A Day in Vermont
April 3, 2017

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Sugar Snow

We call the late season precipitation here in Vermont “sugar snow”.

Served up with a drizzle of warm maple syrup, it’s a sweet treat indeed.

This painting is my second effort at the same subject.

The first try felt like I forgot how to paint.

Thank goodness I remembered the next day.

Aspiring artists can take comfort knowing that we all struggle from time to time.

It’s a lot like sugar snow…it doesn’t stick around for too long.

Size: 12X16 (auctioned unframed)
Medium: Oil on panel

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63 Responses to “Sugar Snow”

  1. Karen Moorman

    I really like this one It reminds me of the trip up north in Minnesota to a maple syrup farm. Love it

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  2. Steven Heim

    Great painting!
    ….restrained elegance: muted, soft, discreet, subtle, quiet, unobtrusive, unostentatious, unshowy, unflashy, understated, tasteful.

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    • Peter Huntoon

      Thanks very much Steve, let’s plan that B. visit soon!

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  3. Charlene Whitehouse

    I love this painting. Reminds me of growing up and walking threw the woods in the winter time.

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  4. Sandra j Hadley

    What a beautiful painting you do such wonderful work.It brings back so many memories living in Vermont Such. Great state

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  5. Mary McCulley

    You certainly didn’t forget how to paint! I love the almost monochromatic tones of blues, grays and occasional surprise of peeling bark beneath! This makes me want to come to Vermont and check those buckets for any left over “sugar snow”! Thanks for the wonderful portrayal Peter!

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  6. Steve Gilzow

    Quietly powerful, like a fine woodblock print. Love the limited palette, everything muted yet alive. Great design, negative spaces in the branches. You pulled off the challenge of composing the scene with only two trees, rather than following the conventional wisdom that dictates three. I’d say “Bravo” (with an exclamation point) but it feels too loud to type that.

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    • Peter Huntoon

      Good one, thanks Steve! Are you coming this way this year? If you do we will go out and paint.

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  7. cynthia adams

    So Vermont!! Reading the comments is impressive… I too recall having sugar on snow…my sister and I called it snow ice cream : ) Though grayish weather it brings smiles and wonderful memories…Cynthia

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  8. wilma dunphy

    Love this painting. Pictures of sap buckets hanging on trees and of old stone walls are my favorites. My Mom always called it sugar snow also.

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  9. Beth Ruberg

    I love the term sugar snow, which is new to me…I am a NJ resident and primarily visit VT. In the warmer months. The painting is beautiful and makes me homesick for a state I love but only visit.

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  10. Ann

    Beautiful…I remember buckets hanging in my families woods before the pipeline was put in.

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  11. Aprik

    Love this reminds me so much of my family. I own the maple diner in Bridgewater and my brother makes all of my maple syrup so we have seen many buckets. Great job looks authentic

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    • Peter Huntoon

      Thanks Aprik, I’ll have to stop into your place and have breakfast!

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  12. Elaine Lord

    I LOVE this iconic painting of the sweet drip, drip of the sap running into the buckets! For some reason this one made me really homesick for Vermont (we moved 16 years ago).

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  13. Brian Blaine

    “Wow!” I can’t begin to put in words how successful you were in capturing the color, texture, and atmosphere of “sugaring season” in this painting. I anticipate that you will employ oils in your art more and more as time goes on. Great job, Peter. So glad you made that second attempt !

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    • Peter Huntoon

      Funny Brian, I got the watercolors out last week just for fun…for about two hours, then put them away and got the oils back out. Maybe you are right!

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  14. Georgiann Biggio Gongora

    I have the Sugar Hill print which I love because we had a house on a back road in Wallingford that looked just like the print. Love this one as well.

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  15. Joseph Kaiser

    Beautiful painting ! We call it the onion snow here in PA.

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    • Peter Huntoon

      Never heard that one but it makes sense. Thanks Joseph!

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    • Peter Huntoon

      Thanks Claudia for all your support, just shipped your print yesterday. Let’s go paint plein air this summer.

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  16. Betsy Lenora

    This goes on my list of favorites! If my dad were alive, I’d get this print for his birthday – Nov. 17th. I may just order a print for MY birthday- Nov. 16th. It would go well with the one I chose when I won the raffle.

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  17. Debra McMullan

    This is beautiful! I’ve always wanted to visit Vermont, and I would love to try the “sugar snow” 🙂

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  18. James McCormack

    Peter,
    As you know, My mother, Helen Galick McCormack, was the first child born on and grew up on the Galick farm in Westhaven. We were lucky enough to have you paint it in ” Over the hill-The Galick Farm.”
    Helen’s 2 uncles (Steve and Tony Galick) also lived on and worked the farm with her father John Galick.
    As a young boy I remember going out to the Sugarhouses with Steve and Tony and watch them boiling sap fro the many maple trees they would collect sap from. Helen was given 2 gallons of Galick maple syrup annually trough my childhood and young adult life when it probably got to be just to much for men in their 80s.
    Your painting says it all and you have not forgot how to paint!!

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    • Peter Huntoon

      Thanks James, I think we appreciate things more when we understand the work (and love) that went into it. Maple syrup certainly qualifies!

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  19. Brad Hawxhurst

    This painting has to be one of my favorites. It evokes my fondest memories working a sugarbush on Bean Hill in West Glover. I keep in touch with Judd’s Wayeeses Farms on Facebook, and order from them occasionally. To me, this is the essence of Vermont. Oh, by the way, you presented it on my birthday!!

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  20. Rick

    Very Dark and deep for a very light and sweet product…..Vermont Gold ! Great work Peter . Best regards & Happy Easter and Spring………. BFF Rich Stott.

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  21. Vivian Seidler

    Another beautiful painting and memory! Thank you so much, Peter!

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  22. Vivian Seidler

    Another beautiful painting and memory1 Thank you Peter!

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