Dursley at dusk
(acrylic on acrylic board (297mm x 420mm)
Dursley is a small quiet town, I think, in Gloucestershire. I have visited it once or twice and appreciated it’s English small town qualities and its peaceful demeanour. It has an old town charm, ‘tho nothing to mark it out of great note or distinction that I can recall. I’m probably treating it unfairly.
This image was not taken form a sketch or photo made on any of my short excursions into the town. It was sent me by a friend, who spends a lot of time working in the town and she was walking around at dusk just to take the air, and she snapped this on her ‘phone. She sent me the image, only to portray how bored she was feeling, and how little there seemed to do in Dursley at dusk. Little did she believe that I might use it to make a paining. At that time, neither diid I.
I was however taken by the atmospheric quality of the snap, and the sense of quiet emptiness it seemed to portray, and now some time after the snap was sent, I decided to use it to make this painting.
I know this is not an image that will have great appeal. It’s not in any way picturesque. But I like the way I’ve painted it. It’s atmospheric, like the snap, and I am happy with the absence of detail and broad uncomplicated brushwork.