Frenchies!

March 4, 2010

A whole Etsy Treasury dedicated to the love of French Bulldogs! All put together by the talented Kelly J Callahan. Thanks for including my little Rocky in such a fun treasury!

If you would like to find out more about the items featured here, be sure to CLICK before before March 6th.

Studio Overhaul…

February 22, 2010

After living here for the last 8 months or so, It’s about time I got this studio in working order…Bulletin boards and calendars are pretty well useless if not hanging on the walls.  So this weekend, I painted the studio a fresh February Frost color.  Something punchy to get me motivated.  Here’s a sneak peek…I still have a long way to go, but I think my Blushing Mona will fit right in.

If you want to see a super cute picture of Vayda trying to steal my curtains, become a fan on Facebook

Oh and don’t forget!  Today is the LAST DAY for 1/2 Price Kitty Portraits!

Wishing you all a lovely Monday ~ xo

Secret Valentine #1

February 15, 2010

Meet Foxy…

©2010 Heather L.  Young

honestly…

January 27, 2010

…I admit it…I got back from all the holiday travel, and slacked off.  I had some time to play with,  to paint things that have been on the list for a while…but I just couldn’t turn on the “self-motivate” switch…It wasn’t for a lack of ideas either…I’d pick up the pencil, and it just wouldn’t connect.  Perhaps it was a bad list to work with?  Whatever the cause, it was a  terrible little box to be in.  (Any of you other artists out there get what I’m sayin’ ?)

Thankfully, I’ve emerged from that box with more ideas than I can possibly get down on paper in the next year…I’m feverishly making lists of things not to forget, and eagerly waiting for the art supply store to open this morning…It’s such a vast contrast to the unmotivated me, and it’s like I can switch over night.  Nick says I’m either “all art” or “not.”  I’m not sure which “me” he fancies most, but he’s certainly living with the both of us whether he likes it or not.

I’d write more, but I currently have 4 lists in front of me, and this blog barely made the cut….gotta roll with this vibe while I’ve got it!

He may be the last to post, but he was the first of four French Bulldog commissions to come my way this year.  Just look at those ears!  I absolutely adore him!

“Remi”

11″x14″ Acrylic & Oil Wash on Patterned Paper

©2009 Heather L. Young

roots…

January 13, 2010

…sometimes it’s good to get back to them.  In the midst of the Christmas rush, I received an inquiry about a traditional charcoal drawing.  This is not a trade I promote, but I thought it would be a breath of fresh air from all the inks and pet portraits floating around the studio.  So I accepted.  Sadly, the subject of the sketch had passed, and this drawing was a Christmas present to his mother.  (I wasn’t aware of the latter until after I accepted)  Not that I would have declined the offer, it just added a little extra weight to my shoulders to be sure and do him justice.  Thankfully, it turned out just fine…

(Please excuse the fact that this is a photograph…I didn’t want to smudge charcoal all over my scanner)

16″x20″ charcoal on paper

©2009 Heather L. Young

Holiday Recap

January 2, 2010

Hey everybody!  We’re back from the “North Pole.” While we enjoyed our white Christmas,  it’s good to be back in the warm South…(even if we did bring a few sneezes and sniffles home with us)

Nick’s home in the summer vs. Nick’s home in the winter…

and no, I did not shovel one bit of that snow, nor did I make a snow angel…

but I did take a chilly walk through the forest preserve to capture some snowy pics.

I’m thinking a new painting or two is in order…in fact, that is part of my New Year’s Resolution…find more time to paint for me.

Hope you all had a lovely Holiday Season with friends and loved ones…tomorrow I start posting all the fabulous Christmas commissions I’ve kept under wraps for so long…so be sure to stop by…and a very Happy New Year to you all!

hugs ~ h

Schedule Booking Fast!

December 2, 2009

Thanks to all of you who took advantage of my weekend sales.  Would you believe it?  It’s only Dec. 2nd and I can no longer accept Pet Portrait commissions!  If I’ve just broken your heart, no worries!  I can still issue you a super cute gift certificate, good for one year, from Vayda’s Pet Shop.

