In Dusk, Bridge Hill, St Columb ( https://www.hendersonsmith.co.uk/product/dusk-bridge-hill-st-columb/ ) the lively grey of a road surface seen between spring trees, whose massed buds create a warm bloom, climbs to the hazy rooftops beyond. This gave Tom that opportunity to make his colours sing that he always enjoyed. Seen across the valley, this prospect of St Columb enabled the shapes and colours of the houses to stack up the hillside companionably.
Tom was discovering that, in the presence of trees, colour presented some unexpected ways to express the energy of springtime. In particular, he writes:
‘there is a warm bloom of coming buds, especially evident with oaks, that I’ve loved to see in recent months. In one nearby spot not far from our river, the Menalhyl, I came across a startling foreground of cool green marsh plants. This strong contrast to the warm tree tones seemed electric in the sunshine, generating a buzz that spoke of vernal growth. My recent painting Spring landscape, water meadow ( https://www.hendersonsmith.co.uk/product/spring-landscape-water-meadow/ ) became a way of exploring and celebrating this seasonal energy.’