A winter view from the Whaleback Vineyard in Poultney, looking south toward Lake St. Catherine and the Mettowee Valley.
As I was setting up to paint, the barn with its magnificent cupola reminded me of a church.
Having a simple creative concept like that from the start provides a north star of sorts, helping me to stay on track.
Here, in my mind as I painted, the congregation of farm buildings and bare winter trees gather together to sing a hymn of harmony.
“You may go into a great cathedral and the impression may be deep upon you. Must you define what you have felt? If you can you are a poet – an artist. There are cathedrals which have measures of great and many meanings.” Robert Henri, The Art Spirit
Size: 12X16 (auctioned unframed)
Medium: Oil on linen panel
And the Winners Are…
As you may know I draw two random A Day in Vermont email subscribers to win a free print of their choice.
It’s one small and fun way I get to say thanks for your amazing support.
Our first winner for January is Barbara Linnard of Boxborough Ma. Barbara chose “Stratton Mountain” and had this to say…
“I first visited Vermont when taking our daughter for an admissions interview at Middlebury College years ago, and I was enchanted by the landscape and the feeling of being in another world, in another time, and in a magical place. Having great grandparents to visit often in the Catskills while I was growing up and ancestors who settled there in the early 1700’s, I was most taken with the shape of the Vermont Mountains, which were so very different than the more gentle shapes of the Catskill Mountains. I was brought back again to Vermont when our son and his wife purchased a house near Stratton Mountain where we could all gather as a family for weekends to enjoy the beauty of Vermont and the skiing at the mountain. In many ways, I have always felt like I’ve come home when I’m in Vermont. Vermont has a way of enfolding you into its heart and making you fall in love with everything you see and experience there.
Peter Huntoon is a master at capturing the very essence of Vermont’s heart and soul in his paintings. Every painting tells a visual story and pulls you into the scene to imagine actually being there and experiencing what Peter felt that made him decide to paint each scene. I visited Peter’s studio some years ago and came home with one of his beautiful Giclées. I am thrilled and honored to have the privilege of owning another of his prints. Thank you, Peter! Actually, I am going to give this painting to my grandson, who was on the Stratton Mountain Alpine Ski Team for several years. He will love it! I know it will be one of his cherished possessions for the rest of his life, not to mention the beginning of his personal art collection!”
Our second winner is Jerri Lynn Ricard of Creswell, Oregon. Jerri chose “Birch Grove” and had this to say…
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