Diane Young

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


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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.


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Original Paintings on #Slate Hearts & more #gift ideas

These large slate hearts are original paintings for sale at £20 each at the Cotswold Craftmen Gallery, Market Street #Nailsworth GL6 0BX

…..along with wonderful designs by other crafts people in jewellery, glass, pottery, wood, mosaics, sculpture, soaps and more ideas for #christmasgifts.

Including my large Moongazing Hare LE print in gold edged frame at just £95!

See the gallery website here

 


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Cotswold Craftsmen Gallery #Nailsworth

Here is the wall with my artwork on display along with other artists and skilled creatives making things in wood, glass, pottery, handmade soaps and much much more!

All at the Cotswold Craftsmen Gallery 3 Market Street Nailsworth, Glos GL6 0BX


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#EGLR Festive Gifts and Art for Sale

The #EGLR (Evesham Greyhound and Lurcher Rescue) event went well, a framed print of Moongazing Hare was sold along with my Peekaboo Owlets and some cards too. Having these beautiful dogs with their owners at an event like this meant it was more like a meeting place and a place for Festive Gifts; it was such a great atmosphere.

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Slate Heart Art Peekaboo Owlets

Painting of a Moongazing Hare with a gold leaf moon by artist Diane Young of Manic Illustrations Stroud

Moongazing Hare

Festive Fayre in aid of Evesham Greyhound and Lurcher Rescue –


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Nosey’s

Three Nosey Originals, each an A4 sized painting in a mount and framed as in the photo below.  Only £95 plus P and P.

 

Nosey Horse Painting in a frame by artist Diane Young


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Commission Your #Dog as a Stylised Character – #Pet Portraits with Flair

Do you think that you might like to commission a painting of your pet? It may or may not be a dog as featured here; any animal will do for an artist interested in animals! Perhaps a realistic portrait is what you are looking for?   Look no further as I can do realistic paintings of animals including dogs just like this one of Fred the spaniel….

A painting of a dog portrait by artist Diane Young

Fred Spaniel Commission

BUT……….what if you want something a bit different?  I have found over time  that there are people out there who like their pets adapted into characters of themselves.  This is where I get the chance to set up a scene based on your idea of your pet with all its’ attributes.

One such commission seen below was based on a dog who was a stray that was adopted into the family. This painting  is the end result of the dialogue between the lady commissioning the painting and myself.  The storyline is that the stray English Pointer arrived at this National Heritage Castle that they managed during Christmas time looking rather forlorn and neglected.  Subsequently he became a very happy family pet.

Commission of an English Pointer painting with gold leaf by artist Diane Young of Manic Illustrations Stroud

Pointer Commission

My latest commission seen below follows on from this with two stylised dog characters, an older staffy type and a young chicken-chasing dachshund cross.  All the characters and the rainbow were requested by the customer.  All details are discussed by email or phone if preferred.  After much discussion emails are sent to the customer with the final composition as a sketch.  And later with the final painting.  It is so rewarding to part with a finished piece to another satisfied customer.

Painting of a stylised character dog pet portrait and some chickens and ducks by artist Diane Young of Stroud

There are many examples on my illustration style gallery here.

Please do not hesitate to get in touch, let’s have a conversation about what you have in mind and I am sure that I could come up with suggestions to get us started on that very original painting.

email me : diane@manicillustrations.com