Sunday, September 21st, 2014
For many years I think I’ve shied away from green. That may sound strange coming from a landscape painter but if you take a really careful look at previous work on my website you will find that out of dozens of images there are only three or four in which greens have anything but a supporting role. Now that number becomes four or five because it was ringing the changes through shades of green that preoccupied me as I completed this small canvas entitled Farmland across the valley ( http://www.hendersonsmith.co.uk/farmland_across_the_valley.html ) . Perhaps what attracted me here was that as the year turned towards autumn there were so many subtle variations of greens interspersed with patches of burnt orange and violet to be found here in the Vale of Lanherne. The warmth that has persisted through September this year also gave me reason to use quite inky blues in areas of welcome shade that throw everything into relief.
Such features as these are what I consider to be matters of abstraction in its true sense; nothing to do with non-recognition of the imagery in a picture, everything to do with exploring those factors internal to a painting that create its appeal.