The inspiration for “Path at Great Meadows” (Essex, Connecticut) came from Dan’s childhood. The path brings you down to a boat launch, where his parents kept their boat, and the family spent many happy days on the water. Behind the trees was their private picnic spot, finishing off a day of motoring with great food-Dan’s mother was an awesome cook.
When you look at this painting “Path at Great Meadows” do you wonder where this road is taking you, and who else walked this path. I can tell you this was a place that our Lab, Sheba, loved to visit and run away from us. This painting holds many wonderful memories for both Dan and me.
Thought you might enjoy the following poem:
Two roads diverged in a yellow wood,
And sorry I could not travel both
And be one traveler, long I stood
And looked down one as far as I could
To where it bent in the undergrowth; 5
Then took the other, as just as fair,
And having perhaps the better claim,
Because it was grassy and wanted wear;
Though as for that the passing there
Had worn them really about the same, 10
And both that morning equally lay
In leaves no step had trodden black.
Oh, I kept the first for another day!
Yet knowing how way leads on to way,
I doubted if I should ever come back. 15
I shall be telling this with a sigh
Somewhere ages and ages hence:
Two roads diverged in a wood, and I—
I took the one less traveled by,
And that has made all the difference.
This painting is currently available at Fresh Ayer Gallery in Old Lyme, CT with several other paintings done by Dan. Please stop in and say hello and check out all the beautiful art and “things” for sale.
Wishing you a good one!