A Day in Vermont
March 25, 2019


Pretty Maids All In A Row

This local scene has been captivating my artistic interest for a while, and I’m glad I finally gave it a go.

It’s been said that “familiarity breeds contempt”.

Hmm. I prefer the artistically appropriate alternative…

Wikipedia: The mere-exposure effect is a psychological phenomenon by which people tend to develop a preference for things merely because they are familiar with them. In social psychology, this effect is sometimes called the familiarity principle. The effect has been demonstrated with many kinds of things, including words, Chinese characters, paintings, pictures of faces, geometric figures, and sounds. In studies of interpersonal attraction, the more often someone sees a person, the more pleasing and likeable they find that person.

Size: 10X20 (auctioned unframed)
Medium: Oil on linen panel

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And the Winners Are..

Each month I draw two random A Day in Vermont subscribers to win a free print of their choice.

It’s one small way I can say thank you for your continuing support.

Our first winner for March is Marti Benz of Palm Coast Florida, and Marti had this to say…

“I would like “Sugarbush View” which you posted on March 11th. We lived in South Faytson for many years and that painting brings back many fond memories. I was born and brought up in Burlington so the view of Main Street looking down to Lake Champlain was a very close 2nd choice. While I could no longer live in Vermont, I still love the mountains and the lakes and all of the natural beauty. I look forward to your email every week to see what memories this week’s painting will bring back and which friend I can forward it to for their enjoyment.”

Our second winner for March is Sally Garofano of Rutland, Vermont. Sally chose “Garden Glory” and had this to say…

“I love Vermont for its natural beauty, open spaces, and wildlife. I also love Vermont’s Farmers’ Markets and Art in the Park, where I saw Peter create his magic on canvas. Thanks so much!”

35 Responses to “Pretty Maids All In A Row”

  1. Claudia Scott

    Growing up across from my grandparents’ New England dairy farm made this painting give me a rush of warm feelings. Wherever I travel, when I see farms, I am at once experiencing the ‘familiarity principle’. Thanks Peter for my Monday morning delight! Claudia in Jacksonville, Florida

  2. Steve Gilzow

    Allow me to be the first to state the obvious: it is udderly gorgeous, very mooving. As a long – ago owner of a single Jersey cow — the beloved Heidi — this is informed comment.

  3. Lenor Filler

    I cant remember how I found Peter’s work.. but I have enjoyed every Monday for a few years now ,, always a surprise ,, well done Peter

  4. Janet Schotter

    My Dad grew up in Rutland. my Aunt Marg lived there all her adult life and painted. She passed away two years ago, I have several of her beautiful paintings, one has a red barn, house and cows looking over the fence by the driveway. Your painting today reminded me what a beautiful place you live in and how lucky I am to have my Aunt’s paintings. Thank you!

  5. Karen Moorman

    I love this painting, It reminds me of our farm when I was a little girl. I had a pet cow named Shorty. You always make my Mondays special

  6. Beth Ann Rossi

    Family, work, familiarity. Listen, if I had a magic wand and I could make myself really be happy, I’d zap me onto a farm. And I know nothing about farming.
    Scott Baio

    I bet Scott Baio would love this painting as much as I do. Thanks for the Monday morning kick start 🙂

  7. Bob adams

    I just love watching Peter on vpt , I really enjoy how his paintings evolve.

  8. Victoria Schneider

    This was a fascinating choice and I would imagine, NO SMALL TASK to capture on canvas. The “Maids” huddled against the elements was for me, a poignant illustration of how all sentient beings have needs, as indicated as they huddle so closely together through cold, battering snow for food and the sheltering warmth of each other. Thank you for your gift of seeing deeply through so many varied perspectives. I love and respect your work.

  9. Sandra J Hadley

    I To was born and brought up in Burlington VT. Marti I was surprised you to were from there.so few are from that area.Always nice to see.Miss all that was there

  10. Christine

    I so love this….the amazing patterns in the foreground and the faded, neutral background. I think it is brilliant!

  11. cynthia adams

    Udderly wonderful!! Creatures are happy ! I always enjoy the farm buildings; each has a very significant purpose/architecture.

  12. Lenor Filler

    my husband was a Congregational minister ,, so when we moved to Ct. we were across from a cow and horse farm.. the owner was a former ww1 cavalry officer,, my teenage son learned a lot form him .. about cows and pigs but unfortunately he fell in love with horses which serve no purpose and cost money… he still has horses and a farm no cows

  13. Doris Michel

    Hi Peter, we can make an experience. We open the painting on the desktop and we enlarge the flock. It’s nearly abstract. But the farm in the in the background of the painting and the cows in front of the flock show us the context and so we recognize cows in a row. Our knowledge helps us to see and to interpretate a number of black, brown and old pink stains as animals, typical legs and cowtails. Have a nice week!

  14. Brian Blaine

    Cows are a lot like people. The majority take their places in line, but there’s always a couple that choose to stand apart! I’ll bet they’ll all be happy when spring arrives for good!

  15. Janet Prieger

    Love cows, love this painting. I live now on the Eastern shore of Maryland, but Vermont and the countryside has always been a part of my heart. Beautiful and creative!

  16. Doris Michel

    Well said, Brian. We’ll all be happy when spring arrives for good!

  17. Rosalie Reed-Denardo

    Hi Peter, I grew up on a dairy farm in Pa. and we had to milk our cows by hand twice a day. What a burden and how much I miss it. But, I have been married to a Dairy Farmer for 34 years and we live on a farm in Vt. This farm was his Great Grandfathers since 1918. Sadly, we were unable to keep our cows and sold them in 2015. We miss them terribly but knew we needed to go this route. We love your print.


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