Happy Halloween!

October 31, 2010

No pumpkin carving contest this year.  Sad.

chicago in october

The trade off:   a fabulous trip to Chicago during the most beautiful time of year, fall.  I have a new species of tree I’ve been hunting, and they grow like mad there.  Any guesses?

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I could probably draw a hundred of their oaks, but I’m sure a series of 3 or 4 is a good start…

Ford Plantation Club House

According to Mr. Waters, a Spanish Conquistador is buried in this tree…

Curvy Live Oak Ford Plantation

He also suggested a hurricane from 1896 may have blown it over, along with another tree in the opposite direction.

Huricane Live Oak Ford Plantation

Gives me flashbacks (Halloween’s on the brain) to The Tree of the Dead from Sleepy Hollow.

The following I’ll refer to as Triplet Oak, three trunks all seemingly from the same root system.  Oddities I’ve only found here.

Triplet Live Oak Ford Plantation

Gateway Oak Ford Plantation

I can’t wait to start sketching!  Special thanks to Mr. Waters for a moment of his time, Kerri and Erika for getting me through the gates, and Tom at the front gate for mapping out his favorites.  Enchanting.

 

Sapelo Island

March 24, 2010

So far I’ve only observed this driftwood-laden-land by boat.  I hope to explore the  mainland a little more this summer.  As it is only accessible by boat, I hear the culture has in many ways been preserved.  In fact, the children still take a ferry to the  mainland everyday for school.  Then there’s the Reynold’s Mansion, I mean, who wouldn’t want to take a peek at that?

Sapelo Island

pen & ink with watercolor washes

©2010 Heather L. Young

Back to Blackbeard

March 11, 2010

Not yet…but when the weather improves.  In the meantime, finally getting around to documenting some of our trips.

Sapelo Drifting – (complete?)

pen & ink with watercolor

©2010 Heather L. Young

Secret Valentine #2

February 18, 2010

It’s always fun to paint something that you would fancy in your own home.  It’s even more fun to paint it, knowing that it’s a special Valentine’s Day surprise.  And, as if it could possibly get any better, I got to paint it for the oh so talented Jade McCully. Trust me, her photos will be much better than my sneak peek below…but you get the idea…

Birch trees on a crisp yellow-green.  Loves it!

marks

May 4, 2009

Here, some prep for an ink. Is it not amazing how a drawing can be broken down into the simplest of marks?  I remember sick days from school watching this guy. He made painting trees seem so elementary.  I suppose if you don’t allow your brain to consider the subject matter, it could all be simple…(not just trees.)

sketchymarks

I’m just sayin’.

this and that…

January 6, 2009

I feel so discombobulated.  Perhaps I took too long of a vacation.  Anyhoo, I haven’t squandered up much new material for this little blog, and I haven’t deciphered my doodles for a worthy post yet.  So this is what you get…a peek at how my brain works.  (If you would have rather seen some fluffy Vayda post, I do apologize)

bluebirdthumbs

I am meticulous, at times quite indecisive, and a little OCD about the process…(color theory, that is)

If you missed the finished product see Seattle Trees and Oh Little Blue Bird