I love it when a couple has a vision and enough lead time for me to create something custom.   Julia and Richard are getting married at the gorgeous Driehaus Museum in Chicago.  They wanted to incorporate a tree on their invitations and an overall Art Deco feel.  The first place I look for inspiration is the wedding venue itself.  Wedding invitations are the first impression your guests get of your Big Day, so if you can tie in the venue / setting in the little details, it makes for a nice added touch.  The Driehaus has an incredible domed stained glass window with trees on it.

dome

From there I created some abstracted versions…one a little “leafier” than the other…

Abstract Tree Drawing

Julia & Richard really wanted a folded invitation, which allowed for the tree to be center stage!

Driehaus Museum Inspired Wedding Invitations

LOVE their wedding colors and how they add to the overall stained glass feel of the tree.

Here’s a look at the full suite….

Art Deco Tree Wedding Invitations

Thank you Julia & Richard!  It was wonderful working with you!  Hope your Big Day is spectacular!

 

 

 

Wise Old Bird

May 27, 2014

Found this anniversary card from Granny J to my Papa while cleaning out my studio.  Unsure of the year, but I love this Meyer- Gasters watercolor

Wise Old Bird Meyer Gasters Owl Print

Anniversary Card

Mother’s Day

May 12, 2014

Well he finally got his hands in paint and by the looks of it, he liked it.  First Mother’s Day gift and you can bet it’s skipping the fridge and going right to my studio wall.

First Painting

8.5 x 11 finger paint on cardstock by EJD

Nick and Elliot also started a book for me.  Instead of cards for birthdays, Mother’s Day, etc. they’ll add to the book…love!

Memory Book

So blessed!

Another little baby is on the way for our family!  These two lovebirds are expecting a baby girl in June and gave me a little wall space to play with…

Jimi Hendrix Quote Mural

Alan loves music and I think the Jimi Hendrix quote is especially perfect for a baby girl (not just because I got to finally paint a unicorn, but yeah!)

Baby Girl Nursery Mural

Butterflies and zebras and moonbeams and fairy tales

Can’t wait to meet my sweet little niece!

If you or your foodie lovin’ friends need to revamp your kitchen, today is your big day!  Use the code:  APRIL50 to get 50% off your entire order in The Produce Stand.  TODAY ONLY!

Food Paintings by Heather L Young

I even still have a few canvas prints available for purchase. These were a very limited edition, so grab them fast!

If you like my Facebook Page you’ve seen some of the progression of this portrait.  I’m soooo lovin’ painting this sweet beagle face!  I still need to add the finishing touches, but you won’t see those until Diana does.  The under-painting is acrylic, then I apply thin oil washes until I build up a nice intensity in the paint.  After each wash dries, I carefully subtract the paint with erasers until I have built up a nice contrast.  The final step will be to top it off with some oil paint in a more traditional manner to make things like the whites of her twinkly eyes “pop.”

Beagle Pet Portrait Oil Painting

Vayda’s Pet Shop is still undergoing a much needed overhaul.  Until then, email me if you’d like to inquire about your own custom pet portrait.

I’m sooooo close to 1000 sales in The Ink Lab! Until I reach 1000, I’m offering FREE SHIPPING on everything!  Just use the code FREERIDE11 at checkout.  The deadline to order with delivery in time for Christmas is tomorrow, Friday the 13th.  I have tons of Tree Prints, Oak Notes, Savannah Notes, and Savannah Prints ready to ship.  I’d also be happy to issue you a gift certificate for a custom house portrait.  Thanks for making 2013 yet another great year!

Framed Tree Prints

Savannah Artwork

Oak Note Stationery