A Day in Vermont
April 8, 2019


Battenkill Barn

Auction Closed. Sold via Buy Now $800. Next Auction Monday, April 15. 

Here in Vermont, we have a gentle rain this morning. The snow will be gone soon.

Confession: This piece, a personal favorite, was my emergency stash. In art and in life, it’s always good to have a back-up plan.

Note: This auction will run two weeks until Monday, April 22.

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

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Pay no attention to the man behind the curtain!

So as usual I started a new painting last week.

It failed miserably, and I ran out of runway to try again.

It may surprise some that I still have lots of “failed” paintings.

The truth is, I encourage failure in my work.

Why? Because I’m set free to take risks and push my boundaries.

That’s where I learn the most.

There’s always plenty of private struggle going on behind the scenes in my studio.

And I wouldn’t have it any other way.


16 Responses to “Battenkill Barn”

  1. Karen Moorman

    It is a lovely painting, I just love farm scenes and I can see why it is a personal favorite. We all struggle with “failings” but giving yourself the space to do that is what it is all about

  2. Joan Connor

    This is a totally charming painting! I love the cow added. You have a gift. Please come to Florida and paint our scenery and wildlife.

  3. Charlene Whitehouse

    I absolutely love barns. They represent hard work and Vermont. This is gorgeous.

  4. brian blaine

    Thank you for another beautiful painting, rich in the sense of peace and tranquility that rural Vermont offers so abundantly. As to risks and failures, I think there is much truth in the saying that the only real failure in life is the decision not to try.

  5. Vivian Seidler

    Good morning, Peter! As a native Vermonter I always appreciate your barn scenes. I live “over the border” in New York State now but still only about twenty minutes from Vt. and my hometown and I do my groceries and visit my sister there often! I lived in Arizona for a short time also. It is way too hot for me! Vermont will always be where my heart is. Thank you for the beautiful Vermont scenes once a week. They are appreciated! Vivian Seidler

  6. Nancy Teachout

    Your “extra” painting is perfect for today! Your wizardry with paint and composition impresses me. It is always fun to see videos of you painting. I got an “aha” chuckle when I saw the Wizard of Oz at work behind
    his green curtain today, thanks so much for ALL your posts, they improve my days!! Please continue your work and sharing.

  7. Linda Going

    Peter, I love your work. I understand how you feel. I too have private pain and somedays just want to run away. Your paintings make me smile and take that pain away for awhile. Please stay strong and remember people really care about you. My best always!

  8. Lenor Filler

    always love your barns .. I really don’t see how you do one painting a week, anyway,, but I am happy every Monday morning what ever comes from you . I sent an email to editor of Yankee again ,, wish they would visit your studio,, and see your amazing wok I lived all my married life 62 years in N.E. now with children in Va. and your paintings are like a visit HOME

  9. Constancia Bonak

    Your colors are rich and vivid, and yes you are a Wiz. I have to go thru all your prints again because I finally found THE one but can’t remember the title – more fun for me !! Thanks Peter !!

  10. robert speiser

    the great Bob Ross said to never miss an opportunity to practice (painting) and failing. thanks Bob and Peter.

  11. Beth Rossi

    Can’t always hit one out of the park Peter, so having a spare is very smart. Battenkill Barn is lovely and a perfect fit for this Monday. Thank you. As a writer I understand your dilemma of working so hard on something and then sitting back recognizing it’s not right. That’s how we learn and hopefully improve our craft. Bring on the spares!

  12. Elaine Vitalis

    This painting along with all your others are classic images of Vermont; a very special and unique state. I was born in Wheelock VT in 1951. I have been crocheting since I was 9 years old and many times I have tried to come up with new patterns to make. Many times I have spent hours on something and ended up ripping it all out. Thank you for your weekly emails. I look forward to them.

  13. Doris Michel

    Hi Peter, your work reaches me in the afternoon. These rural ensembles of barns and houses are pleasant and show me the characteristics of a region with a tradition of agriculture. It reminds me in many ways to my own childhood. In the neighborhood we had a farm with a great “adventurous” barn. My cousins lived in a very old mill in which the water was tumbling down driving a huge mill wheel. When we visited our family there we had spooky feelings as children. So I know the hard working people in those pittoresk farms and mills. Thank you for avoiding sweet smelling “kitsch” in your paintings. And at least: We all fail sometimes, we learn and we try it again.

  14. cynthia adams

    Hi Peter…. I always enjoy the farm pics….actually even love the original/photo of the Battenkill buildings. Are you staging a play in your “spare time”?…. I can’t ignore the man behind the curtain!


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