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.

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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!

 

 

Tomorrow is the last day to get your custom pet portraits commissioned in time for Christmas.  If you miss the deadline, I’m happy to issue a gift certificate to redeem after the dust settles a bit.  Hope you’re all enjoying the festive season so far!

Gibson Puppy Portrait in Oil Wash by Heather L Young

Gibson – 11″x14″ – Acrylic & Oil Wash on illustration board

email heather@flyoungstudio.com or commission directly from Vayda’s Pet Shop

To view the most up-to-date gallery, clickety!

custom pug portrait painting in acrylic and oil wash

8×10 inches – acrylic & oil wash on patterned paper

Really beginning to think I am destined to own a pug (rescue) one day…I mean, look what happened after The Year of the French Bulldog?

*note* the current deadline for Holiday Pet Portrait Commissions is December 5th.  (subject to change if my schedule books up)  email heather@flyoungstudio.com or visit Vayda’s Pet Shop to get started.

It’s the Year of the Pug

September 29, 2011

My 3rd Pug Portrait of the year just arrived, and it reminded me that I never shared pictures of Frank!  Perhaps you remember K-9 Officer Bully?  Well, this is Bully’s brother, secretly commissioned by my friend Jill’s husband.  (so nice!)   I poured over several pictures of Frank, and even though we’ve never formally met, I can tell he has quite the personality.   Seriously loved painting every wrinkle on this dog!

custom pet portrait pug painting by heather l young

Jill and Jeff were kind enough to snap a few pics of the dogs with their portraits.  (wish my dogs would pose like this…if I so much as think about getting the camera out, the run like mad)

K-9 Officer Bully

Frank the Pug with his portrait

Think they approve?

Oh and not to nag, but if you’re pondering a custom pet portrait for a holiday gift, now’s a good time to get on board!  Each portrait requires several layers of oil paint and lots of drying time, so space is limited.  Visit VaydasPetShop.etsy.com for commissioning info and the main gallery for a look at pet portraits from years gone by.

Elway Pug Portrait by Heather L. Young

8×10″ Acrylic & Oil Wash on Illustration Board

Ahhh…felt so good to have my hands in paint for a few days…now back to ink work.

If you’d like your own custom pet portrait, now would be a good time to book before the holiday madness ensues.  (Seriously, where has this year gone?!)