A Day in Vermont
September 7, 2020

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A Quiet Place

Auction Closed. Sold via Buy Now $800. Next Auction Monday, September 14.

“Painting is silent poetry, and poetry is painting that speaks.” Plutarch

A friend and I recently agreed the creative life is worth the effort. He offered…“Blessing or curse? Sometimes I think I’d rather just be rocking in a rowboat not catching any fish, just rocking. But then the flash of wonder hits me. I’m on the case and thinking this is the greatest gift ever!” 

That friend is poet, musician, and fellow Rutland, Vermont native, James Mee.

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

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From A Quiet Place

A poem by James Mee

The river wind is whispering

to this pasture land.

On days like these

she’ll spin her yarns

for those that understand.

Field birds chitter to stone fences.

As I rest upon hay bales.

The sky stands guard

as I cloud dream

and listen to her tales.

As rays of light calm rustling leaves

I hear a subtle trace.

A little breath

expressing life

on days of gentle grace.

Nature’s stories old as time

have me in their embrace.

And share such wonder

along this path

from a quiet place.

Copyright 1995, 2020 James Mee

Grandpa’s Knob, Vermont

12 Responses to “A Quiet Place”

  1. Claudia Scott

    The painting and poetry are a beautiful marriage and I feel part of their love making.

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  2. Mary Fran Lloyd

    Oh my! So beautiful, Peter….both painting & poetry. Can’t wait for Mondays to see & hear your work & words…. a very special gift! Thank you!!

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  3. Beth Ann Rossi

    James Mee found the words and you, Peter, found the canvas to tell the story. Thank you both for a lovely, heartfelt Labor Day celebration here in our United States of America. Thank yuou, thank you, thank you.

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  4. Sheila McCormack

    Perfection!! The pairing of your painting with James Mee’s musings & poetry is outstanding! My gratitude, appreciation, & respect to both artists for your thoughts, words, talents, efforts, & angst. And special thanks for the collaboration that resulted in today’s beautiful gift.

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  5. Jo D. Malessa

    How comfortable this painting is! Like old shoes, and to scroll down an find such a fitting and lovely poem has been a lift to my birthday. Thank you. I lived briefly in Vermont long ago, but have visited often and part of my heart is there. A highlight was to “discover” you at a country (maybe town) fair quite some time ago and later to have the privilege of experiencing your hospitality at your home and studio. I treasure my Monday morning “visits” to Vermont. Thank you.

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  6. Brian Blaine

    We can’t but stand in awe and wonder as we participate in the shared gifts of poetry and paint!

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  7. Doris Michel

    Hello Peter, you made a farm with solar panels to a quiet place. In your painting the time stopped in the past. The colors are pastel, a bit dusty and smooth like the poem you published with your painting.

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  8. Robert Speiser

    Always curious about old abandoned homes and farm houses..who lived there..why gone? Nice painting draws one in!

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  9. Peter Huntoon

    Thank you all very much for the nice comments, and again to my friend James Mee!

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