Hélène Williams

Paintings

OAK AURA

A synergy of watercolour painting and digital techniques. Limited edition Giclee print 28cm x 21cm Framed £55

OAK AURA

 

OAK AURA

This ancient Oak can be found in Blean Woods, Canterbury. It is called the Flat Oak as you can sit within its branches that naturally form a platform. Whilst meditating next to it I envisioned this Saturn ring like aura, swirling around its trunk.

ROOTED HEART

ROOTED HEART

A synergy of watercolour painting and digital techniques. Limited edition Giclee print 40 x 50cm Framed £150

Rooted Heart, envisaged whilst meditating on the root chakra;  the place of the ancestors. Heart painted from a heart-shaped flintstone from Studd Hill beach.

THE TREE OF LOVE

THE TREE OF LOVE

A synergy of watercolour painting and digital techniques. Limited edition Giclee print 54cm x 42cm

TREE OF LOVE

This painting was inspired by meditating next to an olive tree in Crete, where I envisioned a heart inside its trunk.

THE HUG

A synergy of watercolour painting and digital techniques. Limited edition Giclee print framed 45cm x 45cm £150. 16cm x 16cm £45

THE HUG

THE HUG

A RITUAL AMONGST FRIENDS

 

As I walked into the room,

my eyes found your eyes.

We both smile,

as a line begins to be drawn,

from apex to apex,

heart to heart.

A line that tightens

and tightens,

as it reels us in.

Arms reach out and we hold. 

We hold

We hold

and we hold,

embraced by an internal skin.

Your cheek rests on my cheek.

This is a love without sex, 

where we become one.

 

A timeless, silent, snow-filled space.

Enveloped by sensual feeling 

- body, mind and soul.

 

Until broken.

Chatter intrudes.

Back

- from shared spirit .

As we part 

and part 

and part.

I feel the words in my heart,

I love you.

I love you.

I love you.

I am so very glad,

that you are my friend.

FACING NORTH

FACING NORTH

A synergy of watercolour painting and digital techniques. Limited edition Giclee print framed 40cm x 50cm £150

Looking deep through the sea and seabed right into the centre of the earth. 

FACING THE ANCESTORS OF THE NORTH

Not everything can be removed in one wash, like they say. 

We're born, we live, we have things that happen, 

Things that are not as we choose. 

We become and we are,

And we think this is set in stone. 

A flint stone, born in the ground of clay soil,

Under the oak tree in the grass of a garden, of a family. 

Stone can be fossilised,

Or it can be broken down by waves of emotion. 

Pounding and pounding,

trying to unharden, to dissolve, to change.

Years and years and years, it takes.

It holds its memories of pain and regret, 

that stay within its soul. 

 

But a softness may come to that stone. 

 

From dissolution to solution, 

through the unhappiness one climbs,

to come out and be different, 

original, one's own Self.

Self.

Then soften-ing hurt-ed, crusty, sensitive bubbles arise.

And arise and arise and arise and come to the surface. 

They lay on the meniscus, 

the meniscus holds, 

the meniscus holds.  

The sea still rages, it rises in waves, 

it pulsates but the meniscus remains,

as a holding all-together.

And under the water we go down, we go down, 

and as we go down we - 

hit the stones. 

The stones, they are hard, they may hurt, but they do not intrude. 

We go further through sand, 

through rock, 

through rock, 

through that dense chemical hardened igneous, 

set or maybe not so set, 

until we reach the Core. 

The Fire. 

The Pulse. 

The Heart of the Earth.

SOLSTICE ROSE

SOLSTICE ROSE

A synergy of watercolour painting and digital techniques. Limited edition Giclee print framed 40cm x 50cm. £150

Painting of the sun rising out of the sea, painted on the summer solstice; capturing the Divine Feminine.

HYPERICUM, THE MOON LION

A synergy of watercolour painting and digital techniques. Limited edition Giclee print framed 40cm x 30cm £150

HYPERICUM, THE MOON LION

The night I made a moon flower essence from St John's Wort / Hypericum, I dreamt of a gentle lion. I asked the lion what did it stand for. It said not fierce bravery but more of a quiet strength, a deep knowing, not a hope that one will be strong, but a knowing that one 'is'.

SACRAL ROSE

SACRAL ROSE

A synergy of watercolour painting and digital techniques. Limited edition Giclee print 37cm x 50cm £150

A rose envisaged whilst meditating on the sacral chakra - love and relationships.

THE SACRED SACRAL CHAKRA

The sacred sacral chakra,

where emotions can run high.

Where ego lifts its ugly head to rule in dominion,

of absolute power or none at all.

It cannot know that in-between.

That place where relationship comes first.

Ego stands alone.

 

But we were not born as if conjured from thin air,

an ego without soul.

