A Day in Vermont
April 13, 2015


Rise and Shine

Middletown Springs awakens under a cool Spring sky.

From Spruce Knob we can see the village lights twinkle like stars.

The coffee’s hot at Grant’s Store. Sissy’s up and cooking breakfast.

Small town life in Vermont…a little slice of heaven.

Enjoy the new video below!

Auction Closed. Sold via buy now $800. Next Auction 4/20/2015.

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

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No Vermonters in Heaven

by E.F. Johnson 1915

I dreamed that I went to the city of Gold,
To Heaven resplendent and fair.
And after I entered that beautiful fold
By one in authority there I was told
That not a Vermonter was there.

“Impossible, sir, for from my own town
Many sought this delectable place,
And each must be there with harp or a crown,
And a conqueror’s palm and a clean linen gown,
Received through a merited grace.”

The Angel replied: “All Vermonters come here
When they first depart from the earth,
But after a day, or a month, or a year
They restless and homesick and lonesome appear,
And sigh for the land of their birth.

“They tell of ravines, wild, secluded and deep
And of flower-decked landscapes serene;
Of towering mountains, imposing and steep,
A-down which the torrents exultingly leap,
Through forests perennially green.

“They tell of the many and beautiful hills,
Their forests majestic appear,
They tell of its rivers, its lakes, streams and rills,
Where nature, the purest of waters distills,
And they soon get dissatisfied here.

We give them the best the Kingdom provides;
They have everything here that they want,
But not a Vermonter in Heaven abides;
A very brief period here he resides,
Then hikes his way back to Vermont.”

28 Responses to “Rise and Shine”

  1. Chris Thrane

    Peter, I look forward to your emails with the videos. Seeing your creations come to life is just amazing.
    I often think back to our high school days in Mrs. Fields art class. You have come a long way!

    • Peter Huntoon

      Thanks very much Chris, in many ways, yes…a long way, while in others (perhaps the more important ways) I still feel like the same kid who just loves to observe, draw, and paint. (Even if I had to skip Algebra occasionally to do it)

  2. Brian Blaine

    This week’s posting found me smiling from beginning to end. Via both painting and video you have captured the essence of early spring in Vermont, from the crisp clean air of the mountain village, to the warmth of the hearts of the young school performers. Thank you once again!

    • Peter Huntoon

      Smiles are among my favorite forms of currency Brian, and it’s all my pleasure when I can make that happen. Thanks!

    • Peter Huntoon

      Thank you Sukie, the start of the painting is usually the most exciting (at least the way I paint) so it’s a good thing that’s the part we film. The 4 or so hours in the studio later tend to be a little more considered and deliberate. Having both exuberance AND prudence in one painting makes for a tasty combination.

  3. John Ozier

    We Louisianians already have our flight booked to Vermont in October. How delightful to see your painting from Spruce Knob Rd, where our daughter lives, and to read of Grant’s store and Sissy’s cooking-just a few reasons to love Vermont.

    • Peter Huntoon

      I’ll look forward to seeing you John when you visit and showing you my studio. Please be sure to give me a shout. Thanks!

  4. bob gasperetti

    Hi Peter, Just what I needed this morning as your work always makes me smile. Middletown Springs is a gem and the poem so true. All the best.

    • Peter Huntoon

      Thanks much Bob, the wonderful poem came to me by way of my nice neighbor Nancy Edmunds and her mom, Ellen Moyer. True Vermonters!

  5. Victoria Schneider

    You are SURELY and CERTAINLY a “Vermont Treasure.” And, blessed are the young people who have the chance to observe your work and you WORKING. What an inspiration to all the “future artists” out there to know that there’s a man named Peter Huntoon; a down-to-Earth, really NICE guy who has an AMAZING eye and gift for capturing, with paint, on paper, the essence of the land where they live.

    • Peter Huntoon

      Good thing you can’t see me blush here in this forum. You are very kind Victoria. Yes, I am grateful for the opportunity to share my passion for Vermont and art with our young artists. Enthusiasm is contagious, and I’m always happy to spread the “bug” any way I can.

  6. Deb Farrington

    I am fascinated by the videos! Please archive more of them, especially the simplistic scenes. I am just amazed at how you douse that larger brush around and then I actually see the picture emerge! Anxious to visit this fall and hope to take some classes if available ???

    • Peter Huntoon

      Thanks Deb, we will keep doing occasional videos as we can. They are a lot of fun and I’m glad you and others are enjoying them so much. Regarding classes, I don’t plan on conducting anything “official” this year, but I do have something up my sleeve for something a little less formal (and free) for anyone who would just like to join me on location to paint or just watch. Stand by for more on that…

  7. Muriel Brown

    I clapped my hands when I saw how quickly it sold! We love Middletown Springs and especially their Memorial Day parade. There is no end of beauty to paint in this place of Vt. A little bit of heaven designed by God Himself!

    • Peter Huntoon

      Thanks so much Muriel, No end indeed, ..and the warm sun finally shining down on us feels like rays from Heaven!

  8. Kathy Letendre

    My absolute favorite long-range view in Middletown Springs! I envy Bob & Marie and the Shaw’s for getting to see it every day, through changing seasons! So glad for the bench that the Shaw’s have placed so people may rest awhile and take in this breath-taking spot. Of course, also loved seeing you at the Middletown Springs Elementary School, interacting with and enjoying the many talented people of our town. Thanks for sharing our special town!

    • Peter Huntoon

      It sure is a stunning view Kathy, thank you! We indeed are very fortunate to call this place home. It was quite serendipitous that I happened to be up there that morning, just when the village lights were coming on. I could almost see the finished painting at once. Some creative ideas develop slowly, while others just suddenly seem to appear. At least in art, both approaches can yield stunning results.

  9. Wendy Schwarz

    What a delight to watch you in action! Your treasuring of young artists is a gift in itself, for your affect will be long reaching. I love how you work with the wetness of the base painting then work the layers of color into one amazing composition.

    • Peter Huntoon

      Thank you Wendy for your kind words. If I can encourage a few young artists along the way that will make me very happy. I know well the personal joy that comes from the artistic experience. Everyone deserves at least a taste of that. And that creative joy is found right there in those drooling wet layers of paint…dancing with the Universe and letting her lead.

  10. Nan Williams Greer

    Peter, thank you for what you do. I LOVE seeing your work and your website. It is always a pleasure to see a little piece of “HOME” as I sit in AK and remenisce about life in VT and how wonderful it was to grow up there. Have you ever done any paintings looking out over the valley/town from the cemetery hill? I would love one of those!! Such a beautiful view.
    Thanks again,

    • Peter Huntoon

      Hello Nan and I hope you know it’s my pleasure to share this adventure with you. If you by chance have an approximate photo image of the view you are talking about I would be happy to explore the possibility. Just not sure which great view your are referring to. Thanks and warmest regards from home!

  11. Kathy Verespy

    wonderful poem…so true..so love those moonlit nights in Vermont…


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