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Browsing the tags and other new features

A major event in my artistic life recently has been the re-launch of my website using WordPress, a much more sophisticated content management system than the one I used before. This involves a more direct and simpler presentation that gives prominence to the paintings and drawings without the presence of distracting decorative elements. There are also many improvements in functionality.

For example you can now browse images by such aspects as the year in which they were made or thematic elements  like the inclusion of boats, references to seasons of the year etc. The most reliable way to do this is by clicking on one of the words or numbers listed in the Tags list that appears below the Category at lower right of each image page as shown here.

Location of Tags

You can also try using the search facility at top right of each page. (Some tag names seem to work better there than others bearing in mind that such searches cover more than just the tags).

Another feature of the new website is the improved handling of images themselves. Hovering over the full frame image on a page may well give you a more close up view depending on the digital resolution of the uploaded photo that I currently have in place for that image. At the moment the most recent work shows this best, for example see https://www.hendersonsmith.co.uk/product/goosewing/ as well as https://www.hendersonsmith.co.uk/product/cornish-wrestling/and https://www.hendersonsmith.co.uk/product/confronting-beast-lafrowda-2017/ . In each case you will notice a + sign at top right of the image as well. Clicking on this gives you a larger view of the whole thing and you may even be able to enlarge this to your screen size further using another + sign at  top right of the resulting pop-up. Clicking on the black surround returns you to the page containing all the information about that piece as well as the links to other pages.

Another feature to be found initially on pages about original paintings still available is a view-in-room image which you can access by clicking its thumbnail below the main picture. This means that you no longer have to visit the painting’s page on Artstack to see such a visualisation.

To keep this brief I am not here going to write about the personal symbolism for me of each of the three new paintings whose images you can reach through the links above. Suffice to say that all three spring from my response as an artist to aspects of my current fight with cancer and that further descriptions will appear on their image pages in due course; that too is a useful feature of the new content management system that I intend to make full use of as my website continues to grow.

 

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End of an era – start of a new one?

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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 ( https://www.hendersonsmith.co.uk/product/mad-aviators-lafrowda-2016/ ) 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 ( https://www.hendersonsmith.co.uk/exhibitions/ten-years-lafrowda-paintings-exhibition/ ).

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.