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

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Archive for March, 2016

Dove-tailing

Wednesday, March 16th, 2016

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I’ve coined the phrase ‘dove-tailing’ for the process of interlocking shapes within a picture. It’s a compositional device that once again occurred to me as I worked on a painting inspired by hillside trees and houses in a nearby Cornish town ( http://www.hendersonsmith.co.uk/hillside_trees_and_houses_bodmin.html ). What struck me as I put the finishing touches to this new piece was how reminiscent it was in this way and in terms of colour to a canvas called Town shapes St Just ( http://www.hendersonsmith.co.uk/town_shapes.html ) that I painted in that far westerly town eight years ago. I had long since understood that the warm colour emphasis I brought out in that picture, as well as a similar dove-tailing of shapes, arose from the human warmth that I felt surrounded by in that far west community.

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