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Scotland trip Vlog

Hello everyone, I made a youtube vlog about my recent trip to Scotland, I had a wonderful time there.. see more in my vlog here


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I’m still here…

Hi all, things have been a bit quiet here of late, but I am still here! :)
I basically had to ban myself from painting during most of February so that I could work on other projects.
Painting is so addictive, once I’ve set up all my gorgeous colours and surrounded myself with tubes, pots, crayons, pencils etc etc I seem to go into a trance and lose track of time. I felt I was neglecting my paper projects, the house, the garden! etc etc so I imposed a ban! :P
I have allowed myself a little playing in my art journal but my main focus has been on making a handmade book.
Here is a sneak peek at the cover
book cover
I want to use this book as an album for some of my photography and drawings, mainly focussing on architectural styles and design features.
I tend to snap these on my iphone and upload them to Instagram, but a lovely person gifted me a zoom lens for my DSLR and last Sunday I took a trip to Greenwich in South London to test it on my fave type of photography.
Here are a few snaps
The interior of ‘The Painted Hall’
The painted hall greenwich joanne seale
One of the twin Royal Naval College towers
royal naval college greenwich joanne seale
A decorative circular window
decorative window greenwich joanne seale
A pretty decorative Victorian style lantern
victorian lantern greenwich joanne seale
I hope to be back soon with photos of my finished book and February’s calendar art journal page :)

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Cornwall trip – September 2015

I spent a lovely 5 days in Carbis Bay, Cornwall, UK the weather was unusually hot and sunny for late September which was just as well as I wanted to spend as much time as possible walking around the coast, arting on the balcony, watching shooting stars over the ocean and rediscovering some old haunts :)

I had a lovely apartment with 2 balconies (I have a thing for balconies!) which overlooked the bay towards St Ives, and gave spectacular views of the north coast and Atlantic.
Here are a few photos, plus a mini travel video below :)DSC_5379 small

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Morning Walks – Dragons or Griffins?

I’ve been walking between Charing Cross train station in London and my workplace since February, initially as part of a health kick it has now become a habit that I look forward to every week day.
Mostly because of the rich history of the area as depicted in the many styles of architecture and architectural features.
One of the things that struck me was the number of dragons featured on some buildings, I know that the dragon is a symbol of the city of London and is used to mark it’s boundaries but as I wandered around Gray’s Inn I noticed more and more of these mighty beasts on the walls, lamp posts, street furniture etc.
I then realised that most of them were in fact Griffins as this is the ‘Badge’ of The Honourable Society of Gray’s Inn one of the four London Inns of Court.
Here are some pictures
I have adopted this dragon and named him Theodore :) He is in fact the Birch Dragon of Temple Bar and guards the Royal Courts of Justice
Birch dragon temple bar joanne seale
The following are all Griffins found in and around Grays Inn
griffin grays inn
griffin grays inn
griffin grays inn

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Morning walk – London sheep

I’m pleased to be back to full strength and managed to do my morning walk today YAY! London seems to be dotted with these cute colourful sheep at the moment.

London sheep photo joanne seale

I had a pretty restful weekend trying to catch up on sleep lost whilst my ear infection amplified every sound outside and inside, I’m glad I didn’t carry out my plan to move to an isolated peaceful valley in Wales.. :P

I managed to rescue the back of the garden, where the patio has been consumed by weeds, and worked on my sister’s portrait some more, I made some paper cuts from hand drawn flowers which I’ll be adding to the painting.

paper cuts from dand drawn flowers joanne seale

That’s it for now.



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Morning walk and catch-up

It was a glorious morning today, I routed my walk via St Paul’s Cathedral and managed to capture it bathed in the early morning spring sunshine. St pauls photograph joanne seale The warmer weather has given me a boost in energy and I spent the weekend rescuing my garden path which had been choked by weeds and grass. The crazy paving is now weed free and I can see the path again :/ I also took a walk along Charing Cross Road to the Foyles bookstore which had some cute 3d paper cut penguins in the window display. Foyles bookstore penguin window display photograph joanne seale

Which reminds me that I need to make some new paper cutting templates.. watch this space.. I couldn’t resist buying a book and a few other goodies. image

Am looking forward to starting the Infernal Devices series by Cassandra Clare, I want to use the spirograph stencil set and paper napkins in some mixed media paintings and the metallic pink elastic is for a homemade Midori travellers notebook (Fauxdori) that I’m thinking of attempting to make.. I also did lots of arting, working on Tam’s heart lesson and I started a new Nymph painting, look at the state of my desk.. Art space joanne seale That’s it for now!

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Morning walk etc

This morning was warm and sunny with a definite feel of spring in the air! I did my morning walk to the sound of City of Glass (Mortal Instruments book 3) on my audible iPhone app, I think this book is my fave in the series, I had a pre-listen to book 4 ‘City of Fallen Angels’ but didn’t like the narrator’s voice so will be reading that one on Kindle. Here is this mornings photo. Fountain court photo joanne seale I love the filters on my iPhone, (Photoshop express and instagram) they make everything zing, I think I now prefer this camera to my DSLR… And here is a painting background I made a while ago and still can’t bring myself to paint over.. Painting background joanne seale

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