Blossoms on a Green Ground Blair Pessemier Acrylic/panel 18 x 12" 45 x 30cm
Tree with Blue Sky Laurie Fox Pessemier Acrylic/linen 14 x 10.5" 35 x 27cm
Monte Corone in Snow Blair Pessemier Acrylic/panel 12 x 18" 30 x 45cm
Luna 1 Laurie Fox Pessemier Acrylic on antique music page 12.5 x 9" 32 x 23 cmLuna 2 Laurie Fox Pessemier Acrylic on antique music page 12.5 x 9" 32 x 23 cm
Luna 3 Laurie Fox Pessemier Acrylic on antique music page 12.5 x 9" 32 x 23 cm
Blue 1 Laurie Fox Pessemier Acrylic on antique music page 9 x 12.5 " 23 x 32 cmLaurie Fox Pessemier Acrylic on antique music page 9 x 12.5 " 23 x 32 cm
Laurie Fox Pessemier Acrylic on antique music page 9 x 12.5 " 23 x 32 cm
Raja Brook Laurie Fox Pessemier Acrylic on antique music page 9 x 12.5 " 23 x 32 cm
Dragonfly Laurie Fox Pessemier Acrylic/antique music page 6.25 x 4.5 16 x 12
On FRIDAY the weather finally turned warm and sunny, so I could go outside to work on my project: Your Painting Minute. Each week (or maybe twice a week), I will make a youtube film, just about a minute long, pertaining to painting. I hope it will make people want to paint with Blair and me. Or even to pick up a paintbrush, or look around, say BEAUTIFUL SKY.
My painting has been mostly indoors this week, making butterflies for the “butterfly” room at our show next weekend. Blair managed to “plein air” a picture of a blossoming apple tree. We lunched in Guiglia this week to drop off a poster at the Locanda Sbrigati – and ate homemade tortelloni followed up with pig cheeks, and a half dozen vegetable choices (eggplant, zucchini, tomatoes, cabbage just to name a few): 12 euros.
On Friday, someone stopped by here to get the telephone number of our landlady to arrange to rent the house of our gardener. Later that day, I heard someone else was moving in there, but they didn’t have chickens, nor vicious dogs, which the other inquirer had, which gave me some relief. I asked another neighbor if this could be true. This neighbor wondered who would do all the little jobs around Rocca Malatina if Ludovico left?
And I started to think, even though he never does TOO much, he does make sure nobody breaks into our house. Just the other day he ran a crabby old man with a Mercedes Benz off the property because he had no business here. Today he and Fabbio are planting the trees we bought.
Recovering from the shock, I started thinking how maybe WE could rent his house and barn, and have a regular painting school here. A friend has a friend who would live on that property making coffee and breakfast, and keeping things neat and clean. It could be a real school, with students much of the year. Our very own artists’ colony, right here in Italy 41052. Dreamy.
It was with mixed emotions I received the news this morning from Ludovico that he was NOT leaving. He isn’t easy to understand; at first I thought he was talking about trees. He did buy a house, but the subsequent stories were only RUMORS.
So, I have gone back to cursing the chickens (they are indiscriminant with their sanitary habits), and thinking how to tell his son to keep his car off the grass.
I have had to scale back my plans for an art school. Instead, I am working on installing a croquet lawn and bench. I am toying with the idea of having a greenhouse where we can sit on sunny winter days. We won’t be serving coffee in the morning. THAT was only a rumor.