…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!

smooth sailin’

September 2, 2008

As some of you are aware…there’s a whole other side to the Pirate’s House mural.  I’ve held off on painting that side for two reasons:

1.  I had to haul my overhead projector out of the attic…(and that thing’s heavy)

2.  The use of said heavy object makes this side considerably easier to paint than the left side.

Work in Progress:  An Adaptation of the Original Treasure Island Map, ©2008 Heather L. Young

For the detail involved in this map, you would think one would be out of his/her mind to attempt it…but it’s rather rhythmic when your using a projector.  If you’re an artist, and you like to paint murals…I highly suggest finding a spot for one of these in your attic…

Pirates House update…

August 17, 2008

Moving right along over there…and let me just say that the entire crew at the Pirate’s House has been such a pleasure to work with…friendly, helpful, and encouraging…not to mention, they have pirates giving tours throughout the day, so I get to hear all about the wonderful history and ghostly encounters that go on around there…

©2008 Heather L. Young

The pirates are coming along nicely, although I had to stop myself from working any further this day.  Sometimes my brush and brain just don’t work together like they should…it’s times like this that I often do more damage than good to my work…so best to put the brush down and pick it back up another day.  This isn’t uncommon on a canvas this size…I mean, it can kind of gobble you up if your not careful…

There’s nothing quite like fresh paint. There’s just something energizing about putting the first drops of paint on a wall…especially after months of planning…Yesterday at the Pirate’s House was no different. It was my first real “paint day” and it was great to get a feel for the location, the friendly people, and the atmosphere in general. Funny how the start of every mural goes something like “this is the best canvas I have ever worked on”…I’m still pinching myself…

©2008 Heather L. Young, Captain Flint’s Hall, The Pirates House

After many months of planning, several sketches, and tons of research, I’m proud to announce my next mural will be at the famed Pirate’s House! Of course, I’ll be posting the work in progress as we move forward with the project…but here’s a peek at some preliminary sketches…

Left Side: Scene from Treasure Island: Jim Hawkins hides in the Apple Barrel, ©2008 Heather L. Young

Right Side: An adaptation of the original Treasure Island Map, ©2008 Heather L. Young

I cannot even begin to tell you how exciting it is for me to leave my mark on a place that holds such special memories for me.  I can remember begging my parents to take me there as a child, drinking my Shirley Temple in a boot mug, and pirates pirates everywhere!  Buddy, I can’t thank you enough for the referral…and special thanks to Cathy for giving me the canvas of my dreams!

Wishing you all a Happy Monday!