It’s hardly surprising that some common themes are emerging as I work on my new collection Through Trees to the Sea for my exhibition at The Camel Valley Gallery in Wadebridge, Cornwall in October 2014. There had been an Entrance to a Lane in a canvas made early in the year and a way into the community in the Dusky St Columb painting made shortly afterwards. Now the way through the trees becomes a hollow lane that seems to tunnel its way through the darkness in my latest charcoal drawing. This piece entitled Woodland walk 3, hollow lane ( http://www.hendersonsmith.co.uk/woodland_walk3_hollow_lane.html ) develops the series of drawings that will accompany the collection of paintings that I plan to put together for the Camel Valley Gallery exhibition in the autumn.
These new drawings are successors to previous charcoal sequences ( see http://www.hendersonsmith.co.uk/index_of_drawings.html ) that accompanied other collections. As demanding or more so than creating a painting, the charcoal drawing process requires that everything be communicated by the way this partly burnt wooden twig behaves; smudging the pristine whiteness of the paper, building layer on layer of tone, lending itself to bold gestures and making erased passages take on a positive mark quality of their own. Much has to be achieved with such simple means.