Animal Artist ~ Diane Young

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


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Raptors in Gloucestershire

Painting by Diane Young of the Mythological Thunderbird

Mythical Thunderbird

As Rooks have taken to chimneys where they may have lost their habitat and Peregrines have taken to our urban buildings,  churches and so on in the same way,  I have also learnt today how Little Owls are struggling with their population and are unfortunately not a protected species.

I was invited to listen to a talk on Birds of Prey,  and then happily followed it up with a drink in the Falcon!

The painting above is of a mythological bird is based on Verreaux Eagle native to Zimbabwe.  The Thunderbird has powers over the storms and is currently at Studio 71 ( I mean the painting and not the storms!) and framed for sale.  Message me for further details.

 

 

 

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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.

            

Studio 71 facebook page.


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Sedna in Animal #Mythology

Stories and Mythology in my artwork

Sedna is mythological figure, a Goddess of the sea for the people of the arctic.

The Myth of Sedna

The young girl Sedna was tricked into marrying Raven, and later when her father tried to rescue her by kayak a raging storm brew and her father threw Sedna in to the sea in order to save himself. Her hands clung to the side of the boat and he beat them until her cold and frozen fingers fell into the sea and became sea mammals. Sedna sank under the sea and was transformed into a sea goddess, able to conjure up storms with her rage whereupon shaman must swim down to calm her by combing her hair.

The Innuits survival is dependant upon the success of their hunting animals.  From this is derived a great respect for the animal kingdom.  Part of the myth is that Sedna holds onto the animals if she is displeased with the people ( so that they will not be successful in hunting them)  and untangling her hair is part of the process of calming her.

From this story I created my image of Sedna with fishes swimming amongst her tresses of red hair, she is looking up to the light of the sky on the surface of the water.   The image at the bottom is a painting done some time later showing Sedna sleeping with three seals.

These three paintings on the left seen below featuring Sedna  are for sale in Studio 71 in Totnes.

Studio no 71 Totnes display of mythological Sedna Artwork by artist Diane Young


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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.  Thanks to Tim and Basia Clegg at Studio No 71 here is a collection of my work.

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


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Studio No 71 Today

My Barn Owl painting now proudly sits in the Gallery window in the hope of a new home.

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

Here is some more of my work on display too! A mixture of original paintings and prints.

Studio No 71 Totnes Gallery featuring paintings by artist Diane Young