Wed, Feb 1, 2012 08:01 AM
Peter Huntoon has been a watercolor painter since 1994 and is
known for his colorful pictures of Rutland. He creates
representational works of art inspired by the New England landscape
and its people and regularly exhibits throughout Vermont. His
paintings appear in collections across the United States, Canada
"My passion is art and painting. I love to explore the
possibilities of a subject and consider what could, or should be. I
believe it's the job of the artist to express the truth and essence
of our world… I tend to seek the very same attributes in art as in
life; a positive perspective, unity, harmony, and balance," reads
Huntoon's artist statement.
Last June, the Killington Arts Guild was fortunate to have Peter
Huntoon as a workshop leader. Sally Curtis participated in
Huntoon's class and wrote the following about her experience being
taught by a master watercolorist:
"One can be with Peter Huntoon over and over again and continue to
gain insights and confidence in a very personal way as he engages
his audience with his demonstrations of techniques all the while
talking about the process and encouraging experimentation."
Photos courtesy of Patsy Zedar
Peter Huntoon gives workshops for Killington Arts Guild in the
Both works of art pictured were created at the workshop last
Curtis also saw techniques to inspire her own work. "In his
presentation he considers composition, materials, the painting
process and a multitude of techniques. His use of a palette knife
to make fine calligraphic additions to a painting was awesome," she
Many Guild members remember Huntoon painting demonstrations - he
talked with his back to the audience using a mirror to paint at the
same time. "He starts a painting on a water-saturated canvas with a
large splash of bright color. Perhaps a yellow or orange, and the
viewer's wonder how it fits into his sketch. However, when the
painting is complete the original splash creates a glow that peeks
out among the other colors and images. There is an energizing
current in the room," Sally Curtis remembers.
Peter Huntoon's workshops are a special events. We are fortunate to
have him coming to Killington again this spring. Consider joining
us to participant-it could be the experience of a lifetime.
KAG Watercolor Workshop with Peter Huntoon April 28-29, 9 a.m. - 4
p.m. $150 members; $160 non-members. To register go to www:
killingtonartsguild.com; to contact this column firstname.lastname@example.org.