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: Uncivilized

In Blossom   Laurie Fox Pessemier   Acrylic/canvas  10 x 20″  25 x 50cm    275.00 I am sitting in my sunny yard at 3:16 in the afternoon, listening to the children in the grammar school sing songs, accompanied by a piano and castanets.  Life doesn’t get much better.    My trees are growing.  The grass is cut. We bought a push lawn mower which is … Continue reading Artnotes: Uncivilized

Artnotes: Tuesday

Daffy-Dills   Laurie Fox Pessemier   Acrylic/canvas   12 x 12″  30 x 30 cm Three people, on foot, stood  in our driveway.  We were coming home from a walk with Harika. Buona Sera, I shouted – after 3PM in the afternoon one says, Buona Sera (good evening).  They all smiled and went on to ask, because we were English speakers, would we be interested in trading … Continue reading Artnotes: Tuesday

Artnotes: March on

House at Pieve di Trebbio  Blair Pessemier  Acrylic/canvas  9.5 x 12″ 24 x 30 cm  175.00 Ides of March?  I am through worrying about bad times.  I am plunging ahead, swimming through to spring and happiness and everything wonderful.    Of course, I am aware of another giant heating bill; but spring has sprung.  I’ve turned the temperature down to 65.  Our neighbors tell us we … Continue reading Artnotes: March on

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: Too Good Looking

“That looks like a good nursery”, Blair commented on our drive home from Bologna.  We stopped.   I have been coveting Royal Empress trees (Paulownia Tomentoso), but getting ones of the right size has been impossible.  They are either two small, 18 inches tall; or too big, 12 feet tall with a root ball requiring a backhoe to plant.   Blair fell for four crabapples, pink and … Continue reading Artnotes: Too Good Looking