Fine Art Oil Painting “Summer Sail on the River” and a Sailing Poem by Walt Whitman “Aboard at a Ship’s Helm”

Hi all,

“Summer Sail on the River” a Fine Art Oil Painting by Daniel S. Dahlstrom, Chester, Connecticut

It was a beautiful day on the Connecticut River, near Hamburg Cove in Old Lyme, which Dan and his friends were enjoying. As they headed to Essex Harbor, a sailboat was approaching them, and the light was hitting the sail just right. Out came the camera, and “Summer Sail on the River” was born.

This painting has a more contemporary look to it, Dan’s choice as he worked on the composition. He introduced his own colors-quite a bit of purples in the hillside, which worked well with the greens and browns.
Looking at this painting, you feel as if the sailboat is coming straight at you and you can sense the wind on your face-the romance of a sailboat. Of course, Dan is out on the river in a powerboat and they were busy circling the boats to get some great shots. No wake was developed that would hinder the sailboats as they enjoyed the summer day. Dan does love the romance of a sailboat, with the billowing sails, but he also enjoys the convenience of a powerboat—getting around very quickly, and not much work to do on this boat—just kick back and watch the crews on the sailboats working. Sailing is not easy!

Walt Whitman was an American poet, essayist and journalist born on May 31, 1819 in West Hills, New York and died in Camden, New Jersey on March 26, 1892.

Thought you might like this poem by Walt Whitman:

Aboard at a Ship’s Helm
Walt Whitman

Aboard at a ship’s helm,
A young steersman steering with care.

Through fog on a sea-coast dolefully ringing,
An ocean-bell–O a warning bell, rock’d by the waves.

O you give good notice indeed, you bell by the sea-reefs ringing,
Ringing, ringing, to warn the ship from its wreck-place.

For as on the alert O steersman, you mind the loud admonition,
The bows turn, the freighted ship tacking speeds away under her gray sails,
The beautiful and noble ship with all her precious wealth speeds
away gayly and safe.

But O the ship, the immortal ship! O ship aboard the ship!
Ship of the body, ship of the soul, voyaging, voyaging, voyaging

“Summer Sail on the River” is on exhibit at the Acton Library, Saybrook, Connecticut until July 31, 2014 (Thursday). Hope you get a chance to check it out!

Us….Nancy (the blogger) and Dan (the artist)

Until next time…..

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