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

Rimini: the first 24 hours

Blair is away in America, so Harika and I decided to camp out, holiday studio style, in Rimini.    Our street leads directly to the beach, which is, mercifully, EMPTY right now. I just took Harika for walk.  We both ran in the shallow water.  I pointed out the two terns, still in winter plumage, that looked like statues.  She cautiously changed her point of … Continue reading Rimini: the first 24 hours

Artnotes: Wanted

I never thought I would really visit Switzerland, but I am so pleased that we have come.  We are staying with a friend, which makes it possible.   Switzerland reminds me of my life growing up in Connecticut (I loved snow until taught not to), at least the wintertime.  We’ve been spending time indoors playing games.   The views are incredible – snow falling, jagged mountain peaks.  … Continue reading Artnotes: Wanted

Over the St Bernard Pass

I can look out the window here and see people practicing skating for the Olympics, or kids training for hockey.  I sketch. We’re here to visit an American friend who lives here part of the year..  I never noticed it so much in France, where there were a constant stream of Americans, but living in Italy, there aren’t Americans to visit with.  Although we have … Continue reading Over the St Bernard Pass