So this painting/portrait/illo has been hanging around my studio now for nearly 8 months.  To be honest, it’s haunted me a bit.  After the initial 12 layers or so of oil wash, I was so satisfied with the rich blue, monochromatic, focal-shifting, composition, that I was scared to add color. (click! to see previous version) Yet something about it just screamed “incomplete.”  I would hide it out of sight for a while, only to rearrange the studio and find it staring back at me again.    It was a vicious cycle I tell you…

“The World is Her Oyster”, oil wash and colored pencil, 16″x20″ ©2008 Heather L. Young

thanks a million…

February 1, 2008

to all you wonderful folks who took the time to visit my site and spread the word! I capped off the month with 1027 visitors and nearly 15,000 hits to the site! This is some good momentum for 2008, and I hope I can keep you coming back for more…

While I was waiting for the final tally last night…I begrudgingly attended to some filing work in the studio…(about 6 month worth – YUCK!)…but in the sorting process, I came across the following color comps…I am absolutely neurotic about my color choices…so here’s a good example of just how my brain works…(not that you really care…but if you know me…this might explain a few things…lol!)

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P.S. The top row features a painting inspired by my Granny J…I attempted to paint it once…and it didn’t turn out, but I think I will approach it again, as it goes nicely with “The World is Her Oyster”

copyright 2008 Heather L. Young

works in progress…

January 29, 2008

I’ve been locked in my studio for the past several days…2 paintings, 3 pen & inks, and a zillion postcard promotional mailers to get in and out the door…needless to say, my eggs are in a few too many baskets…but special thanks to Nick for making me a new playlist for my ipod…(I still don’t know how to use that thing…but thankfully he knows my taste in music)  here’s the update on Tori’s portrait…I’m waiting for it to “speak” to me…until then, I’m not touching it for fear I might ruin it…thoughts?

“The World is Her Oyster”  pre-subtractive technique…

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post subtractive technique….

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copyright 2008 Heather L. Young

Paula if you’re peeking…. I hope you like!

color comps…

January 21, 2008

Still working on the first real “people painting” in some time…notice how I couldn’t escape the use of food imagery…Theme: The World is Her Oyster…

Anywho…I’m a color comp freak, and I study color combinations like they are a science…I’m just getting started on some studies…see below…and then there’s the matter of composition…

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copyright 2008 Heather L. Young

Keep in mind…these are VERY rough sketches…and no I do not intend to have her look like an alien…