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Monday, July 11, 2016

A Point of Reference

  
View from Giselle (the boat)  Laurie Fox Pessemier  Acrylic/canvas  16 x 20"  

This past week we picked up friends from their boat in Rhode Island and drove them back to their home on Long Island.  I think it was one of the most beautiful routes we have ever driven.  We took the ferry from New London to Orient Point, on Long Island.  Blair, Harika and I sat outside, on the deck of the boat, in the fresh air.  We passed the former light house that looks like a miniature Victorian building --   really it is as big as a normal house, but there is no point of reference out in the ocean.

We drove by farm stands and fish stores, stocking up on steamers for dinner.   The sun took on that deep golden hue one sees by the sea.   Thick air, very warm.  

Our friends have a delightful home, handmade of bits of wood.   Harika chased the goose.  We talked about what we are doing,  politics (of course, impossible to avoid) and getting older.  Thinking about getting older is against my better judgement:  the most successful old people I know NEVER think about being old.   We know people as old as 102, and they never stopped doing the things they always did:  playing bridge, going to art openings, having fun.  And I can’t tell if they had a shaky bit in their 60s and 70s.   I don’t think so.

Ship   Laurie Fox Pessemier   Linocut/ship log paper   12 x 16"   

On Wednesday, we painted from our friend’s boat.  A big supporter of our Monet painting boat idea, we made a “shake down” cruise on his sailboat.  The sun was a little too hot, but the basic idea was wonderful.    It will take some getting used to, but I am going to find a new route to realize the idea.

We are searching for that perfect new art show.  Later in the month we’ll have our “porch show” on Highland Lake in Winsted.  Meanwhile, we will be at the Madison Connecticut Scranton Library show on 22-23 July from 1-5 PM.   We went to the Elephant’s Trunk flea market to see if it is a good venue—it wasn’t, but we bought an old ship’s log that I am printing on.  Call us if you want us to bring our paintings to your house.  

Lobster   Laurie Fox Pessemier   Linocut/ship log paper    12 x 15"
The weather has been up and down – I’ve only gone swimming four times since we arrived on 26 June.  But we’re here another month.  Plenty of time to figure it all out.


​Ship (impressionist version/wet)   Laurie Fox Pessemier   Linocut/ship log paper    12 x 15"  


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