Category Archives: Self Care

New Painting * Rise From the Ashes

Hello everyone, I finished another Life Book inspired painting which I’ve named ‘From the Ashes’.
I painted it to explore the situations we can sometimes find ourselves in, when going through a hard time in life, we can feel destroyed, burnt to the ground in a pile of ash on the floor.
I wanted this painting to show how we all have the ability to rise from the ashes and renew ourselves, it takes courage, self-love and determination, but it is possible.

I talk about this more in the video linked below.

from the ashes painting joanne seale


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Life Book 2017 painting – Finding Peace

I finished another life book lesson! This painting represents finding peace within a busy urban environment, as some of you may know in 2015 I experienced a huge change in the peacefulness of my area when a concentrated flight path for Heathrow Airport was diverted to over my home with no warning!!! I am moving!!
Finding Peace painting joanne seale

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New Painting – Inner Strength

I managed to complete a painting over xmas :) it was actually inspired by a Life Book 2017 lesson but looks nothing like it.
It features the solar plexus chakra ‘Manipura’ as I do believe that chakras exist, I’ve only drawn a guy about 3 times so it was a good practice :)
inner strength painting joanne seale

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Hello.. taking things slowly

Hello, I hope you are all well and looking forward to the festive season. I’ve been taking things a bit slowly over the past couple of weeks, mainly because I’ve been catching up on sleep! I had secondary acoustic glazing installed and for the first time in over a year I have not been woken up in the early hours of the morning by aircraft.. whoo hoo. My natural sleep cycle starts at 2-3am so being woken up every morning at 6am was not good!!
So I celebrated by sleeping.. lots.. :)
Last week I went to my first ever life drawing class in Covent Garden, it was a bit nerve wracking but everyone was very friendly and it was great to see lots of different styles of drawing and learn from more experienced artists.
Here is my attempt..
life drawing class

I got some new art supplies, including some amazing FW ink in pearlescent colours.
Whilst creating I often have Twitch Creative open on my ipad and one of the artists I follow called ‘Niffiner’ told me that FW actually stands for ‘F*****g Wonderful’ as the people at Daler Rowney were so impressed with their creation :)
Here are some backgrounds I created using the FW ink, and yes it is F’ing Wonderful!
shimmer pink small
blue abyss small

I will be creating a new paper cutting template this week, one with a festive theme, I’ll also create a tutorial so you can make your own version from scratch.. :)
That’s it for now!

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Morning Walk

It has been a delightful morning, I’ve been continuing my health and wellbeing drive with daily walks, this will be my fourth week of walking and eating 5-a-day (mostly) and I’m definitely feeling better for it, my stomach is flatter, my skin clearer and the initial blisters and sore legs have all gone away.

Its been really nice to connect with the city on foot, I cycle commuted to and from stations for 6 years until a year ago when I felt central London roads were too dangerous. I’ve been missing the sense of being in the city, at street level.

Here is today’s photo, I was inspired by spires and the blue sky.

London photography Joanne Seale



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London walk and graphite face 

This morning I took a stroll pasts the Royal Courts of Justice, I love that archway :)

And here is a quick graphite pencil sketch of a face that I made last night.

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New Painting – Lady and insects

Hi all, I’ve been arting away this weekend whilst the weather here, on the edge of London has been cold, windy and wet.

I took the time to complete a painting that had been sitting in a ‘prepped’ state for months.

indian lady and insects painting joanne seale

I wanted to practice drawing insects using a lot of line work, I’ve realised that my insects tend to lack antenna and legs.. but hey..

I also used it as an opportunity to try out some new fresco finish chalk acrylic paints. I think I like these so much because they look a bit like gouache, but are permanent. I’ve been mixing them with other paints to create some nice tones.. Here is a selection of my blues..

Paper artsy fresco finish chalk acrylic

I also finished a life book lesson by the lovely Tamara Laporte featuring a feather.

Breathe and let go painting joanne seale

During the week I continued to work on my health and well-being, walking for 1.5 hrs per day, and trying to eat 5-a-day… which is a lot harder than it sounds. This week I’m preparing all my lunches in advance to help pack as much juicy goodness into my diet as possible.

Here are some photos taking during my walks through London.


london walks 23rd feb joanne seale

That’s it for now.





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