Tomorrow is the last day to get your custom pet portraits commissioned in time for Christmas.  If you miss the deadline, I’m happy to issue a gift certificate to redeem after the dust settles a bit.  Hope you’re all enjoying the festive season so far!

Gibson Puppy Portrait in Oil Wash by Heather L Young

Gibson – 11″x14″ – Acrylic & Oil Wash on illustration board

email or commission directly from Vayda’s Pet Shop

To view the most up-to-date gallery, clickety!

Ok, so I know I’m a little late in pulling together my Cyber Monday Sale, but as a little “Thank You” to all of you who have supported my work during such an awesome year, I’m offering 30% off all fine art prints in both The Ink Lab and The Produce Stand! Just use the coupon code CYBER30 at checkout. *Please note*  the coupon code is only valid on Fine Art Prints in The Ink Lab…The following items are excluded from the sale:  Thumbprint Trees, Custom Orders, Wedding Welcome Bags and Wedding Invitations.  This is a one day sale for tomorrow, November 28th.

If you’ve been looking to build a collection of Tree Prints or have a Savannah lover on your gift list, hop on over to theinklab.

Foodie Prints add a little *punch* to any kitchen! (and don’t forget Gingerbread Men in Skirts!)

Hope you all had a Happy Thanksgiving!

New Olive Tree Drawing!

November 23, 2011

Such magnificent trees!  I have a feeling there will be more of these to come.

olive tree

Prints now available in Natural and Moss at

©2011 Heather L.  Young

It’s almost therapeutic to draw all the little details in Savannah ironwork.  I really enjoyed pulling this one together.

Custom Pen and Ink Drawing of Harris Street House in Historic Savannah

West Harris Street – Historic Savannah

8×12 pen & ink on natural colored paper

Visit The Ink Lab to commission your own – click here to see house sketches from years gone by.

custom pug portrait painting in acrylic and oil wash

8×10 inches – acrylic & oil wash on patterned paper

Really beginning to think I am destined to own a pug (rescue) one day…I mean, look what happened after The Year of the French Bulldog?

*note* the current deadline for Holiday Pet Portrait Commissions is December 5th.  (subject to change if my schedule books up)  email or visit Vayda’s Pet Shop to get started.


November 4, 2011

One sunny day, I was startled by the sound of Vayda about to jump through the sliding glass doors.  I went running to see what the commotion was all about…not one, not two, but THREE kid raccoons walking from one side of our yard to the other, taking their sweet time as if they owned the place.  I ran for my camera, and managed to capture a shot of one of the trespassers  on their way up the fence…

raccoon invader

Since that day, I’ve yet to lay eyes on that crew again…the squirrels, however, are a different story.

squirrel snack

My entire patio is littered with chewed up nuts.  What’s worse, if we (humans or dogs) attempt to sit out back and enjoy the nice fall weather, they take to launching bits and pieces of gnarled up nuts (with great accuracy) at our heads!

Hickory Tree

The trees are so dense with moss, it’s hard to even spot our attackers…and would you believe that I actually had one squirrel come knocking on the glass doors?!  Oh yes, he did! I kept hearing a thump thump thump, and there, on the other side of the glass was a bold (must be their leader) squirrel using a huge hickory nut he found in the yard to tap on my glass doors!

I know so very little about these creatures and their capabilities…I’m a little scared as to what comes next…

I love it when a customer commissions a custom pen and ink drawing and gives me a little back-story, history, or memory about the property.  The slatted windows, the barn built by hand out back, the crooked little sidewalk…this house was loved.

black and white pen and ink drawing of old family home

so much so, that they couldn’t decide between black and white and color, so I made a hand-watercolored print in addition to the original sketch…

pen and ink drawing with watercolor washes custom house drawing painting

Ahhhh…red doors!  I ADORE red doors!!!  (though I doubt if my homeowners association would approve)

If you’d  like to commission a drawing of your old family home, (and with the Holidays approaching, now is an excellent time), remember that I can make inexpensive archival-quality prints of Grandma’s house for the whole family….large or small, hand-watercolored or black and white, lots of options to choose from!