Animal Artist ~ Diane Young

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

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“Fish and Ships” is the title of my shared exhibition with stamp collage artist Rachel Markwick currently on at the Amberley Inn Stroud until the 30th October 2017.We have been lucky enough to have sold some pictures already; this one of mine was sold today.

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

Balancing Act

Currently the ponies painting is a work in progress, it would be great to think I will finish it soon and that (fingers crossed) a space might be made to hang it.

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“The Hottest Day” – Ponies on Minchinhampton Common

Find Rachel Markwick’s website here

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#Robin Song and #Dragonfly tail dipping

These are small things in the scheme of everything, but aren’t they moments that can bring such joy?    The highlights of my walk this morning were amber coloured dragonflies attached to each other in a parallel fashion, with the rear one dipping her tail in the water of the canal.  This I thought must be about laying eggs, and it went on for some time and there were some occasional intruders on the matter perhaps a territorial issue, with other dragonflies.

Walking along the lane I thought I heard the twittering of a bird up in the roof of a house I was approaching.  The song seemed far away.  But as I was searching for the source my gaze landed on a first year Robin singing its heart out but in a beautiful understated way not far from where I was standing.  These birds are not so not so reactive to rush off as their adult counterparts and the song is a practice for their song in times ahead. I needed the internet to confirm this.  I recalled that we did have a robin in the garden some time ago who did exactly the same thing, this is a photo of same Robin and here you can also see the fluffy adolescent feathers.



#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