Can you believe it? I’ve been pluggin’ away at this whole blog world now for a good 365 days. I never dreamed when I started this little adventure, that people would actually find interest in the life of a quirky southern artist…let alone that it would introduce me to so many wonderful friends, artists, colleagues, interesting folks, and more. Within one month of starting this little blog, traffic had more than doubled to my website, and has yet to drop since!

I am incredibly grateful to all of you who have subscribed to this blog, shared your comments and well-wishes with me, posted links, and spread the word! It’s been an incredible journey, and the only way I see fit to thank you all…is to have a Blog-A-Versary Give-A-Way!!! I picked the following Foodie Print for two reasons:

1. I’m drinking it for breakfast…(much like Lee Lee used to do)

2. Lee Lee’s Sweet Tea was one of the original Southern Girl’s Cookbook illustrations, that landed me the gig with the fabulous Skirt! Magazine, and sparked my interest in Food Illustration. So there you have it…

Lee Lee’s Sweet Ice Tea, ©2008 Heather L. Young

For more detailed images of this hand-embellished canvas print, please visit my shop…click!

How To Enter:

All you have to do to win is leave me a comment on this post. Each comment will then be assigned a number and randomly selected via this little website. Fair is fair! You’ve got until next Sunday (the 20th) to post your comment…so what are you waiting for? Jump to it!

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p.s. H-A-P-P-Y B-I-R-T-H-D-A-Y PEGGY! Hope you have a super-fabulous day! We’re looking forward to seeing you next week 🙂

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special thanks!

May 27, 2008

I met Ann & Joe at the Gordonston Art Fair.   Just so turns out, they had a beautiful wall in their kitchen…most suitable for the new Foodie Prints

Thanks Ann & Joe for your support of my work!  I hope you love them for years to come, and send my best to Dolce.

Yesterday was truly one of those marathon days. I literally worked from 7am until midnight before conceding to another sleepless night…too much to do…too little time. (except for that sweet Aunt Pammy…she bought me lunch and provided a much needed break) But the hustle is paying off. Sales are up, new prints are here, more jobs coming in than I know what to do with…all good things for an artist who is certain to have a dry spell right when she wants to take a vacation…(isn’t that how things work…) anywho…the prints will be available to purchase online in the not-so-distant future…until then you may find them at Eclectibles on Broughton Street…(if you’re local)…or shoot me an email, heather@flyoungstudio.com, for more info. See below for a quickly staged photo-shoot with my new babies…(paula, I soooo wish I had your gifted eye for light…lol!

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Sweet Potato Blossom copyright Heather L. Young 2008

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“I’ll Take Three, Martini” copyright 2008 Heather L. Young

more to come on these soon…special thanks to all of you who have already placed your orders! It means the world to me to have such a great support group of wonderful family and friends to spread the word on my work! Cheers!

a sneak peek…

February 22, 2008

at my new line of prints!!! They have been sent to press, and hopefully, by the end of next week I will have my hands on them! They are to be printed on canvas, 8×10, ready to hang…of course each one will be hand-signed and have some hand-painted elements…oh I can’t wait for them to get here!…it will be like Christmas…(aunt jess save room in that new kitchen of yours…lol! )

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All work seen above is copyright 2008 Heather L. Young, FLYoung Studio

P.S. all you foodie’s out there, be sure to check out Savannah Dining Tidbits for all you need to know about the Savannah Dining scene…(and then some…)

it’s come full circle…

February 5, 2008

A few years ago, I…(along with dear friend Dana Jo)…concocted a promotional idea to get my foot in the door with some editorial outfits.  The goal was to create something that would be hard to throw away…something that could sit on someone’s desk for a while…and so began the Southern Girl’s Cookbook…(an interesting concept, as I cannot cook for the life of me….)  I spent an eternity (just ask my father) preparing the interior illustrations, compiling the recipes, and coming up with a crafty presentation.  I was warned (by Dad in particular) that the idea might not work on the first round, and to be patient….(not a real strong personality trait of mine…)  So you can imagine how surprised I must have been when Nikki called just 5 days after I mailed the first batch.  This of course, marked the beginning of the Taste of the Month for Skirt! Mag…a series that ran for nearly 19 months, having just ended in December of 2007.

Oddly enough, just around the death of the Taste of the Month, I received one of the original cookbooks in the mail.  The editor of Southern Lady Magazine, had apparently found it hard to throw away, and some two years later decided to mail it back to me…

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Isn’t it funny how things come full circle?

painting people…

January 11, 2008

It’s been a while since I posted a bloggity blog…(sorry)…but it’s been even longer since I have painted a real human being.  I guess I’ve just been immersed in food illustration, architectural work, and pet portraits…but after toying around with some sketches, I’ve discovered how much I miss painting people, women in particular.  Just so happens this is the start of a special piece for a friend of mine who so graciously donated her time to help me over the Holidays…I’ll probably end up taking it in a totally different direction…but I thought you might like to see that I can and do in fact, draw people…

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copyright Heather L. Young 2008

you can’t catch me…

December 4, 2007

…that is unless my skirt hinders me…

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All Artwork Copyright Heather L. Young 2007

So when Skirt! called, and requested gingerbread for December’s Taste…I couldn’t resist putting our little man in a skirt…after-all, if you’re a real live man featured in the mag, you must wear a skirt…(one exception that I’m aware of…)