For his birthday…

September 30, 2008

He wanted cake.  Homemade cake.  A challenge he presented to me with little faith, I tell you!  Now, I’m not one to turn a blind eye to my abilities (or lack there of)…but a decision had to be made.  Do I step up to the plate and overlook my poor track record in the kitchen?  Take a risk and hope that it is edible?  Or call for backup?

Skip on over to my FLICKR page to find out!

One of my first murals…no big surprise that it’s in my brother’s room back home.

Something about his face needs a little reworking…if I had my way, I would revamp it with something totally mischievous while he’s living it up in Costa Rican paradise…but alas, Dad won’t let me.

Oh and for all you friends and family wondering how baby brosef is faring down in Costa…he’s currently surfing one of the longest breaks in the world in Pavones…nearly 3/4 of a mile long on a good day.

(please note it is not Alan surfing in this video…just a random youtube find to give you an idea of the place he’s currently at)

waiting…

September 28, 2008

some days are filled with it.  Thankfully, this day, I had my trusty sketchbook.

You know I’m bored when I resort to drawing the negative space of fake foliage.

She too, felt my pain.

crafty fall fun

September 27, 2008

Off to the lake for some crafty time with my three favorite apprentices, and the rest of the battalions’ kids.  Some days I really miss being in the classroom with 20 little rug rats running around.  Events like this remind me of those fun-filled days…(and just how much I really do love my dog)

These Boots, part II

September 26, 2008

Just laid the last oil wash on these boots…(“last,” provided I’m careful and don’t erase more than I should)…still haven’t decided which version works best…maybe I’ll let you all decide when the final product is ready…

check out my ratty wash brush…it came in a package of three from the dollar store, and has been doing the trick for at least 3 years.  Brush Diva, I am not.

pondering…

September 24, 2008

my 08 Christmas card.  Of course, Ms. Vayda will be front and center…(click here to see last year’s…)  any ideas?  I’m not opposed to the block print style of of the Vayda Valentine either.

quick sketch:  Vayda looking out her studio window, ©2008 Heather L. Young

some days…

September 23, 2008

I am sooooo indecisive!

Solution = paint two

finding places

September 22, 2008

to hang new artwork!  I’ve acquired a few new pieces as of late…check out this coveted Irene Suchocki print gifted to me by those dear pals Bekah & Jason…

“This Bird Has Flown,” 8×10 inches, © Irene Suchocki

I’m trying to hang it in the place it will inspire me most.  A part of me thinks the mantel would really appreciate this print…but then it would look so nice next to Pinky & Blue Boy.

customer appreciation

September 19, 2008

As many of you know, Dingo, the Durango, and I needed to part ways.  It’s appetite for gasoline was a bit more than I wanted to pay, and the mileage was getting a bit out of hand.  So the great car search began.  I needed something I could haul all my paint supplies in, including a ladder from time to time…and something that would have space for a tent and tables should I participate in the occassional art show.   (oh yeah, and something that could take a little abuse…it is my car afterall…)  I spent hours, if not days perusing websites and scouting out the best deals around.

When it came to actually walking on the lot…one place stood out…Kia Country of Savannah. I walked onto their lot after first visiting their neighbors…the salesman over there didn’t give me the time of day…first, he laughed at the thought of trading my Durango…but worse…when I told him I was an artist, he seriously asked me “so you paint faces in the park?”…ummm…sure buddy, that’s how I plan to pay for these new wheels…Thankfully, my friends at Kia  (specifically Brian, Bob and Peter)…really treated me great.  They were more than pleasant to deal with, patient….(math isn’t my best subject)…and left me feeling like I not only gained a great car, but that they really truly appreciated my business.  (guys, if you’re reading this, thanks again, and know that I’ll throw a friendly discount your way should you want to replace the Colossal Grams with mural work…lol!)

Oh yeah, and to make my day just a little sweeter…I recieved my own customer apprecation, in the form of this photo…

Check out those Foodie Prints…(in custom sizes I might add)…Thanks for sending this photo Carly!  It’s great to see they found a happy  home!

P.S. if any of you loyal blog readers decide to go over to Kia…tell em’ I sent you!  (i could use that referral fee to put towards that new car payment…lol!)

Happy Friday!

I’ve been a cookin’

September 17, 2008

(well, not really…we all know that’s dangerous)…but I have whipped up some seriously delicious new prints for your modern gal’s kitchen.  “Green Things” can be mixed and matched to your heart’s content!  These charming 6×6 canvas prints can go it alone, or in a group of 3, or 9, or all 19!  Whatever suits your fancy or your wall space.  Each one is hand-signed with love by yours truly, and is named on the back.  The perfect gift for your foodie friends!  For the full line up, skip on over to The Produce Stand.

and remember…Mama always said to “Eat Your Greens”