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Saturday, June 11, 2016

ooo ooo ooo


 Laurie Fox Pessemier  Bridge from Below   Acrylic/canvas  18 x 12"  45 x 30cm
                    Blair Pessemier  Bridge from Above  Acrylic/linen  16 x 13"  41 x 33cm
 Terra Cotta figures by Laurie

 Campanile  Blair Pessemier   Acrylic/canvas  18 x 12"  45 x 30cm
Bowl of Cherries   Laurie Fox Pessemier   Acrylic/canvas panel  12 x 12   30 x 30cm

Artnotes:  ooo ooo ooo

One never knows when the creative urge will hit…it almost never hits Blair nor I when it is raining outside, so this afternoon, when the sun came out we went hog wild.

Blair raced up to the campanile to paint – he’d been there earlier in the week, ringing!  Unlike many up-to-date towns with electronic bells, we still have bell ringers.  Actually, the hourly bells are mechanically activated, but the four big bells are rung, in changes, by a team of bell ringers.  We were walking by there on Monday night, when they practice, and they invited us up to the belfry.  The stairs, ladders really, were quite rickety.  I decided it might be best to stay below with Harika.   I knew I could climb up there, but climbing down for me is heart-thumping.  Scared: now you know.  

And although they had earphones for humans, they had no dog-size mufflers.  Harika hates bells, anyway, coming from an Islamic country as she does:  in Tunisia it was thought that where there were bells, angels weren’t.  When we first brought Harika to the USA at Christmas, she barked at every Salvation Army bell-ringer.   She’s moderated since, but this would have been too much.  Blair enjoyed for the whole family, ringing his bell.

I got 20 kilos of terra-cotta, and sitting on our sunny porch, I crafted a chicken family and a man with a hat.   I am planning to sculpt some full size heads, but have to wait for the balloon store (the Eta-Beta newsstand) to open.   We’ll see.   This was all instigated by the full size horse-head sculpture Blair has underway.

I got two brilliant ideas when the sun shone earlier in the week – under closer inspection, one might be a little hokey, but the other one, involving books, will come to fruition, and I’ll let you know.   

Speaking of fruition, I painted a still life today, of cherries (leftovers from the clafoutis Blair made)   Ooo ooo ooo what a little SUNSHINE can do.

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