a big thank you!

December 17, 2008

As I wrap up the last of my Christmas commissions, and prepare for a great break from work, I’d just like to take a moment to thank all of you who have helped support my work this holiday season.  It’s been so much fun to create for you, new clients and old friends.


Oh there’s nothing I love more than tacking a pretty pinwheel bow on a fresh work of art!

2 revisited…

December 15, 2008

Blogging will be so much easier after Christmas…until then, a sample will have to suffice.  Remember these? They’ve come a long way.


©2008 Heather L. Young

i’m ready for 5

December 14, 2008

I love to spend my mornings perusing around etsy. It’s a great way to get inspired, and a fabulous community to be a part of.  It’s even better to wake up and find your work has been included in a treasury.  Special thanks to Michelle of Flamingaux for including my “I’ll Take Three, Martini” print in her collection.


For more information on the items found in this treasury…CLICK!

Oh and don’t forget, there’s  still a few days to shop The Produce Stand…place your orders now to ensure delivery by Christmas!

getting festive

December 13, 2008

Today was one of those days…I woke up to a slew of  computer problems, spent a good 45 minutes sitting in traffic, realized I have officially bit off more than I can chew with commissions this year, and my printer ran out of ink.  Thankfully, Nick perked me up his version of the Vayda 2008 Christmas card…Check it out!

Merry almost Christmas everyone!

yummy but…

December 12, 2008

inedible.  The first, discovered  alongside a client’s house.  (her attention to detail, both interior and exterior is exquisite)


Tempting, I know…but it’s only ornamental.


even the seeds…such a good fake!  And then there’s mine…


This one you can have, only it too, is inedible.

©2008 Heather L. Young

here she is!

December 11, 2008

The 2008 Vayda-Dog Christmas card!



acrylic & oil wash on patterned paper

©2008 Heather L. Young

lost in translation

December 9, 2008

Some days my artistic vision gets muddled somewhere between my brain and my hand.  Last night, they spoke perfectly to each other.

abstract2 abstract1

A sampling of 2 current works. ©2008

a sneak peek

December 8, 2008

Almost all of the 2008 Vayda Christmas cards have been mailed…and almost all of my other projects must be kept under wraps…so just to get the focus around here back on art, here’s a little behind the scenes look at the making of the Vayda Christmas card.  I won’t bore you with the million and two preliminary sketches that took place, but it was a true color-comp nightmare.  Color is such a science to me, and red & green…(while compliments)…are not  my favorite color combo.  Then again, I’m not a huge fan of non-traditional Christmas colors…just to keep you guessing before the big reveal…


©2008 Heather L. Young

Back to the drawing board!  17 days and counting!

So I received a forwarded email (thanks val) with this included…”The Most Dangerous Cake Recipe.”

Take a coffee cup and add:

  • 4 tablespoons flour
  • 4 tablespoons sugar
  • 2 tablespoons cocoa
  • 1 egg
  • 3 tablespoons milk
  • 3 tablespoons oil
  • 3 tablespoons chocolate chips (optional
  • splash of vanilla extract
  • large coffee mug

Mix all the dry ingredients well.  Then add the egg…mix…then the rest of ingridents…mix.  Then put that bad boy in the microwave for 3 minutes.

Where’s the danger?  You are only 5 minutes away from chocolate cake.  Dangerous indeed.

We all know I’m not much of a cook…but this just sounded sooooo easy.  So I gathered up all the ingredients and gave it a whirl.


Yes, that is a mickey  hand measuring spoon.


ooooo cake!


ugh!  icky-icky poo!  Dangerous cake, not so dangerous after all.  Maybe it was the vanilla extract that expired in 2004 (it was only a splash?)  or maybe it was the cocoa blend…but the most logical answer (considering my history), would be that it’s all the cook’s fault.  I get it…I should stick to painting food, but should any of you folks out there with five free minutes to kill decide to give it a try, do let me know if it’s just me…or the stupid recipe.

I’ve gone global!

December 4, 2008

I’m off to the post office today…gotta get those Vayda Christmas cards in the mail…Better yet, I’m shipping a true taste of the south, Saundra Kay’s Okra & Tomatoes, all the way to Canada!  It’s my first international sale, and I’m thrilled to pieces…can’t you tell?  Anywho, it’s got me so giddy,  I’ve decided to keep the Original Foodie Prints marked down to $35 until the new year…$35!!!  That’s $20 off the regular price, so help a sister out! The more I clean house, the more room I have to paint in this studio.

Oh and how’s this for a little customer appreciation?  I love this combo of Foodie Prints…


Thanks to all of you who have helped my business continue to grow!  Much love!