Animal Artist ~ Diane Young

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


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Day Of Play #Penguin #Painting

This painting was on cartridge paper which is not as satisfying a using watercolour paper. Still it was good to test out the shapes, colour and composition.

Painting of an Emporer Penguin gazing at the moon by Artist Diane Young Stroud

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A Day of Play #Falcon #Painting

Attempt number two for the day …more textures and layers on this Hobby,  an aerialist falcon taking its prey on the wing.

Painting of a hawk with textures by artist Diane Young of Manic Illustrations Stroud


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A Day of Play #Peacock #Painting

Playing with paint sounds like fun but for me it usually ends with frustration, perhaps because I am not really concentrating or taking it seriously and I finish up with a number of sketchy paintings which I really do not like.  I have taught myself to try to ignore this feeling as the act of being undisciplined and attempting to have fun leads to discovering new ways of doing things.   So today I have been having some “fun” with textures.

Sketch Painting of a peacock by artist Diane Young


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#Raven #Painting Original #Art

New Raven Original Painting

Here is my original painting which is now called The Gatekeeper in a nice chunky black A3 sized frame, it is a painting of a raven holding a key.    Ravens are a common feature of ancient religion and mythologies from familiars of witches to the supernatural, from the carriers of  souls and associations with good luck, to trickery and foreboding.  According to legend, the  Kingdom of England will fall if the ravens of the Tower of London are removed; care has been taken to ensure that they continue to inhabit the Tower as they have done now for centuries.

Painting framed of a raven and key gothic art by Diane Youn


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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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Simple Tastes; Happy Times for a #Cat.

Happy Cat Simba

Wouldn’t it be nice to be a cat…. hey I will just take up this cardboard box in the sun, settle down and not worry too much about anything.  I mean what else is there to do.   Simba loves boxes, the rustle of some cardboard and his ears are pricked.  Such simple tastes and happy times.

Cat in a Box in the garden happy as can be photograph by artist Diane Young


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Stone Circles and Tree Roots

A Trip to Keswick Stone Circle

Gambolling free these ancient stones are set high up in the Lake District and surrounded by a circle of mountains.  They have stood here for generations against all weathers looking at the stars and even putting up with the Victorians chipping at them for souvenirs.

Stone Circle at Castlerigg near Keswick photograph by Artist Diane Young Stroud Manic Illustrations

Castlerigg Ancient Stone circle in the Lake District UK

Here at this little “beach” at Loch Venachar in Scotland the bank of this tree has been washed away by the loch over time.  But look closely what has the tree got suspended in its clutches?

Tree roots and beach in Scotland photograph by Diane Young Artist from Stroud

At Loch Vernachar Scotland UK

Poor old Mr Rock ensnared by the trees roots, the rock might be superior in the rock-scissor-paper game but it does not hold true here.  One presumes over time the water will erode the roots perhaps, but I think that rock has got a long wait for it to be set free.

Nature rock inside a tree photography by artist Diane Young Stroud

Large rock ensnared suspended by a tree.