A Day in Vermont
June 15, 2015

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House of Blues

I noticed a little head poking out of my neighbors’ birdhouse.

It took a few days to incubate but the seed had been planted.

Painting possibilities can swoop in from anywhere. Right out of the blue.

Enjoy the new video below!

Note: This auction is scheduled to run two weeks. My usual weekly post will resume Monday, June 29. TY!

Size: 11X14 (Auctioned unframed)
Medium: Watermedia on panel

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26 Responses to “House of Blues”

  1. David Churchill

    What a better sign that summer has come to Vermont then seeing a bluebird! And to be able to paint one coming in for a landing! You are so lucky!

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  2. cynthia adams

    Enjoyed a very pleasant time w/ you while you started the wonderful “House of Blues” Cynthia Adams

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  3. Karen

    You do some awesome work! I look forward to getting back home and seeing more of your awesome work. Have you ever panted a cover bridge?

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  4. Lulu Anderson

    I will often paint a picture in my mind…since my mind has more talent than my hand….watching you paint definitely was enjoyable. Beautiful scenery at your house! Thank you for sharing your day! I have a couple of birdhouses at my house and love to sit and watch the birds come and go..one in the eaves also…what better way to spend a summer afternoon!

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    • Peter Huntoon

      I wonder if the birds we watch with so much joy in turn find us fascinating as well. I doubt it. Thanks Lulu!

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  5. Steve Gilzow

    Loved getting a peek at your sketchbook. Also loved watching you, again, fling wet paint at the panel to get the painting underway. After seeing this move in all your painting videos, I view it as a kind of preliminary ritual that unleashes the creative act; like a pitcher winding up or contestants bowing before aikido practice. Also was struck by your willingness to voice a bit of uncertainty as to how the painting would resolve. Finally, I feel you should get some kind of shout-out from Toyota…

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    • Peter Huntoon

      You are right on the money with the ritual observation Steve. Good one. Funny, (sort of) that I knew darn well I should do a preliminary sketch and value plan for this one and for some reason I decided to skip it. (Just anxious to paint I suppose) I paid the price later in major time and surgery in the studio resolving the design. Let that be a lesson to both of us. πŸ™‚ Maybe I’ll send Toyota a pix of me painting up in the bed of the pick up, which serves as a great platform for plein air work if you can manage to position the vehicle just right.

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  6. Sukie Knight

    It is such fun to watch these works in progress and hear your thoughts as you proceed through to the end.This one is stunning, as usual. Thanks so much for sharing this with us and allowing us into your private creative process:))

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    • Peter Huntoon

      Thanks Sukie, as mentioned above this was a tough one for me. We edited some of the more colorful and creative thought process snip-its. πŸ™‚

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  7. Brian Blaine

    Glad to see I’m not the only one who approaches the early stages of a new painting with trepidation. Watching the video I wasn’t too sure all that black was going to work, but, once again, you came through with a fine end result!

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    • Peter Huntoon

      Thanks Brian, This one below came out well in the end, but I admit it was a battle in the process. Some paintings just flow right out naturally, almost effortlessly. This wasn’t one of them. Maybe it’s the hard work we put in on the struggles that allows the occasional magic to happen?

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  8. Muriel Brown

    Peter, you capture the beauty of nature and Vermont right down to the singing of the birds that if we didn’t live here we would move to enjoy all that you so beautifully portray with your talent using water color. Blue birds are so special here and this painting is a real treasure. Thanks again.

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    • Peter Huntoon

      It really is a joy to watch these birds do their thing, and it’s certainly a joy to share this artistic experience with you Muriel!

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  9. winnie jackson

    Peter, my loving father was a person who fed birds daily and yes they too gave my dad great joy later in life.
    I have many type birds in my home and sunroom to remind me of my father daily. I too love these joys in life. I thank you for reminding me right now of my dad again. Blessings to you my artist! Winnie

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    • Peter Huntoon

      So glad we could bring back some good memories of your dad for a few moments, Winnie. Art has a very magical way of doing that.

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  10. Nancy

    Peter, thanks for sharing your talent & the bluebirds!! There was one on our ppty for a few days, but it didn’t stick around, so was glad to see your wonderful video & painting. Nancy West

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    • Peter Huntoon

      Hi Nancy, glad you enjoyed the painting and video. I have seen more bluebirds this year for some reason. Maybe just because I’m looking for them. Thanks!

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  11. Tracy Adams

    Peter, I am the current high bidder and very hopeful I can win the auction. I have noticed on small detail and this has happened at our house. The sparrows take over the bluebird houses! Your painting has an tree sparrow sticking its head out with a bluebird probably going to land on top of the house. If I win, could you accomodate a request of putting a dab of red on the throat/breast of the sparrow and convert her to a bluebird? Thanks for the beatifl painting, I lvoe the theme.

    Tracy

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    • Peter Huntoon

      Can do Tracy, thanks so much for your support, and the education!

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  12. Nancy wanke

    Having been born in Rutland a long time ago, I have maintained the love I always had for VT. I married my CSC sweetheart who resided in Middletown Springs,. We both taught in VT several years and had three children born, 2 in Rutland & the last in Middlebury. However, several years later left VT and did a lot of RV traveling, finally settling in St.Cloux, FL. We continue to visit VT, where we have a cottage on Lake Dunmore.

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    • Peter Huntoon

      Always nice to hear from another Vermonter Nancy. Please make sure to plan a visit to my studio next trip north. Until then I hope you are enjoying “A Day in Vermont!”

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