Artnotes: All Around

  I have been busy as a bird dog with an American guest here these past seven days.  I forget how easy it is to speak English, and my lungs feel weak from chatter.   I haven’t written a single word all week, and find myself at Saturday with no artnotes to pick from. Fortunately, I’ve visited a passel of cities for inspiration:  Vignola, Modena, Bologna, … Continue reading Artnotes: All Around

Artnotes: TV

Begonias on an Indian Background  Laurie Fox Pessemier   Acrylic/linen  12 x 12 30 x 30cm  225.00​ Blair and I actually watched our Internet TV this week, for the first time since last summer.   We saw and heard Comey testify in front of the Senate committee.  I loved hearing his eloquence:  whole sentences delivered in a calm, deliberate way. I have watched other “speeches”, mostly … Continue reading Artnotes: TV

Artnotes: …it could snow again

Begonias in the shade    Laurie Fox Pessemier   Acrylic/linen   12 x 12″  30 x 30cm We had snow this week!  That’s no April Fool’s joke, either… followed by frost four mornings in a row, so far.  Just when we believed that it was summer, and I planted my seeds. ​Yellow Peppers  Laurie Fox Pessemier   Acrylic/linen  12 x 20″  30 x 50cm It didn’t … Continue reading Artnotes: …it could snow again

Different heads

“The road between Palermo and Sciacca is very winding”, the guide reads.  Hah.  They’ve never driven to Rocca Malatina on our spaghetti roads.  This SS-624 was a nice piece of lasagna. There were some washouts, after yesterday’s rain, but we were able to get across the island of Sicily, North to South in just a little over an hour.   Blair had his eye on Sciacca … Continue reading Different heads

Artnotes: Ah, City

On the way home from Cefalu, we stopped in the little fishing town of Bagheria.  It is actually a part of Palermo, about 7 kilometers from the city center.   We stopped to see a museum/gallery, a kind of villa “squat” of a contemporary artist. I have had an aversion recently to museums, and at last minute we didn’t go into this one.   I am trying … Continue reading Artnotes: Ah, City

By the sea

Our friend S is not going to come visit us while we are here. It’s a big disappointment, but life goes on.  It is hard to pull things together to go, and one can’t count on weather.  It’s why I keep moving – I try not to get my roots tangled up in what’s under my feet. Today we drove to Cefalu, to see our last … Continue reading By the sea

Artnotes: Right on the Edge

We’re living on via Tavolo Tondo.   Ours is an historic building with a grand pink marble staircase, and deep green painted doors, which we duck to fit through.  Our street is cobbled, and about two doors away lives a family, behind another short door.  The glass is broken from their window and they have a red patterned curtain in its place.  I never see inside, … Continue reading Artnotes: Right on the Edge

Artnotes: Along the Way

Salon Laurie Fox Pessemier   Acrylic/canvas  8 x 20″  20 x 50cm  175.00 I am shivering:  rabbrividendo, or tremante,  in Italian (let me look that up).  I believe the dentist used the rabbrividendo word as I sat in the chair, freezing, yesterday.  He wanted me to hold the cotton between my jaws as the filling hardened up, and my teeth were chattering. It’s been a … Continue reading Artnotes: Along the Way