2010 Wrap Up

December 31, 2010

All in all, it’s been a pretty darn good year.  I’ve had the opportunity to work with some really great people, some old friends, some new.  I turned out an enormous amount of new ink work, (guess I have a lot more in me when I’m not planning a wedding.)  I followed up “The Year of the French Bulldog” by taking in a homeless one (what are the odds?!) AND, as of last night, I have finally put up our engagement, wedding, and honeymoon paintings (2 years in the making.)

honeymoon wedding and engagment landscapes

…though I’m likely to move them, when I decide where to hang everything else in this house…

Best wishes to all of you for a happy, healthy, and prosperous New Year!

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Scout – Custom Pet Portrait

December 30, 2010

Scout Custom Pet Portrait Cavalier King Charles Spaniel Painting

Scout, a Cavalier King Charles Spaniel named after the character in To Kill A Mockingbird by Harper Lee.

8″x10″

Acyrlic & Oil Wash on Patterned Paper

I always get excited to draw an old family home.  This one’s located on Savannah’s East Side.  Mini-prints were made for the entire family and given as little gifts over the holidays.  A nice way to remember your youth, no?

Custom Pen and Ink Drawing of Old Family Home by Heather L. Young of theinklab

Even though we moved a lot during my childhood, I still feel a connection to each of the places we occupied.  Our time there may have been short-lived, but we worked hard to make each house a home.

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A few weeks ago, my brother took a trip to Richmond, VA, and snapped this pic of our old place.  Oh the memories it uprooted!  I’ve often pondered sketching all of our old homes (I’ve had several clients do this, and it makes for quite the collection), but finding all those old photos from the pre-digital camera days, would be quite the challenge.

 

Merry Christmas!

December 25, 2010

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Our Christmas present (Thomas Jay) is all tuckered out…
and so is his big sister…

My observation:  it’s really just fruitcake with extra nuts.

Granny's Holiday Nut Cake

but don’t tell my fruitcake hatin’ Granny this…she claims they are culinary worlds apart (and she made the nut cake)

Abstract Fruitcake Painting by Heather L Young

A striking resemblance to the ugliest painting I’ve ever painted, no?

I LOVE Wrapping Presents

December 22, 2010

…perhaps my favorite of all the Christmas traditions.

presents wrapped with pinwheel bows

I’m a sucker for paper rosettes and love any excuse to glue rhinestones and wayward buttons to things.

presents wrapped with pinwheel bows

It’s a rather organic process, though I do like to keep a theme.    This year, I went for silver and gold with icy blue and the occasional pop of red.  I pulled every scrap bin out of my studio, and just started building from what I had on hand… (I always save lil remnants of ribbon!)… an eclectic mix of luxurious Italian handmade papers, basic kraft, and even a roll I found at the dollar store…(you’d be surprised at the paper you can find at the dollar store, just be aware that it’s usually thin and a little harder to work with)…now if I just had a tree to put them under…

After several requests, here she is!  Built in 1956, I love the nod to Gothic architecture.  I also love the fact that it’s located on the beautiful, oak-lined, Washington Avenue.  A real treat to draw!

First Presbyterian Church of Savannah Pen and Ink Watercolor Sketch

First Presbyterian Church of Savannah – pen & ink w/watercolor – ©2010 Heather L. Young

Hand-watercolored & Signed Prints available for purchase via theinklab.etsy.com.