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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Playfulness in #Art – #Eagle Print

At times we get so focused on getting really good at an activity that time seems to run out for experimentation and playfulness.

I swim regularly and know that playing in the pool doing roly-polys or attempting handstands increases confidence and can stretch me out of my comfort zone.  Yet on a day to day basis I only allow enough time to use the water to keep fit.

As an artist I like to create pictures that have a fair chance of being successful and that must mean following a well practiced strategy for getting a decent drawing transformed into a painting.Eagle Painting Print by animal artist Diane Young

Playing with materials and ideas helps to break these predictable patterns and although there is a much greater chance of the exercise ending in an image that is far from perfect it is a route to discovering new techniques and allowing pursuit of different  ideas.

The most difficult thing of course is allowing ourselves to have this time to be playful rather than pursuing a direct course to being predictably productive.  The process of discovery through playfulness allows us to develop our practice further rather than stagnating and ultimately becoming bored with what we do.

Yesterday I allowed myself time to play; above is a print of my son’s drawing of an eagle which I transferred onto mdf board alongside is a print of my photo a well known local tree.  I tried putting gold leaf on some buttons as a addition and sprayed around the board with gold laquer.  Who knows where I will go with this, but my nominated play-day is over and now I must get back to work!

 


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#ACEO #Peregrine Falcon #Art with Gold Leaf

Falcons in Art

Earlier this year a bird handler attended an open studio in Stroud with artist Jilly Cobbe who loves to draw and paint birds, especially falcons.  The bird handler brought a female Peregrine Falcon called Sumara and a Kestrel called Spike.  I took lots of photos and used one to paint this ACEO now for sale on Ebay.

ACEO 600dpi Peregrine Gold Photo best


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#Art For Sale @MannJewellers Stroud

Stroud Jewellers featuring my artwork for Sale

I was invited to have some of my work displayed in Mann Jewellers shop in Stroud.  Here are the first few of my paintings and prints which greet you as soon as you walk in through the door!  There will be more there next week including 12″x 12″ Owl and Pussy Cat prints and a large hare with gold leaf!

Mann Jewellers Art Display Paintings by Diane Young of Manic Illustrations

On my way out of the shop I noticed these lovely Da Rosa collection of animal ceramics for sale in the, they look gorgeous don’t they.

Da Rosa ceramics ducks at Mann Jewellers Stroud photo by Diane Young Photo of Da Rosa ceramics at Mann Jewellers of an elephant and a turtle photo by Diane Young

Photo of Da Rosa Ceramic birds in Mann Jewellers Stroud photo by Diane Young

 


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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