“The Maggie P” Fine Art Oil Painting by Daniel S. Dahlstrom, Chester, Connecticut Artist
Interesting story to Dan’s painting “The Maggie P, Old Saybrook”. The “Maggie P”started out its’ life as a tugboat, and ended up in its current location in the late 1800’s or early 1900’s-in Fenwick, Connecticut. The river steamboat captains used this place as an early version of a “man-cave.” And the story goes that it was also used as a special place that housed ladies. Eventually, years later, it ended up as a cute, tiny cottage here on Long Island Sound. It is a landmark of sorts for local residents.
Apparently, you can see this cottage from the 4th hole of the public golf course in Fenwick, part of Old Saybrook.
Dan has always been intrigued by this interesting home, and his inspiration to create a painting came from the famous painting “Motif No 1, and the subject for this painting is the dark, red shack located on a Bearskin Neck Wharf in Rockport, MA. So many artists from around the world have used this red shack as their subject.
The day that Dan went down to “the Maggie P” to photograph, was a beautiful, brilliant day-it had a very tropical look to it. And the swans floating around near the house created a look and feel of peace and serenity. The scene was screaming to be painted.
To begin with Dan blocked out the shapes on the canvas by using a palette knife and then utilized a brush to do the final steps-originally there was a heavy outlay of paint giving it depth. Many of his paintings are started out with the palette knife-you can lay down paint very quickly with the knife. And then brushes are used for the fine tuning, so to speak.
“The Maggie P” is available/on exhibit at a beautiful gallery and gift shop…Fresh Ayer Gallery, Halls Road, Old Lyme, Connecticut. Please stop in and check out this wonderful gallery, and the Town of Old Lyme is pretty neat to visit also–art galleries, Florence Griswold Museum (Dan is working on two pieces that are of the Flo Gris gardens), shops, and restaurants. It is a beautiful and historic town.
Art Quote for the Day:
Bye for now,
Us…Nancy (the blogger) and Dan (the artist)
“Manhatten Mist” a fine art oil painting by Daniel (Dan) S. Dahlstrom is on exhibit and available at the Fine Art at Chapel View Gallery, 4 Chapel View Blvd, Cranston, R.I.
Hope you get a chance to check out the gallery and enjoy all the wonderful art housed in this beautiful space. Their phone number is 401.741.0718.
Where did the inspiration for “Manhatten Mist” develop?
It was a very early misty, December morning in Manhatten, and the city looked surreal, as if it was another world. And not too many people were around so it almost looked deserted, and it was presenting itself as if it wanted to be painted.
Dan was near Grand Central Station, New York, and was just walking around photographing the sights and streets. One of the streets that he was shooting on had depth of field–it disappeared into the mist (low lying fog). The flow of the street had some of the same similarities as the flow of a river, both can seem to disappear into the horizon.
There was a glow to the mist as the sunlight began to burn through it, and Dan wanted to capture this glow onto his canvas. The city reminded him of his landscape palettes–earth tones of browns and grays. His color palette was muted and monotone and his instrument was a brush to create straighter, geometric patterns.
The city was dismal and depressing that day (later in the afternoon, there was a huge snowstorm), but Dan captured beauty in that scene and made it mysterious and ethereal.
So many people have commented that they know where that street is, and have stood on the same spot that he decided to build the painting around. This was one painting that had to be completed in the studio–the street was no place to set up his easel.
Varnish was applied to the finished painting to give it a deeper, richer look. Varnish, in some cases, enhances the painting and gives it a very old, world look.
A series of cityscapes is something that Dan is considering to paint. It will be interesting to see where his journey takes him.
Art Quote for the Day
Please take a look at Fine Art at Chapel View, and let us know what you think. I know you will enjoy your visit.
Wishing you a good one….
Nancy (the blogger) and Dan (the artist)
That should be our mantra for the remainder of 2014—“To Live with Passion!”
What exactly is passion? One definition is: a powerful emotion or appetite, as love, joy, hatred, anger or greed. Another is: boundless enthusiasm.
Viewing a painting can evoke an emotion or emotions and the artist can draw upon emotions to create, whatever the art form is.
Fine Art Oil Painting by Daniel S. Dahlstrom, Chester, Connecticut Artist
“Lynde Point Lighthouse” (Old Saybrook, Connecticut)
And this is Dan’s passion-creating paintings of the lighthouses of Old Saybrook. He has painted the lighthouses in all seasons and different times of day. The creation of this composition came about on an April day-the day we met with our accountant to do the taxes. When we emerged from the building and into the light, we were greeted with this awesome and unbelievable sky. As exhausted and tired as we were (taxes do that) we decided to head to the Lynde Point Lighthouse or also known as the Inner Light, and we hurried because the light was fleeting. Dan’s passion was rising to capture this light and the lighthouse. He always has with him, his camera. He had to photograph the scene because time was of the essence and even if he had his painting gear with him, still no time to capture this light “en plein air” or painting outdoors.
