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.

Archie - Australian Shepherd Portrait

I think he’s pretty pleased with the outcome…

customer appreciation

Don’t forget to get your commission in before the end of the year to secure the current rate!

 

artwork ©Heather L. Young

Gracie

8×10″ Acrylic & Oil Wash on Illustration Board ©2013

I hate to be one of those people advertising Christmas before Halloween has run its course, but my painting schedule does fill fast!  Be sure to email heather@flyoungstudio.com if you’d like to get on the list.

***Come the start of 2014, I’ll be raising my fee for Pet Portraits considerably.  They are truly a labor of love, but they take many layers of oil paint and lots of hours of work to complete.  Anyone that gets on the list before December 31st, 2013 will get the old rate of $250 for an 8×10″. 

Lab Lovers Mural Update

April 18, 2013

Funny I should have two clients, in close geographic proximity to each other, ask for new dogs to be added to their murals at the same time!  I always love revisiting these folks, and it’s certainly nice to get a warm welcome from the fur babies too.  (Funny how dogs can remember you even after so many years!)  This lab-loving family surprised me with their new addition.  Meet Ritter…

German Shorthair Pointer

He’s a German Shorthair Pointer (please correct me if I’m wrong), a well-trained hunter, and a bundle of energy.  He has a distinctive bear-shaped patch on his side and all those freckles!  Super fun to paint!  Here’s how we worked him into the existing mural….

Lab Mural Update Dog Lovers

a little closer shot….tricky painting those beveled edges!

German Shorthair Pointer Portrait Mural

full view of the doors….

Dog Portrait Mural

For a more detailed look at the mural and a refresher as to what it looked like before Ritter’s addition, CLICK!

All artwork ©Heather L. Young

 

 

Baby’s First Mural!

April 6, 2013

I’ve been absent, but with good reason!  We are expecting a little fella late summer, so life has taken on a new urgency if you will.  So many projects to tackle before his arrival.

Babys First Mural

One of which was finally updating my Dutch Island mural from many years ago.  (see here to refresh your memory.)  Naughty clients decided to remodel, trim down the mural a bit from one side and *gasp* tear a hole in the wall to put in double doors!  (it’s okay Meghan and Bill, I still love you!)

mural revamp

Beveled edges are so tricky!  Matching paint from 8 years ago, even trickier, but I think I successfully brought their waterfall back to life.

Mural Painted Doors

Oh and they had one more addition arrive in those 8 years, Sophie.  It wouldn’t be fair to leave her out of the mural…

Mural Pet Portrait

Here’s a better shot at how she fits into the mix…

Waterfall Mural Dutch Island Georgia

Here’s a glimpse at the right side.  I added some embellishments to beef up the silhouette since a few feet had been trimmed on that side of the mural.  Sorry for the split shots, it’s impossible to be a shot of the full mural (roughly 20 feet wide)

Dutch Island Mural

For a better idea of the scale of things, take a look at the original mural.

Happy Spring y’all!

Maltese Dog Pet Portrait Oil Painting by Heather L. Young

“Lucky”

8″x10″

Acrylic & Oil Was on Illustration board

©2012 Heather L. Young

Be Merry!

December 23, 2012

2012 Vayda and Tom Tom Christmas Card