I still have time to squeeze in a few custom Pen & Inks, but better book quick!

Of course, I have plenty of reasonably priced prints for the Foodie on your list…and a full line of Savannah Prints and Notes…(a good thing to have on hand for that unexpected neighbor that drops by with a surprise gift)

Hope y’all are having the best Holiday Season ever!  Oh and please remember to support your local artists and the hand-made movement.  xo

DIY Savannah Wedding

October 22, 2009

Planning a wedding can be stressful.  There are so many vendors to book and organize, it’s all too easy to blow your budget on unnecessary things, and there are only a million and two ways you can design, decorate, and piece together the whole darn thing…oh and then there’s the fact that you’re only going to do it once, so you better get it right the first time.

Almost every detail of our day had a personal touch, and I have an army of friends and family to thank for all their creative thoughts, helping hands, and support.  These DIY ideas saved us big bucks, while allowing my inner-control-freak-crafty-mad-woman to shine.  Here goes!

Being that I’m an illustrator, I took it upon myself to design our own invites…(I probably should have started this process 5 years ago, as my indecisive brain had me drafting them by the hundreds)  It was also important that our invites be printed on a nice stock, and after sampling several from various online printers, I settled upon  a lovely heavy weight watercolor paper found at our local art supply store.

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For a peek at the response card CLICK!

In keeping with our Bluebird and Gerber Daisy theme, I enlisted the help of Granny S.  I had a vivid memory of her crafting grapevine wreaths when I was a kid, and I thought we could translate that well into nest centerpieces.

DIYnests

Uncle George got roped into the process when I decided I needed a custom cake stand for the cake…a fine job he did making it look like a fourth tier…

DIYcakestand

Oh and yes, I did make a veil and top hat for my lovin’ blue birds.

We decided against a traditional guest book, and instead had our guests sign tags for a wishing tree.  It was great fun, and I’ll be able to work these tags into a scrap book later on that will be far more interesting than reading names in a book…

DIYtags

All you need to create these little gems is a really smelly colorless blender marker, I prefer the Chartpak brand, and a cheap photocopy (mirror image) of what you want to transfer.  (Please note that images printed from your home printer will not work, you need cheap photocopy machine ink) And there you have it!   A personal touch that doesn’t break the bank or take up a ton of time.

As the vast majority of our guests were from out-of-town, I thought a welcome bag was in order, and what better way to welcome folks than with some good old southern pralines?

DIYpralines

Aunt Pam, cousin Rebecca, and I spent a good half day cooking up those delightful treats…oh did that kitchen smell good!

Mom put her soap making skills to task and made  monogrammed soaps for all the bags..

DIYsoap

Of course, I saved all the left overs for me!

Oh and you know I couldn’t pass up the opportunity to have custom water bottle labels for each bag…this, however, turned out to be quite the process…

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Sticker paper does not adhere, so each had to be hot-glued…and boy does it make a mess…Nick threatened to go bowling in my studio.

DIYwaterbottles

DIYwelcomebags

Last, but not least, I wanted our favor to be something that people cherished.  So I painted the tree under which we got married, and gave out these little hand-signed prints.

DIYprints

It was such a fun journey to pull this all together!  Thanks to all of you who lent a helping hand!  There is not a single thing about this wedding that didn’t have a personal touch, and it means so much to us!

Tomorrow’s post will highlight all the local vendors, and debut the professional photos, so be sure to come back!

xo

h

a refreshing touch…

September 7, 2009

of paint to a pen & ink.  Thankfully, the new printer allows me to print archival inks onto watercolor paper and paint on it without incurring any smudges.  I like this…a lot.  In fact, it’s got the wheels turning a bit.  Sometimes it’s good to breath new life into an old technique.

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“Alligator Soul” ©2009 Heather L. Young

Just for fun…the palette…

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