By Al R. Young A Most Inspiring Day
Deep below the walls of Drumlanrig Castle, Seymore is escorted to gondolas manned by gondoliers who take him into the darkness of the Struthruhd and down the crooked stairway of locks that open onto the Sea of the Cave. As the rays of the setting sun fall upon the Hills of Sorrow, he gets his first glimpse of the ruined lytfolc city of Deeping Marr.
Click here for an overview of The Papers of Seymore Wainscott.... Read more »
By Al R. Young The The Mystery of Nancy Drew issue of The Storybook Home Journal is now available from Al Young Studios. This issue features these regular sections:Decorating - Spic and Span (3 pages)Hearth - Clues to Nancy's Cloche (2 pages)Kitchen - Let's Have a Snack (6 pages)Garden - Larkspur Lane (5 pages)Workshops - That Looked to Be Very Old (2 pages)Bookshelf - Carolyn Keene & Co (2 pages)Garret - The Journey to Deeping Marr (3 pages)The Mystery of Nancy Drew is the 101st issue of the Journal, published bi-monthly since November 2000... Read more »
By Al R. Young The original oil painting There Is Help For You, by Elspeth Young, was recently purchased by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Inasmuch as all copyrights to the painting remain the property of the artist, paper prints and giclee-canvas reproductions of the painting will remain available directly and exclusively from Al Young Studios. Requests to publish or otherwise reproduce the image in any manner should also be directed to Al Young Studios.
"Among the most compelling and tragic trails of the Mormon western migration," according to Laura Allred Hurtado, global acquisitions art curator for the Church, "is that of the Willie and Martin handcart companies... Read more »
By Al R. Young A Most Inspiring Day
The first day of Seymore’s visit to Drumlanrig Castle includes a gondola-style tour of the legendary collection of greatfolc art housed at the Castle. Following the engineering marvels and breathtaking impressions of the artworks, Seymore is introduced to the studios, workshops, and lytfolc art collection of the Highland Academy of the Masters, which gave me a chance to actually step into the kind of creative environment I hope to bring home to Lanham and my family yet to be... Read more »
Browse a gallery of Fine Art Photography taken during June 2016.... Read more »
By Al R. Young The The Red House issue of The Storybook Home Journal is now available from Al Young Studios. This issue features these regular sections:Decorating - The Loafery (4 pages)Hearth - A Real Feeling For Line (3 pages)Kitchen - Such A Jolly Lunch (4 pages)Music - I Must Go Out On Sundays (1 page)Garden - A Moment For Gardening (6 pages)Workshops - More Books If You Like (2 pages)Garret - A Most Inspiring Day (3 pages)The Red House is the 100th issue of the Journal, published bi-monthly since November 2000... Read more »
By Al R. Young Participation in the annual Education Conference hosted by Southern Virginia University typically involves speaking in person; however, immunological issues associated with Al’s CLL (Chronic Lymphocytic Leukemia) precluded doing so. The director for the 2016 Conference authorized Elspeth and Al to participate by means of a recorded presentation. Links on this page take you to the full presentations produced by the Studios specifically for this year’s Conference.... Read more »
Browse a gallery of Fine Art Photography taken during May 2016.... Read more »
By Al R. Young
We have framed our own artworks for more than 25 years, and during that time we have provided a variety of framing services to patrons upon request. For various reasons--including constant change in the availability of moulding styles--we cannot offer off-the-shelf framing options or response times typically associated with such a service. Of necessity, all of our framing projects are custom projects that are priced, completed, and billed accordingly. For example, inasmuch as the Studios does not maintain a selection of off-the-shelf moulding options, moulding styles actually available at the time of a request for information about framing options must be researched... Read more »
By Al R. Young
All artworks in the Temple Fine Art Collection have been acquired by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints for presentation in temples constructed and maintained by the Church. Because "Latter-day Saint temples are considered houses of God, a place of holiness and peace separate from the preoccupations of the world," (see Temples at mormonnewsroom.org) the Church acquires not only the original paintings produced for presentation in its temples, but all copyrights to the artworks as well... Read more »
By Al R. Young
A site update on 2016 May 5, featured the following enhancements:The Temple Fine Art Collection has been added to the site’s art gallery. This is possible in consequence of a license from the copyright holder; nevertheless, nothing has changed concerning the availability of prints through Al Young Studios.
