Inspiration for “The Maggie P” (historic site in Old Saybrook, Connecticut)–an oil painting by Daniel S. Dahlstrom


“The Maggie P” (Old Saybrook, Connecticut) — Fine Art Oil Painting by Daniel S. Dahlstrom, Chester, Connecticut Artist

Hi all,
Interesting story to Dan’s painting “The Maggie P, Old Saybrook”. The “Maggie P”started out its’ life as a tugboat, and ended up in its current location in the late 1800’s or early 1900’s-in Fenwick, Connecticut. The river steamboat captains used this place as an early version of a “man-cave”, and the story goes that it was also used as a special place that housed ladies. Eventually, years later, it ended up as a cute, tiny cottage here on Long Island Sound. It is a landmark of sorts for local residents.

Apparently, you can see this cottage from the 4th hole of the public golf course in Fenwick, which is a section of Old Saybrook.

Dan has always been intrigued by this interesting home, and his inspiration to create a painting came from the famous painting “Motif No 1, and the subject for this painting is the dark, red shack located on a Bearskin Neck Wharf in Rockport, MA. So many artists from around the world have used this red shack as their subject. And I know that one of these days, we will scope out this area, and Dan will find a special something to paint.

The day that Dan went down to “the Maggie P” to photograph, was a beautiful, brilliant day-it had a very tropical look to it. And the swans floating around near the house created a look and feel of peace and serenity. The scene was screaming to be painted. Many times he starts his creative process with his camera. Light is fleeting and so is time…when he can he also enjoys doing the “en plein air ” thing–painting in the fresh air.

To begin with Dan blocked out the shapes on the canvas by using a palette knife and then utilized a brush to do the final steps-originally there was a heavy outlay of paint giving it depth. Many of his paintings are started out with the palette knife-you can lay down paint very quickly with the knife. And then brushes are used for the fine tuning, so to speak. Dan has several students, who take art lessons from him, and one of his students loves to use brushes and paper towels. She works her canvas fervently with that piece of paper towel. So you can use whatever you like to work your magic.

This is the dark, red shack in Rockport, MA that has become so famous—so many artists gravitate toward this place to paint this icon.

A home can be a former tugboat now housed in Connecticut.

“I do not understand how anyone can live without one small place of enchantment to turn to.”
– Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings

Wishing you all a good one….

Nancy (the blogger) and Dan (the artist)

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