Friday, February 15, 2008

Twilight - Stratford Upon Avon

It was an all day rain when we visited the home of William Shakespeare in Stratford Upon Avon. After lunch at a pub and a look about the streets of Stratford which had a number of interesting shops, we took the tour of Shakespeare's home and grounds. We walked about a mile to the other side of the town to see his burial place in the church. We arrived at 5 pm, unfortunately just after closing. It was quite dark around the grounds of the church; ducks floating on the Avon river in the darkness behind the church. Leaving the grounds and just turning back down the street was this scene with lights on the building shining on the rainy street. There was a remarkable interplay of warms and cools to the delight of the artist. Speaking of cool -- it was a bit too cool and wet and I was very happy to board the train; I remember having to wait about half an hour for it. It was November after all and England is cool and rainy. This piece is about 7 X 10 inches, a pastel on Wallis sanded paper. (Feel free to leave a comment --- I only just put in comment moderation because of a spammer. Friends welcome!!)


Lynn Dykstra said...

I love this, especially the cars in the scene.

Michael Pieczonka said...

this is a nice painting Slim. great job handling that time of day and with the rendering on the wet road.. very convincing.

Slim Johnson said...

Thanks for the comments -- it was fun doing the pastel and fun being there. I remember this spot better than I do Shakespeare's house.