Tree Huntin’ at Wormsloe

August 19, 2010

I’ve got a new series in the works (in addition to the latest Savannah Squares), and it’s about to eat me alive.  It’s pretty much all I think about day and night…all consuming…but in a good way.  Collecting reference has brought me to areas of town that I have overlooked for years.  It’s a shame that when you nest somewhere, you often forget to take note of all the beauty and activities that are right in your own backyard.  For instance, Wormsloe

Wormsloe Historic Site Savannah GA Live Oak Drive

How’s this for a driveway?  Over 400 oaks were planted along this drive in the 1890’s!

Of course, I didn’t go about this adventure alone…Granny J tagged along…and her wisdom served us well.

Granny J at Wormsloe

For starters, she brought two bottles of water…neither one of us expected to be walking 1.5 miles in the deep south heat, but that preparedness served us well.  She also brought along a cane….good for her walking, but also good for warding off snakes…(oh do I despise those critters!)…and yes, we did encounter one, within the first few minutes of our walk! What was I thinking wearing flip-flops that day?!

Alas, we made it to the Tabby Ruins, the oldest standing structures in the Savannah area.  Not exactly the floor plan I’d expected for a plantation home, but I have to give Noble Jones credit for the fact that he built it with his own hands…not that of slave labor.

Wormsloe Tabby Ruins Historic Site Savannah

Tree Huntin’ did not disappoint.  In addition to the Live Oaks,  we also came across this beauty…

Red Cedar Tree at Wormsloe

It’s called a Red Cedar (but it’s actually a Juniper) and it is very much alive.  Oddly enough, Granny has two of these flanking her own driveway, but they pale in comparison to this giant.

Lastly, here’s a little sneak peek of where I’m heading with all of this…

Majestic Oak Sketch by Heather L. Young

The Majestic Oak – pencil sketch – very much a work in progress

©2010 Heather L. Young

details…

June 16, 2010

…it’s what keeps me interested in pen & ink work.  After all, it’s the little things that make a house a home, right?

detail of a pen and ink drawing by heather l young

detail from my latest ink, a wedding gift.

©2010 Heather L. Young

Self Portrait #6

June 2, 2010

Deepest apologies for missing a day in this series…got a little swamped in the studio…

self portrat no. 6 on scratchboard

Proportions are off.  Not sure if it’s the execution at 9am, the unforgiving nature of scratch-board, or the fact that it’s just plain hard to draw your own portrait.  Regardless, there is nothing more soothing to my soul than half an hour of cross hatching.

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.

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.

Proof…

April 20, 2010

…I knew exactly what I wanted to do with my life in the 10th grade.

note to self - goals

From the back of an old sketchbook…long-lost and forgotten at Granny J’s house.  Judging my the wonky “Y” in my last name, I had yet to nail down my signature.

Some of you may know this as the place where she got married.  From what I hear, the popularity of this locale since, has soared…(rumor has it, only 2 weekends left in 2010 for a wedding)  Is it any surprise that this sketch is the foundation for some custom wedding invitations?

The Chapel at Bethesda – very rough pencil sketch ©2010 Heather L. Young