Animal Artist ~ Diane Young

Every Picture tells a story – realistic and stylised animals in art from Manic Illustrations


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Llama Juxtaposition

This rather elitist and arty sounding word “juxtapositon” has become a bit more popular in recent times. When I first heard this word out loud it was in the context of some conceptual art TV programme it sounded a bit niche (and way beyond me), somewhat highfalutin and perhaps unnecessary?  Since then if ever I have heard it used in every day speak  it does sound a bit pretentious.  But in reality the word does a good job of what it describes:

“the fact of two things being seen or placed close together with contrasting effect”; in effect “compare and contrast” .

And so here is my Llama Juxtaposition – a photo taken recently in a field on a hill (hence the slant) near my home, not strictly the way to use this word but where I might just about get away with it.

A photo demonstrating the juxtaposition of two lamas in a field by artist Diane Young


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#Raven #Painting Original #Art

Here is my original painting which is now called The Gatekeeper in a nice chunky black A3 sized frame, it is a painting of a raven holding a key.    Ravens are a common feature of ancient religion and mythologies from familiars of witches to the supernatural, from the carriers of  souls and associations with good luck, to trickery and foreboding.  According to legend, the  Kingdom of England will fall if the ravens of the Tower of London are removed; care has been taken to ensure that they continue to inhabit the Tower as they have done now for centuries.

Painting framed of a raven and key gothic art by Diane Youn


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#Art For Sale @MannJewellers Stroud

I was invited to have some of my work displayed in Mann Jewellers shop in Stroud.  Here are the first few of my paintings and prints which greet you as soon as you walk in through the door!  There will be more there next week including 12″x 12″ Owl and Pussy Cat prints and a large hare with gold leaf!

Mann Jewellers Art Display Paintings by Diane Young of Manic Illustrations

On my way out of the shop I noticed these lovely Da Rosa collection of animal ceramics for sale in the, they look gorgeous don’t they.

Da Rosa ceramics ducks at Mann Jewellers Stroud photo by Diane Young Photo of Da Rosa ceramics at Mann Jewellers of an elephant and a turtle photo by Diane Young

Photo of Da Rosa Ceramic birds in Mann Jewellers Stroud photo by Diane Young

 


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#Raven #Art Painting

Sometimes it is of great relief that a painting is finished. So here finally, after a few months or so is a painting without a title. Usually a title arrives for me almost immediately along with the idea, or the painting itself.  This one not so .

So please help me and feel free to suggest a title for this one.

Raven with Key in gateway painting by artist Diane Young from Stroud Manic Illustrations


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Sedna in Animal #Mythology

Sedna is mythological figure, a Goddess of the sea for the people of the arctic.

The Myth of Sedna

The young girl Sedna was tricked into marrying Raven, and later when her father tried to rescue her by kayak a raging storm brew and her father threw Sedna in to the sea in order to save himself. Her hands clung to the side of the boat and he beat them until her cold and frozen fingers fell into the sea and became sea mammals. Sedna sank under the sea and was transformed into a sea goddess, able to conjure up storms with her rage whereupon shaman must swim down to calm her by combing her hair.

The Innuits survival is dependant upon the success of their hunting animals.  From this is derived a great respect for the animal kingdom.  Part of the myth is that Sedna holds onto the animals if she is displeased with the people ( so that they will not be successful in hunting them)  and untangling her hair is part of the process of calming her.

From this story I created my image of Sedna with fishes swimming amongst her tresses of red hair, she is looking up to the light of the sky on the surface of the water.   The image at the bottom is a painting done some time later showing Sedna sleeping with three seals.

These three paintings on the left seen below featuring Sedna  are for sale in Studio 71 in Totnes.

Studio no 71 Totnes display of mythological Sedna Artwork by artist Diane Young


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Badger Love

Last week I had an enquiry regarding some artwork which I made at a time here in the UK when there was great petitioning against the culling of badgers in a couple of counties including Gloucestershire.  Farmers have a hard time with TB in their cattle, to great distress to the cattle, the farmers and the industry.

Unfortunately  the native badger has been implicated in the spread of TB in the UK. Whether this is true or not it is difficult to tell in reality with the different sides providing arguements both for and against.  I prefer to fall on the side of the badger, it’s population is displaced by culling leading to other complicated issues for both the animal and  with regard to establishing cause and effect of the problem of TB.

I have seen the wild badgers who liked to frequent a friend’s garden, and enjoyed tidbits of peanut butter.   Their coats were much shaggier that I imagined and it was so nice to see them ambling about the lawn in their element.

This original artwork Badger Love is now on its way to the USA to its new home.

Badger Love original art by artist Diane Young Manic Illustrations Stroud UK

 

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