Self Portrait #7

June 3, 2010

if I were a material girl…a few of my favorite things.

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1.  Gap jeans – my favorite pair.

2.  Great-Grandmother’s wedding band.  Oh how we miss her!

3.  Scarves.  This one, hand-painted in Belgium, a gift from some old friends.

4.  Flip-flops (my feet hate socks!)

5.  My Blushing Mona Lisa, a canvas print by dear friend Dana Jo.

6.  Paint brushes.  I don’t think I’ve ever thrown one out.  Too much story in them.

7.  Painting by Lee Anne. She offers the best kind of inspiration.

8.  Our wedding rings. (photo by Jade McCully)

9.  Hand-written recipe cards.

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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.

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

Wishing you all a lovely Monday ~ xo

feeling loved…

March 17, 2008

This weekend truly was one of the best!  Nick and I had “date night” on Friday, and enjoyed fabulous food at a Japanese Steak House.  Believe it or not, this was Nick’s first visit to a Japanese Steakhouse…(even though he worked in a Japanese restaurant for a while…lol!  )  Anywho, we were lucky enough to have the chef all to ourselves…gorged ourselves like little piggies, and spent the rest of the night watching The Office on DVD.  My kind of night.

Saturday night marked a reunion with one of the most creative and inspiring people in my life, Dana Jo.  It had been at least two years since our last visit, and she, along with her charming roommate Mandy, were like a breath of fresh air.  They presented Cima and I with these gorgeous creations they’ve been crafting…see below…

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Carved out of birch and hand-painted…I LOVE LOVE LOVE this little gem!  Apparently, they have an owl charm, and believe it or not…an entire series of vegetable pendants!  They hope to have them available for purchase online in the not-so-distant future…so I’ll keep you posted…

Cima was gracious enough to have us over for cocktails and a truly Irish inspired dinner of corned beef and cabbage.  It was great to have us all together in one room…good times indeed.

Of course, being the selfish human being that I am…I managed to wrangle Dana to my home studio…(I only get to pick her brain so often…)  No sooner did we arrive at my house, did the massive blackout occur…This being St. Pat’s weekend in Savannah and all…we decided the best thing to do was drink…and drink a lot…it took the edge off, when the tornado sirens went off…and just like the good old college days…we ended up staying up until 4am chatting it up about art, life, and more art…thanks Dana for a wonderful visit…let’s have art camp soon!

Lastly, I woke up yesterday more motivated than ever to create…after Dana and Mandy left for Athens…I threw myself together and hooked up with Bekah for some sewing time.  We decided to make skirts without patterns…(can’t be that hard right?)   Had a blast picking out fabric…and returned to Bekah’s house ready to roll…unfortunately, it just wasn’t our day to create…Bekah didn’t buy enough fabric…so we had to make an additional trip to the store…then I totally messed up the drawstring for my skirt.  Bekah’s sewer decided to come apart, and to top if off…we both made our skirts too small…lol!  fun times dahling…let’s do it again soon.

I feel soooo incredibly lucky to have such an eclectic fun loving bunch of people in my life…thanks for a great weekend.

Merry (almost) Christmas

December 20, 2007

That’s right folks, I’m taking a siesta from all things FLYoung Studio for a few days.  Special thanks to all of you who have supported my work, and made this Holiday Season a prosperous one for me and my family.  I am truly blessed to have such great network of family and friends, and I would not be able to continue living this dream without each and every one of you.

I’d like to wish a very special Christmas this year to my dear friend, Cima.  I am thankful every day that our friend Dana Jo introduced us to each other.  You are a true gem, and I hope I did your Queen Athena justice…see below:

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“Athena” Acrylic & Oil wash on Fabric, copyright Heather L. Young 2007

mona has a new home…

November 1, 2007

I had to replace her hanging spot with some new shelving…(studio mess finally warranted some more storage…)  but I missed seeing her blushing face, first thing, when I walked into my studio…so here she is…almost looks like I built a little shrine for her…it was intentional to place the paper rose, also cleverly crafted by Dana Jo, next to her portrait.

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Some months ago, I picked up some vintage Pinky and Blue Boy prints…(thanks Cima!)  Now I must find a clever home for them…there is something so bewitching in Pinky’s eyes, I might just pin her right above my drafting table.

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as for the other two pictures…not quite sure what it is I see in them…they need a home too…oh and please disregard my vamp-ish toe-nail color.  (I don’t know what I was thinking with that one…)