A Day in Vermont
February 23, 2015

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Spartan Arena

Auguste Renoir said…

“One must from time to time attempt things that are beyond one’s capacity.”

Painting the excitement of a live hockey game was certainly one of those things. (at least for me)

The challenges we manage to survive make us stronger.

And pretty darn happy when we post a good win.

Enjoy the new video below!

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

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32 Responses to “Spartan Arena”

  1. Knellee

    This is amazing. Your painting truly captures the movement and the spirit of the game. Showing this one to the boys!

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  2. Muriel Brown

    Dan and I feel you are the most humble, generous, genius we know! Once again you have captured the moment in the life of Vermont and have given us the desire to cheer all of Vermont to win in everything we do by using our God given talents. You are certainly using yours by your excitement in all you see and putting it down on canvas for us all to enjoy. Happy Monday!!

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    • Peter Huntoon

      Thanks so much Muriel and Dan. I like (and believe) the ancient Roman definition of genius, which suggests there’s a general divine nature that present in every individual. As an artist, my daily herculean task is to try and access that elusive nature. I have lots of habits, tricks, and general routines to do that. But it never gets easier darn it.

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  3. L Hoffman

    Always look forward to your monday morning email to see what you have captured. Amazing!

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    • Peter Huntoon

      To know I have a few friends out there that look forward to my Monday post makes me work that much harder to create something worth looking at. And for THAT, I thank you!

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  4. Brian Blaine

    No one could ever accuse you of shirking a challenge! Excellent rendition of a difficult scene. I enjoyed both the painting and the video. Thank you . P.S. Nice color choices for adding a touch of “coolness” to an icy scene.

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    • Peter Huntoon

      Thanks Brian, this one also gave me a chance to use some green. It’s been a while!

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  5. Tom Hafner

    Peter,
    As L Hoffman stated, always look forward to your Monday morning email here in Eastchester, NY. Your work truly captures the beauty & spirit of Vermont. PLEASE, keep em coming!

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    • Peter Huntoon

      As long as nice folks like you continue to enjoy this adventure with me, I don’t see any reason to stop. 🙂 Thanks Tom!

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  6. Cathy

    Took me back to my undergrad days @ Castleton!
    I can feel my half frozen toes looking at that painting.

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    • Peter Huntoon

      It was cold painting inside at the rink, but cozy warm compared to outside. Thanks Cathy!

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  7. Olivia Teja

    Can hardly wait to view your awesome scenes in person! My hat’s off to you

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    • Peter Huntoon

      Thanks for all the support Olivia, but don’t take your hat off for a few more weeks. It’s still below zero here!

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  8. Maeve

    Always look forward to your Monday email with your new creation! This starts the week off the right way!
    Thank You!

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    • Peter Huntoon

      I love that I can help kick off your week on a positive note. Thanks Maeve!

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  9. Donn

    Just came across your website with the fascinating video today! My wife and I are BIG hockey fans and vicarious Vermont residents through Archer Mayor’s Joe Gunter book series. I particularly enjoyed how you lay down your initial layers with a wide brush as well as how you creatively used the cane as a hand rest while painting the fine detail. The finished result is amazing!

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    • Peter Huntoon

      Welcome Donn! Glad to have you on board. We are making this all up as we go along so please consider yourself a co-conspirator.

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  10. Janalene

    I love your perspective of Vermont in your artwork! Every painting that I have seen since I subscribed to your site has brought the light and feel of Vermont. This painting is no exception, it’s beautiful and lively, as if we were there with you! Thank you Peter for sharing your wonderful artwork and as an artist I appreciate the information and advice you impart! Thank you again! 🙂

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    • Peter Huntoon

      Most of us enjoy an adventure more when we have a friend along to share the experience. And every painting is a unique adventure. Thank you so much for being here Janalene!

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  11. Karen Deets

    Going out of your comfort zone is brave and bold! I am really enjoying your constant new work and the accompanying background photos and videos. Thank you for the constancy, diversity and excitement of everything you do!

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    • Peter Huntoon

      I plan to write a thoughtful post about it sometime, but sharing the joys (and challenges) of the creative experience with you really has become my “purpose.” And for finding that purpose I’m profoundly grateful. Thanks Karen!

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  12. Betsy lenora

    I LIKE it, Peter! It has a different quality and it works. Good for you for pushing the envelope.

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