Art and Poetry, Inspiration, “Roses on the Kitchen Table” and a poem by George Eliot

Hi all,

“Roses on the Kitchen Table” an oil painting on linen by Daniel S. Dahlstrom, Chester, Connecticut Artist

“So where does Dan get his inspiration for his paintings?”, a question that we are frequently asked. Sometimes it is as simple as a class assignment, but the artist still has to feel a connection to the subject matter. Thus, the journey to “Roses on the Kitchen Table” begins….

Where did the inspiration for “Roses on the Kitchen Table” come from? This original oil painting of “Roses on the Kitchen Table” was inspired by a still life class, and Dan felt that the flowers looked as if they were picked by his grandmother from her garden, and placed in a glass bottle on her kitchen table-so this scene brought back memories of his childhood. When you look at this painting, don’t you feel as if you have been transported back in time to an old fashioned kitchen?
This painting was strictly composed by using the palette knife-giving the roses strength of color and depth and richness of chroma. Dan’s goal was to create a very old world feeling with this rendering of the flowers. You can really see the depth of the palette knife strokes, and the dimension added to the canvas.

Wouldn’t this make a wonderful Christmas or Holiday gift, and a great addition to your decor?

I always like to pair up a painting with a poem:

by George Eliot

You love the roses – so do I. I wish
The sky would rain down roses, as they rain
From off the shaken bush. Why will it not?
Then all the valley would be pink and white
And soft to tread on. They would fall as light
As feathers, smelling sweet: and it would be
Like sleeping and yet waking, all at once.

Interesting quote and thought for today:

Wishing you a good one and would love to hear from you…thoughts, comments or just hello!

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