY/CHILDREN'S CLOTHING 
Beauty Wellness Pharm WHIPPED BUTTERS, SOAPS, ETC.
Cuginos Gourmet Foods, Inc. SOUP 
Two Fat Guys Gourmet Sauces BBQ SAUCES

Guy Meets Girl

Fat Tomato Inc.

I can’t wait to see you!



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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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WIP - Pink Peony Oil Painting

Hey there! Long time no see! After the #the100dayproject concluded, I took a small break from painting and focused on creating 2019 calendar templates and 2019 photo calendars for my shops. I wanted to make sure I finished those by end of September. I have good news- I finished and they turned out really great. And do you know what that means? I’m painting again! WOOOO!

Pink Peony Oil Painting - Work in progress

After painting 100 tiny 3”x3” canvas, I decided it was time to go big. I picked up a sweet 20”x20”x2” canvas and began my peony painting by lightly sketching out the shape. I’ve wanted to paint this peony for so long! The layers and shape of the petals are so luscious and drew me in.


I can’t wait to show you the finished painting!

Happy creating!



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Indie Art & Craft Market tomorrow!

Guess what! It’s art & craft show season!!! I will be at the HoneyCraft Indie Craft Market tomorrow, September 15th (2018) at the Mixin Mingle shop located in beautiful downtown McHenry. HoneyCraft Market will be a wine stop at McHenry Chamber of Commerce's unique tasting and shopping experience in downtown McHenry. Guests will stroll through area shops while sipping specially selected wines, appetizers, and sweets at participating shops.

I can’t wait to see you there!

Saturday, September 15, 2018

1:00 PM - 4:00 PM

Mixin Mingle-McHenry