Animal Artist ~ Diane Young

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


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#Sparrow Crisis

This House Sparrow is having a bit of a crisis.  He has been bringing nesting material to this door for many weeks now even though we have tried blocking his reflection with paper on the outside it has not stopped.  Interestingly the next door neighbours think it is “their” sparrow, as it is trying to get into their house too.

Photo of a house sparrow sitting on a door handle

The House Sparrow is an adaptable bird and had been extremely successful in urban settings with flocks of them living side by side with humans up until the 1970’s.  Now House Sparrows may be in real crisis as a successful breeding urban bird that has now all but disappeared from our towns and cities.

“The State of the UK’s Birds in 1999 showed house sparrow numbers had fallen 58 per cent between 1975, when they were first monitored, and 1998 …. the BTO’s breeding birds survey.” The Independent 2000.

It seems though that the actual reason has yet to be discovered.   And this is not just a problem for the House Sparrow in the UK.   For example in India Delhi adopted the House sparrow as its State bird in 2012, this was after they had noticed that the House Sparrow was in severe decline…[there is more interesting reading from The Hindu 2014 here.]

This world wide decline in numbers of House Sparrows started to occur before cell phone radiation was present.  It is suggested that food sources particularly around concentrated human populations have disappeared due to the extensive use use of pesticides and removal of habitat with our concrete architecture.   These birds rely on small insects whilst rearing young and grains and berries the rest of the year.  It has been noted that House Sparrows have moved away from humans, implying that it has to do directly with our activity in these recent decades.

What can you do to help the House Sparrow?  This article gives some tips on how you can assist with the local House Sparrow population right outside your door.

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Whodunnit? The Risk of Hanging Art in a Public Space….#Nailsworth

Stolen Elephant PrintThis print was taken recently from my exhibition at The Vault in Nailsworth.  It is rather strange and fortunate that although I had hung the original painting which I am very fond of in the exhibition I then changed my mind and switched it for the print.  There is only one print of this painting.  So if you see this anywhere other than in my possession it is the one that has been stolen.  It is sad isn’t it that this should have happened..?

Elephant in Gold


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To My Future Daughter- #Poem

The Contender Magazine

The new magazine The Contender reports political articles quarterly but also includes a variety of other contributions such as this moving poem below by Imogen Broughton.

a Poem about her future daughter by Imogen Broughton

The Contender is a political magazine that is not aligned with any particular party and brings politics to you via a variety of informed writers and through different media.  Artwork featured below is by editor Bradley Young

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Purchase the 38 page A4 high quality magazine The Contender here

Available quarterly.

Image by Bradley Young for the Contender Political Magazine Cover

 

 

 

 


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#Animal #Artist Claudia Hahn

I ventured to Nature In Art to see artist in residence Claudia Hahn who is an amazing animal painter.  She uses all sorts of medium alongside gold leaf and bronze pigments and travelled in India on an elephant to capture pictures of tigers for reference.   I can usually resist a purchase but this time I could not walk away without taking home the print below of “Grumpy Old man”.  See this Tiger print below (still in cellophane hence the highlights!). Find out more about Claudia here.

Photo of artist in residence Claudia Hahn at Nature in Art Glos

Print by Claudia Hahn of a Tiger