Category Archives: Nature

TBT** Ostara carrying the springtime in her hair :)

I made this painting several years ago when I had just starting painting, it was part of a Life Book 2014 lesson taught by Tamara Laporte, I made my version into the goddess Ostara and she is carrying the springtime in her hair!! I love this painting so much, I might even turn it into a greetings card!! :)

OSTARA painting joanne seale


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Bronze leaping cat, Zhou Dynasty, China 400 bc painting

Hi all, I’m sharing some of my painted sketches from a few months ago starting with this one of a bronze leaping cat, I saw it at the British Museum and adored the design, style, aesthetic, the form and colour. It is simply adorable so I decided to sketch it too..
I love this cat..
bronze leaping cat, Zhou Dynasty, China 400 bc painting joanne seale

bronze leaping cat, Zhou Dynasty, China 400 bc painting joanne seale

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RIP my lovely Sydney, I will always love you xxx

My beautiful cat Sydney died on November 3rd 2016, she was 16, I cant look at her picture without crying so I’m going to leave this post at that, but may add to it later on with more details of our life together etc.


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Handmade Green Party Poster :)

Hi all :) I’ve been working on a new paper cutting file whilst trying not to get distracted by my paints.. however I did allow myself painting on Earth Day (April 22nd) and painted a Green Party poster for the general elections which take place here in the UK on May 7th..

Hand made green party poster painting joanne seale

I used lots of different art supplies including matt medium, chalk paint, acrylics, watercolours, pencils, water-soluble crayon and acrylic ink. It now hangs in my window..

This weekend I attended a geology and electronics workshop where we created circuit boards which pick up changes in the earths geomagnetic fields and then tested them at a wooded archaeological site in London.

Here are some photos

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photo 1



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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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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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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 :)

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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