Animal Artist ~ Diane Young

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


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Digger ACEO and Howling at the Moon

So Digger fancies himself as being a bit like his ancestors, although I am not sure what a Fox Terrier might sound like whilst trying to  howl like a wolf….ACEO Digger & The Full Moon by Diane Young

Whilst designing and painting this image I wondered why there is a plethora of images featuring wolves and a full moon……but it seems is just a human association. “Wolf howls serve as GPS systems, sing-alongs and fire alarms — all rolled into one. In fact, the purpose of wolf howls isn’t terribly different from the reasons humans raise their voices to the wind.” [see more about wolves and howling…]

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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


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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.


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Wranglings with Originality

What is an “original” painting?

I challenged google with informing me as to what exactly did the word original mean. The information I found was more of a debate than a definitive answer.  My query centred around the idea that when an individual artist designs draws and paints a new piece of artwork can that artist produce the same painting again and it also be referred to as an original?  For instance in many parts of the world artists make a living painting landmarks like the Eiffle tower, or the Leaning Tower of Pisa, are all their like paintings originals?  Or are they copies?  Would it make a difference if they did it from life on a different day, or from a differing photos with all sorts of weather changes?

Let’s back up for a moment,  what is the definition of the word “original” in this context?

Definitions

The online oxford dictionaries definition is as follows:

“-created personally by a particular artist, writer, musician, etc.; not a copy”

This would be true of many similar originals….

“-not dependent on other people’s ideas”…

The design is original so this is true too.

“the earliest form of something, from which copies may be made”

So in order to create copies, the copies come from a singular original.

Prints would be included here as copies or reproductions.  But surely a painting in another’s likeness is still an original, or is it a copy?

If all the colours and lines were copied absolutely exactly then this would be a copy and not an original.  But if the same drawing or design is made without attempt to replicate the first exactly then the drawing will be slightly different and in the organic process of painting there will always be a slight variation in colours (unless one is striving for exact likeness) and so the subsequent painting will be different.

Intention

So is it intention that makes up the essence of a second or third original of the same composition?   I mean if you intend to make a painting look EXACTLY like the first then there is something deceptive about the end result, as if it might be a trick to make you think one painting is the other and vice versa.  But if you paint a painting using the same design or composition  for a similar picture with the essence of the first, but which is actually different, surely it is still original.

For me each original should have its own right to independent original status and for reproductions to be made from it. Each time an artist creates a painting many many decisions are made. It is a complex process which under usual circumstances creates  a different result from the same (or as similar as possible) drawing.  Are you confused, even as write this it is confusing me also, but really i do know exactly what I mean even if really this is not original thinking 🙂

What do you think?


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Colour Reversal and Blue Cats

After agonising over the fact that perhaps my website should not have a sombre black background I thought I would change it. As always you cannot really tell what works and what doesn’t.  Some peeps say one thing and others another.  Actually in my heart of hearts I am not a purple person and so I feel my website page will revert to its black background very soon. ACEO Moody Blue Cat by Diane YoungToday was a blue cat day.  This image was done a short while ago….Moody Blue Cat, with New  Moon…

Following on from this and completed today…….is Blue Kitten with Ping Pong ball.  This image is a characterisation of my own black cat Simba when he was a kitten.ACEO Blue Kitten Simba by Diane Young Now listed on ebay for 7 days.

 


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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.