Diane Young

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


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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


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Gloucestershire Old Spot #Pig Painting

Painting of a Gloucester Old Spot Pig by Diane Young of Manic Illustrations

….thanks to Boondockers Farm in Oregon for permission to use their photo. These pigs were imported to the US during the 1900’s for breeding. “British folklore claims the large black spots are bruises caused by the apples falling onto them as they foraged the orchard floors for food.”


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Day of Play #Harris’s #Hawk

Some people say Worcester Sauce when they should say Worcestershire Sauce, some people say Harris Hawk when they should call this bird a Harris’s hawk and has something to do with it being named after an ornithologist called, yes you guessed, Harris.

This was my final painting of my Day of Play using texture in the body of the bird.

Textural Painting of a Harriers Hawk by artist Diane Young of Manic Illustrations Stroud


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Time with the Duck in a Jug

Time to make Artwork

You hear of artists taking months or even year or years to paint a  picture.  Obviously they are not painting at it all the time, just as a writer may not be physically writing a novel over that sort of period either.  I have just finished the painting below, but alongside this one I have four other paintings on the go at the moment.  One of these has taken four months or more since its inception before Christmas.  It is now loitering on a table in my studio sometimes becoming buried in paper and sketches, resurfacing to remind me that it still exists and that I need to pursue the finishing touches.  Initially the painting had a lot of momentum, and I have recognised that areas that go slow or even grind to a halt are where there are areas where I was not thorough in my pre-planning.  It is not the painting but the decision making that can take time.  As an artist I might hope that I will find resolve with time almost as if the painting might just fix itself, but  ultimately the decision may have to be forced.

The Duck In a Jug Painting

The Duck In The Jug below was kind of easy.  I had produced an ACEO some time ago along these lines and so I already knew what I was going to do but then I wanted to do a much bigger painting which was a bit more sophisticated and to throw in  the tulips as an extra feature.

And so now I need to get back to some decision making…

Duck in the Jug with Fox Painting by Artist Diane Young Stroud Manic Illustrations