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.

 

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Meet Jane Sloss,  architect and watercolor painter from the great Windy City.  (catching the similarities yet? with exception that I’m  just an architecture enthusiast…)  Jane stumbled upon my work a month or so ago, and was kind enough to show me a little love on her blog, A Good Day’s Work.

North Avenue Beach watercolor by Jane Sloss

I’m so glad she found me, as I can’t stop drooling over her Chicago land and city-scapes.

Belmont Harbor 2 by Jane Sloss

I especially love her muted color palette.  It carries the mood of Chicago, but in a good way.

Chicago Christmas Light Watercolor by Jane Sloss

Jane finds the calm in what is typically a hustle and bustle, fury of activity, and it’s quite refreshing.

To see more of her work, including lovely and  quite affordable wedding invitations, visit her Etsy Shop.

I’ve also added her to my blog roll so you can check in on her work, once in a while….many thanks Jane!

All artwork in this post is ©2010 Jane Sloss.

Happy Halloween!

October 31, 2010

No pumpkin carving contest this year.  Sad.

chicago in october

The trade off:   a fabulous trip to Chicago during the most beautiful time of year, fall.  I have a new species of tree I’ve been hunting, and they grow like mad there.  Any guesses?

I could probably draw a hundred of their oaks, but I’m sure a series of 3 or 4 is a good start…

Ford Plantation Club House

According to Mr. Waters, a Spanish Conquistador is buried in this tree…

Curvy Live Oak Ford Plantation

He also suggested a hurricane from 1896 may have blown it over, along with another tree in the opposite direction.

Huricane Live Oak Ford Plantation

Gives me flashbacks (Halloween’s on the brain) to The Tree of the Dead from Sleepy Hollow.

The following I’ll refer to as Triplet Oak, three trunks all seemingly from the same root system.  Oddities I’ve only found here.

Triplet Live Oak Ford Plantation

Gateway Oak Ford Plantation

I can’t wait to start sketching!  Special thanks to Mr. Waters for a moment of his time, Kerri and Erika for getting me through the gates, and Tom at the front gate for mapping out his favorites.  Enchanting.

 

Photographs and Memories…

September 30, 2010

Jim Croce sang about it…and I suppose you could call me a  memory hoarder.

Dried Gerber Daisies

Suggestions for dried Gerber daisies?  I’d be okay just salvaging one, but they’ve sat on my desk for nearly a year (362 days to be exact) with no real inspiration coming to mind.

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.

Our first cherry tomatoes! Seemed like it took an eternity for them to ripen…but well worth the wait.

Fresh Cherry Tomatoes from the Garden