Artnotes: Mosquito

Painting on the way to Vignola (Marano) Blair Pessemier  Acrylic/canvas  10.5 x 18″  27 x 45cm   400.00 This week we drove to Codigoro, a seaside locale in the province of Ferrara, Italy.  There is a one-star Michelin restaurant there that our guest wanted to take us to.  Our days of eating at star restaurants on our own disappeared with the 2008 financial crisis, so this … Continue reading Artnotes: Mosquito

Artnotes: No Excuse

Olives  Laurie Fox Pessemier  Acrylic/canvas  12 x 12″  30 x 30cm  150.00 We picked up an American friend this week. She’d been touring Florence, and we met her halfway between there and Stimigliano at Orvieto.  We hadn’t seen one another in a half dozen years. Procession Sts Cosmos and Damian  Blair Pessemier  Acrylic/canvas  20 x 16″  50 x 40cm  275.00 Stimigliano is quite a step … Continue reading Artnotes: No Excuse

Artnotes: Fall

Borgo Samone  Blair Pessemier  Acrylic/canvas 16 x 24″   40 x 60cm   275.00 The first day of fall is upon us.  Either one loves or hates fall.  I am in the latter camp.   There is a smell I associate with this season that reminds me everything is dying.  It’s a short season, fortunately, and soon I’ll see the trees in their naked beauty.  I can see … Continue reading Artnotes: Fall

Artnotes: Nice Fish

Fields near the Sassi   Blair Pessemier  Acrylic/canvas   20 x 14″   50 x 35cm  400.00 I just couldn’t get artnotes out in a timely fashion this week.  I got myself into a giant funk, and it took a visit from an old Paris friend to get me out of it.  As we picked  through the bones of two fresh orate (fish), we dissected the merits of … Continue reading Artnotes: Nice Fish

Artnotes: Hospitality

We’ve been working to remaking the library/studio in Stimigliano this week.  I cleaned the fireplace.  We’re removing the hideous kitchen cabinets that line three sides, and sealing the ancient walls in their “patina-ed” state.  We’ll move the non-fiction to lower bookcases (maybe utilizing the ugly cabinets, refashioned), to hang artwork above.  The books are their own kind of art.   We’ve decided to bloom where we … Continue reading Artnotes: Hospitality

Artnotes: November

Cosmos  Laurie Fox Pessemier    Acrylic/canvas    12 x 16″    30 x 40cm Beehives  Blair Pessemier  acrylic/canvas  12 x 12  30 x 30 cm Fog Lifting   Laurie Fox Pessemier  Acrylic/canvas  12 x 12″  30 x 30 cm It was foggy this morning.  That’s nothing new for November, but a bit unusual in August.  The outside world was covered with a soft dew that also … Continue reading Artnotes: November

Artnotes: Yikes!

  Mowed (at the Pieve Trebbio)  Laurie Fox Pessemier  Acrylic/canvas  12 x 18″  30 x 45cm Today we painted at the Pieve di Trebbio, an old church site at the edge of Rocca Malatina.  We’ve been painting with a new found friend here in Rocca.  She is from Milan, only here for the summer, but she has been a dream.  While Blair and I can … Continue reading Artnotes: Yikes!

Artnotes: Little Things

Roses and Fig Leaves  Laurie Fox Pessemier  Acrylic/canvas  16 x 14″   40 x 35cm   200.00 I started “The Mosquito Journal” a couple of months ago, and really enjoy just jotting down in pen or pencil a few thoughts about the day.  It makes me think of Sei Shonagon’s Pillow Book from the 11th century (unlike the tawdry 1996 movie); or Samuel Pepys Diary from the 1600s:  only a … Continue reading Artnotes: Little Things