It is almost Christmas, and a cold snap is coming our way. It snowed the other day, and was very seasonal.
Oil Painting “Winter Wonderland” (Elizabeth Park, Hartford, Connecticut) by Daniel S. Dahlstrom
Little bit of information about Elizabeth Park, which is a very beautiful park. If you are in the Hartford, Connecticut area you should visit it. The information was gleaned from their website.
“GARDENS AND GROUNDS OF ELIZABETH PARK
Opened to the public in 1897, Elizabeth Park is the horticultural park of the Hartford park system. Because of its gardens, it has been
called the, “Flower of New England Parks.” The rose garden is the heart and soul of the park and is the first public rose garden in the
country, opened in 1904.
When the city took over the estate from Charles Pond, as Elizabeth Park, there were already a large variety of trees and existing
plantings. The city hired Swiss-born landscape architect Theodore Wirth to design the park. Using his training from his work in Paris
and London, Mr. Wirth created a true botanical park with Victorian formal gardens, which comprise a large variety of flowers, shrubs,
and trees with a country vista as a backdrop.
Elizabeth Park is 101 acres located in both West Hartford and Hartford, Connecticut. For over 100 years, the rose garden at Elizabeth
Park has been an attraction for thousands of people each year. It is a major attraction for Hartford and Connecticut residents and is
considered one of the major tourist destinations for national and international visitors.” (info borrowed from their website).
This is what the gazebo looks like “in- bloom”. It is beautiful in all seasons.
“I prefer winter and fall, when you feel the bone structure of the landscape. Something waits beneath it; the whole story doesn’t show.”
Winter does have a bit of magic to it, and the light is fantastic to paint. And this is how Dan’s “Winter Wonderland” painting evolved.
A photograph of Elizabeth Park in Winter showed up on our Facebook Page-the Executive Director of the Conservatory was driving into
the park on this very snowy, stormy day and just loved how the park was looking and captured it with her camera. I contacted her and
asked permission if Dan could use the photograph as a subject matter for one of his oil paintings. She very graciously agreed and we
were off creating or I should say Dan was off to create. He changed the photograph a smidge because he wanted to enhance his
composition. Artists do that, and he is no exception to that rule.
I thought you might enjoy this poem by John Clare–“The Winter’s Spring
The Winter’s Spring
I never want the Christmas rose
To come before its time;
The seasons, each as God bestows,
Are simple and sublime.
I love to see the snowstorm hing;
‘Tis but the winter garb of spring.
I never want the grass to bloom:
The snowstorm’s best in white.
I love to see the tempest come
And love its piercing light.
The dazzled eyes that love to cling
O’er snow-white meadows sees the spring.
I love the snow, the crumpling snow
That hangs on everything,
It covers everything below
Like white dove’s brooding wing,
A landscape to the aching sight,
A vast expanse of dazzling light.
It is the foliage of the woods
That winters bring—the dress,
White Easter of the year in bud,
That makes the winter Spring.
The frost and snow his posies bring,
Nature’s white spurts of the spring.
Thought for today:
Wishing you a good one:
Nancy (the blogger) and Dan (the artist)