Solstice Trees and Seas

This winter solstice feels calm, gentle and quite soothing.  I walked out along the cliff path and decided that, in spite of a few party invitations, I would listen to my body/mind and seasonal rhythms and stay at home tonight.  I need quiet, time for reflection and introspection, and think about the forthcoming year and embrace the longest night.

I am painting an illustration for a Canadian author depicting woodland at night with an owl in a tree.  At the moment at night time, I hear lots of owls.  They seem quite vociferous.  Mid-winter is the perfect time to be painting owls and night trees with a full moon.

I noticed in my walk there was a deflated pink party balloon caught on the cliff’s edge, which was the perfect visual metaphor for my decision not to go partying tonight, (pictured below.)  It’s interesting, when you pay attention, and slow down to the natural pulse of nature, how the universe reflects your thoughts back to you.


About alicemason1

Artist, painter. All works on this blog are my copyright. Do not use any works for your own websites, commercial ventures or publicity. If you would like to ask permission to use any works for your own ventures, please email me: or contact via this blog. Again, ALL WORKS ARE MY COPYRIGHT. Ask permission, and I will ask for a donation. Artists need to earn a living. Always credit an artist when you have obtained permission. I am an artist, illustrator and mother and live by the sea in the south east of England. I paint every day and am inspired by nature, mysticism and consciousness.. I hold art retreats in southern Spain. These retreats are for lovers of nature, art, walking, mountains, creativity, dance, music, yoga and meditation. I work alongside other artists to bring about these retreats. All works on this blog are my copyright. Do not use for your own purposes. If you would like to buy rights to use an image, please contact me on or visit my Etsy shop. My Etsy shop:
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3 Responses to Solstice Trees and Seas

  1. what is that liittle spot of red in the first photo..?

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