a sweet lil surprise…

November 13, 2008

So when I showed you the  preliminary sketch for the latest mural project, I neglected to show you the sketch that included all 4 of their precious pups!  Betcha didn’t think I could fit all that into two double doors…?


Mural Detail – work in progress, ©2008 Heather L. Young

Oh Deer!

November 7, 2008

Corny title, I know…but I had the most splendid encounter yesterday!  I was driving up to my mural site, when I thought I saw a dog…or two or three…or how about SIX little deer!  I didn’t see any antlers, and they looked rather young, but they stood there while I got out of my car, opened the trunk, fished out my camera, and snapped pics until my camera died!  Not the best shots, I only had about 3 minutes to click away, but none-the-less a nice way to start the day. I’ll be sure to post the rest of the photos to my flikr as soon as I get the time…


yep, I’m cute, and I know it…


can we get back to grazing now?


what are you lookin’ at lady?

I’m sure your not much interested in the updated mural pic, when you’ve got pretty baby deer to stare at…but hey at least this one has antlers…



October 30, 2008

Once in a while, they must be painted.  It’s been a long time since I last painted a door, beveled edges and all.  I believe this was the last one, painted nearly 4 1/2 years ago.

See it there hiding out on the right?  ©2004-2008 Heather L. Young

My new canvas will require a bit more detail.  Here’e your first peek…

I’d spill some more, but I’m itching to get out of this studio and get my hands in paint!  Have a lovely Thursday!

…all the photos from the Pirate’s House mural.  I must say, this one sure is hard to photograph, so the next time you’re floating around downtown, drop by to see it.  Just tell them you’d like to take a peek at Captain Flint’s Hall, and they’ll give you the tour.  Enjoy!

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Oh yeah, and Mr. UPS is due to drop off some yummy new paints for my next mural today!  I can’t wait to get out of this studio and on location again.

Hope you all had a lovely weekend!

Are we there yet?

September 4, 2008

Finished?  Complete?  It may be a bit premature to say…but I think we’re there!  On a project of this scale, I always let my client “live with it”  for a week or so, to make sure I didn’t miss something.  I mean, when you spend a month working with your face six inches from the surface of something so large, it’s easy to acquire tunnel vision.  Here’s a peak at Captain Flint’s Hall for  you antsy blog-lovin’ folk…

The left side is an illustrated scene from Treasure Island.

Jim Hawkins Hides in the Apple Barrel ©2008 Heather L. Young

An Adaptation of the Original Treasure Island Map ©2008 Heather L. Young

Whew!  I must say, this was one of the most intense, fun, and unique mural projects I’ve ever encountered.  I can’t tell you how lucky I feel to have been able to leave my mark on a place where I have such fond childhood memories.   Buddy, if you’re reading this, I can’t thank you enough for the referral…Cathy thanks for giving me the canvas of my dreams…and to the rest of the staff…kitchen, servers, management, etc…thanks for making me feel welcome on your turf…it’s been a true pleasure!

so very close…

April 30, 2008

Growing up, I used to eat my food in compartments…saving the best dish for last…It’s the exact opposite when I paint.  I always paint the parts I’m interested /excited about first.  It keeps the project moving along.  Had to wait until we found just the right shelving to paint this octopus…boy is he the focal point of the room now…

It’s my nature to design things that may or may not be possible / reasonable to create…but once I have that image in my mind, it’s hard to get away from it.  Take for instance The Cougar Explorer…I had no idea how in the heck I was going to build the crow’s nest of a ship…(they don’t teach you that in school…)  but where there is a will, there is a way…and after about 8 months of pondering the idea, the cards fell into place.

The school of fish on the ceiling here was part of my original vision, and if it required bending around like Gumby on a ladder or channeling a distant cousin of this guy, I was going to make it work.  (self-inflicted pain, I know, but the project would not be complete without it.)

Spent a good 6 hours or so up here…

Cramped up like this…

To achieve the first view the baby will see when she wakes in the morning..

All artwork ©2008 Heather L. Young, and may not be reproduced without permission from the artist.

paint paint paint!

April 10, 2008

Spent nearly 12 hours yesterday working on my “Under the Sea” themed mural. I am LOVING every minute of it! If it looks a bit familiar…note that this mural is for Maddie’s sibling to be. I really love that we are using the same color scheme of periwinkle and lime pop, with bright cadmium orange details. There is a nice contrast in that Maddie’s room is quite rectilinear, while the Under the Sea themed nursery is full of curvy, flowing shapes. Here’s a peek at my priming madness from yesterday….

If you try this at home, note that you MUST prime when painting over colors like periwinkle…especially if you want your colors to remain vibrant…

All artwork on this site is copyright Heather L. Young 2008, and may not be reproduced without permission from the artist.

My seahorse if finally coming to life! Maddie is affectionately referring to this as her Tiger Seahorse…I have a feeling she may want to switch rooms by the time this project is finished…lol!

Hope all is well with everyone! Hugs~ h

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.

playing with color

March 11, 2008

Here’s a sneak peak at my latest mural design.  This is just one wall…and I’ll probably only use red-orange or pink….not both…I’m sooooooo lucky to have a client that has given me total creative freedom…(trust me folks, if you keep your artist on a short leash, there’s a good chance he/she will bite…)


copyright 2008 Heather L. Young – work in progress

the beginning…

March 3, 2008

I love mural work…especially, when I have a great client who allows some breathing room for creative freedom.  However, I’d be lying if I said mural work didn’t overwhelm me at times.  Just to get the ball rolling can be a challenge…think of all the possibilities, all the opportunities, all the uniqueness that could be played up in that space…(or wasted if I choose the wrong color, wrong subject matter, wrong placement…you get the idea)  Anyway, as I mentioned in a previous post, I’m in the very early stages of an “under the sea” mural…(stop…now think of all the animals you might see at the aquarium…and see if you could pick just a few to play up in a mural…)   so my brain has been “all over the place”  on this one…but finally got on a roll last night.  So much so, that I couldn’t sleep…



just a small taste…more to come…(sketches copyright Heather L. Young 2008)