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: What we might find

After a hundred false starts for this week’s artnotes, I have decided to tell you about our Saturday adventures.  Originally, we’d planned to go into Rome with our neighbor, but he feared rain.  As former Seattlites, rain doesn’t bother us*, so we decided to drive up to Italy’s oldest flea market, in Arezzo. *Actually, rain makes me pretty crabby, but it’s honestly better if I … Continue reading Artnotes: What we might find

Artnotes: I never thought of it that way

  The Flock  Blair Pessemier  Acrylic/canvas  13 x 18″    33 x 40cm  250.00 ​The dog looks like a large golden retriever, but in fact, he is a maremmano.  And he is fiercely guarding his sheep at the side of the road.  One of the most remarkable things about living here, north of Rome, is the presence of sheep and their shepherds.  Sheep are moved … Continue reading Artnotes: I never thought of it that way

Artnotes: Thankful

Ponte “Felice” over the Tiber ​  Blair Pessemier On Monday, we had two feet of snow in Rocca Malatina.  We waited just two days too long to leave.  It snowed without stopping into Tuesday morning, when Blair went out to excavate.  The driveway was still fairly driveable, although to go over the snow might be ill-advised.  The real problem was where the snowplow pushed the … Continue reading Artnotes: Thankful

Artnotes: Thrilling

Things get easier for me as I get older.  I am not totally without stress, but I have somehow managed to get through without panic these days.   I used to think a certain day or certain event would take place that would trigger my demise, or at least a downward slide.  In fact, things go much slower than that. And a downward slide is often … Continue reading Artnotes: Thrilling

Artnotes: Home is where you make it

​Home is where you make it (Chicken roosting in pot)Laurie Fox Pessemier  Acrylic/newspaper 16 x 23″  41 x 59cm  95.00 Here’s a short artnotes from a busy week.  A screw went loose on me (literally, in my bionic shoulder) so the week started on shaky ground.  We visited the Grotto Labante with a guest from Chicago, and dined out more than once.  The big news … Continue reading Artnotes: Home is where you make it

Artnotes: A Perfect Day

​At Porto Garabaldi looking North   Blair Pessemier Acrylic/canvas  18 x 12″  45 x 30cm Today was the perfect day.  We decided yesterday to make bacon and eggs for breakfast today.  We did, with square toast (loaf bread) and coffee.  It was good, for a change, from our sweet pastry and macchiato at the cafe.  Their coffee is way better, though. We followed up our … Continue reading Artnotes: A Perfect Day

The Filosofia of Flies

​ If you were ever in doubt of the sophistication of Italy, consider this: there is a Philosophy Festival in Modena every year.  And, this year the theme is “Arti”, I like to think it is to coincide with our show in the very same town at the very same time.   The Festival Filosofia also touches outlying towns including Carpi and Sassuolo, but Modena is … Continue reading The Filosofia of Flies