A Day in Vermont
January 9, 2017

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Gulf Road Farm

Have you ever wondered how an artist chooses a motif?

It’s a pretty simple equation for this one.

Affinity + Abstraction = Inspiration

For me, inspiration comes from a combination of two primary sources;

Personal memories and love for a subject, combined with the pure childlike joy of playing with paint.

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

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Some of the most vivid memories of my childhood growing up in Vermont were on Uncle Bob’s (Scott) farm in East Poultney.

Here we are “tapping” a big maple during sugaring season, circa 1965.

sugaring-with-uncle-bob-1965

 

52 Responses to “Gulf Road Farm”

  1. Nancy Edmunds

    Another beauty. I love all of the shades of purple. You made paper & paint come alive with color

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  2. Deanie

    Your memories are wonderful. Love the painting –
    the way you capture light is special…

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  3. Danielle

    This is such a beautiful painting. It reminds me of time spent at my Grandmother, as a child, at her home in Bennington. I look forward to seeing your paintings every month. Thank you.

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  4. Susan Roberts

    Another wonderful painting. I too love the old VT farm scenes, love the mountains, the total feel of this painting!

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  5. Steve Gilzow

    The painting is great, but I have to say, I’m with Suzi on the outfit. Man, a double breasted overcoat with two-tone collar/lapel! Bomber leather hat with the earflaps down! Stylin’!

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    • Peter Huntoon

      Funny Steve, yes, that was not standard issue Vermont farm attire, then or now.

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  6. Diane Miles

    Such an adorable photograph.

    Your “part of the world” is so special!

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  7. Judy Johnston

    I lived in East Poultney in the 50’s and remember hearing of the Scotts. Went to HS there for two years.

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  8. thomas village

    Most of us pine for simpler times of years gone by. But were they? Not sure. It’s all in the mind probably but those years of our childhood in the 1950/60’s were lovely, memorable simple times as far as I am concerned. That’s why I own and run an old-fashioned general store in a tiny Vermont hamlet. Presto: simple times are restored!

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    • Peter Huntoon

      Thanks Thomas, I’m not sure either but agree that they seemed that way. Where is your store? Sounds like a possible painting.

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      • Doris Michel

        Hi Thomas, congrats for your store. I am a child of the fifties in Germany. I have strong memories of this time. It was clearly structured and in the beginning our house was the second in our street. I remember also the general stores we had. It’s called in german “Tante-Emma-Laden”. But they nearly all vanished. Therefore I am really curious to see how Peter will paint your fine store.

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      • Peter Huntoon

        Now I remember Tom, I already painted your beautiful store in Tyson Vermont!

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        • Thomas Village

          Yes Peter, you did a wonderful rendering of my store completely unbeknownst to me until I discovered it on your website after the original had been sold. My regret is not discovering your work in time to purchase the original. I’ll certainly order and take a print of the store with me wherever I wander upon retirement. when I hang up my grocer’s apron for the last time. In the meantime, thank you for lovely renderings of this magical place we call home.

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  9. cynthia adams

    Again, I echo some of the comments; but I am blown away w/ your childhood pic, when we had Kodaks, etc and waited for the developing. I used to help w/ the buckets … Great memories along w/ nice details in painting. Cynthia

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  10. stephanie staub

    The photo of you and your uncle will make a wonderful painting.

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  11. Susan

    Went to grade school in Poultney with a Bob Scott, maybe your cousin? My sister lives in East Poultney.

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    • Peter Huntoon

      Not sure Susan, probably a relation. My mother’s sister was Ella, who was married to the Bob Scott in the photo.

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  12. Betty Clark

    I have never been to Vermont so these paintings give me pleasure. My late husband and I had planned to go east the year he was diagnosed with cancer. Than you for the beautiful pictures

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  13. Jeanne Creel

    My mother was a Huntoon from Bradford, McKean County, Pa. Your beautiful paintings remind me of my years growing up in Bradford; a touch of home.

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  14. mike T

    Peter,
    You should auction a copy of the photo too!
    The painter in his youth!!

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  15. Joan Ward

    Such a wonderful memory. The painting is gorgeous! Still waiting for my name to be drawn!

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    • Peter Huntoon

      Thanks Joan, maybe one of these months your name will be drawn. With or without a free print, I really appreciate all your support!

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      • Chris

        Love the violets and greens, like a catchers mitt embracing the primary focus at roads end. Now about the young Peter in the photo, what part of the Maple Sugaring process were you performing?

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        • Peter Huntoon

          Maybe I was testing the tree’s integrity, as my Uncle helped build mine. Thanks Chris!

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  16. Brian Blaine

    My memories of maple syrup making time looked more like your painting than like the priceless photo from your younger days. Snow stayed in the mountain area of Orange where I grew up well into spring My dad and I often scrambled through drifts and over snow banks to empty the buckets! Love the painting. Isn’t abstraction wonderful! All the variety of trees on the distant hillsides so apparent, but not a leaf or needle to be seen!

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    • Peter Huntoon

      Good memories indeed Brian. I recall some colder days, with lots of snow, as well. Mom must have stayed inside with the instamatic camera then.

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      • Doris Michel

        Hi Brian, it’s the freedom of painting which creates a form of extract. I love Peter’s winter landscapes. They are extracting the gloomy lights, these shades of lilac and grey and some highlights of color in the “white” sampled of different pastels. For me winter allows a fine and different spreading of colors.

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  17. Betsy Lenora

    You are an inspiration to ME! I am a photographer. Creating art keeps us in the present moment even as the results can evoke nostalgia for times gone by. A loyal subscriber since almost the beginning.

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    • Peter Huntoon

      You have shown me lots of support Betsy, keep up the good work and thank you!

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  18. Rick

    Be time for that liquid gold soon enough! The photograph is so cool. Happy New Year Peter, all the Best.
    Rick.

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  19. Lillia Davidson

    At Stow we would go up with Charlie Gale to to his sugar bush…maple out of the tap on the side of the boiler…

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  20. Audrey Putnam

    Thanks for sharing the photo. He is my uncle also. I have a lot of nice memories at the farm growing up.
    My mother was Rena. Enjoy your website and look forward every Monday to see what you have been painting.

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  21. Doris Michel

    Hi Peter, winter in Vermont must be a attractive for you. You always find a motive and a way to express the moods and the colors fitting to the motive. The photo is nice and charming too.

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