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.

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…

German Shorthair Pointer

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….

Lab Mural Update Dog Lovers

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

 

 

It’s the Year of the Pug

September 29, 2011

My 3rd Pug Portrait of the year just arrived, and it reminded me that I never shared pictures of Frank!  Perhaps you remember K-9 Officer Bully?  Well, this is Bully’s brother, secretly commissioned by my friend Jill’s husband.  (so nice!)   I poured over several pictures of Frank, and even though we’ve never formally met, I can tell he has quite the personality.   Seriously loved painting every wrinkle on this dog!

custom pet portrait pug painting by heather l young

Jill and Jeff were kind enough to snap a few pics of the dogs with their portraits.  (wish my dogs would pose like this…if I so much as think about getting the camera out, the run like mad)

K-9 Officer Bully

Frank the Pug with his portrait

Think they approve?

Oh and not to nag, but if you’re pondering a custom pet portrait for a holiday gift, now’s a good time to get on board!  Each portrait requires several layers of oil paint and lots of drying time, so space is limited.  Visit VaydasPetShop.etsy.com for commissioning info and the main gallery for a look at pet portraits from years gone by.

Scout – Custom Pet Portrait

December 30, 2010

Scout Custom Pet Portrait Cavalier King Charles Spaniel Painting

Scout, a Cavalier King Charles Spaniel named after the character in To Kill A Mockingbird by Harper Lee.

8″x10″

Acyrlic & Oil Wash on Patterned Paper

Lover complete!

December 11, 2010

lover the cat pet portrait in oil wash and acrylic by heather l young

 

Sneak Peek!

December 6, 2010

 

Kitty portrait in progress!

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Custom Art for Christmas

October 18, 2010

If you’ve been pondering that portrait of Fido or a sketch of your childhood home, now is the time to get on the list.  My schedule fills fast this time of year, and I’ve got some serious holiday travel lined up.  Only 68 days left until Christmas! Eeeeeek!

custom pen and ink drawing of a house by heather l young of theinklab

Remi custom French Bulldog Portrait by heather l young

custom pen and ink drawing of a house lindauer by heather l young

No house is too big or too small and I’m a sucker for just about any furry baby!  All I need are some awesome photos to work from, and a little bit of time.  I can also make archival prints of the original work  so that other friends and family members can have a little memento too!

Most importantly, I want to remind you all to consider buying handmade this year and supporting your local art community.  Aside from bringing home the most unique gifts, you’ll also be keeping people like myself from having to get a “real” job…(I hear there’s not many of those anyway)…so keep it quirky, and  buy handmade!

Email heather@flyoungstudio.com or click on my shopping links to the right to get started.  Hugs~