Several changes have been made to the site’s user interface. Some of the major changes include:The background image for the home page now features Below The Mountain by Tanner Young... Read more »
By Al R. Young There Is Help For You (Patience Loader) was painted by the artist in the studios at BenHaven.
Dimensions (unframed width x height)
40 in. x 58 in.
Research commences - December 2013
Painting commences - March 2014
Painting completed - March 2016
Creating a painting often involves creating or modifying tools or making improvements to the studio itself. This painting project necessitated the following activities in terms of tools, supplies, and operations... Read more »
By Al R. Young The Dawning Of A Brighter Day (Joseph Smith) was painted by the artist in the studios at BenHaven.
dimensions (unframed width x height)
37.75 in. x 44.5 in.
Photo shoot for figure – 2009 May
Brushwork begins on original composition – 2011 October
Photo shoot from which fruit tree was taken – 2012 April
New composition formulated and brushwork begins – 2012 May
Painting completed – 2014 December
Based on regular entries in the project journal for this painting, creation of the artwork involved approximately 107 sessions (from composition and panel preparation to completion of brushwork... Read more »
By Al R. Young Into the Land of the Giants
En route aboard a coach traveling from Lincloudon to Drumlanrig Castle, Seymore records his impressions of the countryside as he and Leornian travers the valley of the River Nith. Little guessing the prescience of his impressions, he wrote: I can almost imagine that this country really is the home of giants, where the higher hills, at least here, have been tromped down as though they were the flagstones for the ancient treading of giants, which left undisturbed the beauty and industry thriving in valleys like this... Read more »
By Al R. Young The Dear Enemy issue of The Storybook Home Journal is now available from Al Young Studios. This issue features these regular sections:Decorating - So Many Things Crying to be Done (5 pages)Hearth - Engaged with Colored Pencils (5 pages)Kitchen - Delightful Surprises (5 pages)Garden - Little Private Gardens (3 pages)Workshops - The Handicraft Side (2 pages)Garret - Into the Land of the Giants (3 pages)Dear Enemy is the 99th issue of the Journal, published bi-monthly since November 2000... Read more »
By Al R. Young
Elspeth Young’s recently completed oil painting of Patience Loader is featured in the 92nd Annual Spring Salon sponsored by the Springville Museum of Art, Springville, Utah. Out of the nearly 800 artworks submitted, 230 were selected for exhibition. Elspeth was also one of ten artists to receive a cash award for her artwork.
The frame for the painting was created by Ashton Young.
Artworks from the Studios featured in the exhibit:
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By Al R. Young
Ashton Young completed the design and fabrication of this frame in April 2016 in the workshops at BenHaven. The roughness of the frame’s weathered wood represents the handcart and the ruggedness of the subject’s ordeal. Elspeth’s hand-painted chickadee in the lower left of the frame’s liner extends to the viewer the same message of hope represented by the chickadees perched in the tree limbs above the figure.... Read more »
By Al R. Young There Is Help For You is the newest oil painting to be added to the line of original artworks from Al Young Studios.
Click here to see a larger image of the new painting, read the artist's commentary, and look at the selection of prints--if any are available.... Read more »
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By Al R. Young The Treasure of Lincloudon
Seymore, Leornian, and their guide, Bonnie Duhg, arrive at Lincloudon Colledge, about a mile north of Dumfries, Scotland at the confluence of Cludin Water and the River Nith. They meet Grumley Stibble, the elderly caretaker of the lytfolc garden associated with the Wizard’s Knot. Grumley, the last survivor of the once thriving lytfolc societies that dwelt for centuries at the now ruined abbey, is the keeper of a treasure that once belonged to his father and grandfathers... Read more »