Animal Artist ~ Diane Young

Every Picture tells a story – paintings of realistic and stylised animals


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Curlew over Lower Burnmouth

My original inspiration for trying Collagraphy was coming across an image on a greetings card by Northumberland artist Carol Nunan and wondering how she produced such evocative work.

After a lot of research and several youtube videos later this image is one of my first ever collagraphs produced by hand.  Needless to say this is not the only one as it takes several if not many goes to get a consistent and successful result.  The beginning of a new creative journey!


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Face to Face – Printmaking

This is one of my series of “Dancer” prints of a red crested crane. The image on the right is the plate that it was printed from.  I love the plates almost more than the prints themselves.  They are a piece of artwork in their own right with textures, carved lines and spaces and items stuck on, finished with a layer of shellac which produces the ochre coloured finish.

One problem I have encountered with printmaking unlike painting is reproducing it digitally here.  Both scanning and photographs do not quite make the grade and (although I say it myself!) the images are much better in the flesh.

The wings are created by using a paper case used for cooking muffins.


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Gold and Silver; Trims and Things

I have turned my attention to some old clothes having scoured the haberdashery and charity shops.  After all, I have a habit of adding gold and silver to my paintings so I thought I might also wear some of the same.

Picture of trim on a jacket with gold and silver

Looks like I have a subconscious colour theme going on…..


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Original Paintings on #Slate Hearts & more #gift ideas

These large slate hearts are original paintings for sale at £20 each at the Cotswold Craftmen Gallery, Market Street #Nailsworth GL6 0BX

…..along with wonderful designs by other crafts people in jewellery, glass, pottery, wood, mosaics, sculpture, soaps and more ideas for #christmasgifts.

Including my large Moongazing Hare LE print in gold edged frame at just £95!

See the gallery website here