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

Can you Paint with Traditional Gouache on top of Acrylic Gouache?

Over the past few years I’ve been posting a lot of videos about my gouache process. It’s such a fascinating and alluring medium to paint with! But gouache is fairly new to the masses, previously only known to illustrators and animation background painters. Now it seems that every year a new brand of gouache appears,…

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Gouache Spotlight: Mike Hernandez

The Gouache Spotlight is a segment where I focus on an artist who creates gouache artwork that I admire. I will share some examples and discuss what I find appealing about it. I first discovered Mike’s work in 2019 when it was recommended to me by the Instagram algorithm. I clicked on his profile and…

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Getting Started with Gouache in 2023 (advice for beginners)

The question I get the most often on my YouTube channel is “what is the best gouache for beginners?” Followed closely by “what is your favorite gouache?” It’s time to answer those questions! Table of Contents This post may contain affiliate links. Using an affiliate link to purchase your items gives me a small commission…

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I'm an independent artist living in Scotland. Always chasing the light, and painting the beautiful highlands.

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