Some big birthdays this year.  We gathered for one night in The Dina to celebrate…

Young Family Picture

Which was a good excuse to get crafty…

cupcake toppers for dad's 50th birthday

50th birthday handmade cupcake toppers

Baking Credits:  Aunt Pam  & Miss Liz

Super Happy Birthday Dad!  Enjoy the day, and don’t forget to treat yourself to something spectacular!

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Whitefield is such a beautiful square, and one that I have neglected for a long time.  Here’s the B&W…

Whitefield Square Savannah Pen & Ink Drawing by Heather L Young

and the hand-watercolored version…

Whitefield Square Watercolor Sketch by Savannah Artist Heather L  Young

A lovely (and quite popular) place to get married in Savannah.

Both versions will be available for purchase in The Ink Lab shortly…(and by shortly, I mean, whenever I get tired of drawing and don’t mind sitting in front of the computer like a robot for a few hours…)

I’m not 100% sure where I’m going with this series, other than it’s in my blood to draw Live Oaks at the moment.  Sometimes it’s best not to force an idea…let the drawing hand do the thinkin’.

The Candler Oak Savannah Georgia - Drawing by Heather L. Young

The Candler Oak – pen & ink w/blue watercolor wash

old candler hospital savannah ga

The years have been far better to the tree than to the structure for which it was  named.

Moving along with the Savannah series…(so much more work to do)….here’s your peek at the black and white version…

Chippewa Square Savannah Georgia a Pen and Ink Drawing by Heather L. Young

Chippewa Square – Statue of General Oglethorpe

8″x10″  pen & ink

©2010 Heather L. Young

Tree Huntin’ at Wormsloe

August 19, 2010

I’ve got a new series in the works (in addition to the latest Savannah Squares), and it’s about to eat me alive.  It’s pretty much all I think about day and night…all consuming…but in a good way.  Collecting reference has brought me to areas of town that I have overlooked for years.  It’s a shame that when you nest somewhere, you often forget to take note of all the beauty and activities that are right in your own backyard.  For instance, Wormsloe

Wormsloe Historic Site Savannah GA Live Oak Drive

How’s this for a driveway?  Over 400 oaks were planted along this drive in the 1890’s!

Of course, I didn’t go about this adventure alone…Granny J tagged along…and her wisdom served us well.

Granny J at Wormsloe

For starters, she brought two bottles of water…neither one of us expected to be walking 1.5 miles in the deep south heat, but that preparedness served us well.  She also brought along a cane….good for her walking, but also good for warding off snakes…(oh do I despise those critters!)…and yes, we did encounter one, within the first few minutes of our walk! What was I thinking wearing flip-flops that day?!

Alas, we made it to the Tabby Ruins, the oldest standing structures in the Savannah area.  Not exactly the floor plan I’d expected for a plantation home, but I have to give Noble Jones credit for the fact that he built it with his own hands…not that of slave labor.

Wormsloe Tabby Ruins Historic Site Savannah

Tree Huntin’ did not disappoint.  In addition to the Live Oaks,  we also came across this beauty…

Red Cedar Tree at Wormsloe

It’s called a Red Cedar (but it’s actually a Juniper) and it is very much alive.  Oddly enough, Granny has two of these flanking her own driveway, but they pale in comparison to this giant.

Lastly, here’s a little sneak peek of where I’m heading with all of this…

Majestic Oak Sketch by Heather L. Young

The Majestic Oak – pencil sketch – very much a work in progress

©2010 Heather L. Young

Chippewa Square, Savannah

August 16, 2010

I’m pretty sure I’ve officially visited all of Savannah’s Squares by now…and can truthfully say that  Chippewa Square, with its monument to General Oglethorpe,  is  one of the finest in Savannah…

Chippewa Square Savannah Pencil Sketch

Chippewa Square – pencil sketch – work in progress

©2010 Heather L. Young

Stage 2 here, and I am very much looking forward to seeing the watercolor version…lots of new inks in the works, so be sure to check back!

Orleans Square Savannah Black and White Pen & Ink Drawing by Heather L. Young