We came from the belly of our mother,

a place of tenderness, togetherness.

The first relationship that holds, protects and nurtures,

this individual self.

Born from this sacred sacral place,

we connect through our metaphoric umbilical chord.

But If this chord is weak and in disharmony, our belly fills with red hot rage.

Emotions turbulate and churn.

There is no holding, no comfortable womb.

Instead, a void of blackness, a negative charcoal grey,

that draws you down

and down and down

you feel you have no root

you feel you have no sense of self

you feel you have no sense of worth

There is fear in this space of severed emptiness.

One cannot know who is friend and who is foe.

 

So, we must dig down, to the underneath.

To the bowl of red ancestral blood that lies below.

Through sanguine roots that safely hold.

For we are not alone.

Our feet touch the soil and our head breathes in the sky.

As a rose of yellow rises, centred in our be-ing.

Gold conjoins to cardinal earth,

an infusion fills the air,

an iridescent, orange glow.

Instead of isolation - we sense the touch of tender unity.

Relationship feeds the flower's bloom.

The rose breathes out, as we breathe in.

We breathe out, as the rose breaths in.

As we merge deeper into this amber realm,

we hear the words;

'you are loved'.

To know this dissolves the void.

Eagle

Eagle

A synergy of watercolour paint and digital process aims to capture the mysticism of nature. Limited edition Giclee print 20 x 22cm cm £65

 I saw this eagle in my mind whilst meditating on the heart chakra. Eagles are thought of as the go-between earth and the other worlds, particularly within Shamanic cultures.

Camlet Moat

Camlet Moat

a synergy of watercolour paint and digital process aims to capture the mysticism of nature. Limited edition Giclee print 16 x 16cm £65

CAMLET MOAT

Nestles in woodland on the North edge of Trent Park, Cockfosters in Hertfordshire. It has been linked to the mythology of King Arthur as a link to Camelot and the Holy Grail. There have been various visions recorded of a white lady, named the lady of Camelot or the Grail Maiden, who exudes love, goodness and affection. This moat is a focal point for several ley alignments creating a portal into other worlds.

This painting is from a vision I had whilst meditating on this moat, representing the chalice and womb held within the map of the landscape.

AMONITUS

AMONITUS Limited edition giclee print, 29 x 17cm framed £55. 60 x 34cm framed: £150

AMONITUS

I had a dream where there was an entrance with steps of Victorian brickwork leading down under water. A few weeks later I undertook a Shamanic journey through a portal into a cave; in the centre was an ammonite submerged in a turquoise pool, lit from an oculus above; a place where the light from the sun touches the ancient deepness of the earth.

The Boundary Oak

The Boundary Oak

A synergy of watercolour painting and digital process. Limited edition Giclee print 51 x 69 cm £65

THE BOUNDARY OAK  

An ancient tree that originally was pollarded to mark a boundary between 3 woods in Blean: Bossenden, N. Bishopden and Church Wood. It stands next to an ancient drove-way called a Radfall, where the nuns of Minster (nicknamed the Mincers), were given permission to drove their pigs. This tree overlooks the site of the last Battle fought on British soil - the Battle of Bossenden where the rebel leader of the poor, Sir John Courtney was killed.

This is a ballad sung to the tune of ‘the Wraggle Taggle Gypsies’ created as part of a ritual marking the boundary of the seasons – Beltaine.

 

A BALLAD TO THE CROOKED OAK OF BLEAN

You hoary old beast I’ve searched for you,

Cross dale and wood for days on end.

I’d even heard that you were dead.

At your dank grave I would attend.

 

Three boundaried woods do meet up here,

Inside your warty, crooked hide,

 A marker for the law and land.

A signpost too for equine ride.

 

Thou Oak hast seen, a thing or two.

A war was held just down below,

Bos’den where brave Courtney laid,

Now all tis left, is a cawing crow.

 

Just to your left a drove way went,

A radfall leading sheep and swine,

By hand the mincers of black ‘n white

Belonging to church, a pious consign.

 

At last in Spring I spied ahead,

A gnarl-ed  pat-ri-ar-chy tree.

There you stood on whitened ground,

Standing alive, as alive can be.

Standing alive, as alive can be.

 

Oak tree painting
STONERISE

STONERISE

A synergy of watercolour paint and digital process aims to capture the mysticism of nature. Limited edition Glycee print 50 x 81cm £80

Image of the sacred energy underneath Stonehenge. Inspired by a meditation that took place during the celebrations of the solstice.

Mount Pantokrator

A synergy of watercolour painting and digital techniques. Limited edition Giclee print 20 x 20cm framed £55

Mount Pantokrator

MOUNT PANTOKRATOR

Meditating in the 17thcentury monastery of Corfu, I visualised being within the heart of this mountain. It has been a spiritual site back to the time when Corfiot’s believed that this rocky edifice was a personification of Dionysus. Still today there are Springtime fertility rites in practise within villages of this mountain.

