Monthly Archives: December 2014

Trip to Arundel in West Sussex, UK

A few weeks ago I took a lovely train trip to Arundel in West Sussex.

On arrival I was greeted by the sight of this amazing Norman castle

Arundel Castle

I then had a wander down some of the very pretty and historic streets which seemed to be full of art galleries and antiques shops. I found some lovely vintage suitcases there

Vintage suite case Arundel Vintage suite case Arundel

I explored a few galleries and found some amazing art by Emma Franks

Emma Franks painting

I bought a couple of art cards with her work printed on them.

I then wandered the mile or so down a gorgeous tree-lined lane to the Arundel Wildfowl and Wetlands Centre, and looked at lots of ducks! :)

arundel wildfowl and wetlands centre

arundel wildfowl and wetlands centre

There was an artist open day happening at the visitor centre and I talked to the Roy Kelf, the maker of these exquisite masking tape bird sculptures

roy kelf bird sculpture

All in all it was a super fantastic day out, I think I am in love with Sussex now, it’s so arty, natural and historic, all the things I love in an area :) I cant wait to explore more of this amazing county. :)

On the way home I had the pleasure of waiting for my train in the most comfortable waiting room I’ve ever seen, it had leather sofas, book shelves full of novels and a box full of DVDs!!!

Arundel Train Station waiting room

Thank you Arundel :)

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Life book week 40: Goddess

Hi all, hope you had a fantastic xmas and got some lovely arty presents :)
I’ve been catching up with my Life Book lessons in preparation for starting Life book 2015 in January, YAY!!
goddess painting joanne seale
This lesson was given by the lovely Kate Thompson who is known for her Fractured Angelics paintings. It involved using a variety of mediums that are not usually used together, and some of which are not normally used in paintings.
I made this lesson my own by adding paper cuts and ink drips..
Here are some of the previous stages
photo 1-2
photo 2-2
I added paper cuts made on my electronic cutter, here it is in action :)

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Moth that drinks the tears of birds..

I’ve recently discovered the Madagascan moth Hemiceratoides hieroglyphica, it frequents sleeping birds at night, and drinks their tears.
How cute is that!!..
Hemiceratoides hieroglyphica

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