A Day in Vermont
March 21, 2016

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Fair Haven Skyline

We’ve made it through winter to the first official days of Spring.

The longer days are always more than welcome.

And as they grow warmer I’ll be painting outdoors more often.

I chose a complex and challenging composition to kick off the season.

“A good spicy challenge strikes a balance between flavor and fear.” Adam Richman

Auction Closed: Sold via Buy Now $800. Thank you for bidding. Next auction 3/28/16.

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

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44 Responses to “Fair Haven Skyline”

  1. gary and jan friedland

    Congratulations on another remarkable video and painting. We are always in awe of your wonderful art work.
    Fondly, Jan&Gary

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  2. Lauren Riker

    Peter-You took an amazingly complex scene and made it visually appealing as an artistic study of dimension, dynamics and details. Love how you use the various elements of color and texture to achieve this, as well as perspective from where the viewer enters the scene. Brilliantly done!

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    • Peter Huntoon

      Thank you Lauren, yes, beyond the personal connection I have to this location, the wonderful interlocking design possibilities really inspired me.

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  3. Beth Ruberg

    Peter, I had to smile as I read the title of your painting! My husband and I raised our family in Fair Haven, NJ, where we still live after 37years. One July summer as we travelled home from our usual South Hero vacation spot, my husband decided it would be good fun to visit another Fair Haven! So, instead of driving straight home to NJ, we took a detour thru Fair Haven VT. It’s fun to see it again thru your eyes/painting talent! Thank you!
    Beth

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    • Peter Huntoon

      Great story Beth, thanks for sharing! I think there is room in the world for at least two Fair Haven’s.

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  4. Lori

    Always fascinating and fun to watch the evolution of your paintings on video especially when the subject is so familiar. Love it!

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  5. Susan Roberts

    I was born on those railroad tracks! …but they made it the doctor’s office near the end of the park…1952.

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  6. Mary Fran

    What a great experience to watch you paint in front of our eyes & to listen to your adventures as a child. This was truly another wonderful video that connected your heart to ours as you shared such beautiful memories of your mom through your amazing artistry. Once again, thank you, Peter… PS: I was a little worried about your closeness to the road & the traffic tho :((

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    • Peter Huntoon

      Art can do amazing things, as you well know Mary Fran. Could you imagine a life without it? I can’t either. Thanks so much for all your support!

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  7. Dani Roberts

    Perhaps people don’t know but that hill was always called “Capon Hill”. Just one of those odd things you discover as the historian for the historical society. Beautiful painting.

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    • Peter Huntoon

      Thanks for the info Dani, if I ever knew that, I forgot it. Now we all know!

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  8. Brian Blaine

    This would look great done in oils on a paintable-edge canvas, and hung with no additional framing. The “internal” framing you created, all by careful arrangement of the signal lights with their crossbeams and upright supports, and the highway with its guardrails is fantastic! High five for meeting the challenge and beyond!

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    • Peter Huntoon

      Yes Brian, I think that natural framing of the RR signs got my attention to begin with. I really did not know if I could pull off a good painting but I took a chance, especially with the camera rolling. Glad it worked out. Thanks!

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  9. Darlene Goodman

    My aunt worked for an electrical company on the bottom left side of this hill! I remember this view coming from ” The Outlet”!!!

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    • Peter Huntoon

      I loved the Outlet too, the squeaky wooden floors, stale popcorn smell, everything you could ever need in one place, in 1970.

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  10. Ricksta

    Love the video Peter, maybe, submit it to PBS VT Broadcast and they can adopt it for the culture within and through out the state…..Been over those tracks back in the day just a little to fast i’ll tell yea…Hold on!!
    All the best my friend, trout season a coming. Rick Stott proud friend.

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    • Peter Huntoon

      Yes Rick, we all probably caught a little air time over those tracks at one time or another. Driving by a cold stream today and I was thinking of the elusive trout under the rock waiting for a worm to float by. Good luck!

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  11. Ann St. John

    Made many trips up and down that hill growing up. From Poalinoe’s Greenhouse to our home on Scotch Hill. Wonderful memories…brought a tear to my eye.

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    • Peter Huntoon

      Thank you Ann, I recall going to Poalinoe’s every spring with my Aunt to get ready for the garden.

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  12. Dale Dayton Coombs

    Hi Peter, I didn’t know your Mom was born in the house right down the street from where we were raised. I remember taking the tracks to Nanny’s house and also putting pennies on the track. I enjoyed her company very much, eating shredded wheat every morning!! I have seen this view thousands of times and you have captured it’s beauty!! You are an awesome artist and your feelings are also potrayed. You are amazing, and I love to watch you bring the canvas to life. Thank you for sharing!!

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    • Peter Huntoon

      Hello Dale, yes, I’m 95% sure my mom was born in that house, although I don’t know if she ever actually lived there. Unfortunately, I don’t know the details. I remember riding your pony in the upper meadow behind your house. That was a real thrill! We never went hungry at Aunt Florence’s house.

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  13. Michele Grenier

    I had the pleasure of driving by as you were working on your masterpiece. Beautiful picture. Wish I had stopped to watch for a moment or two.

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    • Peter Huntoon

      Aw, I wish you had too Michele! Next time…You are apt to see me somewhere if you are out and about a lot. Thanks!

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  14. Cathy

    I Drive this road every single day, but I know now I will certainly have a different perspective. Loved the Vidio and love the painting!

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  15. Debbie Griffin

    Hi Peter, I grew up on South Main St. in a big brown house across from what is now the Legion. I made this trip up/down the hill to town, school and out of town many times and was often held up by the train. I live in CA now and have two of your autographed paintings in my guest room of FH and Castleton on the Green. Your paintings bring back such amazing memories of growing up in the area (and flattening pennies on the rails!). Thanks for making a video of your amazing work. You make Vermonter’s proud!

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    • Peter Huntoon

      Thanks for the nice comments, support, and shared memories Debbie, much appreciated!

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  16. cynthia adams

    Peter… enjoyed all the sound effects (visual and musical);LOL when you talked about different situations . First reaction was (he’s a little too close for comfort) re road… So much detail captured….Thanks for history !One can tell how much you enjoy your skills and sharing with all. Cindy

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    • Peter Huntoon

      I have come to enjoy the “sharing” part every bit as much as the painting part, Cynthia. I think I’m going to invest in an orange traffic cone for when I set up close to the road like that. Better safe than sorry!

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  17. Carol Little

    I thoroughly enjoyed this. My husband is from Fair Haven, so we are often there. His family all rest eternally in Cedar Grove, so I will now look at the view from Capon Hill with new eyes. Thank you! And thanks to Dani Roberts for the new info on the name!

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  18. Kay

    I received the print that I ordered today and have put it in a frame. Fair Haven Skyline print is amazing

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    • Peter Huntoon

      Thank you very much, Kay. I hope you enjoy it for many years to come!

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  19. Chuck Dayton

    Hi Peter, Nice Job on the Fair Haven Skyline. As you, I have seen that view many times.

    It was a great video.

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    • Peter Huntoon

      I can’t imagine how many times you crossed those tracks, Chuck. Glad you enjoyed it!

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