Better than Art

​Artnotes:  Better than Art Stop at the Beach    Blair Pessemier   Acrylic/canvas 14 x 18″    150.00 We are readying ourselves for our show in Brimfield.  Some of the great old  paintings and bargains punctuate this posting of Artnotes.   I am under great pressure to sell as my life in Winsted, Connecticut changes. ​Boys with Inner Tubes  Laurie Fox Pessemier  Acrylic/canvas  12 x 12   100.00 On the … Continue reading Better than Art

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

Especially in Summer

We painted outdoors this week, with two wonderful painters in Cetona, Tuscany.  They were repeat students, who we’ve known for ever so long.   One we met shortly after her birth 17 years ago; the other is her sister of 14 years (we celebrated her birthday on Tuesday!).   We used to paint in the Luxembourg Gardens in Paris together. We stayed in a rental apartment in Cetona, with incredible … Continue reading Especially in Summer

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: 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: 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

Artnotes: Input

  I am reading old Jimmy Breslin and much older Montaigne; listening to Elon Musk on Youtube, along with The Magic of Reality by Richard Dawkins (“it is amazing you were ever born”).  Rai3 Italian radio discusses mosquitoes.  I read all my favorite blogs, deleting the weak ones.   Because it is poor painting weather (too hot and muggy), I am playing inside.  Harika refuses to … Continue reading Artnotes: Input

Artnotes: It Must Be Italy

We were disappointed a friend couldn’t make it to visit this week (vacation can be complicated; he may come later) so we took a motor trip ourselves.  A painting friend lent us his villa in the hills outside of Rome. ​View East from Stimigliano  Blair Pessemier  Acrylic/linen  16 x 20″  40 x 50cm  275.00 We stopped halfway at Arezzo (2 hours), where Piero della Francesco’s … Continue reading Artnotes: It Must Be Italy

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

Rimini: Life on the Beach

As I write this, I am at the beach in Rimini with my dog, Harika.   I needed apartness from the vacuum cleaner, the garden hose, the washing machine:  all these things keep me from writing my “Slow Travel” book.  In fact, It is I who find excuses why not to make a table of contents. Actually, I am in Viserbella, a strictly beach-resort bit of … Continue reading Rimini: Life on the Beach