oh little blue bird…

December 18, 2008

Sometimes inspiration comes from dark places.   Little blue bird here (or “B” for short) has left a dying tree for a new life.  I couldn’t be more proud of her.

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“Little Blue Bird” ©2008 Heather L. Young

Acrylic & Oil Wash on patterned paper, 8″x10″

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finding places

September 22, 2008

to hang new artwork!  I’ve acquired a few new pieces as of late…check out this coveted Irene Suchocki print gifted to me by those dear pals Bekah & Jason…

“This Bird Has Flown,” 8×10 inches, © Irene Suchocki

I’m trying to hang it in the place it will inspire me most.  A part of me thinks the mantel would really appreciate this print…but then it would look so nice next to Pinky & Blue Boy.

my frog’s back…

September 1, 2008

Every year, we have two tree frogs that take up shelter right around our front door.  Periodically they hop inside, and we have to fend off the Vayda-monster to get them back out.  Our little friend returned a few days ago, and I just happened to have my camera handy…

It’s times like these, I wish I had a few photography skills…but I’m pretty pleased with the composition here.  (Robin if you ever wanna learn how to wield a brush, I’ll gladly throw a few tips your way for some photo lessons…lol!)

Oh and belated “Happy Birthdays” are in order for Dad and Cima.  Hope to see you both real soon!

Have a happy Labor Day everyone!

artist statement

April 3, 2008

Seems so unnatural to try and capture my creative spirit into a “statement.”  Seems to me the “statement” should be found in one’s work…and that perhaps the “statement” should translate differently for each individual viewer…

Didn’t have much choice but to produce one…and so here it is…as best I can put into words:

As children we have such a pure sense of creativity and the world around us.  Unfortunately for most, this sense is lost along the path to adulthood.  My goal as an artist is to dissect and explore the world around me, to pay homage to the folks who have supported my dream and kept my creative spirit alive, and to inspire the youth of today to hold onto their creative instincts.

I explore a variety of mediums when it comes to art.  I love the idea of working in a traditional style of pen & ink. It’s a rhythmic process that brings me back to my roots.  Mural work provides the greatest challenge, as it is a life consuming process where the possibilities are endless.  Illustrating with Acrylic & Oil Wash allows me to study color like a science, and dissect my subject matter down to pure composition.  I thrive on learning new techniques and refuse to conform to any one method of creation.

I currently find myself inspired by time spent in the kitchen with my loved ones.  While I cannot cook to save my life, food illustration is my way of capturing some of those fun memories.

Everyday I wake up inspired to create.  I keep an open mind as to where my creative journey will take me, and I’m eternally grateful to have held onto that pure creativity from my youth. 

And there you have it.  My statement.

spring is here!!!!

March 20, 2008

Looked outside today and my beloved sycamore tree is showing the first bits of spring green…

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I’m inspired by this tree all year long…and I swear I’ll paint it one of these days…

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.

inspired by Vayda-Monkey…

February 11, 2008

When painting and drawing begin to feel like “work”…a little crafting can really be fuel for my soul.  It took 65 photos of Vayda….

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“Mommy please turn the flash off…”

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“I’m tired of this…can’t I go back to sleep? ”

65 photos to get this shot….

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which was THE inspiration for a special project.  The official reveal will be on Valentine’s Day…so be sure to come back!

Hugs!