bluebirds

April 7, 2009

bluebirds

bluebird sketches

©2009 Heather L. Young

What a co-ink-y-dink!  I have spent weeks working on this portrait, to wake up and realize that today, March 5th, it is complete.  Perfect timing, as today is Lee Anne (my little mermaid’s) birthday.  There’s a story here, and for those of you lucky enough to know Lee Anne, you know where it begins.  Lee Anne, my step-mother, has been living with Huntington’s Disease for the past 10 years.  Never heard of Huntington’s Disease?   CLICK HERE.

Lee Anne is such an inspiration to all who meet her.  She fights her battle with an outpouring of love, an endless supply of hope, and a smile so infectious it can light up a room…( it’s hard to miss her trademark ruby red lipstick!)  I can’t think of any better way to wish her a happy birthday, than to unveil her portrait, and to offer it up as a charitable print.  (That is, of course, if you approve Lee)  You can purchase your print by visiting my HeatherLYoung Etsy Shop and know that the proceeds will help find a cure for this debilitating disease.  Spread the word!

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“Riding the Storm Out” ©2009 Heather L. Young

Original measures 20″x8.5″

Acrylic & Oil Wash on Illustration Board

ah…love…

February 14, 2009

A Happy St. Valentine’s Day to you all!  This year I didn’t have time to illustrate a “Vayda-tine” but I did manage whip out the old x-acto and some scrap paper. Please take no offense, should you not receive one…I only made 3…maybe next year I’ll get back on the band-wagon…

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I’ve been on a real peacock kick lately…thinking maybe it would make a good motif for our wedding…hmmm

©2009 Heather L. Young

Prior to my trip, I had purchased two skeins of yarn and a jumbo sized crochet hook.  The initial results were discouraging to say the least…out of practice, I suppose…and a little uninspired.  That is until Christmas day, when Reima presented me with a gloriously crocheted scarf of interesting pattern. (thanks Rei)

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Delighted with my new gem, I was determined to replicate the intricate design.  You all know, I can’t follow a pattern to save my life, but after careful dissection, and hours of finger whittling work, I reign victorious!

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Sadly, my yarn hails from a thicker variety, which may only be appropriate for two days out of the year in south Georgia.

and the winner is…

December 24, 2008

the house with the Yellow Windows!  Did you figure it out?  Did you guess it was mine 🙂  It was a tight race and a fierce competition, but yellow takes the win with 4 more votes than blue.  Finally, some redemption for the humiliating loss a few years back. 

Nick, I love you mucho!   It was a great challenge.   I suppose we’re tied on artful food sculpture contests…so we’ll have to come up with something grand for a tie breaker.  Oh and we might blow up old blue with fireworks today…(Dad’s idea, not mine)

Thanks to everyone who helped settle the score and placed a vote…(especially all you yellow house fans 🙂  Wishing you all a very Merry (almost) Christmas!

xo

lost in translation

December 9, 2008

Some days my artistic vision gets muddled somewhere between my brain and my hand.  Last night, they spoke perfectly to each other.

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A sampling of 2 current works. ©2008

So this painting/portrait/illo has been hanging around my studio now for nearly 8 months.  To be honest, it’s haunted me a bit.  After the initial 12 layers or so of oil wash, I was so satisfied with the rich blue, monochromatic, focal-shifting, composition, that I was scared to add color. (click! to see previous version) Yet something about it just screamed “incomplete.”  I would hide it out of sight for a while, only to rearrange the studio and find it staring back at me again.    It was a vicious cycle I tell you…

“The World is Her Oyster”, oil wash and colored pencil, 16″x20″ ©2008 Heather L. Young