it’s magnetic!  The same day I posted the previous entry…Nick came home with this…

I almost fell out of my chair when I saw it…after all…Aunt Pammy has been on the hunt for a breadbox FOREVER!  Go figure, Nick (of all people) would be the one to find this little gem.   The only problem is that he happens to be rather attached to this great find…and not just because it came loaded with explosives…

So Pam, if it suits you…and your fabulously remodeled kitchen…you’ll have to stage a heist.  It couldn’t hurt to leave some baked goods in it’s place…I believe he likes chocolate iced vanilla cakes, and your delightful brownies never disappoint.

green things…

June 27, 2008

and no, we’re not talking in the environmental sense…(although we could be…maybe?) anywho, I just happen to love the color.  In fact, I acquired quite the “green thumb” today…in a very literal way

from painting green things…

(this is just a teaser, I know…but I’m only on layer 2, so you’ll just have to revisit this little blog in the coming weeks to see the completed project)

Oh and if you were impressed with this small miracle…take a look at here…

That, my friends, is basil in my garden…but not just any basil…real survivor basil!  As in, I gave up and left the pot outside to freeze last year, and somehow, someway, this little baby just kept on growing…(maybe I should be nicer to it this year.)  In fact, maybe I should keep my green thumb in paint rather than touch the plants in my garden….they seem to grow better that way…

Happy Friday folks!

toying…

June 26, 2008

with the idea of abstraction…it’s been rather consuming as of late.

a rough pencil sketch…

hoping to bring this into paint today, along with some others.  Oh and a fabulous art lesson with my little apprentices today.  We studied flowers like the late Georgia O’Keeffe.

mail…

June 25, 2008

most days I hate it…bills bills bills…you know, when you’re a kid, that trip to the mailbox is magical…especially around your birthday. When you’re a kid, all the mail you ever get is good…

For some people…(Dad I know you’re one of them)…checking the mail on a daily basis is a must. I, on the other hand, refuse to check the mail unless I’m pretty darn sure there will be a check, a present, a magazine, or something to stave off the depression of opening up bills.

Today was a doubly lucky day! Not only did I get my hands on a much needed present from my bestie…

(ok…so most days I wear my ratty-tatty flip flops, but for the occasional day when I need to rock those sassy heels, this is a MUST)

I also received my new birdie earrings from local artist Robin Lynne!

(Robin, I’m terribly sorry my photo skills do them no justice)

ps. I hope you’ll take a minute to visit Robin’s site…she is a super talented gem of a gal, with interests in photography, jewelry, and soap making!

welcome…

June 23, 2008

Country Inn & Suites! Sorry I didn’t make it out in Savannah’s storms for your grand opening…I hope you had a great turn out, and that business will prosper.  For those of you who don’t know, Country Inn & Suites has just opened on the corner of Harris and Montgomery streets in the Historic District.  Every bit of attention has been paid to detail here….I highly recommend you check it out the next time you’re floating around over there.   The best part…it’s right close to Noble Fare…if you haven’t checked that little dream of restaurant out yet, be sure to read their review here.

©2008 Heather L. Young, FLYoungStudio

Oh and special thanks to Jennifer, for your support of my work.  I look forward to working with you in the future!

Seems my Mother was neglected when I put together the Foodie Prints…most of the illustrated recipes were chosen because they were aesthetically pleasing to draw, and well…Mom’s lasagna…(tasty though it may be)…would just look like slop in paint.  Her unbeatable cinnamon toast is good enough to make you slap your own momma, but again…just not pretty in paint.  Anywho…Mom’s been in town visiting this week, and we got to thinking about all this, and most references to Mom in my work have been rather subtle.  For years we have traded “flying things”…she thinks of me when she sees dragonflies, and I think of her when I see hummingbirds.  (A little insight into some symbolism in my work)…Here’s a detail from a painting completed a few years back…

©Heather L. Young 2008

This visit with Mom was especially wonderful because we got to celebrate the 90th birthday of our family Matriarch, my Great-Grandmother Liz.  Last night, 4 generations of gals sat on Grandmother’s bed and looked at old embroidery, family photos, and the like.  I’ve been so blessed to have spent my whole life surrounded by remarkable women…and I’ll cherish the memories from last night forever.

ps. love you Mom!

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It’s been a wild ride this week.  Monday I blew a tire on I95….Mom came to town on Tuesday…Computer desk arrived on Wednesday…(in about 2 million parts)…Yesterday the rains came, and my internet was down…and today, well today is Great-Grandmother Liz’s 90th birthday.  That’s just the short run of things, but thankfully, I’ve had some time this morning to get the studio reorganized, and haul some things up to the attic…and I’m starting to feel the creative drive return…slowly but surely.

I’ve got many a project in the works for you…but first take a look at my three little apprentices.

Lia, Maia, and Emma worked on pop art portraits yesterday.  Didn’t they do a fabulous job?

I’m not sure I know of anyone that works quite as hard as my Dad. Most people who know him, wonder how he’s able to manage so much and still keep that smile on his face. He is compassionate beyond words, more generous than most, and an inspiration to all who meet him. I am truly lucky to call him Dad…and if ever someone deserved something truly special for Father’s Day…it’s him…check this out…

He finally bought the beast…(which has been affectionately named “Eagle One”)

(Click photos to enlarge them)

My Brosef was the first to ride…you can bet he’ll be making a two-wheel purchase as soon as he returns from a 3 month trip to Costa Rica…(I’m sure Uncle Richard won’t be far behind either…I mean Pam would make for a hot biker chick 🙂

Of course, any such purchase must first be approved by Lee Anne…

I’d say by the looks of that smile, it didn’t take much convincing.

Of course, now that they have been initiated into the Harley lifestyle…it won’t be hard to shop for them…On my way down to Florida, I found this little gem…

Dad liked it…can’t you tell? Now all they need are matching tattoos…(hehehehehe)

Unfortunately, I didn’t get to ride Eagle One…the rains came, and I had to return to the studio…but I had a most marvelous time hanging with the Fernandina gang.

Happy Father’s Day Dad…and please be careful on that thing….love you all mucho!

my new computer that is. The old clunker will meet its demise as soon as we get this new one fully loaded. I promise to thoroughly document our “Office Space” moment for the purpose of this blog…until then, please forgive me if I’m a little slow to post…you see, on top of all this studio rearranging, computer set up, out with the old, in the with new, I’ve had a creative epiphany…(as Dana would call it anyway)…

While I can’t divulge all the details of this little endeavor…suffice to say, I’m losing sleep over it…two days and counting…it’s a great thing to be creatively charged.

On another note…I’m spending a great portion of my time learning about all things Etsy. (If you haven’t checked out FLYoungStudio the Etsy Store be sure to click!) It’s a welcoming community to be a part of, and a great place to shop for unique finds.

Well…better get some paint time in this morning…

hugs~

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and another…

June 10, 2008

woman long over-looked.  Some rough ideas here…far from complete…

©2008 Heather L. Young “Coosaponakeesa”