Animal Artist ~ Diane Young

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


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The Owl and The Pussy Cat Setting Off

So pleased that I have sold my first print of this painting “The Owl and The Pussy Cat Setting Off”.  There is something very confirming about people who are willing to part with their hard earned cash to give your artwork a loving home or perhaps be given as a heartfelt present.  Since I found inspiration from The Owl and Pussy Cat poem and designed and painted them “Dancing” by the light of the moon and “Setting Off” in their pea-green boat I have been enlightened about the connection with them being sought after in association with wedding celebrations.  Seems quite obvious now…..

Here they are “Setting Off” on their adventure.

Painting of the Owl and Pussy Cat inspired by Edward Lear setting off by artist Diane Young


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Juggling Frames

I just want to make art in the best possible way. It has to look as I want it to preferably, whether it is mounted, or framed, cut off at each edge at the optimum moment as I see it.  But the whole issue of mounting and framing is a massive obstacle of decisions and expense that actually I would rather do without. Once we have made our art this other stuff is a kind of “red tape” that we have to wrestle with before any attempt can be made to market our wares.  I admit that the carefully and lovingly crafted end result will only look its best if it is able to hang nicely on a wall.  But still as you might choose what you think is the best thing to surround your piece you have to wonder is it what someone else would actually have for themselves?

“Wolf” and “Travelling Cockerel” have been subjected to some shuffling between frames and I think they have settled in quite nicely with these….at least until I have another bright idea …..

Painting of a wolf portrait in a pewter frame by artist Diane Young Stroud

Painting of a Cockerel in an oak frame by artist Diane Young Stroud