Diane Young

Artist ~ Printmaker ~ Painter ~Every Picture tells a story ~ Artwork ©Diane Young

Sleeping Fox painting by Diane Young available as a Commission Me This Design


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Foxy Reference for a #Collagraph Print

How does your creativity come to you? There are so many different ways and means for us to form our new ideas. If only (sigh) we could produce utterly original work from referring only to the inside one’s head this is in reality impossible. ldeas cannot possibly arrive from nothing can they? Even if you suddenly have this visual composition roaming in your head based on mathematics or a fantasy style painting inspired by a walk in the woods last week, or an abstract work depicting the feeling of being by the sea since your beach holiday these refer to information already stored which has been absorbed from the world outside of you. And of course we are also informed by seeing other artists’ work; whether that art is produced by your friend or your art group or an Old Master of times gone; this could be incidental or deliberate. It is wasted energy trying to avoid what has been seen or done already!

I usually get a pretty fixed idea of how I want something to look and try to find reference for this from all manner of things. I have stores of actual photos, reference books, lots of my own photos of nature despite how rubbish they might be, snaps from TV programmes, and holiday pics on my PC and also digital storage of old drawings and my paintings. Of course the internet is really useful in figuring out the form of say animals in action, or the way the moon reflects on water, plus there are photographers who allow direct referencing to their work too on Facebook, useful obviously if you really have not seen an alligator up close or such the like.

Sometimes I forget about looking at my own work, most of which will not have been used for final work and even if it has I can use bits of it again.

I am in the process of creating a collagraph plate and looking at fox references at the moment. I want one loping along, with a purposeful gait. I had been looking around on the internet to translate my imagining into some sort of reality but (yet again) could not find the exact form I was looking for. After procrastinating (yet again!) I found a photo taken a long while ago of a fox by chance in a lane local to my house. Unfortunately he was looking back so his head is effectively missing.

Thanks to the search documents facility bringing up everything with “fox” in on my PC I could then see that one of my finished paintings could be useful for the fox head. The Fox and The Grapes below is an original painting still and it is for sale.

The painting is 29 x 33 cm priced at £150. If you are interested in the painting please email me here diane@dianeyoungartist.com or message me here on facebook .

The Fox and The Grapes – 29cm x 33cm- For Sale £150

Fortunately I have photoshop so a quick flip and some mucking about with the shapes I have pulled them together and have a perfect reference point to move forward to the next stage of putting my next Collagraph print together. Ta da!

Foxy reference ready for incorporating in my next piece of work!

More of my foxes FOR SALE here –

THE DUCK AND THE JUG FOR SALE £75

The Duck and The Jug – Total size with mount 40cm x 30cm- FOR SALE £75 + P&P

THE FOX AND THE GOLDEN BELL FOR SALE £150

Fox and The Golden Bell – 31 x 38 cm – FOR SALE £150

If you are interested in my work please email me here diane@dianeyoungartist.com or message me here on facebook .


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Sundarbans #Seahorses

I am trying to hold back on this work in progress and not ruin it by any rash decision making.

The seahorses and the arc are collagraph print, and what appears as coral is watercolour based on the pattern made by the Sundarbans where hundreds of rivers meet the Bay of Bengal.


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Sense of Place : Vernacher Stag

This is an original collagraph print made from a combination of my photo of Vernacher Loch in the Trossachs placed as textures of the trees and the loch within in the form of a rutting stag. These beasts naturally inhabit both the Highlands and the North Lowlands of Scotland. We were there in 2017 visiting friends when we went to Vernacher Loch for a walk and a lochside supper when I took the photo; such a serene and beautiful location.

Original hand pulled print for sale (25 cm x 19 cm) £45 incl P&P
Vernacher Loch at sunset 2017


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#Ammonite #Fossil #Collagraph Plate

Some process images.  I have cut through the drawing to directly carve out my mountboard plate.  Glue is applied with cocktail sticks to make the lines which will be highlights or white; a very absorbing task!  The larger image is where I am peeling the mountboard for the required texture. This is then sealed with button polish, dried, inked and printed.

