Saturday, March 29th, 2014
This March 2014 canvas provided an opportunity for me to recall the solace that light can provide. It was an invitation to give a demonstration to a local art society that brought up the opportunity to begin painting Summer Evening Light, St Ives http://hendersonsmith.co.uk/summer_evening_st_ives.html . This image had in fact been germinating ever since I came across the alleyway it depicts during the 2006 exhibition I held in St Ives. I had pushed and pulled these shapes and colours around in the virtual studio of my computer many times since then and for years had included prints of these experiments on my studio image-wall. What kick-started the physical painting process this year was realizing that this image, with its rectilinear forms and bold variations of blues and yellows would suit the impending demo well. I discovered that a larger size than I’d previously planned for the picture enabled me to more easily demonstrate what I was doing as I blocked in the image on to the canvas in front of all these people. I must say I thoroughly enjoyed the event.
Back at my studio I became involved in the intriguing process of adjusting and re-adjusting the elements of the picture in order to really make the colours sing and as always found that the emergence of this colour-generated light was something truly heart warming. That after all is why I paint.