A Journey through Stillness
“Solitude” is a story that combines a seemingly perfect place and a common event. Like all good stories, not everything is as it seems. The antique pond yacht, adorned with a classic white hull and elegant green stripes, rests serenely in an infinity pool. The painting captures the essence of solitude, juxtaposing the yacht’s presence with the ever-changing elements that surround it.
The painting’s focal point, the pond yacht, sits on still waters. This scene is about to drastically change as we see the foreboding horizon, where Rangitoto Island and the dark looming clouds hint at an imminent storm. This dramatic backdrop serves as a symbolic reflection of life’s challenges, reminding us of the world beyond our control.
The pool’s pristine waters, a mesmerising blend of blues, teals, and greens, create a serene environment that contrasts starkly with the stormy sky. The smooth and reflective surface amplifies the stillness, inviting viewers to immerse themselves in the peaceful atmosphere. The play of light and shadow on the water’s surface adds depth and dimension.
At the centre of this captivating scene, the pond yacht exudes elegance and grace. Its sails, rendered in warm tones, pop against the cooler colours of the background. Though motionless, the boat symbolises the potential for exploration and adventure, reminding us that the opportunity for personal growth and self-discovery exists even in solitude.
The choice of subject matter and composition in “Solitude” prompts contemplation and introspection. As viewers, we find ourselves drawn into the narrative of the painting, contemplating our relationship with solitude and the larger world.
“Solitude” invites us to embrace moments of stillness because nothing lasts forever.
Solitude, Oil on Linen 95 cm x 125 cm