“Manhatten Mist” a fine art oil painting by Daniel (Dan) S. Dahlstrom is on exhibit and available at the Fine Art at Chapel View Gallery, 4 Chapel View Blvd, Cranston, R.I.
Hope you get a chance to check out the gallery and enjoy all the wonderful art housed in this beautiful space. Their phone number is 401.741.0718.
Where did the inspiration for “Manhatten Mist” develop?
It was a very early misty, December morning in Manhatten, and the city looked surreal, as if it was another world. And not too many people were around so it almost looked deserted, and it was presenting itself as if it wanted to be painted.
Dan was near Grand Central Station, New York, and was just walking around photographing the sights and streets. One of the streets that he was shooting on had depth of field–it disappeared into the mist (low lying fog). The flow of the street had some of the same similarities as the flow of a river, both can seem to disappear into the horizon.
There was a glow to the mist as the sunlight began to burn through it, and Dan wanted to capture this glow onto his canvas. The city reminded him of his landscape palettes–earth tones of browns and grays. His color palette was muted and monotone and his instrument was a brush to create straighter, geometric patterns.
The city was dismal and depressing that day (later in the afternoon, there was a huge snowstorm), but Dan captured beauty in that scene and made it mysterious and ethereal.
So many people have commented that they know where that street is, and have stood on the same spot that he decided to build the painting around. This was one painting that had to be completed in the studio–the street was no place to set up his easel.
Varnish was applied to the finished painting to give it a deeper, richer look. Varnish, in some cases, enhances the painting and gives it a very old, world look.
A series of cityscapes is something that Dan is considering to paint. It will be interesting to see where his journey takes him.
Please take a look at Fine Art at Chapel View, and let us know what you think. I know you will enjoy your visit.
Wishing you a good one….
Nancy (the blogger) and Dan (the artist)