The composition of “Reflecting” is an October late afternoon scene of Wickford, RI. Dan and I were on our way home from visiting Wickford. As we were leaving town, the late afternoon sun caught our attention, and Dan’s artistic eye. The essence of the day reminded Dan of works by Frederick J. Mulhaupt, who used the same colors as depicted in the Wickford water scene.
The mirror image, reflecting in the water, and the colors just lit up the atmosphere and the detail of the house and trees. Everything was falling into place, and the structure of the painting was a discussion for the ride home.
The structure or composition of “Reflecting” started by laying in the sky and water onto the canvas with a palette knife.
“Working with a knife is a quicker process than using a brush, and I like starting out with this tool, ” stated Dan.
To block out the main shapes in the sky and water, a brush is used at this point. Working the sky and water with a brush strengthens the chroma or color of the composition, and shores up the detailing.
You start traveling through the painting from the lower right hand corner and ride the current around the bend of the house, through the magnificent reflection in the water, and past the late October light illuminating the house and trees. The trees almost look as if they are on fire. What do you think? Feel free to respond!
BY RALPH WALDO EMERSON <
The water understands
It wets my foot, but prettily,
It chills my life, but wittily,
It is not disconcerted,
It is not broken-hearted:
Well used, it decketh joy,
Adorneth, doubleth joy:
Ill used, it will destroy,
In perfect time and measure
With a face of golden pleasure
Fine Art Oil Painting by Daniel S. Dahlstrom–“Reflection of Wickford” (Rhode Island) and this did sell!
Dan will be having a “Meet and Greet Reception” at the Acton Library, Old Saybrook, Connecticut on Saturday, October 10, 2015 from 9:00 until 10:30. We will be in the Community Room on the second floor for the reception, and looking forward to it. His oil paintings will be on display for the month of October. Public is invited and there is no charge.
Wishing you a good one!
Nancy (the blogger) and Dan (the artist)