Animal Artist ~ Diane Young

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


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Strange Owls and Coincidences

Sold! From  Studio No 71 in Totnes, my Barn Owl with Stopwatch original painting with gold leaf.

Barn Owl with gold leaf by artist Diane Young at Studio No 71 Totnes

Barn Owl framed

This weekend after a trip to Dartmoor we dropped in to collect some work from Studio 21 which has a great position at the bottom of the High Street.  The shop is small but packed with interesting things to discover; pictures, sculptures, plates and bowls and glass and pottery and more!

Not only did we arrive on a day when a customer was about to purchase one of my original paintings, but Studio No 71 had also sold a framed Moongazing Hare print of mine during that day too.

How strange, not to have sold for quite some time, and then two in one day and when I was visiting!

It is so nice to meet the individual who likes my art enough to buy it and hang it on their wall.  An image that I have formed from my imagination strikes its own chord with another person, and off it goes on its own journey, in this instance wrapped and strapped onto a bicycle!

Grateful for time with friends and walks on Dartmoor just as the season is turning and when such coincidences are a delight.

 

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Badger Love

Artwork Originals and Prints for Sale

Last week I had an enquiry regarding some artwork which I made at a time here in the UK when there was great petitioning against the culling of badgers in a couple of counties including Gloucestershire.  Farmers have a hard time with TB in their cattle, to great distress to the cattle, the farmers and the industry.

Unfortunately  the native badger has been implicated in the spread of TB in the UK. Whether this is true or not it is difficult to tell in reality with the different sides providing arguements both for and against.  I prefer to fall on the side of the badger, it’s population is displaced by culling leading to other complicated issues for both the animal and  with regard to establishing cause and effect of the problem of TB.

I have seen the wild badgers who liked to frequent a friend’s garden, and enjoyed tidbits of peanut butter.   Their coats were much shaggier that I imagined and it was so nice to see them ambling about the lawn in their element.

Badger Love

This original artwork Badger Love is now on its way to the USA to its new home.

Badger Love original art by artist Diane Young Manic Illustrations Stroud UK

 


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#Art for #Sale in #Totnes by Diane Young

Studio 71 @ Totnes – A display of my artwork for sale

So a hint of the Summer season is upon us, quite a bit of sunshine and the beginning of holiday bookings.  Here is hoping that lots of people will descend upon Totnes in Devon (UK) very soon in the hope that some of my art will find a loving home.

Studio 71 Totnes gallery with Diane Youngs paintings: Owl, Pussy Cat, Hare, Thunderbird, and Sedna with Seals


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Time with the Duck in a Jug

Time to make Artwork

You hear of artists taking months or even year or years to paint a  picture.  Obviously they are not painting at it all the time, just as a writer may not be physically writing a novel over that sort of period either.  I have just finished the painting below, but alongside this one I have four other paintings on the go at the moment.  One of these has taken four months or more since its inception before Christmas.  It is now loitering on a table in my studio sometimes becoming buried in paper and sketches, resurfacing to remind me that it still exists and that I need to pursue the finishing touches.  Initially the painting had a lot of momentum, and I have recognised that areas that go slow or even grind to a halt are where there are areas where I was not thorough in my pre-planning.  It is not the painting but the decision making that can take time.  As an artist I might hope that I will find resolve with time almost as if the painting might just fix itself, but  ultimately the decision may have to be forced.

The Duck In a Jug Painting

The Duck In The Jug below was kind of easy.  I had produced an ACEO some time ago along these lines and so I already knew what I was going to do but then I wanted to do a much bigger painting which was a bit more sophisticated and to throw in  the tulips as an extra feature.

And so now I need to get back to some decision making…

Duck in the Jug with Fox Painting by Artist Diane Young Stroud Manic Illustrations


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From Idea to #Painting.

Sometimes I am asked where I get reference for my images.  So here is how I get from an idea to a painting.

The initial idea is scribbled in my sketchbook.  Usually my ideas arrive when I am not in my studio, it is most easy when my mind is wandering free. And hopefully my sketchbook is to hand.   At this point it is terribly unrefined.  Some of the sketches look like I cannot draw at all.

Sketch plan for painting Diane Young Sketch Book

The Idea

I then look for available references to get me to what I imagine that I wish to create.  In this case it is a boy sleeping with wolves.  I practice lots of sketches of wolves and sleeping children to get to know the shapes involved using the internet, books and my own photos if I have some.

Referencing and Practice:

Wolf Sketches by artist Diane YoungSketches for Painting of Boy with wolves by artist Diane YoungSketches of Wolves by artist Diane YoungSketch book drawings by artist Diane Young of Manic Illustrations STroud

I then use my practice sketches to make a convincing drawing of my original idea.   It is important to observe copyright on other people’s images.  They are used for practice and allow me to become familiar with the shapes.

My personal style then contributes to the form creating a painting which is truly unique. Finally others can see a hard copy of a snippet of my imagination.  The paper trail you see here is useful to me as no sooner has the process been completed without this trail in a short period of time I would not remember how the image formed in the first place!

Sketches of wolves by Diane Young ARtist

You may notice that I created the image and the background separately at first.

Sketch of Mowgli and Wolves by artist Diane Young of Manic Illustrations Stroud

This painting is now nearly completed.  My previous post shows my painting as of yesterday. Once the finishing touches have been made, I will scan it and post it into my Gallery page.

I often get ideas which would be impossible in real life, trying to make the idea look real is good fun.  If you put a lion on top of an elephant, or you balance 3 magpies on top of one another, it has to be believable.  Creating convincing images that are not like real life and making viewers believe the unbelievable is the greatest and most exciting challenge of all.

“Balancing Act” Prints Available.

Tower of animals elephant, lion, bear, flamingo, Painting by artist Diane Young

 

 

 


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Ibis in Gold

To compliment my recent Elephant in Red and Gold here is the Ibis. The Nile was central to Ancient Egyptian life and religion.  The Egyptians of old believed that souls of the dead were transported across the Nile to reach the afterlife in the presence of Thoth the god of knowledge, who was represented as the Ibis bird.

Painting of an Ibis representing Thoth in Greek mythology with a gold moon by artist Diane Young

The Ibis is of ancient evolutionary origin, its fossil records going back some 60 million years.  Carvings of the Ibis can be found on many Egyptian monuments; they were also mummified and buried in the temples with pharaohs.

 

 

 


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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.