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

Painting: Stream flowing to the sea, Cot Valley Painting: Summer sea Painting: Leaving harbour, Newlyn Painting: Winter Sun

Hollow lane charcoal drawing





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 ( ) 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 ) 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.

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