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Saturday, January 09, 2016

Artnotes: Sound Track

 Snowing in Rocca M    Laurie Fox Pessemier   Acrylic/linen  12 x 16"  30 x 40cm 
 ​Fog in the Evening   Blair Pessemier   Acrylic/linen  9.5 x 14"  24 x 35 cm   
 ​Plants sitting out Winter in Basement  Laurie Fox Pessemier   Acrylic/linen 9.5 x 13  24 x 33cm
 Snow on Sunday Morning   Laurie Fox Pessemier  Acrylic/linen  12 x 16"  30 x 40cm
​House in Morning Fog   Laurie Fox Pessemier 8 x 10"  20 x 25cm 

Artnotes:  Sound Track

All this week I’ve woken up with giant ideas.  I have thought of art shows in our fields this spring, of making figures of cement (or terra cotta) to place along the driveway, of love and what it really is.   I have started pursuing the pop up show idea in Bologna, but may make a venue change to Florence.   I have a terrible time sleeping in the dark days of winter – I could fall asleep at 7 and could get up at 2.  I just can’t tell, when it’s dark and quiet, like it is here, what time of the day or night it is.

The roosters seem to be in the same boat – they crow at midnight.  They are crowing now.  They crow constantly, it seems, the current sound track to my life.  When they don’t crow, like in the fog, it is perfectly silent.  Our prior sound track was sirens in the streets of Paris, a frightening, non-organic sound.  It wasn’t always that way [in Paris], but when we moved to a street side (as opposed to courtyard) location for more light, we got more noise.

My favorite soundtrack was when our neighbor Olivier, in Paris, played the piano.  He wasn’t Liberace, or Glenn Gould, but he played Bach – one song, over and over, trying to perfect it.  I came to love the sound, and could recognize when he was angling for that one, fatal mistake, before he made it and would start over again.

Went to Bologna this week to see a Guido Reni and Carracci show, with the added surprise of our friends taking us on a walking tour of the city, which we will take you on someday, too.   Bologna was empty, the audio to a minimum (it’s a pedestrian city) – just the tap tap of shoes on the terrazzo sidewalks, echoing under the loggias.  It was a rare day of filtered sunshine, and we visited the seven churches of St. Stefano, all chined together.

We’re headed for the sound track of the sea tomorrow.  We’ll go to Cervo, Liguria, where we went last Christmas.  We miss the frescoed ceilings, and the big patio, where we can eat lunch in the sun and hear the lapping of the waves.





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