Looking Back at 2011

December 31, 2011

I spent the greater portion of the year finding my niche (unexpectedly) in the wedding industry.  It started with a few brides and quickly snowballed into a full blown line of wedding paper-goods…most of which have yet to make it to my wedding section…(goal for 2012)

officiating wedding

Speaking of weddings, I officiated one!  (Thank you Val & Pat for a once in a lifetime honor – love, Officiant-O!)

aj and liz engaged

Love, there was just so much of it! Alan Jr., aka Brosef, proposed to sweet Elizabeth…finally, a sister for me!

Transitioning our sweet Lee Anne from life at home into a nursing facility was by far most challenging obstacle of 2011.  I have a long way to go accepting what HD has done to our family, but I can honestly say, that we have felt God’s Grace throughout the process.  To all of you who have taken the time to write letters, send family photos and care packages, and pay visits, you have no idea how much it means to all of us.  It warms my heart to walk into her room and see just how loved she is.

In other news, my baking skills have certainly improved since the first of the year.

I even learned to make Granny’s Famous Cherry Pie…

It took me 31 years to catch it, but I officially have Baby Fever.

I found time to hang family photos down the hallway, and it makes me smile every day when I walk by them.

Mom taught me how to Tie Dye, though I’m still pondering how I will find use for this technique in 2012.

We fed buffalo.  The herd of 30 arrived in McIntosh County in 2011, talk of the town!

Mom’s face here = priceless!

nick and i blackhawks game

We capped off the year with trip to Chicago for Christmas.  Tonight, we’ll keep it low key.  Just the two of us, our pups and a fire in the backyard.  A little peace before the firestorm that is 2012 arrives with all it’s surprises.

Best wishes to you all for a warm and wonderful New Year!

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stumbled upon

October 11, 2010

A photo of me  (circa 2003) taken by  long lost friend, and talented photographer, Cecilia Marshall.

portrait of artist Heather L. Young photo by cecelia marshall

Ceci, if you’re reading this, I’d love to reconnect…oh and do share your method, as I’ve completely forgotten how this print was processed.  It’s been applied to a heavy-weight print-making paper, and as I recall, the variations (like “antler” neck) were all happy accidents.

my new favorite t-shirt

June 25, 2010

Designed by a dear friend, and probably one of the most talented artists Nick and I have ever met.  Jason Jones (or Bob to us) was the first friend we made at SCAD. We were both illustration majors, with completely different styles, but a mutual respect for each others’ work.  He’s working as a tattoo artist in Springfield, MO these days, and when I saw this t-shirt, it had to be mine…I’m a sucker for birds anyway…

owl t-shirt by jason jones

ps…sorry for the lack of posts here…I’ve been a busy bee in the studio…lots to share, but time escapes me!

Graduation

May 23, 2010

I’m attending the last Young’s walk today.  (So proud of you Ryan!)

Brings back some fun memories…

Leslie and Heather High School Graduation

Yep!  That’s me on the left, and Les on the right.  Our hair matched our dresses, though it was quite unintentional.

Sometimes a personal connection with a subject makes it incredibly hard to capture in a truly representational form.  My brain tells me “I know what that cat looks like”…my brush listens to my brain instead of trusting my eyes, and the next thing you know,  you don’t even recognize the work in front of you. Thankfully, I took this one slow…adding a wash here, a wash there…I knew at some point it would speak to me, and it did.

Piccolo Custom Cat Portrait by Heather L. Young

Piccolo on Jones Street

11″x14″ Acrylic & Oil Wash on Illustration board

©2010 Heather L. Young

P.S. There’s still time to get a portrait of Man’s Best Friend for Father’s Day…book quick!

…the former name of this little blog as some of you long time readers might recall.  I nixed it a few months ago in the interest of keeping everything “the same”…but that doesn’t mean I don’t still adore sparkly, shiny, blingety-bling rhinestones…So when Aunt Pam landed us tickets for the Tim McGraw / Lady Antebellum concert, and decided we all needed custom t-shirts with Tim songs on them…I instantly thought RHINESTONES!  I mean, if you can’t rock rhinestones at a country show, then tell me just where else you might get away with it?  We arrived at the arena, all decked out in our hot pink rhinestone studded shirts…(thank you Custom Bling Apparel)

Turns out our seats were in the very last row.  It was steep and scary up there…

Much to our surprise, a Security Guard named Ron, spotted our shirts (and perhaps my Wild Thing purse)  all the way from the floor, and sent a fella up to get us…

Ron if you’re reading this, YOU’RE THE MAN! We went from the dead last row to stage-front for the whole show!  We screamed like little school girls…good times indeed.

Lady Antebellum put on an awesome show…(tell me her bracelet isn’t the most fabulous thing you’ve ever seen!)

The drummer actually gave me one of his sticks…and signed it…(gush)

We even got to touch Tim McGraw!  (who also put on a stellar show, although I was a little miffed he didn’t play Indian Outlaw just for Pam.)

The moral of this story…sparkle is good, sisterhood is better, and a little rhinestone never hurt anybody.

I should say “grand re-opening.”  New ownership has taken over, and lots of exciting things are  in the works for this little gallery at 206 E. Bay St.  New owner, Michele Snell, and manager, Luc Ebner, will play host to temporary exhibits, performance art shows, and even participate in an exchange with European Galleries.  They’ve also opened upstairs, giving this location a little more room to play with.  If you’ve got some time this weekend, you should stop by their grand opening, Friday from 5-8pm or Sunday from 3-7pm.