“Salt Island after the Storm, Westbrook, recently sold from the shop Lemon ‘n Lyme, which is a very beautiful gallery and gift shop in Old Lyme, CT. We are very excited, and happy, this was a favorite oil painting of ours. It also is one of Dan’s favorite spots to paint, in all seasons and weather.
“Artist Studio at Weir Farm, Connecticut” is a newer completed piece, and inspiration came from the farm in spring. It was started “en plein air” (in the open air), and finished in the studio. This oil painting was just entered into a juried show-fingers crossed.
Weir Farm in Connecticut is a beautiful destination-an artist can spend days, on the farm, just painting and creating away. We spent a beautiful day there last spring, and will be heading back again, as soon as blossoms are out on the trees and bushes. Dan will be setting up shop with his easel, and I will be entrenched in the car, with a book. It is so peaceful and relaxing at the farm, I can envision us living there.
J. Alden Weir, an artist, owned the farm and used it as a rural retreat to paint. Childe Hassam and John Twachtman were frequent visitors to the farm, and stayed to also paint-it definitely was an artist’s retreat. Dan is very inspired by the choices of color palette that Weir used in his oil paintings, and in some cases, emulates that same color palette. J. Alden Weir’s paintings were a celebration of the Connecticut countryside, and Dan has the same love of Connecticut and its’ vistas.
“Artist Studio at Weir Farm, Connecticut” is an oil painting of J. Alden Weir’s studio, and great delight was taken in capturing this studio on canvas. It was inspiring to be in the presence, so to speak, of such a great artist, and you could feel the energy of all the artists, who have painted on this piece of property-very spiritual.
A quote from J. Alden Weir 1913-“Really, I know not what I am best at. I believe I am a fisherman, dreamer, and lover of nature and like Hokusai if I lived to 102 I might become an artist.”
Have a good one and take care….
Dan and Nancy