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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 :)
xJo

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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.

Jo

 

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London walks and a bit of a ramble

Instagram photos from my London walks. London walks photography joanne seale I’ve been on a health kick recently, and started a health and wellbeing regime :) including walking for at least an hour per day and trying to eat 5-a-day (fruit and veg) every day. I’ve been plotting my progress on the fleetly and 5 A Day apps. I’ve really enjoyed the walks and eating healthy food and have realised that trying to eat 5-a-day is as good as being on a diet, you cannot physically eat much more as the fibre really fills you up. Last week I made a some lovely meals including, vegetable curry, cabbage and swede cheesy bake and an oriental aubergine and pepper dish. I’ve also been using my walks as photography trips and for listening to audio books. It was really cool listening to a BBC Radio adaptation of Neil Gaiman’s Neverwhere and passing some of the landmarks mentioned in ‘London Below’ such as ‘The Night’s Bridge’, ‘The Angel Islington’ and ‘The Black Friars’. By the end of the week I had surpassed 7 hrs of moderate exercise and managed 6 days of a full 5-a-day diet. However it was pretty painful, I had 2 inch blisters on my feet, constant headaches and sore muscles in my legs. These have all abated now, the blisters were due to wearing in my new and very lovely Wolky boots, I found that eating sweeter fruit stopped my low blood sugar headaches and my legs are no longer aching after resting them at the weekend. :) I’ve been reading a new series of books (on Audible) called ‘The Mortal Instruments’ by Cassandra Clare The Mortal Instruments book coversand am totally hooked, it’s a really intriguing look into a world of Shadowhunters (Nephilim), Downworlders and Mundanes. Totally immersive and a wonderful way to explore London on foot! That’s it for now, will be posting some new art soon though!! xx

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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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Vlog – October 2014

Hi, I thought I’d make a Vlog as it is Vlogtober after all :)
I take you on a very condensed trip into London where we randomly meet a man carrying a bird of prey, and a first look at my robotic mop from Lidl!! Filmed, edited and uploaded to youtube on my phone :)
Enjoy!


Here is a photo of the man with his Harris Hawk
rasta bird resized
It was just 14 weeks old, reared by its mother and he was just introducing it to humans.
Once fully trained it will be used as a bird deterrent at air fields.

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