“September Shadows”, a Fine Art Oil Painting, History and Inspiration in a Robert Frost Poem

Hi all,

Happy Fall!


“September Shadows” (Pettipaug Yacht Club)–Fine Art Oil Painting by Daniel S. Dahlstrom, Chester, Connecticut Artist

On a September morning, this painting was started “en plein air” (in the open air), and finished in the studio, but final tweaking was done on location.  Dan loves when the colors of fall foliage begins-greens mixed in with shades of yellows, gold, orange and red.

The location, of the painting site, is on the grounds of the Pettipaug Yacht Club in Essex, Connecticut, and permission is required to go on the property-private club. It is also a Sailing Academy-where you can learn dinghy sailing and shell rowing on the Connecticut River. Years ago, we would take our lab, Sheba, for a walk on the property (it is such a beautiful spot)-we did this when the club was closed for the season. Sheba loved her walks there-plenty of fun things for a dog-things to chase, smells to smell, and places to explore. The website for the club is: www.pettipaug.com and you can see for yourself.

Little bit of history. At one time, Essex, Connecticut was originally called Saybrook, Connecticut. Another name for Essex, Connecticut was Pettipaug Point, which meant the spreading cove or inlet from the Connecticut River. (Where the Pettipaug Yacht Club happens to be).

During the war of 1812, Essex, Connecticut was known as Pettipaug Neck. The harbor was a safe place for American Privateers. This was the area that the British forces raided-the harbor in April of 1814, and completely destroyed the shipyard. This raid was the greatest American loss of ships of the entire war.

One of our favorite things to do (Dan and me) is to explore and research the history of his painting sites-a perk of living in New England. There is so much history here-history that I was not interested in as a kid, but now I cannot get enough of it. This must be a side effect of age-learning about the past and bringing it into the now.

Thought you might enjoy this poem by Robert Frost:

“After Apple-Picking” by Robert Frost

My long two-pointed ladder’s sticking through a tree
Toward heaven still,
And there’s a barrel that I didn’t fill
Beside it, and there may be two or three
Apples I didn’t pick upon some bough.
But I am done with apple-picking now.
Essence of winter sleep is on the night,
The scent of apples: I am drowsing off.
I cannot rub the strangeness from my sight
I got from looking through a pane of glass
I skimmed this morning from the drinking trough
And held against the world of hoary grass.
It melted, and I let it fall and break.
But I was well
Upon my way to sleep before it fell,
And I could tell
What form my dreaming was about to take.
Magnified apples appear and disappear,
Stem end and blossom end,
And every fleck of russet showing clear.
My instep arch not only keeps the ache,
It keeps the pressure of a ladder-round.
I feel the ladder sway as the boughs bend.
And I keep hearing from the cellar bin
The rumbling sound
Of load on load of apples coming in.
For I have had too much
Of apple-picking: I am overtired
Of the great harvest I myself desired.
There were ten thousand thousand fruit to touch,
Cherish in hand, lift down, and not let fall.
For all
That struck the earth,
No matter if not bruised or spiked with stubble,
Went surely to the cider-apple heap
As of no worth.
One can see what will trouble
This sleep of mine, whatever sleep it is.
Were he not gone,
The woodchuck could say whether it’s like his
Long sleep, as I describe its coming on,
Or just some human sleep

“September Shadows” is currently at the Killingworth Library, Killingworth, Connecticut and will be on exhibit throughout the rest of the month of September.
Dan is the “Featured Artist of the Month”.

Display case at the library and the HeadLibrarian, Tammy Eustis–very, very nice. We enjoy working with Tammy.

Art Quote for the Day:

Wishing you a good one!


