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

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

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: 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: Monsters

  “You can’t depend on your eyes when your imagination is out of focus.” ― Mark Twain It’s been a wonderful and difficult week – amazing how that can happen.    Wonderful in the sense we went to Stimigliano again and hung out by the pool, amongst the flowers.  We further explored the area, visiting the miracle shrine with holy water full of large tadpoles (I can’t … Continue reading Artnotes: Monsters