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 40cmAcrylic/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?”