Artnotes: Slow and Easy

  I am busier on my “vacation” than I am in everyday life.  We’ve come to the USA to visit my Dad and celebrate his 90th birthday; sell paintings and see friends. I am slightly overwhelmed on this trip – I am talking all the time, in English.  In Italy, Blair and I go days without much conversation, so this American chitchat about the weather … Continue reading Artnotes: Slow and Easy

Artnotes: For Better or For Worse

Our trip to Connecticut began on Monday, with a crowded train ride to Milan.  I am not sure I want to repeat that performance.  Luckily, we stayed at a very fun hotel at the airport in Milan, awaiting our Tuesday flight.  The Moxy Hotel was chock full of cheery folks, and Harika made friends, while hotel staff made us two complimentary Cosmopolitans.  The lobby had … Continue reading Artnotes: For Better or For Worse

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

Jungle Telegraph

Painting near the Conservatory  Blair Pessemier  Acrylic/linen  18 x 13″  46 x 33cm  400.00 We are already at that time of year here when one must stay inside part of the day.  It is so hot and sunny after lunch, we come inside and hole up until after 5. Roses in a Wooden Vase  Laurie Fox Pessemier  Acrylic/linen  12 x 12″  30 x 30cm   … Continue reading Jungle Telegraph

Artnotes: About the Future

View from the balcony: Val de Grace   Laurie Fox Pessemier  Acrylic/linen       225.00 ​I am writing to you from a rainy and grey Paris this morning.  The cool damp air feels good on my skin, even the occasional shower refreshing.  I recall a French woman, Mireille, from Paris, telling me how her first memory was of rain, on her face, in her … Continue reading Artnotes: About the Future

Artnotes: Travel Travel

“It’s the anonymity I miss”, said the man at the table beside us.  We went to a pizza restaurant in Palermo, that had over 9,000 likes on the Internet:  Pizza Frida, as in Frida Kahlo.   There was an Italian version of her picture on the placemat.  The pizza was, in fact, exceptional, with ricotta and radicchio stuffed into the crust. David, the man at the … Continue reading Artnotes: Travel Travel

Different heads

“The road between Palermo and Sciacca is very winding”, the guide reads.  Hah.  They’ve never driven to Rocca Malatina on our spaghetti roads.  This SS-624 was a nice piece of lasagna. There were some washouts, after yesterday’s rain, but we were able to get across the island of Sicily, North to South in just a little over an hour.   Blair had his eye on Sciacca … Continue reading Different heads