Nancy (the blogger) and Dan (the artist)

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An Artist’s “Meet and Greet” Reception for Daniel S. Dahlstrom at the Killingworth Library, Killingworth, CT

"September Shadows"
“September Shadows” Fine Art Oil Painting by Daniel S. Dahlstrom and is on exhibit/for sale at the Killingworth Library, Killingworth, Connecticut

You are cordially invited to attend:

An Artist’s “Meet and Greet” Reception for Daniel S. Dahlstrom–Featured Artist for the Month of September

Where: Killingworth Library, 301 Route 81, Killingworth, Connecticut—Phone: 860.663.2000
When: September 13, 2014
Tine: 10:00am to 12:00pm (noon) [Dan will be available to discuss his work, inspiration, technique and answer questions]

Art Exhibit is from September 3 through September 27, 2014

~~~ Light Refreshments will be Served ~~~ Public is Invited ~~~ Free

The Killingworth Library

Inside of the Killingworth Library

Quote by Laura Bush:
“Every child in America should have access to a well-stocked library.”

Hope to see you on Saturday, the 13th in Killingworth.

Us–Nancy (the blogger) and Dan (the artist)

Also on display at the library–“White Lily”

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How Did the Yellow Boat Find Its’ Way to the Oil Painting “Yellow Boat”?

Hi All,

Today we are on adventure with Dan, and how he started his creation “Yellow Boat.”

Fine Art Oil Painting "Yellow Boat" by Daniel S. Dahlstrom
“Yellow Boat”–Fine Art Oil Painting by Daniel S. Dahlstrom, Chester, Connecticut Artist

Dan was wandering around the Harvy Beach Area in Old Saybrook, Connecticut and came upon the “yellow boat.” This boat apparently has been in this same spot for many years-a landmark of sorts. So many people when they see the painting comment-”Oh, the yellow boat-have seen it for years”.

It was fun doing a painting of this subject. One never really has to venture too far away from home to find something interesting to paint or photograph.

The day that Dan was at the beach was cloudy and grey with the sun peeking out once in awhile, and the tide heading out. Soon it was going to be low tide, and the water becomes very interesting at low tide.

Inspiration for “Yellow Boat” came from various directions-pink to purple bits of green in the clouds, and the yellow aged boat showing signs of rotting wood, but actually appeared as character lines (like the lines showing up in an older and dignified face). Of course, Dan is always drawn to reflections-the reflections in the water highlighting the post and boat, which made interesting values to be applied to canvas, and the reflections of the colors in the clouds added to this value. The yellow of the boat just popped against the backdrop, and you are drawn into the painting by this subject.

This oil painting is at the Essex Corinthian Yacht Club Art Exhibit and Sale Show “Seasonal Seas”. This show is for the yacht club members and guests, so if you are a member, please check out Dan’s work.

Poem “My Bed is a Boat” by Robert Louis Stevenson

Robert Louis Balfour Stevenson was born on November 13, 1850 in Edinburgh, Scotland and died December 3, 1894 in Vailima, Samoan Islands. He was a novelist, poet and travel writer.

My Bed is a Boat

My bed is like a little boat;
Nurse helps me in when I embark;
She girds me in my sailor’s coat
And starts me in the dark.

At night I go on board and say
Good-night to all my friends on shore;
I shut my eyes and sail away
And see and hear no more.

And sometimes things to bed I take,
As prudent sailors have to do;
Perhaps a slice of wedding-cake,
Perhaps a toy or two.

All night across the dark we steer;
But when the day returns at last,
Safe in my room beside the pier,
I find my vessel fast.

Quote by Franklin D. Roosevelt….

“To reach a port we must set sail-
Sail, not tie at anchor
Sail, not drift.”

Wishing you a good one….Nancy (the blogger) and Dan (the artist)

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“Path at Great Meadows” (Essex, Connecticut) A Fine Art Oil Painting by Daniel S. Dahlstrom, and the Inspiration for this Painting


“Path at Great Meadows” (Essex, Connecticut) Fine Art Oil Painting by Daniel S. Dahlstrom, Chester, Connecticut Artist

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:

The Road Not Taken by Robert Frost

Robert Frost Born March 26, 1874 in San Francisco, CA and died on January 29, 1963 in Boston, MA

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.


Art Thought for the Day



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

Wishing you a good one!

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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
BY
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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