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!

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

I’m very excited to be documenting the city again.  At least 3 new Squares will be added to the collection…(thanks to Kristin for the inspiration)…your first peek…

Orleans Square Savannah Pencil Sketch by Heather L Young

Orleans Square – work in progress

copyright 2010 Heather L. Young

Avery Complete!

August 4, 2010

Special thanks to Lindsay for such an awesome project!  It’s not too often that I get asked to paint “people portraits” in my Acrylic & Oil Wash technique…so this was a real treat.  You may have seen the work in progress here.

Portrait of Avery by Heather L. Young FLYoung Studio

Avery with Popsicle

Acrylic & Oil Wash on Patterned Paper

11″x14″

©2010 Heather L. Young

P.S. want a people portrait?  I’d be happy to whip one up for ya…just email heather@flyoungstudio.com

Summer Happenings

August 3, 2010

In addition to my bloggy vaca, Nick and I took a “real” vacation this summer.  8 days in Disney World to celebrate his folks’ 30th wedding anniversary.  We stayed at the fabulous Polynesian Resort

Disney's Polynesian Resort Sunset

…which doubles as the after hours watering hole for about 60 ducks…

Disney Ducks swimming at Polynesian Resort Pool

We spent time in nearly all the parks, but some highlights included…

Walt Disney's Desk Disney World Office

…a peek a Walt’s office.  His quote, “It’s kind of fun to do the impossible,” stayed with me the entire trip.

Disney Epcot Spaceship Earth at Night

Epcot (my first trip there)…can I just say A-M-A-Z-I-N-G!

Disney Epcot Fireworks Show

If you ever get the chance to see the fireworks display at Epcot, I highly recommend.

Of all the countries, Nick and I took a particular interest in Japan…I brought home birds (lots of them)

Disney Dishes from Epcot Japan Birds and Owls

Tiny little dishes that I’ve decided to use as ring holders and a great owl for which I have no immediate purpose, just had to have…

Owl Jar from Japan Epcot Disney World

Nick also brought home a bit of Japan, though his souvenir requires great love, patience and dedication…

Disney World Epcot Souvenir Bonzai Tree

I prefer mine to just sit and look pretty.

Anyhoo…it was a pure joy to escape for a while, and as hectic as that place can be, it’s awfully inspiring if you can separate yourself for a spell and take in all the little details that Walt so carefully planned.