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Archive for November, 2013

A toe in the water

Thursday, November 28th, 2013

A Canadian artist and blogger whose work and ideas I really admire sends out a twice weekly epistle. What he has to say so often hits the nail on the head. Widely read and informed, he recently quoted American Psychologist Abraham Maslow (1908 – 1970):

“A musician must make music, an artist must paint, a poet must write–if he is to be ultimately at peace with himself. What one can be, one must be.”

This artist, Robert Genn then added: “The question for many would-be creators is simply how to get to “must”.” Maslow’s insight and Robert’s comment both ring
very true for me and now at last after a summer and autumn of re-location and of creating a studio here in St Columb I can at last say something about the first couple of pieces I’ve been working on here. They represent a fairly tentative toe-in-the-water start to what I’m aiming to achieve here but telling you about them will anyway help me to move on to more ambitious
projects.

Roots in the River (
http://www.hendersonsmith.co.uk/roots_in_the_river.html ) came from my first walks down the wooded valley that joins St Columb to the sea back in September. Knowing I needed to address an uncomplicated composition to boost my confidence after so long without painting, I found myself drawn to celebrating the relationship of this sturdy tree and the adjoining River
Menalhyl (what a beautiful name!).

Coastal forms, Morgan Porth (
http://www.hendersonsmith.co.uk/coastal_forms_morgan_porth.html ) is the result of first discovering this glorious cove where The Vale of Lanherne meets the sea. In this case it was the contrast between the towering cliffs and the great expanse of gently sloping beach whose pools mirror the forms beyond them that caught my painters eye.

First steps can have a special potency for who knows where they will lead?

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