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

Custom Dog Portrait Memorial in Acrylic & Oil Wash by Heather L. Young

“Coli”

Acrylic & Oil Wash on Patterned Paper

8×10″

Only a few spots left for pet portraits in my Christmas schedule!  Email heather@flyoungstudio.com to get on the list.  See a full gallery here.

Merry Merry Merry Christmas!!! Thanks to all of you who have supported my work and shopped hand-made this Holiday Season.  I heart you.

2011 vayda and thomas jay christmas card

“Vayda gets a Baby Brother for Christmas”

The 2011 Vayda & Thomas Jay Christmas Card

©2011 Heather L. Young

A Year With Thomas Jay

December 1, 2011

One year ago today, we welcomed an emaciated, abused, and timid little Frenchie-Boston mix into our home.  It was an impulse decision, (not unlike Vayda’s adoption), and one of the best we’ve ever made.  It’s been a true pleasure getting to know Tommy and watching him come out of his shell.  The experience of taking in a grown dog varies greatly from raising one from puppy-hood, but in some ways it’s even more rewarding…

One of the first things we discovered about Tommy…he likes to sleep….alot…

He puts a smile on my face nearly everyday with his clever positioning…

While Vayda meets me at the side of my bed every morning, wagging her tail, begging for a treat…Tommy prefers to sleep in…(he isn’t too fond of me snapping pics of him at 7:30am either)

He’s needed some TLC…2 big surgeries and one torn dew claw.  He’s a trooper, this little man!

The best part of it all was that Vayda got a baby brother.  She’s taught him to fetch, protects him when we’re around other dogs, and though we still see some sibling rivalry at times, they are all around best buds.

Happy Birthday my sweet lil man!  We can’t imagine our lives without you!

*P.S. if a puppy / dog is on  your Christmas list this year, I sure hope you’ll consider adoption!  If you have fallen in love with a specific breed, check to see if there is a rescue organization for that specific breed nearby…but know that it’s even more fun to watch a mutt-baby grow!