Monthly Archives: October 2012

Dragonfly wings

In my endeavour to create and produce more I’ve tried to paint and draw some dragonfly wings


I guess the colours aren’t very realistic but they are fun :) I used inktense pencils by derwent for the rich translucent hues.

My neighbour has a wildlife pond so I’m frequently visited by dragonflies, damselflies and the odd heron, plus the five juvenile foxes that are currently living at the bottom of my garden use it as a drinking pond..


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Graphic Plants..

Hibiscus by Steven Meyers

Hibiscus by Steven Meyers

After seeing the x-ray plant photos of Steven Meyers

I was inspired to create a video edit that captured the same look and feel.

I filmed plants in my garden using a macro lens then processed the clips with various computer generated effects to create the vivid graphic look of the video below.

The clips were then edited to music and form part of a live cinema performance which will be shown in London.

I hope you enjoy the edit, it’s best viewed in full screen mode. :)

Graphic Plants from Joanne Seale on Vimeo.

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The Spindleberry

I couldn’t resist posting this photo of the gorgeous pink and orange berries found on a Spindle Tree.

Fruit of the Spindle Tree

Spindle Berry

They were discovered during a walk in Kent, growing on chalky soil in a hedgerow.

Apparently the wood from the Spindle Tree is very hard, fine grained, and was used for making into wool spinning spindles and tool handles.

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Humble Umbels…

Cow Parsley seed head

I really love the form of the plants in the Umbelliferae family, I’m entranced by the upward sweeping negative curvature of the flowers (inflorescence), which resembles the inverted circles found in hyperbolic geometry.

Wild Carrot seed head

They are found in the British Isles as the native plants Wild Carrot (also known as Queen Anne’s Lace), Cow Parsley, Hogweed  and many others. Inhabiting the woodland edge, hedgerows and areas of rough grass in the inner city.

So next time you go for a walk, look out for the tell-tale upside down umbrella shapes of this very common plant.

hyperbolic crochet

hyperbolic crochet

I think I’m especially drawn to them due to their illustration of a type of geometry known as Hyperbolic, this natural form can be seen in anything from holly leaves, bracket fungi, corals, kale and sea slugs. It has even been modeled in crochet by Daina Taimiða.

You can also make a model of hyperbolic geometry by joining 7 sided heptagons to form a non-flat surface.

The fabric of space is thought to be hyperbolic expanding infinitely via the folded negative curvature of non-euclidean geometry.

(The Cow Parsley seed head image is available to download as a desktop calendar here)

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