Click Here to find the result!


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Reviewing your own artwork

It is hard isn’t it!  Some decisions on composition are really easy but at other times they are really hard.   I mean there are potentially so many variables, and reviewing the results, deciding on their worthiness is often really difficult.

Sometimes you want a certain detail left in, you think this detail is a good idea!  But for some reason this great idea does not work.  We want the design to hold together well and be more than the sum of its’ parts. Sadly this can mean letting go of something we really would have preferred stayed as part of the composition.

Collagraph print of a remote house on a cliff by artist printmaker diane young stroud

I had wanted  a back drop and small details (telegraph poles) in these small collagraphs (5″ x 7″); but small details on small collagraphs made with mount board do not work so well.  Possibly because working so small is not correct with this medium, or perhaps I need to hone my technique.    I  do like a graphic look, that is with a white background and sharp profile.  I mean what am I doing creating something that does not fit with what I like in the first place!?

Truly I am quite new to the printmaking medium.  And I should experiment,  but my final print below is a lesson in the “less is more” motto.

Having taken out the small details that are not working, and also the backdrop,  this is the final result which I feel works best.

What do you think?

Original hand pulled collagraph print of a house on a scottish mountain by artist printmaker diane young of stroud
For Sale “Away From It All” Click Here


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Merry Christmas with #Collagraph Baubles

Planetary Christmas Card created with collagraphy printmaking by artist Diane Young at Stroud

These are handpressed cutouts with textures added and using different coloured inks including the lovely gold!  As I do not have a press these have been put together in photoshop taking up their correct positions in the universe.   It would probably be a good idea for me to make some more Christmassy prints for next year right now as my Christmas creativity never gets started in time for the current year.


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Christmas Fayre 8th December!

I will have a table at the Kingshill House Christmas Craft Fair in Dursley on Sunday 8th December!  Paintings, and prints, framed and unframed with a few pieces of new printmaking pieces print to boot!
 
“The table plan is done, the makers are busy creating lots of lovely things and the Cam Jammers Ukelele Group have spent weeks practicing their best Carols for us!
 
All we need now is you! Come along between 11am and 3pm on Sunday 8th December and shop until your heart is content.
 
With more than 30 stalls, there’s plenty to tempt you and if you’re a hands on kind of person, we’ll have a (free) ‘mini makes’ station set up with our craft club tutor, Jackie Ginley, teaching you the art of Danish paper folding; no need to book.
 
Lastly, we haven’t forgotten your taste buds; Bacon rolls, delicious homemade soup and scrumptious cakes, hot drinks and mulled wine are all on the menu in the Oldridge Bar!
 
Kingshill House Team”


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Curlew over Lower Burnmouth

My original inspiration for trying Collagraphy was coming across an image on a greetings card by Northumberland artist Carol Nunan and wondering how she produced such evocative work.

After a lot of research and several youtube videos later this image is one of my first ever collagraphs produced by hand.  Needless to say this is not the only one as it takes several if not many goes to get a consistent and successful result.  The beginning of a new creative journey!


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Face to Face – Printmaking

This is one of my series of “Dancer” prints of a red crested crane. The image on the right is the plate that it was printed from.  I love the plates almost more than the prints themselves.  They are a piece of artwork in their own right with textures, carved lines and spaces and items stuck on, finished with a layer of shellac which produces the ochre coloured finish.

One problem I have encountered with printmaking unlike painting is reproducing it digitally here.  Both scanning and photographs do not quite make the grade and (although I say it myself!) the images are much better in the flesh.

The wings are created by using a paper case used for cooking muffins.


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Gold and Silver; Trims and Things

I have turned my attention to some old clothes having scoured the haberdashery and charity shops.  After all, I have a habit of adding gold and silver to my paintings so I thought I might also wear some of the same.

Picture of trim on a jacket with gold and silver

Looks like I have a subconscious colour theme going on…..here is something I made earlier – a small painting called Elephant in Gold.