A Day in Vermont
June 10, 2019


Mad River

Auction Closed. Sold via Buy Now $800. Next Auction Monday, June 24.

The act of painting offers an artist the opportunity to consider a subject from several directions. There’s the outward appearance…. what are the shapes and colors, and how do they all fit together? There might be an overall mood that sparks an emotional response, or maybe a memory. How can I communicate that on a canvas? Sometimes a subject becomes a catalyst for personal artistic insight and inquiry.

The best paintings perhaps, contain all three.

While painting this piece I was thinking about the big boulder in the river. Under some great force of glacial activity, it landed there 20,000 years ago.

How many peaceful summer days has it enjoyed, and floods endured? How many yet to come?

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

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“Forests, lakes, and rivers, clouds and winds, stars and flowers, stupendous glaciers and crystal snowflakes – every form of animate or inanimate existence, leaves its impress upon the soul of man.” Orison Swett Marden

Please note: This auction is scheduled to run two weeks, closing Monday, June 24 10:00 AM. Thank you for your patience while I work on my list of private commissions.

18 Responses to “Mad River”

  1. Dannielle Genovese

    I LOVE this Peter.. I can smell the clean crisp air and hear the river. I had to have this one.. Thank you so much! Your work is beautiful as always.

  2. Beth Ann Weymer Rossi

    Love the many colors of Mad River. I can hear the rush of the water over the rocks and feel a still breeze gentle life my hair. I’m there. Thank you for the Monday morning gift, Peter.

  3. Lenor Filler

    I hear the rushing water ..and just love the color of this one.. Spring leaves and again a vista that leads you up the river .. love how you do that!!

  4. Cassie Major

    As an amateur geologist, I appreciate you beyond “just a rock” observations:-) Great View this week, but I don’t think I’ll take my kayak down that river today.

  5. brian blaine

    I enjoyed comparing this scene with a similar one you painted in April. Once barren stream-side trees are now clothed in the delicate yellow-greens of late spring. So beautiful!

  6. Doris Michel

    Hi Peter, a lonely bouldet in midst the landscape we call in German “Findling”. I love this word, it’s an acient word and it shows the same roots of German and English. In the past the ancestors used “Findlinge” for building special tombs. Leading families and important warriors are buried there. I think in the old cultures stones and rocks had a certain mysterious aura or they were holy. I’m sure that this boulder in the Mad River was a real landmark in the ancient times because our ancestors couldn’t explain the origin of a “Findling”.


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