Self Portrait #7

June 3, 2010

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

Self Portrait No. 7 - Material Girl

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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Bekah came across a card, addressed to me, from say 3 or 4 years ago.

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I remember Miss Joy quite well, and this just warms my heart!

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Little finds like this remind me of how much I enjoyed teaching art.  I think we are all born with a full supply of creativity, that sadly, whittles away the older we  get.  Working with the little ones (white at times exhausting) proved a constant source of inspiration…maybe one day, I’ll sign up again.

July 6, 2009

Hope you all had a lovely long weekend.  Nick and I officially started making our house a home, which consumed far more time than we initially thought.  (I think this is usually the case)  We did, however, make time to grill a few burgers  and eat macaroni salad to make it feel a bit more like the Fourth. The progress:  no more  cranberry drapes and the kitchen is now asparagus green.

In other exciting news, Courtney Barnes has given me quite the write-up on her design infused blog, Style Court.  I’m honored to be featured on such a site, and I hope you will  all take a moment to peruse her blog.  It’s saturated with artful goodness, so much so, I think I’ll add her to my blogroll for a daily source of inspiration.

Happy Monday!

inspiration…

June 15, 2009

Went home to Amelia Island this weekend.  Dad gave us the 4×4 tour of some areas I had never seen.  A real treat…and it keeps with the theme I’ve been cooking up in my head.  Now if I can just squeeze in a moment to paint for me.

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This view of Fort Clinch reminds me of fairy tales.  I love the tree and the color of the sky, divine.

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The southern most tip of the island is filled with dunes, and curvy swirvy dead trees, that no doubt will become driftwood one day.  It’s a peaceful place.

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Even the Vayda-monster took a moment to relax.  Good times.

Back to Blackbeard

May 18, 2009

Granny and I try to take a trip to beautiful Blackbeard Island at least once a year.  We managed to secure the only sunny day  we’ve seen in weeks, and spent 7.5 hours on the boat, crawling (and I do mean this literally, the tide was against us both ways) down the Julienton and across the Sapelo Sound.

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It’s a great way to clear ones head and get inspired and believe me, this trip could not have come at a better time.  There is something so grounding about seeing undeveloped land, places spared for wildlife, and a reminder that things don’t always move so fast.

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No street signs, just landmarks, like “Three Clumps of Trees” to find your way.

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Mossy driftwood along the banks intermingled with fresh new growth.

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We’ve docked here before and explored the lush grounds, but “the snakes are movin’ ” as Granny says, and well, I just can’t handle snakes.

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We did, however, wander all the way up the creek that separates Blackbeard from Sapelo Island, to a magnificent white sand beach.  (See this photo from a previous trip)  We spent a good hour or so of our day collecting sand dollars (long since dead and bleached from the sun), conch and clam shells before heading back across the sound…bliss I tell you, sweet bliss.

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May 11, 2009

and out of focus for that matter.

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This (along with spacey blog posts) are the result of wedding prep and house hunt and family obligation.  Please forgive.  Even if I found the inspiration, I wouldn’t know what to do with it, or how to organize it right now.  If Vickie lived within a three state radius, I’d commission her to give my studio some much needed love.  Just look at how conducive her space is to creativity?  Dreamy.  I know.

What a co-ink-y-dink!  I have spent weeks working on this portrait, to wake up and realize that today, March 5th, it is complete.  Perfect timing, as today is Lee Anne (my little mermaid’s) birthday.  There’s a story here, and for those of you lucky enough to know Lee Anne, you know where it begins.  Lee Anne, my step-mother, has been living with Huntington’s Disease for the past 10 years.  Never heard of Huntington’s Disease?   CLICK HERE.

Lee Anne is such an inspiration to all who meet her.  She fights her battle with an outpouring of love, an endless supply of hope, and a smile so infectious it can light up a room…( it’s hard to miss her trademark ruby red lipstick!)  I can’t think of any better way to wish her a happy birthday, than to unveil her portrait, and to offer it up as a charitable print.  (That is, of course, if you approve Lee)  You can purchase your print by visiting my HeatherLYoung Etsy Shop and know that the proceeds will help find a cure for this debilitating disease.  Spread the word!

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“Riding the Storm Out” ©2009 Heather L. Young

Original measures 20″x8.5″

Acrylic & Oil Wash on Illustration Board