Animal Artist ~ Diane Young

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


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Playfulness in #Art – #Eagle Print

At times we get so focused on getting really good at an activity that time seems to run out for experimentation and playfulness.

I swim regularly and know that playing in the pool doing roly-polys or attempting handstands increases confidence and can stretch me out of my comfort zone.  Yet on a day to day basis I only allow enough time to use the water to keep fit.

As an artist I like to create pictures that have a fair chance of being successful and that must mean following a well practiced strategy for getting a decent drawing transformed into a painting.Eagle Painting Print by animal artist Diane Young

Playing with materials and ideas helps to break these predictable patterns and although there is a much greater chance of the exercise ending in an image that is far from perfect it is a route to discovering new techniques and allowing pursuit of different  ideas.

The most difficult thing of course is allowing ourselves to have this time to be playful rather than pursuing a direct course to being predictably productive.  The process of discovery through playfulness allows us to develop our practice further rather than stagnating and ultimately becoming bored with what we do.

Yesterday I allowed myself time to play; above is a print of my son’s drawing of an eagle which I transferred onto mdf board alongside is a print of my photo a well known local tree.  I tried putting gold leaf on some buttons as a addition and sprayed around the board with gold laquer.  Who knows where I will go with this, but my nominated play-day is over and now I must get back to work!

 


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#ACEO #Peregrine Falcon #Art with Gold Leaf

Falcons in Art

Earlier this year a bird handler attended an open studio in Stroud with artist Jilly Cobbe who loves to draw and paint birds, especially falcons.  The bird handler brought a female Peregrine Falcon called Sumara and a Kestrel called Spike.  I took lots of photos and used one to paint this ACEO now for sale on Ebay.

ACEO 600dpi Peregrine Gold Photo best


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Llama Juxtaposition

Arty Words

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

New Raven Original Painting

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

Stroud Jewellers featuring my artwork for Sale

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