Hello Summer

June 21, 2011

The whirlwind that was Spring 2011 has come to a close.  Happily so, with a mini-vaca to Hilton Head…

Happy Father's Day Sand Castle

some ghost hunting in Colonial Cemetery

Colonial Cemetery Savannah Tombstones

and some time spent with loved ones (living)

Sometimes I really luck out!  I just worked up a sketch for the beautiful Azalea Inn and Gardens located in Historic Savannah!

Azalea Inn and Gardens pen and ink sketch in black and white

217 East Huntingdon Street

The color version is available as an 8×10 Hand-Watercolored Print, for sale at the Inn as well as in theinklab.

Azalea Inn & Gardens Watercolor painting Print

It was a pleasure working with Teresa, the innkeeper, and her gracious staff.  Azalea Inn, while beautiful and grand in every detail, still feels like home.  I think little Joey, Greeter and Ambassador, has something to do with that…

joey azalea inn and gardens savannah ga

All artwork ©2010 Heather L. Young

 

Gone Shrimpin’

September 24, 2010

Granny and I finally found some time to put the boat in the water.  Rather than venture out to our favorite haunt, Granny taught me to cast for shrimp.  (my kinda fishin’)

sapelo sound in the morning sun

A few things about Saundra Kay…

Granny Saundra Kay Throwing Cast Net for Shrimp

Don’t let her 4’11” frame fool you, she could tackle Goliath.

She has, in fact, been known to wrestle alligators (to protect her grandkids and precious dogs of course)

Makes the best damn cherry pie you have EVER tasted.

Coffee Bluff Live Oak

September 6, 2010

Spending Labor Day applying various washes of color to my latest live oak sketches.  All these experiments, but something tells me, I’ll come back to classic black & white…

Coffee Bluff Savannah Georgia LIve Oak Sketch by Heather L Young

Coffee Bluff Live Oak

11″x14″

©2010 Heather L. Young

Whitefield is such a beautiful square, and one that I have neglected for a long time.  Here’s the B&W…

Whitefield Square Savannah Pen & Ink Drawing by Heather L Young

and the hand-watercolored version…

Whitefield Square Watercolor Sketch by Savannah Artist Heather L  Young

A lovely (and quite popular) place to get married in Savannah.

Both versions will be available for purchase in The Ink Lab shortly…(and by shortly, I mean, whenever I get tired of drawing and don’t mind sitting in front of the computer like a robot for a few hours…)

Tree Huntin’ at Wormsloe

August 19, 2010

I’ve got a new series in the works (in addition to the latest Savannah Squares), and it’s about to eat me alive.  It’s pretty much all I think about day and night…all consuming…but in a good way.  Collecting reference has brought me to areas of town that I have overlooked for years.  It’s a shame that when you nest somewhere, you often forget to take note of all the beauty and activities that are right in your own backyard.  For instance, Wormsloe

Wormsloe Historic Site Savannah GA Live Oak Drive

How’s this for a driveway?  Over 400 oaks were planted along this drive in the 1890’s!

Of course, I didn’t go about this adventure alone…Granny J tagged along…and her wisdom served us well.

Granny J at Wormsloe

For starters, she brought two bottles of water…neither one of us expected to be walking 1.5 miles in the deep south heat, but that preparedness served us well.  She also brought along a cane….good for her walking, but also good for warding off snakes…(oh do I despise those critters!)…and yes, we did encounter one, within the first few minutes of our walk! What was I thinking wearing flip-flops that day?!

Alas, we made it to the Tabby Ruins, the oldest standing structures in the Savannah area.  Not exactly the floor plan I’d expected for a plantation home, but I have to give Noble Jones credit for the fact that he built it with his own hands…not that of slave labor.

Wormsloe Tabby Ruins Historic Site Savannah

Tree Huntin’ did not disappoint.  In addition to the Live Oaks,  we also came across this beauty…

Red Cedar Tree at Wormsloe

It’s called a Red Cedar (but it’s actually a Juniper) and it is very much alive.  Oddly enough, Granny has two of these flanking her own driveway, but they pale in comparison to this giant.

Lastly, here’s a little sneak peek of where I’m heading with all of this…

Majestic Oak Sketch by Heather L. Young

The Majestic Oak – pencil sketch – very much a work in progress

©2010 Heather L. Young

Bethesda has to be one of the most beautiful places in Savannah to get married.  The Whitefield Chapel is nestled under giant mossy live oaks, and the entire property is quite close to the water.  It’s no wonder celebrities like Paula Deen and Mandy Moore have decided to say their vows here.  A sweet couple from Alabama commissioned me to do the  sketch for their wedding invitations, and I’m quite thrilled with the outcome.  Their guests will receive an archival quality print that can saved forever by simply putting it in a 5×7 frame.  Vellum inserts on the interior are attached with the daintiest of brads…(no ribbons and bows for this bride!)  Of course I also drew up some custom response cards to coordinate.

Bethesda Whitefield Chapel Wedding Invitation

Bethesda Whirefield Chapel Custom Wedding Invitations

A Hand Water-colored Print of Bethesda will be available for purchase in my shop shortly. Until then, feel free to email me at heather@flyoungstudio.com.

All artwork on this site ©2010 Heather L. Young

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!

Really pleased with the way these turned out.  Tea length, with inner and outer envelopes in ecru.  Opted for  script vs. print. (to which I was thrilled)   Printed with archival inks onto fine art paper, and then delicately cut down with sharp x-acto.  All the best to the lucky couple and (if you’re reading this) many thanks for a fabulous project!

Lafayette Square Savannah Wedding Invitations custom

©2010 Heather L. Young

I’m really excited to bring these to life.  A variation of this print, I love that they are going for a tea length invitation.  I’m also super stoked to be doing custom wedding invites for not one but two brides right now!  Gives me a chance to relive all the fun I had planning and designing our own special day…(without a fraction of the stress!)    I can print with archival inks on a variety of luxurious papers, and I thrive on custom work…So keep em’ coming people!

Lafayette Square Savannah Custom Wedding Invitation Design

©2010 Heather L. Young