Painting in Italy

​ The Street at Farfa   Blair Pessemier   Acrylic/canvas  12 x 24″  30 x 60 cm  250.00 The priest raised his finger to his lips to indicate “hush.”  Then he proceeded to bless the room, us and our paintings.   We were painting in Farfa, Italy, an abbey-town about 30 minutes from our house, and from Rome.  There were six of us, our first week-long painting workshop of 2018. We were … Continue reading Painting in Italy

Drip Drip Drip

“Water is life,” a cabbie in Paris once told us.  Since then, I try to see the beauty of rain, and snow, and assorted precipitation.  In Rocca Malatina this weekend, the snow, still nearly a foot deep, is melting and giving life to Springtime.    Rivers are running down the sides of the streets; plastic pipes, spilling gushers, make me think of miracle springs; gutters and … Continue reading Drip Drip Drip

Blame the Weather

Stimigliano in Snow  Blair Pessemier  Acrylic/canvas  18 x 15″  45 x 38 cm   295.00 ​As you likely heard, there was SNOW in Rome this week.  The last time it snowed was 2012 and before that it was in the last century.  People went completely crazy and Stimigliano was no exception.  Children and adults alike threw snowballs and made snowmen.  I saw the best broccoli eyes ever; three days later … Continue reading Blame the Weather

Just the Facts

    ​ This feels like the longest winter of my life.  Yes, I am warm in the apartment near Rome, but I want to be playing outside.  And now we are facing the icy blast from Siberia:  I planned on it being warmer.  I hope my outdoor painting workshop in the Borghese Gardens next Sunday will be possible.  The show must go on. I like winter, at first, when … Continue reading Just the Facts

Turning up the Heat

Villa Loris in Snow  Blair Pessemier  Acrylic/canvas  12 x 24″  30 x 60cm ​We spent most of the week in Rocca Malatina, at the “big house”.  We had a number of activities taking place there:  a friend who we knew from the first weeks of our time in Italy passed away.  We missed seeing him a very last time by just an hour.  We took solace in the fact … Continue reading Turning up the Heat

The Library

​Finally, after weeks of delay, the new bookcase was delivered on Monday.  Our American Library in Stimigliano has over 1,250 donated books, of various genres, available for circulation.   We found a lovely antique wooden bookcase, slightly over twelve feet (3 meters) in length for sale in a second hand lot.   Because brown furniture is so out of fashion, and we are among the few people who have a … Continue reading The Library

Artnotes: Go With the Flaw

​Crepiscule on the Tiber  Laurie Fox Pessemier  13 x 18″  33 x 46cm  Acrylic/canvas We went to the café for a Campari/soda as soon as we got back to Stimigliano on Friday.   We’d been up in Rocca Malatina wresting with paperwork for a few days.   The Café Garibaldi is a homely sort of place, with shelves full of toys for children – “soccer” cards and … Continue reading Artnotes: Go With the Flaw

Artnotes: I Can’t Explain

Every morning this week we have heard gunshots while on our walk.  It’s a bit disconcerting, but part of living in the country.  Men are out hunting boar.  There are numerous boar (and boors) all over Italy, and they are not endangered.  Still, the idea of killing them is always a bit difficult. When we get back home, I sort through the generous contribution of … Continue reading Artnotes: I Can’t Explain

Maybe I’ll Bake a Cake

Tiber in Winter  Laurie Fox Pessemier  Acrylic/canvas  16 x 24″  40 x 50cm ​Horse in Borghese Gardens  Blair Pessemier  Acrylic/canvas  16 x 20″  40 x 50cm We drove into the city of Rome today, for the second time this week.  We went on Wednesday, just for fun – we need our city fix from time to time and there is no better place.  Seriously, Blair and I … Continue reading Maybe I’ll Bake a Cake