Artnotes Italy Daily

Sunday, May 01, 2016

Pasta in Singapore

 Liberation Day   Blair Pessemier   Acrylic/canvas  12 x 19.5"  30 x 50 cm SOLD
Fiori a Castello   Laurie Fox Pessemier   Acrylic/canvas  19.5 x 12"  50 x 30  cm
 Sassi di Rocca Malatina   Blair Pessemier  Acrylic/wood  18 x 23.5"  45 x 59cm
Laurie Fox Pessemier  Geranium at Castello di Serravalle  12 x 12 30 x 30cm
 Laurie Fox Pessemier   Monte Corone   Acrylic/canvas 12 x 19.5"  30 x 50 cm  SOLD
Blair Pessemier  Monte Corone   Acrylic/canvas 12 x 19.5"  30 x 50 cm  SOLD

 Castello di Serravalle Blair Pessemier  Acrylic/wood  18 x 23.5"  45 x 59cm
Sassi Roccamalatina   Laurie Fox Pessemier  Acrylic/canvas  12 x 16  30 x 40cm
  Acrylic/canvas  12 x 16  30 x 40cm
 Cherry Trees 30 April  Blair Pessemier   16 x 12"  40 x 30cm
Tree by road in rain   Laurie Pessemier   16 x 12"  40 x 30cm


Artnotes:  Pasta in Singapore

This week began with Liberation Day in Italy.   25 April marks the fall of Mussolini's Italian Social Republic and the end of the Nazi occupation in Italy in 1945, towards the end of the second World War.   There were banners and wreaths and the marvelous musical band of Rocca Malatina in the square.  Blair painted a picture of Paul’s house, with banners hanging from the windows, adjacent to the memorial.

This was our last week of Italian conversation for a while with our beloved teacher Antonella.  We are outrageously busy at the moment with:  painting sales, shows, visitors and painting workshops.   It is always a slippery slope as we fall back into English, forgetting our verbs.

Patrick, the husband of this weekend’s painter, loves the Italian language.  “If you want to have a successful product, give it an Italian name”.   He cites lovely words like Ferrari, or Lamborghini… Missoni, Versace, et cetera.   He is from Singapore.

It was a cold painting experience for his wife, a wonderful painter, originally from Malaysia.   Coming from the region of the Equator, they were frozen in the cool, damp weather Italy has been experiencing.  We turned our own house heat up to 75 (24C), which was something I’ve long wanted to do.  It was warm and relaxing.  

We painted up at the Sassi, the big rock (70+ meters tall/almost 250 feet) on Friday afternoon.   He sat at the Faro café, with its marvelous (inside) views.  A double room with a breathtaking view there is just 50 a night, including breakfast.   The owner’s little daughter brought out her easel and painted from the deck, shyly trying to hide her work.  It was great.

We visited with the Singaporeans over dinner – I made them rabbit, which they’d never had before.  She liked it, he didn’t as much.  It is thrilling to have people from so far away in little Rocca Malatina.  Of course, everyone in town noticed them; “are they Japanese?” someone asked us at the café on Saturday morning.

We painted at Castello di Serravalle, and then at Monte Corone.   A man stopped to take a picture, with the borgo in the background of the painting.  I loved the internationality of it all:  an American, an Asian, a European photographer and town.

They loved Pasta Fresca, our fresh pasta store across the street.  They bought two large boxes to bring home.  “Maybe we should open a fresh pasta store in Singapore?”

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