Lab Lovers Mural Update

April 18, 2013

Funny I should have two clients, in close geographic proximity to each other, ask for new dogs to be added to their murals at the same time!  I always love revisiting these folks, and it’s certainly nice to get a warm welcome from the fur babies too.  (Funny how dogs can remember you even after so many years!)  This lab-loving family surprised me with their new addition.  Meet Ritter…

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He’s a German Shorthair Pointer (please correct me if I’m wrong), a well-trained hunter, and a bundle of energy.  He has a distinctive bear-shaped patch on his side and all those freckles!  Super fun to paint!  Here’s how we worked him into the existing mural….

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a little closer shot….tricky painting those beveled edges!

German Shorthair Pointer Portrait Mural

full view of the doors….

Dog Portrait Mural

For a more detailed look at the mural and a refresher as to what it looked like before Ritter’s addition, CLICK!

All artwork ©Heather L. Young

 

 

Maddie was still in the womb when the initial paint job was done.  Now, at the age of four, she has become my youngest client to date.

She needed a little more sparkle…

Rhinestone and glitter butterfly mural

A little more pink…

And just why is there a giraffe in a garden?

ABC giraffe painted by Heather L Young

Thankfully, for now, the giraffe stays.

It was such a pleasure to see how much she’d grown and to see how much she enjoyed her room.  I have a feeling I’ll be back in a few years…

Complete?  If not, we’re close.  It’s  bittersweet to say the least.  I mean, how often do you get to paint pirates?

It’s been a great pleasure to work with the folks at the Pirate’s House again.  Everyone is so friendly, and the place is rich with history, ghostly encounters, unique architecture, and of course delicious food.  The photos are rusty at best, but I’m hoping to have some professional shots in the not-so-distant future.

Ever heard of Anne Bonny? I hadn’t.  Here’s a brief summery to give you an idea of where we went with this mural.  Turns out Anne was quite the fierce pirate.  She came from a well-to-do family, who owned a plantation in Charleston.  She fell in love with a small time pirate, and decided the life of a pirate was far too fun to miss out on.  Upon choosing a lifestyle of piracy, her family disowned her, and like many a pirate tale, rumors swirled about the nature of her being.  Legend states that in retaliation, she burned the family  plantation to the ground.  She’s also rumored to have stabbed a servant girl to death at the age of 13.  Sweet lady pirate, right?  As if that wasn’t enough, she also sailed with another female pirate, Mary  Read.  Double the trouble, I’d imagine.  Now that you have a little background (and trust me, there’s more…just google them), here’s the rough final pics.

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The mural is roughly 23 feet long.

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My cameo as Mary Read.  Let’s face it, I couldn’t subject my mother to such a manly appearance.

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I soooo loved painting that flaming red hair!  The quote below, comes from Anne’s reported last words to her husband, before he was hung for piracy.

“…if you had fought like a man, you needn’t be hang’d like a dog. ” ~ Anne Bonny

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Anne is modeled after a patron I met while dining at the Pirate’s House.  (If you’re reading this, I’m sorry it didn’t turn out just like you…she kind of took on a life of her own)

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map detail…look closely…

Lastly, special thanks to Cathy and Bob for giving me such a wonderful canvas to paint…(and to Buddy for getting my foot in the door)  I look forward to working with you all again sometime soon.

For more information on the fabulous Pirate’s House.  CLICK

All images are ©2009 Heather L. Young

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July 23, 2009

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Mary Mark Read (detail of work in progress)

Pirate’s House Mural, Anne Bonny’s Room

©2009 Heather L. Young

Very much a work in progress (as is my house.)

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It’s likely she burned it down.

©2009 Heather L. Young

day 4 mural detail

June 11, 2009

The map is starting to take shape.

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Since we’re going for an aged map, it makes sense to allow for some dry brush, and imperfections.  I rather enjoy painting text like this.

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Still a ways to go, but thank goodness…no faux wood.

All artwork ©2009 Heather L.  Young

That’s right!  I’m going back to the Pirate’s House for another 23 feet of wall space!  This project really could not have come at a better time.  Life has become so terribly hectic as of late…it will be such a reprieve to pour my soul into a big project, turn the ipod on and the cell phone off, and ignore the madness in the world around me…(much of which, I admit, I created)…Here’s the very first preliminary sketch…I’m already well into revisions…

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whew! life is a whirlwind…

February 2, 2009

This weekend, we celebrated Granny J’s 80th birthday with a family meal at the Pirate’s House.  So many times my mural work occupies a private residence, so it’s always great when my family can see one in real life.  Just look at those happy pirates…

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It was great fun indeed!

Mom also made her way to Savannah for the weekend, and we had a lovely time scouring wedding magazines and hunting for that perfect “mother-of-the-bride dress”….eeek, some of those ones with the jackets are horrendous!  Glad we started the hunt early.

Well, I better go clear out a spot in the studio for my new epson baby! It’s due to arrive today, and I can’t wait to try it out…oh it will be like Christmas!

whew! am i done yet?

January 7, 2009

I spent an entire day yesterday updating this, updating that, and totally  missing out on one of the most glorious days of the year.  Ugh!  What’s sad is that I haven’t even made it to the stack of filing on my desk.  I’m such a procrastinator when it comes to updating my own website, I’ve taken to only doing a major update once a year, and I know the filing would be so much easier if I just kept up with it…but could there be a worse chore?  All I want to do is paint…I suppose I’ll have to hire an intern one day, or get a pet monkey, or make babies for the sole purpose of running my little one woman factory….anywho…am I rambling?  I think I am…here’s the list (the only blessing that comes from a day of laborious chores, is a list to make me feel somewhat accomplished)

A Mural for Lab Lovers

6 New Pet Portraits

11 Homes (the tip of the iceberg)

1 Commercial Property

A few tweaks to this and that…and well…you might as well just go explore, as I’ve only got 2 hours to update my mural book before I meet with  a client.  Yikes!

mural updates…

November 18, 2008

So here’s the unofficial post pics of the double door mural.  I usually ask my clients to “live with” a piece for a week, just to make sure that they are satisfied with the final work.  A mural can really make a big statement in a room, so it’s important that it’s just right.  Speaking of “just right” I’m on my way out this morning to add a few additional touches to ye old Pirates’ House…and take a peek at my new canvas over there…that’s right!  Another wall will fall victim to my brush in the coming months…I so cannot wait!  Ps…click here for a look at the “before canvas.”

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©2008 Heather L. Young – Notice all four of their beloved labs have been included.

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©2008 Heather L. Young….(if ya’ll are reading, thanks a million for a super fun project!  Hope you love it…I’ll sure miss getting to hang with your pups everyday 🙂