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

2010 Vayda Christmas Card!

December 18, 2010

2010 Vayda Christmas Card by Heather L. Young

Vayda’s First Snow – pen & ink with watercolor washes – ©2010 Heather L. Young


getting festive

December 13, 2008

Today was one of those days…I woke up to a slew of  computer problems, spent a good 45 minutes sitting in traffic, realized I have officially bit off more than I can chew with commissions this year, and my printer ran out of ink.  Thankfully, Nick perked me up his version of the Vayda 2008 Christmas card…Check it out!

Merry almost Christmas everyone!

here she is!

December 11, 2008

The 2008 Vayda-Dog Christmas card!



acrylic & oil wash on patterned paper

©2008 Heather L. Young

a sneak peek

December 8, 2008

Almost all of the 2008 Vayda Christmas cards have been mailed…and almost all of my other projects must be kept under wraps…so just to get the focus around here back on art, here’s a little behind the scenes look at the making of the Vayda Christmas card.  I won’t bore you with the million and two preliminary sketches that took place, but it was a true color-comp nightmare.  Color is such a science to me, and red & green…(while compliments)…are not  my favorite color combo.  Then again, I’m not a huge fan of non-traditional Christmas colors…just to keep you guessing before the big reveal…


©2008 Heather L. Young

Back to the drawing board!  17 days and counting!

some dog…

December 3, 2008

In super-duper exciting news, I picked up the 2008 Vayda Christmas cards from the printer yesterday…I’d give you a sneak peak, but then it wouldn’t be so special for those recipients who also read my blog…I just love the surprise you get when you open a real card…don’t you?

While we’re speaking of that mutt, she and I paid a visit to a new vet yesterday…(time for the good old Rabies vac)  In true Vayda form, she embarrassed the heck out of me with her overly dramatic antics, (those of you who know her, know how she is)…So as a kind reward for her “strife,” I bought her a new giraffe toy, and then proceeded to take her to all her favorite places.  We gallery hopped, we dined al fresco with a view of the river, we visited her pals at the bank and at grandma Cima’s.   We even walked the grounds of a possible wedding venue…Just how does she show her appreciation for such a fun filled day?


She guts the giraffe.  Some dog, I know.


September 24, 2008

my 08 Christmas card.  Of course, Ms. Vayda will be front and center…(click here to see last year’s…)  any ideas?  I’m not opposed to the block print style of of the Vayda Valentine either.

quick sketch:  Vayda looking out her studio window, ©2008 Heather L. Young