your first look….

May 30, 2008

at the completed “Under the Sea” nursery for baby Zoe! We’ve come a long way from here…and this project was so much fun to work on…If the color scheme reminds you of Maddie’s Room its because Maddie’s about to be a big sister! Meghan and Bill, I can’t thank you enough for all the wonderful projects you’ve thrown my way. Best of luck with the girls!

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All Artwork ©2008 Heather L. Young, FLYoung Studio

It’s getting there…trying like mad to finish prior to vacation…that’s right people a real vacation…(and in case you’ve been reading this blog and see that I occasionally take a weekend in Hilton Head…note that is not my definition of a vacation.  A real vacation requires at least 5 days, no schedule, no computer, no email, no work, no obligations or worries…)  I am going to disconnect from all the technology we find ourselves submersed in, and take some much needed time to rev up my creative spirit, catch up on sleep, spend time with my bestie, and throw back margaritas on the beach.  But it’s not here yet…8 1/2 days to pump out this mural…sell some art and tie up a few loose ends…

this week I find myself inspired by the polka dot queen herself…Bekah

oh happy turtle…

and yellow tangs…do you believe they actually have 2 yellow tangs in their fish tank!  I just chose them for design purposes…love those unexpected surprises!

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

A few weeks ago my father paid a visit, and something he said just stuck with me…”you’ve got to have balance”…this of course, was after he heard the debate Nick and I had been having over the house. According to Nick…(and he is absolutely right…) I get on a train of thought, or all focused on an art project and my tunnel vision allows me to neglect things like…keeping up the house…or spending time with my friends…etc.

So I’ve been on this quest for balance…last week I had art camp with Bekah and killed two birds with one stone…art for fun and not for work, and spending time with a friend who I hadn’t seen since before Christmas…(this said, she lives less than a mile away from me…)

I’ve scheduled a night out with Cima…haven’t had one of those in an eternity…and this weekend is Granny’s birthday…so what better excuse to escape to the River for a few days…

But back to balance…how then do I fit in 5 pen & inks…design a mural for a nursery…2 logo designs…and launch my new product?…(which by the way, is a new line of canvas prints of my work…22 total…and I’m soooo excited about it hitting the market, I can’t sleep at night)…seems to me, it would make more sense to lock myself in my studio and chip away at this list before I ventured out to the River for family time…or over to Bekah’s for art camp. Balance Balance Balance.

Spoke with my father again last night, and told him about this quest of mine…and he replied…”after all, you are a virgo”…does that mean I’m doomed to never find this thing called balance? I’m open to suggestions…and while you’re pondering some brilliant advice…(and I’m all ears)…here’s an updated Akita Rescue logo…

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Even though it would be a little more work…I think this image would be killer as a block print…(the same process as the Vayda-Valentine…)

1000 visitors…!!!

January 31, 2008

Okay…so it’ s the last day of the month, and I’ve been working hard to drive traffic to my site since the start of the new year…I currently need 47 more visitors to my site to reach my goal of a 1000…so take a peek, tour around, and maybe just maybe,  you’ll find something that you just have to have…a portrait of your pet, a pen & ink of your home, a mural in your daughter’s room?  As always, I welcome your questions, comments, and critiques…and special thanks to all of you who have already paid the site a visit this month…hugs~  h

October 26, 2007

It’s all coming together…my marathon website overhaul, though timely and tedious, has gone smoothly…and I think my body has finally decided not to fight the sleep deprivation…(becoming more and more like Dad everyday…)

I’ve begun sorting through old work and deciding what will “stay” and what will “go” when I’m through with this little endeavor…and in the process, I came across images of the first mural I ever painted.  I was around 16 years old, and my neighbor paid me $50 to tackle a wall in her nursery (I made more money working at GapKids, but it didn’t matter…I had a wall to paint)  I spent the whole summer on this little endeavor, it consumed my life.  I didn’t have a clue as to what I doing…just paint as you go, and fill in negative space.

This was a turning point in my life…my Father will tell you it was around this time that I came and sat on their bed, and told he and my step-mother, exactly the direction I wanted to go in my life.  I wanted to go to art school…but not just any art school, I wanted SCAD…and I wanted to be an illustrator, and an art teacher.   I presented them with a DREAM, and they selflessly made it possible every step of the way.

In all, I am truly blessed to have had people believe in me…it took a lot of faith for my neighbors to allow me to paint that wall all those years ago…and it took an incredible amount of love from my parents to allow me to live my dream.

and now for the sake of nostalgia…

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a little fuzzy…back then we had slides, not digital files…lol!

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Thank God, I got some formal training in Color Theory!