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Golden Hill Art: The Paintings and Poetry of Hazel Saville

Hazel Saville

I first began to paint at age 22, having had no art tuition at school. I painted some oils and water colours on and off until I was 24, but was critical of my efforts and discarded most of them as I felt they did not look ‘realistic’ enough. Career, lack of space and the belief that I was ’no good at art’ led me to put my paints aside. Then in October 2006 I had a spiritual experience which motivated me to paint again.

Where to start was a challenge. I thought I had forgotten how to apply paint. In early 2007 I went to a few classes with a local landscape artist which got me started with acrylics, but quickly realised that his style did not convey the feelings and images I wanted to express. Then I started painting intuitively, not knowing how the picture was going to emerge. The results were exciting and spurred me on.

Even now I feel that these works are my most inspired. I had no knowledge of methods, techniques or style to order the free expression of the creative flow. I therefore had to rely heavily on inspiration and allow the creative impulse to flow through me until the works were complete.

You can see many of my original paintings at www.goldenhillart.co.uk

Limited Edition Giclee prints are also available of all my work.

I have worked as a hypnotherapist, healer and workshop leader for the past 11 years. My close rapport with my unconscious mind and Creative Source is also reflected in my art work. You can find out more about this aspect of my life on my website: www.lifechangetherapy.co.uk.

I am also a harpist, songwriter and poet. I live on a farm in West Wales. We have won EU funding to convert the outbuildings at the farm into an art gallery and studio, and therapy and training rooms. The building work is currently ongoing and due to be finished by April 2011. I hope that I will then be more able to integrate my interests. The therapeutic work enables the release of blocks to creativity and empowers us to lead a wonderful life. I am developing new courses to facilitate such work, which will hopefully commence in the summer of 2011.

The Paintings

1 Awakening – On canvas 20×20”

This painting represents for me an image of my own personal awakening, as well as the awakening of the universe. The poem below also expresses something of this concept. It is the first of my Dragon poems.

Blue Suede

Dragon singing with the stars

Dragon
singing with the stars in the all-expanse,
until sky is sung into being,
with galaxies and morning star.

Sing your song, in this eternal moment
when the earth is born.

Flame of beauty, clothing a universe,
forming a flower,
colouring all, riotously,
and scenting summer gardens.

Let your song return to earth.
I am one who will sing with you.

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2. The Cliffs of Ellenore – On canvas 20×16”

The Ellenore paintings began to take form in 2007, and from 2007-8 many of my paintings expressed the magic of Ellenore. A series of poems and a novel, which I am still in the process of writing, further developed the theme. The poem below relates to this picture.

Cliffs of Ellenore

The Cliffs of Ellenore

Let us fly again once more
to the cliffs of Ellenore,
where the mountains touch the sky
and the cliffs rise sheer and high.

Let us gather where the sea
moves in red and gold so free,
by the foam tossed southern shore
of the cliffs of Ellenore.

There the surf surges and sighs,
and the seagull’s screeching cries,
join our own eternal song,
to love’s chorus, ever strong.

At the birth of time we sing
to the soft beat of her wing,
at the shaping of the earth,
we sing the world to birth.

Our song is fierce with joy,
words creating to destroy
all barren hearts, to break
all bonds, that earth may wake.

Let us fly again once more
to the cliffs of Ellenore,
where the mountains touch the sky
let our song rise, soaring high.

May 2008

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3. Fire Dragon- Dragon of the Heart’s Eternal Flame – On canvas 20×16”

This was one of the first images that emerged in the Ellenore/Dragon theme.

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Dragon of My Heart’s Eternal Flame 1

Beat your wings of change Sushay,
to fan my heart’s eternal flame.
So long my heart was in form’s sway
yet now I’d break those bonds away..

My ears were deaf to passion’s tone,
yet from within I hear your truth.
Now in transcendent movement flown,
where bliss beyond belief is known.

My heart unfolds with your delight.
as I touch fire in my soul.
Let your flame shine throughout my night
to draw me to the dance of Light.

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4 Rebirth – On canvas 20×16”

This painting conveys to me an image of the soul moving towards the light. It also carries the theme of rebirth through the material to the spiritual, of the body awakening to its birthright, of the Phoenix being reborn from the ashes of the old.

