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

Artnotes: Leaving Monday

  I am feeling nostalgic for Palermo even before I leave.  Not this apartment, certainly, not even the neighborhood, but rather for the atmosphere of Sicily. We painted today in the Piazza Magione.  It is a large area that includes more than just the “piazza” – it is an extended grassy park, once a World War II “carpet bombing” site (General Patton liberated Palermo from … Continue reading Artnotes: Leaving Monday