Monthly Archives: November 2014

New Painting – Taurus

This was supposed to be a new moth lady but the painting had other ideas.. it wanted to be my star-sign Taurus
painting art  taurus joanne seale
I used an old photo of myself to paint the features, but it does not look like me.

Neither am I that into astrology, although I do think I’m a typical Taurean and I’ve had a few weird zodiac experiences.
Including one night whilst I was chatting to someone in a club and a man who had been staring at me intently all night suddenly ran over and said ‘You’re a Taurus aren’t you!’ to which I replied ‘Yes”, he then said ‘I knew it!’ and stormed off… hmmm

Another time I was watching an Indian rock guitarist practice, he had long black hair which he was shaking whilst being all… rocky.. and I jokingly said ‘You look like a lion’ to which he replied ‘That’s because I’m a Leo, also my last name is Singh, which means lion, and I’m a Sikh’ and then continued prancing about the stage shaking his hair..

In other news.
Last weekend I decided to go to the British Museum and sketch my favourite artefact.
ekpe head dress

It’s an Ekpe head dress worn by the Ekoi people of Nigeria and Cameroon.
The Ekpe (leopard) is a secret society.
Whilst researching further I discovered they invented a form of symbolic script known as Nsibidi.
And a further search revealed that it is related to Veve symbols used by the Vodou of Haiti and South America.
I tried to paint a couple with acrylic ink..
veve heart joanne seale art painting
veve cross painting art joanne seale
This has turned into a bit of a mystical, magical blog post!
Probably because I am reading a lot of fantasy novels at the moment (Hunger Games, Bitterblue) and have also started playing the video game Dragon Age: Origins :) in the run up to playing Dragon Age Inquisition which was released last week and appears to have blown everyone away with it’s storyline, graphics and characters.. I cant wait to play it!!
I’ve been watching the opening scene gameplay on youtube and it is beautiful!!
The lighting, the cool colour of the snow in the warm but crisp sunlight, the sharp contrast and colour of the magical effects, so sparkly and glowy and lush and clear…

That’s it for now!!!

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Working on canvas :)

Hi all, I hope you had great weekends and are looking forward to a fulfilling week ahead :)
I’ve started working on a new Hawk Moth painting and using canvas for the first time.
hawk moth canvas process joanne seale painting art

I’m really enjoying painting on the springy stretched cloth, the paint seems to glide over it very easily, and also dries faster than on paper.
I’ve got a few more blank canvasses to try working on, but they need to be gessoed, I’m using a fairly cheap gesso from ‘The Works’ as I’ve run out of the Winsor & Newton artists gesso, but will be getting more as it’s wonderfully rich, gritty and very very opaque..
I’ve also selected a background for my Oleander moth lady painting.
oleander moth lady background small
I make many backgrounds in advance (it’s very relaxing and intuitive) and select one for each new painting. I find it easier to work like this than in a journal as I can have many pages on the go at one time.
I’ll also be using an old photo of myself to make the Oleander moth lady, which should be interesting to say the least.

In other news I’ve been getting into my audiobooks, I joined Audible earlier in the year and it has opened a new world of fantasy novels to me, I’m a huge fan of films such as Lord of the Rings, Harry Potter and Twilight so it’s been great to get my head into some new stories. Who was it that said, the best screen is the one in your head??
I’ve been ‘reading’ Graceling by Kristin Cashore an amazing fantasy novel about people who are born with ‘graces’, special abilities which are also associated with the phenotype of having mismatched eye colours.
It centres around Katsa who is graced with survival, she is used as a thug to do the bidding of others due to her exceptional fighting ability.
And Po, who is searching for his kidnapped grandfather…
I was totally drawn into this book…
Even the book covers of the series just make me want to stroke them
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I tried listening to The Hunger Games but the narrators voice was so grating that I bought the ebook on Kindle instead as I have the kindle app installed on my phone, I’m about a quarter of the way through and am still making my mind up about it.
I also managed to finish the video game Mass Effect 2, but more on that another time.

That’s it for now.

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Oleander Hawk moth painting

Hi all, I’ve finally finished the Oleander Hawk moth painting I’ve been working on over the last week or so.
It’s a bit wonky and one side is blended a bit better than the other, it was a challenging first effort!!
I will be using it as a collage element in a new moth lady painting :)

oleander hawk moth painting joanne seale
In other news I’ve been nursing a sore leg after pulling a muscle whilst clearing brambles in the garden, it came on really suddenly with intense pain (tears, no sleep) then went away really suddenly after 2 days… hmmm

I celebrated Halloween/Samhain/All Hallows Eve by celebrating my ancestors, I found this poem/prayer online
A Prayer to the Ancestors

This is the night when the gateway between
our world and the spirit world is thinnest.
Tonight is a night to call out those who came before.
Tonight I honor my ancestors.
Spirits of my fathers and mothers, I call to you,
and welcome you to join me for this night.
You watch over me always,
protecting and guiding me,
and tonight I thank you.
Your blood runs in my veins,
your spirit is in my heart,
your memories are in my soul.
With the gift of remembrance.
I remember all of you.
You are dead but never forgotten,
and you live on within me,
and within those who are yet to come.

And resisted buying orange things from the supermarket.
I’ve also been following Rhomany’s vlogoween youtube series here.
That’s all for now.

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