A Day in Vermont
January 1, 2018


West Mountain Inn

A recent winter wander found me exploring “way down south”.

That means anything below Manchester for this artist.

It wasn’t any warmer there.

The beautiful West Mountain Inn in Arlington sits high above the Battenkill River.

Happy New Year!

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

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On A Snowy Night

By James Mee

Out this window 

I sometimes stare.

At bending trees 

with long white hair

… on a snowy night

Do you feel 

the north wind blowing?

December’s here

The sky is falling

… on a snowy night.

Beyond this window 

of frosted pearls.

Drifting blankets

of swirling snow.

Spirits lifting

God is listening 

to the dreams 

the heart is dreaming

… on a snowy night.  

Copyright 1999 James Mee

41 Responses to “West Mountain Inn”

  1. Karen Moorman

    What a lovely painting. I would love to visit that Inn and thank you for posting the poem. Happy New Year Peter. Thank you for brightening all my Monday mornings.

  2. Beth Ruberg

    What a beautiful painting! Makes me want to go and see it for myself. Thanks for sharing your gifts with us.

  3. Cj Mitchell

    I can smell the wood smoke from the fireplace as snow crunches under my feet as I walk through your painting. It feels like home.

  4. Arbee

    So beautiful. Thank you very much for the painting and the poem. Have a very Happy and Healthy New Year.

  5. Lillian Mercado

    Beautiful inn and lovely poem. Would love to visit this place someday.

  6. Brian Blaine

    An exquisite painting! I am especially drawn to the subtle web of delicate darker lines of tree branches, rails, and roof and porch, that so unobtrusively but effectively draw the eye around and through the painting, leaving me, the viewer, with a heightened sense of the location’s beauty and peace.

  7. christine holzschuh

    I am not sure how you did it, but those yellows really glow. They are not that different than the surrounding values, but they somehow give the impression of warm light illuminating beyond the interior. I love it.

  8. Barbara Logan

    I just love this painting…with the recent cold cold days the warmth that you have captured in the lights from the windows is amazing. It makes me feel warm and cozy.

  9. cynthia adams

    A stunning scene captured …showing the obvious cold chill but w/ warmth from within. So glad to have your art starting 2018! Cynthia

  10. Doris Michel

    Happy new year, Peter! You are an amazing painter. What a comfortable inn! Brian Blaine speaks for me, he is always so exact in analyzing the paintings structure. And so I can dream to spend my holidays in this inn, walk around in the snow and enjoy this adorable house.

  11. Barb

    Such a beautiful painting and poem. I love winter and they are the essence of the Season. Thank you.

  12. Rosemarie Stianche

    A nice winter scene in Vermont looks very cozy.
    Happy New Year 2018. Peter

  13. Maureen Wallace

    Beautiful painting! May I ask regarding your watercolor paintings, do you use hot or cold pressed paper. Also your videos look like they are a watercolor board. I just found your paintings a few weeks ago, and am enjoying watching your videos.

    • Peter Huntoon

      Hi Maureen, for traditional transparent watercolor on paper (which I have not done much of the last couple of years) I prefer Hot press, or Fabriano Soft Press, which has a very gentle texture. When I do use watercolor now, it’s usually “watermedia”, and my definition of that is simply adding white gouache to my transparent palette. Yes, I paint on a rigid panel in this case, often Ampersand aquaboard or clayboard. Sometimes on gessoed MDF panel. Among the advantages of a rigid panel are you don’t have to contend with buckling paper, lifting is easier, and with an appropriate varnish, it may be framed without glass.


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