You will now find original oil paintings by Daniel. S. Dahlstrom at Cottage Whimsey (located in Old Saybrook, CT), including “Summer Stroll by the Sea.”
Cottage Whimsey is a great place, with a very friendly staff, to get design and decorating ideas. Here you will find a wonderful selection of unique fabrics and wallpapers, such as Brunshwig and Fils and Ralph Lauren. If you need window treatments (all kinds) please pay them a visit, and you will also find a library of wallpaper books to help in your decorating needs. Cottage Whimsey is located at 1333 Boston Post Road, Old Saybrook, Connecticut 06475. The phone number is: 860.395.0636. I know that you will be very pleased with the service-very friendly and helpful!
“Summer Stroll by the Sea” happened by accident. Dan and I had to make a trip to Massachusetts, and heading back we took a wrong turn. We didn’t care (had all day), and it was a lovely summer’s day–wasn’t really too hot for a July day. Out of nowhere we came upon the state park, beach and food. Dan grabbed his camera and off we headed to the boardwalk, a bench and food. And then we walked–as we rounded a bend, unbelievable vistas greeted us. Dan just started shooting, and planning paintings.
We walked down to the water to check out the waves, and a woman dressed in a long, flowing skirt and braided hair passed us. As she strolled by and away from us, we looked at each other with one of those looks that says “painting”. At one point, she seemed to be alone on the beach; even though, there were children playing, all around us, in the sand with their pails and splashing in the water. But their voices seemed to disappear as she moved away from us, and all you could hear were the waves lapping the shore and the cries of the seagulls.
I felt as if I was standing in one of Dan’s paintings, and I could hardly wait to get home so he could start composing. We wondered where she was going–heading home or walking away from home or just like us, stumbled upon the beach and just decided to take a stroll. She belonged on the cover of a romance novel, and maybe that is yet to come.
“Summer Stroll by the Sea” started at Horseneck Beach State Reservation Park located in Westport Point, MA off of Route 88. The info phone number for the park is: 508.636.8817.
Horseneck State Park is 600 acres of barrier beach and salt marsh located at the western end of Buzzards Bay. The park also touches on Westport River, Westport Harbor, Horseneck Channel, The Let, and Rhode Island Sound-so many places of water to capture on canvas. There is a 2 mile long sandy beach, which provides a place for excellent windsurfing or just plain old walking and exploring, including dunes. Behind the dunes is a campsite providing 100 sites, which is near Gooseberry Neck. And if you enjoy watching birds, this area is one of the ideal spots to do this because of the ocean, beach, and estuary habitat; not to mention an awesome place to paint, photograph, meditate or reflect.
We will be returning in the fall-so many places to set up an easel and do the “painterly” thing, and become inspired!
One of the websites for the park is: www.reserveamerica.com
Hope you get a chance to explore it or just enjoy the park-we are looking forward to our return trip. Wonder if she (the mystery lady) will be walking the beach again?
Take care and wishing you a good one…
Dan (artist) and Nancy (author of the Blog)