A Day in Vermont
June 8, 2020


Kent Pond Falls

Just off Rt 100 in Killington, Kent Brook cascades and tumbles into Kent Pond.

Painting in the face of Nature can be mighty intimidating. There’s so much to consider. I suppose every artist develops a personal approach. My process and internal dialog usually goes something like this…

  1. “Wow, look at that. This could be a great painting!”
  2. “Hmm, that’s going to be a real challenge.” (Quickly followed by 100 real and imagined reasons not to paint.)
  3. “Well, I’ll just give it a shot anyway and see what happens.” (This is the most important step, BTW)
  4. The brush hits the canvas… “Jeez there’s no way I can do this beauty justice.”
  5. After the first few strokes… “Well, it’s not looking that bad. I guess I’ll keep going.” (Second most important step)
  6. Right about here the incessant internal chatter subsides. Thank goodness!
  7. Two or three magical hours suddenly go by.
  8. “Hey, what time is it? My shoulder is cramped, the mosquitos are out, I’m hungry, and it’s starting to get dark.”
  9. Stepping back….”Gee, that’s a pretty decent start. This could be a good painting. I’ll take it home to the studio and see what it looks like tomorrow.”
  10. Tomorrow: Repeat 1-10.

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

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16 Responses to “Kent Pond Falls”

  1. Sheila McCormack

    Another winner! Thanks so much for sharing your process, Peter! Love it. / Thanks, too, for sharing how to find this wonderful location! I’m looking forward to visiting the site and experiencing the wonder in person.

  2. Beth Ann Weymer Rossi

    Enjoyed the painting and discovering something hidden I never knew was there. Loved the internal dialog and the process. As a writer I too have similar step. When Characters or Plot take over my mind I’m kidnapped for hours and hardly come up for air. It’s a blessed feeling and a wonderful escape. Thank you for the Monday smile Peter.

  3. Rose Page

    Would love to see a picture of Lake Dumore with Mt moosealamo in the bach ground.

  4. Martha Langill

    I grew up in Sherburne now known as Killington in the 1970s. We spend many days at Kent Pond, fishing, skating. My high school years were tumultuous and I’d often find peace at these falls as music to my ears and comfort to my restless heart. Thanks for sharing your tremendous talents.

  5. cynthia adams

    Looks like a precarious place to perch….. refreshing scene and it surely is what we need now, especially.

  6. Nan

    This is awesome Peter. Thanks for sharing. That area was my great grandfather’s farm land. You captured the beauty perfectly!

  7. Carol Little

    Thanks for the process, sounds familiar. I think I’ll print it out and attach to my easel. This turned out beautifully!

  8. Holly Green

    Got a real giggle out of your “process”. And so it probably goes with any creative production!
    Beautiful painting!

  9. Brian Blaine

    I love the journey of painting, but at the end I’m afraid my personal dialog with self is often like this “I should throw it away…I wish I’d thrown it away…tomorrow I’ll throw it away… but it’s really not that bad…maybe I can fix it tomorrow… Anyway, it was a great day to get out and paint!”

  10. Margaret

    LOVE it ! The painting and the internal dialogue! Thank you

  11. Lenor Filler

    this is different than your usual paintings , I feel like backing up to look at it . instead of walking in

  12. Leslie Carbine

    I just love this, Peter. It’s fascinating to see how nature balances itself so well. This is a a lovely painting.


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