fire

May 31, 2009

After working in the yard all day, Nick decided to have a small daytime fire to burn off a few twigs.  There’s something very soothing about a fire, even a daytime fire.  Vayda does not agree.

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She glared at us from the corner of the yard.

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She made mean faces…

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Speaking of faces, does anyone else see this?

That’s right!  I’m going back to the Pirate’s House for another 23 feet of wall space!  This project really could not have come at a better time.  Life has become so terribly hectic as of late…it will be such a reprieve to pour my soul into a big project, turn the ipod on and the cell phone off, and ignore the madness in the world around me…(much of which, I admit, I created)…Here’s the very first preliminary sketch…I’m already well into revisions…

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©2009 Heather L. Young

it’s Coco-Pants!

May 26, 2009

aka mystery pup… Happy Birthday, Ellie!  Hope you love him (yes, Coco-pants is a boy)

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©2009 Heather L.  Young, Acrylic & Oil Wash on illustration board

This photo really does him no justice.  I was in such a hurry to get him shipped off to Chicagoland, that I forgot to scan the little man.  Want one?  Get yours for my “friends and family” rate…see here.

new works…

May 25, 2009

are coming soon.  This may or may not make the line up.

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Quite a rough sketch at this stage.

still raining…

May 23, 2009

…and  here  I was hoping to show you a photo of the lovely garden we’ve Nick’s been working on.   A good list will have to suffice.

1. Red Bell Pepper

2. Green Bell Pepper

3. Banana Pepper

4. Avocado (this may take years to produce)

5. Mexican Oregano

6. Basil

So far that’s it…but I’ve put in an inquiry for Large and Cherry tomatoes.  Why  not?

but the rains have come.  again.

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©2009 Heather L.  Young

P.S. I’ve got my $200 ink sale going on!  It won’t last long…so commission yours today!

too much texture for the mystery pup, so I’ve started anew.

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it happens.

Back to Blackbeard

May 18, 2009

Granny and I try to take a trip to beautiful Blackbeard Island at least once a year.  We managed to secure the only sunny day  we’ve seen in weeks, and spent 7.5 hours on the boat, crawling (and I do mean this literally, the tide was against us both ways) down the Julienton and across the Sapelo Sound.

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It’s a great way to clear ones head and get inspired and believe me, this trip could not have come at a better time.  There is something so grounding about seeing undeveloped land, places spared for wildlife, and a reminder that things don’t always move so fast.

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No street signs, just landmarks, like “Three Clumps of Trees” to find your way.

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Mossy driftwood along the banks intermingled with fresh new growth.

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We’ve docked here before and explored the lush grounds, but “the snakes are movin’ ” as Granny says, and well, I just can’t handle snakes.

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We did, however, wander all the way up the creek that separates Blackbeard from Sapelo Island, to a magnificent white sand beach.  (See this photo from a previous trip)  We spent a good hour or so of our day collecting sand dollars (long since dead and bleached from the sun), conch and clam shells before heading back across the sound…bliss I tell you, sweet bliss.

I’m painting a lot of these lately.  Unlike most, this one does not have a patterned paper / fabric background.  Just my signature Acrylic & Oil Wash.

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“Boxer”

11×14″

©2009 Heather L. Young

mystery pup

May 13, 2009

A commission in progress here.

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What an amazing relief it is to have my hands in paint again.