Animal Artist ~ Diane Young

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

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New #Bird #Painting – House #Sparrows

My reference for this small painting was a photograph given to me by an elderly neighbour who loved taking pictures of garden birds.  I shall be giving this as a gift to a lady who is 90 years young today.

Sparrows for wweb



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Penny’s Sheep

A sheep from the Trossach’s which does not actually belong to Penny but does wander around her garden and Cottage Holiday Let as it is open to the farmer’s field.

Painting of a horned sheep from Scotland by Artist Diane Young


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When is a Painting Finished?

So When is a Painting Actually Finished?

When it has made it to the bin?  Hopefully not.

I have ready many tips on this and this one sums it up in a great way for me.

Artist Bryan Evans states in The Artist that

“…a painting is finished when it’s not as good as it just was, and is unlikely to get any better.”

Easy to say;, but hard to (cockadoodle) do!

Diane Young post about finishing a painting of a Rooster or Cockerel


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#Rook & #Wagtail

Sandwich hunter Rook from Dartmoor.


Stumpy the Pied Wagtail, who takes half-board at the Hengrove Park Leisure Centre.



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Gloucestershire Old Spot #Pig Painting

Painting of a Gloucester Old Spot Pig by Diane Young of Manic Illustrations

….thanks to Boondockers Farm in Oregon for permission to use their photo. These pigs were imported to the US during the 1900’s for breeding. “British folklore claims the large black spots are bruises caused by the apples falling onto them as they foraged the orchard floors for food.”


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Dartmoor #Rook Painting

Rooks hang around the parking spots on Dartmoor, making cheeky chirpy noises at the visitors in the hope of some sandwich crumbs….

Painting of a Rook by artist Diane Young of Stroud at Manic Illustrations


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Day of Play #Harris’s #Hawk

Some people say Worcester Sauce when they should say Worcestershire Sauce, some people say Harris Hawk when they should call this bird a Harris’s hawk and has something to do with it being named after an ornithologist called, yes you guessed, Harris.

This was my final painting of my Day of Play using texture in the body of the bird.

Textural Painting of a Harriers Hawk by artist Diane Young of Manic Illustrations Stroud