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Archive for January, 2017

Light through the pines

Friday, January 6th, 2017

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Light through the pines ( http://hendersonsmith.co.uk/light_through_the_pines.html ) came from the sensation of being in the darkness of this woodland whilst aware of what lies beyond. A tantalising glimpse of cool, bright colours hints at a spaciousness that promises to relieve the closed-in sensation under the foliage of these dense pines. Could it be that this image resonated for me with the indomitable optimism that I cling on to in these dark times?

Winter oak

Friday, January 6th, 2017

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It’s in late December, in the northern hemisphere at least, that the anatomy of trees stands revealed. With many, the sycamore and chestnut for example, it’s the skeleton that seems exposed but with an oak I always have a sense of the energy expressed by its muscles and tendons.

Winter oak ( http://hendersonsmith.co.uk/winter_oak.html ) was developed from studying an example of  this species growing out of a nearby field boundary here in Mid Cornwall on a crisp December day recently. Cold sky-blues tell a truer tale than do the warm afternoon sunlight hues that bathe these branches, glowing that way only because the sun’s rays in late December come in at such a low angle, close to the south western horizon.

End of an era – start of a new one?

Sunday, January 1st, 2017

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I’ve arrived at the decision to make 2017 the year of my final Lafrowda Festival Benefit Painting Auction. My reason for this is that a new tradition here in St Columb Major is being launched and I want to support it in a similar way. More than three years after our move here from St Just, home of the Lafrowda Festival, my wife Gabrielle and I are now involved in launching the Our Town St Columb Major Arts and Heritage Project ( https://www.facebook.com/ourtownstcolumb/?view_public_for=150213532127194 ) that aims to support cultural regeneration in this central Cornish community. The project’s first festival is due to take place in August 2017.

This means that the metre square Mad Aviators at Lafrowda ( http://hendersonsmith.co.uk/mad_aviators_at_lafrowda.html ) painting that I made following the inspiration of the July 2016 event in St Just will very probably be the last of that series. Starting in 2002, there have been fourteen of these Lafrowda canvases emerging from my studio. You can see them all in the collection of ‘thumbnail’ picture links below the ‘virtual tour’ on the Ten Years of Lafrowda Paintings page of my website ( http://hendersonsmith.co.uk/PanacrossTenYearsofLafrowdaPaintingsexhibition.html ).

That virtual tour itself records the exhibition that the Lafrowda Festival organisers asked me to put on at Cape Cornwall School in St Just in 2012. I subsequently added four more to the collection and each July since our move in 2013 has seen me back in St Just to soak up the excitement of Lafrowda once again. I’m so pleased that other artists still based in St Just have now started to do something similar for Lafrowda and I very much hope that the tradition of supporting that festival will long continue in this way without me. Incidentally, prints of all those earlier Lafrowda paintings can be purchased by following relevant links on their image pages on my website. I’ll continue to donate proceeds from all such sales to Lafrowda Festival.

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