“A great silent space holds all of nature in its embrace. It also holds you.” Eckhart Tolle
I’m excited to release the first of my latest original fine art collection - ‘Stillness Speaks’. Finest oil paintings on a tondo of belgium linen, revisiting my old time signature subject matter of monochromatic mystical landscapes.
Inspired by nature and returning to stillness. It’s when Im in this peaceful state that I feel connected to something greater. And it was during this moment my first painting of the collection ‘Breathing Serenity’ was born.
'Breathing Serenity' (as shown above) seeded in my repetoire one cool wintery evening as I was strolling along the lakeside to ‘That Wanaka Tree’. The sun slipped behind the mountains casting a golden glow which bathed the entire lake, mountains and trees while an intriguing mist lingered from the days constant rain. I couldn’t wait to pick up the paint brushes but with commission work to complete it meant my stretched linen teased me as I demonstrated patience.
As I painted this work, a dream came to mind that I had about 10 years ago (downfall of a strong visual memory). This dream spoke to my soul and remained on the edge of my consciousness with unanswered questions - why did I still remember this dream, why did it keep replaying in my mind since our move to Wanaka. Sometimes we are not ready to accept an insight but through my painting I now understand the message of the dream.
In the dream I was standing on a piece of land elevated enough to see over Lake Wanaka and the snow capped mountains beyond. My children, husband and his parents were beside us as they were visiting from our home town of Waihi Beach. We were standing on the land admiring and showing off the majestic nature of our new town to our parents. It was a misty morning and the scape was a palette of greys, in my mind so so beautiful. I was in love.
What I remember most in this dream was a deep sense of inner connection. That feeling of pure joy, in touch with my essential self and finding ‘home’ within.
In this new collection of ‘Stillness Speaks’ I hope you will also find awareness of nature reminding you there is something greater; a sacred mystery, beauty that cannot be expressed through thought.
And that you will be inspired to take a moment in time to quieten your mind and reconnect with your essential self, a place of pure joy.
“Nature can bring you to stillness. That is its gift to you. When you perceive and join with nature in the field of stillness, that field becomes permeated with your awareness. That is your gift to nature.” Eckhart Tolle.
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Hollie is a New Zealand Artist, who paints full-time in her Mellons Bay garden studio that is surrounded by native bush and birds. Hollie works with heightened colour, light and space. She depicts the power and beauty she sees in her natural environment.
Hollie creates commission work for companies and private collectors. For any enquiries, please contact Hollie.