Diane Young ~ Artist ~ Printmaker

Every Picture tells a story.


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A Fish Eat Fish World

Since Wrangling with Originality I have decided to revamp my website, no great shakes the content is still the same but it’s a bit more shop orientated.

Still got a bit to do, but sadly the historical “likes” have gone off my static pages.  I do think though that I should thank everyone who has commented on anything on my site, my wranglings or ramblings and my pics, and with a few tweaks to do I will put thismessage on my site somewhere prominent!

It is a fish eat fish world.

ACEO Originals on Ebay by Diane Young


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World of Colour

Not so much blogging this week as I have neglected words for colour issues and other technicalities on my website.  I struggle with choosing colour  for my website background as I think the artwork images should do the work really,  just like an artists portfolio should actually  speak for itself.  I get the feeling that my preference for black is not terribly popular, although really it is difficult to tell.  Feeback from anyone prepared to look is welcome, the more the merrier.  Let’s hope I am going into a purple patch so to speak to reflect my chosen colour !

Commission Me This

as a site has taken form this week too.  The designs on this page are offered to be commissioned either as they are or with slight changes and at a variety of sizes. ACEO ebay this week The Getaway Todays ACEO continues with the mouse and cherry theme….The Getaway.


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Am I Seeing Things?

Blue Fairies by the Canal

I walked this morning along the unused canal near my home.  Hovering alongside the water were many many tiny damselflies. These little creatures are only around 3cm long – tiny, delicate, like little blue flecked fairies.  As I studied them with their framework-like wings and iridescent cerulean blue markings I wondered at such things that people and children might never notice or even know of. There is something heartening about discovering the beauty in nature that gives a sense of lightness to any moment.

Blue Tailed Damselfly

Blue Tailed Damselfly

 

What About The Garden Snail?

The damselflies are surely things of beauty and colour but nature does not have to be so showy to bring an uplifting moment.  Even in our inner cities there is reward for paying attention to nature while in the park or a tiny garden where shiny beetles, spiders weaving, and hopping Robins will reveal themselves, although you have to focus somewhat to feel that awe.  And keep the phone off.

So how about the common snail?  I think that the difficult bit for a lot of us  is the actual act of being still and allowing these moments to unfold, this includes me of course. Also we have to overcome some assumptions. Take the common garden snail. We know what they look like and they are kind of annoying when they are chomping on the hostas and other prize garden plants, so why on earth bother to pay any attention to one?

Snail shell pattern

Here is a snail on my garden pot.  This is surely an amazing feat for a design’ the snail shell and not the pot of course 🙂

The Golden Section

The shell coils clockwise from the centre like most snail shells do.  This is a logarithmic spiral meaning the distances between turns in the spiral increases in geometric progress. The formula for this is the Golden Section.   It is used to approximate good composition in creating images.  Using this ratio helps to construct pictures which are pleasing to the eye.  Nature uses this ratio or rule in all sorts of examples – the approach of a hawk to its prey, the construction of the eye’s cornea, the centre of a sunflower, galaxies and so on.  There are some good examples and explanation of the golden ratio in nature  by GEORGE DVORSKY on this blog.

Slow Down

This may have all got a bit technical, rather the point I was trying to make was about looking at the pattern of the snail shell and seeing how it is both beautiful and remarkable it really is.

If you slow down and stop for a while, and take a good close look around you, even if in the most unlikely of places you will surely be amazed.