Shaping a Vision of Cornwall - The Art of Tom Henderson Smith

Painting: Stream flowing to the sea, Cot Valley Painting: Summer sea Painting: Leaving harbour, Newlyn Painting: Winter Sun

Archive for July, 2007

The Ordinalia & the Plen an Gwarry appeal

Tuesday, July 17th, 2007

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(click on the thumbnail for a much clearer view)

This painting is based on the second in the cycle of Cornish Miracle plays from the fifteenth century known as The Ordinalia. It was performed in the Plen-an-Gwary, ( playing place ) in the centre of St. Just-in-Penwith in August / September 2001 by The Ordinalia Company, made up of the people of St. Just and the surrounding area (and a core production team of professional theatre practitioners). The third play in the cycle, The Resurrection, was later presented in August 2002 and THE FULL CYCLE in August 2004.

In the spring of 2007 the Ordinalia’s much loved director Dominic Knutton tragically died and it has been proposed that the hut adjoining the Plen, which was used as a vital backstage area for the productions, should be renamed the KNUTTON hut. The St Just community, represented by the town trust, aims to purchase this structure and develop it as part of the facilities at the Plen. To this end we are raising money so that the trust can buy the hut and the land that it is built on and the total proceeds from the sale of the painting have been donated to this appeal.

Adding a comment

Monday, July 16th, 2007

Your comments are always welcome and this is how to add them. Simply hover the mouse arrow over either the title of a “post” at the top or over the words “no comments” (if there aren’t yet any) or the word “comments” (if there are). The arrow in each case turns into a pointing hand showing you can click to go further. This brings you to a page where you can add your comment under what I’ve written and then submit it. I look forward to hearing from you. 

My folded valley pieces

Sunday, July 8th, 2007

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You may have noticed that among my recent pieces are some that use piano hinges to join two canvases together. These valley pictures are literally folded landscapes, the latest in a genre that I developed around 2003 when I was working towards a show called Valleys and Horizons at the Mariners Gallery in St Ives. Why folded? Two reasons really – it all began with quite a large screen made up of several canvases that I intended to be free standing (I’ve long been an admirer of the so called “Golden screens” of Japan). Then I discovered that the shallow space created by the angle between the canvases somehow gave a boost to the painted space of the picture and that this worked best when the image was one of enclosed landscape space as in a valley. This valley image then became the raison d’etre for using this genre and I started making smaller ones that were designed to either hang on a wall or be free standing on a table or shelf. The new ones that use piano hinges are just the latest generation of such works. An example of these earlier two part images is Cot valley folded diptych.

Starting out blogging

Thursday, July 5th, 2007

me.jpg Welcome to the latest feature of my website, the weblog or blog for short. It’s an area where I hope to interact with visitors to the site rather as I would with visitors to my studio in St Just. I’ll place articles about my work etc in the archive, post ideas and images on a variety of subjects related to the site and be very happy to receive and respond to your comments and questions.

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