July 2020: We are still open online, and orders are fulfilled with minimal delays. For the foreseeable future, visits to the Studios and In-store pickups of orders are unavailable.




New Issue of the Storybook Home Shipped - The Christmas that Changed Everything

By Al R. Young The The Christmas that Changed Everything issue of The Storybook Home Journal is now available from Al Young Studios.  This issue features these regular sections:Decorating - Keeping Cozy (2 pages)Hearth - They Were Exquisite! (2 pages)Kitchen - (6 pages)Music - One of My Favorite Christmas Carols (2 pages)Garden - At Least One Snowman (4 pages)Workshops - Lovingly Worked Magic (3 pages)Bookshelf - The Book that Changed Everything (4 pages)Garret - Things as they Really Are (2 pages)The Christmas that Changed Everything is the 121st issue of the Journal, published bi-monthly since November 2000... Read more »

Tags: Vol. 20 No. 1, 2019, News, The Storybook Home Journal issues


New Issue of the Storybook Home Shipped - The Family at Misrule

By Al R. Young The The Family at Misrule issue of The Storybook Home Journal is now available from Al Young Studios.  This issue features these regular sections:Decorating - The Room You Might Expect (4 pages)Hearth - Make a Wish (1 page)Kitchen - Longed for More (7 pages)Music - To Make a Song (2 pages)Garden - The Most Wonderfullest Tree (4 pages)Workshops - Growing Up (3 pages)Garret - Planning our Escape (2 pages)The Family at Misrule is the 120th issue of the Journal, published bi-monthly since November 2000... Read more »

Tags: Vol. 19 No. 6, 2019, News, The Storybook Home Journal issues


Project Commentaries: The Blessings Afar Off by Elspeth Young

By Elspeth C. Young The Blessings Afar Off was painted by the artist in the studios at Ben Haven.

Dimensions (unframed width x height)
14 in. x 18 in.

Support
Panel

Milestones
Research commences - July 2015
Painting completed - March 2019

Methodology
This section presents only one or two items that may be of interest to professional artists, amateurs, and others interested in the work of the Studios.

These excerpts from Elspeth's Painting Diary during the creation of this painting provide a glimpse of the nature of this project:


February 11, 2019
January 5th I began work in earnest on a 14- x 18-inch panel, using leftover paint at the end of each session working on another project, to rough-in a background for the stucco layer for the new painting of my grandmother... Read more »

Tags: 3.64.0497.010, 2019, Project commentaries


New Issue of the Storybook Home Shipped - Seven Little Australians

By Al R. Young The Seven Little Australians issue of The Storybook Home Journal is now available from Al Young Studios.  This issue features these regular sections:Decorating - Surprise at the Room (2 pages)Hearth - The Birds of Krangi-Bahtoo (2 pages)Kitchen - So They Ate It (6 pages)Music - I Do Wish I Could Sing (2 pages)Garden - Where They Left Little Judy (5 pages)Workshops - Surprised at the Room (1 page)Bookshelf - Ethel Turner (4 pages)Garret - The Hiding Place (2 pages)Seven Little Australians is the 119th issue of the Journal, published bi-monthly since November 2000... Read more »

Tags: Vol. 19 No. 5, 2019, News, The Storybook Home Journal issues


New Issue of the Storybook Home Shipped - Sundborn Summer

By Al R. Young The Sundborn Summer issue of The Storybook Home Journal is now available from Al Young Studios.  This issue features these regular sections:Decorating - In One Word: Personal (5 pages)Hearth - Back to Dalarna (1 page)Kitchen - Larsson Lagom (13 pages)Music - Already at the Piano (2 pages)Garden - Where Kersti was Working (3 pages)Workshops - Back to Dalarna (2 pages)Garret - Another Treasure (2 pages)Sundborn Summer is the 118th issue of the Journal, published bi-monthly since November 2000... Read more »

Tags: Vol. 19 No. 4, 2019, News, The Storybook Home Journal issues


Project Commentaries: A Very Ancient Song by Al R. Young

By Al R. Young A Very Ancient Song was painted by the artist in the studios at Ben Haven.

dimensions (unframed width x height)
46 7/8 in. x 35 5/8 in.

support
Panel

milestones
Composition finalized — 2017 February
Brushwork begins — 2017 February
Painting completed — 2017 September

Based on regular entries in the project journal for this painting, creation of the artwork involved approximately 22 sessions (from composition and panel preparation to completion of brushwork)... Read more »

Tags: 3.00.0291.010, 2019, Project commentaries, Tips and techniques


Project Commentaries: Under Whose Wings Thou Art Come To Trust by Al R. Young

By Al R. Young Under Whose Wings Thou Art Come to Trust was painted by the artist in the studios at Ben Haven.

dimensions (unframed width x height)
35 3/8 in. x 76 7/16 in.

support
Panel

milestones
Research begins — 2003 January
Composition begins — 2012 August
Brushwork begins — 2013 December
Painting completed — 2014 May

equipment
Creating a painting often involves creating or modifying tools or making improvements to the studio itself... Read more »

Tags: Under Whose Wings Thou Art Come To Trust, 2019, Color, Project commentaries, Tips and techniques, Women of the Bible Art Collection


Project Commentaries: Lands that Were by Al R. Young

By Al R. Young Lands That Were was painted by the artist in the studios at Ben Haven.

