Complete?  If not, we’re close.  It’s  bittersweet to say the least.  I mean, how often do you get to paint pirates?

It’s been a great pleasure to work with the folks at the Pirate’s House again.  Everyone is so friendly, and the place is rich with history, ghostly encounters, unique architecture, and of course delicious food.  The photos are rusty at best, but I’m hoping to have some professional shots in the not-so-distant future.

Ever heard of Anne Bonny? I hadn’t.  Here’s a brief summery to give you an idea of where we went with this mural.  Turns out Anne was quite the fierce pirate.  She came from a well-to-do family, who owned a plantation in Charleston.  She fell in love with a small time pirate, and decided the life of a pirate was far too fun to miss out on.  Upon choosing a lifestyle of piracy, her family disowned her, and like many a pirate tale, rumors swirled about the nature of her being.  Legend states that in retaliation, she burned the family  plantation to the ground.  She’s also rumored to have stabbed a servant girl to death at the age of 13.  Sweet lady pirate, right?  As if that wasn’t enough, she also sailed with another female pirate, Mary  Read.  Double the trouble, I’d imagine.  Now that you have a little background (and trust me, there’s more…just google them), here’s the rough final pics.

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The mural is roughly 23 feet long.

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My cameo as Mary Read.  Let’s face it, I couldn’t subject my mother to such a manly appearance.

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I soooo loved painting that flaming red hair!  The quote below, comes from Anne’s reported last words to her husband, before he was hung for piracy.

“…if you had fought like a man, you needn’t be hang’d like a dog. ” ~ Anne Bonny

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Anne is modeled after a patron I met while dining at the Pirate’s House.  (If you’re reading this, I’m sorry it didn’t turn out just like you…she kind of took on a life of her own)

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map detail…look closely…

Lastly, special thanks to Cathy and Bob for giving me such a wonderful canvas to paint…(and to Buddy for getting my foot in the door)  I look forward to working with you all again sometime soon.

For more information on the fabulous Pirate’s House.  CLICK

All images are ©2009 Heather L. Young

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July 23, 2009

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Mary Mark Read (detail of work in progress)

Pirate’s House Mural, Anne Bonny’s Room

©2009 Heather L. Young

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July 22, 2009

Thanks to all my best girls for such a wonderful time!  Special thanks to Aunt Pam and Lee Anne for all your hard work and love.

Here’s a peek…

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Bluebirds, daisies, and butterflies!  (and cake…yummy yummy cake)

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Bird sugar cookie favors, and a bird bath soap dish…with precious monogrammed little soaps.  Perfection!

Of course we were showered with many gifts and little lovelies.  But these I’ll cherish, always…

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Thanks again girls!  I’ll never forget it!

so blessed.

July 18, 2009

I don’t even know where to begin!  Family and Friends.  Wedding.  House.  Work.  I’d dish more, but I’ve got a bridal shower to attend.

Special thanks to Style Court for yet another lovely feature.  CLICK!

Additional thanks to Flash Forward Photography for including my Mojito Baby in this delicious summer treasury.

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I’ll be sure to catch you all up soon.  Promise!  Time to drink punch and eat pretty cakes with the girls.

xo

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11″x14″ – Tybee Island Beach House Sketch

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©2009 Heather L. Young

Graduation

July 7, 2009

My three little apprentices and I shared our final art lesson together a few days ago.  They are moving out of state, and while I’ll miss them greatly, I’m so happy to have had a few years getting to know this family.

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I decided the girls had graduated from watercolor and needed to paint on real canvas.  It was a perfect sunny day, and we all had a blast.  They really put the extra effort forth and came out with some lovely pieces to hang on the walls of their new house.

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I wish you all the best of luck in your new adventure, and know that you will be sorely missed around Savannah.  xo

July 6, 2009

Hope you all had a lovely long weekend.  Nick and I officially started making our house a home, which consumed far more time than we initially thought.  (I think this is usually the case)  We did, however, make time to grill a few burgers  and eat macaroni salad to make it feel a bit more like the Fourth. The progress:  no more  cranberry drapes and the kitchen is now asparagus green.

In other exciting news, Courtney Barnes has given me quite the write-up on her design infused blog, Style Court.  I’m honored to be featured on such a site, and I hope you will  all take a moment to peruse her blog.  It’s saturated with artful goodness, so much so, I think I’ll add her to my blogroll for a daily source of inspiration.

Happy Monday!