Animal Artist ~ Diane Young

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


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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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#Art for Art’s Sake

Sometimes, or maybe even often, I produce pieces of work and dismiss them.  I don’t mean to, I do not think hard about this at all, it just happens.  These pieces surface at times, perhaps when an exhibition is about to begin and I start gathering things together.

My “Stepping Crane” is such a piece, having been exhibited at the Amberley Inn on our “Fish and Ships” PV night and I am pleased to say it is shortly on its’ way to a new home.

Painting of a dancing stepping crane by artist Diane Young Stroud

Stepping Crane, Original SOLD


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#Fish and #Pheasants shimmer and gold.

There is soon to be an exhibition at the Amberley Inn nr Stroud which will include these artworks.  The Koi fish painting was a joy to paint and now needs a nice frame.  The exhibition will start on 1st September more details to follow.  In the meantime here is Halcyon and Wilderness Pheasants with lots of yummy (inedible) gold leaf.

A detailed painting of Koi Carp over river bed stones by artist Diane Young glistening with gold and silver paint

Halcyon – Koi Carp

Image showing 2 pheasants on a gold leaf background by artist Diane Young

Wilderness Pheasants


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Compare & Contrast with #Cows

Highland Cows in the Cotswolds

Having visited Scotland last year I have seen Highland Cattle in fields in their native country,  yet my own photos of Highland Cows are taken very near my home in the Cotswolds where they roam free over hundreds of acres of natural land during the summer months.Highland Cow PHoto by artist Diane YoungSometimes they just stand on the road and the traffic have to wait for them to move.  I love that these cows are extremely docile and have characterful & steadfast faces.

Nosey Highland Cow and Tonal Variation

A helpful way to review tonal variation in a painting is to take a black and white photo.  If you are struggling with a painting and cannot quite figure out hHighland Cow Painting by artist Diane Young Stroudow to fix it a quick snapshot can point out problems in this area.  My black and white photo here shows a good range of darks through to white.  There was just a bit of light shadow to add to the face to finish.Monochrome photo of painting of Highland Cow by Diane Young