dimensions (unframed width x height)
44 in. x 33 1/4 in.

support
Panel

milestones
Composition finalized — 2017 March
Brushwork begins — 2017 March
Painting completed — 2018 February

Based on regular entries in the project journal for this painting, creation of the artwork involved approximately 32 sessions (from composition and panel preparation to completion of brushwork)... Read more »

Tags: 3.00.0294.010, 2019, Project commentaries, Tips and techniques


Project Commentaries: Under the Northern Mountains by Al R. Young

By Al R. Young Under the Northern Mountains was painted by the artist in the studios at Ben Haven.

dimensions (unframed width x height)
46 7/8 in. x 35 5/8 in.

support
Panel

milestones
Composition finalized — 2017 February
Brushwork begins — 2017 March
Painting completed — 2017 August

Based on regular entries in the project journal for this painting, creation of the artwork involved approximately 25 sessions (from composition and panel preparation to completion of brushwork)... Read more »

Tags: Under The Northern Mountains, 2019, Project commentaries


Project Commentaries: Joy for Mourning by Elspeth Young

By Elspeth C. Young Joy for Mourning (Rebecca Bearse Reed) was painted by the artist in the studios at Ben Haven.

Dimensions (unframed width x height)
14 in. x 18 in.

Support
Panel

Milestones
Research commences - August 2018
Painting completed - December 2018

Methodology
This section presents only one or two items that may be of interest to professional artists, amateurs, and others interested in the work of the Studios... Read more »

Tags: Joy For Mourning, 2019, Project commentaries


Project Commentaries: What Is Truth? by Al R. Young

By Al R. Young What is Truth? was painted by the artist in the studios at Ben Haven.

dimensions (unframed width x height)
24 in. x 27.625 in.

support
Panel

milestones
Research begins — 2013 November
Composition begins — 2014 January
Brushwork begins — 2014 January
Painting completed — 2014 May

methodology
The inspiration for a painting can span many years.  For as long as I can remember, tenebrouse lighting has held me spellbound whether in painting, film, or daily life... Read more »

Tags: What Is Truth, 2019, Inspiration and creativity, Project commentaries, Tips and techniques, Women of the Bible Art Collection


Project Commentaries: Restoring an Arts and Crafts fireplace

By Al R. Young


visit our overview page for the
knight-mangum mansion renovation and restoration project... Read more »

Tags: 2019, Overview, Project commentaries


New Issue of the Storybook Home Shipped - Dandelion Cottage

By Al R. Young The Dandelion Cottage issue of The Storybook Home Journal is now available from Al Young Studios.  This issue features these regular sections:Decorating - A Splendid Sideboard (2 pages)Hearth - Between Everyone (3 pages)Kitchen - Be Very Entertaining (9 pages)Music - Behind the Organ (1 page)Garden - Their Precious Petunias (2 pages)Workshops - Exactly Right (1 page)Bookshelf - Little Things Count for a Great Deal, Sometimes (2 pages)Garret - The Eyne of Erigal (2 pages)Dandelion Cottage is the 117th issue of the Journal, published bi-monthly since November 2000... Read more »

Tags: Vol. 19 No. 3, 2019, News, The Storybook Home Journal issues


Elspeth C. Young completes new oil painting - "The Blessings Afar Off"

By Al R. Young The Blessings Afar Off 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 »

Tags: The Blessings Afar Off, 2019, Elspeth C. Young, Legacy, News, Oil paintings and prints, Women of the Bible Art Collection


Art lessons offered by Al Young Studios (overview)

By Elspeth C. Young We are often asked if we give art lessons, and we are delighted to answer, "Yes! in the form of publications and online resources."  For several years, we have been (and continue to be) hard at work designing art curriculum for all ages, interests, and abilities.  Please visit the links below for ordering information as well as free online helps.

Art materials needed for these lessons are intended to be as inexpensive, child-friendly, and non-toxic as possible.  Adult supervision is recommended if only for reading instructions... Read more »

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Storybook Life (overview)

By Nancy Young
announcements and newsroom articlesPurchase individual issues or subscribe
Contacting Al Young Studios

companion articles to issues of The Storybook Home Journal


storybook life is a trademark of al young studios... Read more »

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New Issue of the Storybook Home Shipped - King Solomon's Mines

By Al R. Young The King Solomon's Mines issue of The Storybook Home Journal is now available from Al Young Studios.  This issue features these regular sections:Decorating - Foulata's Basket (3 pages)Hearth - Some Picture Painted (3 pages)Kitchen - Pangs of Hunger . . . Others Say the Same (5 pages)Garden - It Was a Paradise (5 pages)Workshops - An Earthenware Pot (1 page)Looking - Arrayed in a Similar Costume (4 pages)Garret - Trouble Afoot (2 pages)King Solomon's Mines is the 116th issue of the Journal, published bi-monthly since November 2000... Read more »

Tags: Vol. 19 No. 2, 2019, News, The Storybook Home Journal issues


Elspeth C. Young completes new oil painting - "Joy For Mourning"

By Al R. Young Joy For Mourning 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 »

Tags: Joy For Mourning, 2019, Elspeth C. Young, Legacy, News, Oil paintings and prints, Pioneer Art Collection