Blame the Weather

Stimigliano in Snow  Blair Pessemier  Acrylic/canvas  18 x 15″  45 x 38 cm   295.00 ​As you likely heard, there was SNOW in Rome this week.  The last time it snowed was 2012 and before that it was in the last century.  People went completely crazy and Stimigliano was no exception.  Children and adults alike threw snowballs and made snowmen.  I saw the best broccoli eyes ever; three days later … Continue reading Blame the Weather

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: A Lively Stepper

Today (the day I wrote this) is Labor Day in America.  The day everyone takes it easy and has a picnic, signifying the end of the summer before going back to work.   All Western cultures seem to have this day, this moment, when we all get back to business.  The French say Bon Rentree and try to preserve their tan as long as possible.  The … Continue reading Artnotes: A Lively Stepper

Artnotes: Go, Aunt Franny

​Geraniums Red Gold Green   Laurie Fox Pessemier  Acrylic/linen  11 x 16″  27 x 41cm  225.00 Our friend Kone(co-nay) went back to Mali.  After four years of trying to get to Europe and then two years trying to fit in, he’s gone back to Mali to his wife and child.  He was among the refugees that came through Libya, where they are often imprisoned, or … Continue reading Artnotes: Go, Aunt Franny

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: The Mower

Roses in Glass   Laurie Fox Pessemier   Acrylic/linen  12 x 12  30 x 30cm The birds perch at the edges of the lawn, cocking their heads side-to-side; butterflies can’t light – their world, which existed for the past two months, has been destroyed in one fell swoop: The Mower.  Two or three times a summer, the giant mowing tractor, with its sweeping blades, tears … Continue reading Artnotes: The Mower

Artnotes:  A Handful of Daffodils

  Sunlight in the Door  Laurie Fox Pessemier  Acrylic/canvas 8 x 12″   20 x 30cm   175.00 It is so bright out I was forced to paint indoors this morning.  I love the look of the sun bursting into the dark interior.  Harika (my dog) and I are holding down the fort here, while Blair is in the USA.  He comes back on Monday … Continue reading Artnotes:  A Handful of Daffodils

Artnotes: Uncivilized

In Blossom   Laurie Fox Pessemier   Acrylic/canvas  10 x 20″  25 x 50cm    275.00 I am sitting in my sunny yard at 3:16 in the afternoon, listening to the children in the grammar school sing songs, accompanied by a piano and castanets.  Life doesn’t get much better.    My trees are growing.  The grass is cut. We bought a push lawn mower which is … Continue reading Artnotes: Uncivilized

Artnotes: Tuesday

Daffy-Dills   Laurie Fox Pessemier   Acrylic/canvas   12 x 12″  30 x 30 cm Three people, on foot, stood  in our driveway.  We were coming home from a walk with Harika. Buona Sera, I shouted – after 3PM in the afternoon one says, Buona Sera (good evening).  They all smiled and went on to ask, because we were English speakers, would we be interested in trading … Continue reading Artnotes: Tuesday