A Murder of Magpies.

WIP painting of Magpie stack by artist Diane Young

This idea has been in mind for quite some time and it does feel good to have at last completed the painting.

This balancing act has to appear to be believable and so getting each bird in a convincing position was tricky but I think it works.

The above is a  work-in-progress pic and the finished painting is shown below.

Painting of 3 Magpies by artist Diane Young

 

A group of magpies have more than one name – a congregation, or a murder, I have also seen them referred to as a tiding, a charm and a mischief.

Santa’s Songbird The Red Cardinal

Two ACEOs inspired by a Poem

Red Cardinal Bird painting inspired by a poem by Diane Young Red Cardinal singing a painting inspired by a poem by Diane Young

The Red Cardinal

I was approached by a poet writing a children’s book using a poem she created about a bright red bird.  She sent me some stanza’s of the said poem and wondered if I might be inspired to create ACEOs with her poem in mind.

The poem “Santa’s Songbird” is about a blessed Red Cardinal, a North American bird rather like the Green Finches of the UK but with feathers of a vibrant red colour.

And so here he is, in all his glory.

Elephants and Mice

The Elephant, The Mouse and The Cherries

Available as an 6″x8″ Print

The Elephant and the Mouse

Evidence seems to suggest that elephants do not like small animals running frantically around their feet particularly as they cannot see them properly. Naturally in the wild quick moving small animals like snakes are a danger and so elephants would try to get away from them as quickly as they could.   This may be  the reason that elephants appear to be afraid of mice.

Fable featuring a mouse and an elephant

An ancient fable tells the story of a duel between an elephant and a mouse for the position of king among the animals.  The elephant sat and laughed at the mouse until the mouse climbed into his ear (or in another story his trunk) and nipped him hard and drove him mad until the elephant ultimately admitted defeat.

I like my elephant and mouse to be friends, so here they are.

This print is available on ebay at the moment: Elephant & Mouse print….

Horse Paintings

Drawing Horses

Black Beauty

Remember these guys…..?  Black Beauty himself and the cast from the TV Series from the 1970’s.

As a child I would draBlack Beauty and Main Cast from Seriesw horses all the time.

I was completely mad about them.

I knew all sorts of facts about horses, their kit, how to keep them, their breeds and colours.  But there was no chance of owning one myself or of even being taught to ride.  Instead I read a lot of horse books from the library and drew them prolifically.

Champion The Wonder Horse

Champion the Wonder Horse, White Horses, Follyfoot and Black Beauty were among my favourite TV programmes.  I bought the Black Beauty LP and used to play it on our old single deck before I went to school.  I even made up words to the theme tune,  I was too embarrassed to sing them in front of my friend so I did so from behind the toilet cubicle door at school.  Strange days.

Horse Paintings

Today I started a new set of ACEOs with a Horse theme, here are the first two.

Dapples & Tassels, and Feathers & Forelocks.

.Dapples and Tassels Horse ACEO painting by Diane YoungHorse Feathers and Forelocks Painting by Diane Young

Incy Wincy Not

Manic Illustrator in a Panic

So I was sitting on the sofa for the latter part of the evening . The TV was on, then suddenly I caught some movement out of the corner of my eye, against the dark colour of the sofa something was moving, creeping.  I had already got rid of a live mouse in the morning, it had surely not enjoyed the trauma of being in a house with cats so much that it had returned?

This thing had just come out from the corner of the sofa, from behind me, in the gap between me and the sofa. This moving thing came into focus. It was a BIG version of the BIG house spiders.

It’s pace was steady, thankfully away from me. It was definitely unperturbed by my presence. I can deal with these spiders usually in a quiet manner,  usually with a glass and a piece of card but NOT when they have seemingly been ON me. Eurgh, it had probably been hanging inside my fleece before I put it on, Ewww, or crawled on me, then off me onto the sofa.  Why is it that I have to emit a small squeaky shrieking noise or strange sounds of disgust at this point? Is this evolutionary, or learned? Is it a girl thing? It really is reactionary and kind of ridiculous.   That spider gave me the heebie jeebies because it had probably crawled on House Spider like the one in my house!me.   He finally left by being ejected from a glass over the hedge in the dark.  No doubt he has found his way back by now….or perhaps he is on some other unsuspecting person’s sofa…..

 
Not the actual spider. I think mine had a smirk on his face!

Calm before the storm?

It was like a summer’s day today (in the UK) and it is nearly October, the birds were singing like it was Spring; could it be the calm before the storm? Time to make sure the woodshed is full.

There is a couple more weeks before a full moon again, and Digger the Foxhound is practicing being one of the wolf kind.

ACEO Posted to Ebay today for 7 days.

ACEO Digger & The Full Moon by Diane Young

A Fish Eat Fish World

Since Wrangling with Originality I have decided to revamp my website, no great shakes the content is still the same but it’s a bit more shop orientated.  Lots of prints on sale and  information on both my Commission Me This Designs and Pet Portraits.

Still got a bit to do, but sadly the historical “likes” have gone off my static pages.  I do think though that I should thank everyone who has commented on anything on my site, my wranglings or ramblings and my pics, and with a few tweaks to do I will put this message on my site somewhere prominent!ACEO Originals on Ebay by Diane Young It is a fish eat fish world.

World of Colour

Not so much blogging this week as I have neglected words for colour issues and other technicalities on my website.  I struggle with choosing colour  for my website background as I think the artwork images should do the work really,  just like an artists portfolio should actually  speak for itself.  I get the feeling that my preference for black is not terribly popular, although really it is difficult to tell.  Feeback from anyone prepared to look is welcome, the more the merrier.  Let’s hope I am going into a purple patch so to speak to reflect my chosen colour !

Commission Me This

as a site has taken form this week too.  The designs on this page are offered to be commissioned either as they are or with slight changes and at a variety of sizes. ACEO ebay this week The Getaway Todays ACEO continues with the mouse and cherry theme….The Getaway.