Rebirth

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5 . Sun Sword – On canvas 20×16”

This painting suggests the image of light penetrating matter, of the wisdom of spirit informing the Earth, and of the Earth receiving the light of spirit.

Sun Sword

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6. Merimer – On canvas 20×16”

This painting developed in line with the poem below.

Merimer

Merimer

Merimer, uncurl from your cave of indigo.

Unfold your wings, diaphanous with moon light.

Clear the old and shake out shining night,
soar with the One, star bright.

Your being fills the void with joy,
pure presence come from All That Is.
Let me dive into the heart of this,
beyond illusion’s emptiness.

Now I will look at all I fear.
No seer of shadows will I be.
Let light transform all that is me,
Let love refine all that I see.

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7. Spring – On canvas 20×16”

My feeling while painting this picture was of the renewal and the rebirth of life after winter. For me, it also suggests the transformation that comes as we open ourselves to the creative flow and allow our lives to be charged with the energy of the Divine.

Spring

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8. Earth Creatures – On Canvas 39″X30″

I painted this outside over the summer and finished it in early October 2010, and it is the biggest painting I have done so far to date. I have enjoyed listening to the different interpretations of the creatures depicted in this painting. Viewers have constructed many images existing here which I had no conscious awareness of.

Earth Creatures

You can find out more, and see many of my original paintings on www.goldenhillart.co.uk

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13 Responses to “Golden Hill Art: The Paintings and Poetry of Hazel Saville”

  1. Carole says:

    Such inspiring art Hazel! An exhilirating feeling to experience them. Makes my chakra’s dance! Thank you for sharing.
    I’ve always wanted to visit Wales, I feel sure I will someday. My ancestral family came from Scotland & England & settled in New Zealand. I love to listen to the harp being played.
    Many blessings,
    Carole.

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  2. Leila says:

    Wow. Your paintings are very beautiful and I love the link between fantasy and reality in them. I like your poems too. Thanks for sharing.

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  3. Helen says:

    Beautiful paintings, poetry and info that, are both inspiring and thought provoking feasts for our eyes and imagination.

    I look forward to seeing more from this talented artist and poet.

    Wishing you all the best in all your endeavors. :)

    Much Love, Helen xxx

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  4. Navdeep says:

    The love song has started,
    the lamps are lit,
    secret messages in colors and words,
    to wake up the self
    and
    others
    to dance in the new day !

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  5. Judith says:

    Hazel, Beautiful, magnificent artwork and your poetry is a very heartfelt rendition of spiritual insight from an awakened soul; thank you for the opportunity to visualise one with source.

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  6. Caroline says:

    Hazel, what beautiful artwork. It speaks to my heart. Thank you for sharing it.

    Wishing you happiness and much love.

    Caroline :)

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  7. Todd says:

    Loved your story! I can relate, I used to draw quite often, but stopped because I let life get in the way, I just started to draw again only about four days ago and I was amazed at how well they turned out! Thank you for the inspiration!!

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  8. Lauren says:

    Hazel,
    Love the painting at the top of the page. It reminds me of the spiral image prevalent in Native American petroglyphs. Also the poetry; I love the metaphors you use to tell the story because, after all, life is a story and to write something so beautiful in so few words is to get to the heart. Thank you very much.
    Love and Light,
    Lauren

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  9. Susan Richards says:

    I can see aboriginal aura in your wonderful artwork Hazel.
    I will always appreciate your brilliance.

    With admiration and appreciation.

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  10. Hi All,

    Thank you all for your enthusiastic and generous comments. Navdeep I really liked your poem too.

    Love & Blessings

    hazel

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  11. wani says:

    Exquisite…Spiritual…mystical…healing…therapeutic…these describe your paintings and poetry. Viewing your artwork draws me into the experiencing of the Divine. I wept as I read your poetry and saw your work. Especially “The Cliffs of Ellenore.” I could hear the sounds of our beloved ocean, and my heart is lifted. Thank you.

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  12. raghu says:

    Wow. I really liked your beautiful paintings.

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  13. Cindy Moore says:

    Such beauty in pen and paint, how wonderful it flows from your creative thoughts…I enjoyed all of it very much.

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