Artnotes: Hopping Around

We made the jump from Rocca Malatina to Stimigliano again;  friends from America are visiting Rome, and we’ll take them on a tour of the Sabina region in the coming week. We will see olive trees and hill towns; churches and the Tiber.  It is as green as Ireland in Italy this spring.  It rains regularly.  It puts a crimp in our outdoor painting, but the paper pictures are … Continue reading Artnotes: Hopping Around

A Fertile Mind

Easter: the sexy holiday.  Birds, bees, rabbits, eggs et cetera.  It was the pagan fertility feast:  rebirth, resurrection.  I really like this time of year, when people would kiss passionately on benches in Paris, beneath the chestnuts in blossom.  Here in Italy, we celebrate over food, often served in a restaurant – C and M are going to the Cantacucco (the singing cuckoo).  T says … Continue reading A Fertile Mind

Lucky Girl

​Harika is dog-tired.  She’s spent this entire day in bed, even when we went out to paint.  She’s been spending all her time with the painting workshop, and now that they’ve gone back to Connecticut, she’s flat out.  She went to Rome (it took 2 hours to get there on account of an overturned propane-tank truck); then two painting days in Civita Castellana; on Thursday, … Continue reading Lucky Girl

Painting in Italy

​ The Street at Farfa   Blair Pessemier   Acrylic/canvas  12 x 24″  30 x 60 cm  250.00 The priest raised his finger to his lips to indicate “hush.”  Then he proceeded to bless the room, us and our paintings.   We were painting in Farfa, Italy, an abbey-town about 30 minutes from our house, and from Rome.  There were six of us, our first week-long painting workshop of 2018. We were … Continue reading Painting in Italy

Drip Drip Drip

“Water is life,” a cabbie in Paris once told us.  Since then, I try to see the beauty of rain, and snow, and assorted precipitation.  In Rocca Malatina this weekend, the snow, still nearly a foot deep, is melting and giving life to Springtime.    Rivers are running down the sides of the streets; plastic pipes, spilling gushers, make me think of miracle springs; gutters and … Continue reading Drip Drip Drip

Blame the Weather

Stimigliano in Snow  Blair Pessemier  Acrylic/canvas  18 x 15″  45 x 38 cm   295.00 ​As you likely heard, there was SNOW in Rome this week.  The last time it snowed was 2012 and before that it was in the last century.  People went completely crazy and Stimigliano was no exception.  Children and adults alike threw snowballs and made snowmen.  I saw the best broccoli eyes ever; three days later … Continue reading Blame the Weather

Just the Facts

    ​ This feels like the longest winter of my life.  Yes, I am warm in the apartment near Rome, but I want to be playing outside.  And now we are facing the icy blast from Siberia:  I planned on it being warmer.  I hope my outdoor painting workshop in the Borghese Gardens next Sunday will be possible.  The show must go on. I like winter, at first, when … Continue reading Just the Facts

Turning up the Heat

Villa Loris in Snow  Blair Pessemier  Acrylic/canvas  12 x 24″  30 x 60cm ​We spent most of the week in Rocca Malatina, at the “big house”.  We had a number of activities taking place there:  a friend who we knew from the first weeks of our time in Italy passed away.  We missed seeing him a very last time by just an hour.  We took solace in the fact … Continue reading Turning up the Heat

The Library

​Finally, after weeks of delay, the new bookcase was delivered on Monday.  Our American Library in Stimigliano has over 1,250 donated books, of various genres, available for circulation.   We found a lovely antique wooden bookcase, slightly over twelve feet (3 meters) in length for sale in a second hand lot.   Because brown furniture is so out of fashion, and we are among the few people who have a … Continue reading The Library