Hi All, What does inspire you? Let’s start with the two original oil paintings by Daniel S. Dahlstrom-“Lieutenant River” and “The Flow of Two Rivers-Connecticut and Lieutenant River”.
The first painting sold to a very nice couple and found its’ way to a prime spot above their mantle in the living room. They fell in love with the subject matter and the colors, and were excited to find out that it was the right size (inspiration also depends on proper sizing). This artwork brings them great joy and adds to the enjoyment of their home, and also was the inspiration to change the paint color on the living room wall. Perhaps this inspiration to redecorate kept right on going-new pillows, drapes, rugs and furniture. The painting could have brought them to a journey that they were not anticipating travelling, until the painting found its’ way to the fireplace. The happy homeowners could be sitting in their totally reinvented living room admiring their piece of art at this very moment-blissfully happy in their redefined space.
Where did the artist’s inspiration come from to fill that blank canvas with the colors, shapes, and lines that produced the “Lieutenant River.” First, there is a strong love of the area-of the Lieutenant River and the Connecticut River-and this spot depicts the place that the two rivers merge. Dan heads to this area at different times of day and seasons, which produce different lighting and colors. He also decides on size of painting and to frame or not frame-in the first painting, he decided to do two separate paintings that could be put together to make one painting. You may have noticed a line in the middle of the canvas, and that is why-there are two paintings. The art lover used the two pieces as one painting. It is not framed because it is a gallery wrap-around canvas, which basically means the edges of the canvas are painted as part of the scenery.
In the second painting, “The Flow of Two Rivers, we were down by the river on a late fall day, and the light was just perfect for a painting. Because it was late in the day, and the light is very fickle and changes, Dan photographed the scene so he could paint later in his studio. When he receives that hint of inspiration, he likes to get moving on it, and so he started this painting that night. Dan does return to the location several times while he is working on the composition to gather information. Many times, he starts “en plein air” (in the open air), and finishes in his studio.
The two paintings are of the same location, but have a different feel to them, and are two totally different pieces of art.
What does inspire you? Would enjoy knowing…..feel free to let us know.
Wishing you an awesome one and take care,
Dan and Nancy
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