Diane Young Artist

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


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Sunlight on water

Droplets in sunshine mallard

So lovely to catch the sunlight this morning.

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#Art for Art’s Sake

Sometimes, or maybe even often, I produce pieces of work and dismiss them.  I don’t mean to, I do not think hard about this at all, it just happens.  These pieces surface at times, perhaps when an exhibition is about to begin and I start gathering things together.

My “Stepping Crane” is such a piece, having been exhibited at the Amberley Inn on our “Fish and Ships” PV night and I am pleased to say it is shortly on its’ way to a new home.

Painting of a dancing stepping crane by artist Diane Young Stroud

Stepping Crane, Original SOLD


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From Nuthatch to Peregrine – Birds for Art

Having mainly  focused on birds this year with my painting I fancied engaging more directly with my subject matter by trying out some bird watching.

Symonds Yat in Gloucestershire is known to have a successful breeding pair of Peregrine falcons.

The first reward for me was not seeing a Peregrine but instead two Nuthatches up close and snapping some half decent photos.

Luckily for me some time later I happened to have in sight the take-off point from which one of the Peregrine Falcons took to the wing and soared out across the Wye Valley below us.  There was a nice atmosphere between the regular birdwatchers who enthusiastically share information.  It was nice to get there early before the throng of tourists and walkers poured in nearer to lunchtime, and needless to say that is when I snuck away.

Photo of a Nuthatch sitting on a branchNuthatch pecking at a tree trunk by Artist Diane Young

 

Peregrine photo below is courtesy of Pixabay images.

Peregrine, Falcon, Bird, Raptor, Profile

 


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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