so very close…

April 30, 2008

Growing up, I used to eat my food in compartments…saving the best dish for last…It’s the exact opposite when I paint.  I always paint the parts I’m interested /excited about first.  It keeps the project moving along.  Had to wait until we found just the right shelving to paint this octopus…boy is he the focal point of the room now…

It’s my nature to design things that may or may not be possible / reasonable to create…but once I have that image in my mind, it’s hard to get away from it.  Take for instance The Cougar Explorer…I had no idea how in the heck I was going to build the crow’s nest of a ship…(they don’t teach you that in school…)  but where there is a will, there is a way…and after about 8 months of pondering the idea, the cards fell into place.

The school of fish on the ceiling here was part of my original vision, and if it required bending around like Gumby on a ladder or channeling a distant cousin of this guy, I was going to make it work.  (self-inflicted pain, I know, but the project would not be complete without it.)

Spent a good 6 hours or so up here…

Cramped up like this…

To achieve the first view the baby will see when she wakes in the morning..

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to take pictures of the Under the Sea mural progress…and boy did I make some today!  One last major endeavor, the ceiling…(eating paint can be sooooo much fun)…Then a touch up here, a quick fix there…some furniture arrangement, and we’re done!  I’m beginning to believe I might actually allow myself to relax on vacation…

It’s getting there…trying like mad to finish prior to vacation…that’s right people a real vacation…(and in case you’ve been reading this blog and see that I occasionally take a weekend in Hilton Head…note that is not my definition of a vacation.  A real vacation requires at least 5 days, no schedule, no computer, no email, no work, no obligations or worries…)  I am going to disconnect from all the technology we find ourselves submersed in, and take some much needed time to rev up my creative spirit, catch up on sleep, spend time with my bestie, and throw back margaritas on the beach.  But it’s not here yet…8 1/2 days to pump out this mural…sell some art and tie up a few loose ends…

this week I find myself inspired by the polka dot queen herself…Bekah

oh happy turtle…

and yellow tangs…do you believe they actually have 2 yellow tangs in their fish tank!  I just chose them for design purposes…love those unexpected surprises!

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Not much time to write as I would rather have my hands in paint…but here’s the latest on the “Under the Sea” mural.

Over the weekend a three year old took a pencil to my mural…and I mean, he really took a pencil to my mural.  Thankfully, my clients (both doctors) knew that such a site could induce a heart attack in a poor little artist…and they did their best to hide the damage.  Their efforts were greatly appreciated, as I not only failed to collapse, but came up with a clever solution should we not be able to hide the graffiti.

They also found these glorious curtains for the room.  It’s not so often that little accessories match my initial vision for a project…but these are BEYOND PERFECT!

Even the crib has a set…

And what would a mural be without a little sparkle?  LOVING this metallic paint…the curtains pick up on it just right…

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Off to paint! Hugs~  h

paint paint paint!

April 10, 2008

Spent nearly 12 hours yesterday working on my “Under the Sea” themed mural. I am LOVING every minute of it! If it looks a bit familiar…note that this mural is for Maddie’s sibling to be. I really love that we are using the same color scheme of periwinkle and lime pop, with bright cadmium orange details. There is a nice contrast in that Maddie’s room is quite rectilinear, while the Under the Sea themed nursery is full of curvy, flowing shapes. Here’s a peek at my priming madness from yesterday….

If you try this at home, note that you MUST prime when painting over colors like periwinkle…especially if you want your colors to remain vibrant…

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My seahorse if finally coming to life! Maddie is affectionately referring to this as her Tiger Seahorse…I have a feeling she may want to switch rooms by the time this project is finished…lol!

Hope all is well with everyone! Hugs~ h

Which is a sign that it’s starting to consume my life…(before there is even a lick of paint on the wall…)  That’s the bittersweet thing about murals…the canvas is so large, the possibilities endless…I get totally wrapped up in the whole process….(especially when I have great clients willing to go on a creative journey with me…thanks Meghan!)…I eat, sleep, and breathe that project…and then it’s over….just like that! And with the end comes a rush of emotions…on one hand it’s great to finish…to be done done done…on the other hand, sometimes you leave feeling a bit empty…what will I do now?  when will I have an opportunity to tackle a space like that again? Anywho…maybe it’s just me…but here’s a look at the madness that will soon be taking over my life…

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everything is meticulously planned…right down to the mini models…(i admit i have a little OCD)

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and I’m like a ninja with an x-acto…so don’t cross me…

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fabric swatches…I couldn’t resist… especially when they have a gorgeous round crib to adorn…oh the possibilities!  okay…before this project eats any more of my day…I’m going to put it to rest, and think about doing my taxes…

All material for the above project is copyright 2008 Heather L. Young

playing with color

March 11, 2008

Here’s a sneak peak at my latest mural design.  This is just one wall…and I’ll probably only use red-orange or pink….not both…I’m sooooooo lucky to have a client that has given me total creative freedom…(trust me folks, if you keep your artist on a short leash, there’s a good chance he/she will bite…)

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copyright 2008 Heather L. Young – work in progress