A Day in Vermont
December 16, 2019


King of the Hill

Fort: a strong or fortified place.

If you grew up in Vermont, you likely built a Snow Fort.

Once built, it must be defended.

This skirmish recently broke out in Tinmouth.

Please Note: This auction is scheduled to run two weeks until Monday, Dec 30.

Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays!

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

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The Gift

Painting the snow fort this week brought me back to a happy childhood growing up in Rutland, Vermont.

As an occasional treat for my sisters and me, Dad would draw something on our brown paper lunch bags.

They were always a big hit at school.

As each year passes that “simple” gift becomes ever more meaningful.

Bernard Huntoon gave me the precious gift of art.

He also taught me to share it.

28 Responses to “King of the Hill”

  1. Chuck Dayton

    Very nice memory! Merry Christmas And A Happy New Year to you and your family, Peter!

  2. Shari Williams

    absolutely love this painting and the story. I grew up in Mendon and we always built snow forts and the defending of it was so much fun. Love that you saved the bags from your dad with the artwork. Merry Christmas!

  3. Margaret Honeycutt

    What very special lunches you had! Thank you for sharing your art and thoughts!
    Merry Christmas!!!

  4. Beth Rossi

    Obviously the paintbrush didn’t fall far from dad’s palette. How blessed you were to have the lunchbag love. And it was all about defending the fort, I’m sure there was divine intervention from the church, too. Thank you for the Monday 🙂

  5. Martha Russell

    This painting today was special as we have very dear friends that live in Tinmouth!

  6. Cecelia

    Thanks for bringing me down memory lane. What a great gift you have from your Dad-those are the best memories!

  7. suzi r

    Peter, your attachments are very moving for me, as my dad gave me & my sister art, too, in other but as creative ways as your dad did. What great fathers! Thanks for sharing this echo.
    And the snow fort–a wonderful way to bring color into a day that’s limited to b&w. Superb painting!

  8. Michael Takac

    A snowball fight in front of an old, white, wooden church with steeple. How winter, how Vermont, how Christmas! Happy Holidays to you Peter ….. and to us all

  9. Grant Reynolds

    Wonderful painting of the heart of our town. (from a Tinmouth resident)

  10. Marie Sobeck

    Beautiful painting just love your Vermont church winter sconces Merry Christmas

  11. Lorraine Brown

    The Fair Haven Historical Society did our annual Christmas Tour of the Marble Mansion on the park. Have you ever painted this building?

  12. Brian Blaine

    I enjoyed hearing a little about your father and getting a glimpse of his “bag art”. What a precious gift of love to remember and cherish! He has been a blessing to you, and in turn to us. Thank you, God bless, and Merry Christmas!

  13. joan drew

    what a wonderful gift your dad gave to you.
    and a huge thank you to you for sharing your love of watercolor with me and so many others!
    merry christmas to you and mareva!

  14. Brian Dugan

    Another great paintings. I can always rely on you to brighten my Monday. Great drawings by your Dad too.

  15. Mary Fran

    Such a beautiful, special memory, Peter. Thank you for reminding us that the best of Christmas is that which is deep within our hearts. Merry Christmas to you and your sweet Mareva.

  16. Deb Farrington

    Love the steeple. I fear these are becoming
    a thing of the past in architecture.

  17. Melodie

    Beautiful, memorable, painting. So nice of you to share your joy and father’s gift to you. Thank you.

  18. Vivian M Seidler

    Dear Peter, Memories galore when I saw this picture! Usually it was my oldest brother and I and we were both defending our own personal fort! It is going on 2 yrs. that he has passed and I still miss him terribly We used to have so much winter fun when we were kids growing up in Vt.! Thanks for the memories! Merry Christmas and a Merry Christmas and a Happy, healthy New Year!

  19. Alta Johnston

    You have many precious memories of your Dad. who was a fine man. I also knew your Mom from CU. Merry Christmas!

  20. Peter Huntoon

    Thank you all very much for the wonderful comments, your continued support, and Merry Christmas to all! Peter

  21. Doris Michel

    Hi Peter, I wish you and your family a merry Christmas and a happy new year. Thanks for your great paintings. I hope we’ll see us in the new year. Greetings from Duisburg Doris

  22. Linda Peavy

    Such great memories–snow forts and lunch bag art! Thanks for sharing this story of your artistic roots!

  23. Susan StewardAngles

    All your paintings bring a smile to my face. I’m so full of pride to have been raised in Vermont. Sharing your gift of capturing Vermont’s beauty is truly enjoyed and amazing!


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