your first look….

May 30, 2008

at the completed “Under the Sea” nursery for baby Zoe! We’ve come a long way from here…and this project was so much fun to work on…If the color scheme reminds you of Maddie’s Room its because Maddie’s about to be a big sister! Meghan and Bill, I can’t thank you enough for all the wonderful projects you’ve thrown my way. Best of luck with the girls!

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All Artwork ©2008 Heather L. Young, FLYoung Studio

What’s the only good thing about spring cleaning?  Finding treasure of course!  Simple pleasures, like finding $10 in a purse you haven’t used in 5 years…or finding the mate to that earring you’ve been looking for forever…or stumbling upon an old work of art…

“The Boy in the Water”, circa sometime in my high school days…

Found this little gem while cleaning out this computer…in hindsight looks more like “The Man in the Water”

special thanks!

May 27, 2008

I met Ann & Joe at the Gordonston Art Fair.   Just so turns out, they had a beautiful wall in their kitchen…most suitable for the new Foodie Prints

Thanks Ann & Joe for your support of my work!  I hope you love them for years to come, and send my best to Dolce.

roots

May 26, 2008

Some months ago, I was asked to bring the Crab Shack menu back to its roots.   And by roots, I mean  years ago a waiter scribbled out some  clever illustrations, hand-lettered it, and colored it with whatever highlighters, crayons or miscellaneous drawing utensils he had in his apron.  At first I was a bit hesitant, but after working out a rough draft and reviewing some of the newer (computer generated ) incarnations of the menu, I understood exactly why the owners wanted to revert back to the good old days.

It got me thinking about my pre-SCAD days.  I was so anti-computers, I took the minimum required amount of computer classes to earn my degree…I wanted nothing to do with them, even for things not related to art…and if I had to use them for a school project, it was like pulling teeth.

While I still illustrate by hand, each piece is now scanned into the computer for edits, or simply to upload to this blog, or just for record keeping…being “connected” has become an essential part of my personal life and an integral part of my business…and it’s just amazing how a computer glitch can really turn an ordinary day upside down.

So many thanks to Michelle and to The Crab Shack…it was great to get back to my own roots for this project…

New Front

New Back

potpourri

May 25, 2008

My brain has been all over the place lately, and I imagine this will turn into a list (or two)…which might get lengthy…so feel free to “x” out mid-way or sooner…I won’t take offense…

1.  Happy Birthday Bekah! Can’t wait for our junk jewelry play-date!

2.  Congrats to Stephanie! Sorry I’ve forgotten to mail your graduation card…(rotten cousin I am…)

3.  Special thanks to all of  you who have supported the new line of foodie prints!  I’m so truly blessed…

4.  And Val…I’m just wondering…back in the Gap days…were you ever a denim expert? I’m beginning to think that title amplified my OCD….

Speaking of OCD…it was in overdrive yesterday…as I conquered…

1.  The Studio = spotless…workable even

2.  Five months worth of filing – God help me, there’s nothing I hate more..

3.  Hall Closet = impeccable…all shoes have mates…old purses GONE!

4.  My Personal Closet = it’s been 12 years since I worked there…but they’d be proud!

beach houses

May 22, 2008

a few works in progress…

©2008 Heather L. Young

small miracle

May 20, 2008

I’ve never had much of a green thumb,  but last year I got a little obsessed with clippings.  Clip some of this…some of that…stick in a jar of water and wait for roots to sprout like magic.  I believed that in some small way, if I started from scratch…I’d be more attentive to them…(in other words, remember to water and bring inside before a freeze)…

I cataloged my garden, an eclectic mix herbs I would never eat, and “pretty plants”

  • Mexican Oregano
  • Rosemary
  • Basil
  • Mexican Heather
  • Aloe
  • Jade
  • Nick’s wild fern
  • Beloved Rubber Tree

Took me about two months to sprout a root on the rubber tree clipping.  I had Nick plant the sprig with utmost care.  I fertilized, watered, nurtured, and loved that bloody plant…and when the great freeze came, I begged Nick to cover this plant as it had grown too big to haul indoors with the rest.  All was well, until we forgot to remove the plastic cover…and my beautiful plant burned to a crisp.  This spring, I opted not to clip…too disheartened by my loss…that is until I woke up the other day, and saw this…

A tiny bit of green…

a closer look

small miracle indeed…

in all this mess and art house madness, what has become of my pride and joy, Vayda?  She’s a spiteful one, and I’m not exactly her favorite person as of late…but we’re working on it.  She was a bit disappointed when I returned from vacation without the new coach collar I had promised…(sometimes she forgets that we rescued her from a dumpster)…however, she gave me few brownie points for a new stash of gourmet doggie treats…

(not pictured:  a starfish, 2 pies, and a martini)

She was slightly disgusted that I had presented her with such special fare.

You see, special treats require special care…and to Vayda, that means she must ration them out to various hiding spots around the house.

It’s a lot of work for a fancy treat.  Normal treats usually require 5 minutes hiding time, but a fancier treat could take up to half an hour to properly hide…often times a fancy treat is moved from location to location to ensure its safety.  Now maybe you understand that look of disgust I spoke of…

Anyway, we attempted to lift her poor neglected spirits with a trip to Petsmart yesterday.  She enjoyed a manicure and ear cleaning, and then picked out a slew of new toys.  (many of which she brought to bed with her last night…)  She was so excited to have our attention, I think I’ve paid finally paid the price for forgiveness.

need i say more?

May 18, 2008

my poor poor studio…a train wreck at best…

Still haven’t recovered from thisthis…or this…but I assure you, super fun projects are in the works, and I’ll be posting them like mad as soon as I clean up this horrid mess!

another study

May 14, 2008

of Caxambus Pass, Marco Island

©2008 Heather L. Young