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


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    Mile Mark­er 226, 16″ x 22″


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    My studio soundtrack — Richard Shindell

    The most sem­i­nal moment in my career as an artist was at a music con­cert. Con­tin­ue read­ing »

    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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