What is the Fearless Brush?

Welcome to the Fearless Brush

The Fearless Brush is a space for open and honest discussion about artist struggles, techniques, inspiration, and the never-ending quest to level up.

Oh, and making a living along the way.

What is in this blog?

Each week I use this space to create informative posts covering a variety of art topics, as well as a place to organise my in-depth painting tutorials.

  • Painting tutorials (Watercolor, Gouache, Acrylic, and Oil Paint)
  • “Learning How to Learn” – advice for self-taught artists
  • Art critiques
  • Plein air painting
  • Making a living as an artist
  • How to schedule and work towards your goals
  • How much to charge for a painting
  • Painting gear and reviews
  • How to use social media (and grow a following online)
  • Common artist struggles
  • How to make video content
  • Self-expression, intuition, creativity

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As time goes on, more topics may be added.

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About Me

My name is Sarah Burns.

I’m an artist and a teacher, and very much a nature lover. I’ve been a full-time independent artist since mid-2015, and over the years I’ve been making a living through various online platforms such as Twitch live streams, Etsy, and Patreon. You can read more about how I make a living online here, and get some ideas for yourself!

I frequently paint outdoors, or “en plein air” in order to hone my ability to see and capture accurate colors. Plus, I’d much rather be outside than in a studio, no matter how fancy it is. Interested in plein air painting? Check Out my post about affordable plein air setups.

Since I’ve been teaching for a few years now, I know what the most common struggles are for new self-taught artists and that’s what I hope to cover in many of my posts.

I have a long history of blogging, going back as far as 2004 but more recently, I maintained a personal blog on my website, which I now reserve for personal things such as travel photos and news about my business.
You can read it all here.

Thanks for being here, and I hope you find what you’re looking for.

Latest Posts

How drawing with ink makes me (& you) a better painter

As most artists know, painting is an exercise in decision making. What materials to use, what colors to mix, how to apply each color…the list goes on. A single painting can be made up of thousands of small decisions.Some decisions are easier than others. And occasionally, the painting seems to decide everything for itself and […]

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New Gouache Travel Palette Colors for Plein Air (July 2022)

Lately I’ve been diving deeper into exploring GREENS and GREYS. At first I was determined to make an entirely separate travel palette containing custom mixes of greens and greys. Upon further thought I realized that two travel palettes wouldn’t align with my goal of slimming down my travel supplies. Less is more when painting outside. […]

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Etchr’s Gouache Brushes – Close Look | Comparison

Etchr is one of the few companies who have a set of brushes marketed towards gouache painters. Are they any good? And how do they compare to Etchr’s watercolor brush set? Let’s discuss! My first impressions were that the gouache brush hairs are very fine and very soft, and not as densely packed as the […]

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