Finding Artemis

A synergy of watercolour paint and digital process aims to capture the mysticism of nature. Limited edition Giclee print framed 10 x 10cm £55

Finding Artemis

 

FINDING ARTEMIS 

Depicts a vision I had when meditating in the remains of a 3000-year-old temple in Corfu dedicated to the Goddess Artemis.  The antler tree signifies her patronage to wild animals and places. The gorgon with her snakes is an exact depiction from this temple’s carved pediment, representing the ancient beliefs of life, death and rebirth. Her sacred posture in the form of a turning swastika also holds this meaning of the cycle of life, again reflected in the background of blue haired dancers whirling into a spiral.

Aranachula

a synergy of watercolour paint and digital process aims to capture the mysticism of nature. Limited edition Giclee print 10 x 8cm £55

Aranachula

 

MOUNT ARUNACHALA

The sacred Fire Mountain of South India dedicated to Lord Shiva who is said to have manifested as a column of light, then transforming into this peak. Grains of red rock that I’d carried back from this site were put under a microscope revealing this image of a golden swimmer of light.

Tortoise Magic

A synergy of watercolour paint and digital process aims to capture the mysticism of nature. 19 x 29cm £65

Tortoise Magic

TORTOISE MAGIC

Painted in memory of my father, who shared my love for the giant tortoises of Mauritius.

Popocatepetl

Synergy of watercolour paint and digital process Limited edition Giclee print framed 23 x 29.62cm £65

Popocatepetl

During an art residency in Mexico inspired by Homero Aridjis’ poem I painted the famous volcano Popocatepetl with the legendry Quetzalcoatl emerging from its heart.

“Red sun in the west.

Long fixed rays piercing the valley.

Sky tensely blue.

Among the volcanic peaks, the smoking crest of  Popocatepetl.

From its summit, loose rocks roll down, silent, without weight, like a cataclysm without sound.”

New Fire by Homero Aridjis

Mount Ararat

Mount Ararat

Synergy of watercolour paint and digital process, Limited edition Giclee print 20.32 x 15.93cm framed £65

Painted from a visit to Armenia’s sacred mountain which is also considered the resting place of Noah’s Ark.

Terra Mater

Synergy of watercolour paint and digital process, Limited edition Giclee print 36 x 70cm framed £150

Terra Mater

Inspired by viewing clay dug from Studd Hill under a microscope. The clay forms were chosen by their similarity to the ancient alchemical symbol for earth.

Centrum

Synergy of watercolour paint and digital process, Limited edition Giclee print 36 x 40cm framed £120

Centrum

The imagined spiral of life inside a crocus bulb.

Melissa the Bee Goddess

Melissa the Bee Goddess

Synergy of watercolour paint and digital process. Limited edition Giclee print 22.2 x 15.22cm framed £65

Written after visiting the cave of Apollo’s birth in Crete.

“As I stood watching the rising sun over Mirabello Bay something caused me to turn around, and there reflected in the mountainside was the shimmering golden iris of an eye. Following precarious goat tracks with the scorching sun on my back I reached a cavern; a low buzzing sound emanated from within. Entering the mountain I was hit by a deep aroma of damp Neolithic earth. I found myself feeling my way into the darkness towards a dimly lit circle of Stalactites. Inside the circle I paused, it was then I had the most extraordinary experience.

I felt bathed in warm air, as if I was in the breath of the Goddess. The buzzing seemed to surround me; it was like someone had poured honey into every cell of my body, vibrating to the sound of what I can only describe as, ‘Absolute Love’. “

Cocoon

Cocoon

Synergy of watercolour paint and digital process, Limited edition Giclee print 40 x 30cm framed £120

Inspired by viewing parts of a crocus bulb under a microscope.

Bulbus

Bulbus

Synergy of watercolour paint and digital process, Limited edition Giclee print 36 x 40cm £140

Inspired by viewing parts of a crocus bulb under a microscope.

Earth

Synergy of watercolour paint and digital process, Limited edition Giclee print 10.78 x 12.73cm £40

Earth

Inspired by viewing clay dug from Studd Hill under a microscope. Part of the micro/macro series.

Leyliner

Leyliner

Synergy of watercolour paint and digital process Limited edition Giclee print 71 x 36cm framed. £150 20cm x 30cm framed £45

In Whitstable there is a shingle strip that reaches out into the sea that follows the leyline from Canterbury Cathedral. This painting was inspired by part of this shingle viewed under a microscope.

The Earth Listens

Synergy of watercolour paint and digital process, Limited edition Giclee print framed 34 x 46cm £150

The Earth Listens

Painted after undertaking a Shamanic Journey connecting to earth.