Gracie

8×10″ Acrylic & Oil Wash on Illustration Board ©2013

I hate to be one of those people advertising Christmas before Halloween has run its course, but my painting schedule does fill fast!  Be sure to email heather@flyoungstudio.com if you’d like to get on the list.

***Come the start of 2014, I’ll be raising my fee for Pet Portraits considerably.  They are truly a labor of love, but they take many layers of oil paint and lots of hours of work to complete.  Anyone that gets on the list before December 31st, 2013 will get the old rate of $250 for an 8×10″. 

The bride’s sister commissioned me to capture that quiet moment before the the guests arrived and the festivities began.  I can remember peeking out of the window at my own wedding to see everything set up, and Aunt Pam tossing flowers down the aisle like a little school girl.  That peaceful moment was so full of anticipation.

custom wedding landscape oil painting by heather l . young

Custom Wedding Landscape

11×14 inch – Acrylic & Oil Wash

©2012 Heather L. Young

If you would like to commission your own for a loved one, please see this listing.  Additional sizes are available, just ask!  Also keep in mind that oil paintings take several weeks to paint and dry, so order several weeks in advance.  Gift cards available upon request.

It’s almost therapeutic to draw all the little details in Savannah ironwork.  I really enjoyed pulling this one together.

Custom Pen and Ink Drawing of Harris Street House in Historic Savannah

West Harris Street – Historic Savannah

8×12 pen & ink on natural colored paper

Visit The Ink Lab to commission your own – click here to see house sketches from years gone by.

I love it when a customer commissions a custom pen and ink drawing and gives me a little back-story, history, or memory about the property.  The slatted windows, the barn built by hand out back, the crooked little sidewalk…this house was loved.

black and white pen and ink drawing of old family home

so much so, that they couldn’t decide between black and white and color, so I made a hand-watercolored print in addition to the original sketch…

pen and ink drawing with watercolor washes custom house drawing painting

Ahhhh…red doors!  I ADORE red doors!!!  (though I doubt if my homeowners association would approve)

If you’d  like to commission a drawing of your old family home, (and with the Holidays approaching, now is an excellent time), remember that I can make inexpensive archival-quality prints of Grandma’s house for the whole family….large or small, hand-watercolored or black and white, lots of options to choose from!

 

Sometimes a personal connection with a subject makes it incredibly hard to capture in a truly representational form.  My brain tells me “I know what that cat looks like”…my brush listens to my brain instead of trusting my eyes, and the next thing you know,  you don’t even recognize the work in front of you. Thankfully, I took this one slow…adding a wash here, a wash there…I knew at some point it would speak to me, and it did.

Piccolo Custom Cat Portrait by Heather L. Young

Piccolo on Jones Street

11″x14″ Acrylic & Oil Wash on Illustration board

©2010 Heather L. Young

P.S. There’s still time to get a portrait of Man’s Best Friend for Father’s Day…book quick!

Bacon Park, Savannah, GA

11″x14″ pen & ink

©2009 Heather L. Young

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

It’s not too often I get asked to do a pencil sketch vs. a pen & ink. However, the owner of this home, had two other pencil sketches of previous residences, and wanted to keep this one with the same feel.  It turned out lovely, and even reproduced well on Crane Stationery.  Don’t forget, if you’ve had an ink done by me in the past, you can now have your drawing reproduced on stunning Crane Stationery by my friends at Turtle Creek!

Skidaway Island, Savannah

9″x12″ – pencil on paper

©2009 Heather L. Young

K-9 Officer Bull

January 15, 2010

I was sooooo excited to take on this commission.  Why?  Because it comes from a long-lost friend (we haven’t seen or heard of each other in say…15 years?!?)  who also happens to be marrying a K-9 Cop!  Jill gave me great freedom with this piece, and when I found the green patterned paper, I knew exactly how I wanted it all to play out…Thanks Jill!  It was tons of fun to work on this project, and even better to reconnect with you!

“Bull – K-9 Hero”

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