A Day in Vermont
November 10, 2014


Paper Birch

Sometimes doing nothing is the best course of action.

That’s my preferred approach when it comes to yard work.

My wife has been after me all summer to trim the birch tree branches overhanging along our driveway.

Well it’s a good thing I waited.

My friend Daniel (video) and I were looking for a good subject to paint close to home last week.

Those beautiful birches were there when I needed them most.

And they’ll still be waiting for me in the spring.

Enjoy the new video below!
Auction Closed: This Painting Sold via Buy Now $800

Size: 11X14 (auctioned unframed)
Medium: Watermedia on Panel

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And Just A Few Announcements…

Painting Demonstration

You are cordially invited to join me at the  Chaffee Art Gallery in Downtown Rutland this Friday, Nov 14, at 6:00 PM for a free painting demonstration.

I don’t know what I’ll be painting yet so it will be a surprise for both of us.

Wine and light refreshments will be available. While you are there, enjoy the ongoing “Oil and Water” exhibit featuring the work of my wife Mareva Millarc along with a few of mine.

Buy Now Button

You may notice something new on this auction… a “Buy Now” option.

Several friends have suggested this option and I’m going to give it a go.

You can use the Buy Now option when a new painting really speaks to you, you simply must have it NOW, and you are willing to pay full price.

If someone does purchase the current painting using the Buy Now option, the auction will simply close until the next one begins.

All creative endeavors require an open mind, risk, and change. Let’s give this a try.

Holiday Schedule

Please note there may be a week or two between now and Christmas that I miss A Day in Vermont post.

I’ll be here to ready serve you, with gratitude for considering my artwork this holiday season.

The complete collection of limited edition prints (as well as a few originals) are always available for easy ordering on my website. I’m happy to include a personalized gift card with any order.

My studio and gallery are open by appointment here in Middletown Springs. Just call or email ahead to schedule an visit. 802-235-2328. All my prints are available here too, and framing can be done while you wait.

Thank you so much for your incredible support, now and throughout the year!

And the winner is…

Our Free Print winner for the month of November is Mary Grennen of Massapequa, New York.

Mary chose “East Wallingford, and had this to say about Vermont…

“Vermont has been our home-away-from-home, our retreat, for over thirty years.  At first, our family came for the skiing, but it didn’t take us long to realize that all four seasons are to be cherished in Vermont.  We have so many happy memories of times spent in the Green Mountains with our four children and four grandchildren.  Much to our delight, they have come to love Vermont as much as we.  Each time we drive north on I-91 and cross into Vermont, we immediately feel a positive change in the climate, the tranquility of the mountains, and the friendliness of the people.”

34 Responses to “Paper Birch”

  1. Barbara McCuin McGaughey

    Pete, Love this painting and all of your work. Birch trees remind me of Maple Lane Farm. I used to walk the woods behind our farm, when we owned it in the early eighties. My favorite part of my walk was always through the birch forest by the brook. Thank you for sharing. Barbara

    • Peter Huntoon

      My pleasure Barbara, thanks for sharing your Birch tree story. Sometimes when painting “things” I begin to see human personalities emerge. Birch trees strike me as happy and relaxed, enjoying each others company.

  2. Steve Gilzow

    Another beautiful painting. In the accompanying video, as I watched you carve the white trunks out of the juicy wash I thought you must be using Yupo paper, then I remembered…no, it’s a panel. So, which one is it this time, Aquabord or Claybord? I’ve done oils on Ampersand panels but I’ll have to take these others out for a watercolor drive.

    • Peter Huntoon

      Thanks Steve, No Yupo for me. I use Aquaboard and Clayboard for watermedia. Gesso board for oils occasionally. The panel I am using here is a custom prepared surface that I have evolved to over time and much experimentation. Like the porridge in the three bears, it’s “Just Right” for me. I glue wet (limp) Masa paper to an Ampersand board (does not matter as long as it it’s a sealed archival surface) with Miracle Muck. Once dry, I give the surface a thin coating of slightly diluted mat medium. Let that dry, then paint. Have fun!

  3. Victoria Schneider

    Peter Huntoon! You are an AMAZING Soul! THIS PAINTING is speaks volumes….and…I supposed because I adore Birches….it speaks ever so much more profoundly! Thanks for still, yet another visual meditation!

    • Peter Huntoon

      You are a sweetheart Victoria, whatever magic is at work I prefer to give credit to a higher power. I wouldn’t want that much responsibility!

  4. Betsy lenora

    Another score for laziness! These birch trees are lovely – you did them justice. Another favorite on my Peter Huntoon List of Favorites!

    • Peter Huntoon

      Indeed, thanks Betsy! The one I just painted is usually my favorite, unless of course it’s a dud. You just don’t see those.

  5. Sue Haviland

    Love love this painting and the video is like extra frosting on the side! Thanks so much again for sharing your gift.

    • Peter Huntoon

      As long as nice people like you are enjoying this Day in Vermont adventure, I’ll keep sharing whatever I have.

  6. michael takac

    Terrific!. This email confirms the lucky buyer made the right call, you could have could it again

    • Peter Huntoon

      Michael! I was thinking of you a lot yesterday. Thanks so much for all your support, and for suggesting the Buy Now option. It seems to work very well! I’ll be in touch soon about Feb.

  7. Suzy Powell

    I love this. Really beautiful. I am interested in what you paint on. Some one mentioned above a panel. Also your brushes that have that slant. I enjoy each painting you send out in your news letters!

    • Peter Huntoon

      Hi Suzy, and thanks. See above for the panel details. My custom panel has very similar properties to the Ampersand Aquaboard, with good lifting ability until the paint starts setting up. My larger slant brushes are “Zoltan Szabo” brushes that I acquired in one of his workshops 20 years ago. I think you can still find them, or something similar. Happy painting!

  8. Sue Atkinson

    Love the birches and your video; always inspiring. Hope to see you Friday!

  9. Ruth Frost

    Absolutely beautiful. White birches are one of my favorites ,So Vermont !!!

    • Peter Huntoon

      Thanks Ruth, and after painting them I too love em all the more. That tends to happen when you really stop to appreciate anything, or anyone.

  10. CheyAnne Sexton

    Incredible to watch you paint. I found you on facebook through a friend (Laura Moore, awesome watercolorist) sharing this and I’m glad she did. It hooked me when she mentioned you started the painting of my favorite trees (we call them Aspens out west) by splashing pink. How fun and wonderful this piece turned out.
    peace n abundance,
    ps glad you left nature alone too

    • Peter Huntoon

      Thanks CheyAnne, glad we found each other! Glad you enjoyed the video. Having lived in Co for two years, I miss the west…Aspens, and esp Hatch Green Chile!

  11. Rob Aird

    Peter, it is always a pleasure to see genius at work (even if that genius comes through a higher power).
    Seeing your work takes me to another place – calmer, peaceful, relaxing, reminiscent.
    Thanks for sharing.

    • Peter Huntoon

      Thanks Rob! I too prefer and prescribe to the original Greek/Roman definition of the word Genius: “The genius was the individual instance of a general divine nature that is present in every individual person, place, or thing.” From my experience, the higher power and Muse are most helpful and at work… when I am. They don’t often visit when I’m lying on the couch.

  12. Abbie

    I’ve just recently been turned onto your work and have to say thank you! your pictures are beautiful and each one leaves me with a smile….I look forward to enjoying them long into the future!

    • Peter Huntoon

      So glad we found each other Abbie, and thanks for subscribing to A Day in Vermont. Onward we will go!!


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