Self Portrait #3

May 29, 2010

Time to let my hair down…

Self Portrait Number 3 Heather l Young

10 minute gesture (b/c I’m ready to hit up the pool)  w/a 2H pencil and some fun with watercolor pencils.  Fancy red mirror, which was questionably hung on the wall next to my drafting table, has officially served it’s purpose.

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Self Portrait #2

May 28, 2010

It’s pretty common for me to sketch my left hand (usually out of boredom), but impossible for me to sketch my right unless I photograph it, which would just suck the fun right out of sketching it…I mean most artists would prefer to draw from life right?  Anyhoo…here they are.  Far from glamorous, bug bites on my wrists, lack of nails (a direct indication that I’ve been painting..a lot), and I’m entirely convinced that the curvature of my right pinky comes from so many years of tedious inks.

I’ll leave the rest to you palm readers out there…

Britt’s got me inspired…8 self-portraits in 8 days.  A tall order for someone who’s been pretty neglectful to the blog world lately, but a good excuse to find myself underneath the heap of work and daily stressers that have consumed me as of late….There’s no rules and regulations, any medium you wanna use, and if you wish to  jump on board and participate just leave a comment on Britt’s post, so we can all keep up with each other.

warm up exercise – blind contour

blind contour self portrait

next the gesture drawing

self portrait gesture drawing

a quick study straight outta bed this morning…slept with my lil yellow rose earrings all night.

Medusa & Me

April 12, 2010

I have officially moved out of Granny’s…(some 10 years later)…it was quite the treasure hunt to find works from the early days.  The following painting is the first painting from my very first oil painting class…also, the first canvas I ever constructed and stretched…(that’s a lot of  “firsts”)

The assignment:  Paint a self-portrait with something “on your head”.  Never one to rock a hat, I went for this

Medusa Oil Painting Self Portrait

Medusa & Mea self-portrait (though people suggest it looks more like my mother)

3’x4′

Oil on Canvas

Now just tell me where in the world am I  supposed to put a large-scale self-portrait of myself with snakes all over me?! (you all know I hate snakes)  What was that teacher thinking with this assignment?  He hasn’t said so, but I think Nick’s scared of it.  So if anyone needs a rather large conversation piece, feel free to make an offer!

Meet Annie

January 29, 2010

Not only is she my beautiful new cousin-in-law, she’s also one talented photographer.

She was so gracious to tote her camera along for our wedding day, and we are eternally grateful for all the little stories she captured along the way.  Here’s just a few of her stand out shots.  Oh and in case you’re wondering, her studio is based out of Chicago, and yes, she will travel to capture your special day.  View more of her work here…CLICK!

Tags for our wishing tree…one of these days, I’ll give a tutorial on how to make these little gems.

Aerial view of our nest bouquets.

Grapevine nests made by my dear Granny, and of course, my dahling blue birds.

Nick waiting to see me (Chris making sure he doesn’t run away)

Time to get hitched!

Toasts!

Dancing!

The one and only glass of wine I had all night…

More dancing!

and the Brosef being his usual self…managed to tape one cup to the back of our limo.

Annie, you have no idea how happy he was you photographed this cup.  Thanks again for the beautiful photos, we sure hope you had a great time!

All images © 2009 Ann Kristen Photography

roots…

January 13, 2010

…sometimes it’s good to get back to them.  In the midst of the Christmas rush, I received an inquiry about a traditional charcoal drawing.  This is not a trade I promote, but I thought it would be a breath of fresh air from all the inks and pet portraits floating around the studio.  So I accepted.  Sadly, the subject of the sketch had passed, and this drawing was a Christmas present to his mother.  (I wasn’t aware of the latter until after I accepted)  Not that I would have declined the offer, it just added a little extra weight to my shoulders to be sure and do him justice.  Thankfully, it turned out just fine…

(Please excuse the fact that this is a photograph…I didn’t want to smudge charcoal all over my scanner)

16″x20″ charcoal on paper

©2009 Heather L. Young

Holiday Specials!

November 23, 2009

I have BIG NEWS!  The Original Foodie Prints are back!

“Sweet Potato Blossom,” ©2009 Heather L. Young

Only this time they’ve been printed with the finest archival inks onto lush epson paper…and the best part?!?…I’ve just listed them at $18!  How’s that for the Foodie on your list?  But wait…there’s more…

AND…….