If you like my Facebook Page you’ve seen some of the progression of this portrait.  I’m soooo lovin’ painting this sweet beagle face!  I still need to add the finishing touches, but you won’t see those until Diana does.  The under-painting is acrylic, then I apply thin oil washes until I build up a nice intensity in the paint.  After each wash dries, I carefully subtract the paint with erasers until I have built up a nice contrast.  The final step will be to top it off with some oil paint in a more traditional manner to make things like the whites of her twinkly eyes “pop.”

Beagle Pet Portrait Oil Painting

Vayda’s Pet Shop is still undergoing a much needed overhaul.  Until then, email me if you’d like to inquire about your own custom pet portrait.

Archie - Australian Shepherd Portrait

I think he’s pretty pleased with the outcome…

customer appreciation

Don’t forget to get your commission in before the end of the year to secure the current rate!

 

artwork ©Heather L. Young

Gracie

8×10″ Acrylic & Oil Wash on Illustration Board ©2013

I hate to be one of those people advertising Christmas before Halloween has run its course, but my painting schedule does fill fast!  Be sure to email heather@flyoungstudio.com if you’d like to get on the list.

***Come the start of 2014, I’ll be raising my fee for Pet Portraits considerably.  They are truly a labor of love, but they take many layers of oil paint and lots of hours of work to complete.  Anyone that gets on the list before December 31st, 2013 will get the old rate of $250 for an 8×10″. 

The bride’s sister commissioned me to capture that quiet moment before the the guests arrived and the festivities began.  I can remember peeking out of the window at my own wedding to see everything set up, and Aunt Pam tossing flowers down the aisle like a little school girl.  That peaceful moment was so full of anticipation.

custom wedding landscape oil painting by heather l . young

Custom Wedding Landscape

11×14 inch – Acrylic & Oil Wash

©2012 Heather L. Young

If you would like to commission your own for a loved one, please see this listing.  Additional sizes are available, just ask!  Also keep in mind that oil paintings take several weeks to paint and dry, so order several weeks in advance.  Gift cards available upon request.

Maltese Dog Pet Portrait Oil Painting by Heather L. Young

“Lucky”

8″x10″

Acrylic & Oil Was on Illustration board

©2012 Heather L. Young

Custom Dog Portrait Memorial in Acrylic & Oil Wash by Heather L. Young

“Coli”

Acrylic & Oil Wash on Patterned Paper

8×10″

Only a few spots left for pet portraits in my Christmas schedule!  Email heather@flyoungstudio.com to get on the list.  See a full gallery here.

On June 3, 2012, our sweet Lee Anne went to heaven under the light of the full moon.  She was 46 years old, a life cut way too short by Huntington’s Disease.  In the 17 days since her passing,  I can’t help but think of all the people that currently have Huntington’s, their families, and the road that lies ahead of them.  I know in my heart that one day there will be a cure for this terrible disease.  As you may recall, I painted a portrait of Lee Anne, “Riding the Storm Out.”  The original hangs on my studio wall, but I have archival quality, hand-signed prints  available for those who want a unique piece of art and want to help find a cure.  $20 from the sale of each print goes to the Huntington’s Disease Society of America.

Riding the Storm Out a Fine Art Print to Raise funds for Huntington's Disease

Please spread the word on your blog, twitter, facebook and other social media. Click Here to purchase your print!

Lee Anne’s “no fear” attitude and fighting spirit will live on forever in our hearts.