38th Annual Member Show of the Madison Art Society and Inspiration for “Winter Shadows on Ingham Hill”

Winter Shadows on Ingham Hill

"Winter Shadows on Ingham Hill" Oil Painting by Daniel S. Dahlstrom

Hi All, What happens when you gaze upon a piece of art? Let’s say a painting for example. Are you transported to another time or to another place? And what feelings do you find yourself having-happy, sad, angry, peaceful or wishing for a past experience?
The inspiration for “Winter Shadows on Ingham Hill, 1800” came as a result of an old photograph collection that Dan inherited many years ago from his uncle, who was quite the history buff. We came across this old snow scene of Ingham Hill-the location is not too far away from our house.
Dan wanted to capture that old timey feeling and the peace and tranquility of that era–the
"Winter Shadows on Ingham Hill, 1800"
“Winter Shadows on Ingham Hill, 1800”
landscape was quiet and the noise of any sleighs, traveling that route, would be muffled by the snow-no snowplows in that day and age to wake you in the wee hours of the morning-perhaps just sleigh bells and the soft thuds of horses’ hoofs.
Every time we view this painting, we are brought to a mountain in Vermont-a place where we had a very romantic sleigh ride (with a bunch of other people) on a moon-lit winter’s night. The stars were so bright-you could almost reach up and touch them. “Winter Shadows on Ingham Hill” always make us think of this particular trip. The scene, for some reason, makes us think and feel as if we are in Vermont on that February week-end.
Many years ago, we always ventured to Vermont and Mount Snow for an annual ski trip, and we stayed in the same lodge-right on the slopes of Mount Snow. We took our son, who was into snowboarding, and Dan (the artist) was into skiing. They would spend the entire week-end enjoying the snow, scenery, and the exhilaration of the mountain.
I, on the other hand, stayed in the lodge, and enjoyed a good read and the staff-I enjoyed visiting with them. Our room, had a balcony, which overlooked the slopes, and I would head out (cup of tea in hand), and wait for them (father and son) to make their way down to a designated point on the mountain, at a certain time line. At this point, I could see them (provided they had on very colorful head gear), and they would wave and I back. I would return to the warmth of the room, and they to the unforgiving mountain.
Dan and I would always have one night to ourselves, and the “child” would enjoy many snacks and many movies in the room-everyone was in a land of bliss. And one night, we decided to do the sleigh ride (it wasn’t that cold and there was no wind), and I have always wanted to do a sleigh ride at night. So off we went-it was so enjoyable, and so much fun!
On the top of the mountain, the driver stopped for a pit-stop. And I never miss an opportunity to take a pit-stop-what a long walk to the outhouse, and our driver announced “watch out for any critters.” Dan asked, “Do you really want to do this?” I told him “Keep walking” and I shouted over my shoulder “Please don’t leave!” I was sure that we walked for miles, and the outhouse was very cold and a little windy in there-very drafty. The whole time, I kept thinking about mountain lions, bears, and any critters that go bump in the night. We laugh about this adventure, and reminisce about that week-end, whenever we view this painting-transporting us to a crystal clear, snow covered February night in Vermont.
The painting is a Connecticut scene around 1800, but it makes us think of Vermont-so art can bring you anywhere or make you feel anything. It does not have to be what the artist painted or envisioned to make you travel in your memory or to conjure up your feelings.
Do you have some piece of art that makes you think of a special day or event in your life?
Skiing at Mount Snow

Skiing at Mount Snow

“Winter Shadows on Ingham Hill” is on exhibit/display at the 38th Annual Member Show of the Madison Art Society at Scranton Library, 801 Boston Post Rd, Madison, CT
Show runs from 2/2-3/1/2013
Please call library for hours of operation:
203.245.8722
Opening Reception is Sunday, Feb 10, 2013
from 1:30-3:30. We hope to attend.
Many beautiful pieces of art on display–hope you get a chance to see the exhibit.
Wishing you a good one,
Dan (the artist) and Nancy the blogger
Quote for the day:  “Every child is an artist. The problem is how to remain an artist when we grow up.”   Pablo Picasso
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