Hélène Williams

Paintings

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 29 x 17cm Limited edition giclee print £65

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 12 x 12cm £65

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 10 x 10cm

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 £65

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.

The Flat Oak

A synergy of watercolour paint and digital process aims to capture the mysticism of nature. Limited edition Giclee print 26 x 21 cm £65

The Flat Oak

 

THE FLAT OAK

Named by locals from Whitstable, due to its flattened seat formed in the centre of its trunk.

It was a totem for the road protest against the route that the A299 was to take which would have destroyed this tree - the beginning of ribbons being tied to its branches. This is an ancient tradition where the ribbon represents a prayer or wish and a blessing to the tree. This painting was inspired by a ritual that took place around it on the Spring Equinnox.

Sonnet to the Flat Oak    created as part of a ritual marking the Spring Equinox.

Today is the first day of Spring,

When light and dark become of equal part.

Together we gather to form a ring,

Bringing our mind and soul to join with heart.

 

It is to this sacred tree we may come,

Offering gifts of words with love and respect.

To be within nature’s creative hum,

In awe of this hallowed place, we connect.

 

Tis balance from within that matures out.

Like the sturdy Oak growing to become,

An ancient sage that may show we’re nowt,

But humans in a human skin to some.

 

You are the Spring that gives new life to me,

Handing us courage and love, wise Oaken tree.

 

 

 

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 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 £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 27.5 x 60cm £80

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 26.26 x 30cm £65

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 £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 30.48 x 19.52cm £80

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

Bulbus

Bulbus

Synergy of watercolour paint and digital process, Limited edition Giclee print 26.26 x 30cm £80

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 61 x 18cm £80

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 24 x 36cm £65

The Earth Listens

Painted after undertaking a Shamanic Journey connecting to earth.