Yearly Archives: 2011

Sneak Peek of the Week, Dec 26

This time next week we will be in our beautiful January town of Guanajuato, Mexico. (Be sure to look for next’s week pick of the week!) To prepare for our trip and our subsequent shows when we return to the states, I have been working away in the studio. I am so pleased with the new large pieces, I couldn’t pick just one to show you!

 

5 Dahlquist artworks

5 large pieces drying

 

Stunner waiting for spring!

 

If you are in the market for a large piece, please let me know, and I will send you better pictures when they are completed. These will find homes very quickly, often the large pieces are spoken for before they are even dry!

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The same river?

“You cannot step into the same river twice.”

 

This year Kyle and I drove the country from Florida to the tip-top corner of Washington, passing by thousands of miles of various terrain.  Everything from marshes to mountains to the “empty” spaces that speak so much to me.  It’s at these subtle, nondescript locations all across the country that I take my photographs.  So imagine the wonder when I printed Mile Marker 225 and thought to myself, “This looks too familiar.  Have I printed it before?”

I found the answer to be yes and no.  Searching through my files of finished pieces, I found Mile Marker 181.  Out of the almost infinite number of places I could shoot, I was so drawn to this particular spot that I shot it twice – but in two different years. The angle is a little different, the fields are in different states, but it is a nearly identical shot.  I suppose I was so drawn to this particular vista that I needed to see it again.  Mark the changes.  Check on the river.

 

Mile Marker 225, 35x51

 

Mile Marker 181, 35x51

 

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Pick of the week, Dec 19

One of my favorite things about this time of year is gathering around the dining table (actually one of my favorites any time of year!). So I thought I would share this beautiful dining room in Flower Mound, Texas with you. I know this table is filled with love and merriment. Thank you Christi and Matt for allowing me to share it!

 

Dining room

 

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Picture of the week, Dec 12

reflective (rɪˈflɛktɪv)

— adj
1. characterized by quiet thought or contemplation
2. capable of reflecting: a reflective surface
3. produced by reflection

Landscape photograph on gold painted steel

Mile Marker 219, 23" x 35"

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Words! Words! Words!

Chris Dahlquist's Mile Marker 202

I LOVE words! As a child I was called alternately both a book-worm and a chatter box. I come by it naturally, my grandfather was quite a wordsmith, and  we would play the dictionary game after his sermons, racing to his office to look up the words whose meanings we didn’t know. I still love to play the dictionary game, sometimes spending hours skipping from one word to another in the dictionary, fascinated not only by the meaning but the etymology.

So when challenged recently to identify the thread running through all of my artwork in four words I was intrigued. And as I began to identify my four words I realized that the words I picked describe my creation process, not necessarily the experience of the viewer. Often we need the mirror of another to really understand our own artwork so I queried some friends. The words I received are fascinating and have lead to a great round of the dictionary game. (I am publishing the words as I received them from my friends, repeated words were on multiple lists.)

Which words on this list resonate with you or what words would you add?

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  • Reverent
  • reflective
  • contemplative
  • insightful
  • ageless
  • contemplative
  • serene
  • ethereal
  • mesmerizing
  • alluring
  • meditative
  • enraptured
  • peaceful
  • subtle
  • expansive
  • evocative
  • quiet
  • thoughtful
  • deliberate
  • [/column] [column width=”30%” padding=”5%”]

  • inventive
  • minimalistic
  • nostalgic
  • aesthetic
  • narrative
  • expert
  • seamless
  • efficacy
  • integrity
  • light
  • space
  • open
  • equivocal
  • solitude
  • introspection
  • magnetic
  • reverent
  • [/column] [column width=”30%” padding=”0″]

  • replete
  • whisper
  • luminosity
  • connection
  • hushed
  • presence
  • Limitless
  • Expansive
  • Adventure
  • Free
  • Poetic
  • Reflective
  • Subtle
  • space
  • silence
  • serenity
  • whisper
  • [/column]

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    Picture of the week – Dec 5

    “In the telling and retelling the stories of our past, the events in question become stereotyped and selectively distorted as they become embedded in our collective memory.” Arthur Neal

     

    Landscape photograph on gold painted steel

    Mile Marker 226, 16" x 22"

     

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    My studio soundtrack – Richard Shindell

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    Pick of the Week, Nov 28

    “I wanted to walk straight on through the red grass and over the edge of the world, which could not be very far away.

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    Happy Thanksgiving

    Here is an excerpt from a love letter I read every year at Thanksgiving. It was written on Thanksgiving Day, 1945 by my Grandfather Rev. W.W. Jones to my Grandmother, Adena Jones while he was away in the army. They were newlyweds and they were expecting their first child – my father. I am thankful!

    Mile Marker 235, 16" x 22"

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    Pick of the week Nov 21

    Landscape photograph on gold painted steel

    Mile Marker 187, 23" x 35"

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