Artnotes: Harmonious

I finished the first draft of my Madonna catalog.  I am still painting (and drawing) away on that subject, but my Italian language study has taken a back seat.  I am constantly thinking about the Mary project. We studied Italian our first week of 2019 in Stimigliano, with Mario, who used to be an honest-to-goodness teacher, but I just didn’t have the mental energy to give … Continue reading Artnotes: Harmonious

Artnotes: A Lesson Learned

Reflections on the Tiber  (2018)  Laurie Fox Pessemier  13 x 18″  33 x 46cm  Acrylic/canvas  275.00   The light here has been more beautiful than ever: cold, crystal clear days.  Rosy-fingered dawns and deep purple dusks announce the ever so slightly longer daylight hours.  I would be painting outdoors were it not so cold and were we not subject to the demands of hospitality.  We drove … Continue reading Artnotes: A Lesson Learned

Artnotes: For Christmas

For a Christmas present this year, Blair and I treated ourselves to a long weekend in Rome.  It wasn’t entirely indulgent:  we took a room near the via Margutta, where we participated in the famous Rome show of “100 Pittori” (painters).   We had our own stand, sandwiched between a Surrealist and a Wild African Animal painter.   It made me realize I really need to improve … Continue reading Artnotes: For Christmas


Today we were invited into the Stimigliano communal kitchen.  It is a marvelous red enamel affair with several ovens, with glass windows; rather tall wood covered tables, and refrigerators.  It smelled divine as the ladies of the town were baking cookies.  They are wonderful, aproned ladies who you wish would hug you.    Did I mention these were wood fired ovens?  It was unworldly; iconic … Continue reading Iconic

Artnotes: Old Habits Die Hard

One of the best features of this time of year is seeing the sun rise.  This morning in Rocca Malatina, we were on the last round of our walk with Harika when the sun peaked above the hill.  It was immediately obscured by trees, coyly hiding its brilliant face.  But as I moved along, averting my eyes, it rose in all its glory:  yellow, pink, … Continue reading Artnotes: Old Habits Die Hard

Artnotes: Next

Our Thanksgiving this year was a day of gratitude and thanks.  We thanked many people who made our lives what they are this year.    And I thank you, all my Artnotes friends, for your support, emotional and financial, throughout 2018.   With Mario, the person who thankfully eased our way into theStimigliano scene, we made a trip to Amelia. Amelia is a typical Italian hill town, in … Continue reading Artnotes: Next

Artnotes: A Spoon of Stuffing

Preparing Wednesday’s lunch (pasta with radicchio, walnuts and oranges), I heard the most unusual sound outside of our window.  It was the shepherd, playing his “pipes”.  He was all bundled up, as shepherds often are, ready to recline in the field with his flock, his floppy black felt hat sporting a red ribbon.  He was playing house to house; “aspetta! (wait)” I told him, as … Continue reading Artnotes: A Spoon of Stuffing

Artnotes: Acknowledgement

At St Peter’s  Blair Pessemier  Acrylic/canvas 16 x 24″  40 x 50cm  400.00 On Monday, we mailed a package from the Vatican Post Office in Rome.  I got out of the car this time, and was distressed to see the marvelous piazza of St Peters chock full of chairs and barriers.  It is one of those incredible spaces that depends on its pavement to be … Continue reading Artnotes: Acknowledgement

Artnotes: Cacio e Pepe

We extinguished the furnace in Rocca Malatina and moved our winter headquarters to Stimigliano. We brought our more tropical plants, yucca, begonia, jade, that we can leave outdoors at least for the time being. On Friday, we drove to Rome where we were actually able to leave off a ballot at the US Embassy.  We continued on to via Margutta, where we are going to … Continue reading Artnotes: Cacio e Pepe