Inspiration

March 8, 2011

I recently spent some time out at my childhood home.   My great-aunt’s property, it has housed nearly every one of my mother’s siblings at some point or another.   I spent the first 8 years of my life in that house and nearly ever summer there after.

Vintage Live Oak Plantation Wallpaper Mural

Perhaps this wallpaper mural in the foyer (circa 1978) has something to do with my Live Oak fascination?

a detail…

Vintage Live Oak Plantation Wallpaper Mural detail

The camellias in bloom and the morning fog off the Vernon River welcomed me home.

Camellia Blossom

Enchanting, no?

 

 

 

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I’m Done with Cake…

January 18, 2011

no really, my history here is not good.  Let’s take a trip back in time to 2008…

Remember that Dangerous Cake recipe?

Or how about the time I cheated?

Prepare yourself for my latest kitchen disaster…The World’s Ugliest Cake…

The Ugliest Cake you have EVER seen

“Thanks for the cake, but did you drop it on the floor?” — text message from my husband

“It looks like a dalmatian!” — side note from my bestie

Personally, I think it looks like a squirrel danced all over it, but no matter how good it tasted, I’m leaving the baking to the bakers from now on.

On a bright note, I did succeed at making my first (and last) diaper cake for a baby shower last week.

Diaper Cake Centerpiece for baby shower

Ingredients:  50 newborn diapers, 5 wash cloths, 2 pairs of socks, and 3 rubber frogs

 

 

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!

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.

 

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…

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.