Animal Artist ~ Diane Young

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


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Painting for Halloween

ACEO painting for today.

A Painting of characters Harvey the Aardvark & Digger in their Halloween Costmes by Diane Young

Harvey the Aardvark and Digger the dog have got their Halloween costumes ready for tonight.  Digger fancies that Harvey got a better costume than he did!

 

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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.

 


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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


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Halloween Painting Mice & Broomsticks

Halloween

A few more weeks and it will be the end of British Summertime and as for every October the clocks go back an hour.  The nights draw in sooner, curtains are drawn and fires lit.  A few days later it is Halloween.

For us Brits it is a struggle to celebrate Halloween. Under some duress parents attend small children knocking on doors for sweets and treats, and pensioners worry about strangers coming to their door and put up signs to ward them away.  No one really knows who is up for the festival and who is not.

The Americans however as we know just love Halloween.  Everyone gets in the spirit  (apologies for the pun) and parties.  It is a shame that the tradition did not capture our imaginations here in the UK  and instead  we are bothered by the commercial aspect which has now given us that cynical edge.

Celtic New Year

The end of October had been known as the Celtic New Year and the belief that there is a short period of time where the “door” to the “other” world is open.  I like this idea, the imagination can run wild and all the dressing up makes perfect sense.

ACEO Painting with Mice, Spells and a Broomstick

So in readiness for the celebration of this tradition ACEO cards are painted in preparation for the celebratory collector and particularly for those in the USA who just love to party!

ACEO Painting for Halloween by Diane Young