Dan started painting when we got home-this light and colorization of the sky was invigorating, and the result was this painting. The “Lynde Point Lighthouse” is on display and for sale at The Fresh Ayer Gallery, which is located in the Old Lyme Shopping Center, 19 Halls Road, Old Lyme, CT. Their phone is 860.598.9313. Hope you get a chance to stop in and say hello and check out all the wonderful art and gifts!
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Wishing you an awesome one….
Us….Nancy (the blogger) and Dan (the artist)
“Yellow Boat” Fine Art Oil Painting by Daniel S. Dahlstrom, Chester, CT Artist
You are cordially invited to attend:
Featured Artist Exhibition for the Month of July 2014 and Oil Painting Demo by the Artist
Where: Acton Public Library (Grady Thomas Room, 2nd Floor), 60 Old Boston Post Road, Old Saybrook, CT 06475-2200
When: July 2nd to July 31, 2014 (During Regular Business Hours)
Oil Painting Demo: July 12 (Sat) from 11am to noon
~~~~~Public Invited~~~~~~~~~Free of Charge~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
Hope you can attend!
Art thought for the day…..
Wishing you a good one…
Us….Nancy (the blogger) and Dan (the artist)
Just heard the train whistle loud and clear, as it traveled through our town, Chester, Connecticut. That sound lets us travel back into time to a quieter era, and riding the train brings you there to a different place…a slower place. My grandmother, Omi (everyone called her Omi), would get so excited hearing the whistle, and would sit on the porch for hours just listening to it. She always came to visit us in May and would stay for a few weeks, with the intention of sitting and listening. Omi hated leaving the sounds of the train, and I hate it when the train is put away for the season. It does run in December….Santa time, and then the train is quiet until May. So exciting to hear the first blast of the whistle coming through our town.
The train is a wonderful tourist destination….great place to visit.
“Autumn Train” (Essex Steam Train) Fine Art Oil Painting by Daniel S. Dahlstrom
The Essex Steam Train and Riverboat is an historic and beautiful tourist destination. It is a two and a half hour narrated trip that begins at the historic Essex Train Station built in 1892. You actually ride in vintage railroad cars pulled by a steam locomotive-the real deal! Then the Becky Thatcher Riverboat meets the train at Deep River Landing, and from there you embark on a one and quarter hour cruise along the beautiful Connecticut River. From the boat you see Gillette Castle and the Goodspeed Opera House-both interesting tourist destinations, and the local population also enjoys these sights and musical shows on a regular basis.
“The Becky Thatcher” (at Deep River Landing)-Fine Art Oil Painting by Daniel S. Dahlstrom, Chester, CT Artist
This area is Dan’s inspiration to create his paintings-the Connecticut River and other waterways near this river and Long Island Sound. He is constantly painting these views, as they change from season to season and even time of day. There is always something to see on the river, and to capture on canvas.
Did you catch the smoke billowing all around the train-like a bridal veil? He photographed the train coming down the track, as I sat in the car wondering if he is in harms’ way. It makes quite the painting-the smoke wafting up through the fall foliage.
“At Chester” Fine Art Oil Painting by Daniel S. Dahlstrom, Chester, CT Artist
This spot is where the train was passing…such a beautiful train ride through Chester. Did you know a movie was made in Chester–“It Happened to Jane”. It was a romantic comedy and starred Doris Day, Jack Lemmon and Ernie Kovacs, and many locals were in the movie….great dinner conversation!
Thought you might like the following poem by Robert Louis Stevenson:
From A Railway Carriage
Faster than fairies, faster than witches,
Bridges and houses, hedges and ditches;
And charging along like troops in a battle
All through the meadows the horses and cattle:
All of the sights of the hill and the plain
Fly as thick as driving rain;
And ever again, in the wink of an eye,
Painted stations whistle by.
Here is a child who clambers and scrambles,
All by himself and gathering brambles;
Here is a tramp who stands and gazes;
And here is the green for stringing the daisies!
Here is a cart runaway in the road
Lumping along with man and load;
And here is a mill, and there is a river:
Each a glimpse and gone forever!
Inspirational Art Thought for the Day…
Wishing you a good one…..
Nancy (the blogger) and Dan (the artist)
P.S. For the month of July 2014, “Autumn Train” is on exhibit/for sale at the Acton Public Library in Old Saybrook, CT. Dan is the Featured Artist…hope you can check it out, and he also will be doing a demo on July 12th from 11-noon. Another added note: “Autumn Train” did sell and went to a very excited owner, and the demo was a hugh success!
Acton Public Library, Old Saybrook, Connecticut