A Day in Vermont
March 27, 2017

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Wilmington Vermont

There are so many reasons to paint.

A deadline is a strong motivator.

Experimenting with a new color is fun.

I’ve heard tell that painting is a good cure for boredom.

Maybe the best paintings come from a more personal place.

A place where the artist simply has no choice but to try and share something beautiful.

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

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28 Responses to “Wilmington Vermont”

  1. Lauren Johnston

    Your email brings such pleasure. l have been away from VT for many years, but I will always be a Vermonter at heart. Thank you for sharing your talent and view of the many beautiful places in my home state.

    Kind regards,
    Lauren Johnston

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    • Peter Huntoon

      I don’t Cathey, sorry. I will add it to my long list of possibilities however. Thanks!

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  2. Steven Heim

    Good one! I always appreciate the range of color you can pull out of a “grey day”

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    • Peter Huntoon

      Thank you Steve, this one started with a nice transparent underpainting of higher chroma color. I love that cool/warm contrast this time of year.

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  3. vivian seidler

    Love it, thank you! Wilmington is a quaint little town which is just over the mountain from Bennington where I live. The curves and the uphills and downhills are breathtaking at times but such a beautiful trip! The town itself is adorable with many places to visit and some excellent places to eat. A wonderful little Vermont town!

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    • Peter Huntoon

      I hurried through town for this painting, but have made a note to return and explore further, for all the reasons you list. Thanks Vivian!

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  4. Deanie

    Peter, I love your paintings. Sometimes, though, I love what you say in your comments. The thoughts are special…

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    • Peter Huntoon

      Some paintings, and thoughts, are better than others for sure, Deanie. Thank you!

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  5. cynthia adams

    Brightens this Monday! Always glad to see old mills and other bldgs still utilized.Slanted window in old home is an icon. Enjoy your personal description for reasons to paint. NO SNOW?? Wish I could see the ground @ home. Glad the town is doing well…I recall Irene did a lot of damage. Cynthia

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    • Nelson Jaquay

      Love the handle “lazy window” for those windows tilted in above another roofline.

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    • Peter Huntoon

      Thanks Cynthia, there is still snow here where I live, and in fact I’m about to start next Mondays painting today. Hint: It will have snow.

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  6. Brian Blaine

    The best paintings do come, no doubt, from “a more personal place”. Colors, values, compositions come in virtually infinite variety and combination, but I personally feel that it is mainly from the artist’s deepest self that the art work can evolve beyond a simple picture and mature to become a message of greater truths , speaking to the heart and soul.

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    • Peter Huntoon

      Indeed Brian, the best paintings seem to paint themselves, as if the self conscious ego is bypassed and a direct conduit to some inner truth is connected. If only we could tap into at will. It seems to come and go of it’s own accord…but I have found that the harder and longer I work, the more often it flows.

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      • Doris Michel

        I agree with you, Peter. The most important push for painting is the flow. The “thing” has to catch your mind and your hand. The other important factor is your technique. It allows you to be a fast painter. And at last: You are not afraid of the efforts, the hints of wheather and lonely places. Greetings from sunny Duisburg.

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  7. Susan Roberts

    So nice…love the details, the splashes of color, etc….I can look & linger on this painting for the longest time!

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    • Peter Huntoon

      Not currently Gloria, at least not in an official or formal way. Maybe someday. I have been taking time off from teaching to explore my own path in earnest. If you want to visit my studio and chat for a bit, happy to do that.

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  8. Gloria

    So fresh, so spontaneous. You remind me a little of Utrillo, and also one of the Bucks Count impressionists, Walter Baum.

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  9. Janet Bliss

    Loved this picture! I am curious: with what color did you experiment? I think the pictures of the small towns are my favorite! Splashes of gray are always so soothing and of course, they remind me of Puget Sound, in Washington state. Thank you for sharing your talents.

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    • Peter Huntoon

      Thanks Janet! I almost always have one new color on the palette I’m testing. If I use it a lot, it might stay and/or replace another one I don’t use much. Beyond color (hue), each tube has it’s own characteristics such a body, opacity, mixing behavior, dry time, etc. These more subtle nuances become ever more important the longer you paint.

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  10. Karen Moorman

    I always look forward to Monday when I see you new painting pop up in my email. It is always a great start to my week. Thanks for sharing your wonderful work

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