Especially in Summer

We painted outdoors this week, with two wonderful painters in Cetona, Tuscany.  They were repeat students, who we’ve known for ever so long.   One we met shortly after her birth 17 years ago; the other is her sister of 14 years (we celebrated her birthday on Tuesday!).   We used to paint in the Luxembourg Gardens in Paris together. We stayed in a rental apartment in Cetona, with incredible … Continue reading Especially in Summer

Artnotes: Alive

​Trees Panaro Spring   Laurie Fox Pessemier  Acrylic/canvas  23.5 x 15.5″  60 x 40″ My Dad, “Foxie”, passed away this week.  I had just been there to see him alive, and talked to him only 24 hours before he left us.  It’s a remarkable thing, after 63 years together, he isn’t there anymore.  He was the first person that loved me; he was a witness to all I did, good … Continue reading Artnotes: Alive

Artnotes: Where you Grew Up

“If Italy could get its tourism act together, it would be the most visited country in the world,”  a friend expounded over drinks on Friday night.  We all have the best tourist experiences here.  We were recounting to him our visit to Tarquinia, which externally had all the romance of visiting a series of cow sheds, but the Etruscan tombs beneath the ground were extraordinary. We drove to … Continue reading Artnotes: Where you Grew Up

Artnotes: Just Dandy

When we first bought our home in Stimigliano, Italy, we were told the apartment upstairs was unoccupied.  We later found out that in fact, in the 70 square meters (700 sf) above us, a family raised 7 children in the 1950s and 60s.  Now that the parents are passed, nobody knows what to do with the place.  For the last six months, someone has come by about every … Continue reading Artnotes: Just Dandy

Lucky Girl

​Harika is dog-tired.  She’s spent this entire day in bed, even when we went out to paint.  She’s been spending all her time with the painting workshop, and now that they’ve gone back to Connecticut, she’s flat out.  She went to Rome (it took 2 hours to get there on account of an overturned propane-tank truck); then two painting days in Civita Castellana; on Thursday, … Continue reading Lucky Girl

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

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. https://www.eventbrite.com/e/rome-painting-workshop-tickets-43227028205 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

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