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

 

 

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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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©2009 Heather L. Young