Artnotes: An Oddball Idea

This is my last post from Rocca Malatina for awhile.  We’re headed to the USA next week.  I made the reservation two months before my Dad passed away, and we constructed our summer around that.  It will be weird he isn’t there, but we’ll find new fun.  We are participating in the big sale at Brimfield, Massachusetts, the 12-14 July.  I am going to sell … Continue reading Artnotes: An Oddball Idea

Artnotes: Water

 Artnotes:  Water Goose Yellow  Laurie Fox Pessemier Acrylic/newspaper  17 x 24″   41 x 63cm  90.00 ​Blair and I celebrated 38 years of marriage this week.  Harika celebrated her 11th birthday:  steaks on the barbecue (for H) and lunch and a visit to Sestola (for us, H, and our guest). ​   Goose Green  Laurie Fox Pessemier Acrylic/newspaper  17 x 24″   41 x 63cm  90.00 We’d originally hoped to go … Continue reading Artnotes: Water

Artnotes: Something to Talk About

 Laurie Fox Pessemier Acrylic/newspaper  17 x 24″   41 x 63cm   Because I used to speak to my father every day, I made a point of finding and remember little odd bits of experience I would have, to add to conversation.   Some of that would end up here in Artnotes, but some was too trivial, or too personal, to put into writing. Nonetheless, this week was chock-a-block … Continue reading Artnotes: Something to Talk About

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

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