Winter Butterfly Laurie Fox Pessemier Acrylic/linen 12 x 15 30 x 40cm
Blue Laurie Fox Pessemier Acrylic/linen 12 x 15 30 x 40cm
Chickens contemplating 2016 Acrylic/panel 12 x 12" 30 x 30 cm
Artnotes: More Butterflies!
I didn’t paint much this week. I had a lot on my mind – I was sick, and missed the Christmas-Eve-seven-fish dinner. Luckily, I was revived (thank you Doctor Z, from lucky mama’s healing house in Bologna) for Christmas: I cooked an American turkey which was fabulously delicious. He’s soup now, along with a turkey pot pie. I’m drinking of the last of the real French champagne as we speak. But sick? this is the last time you’ll hear me say it: I’ve made a resolution NOT to complain about my health anymore. As I get older (tomorrow is my birthday), one thing breaks down after another and who wants to hear about it? Nobody.
At our Christmas dinner, conducted mainly in Italian language, we defined that resolution as “non lamentarsi” – no whining in 2016. And without being sick on Christmas Eve, I’d have never come up with the idea. Sometimes we need time alone with our thoughts, and if we don’t just take it for ourselves, it comes anyway. I did miss the fish, however.
Another resolution (see what you can come up with while lying on the sofa?) is to find art friends. We do think differently, and it is people who make art that I most relate to. It was an amazing thing, in Paris, there were ever so many artists to visit with (I took it for granted). Here, not so. Hence, I must make an effort to find other painters, sculptors, performers? Painting workshops here in the mountains may help to satisfy that.
I am painting butterflies: stronger, better than when I painted them in 2001 or so. We have butterflies here in the Apennines, and I even see them now, winter – midday, when the sun is blazing and temperature nears 62. The world really needs more butterflies.
Happy New Year!