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Saturday, December 17, 2016

Artnotes: Stockings

Amaryllis  Laurie Fox Pessemier  Acrylic/canvas  20 x 12"  50 x 30cm

Concierge in a past Paris Hallway (memory) Blair Pessemier   Acrylic/panel  12 x 8"  30 x 20cm

​Winter trees at Verucchio (brrr)  Laurie Fox Pessemier   Acrylic/canvas  12 x 8"  30 x 20cm

​Wreath from Boughs at Verucchio   Laurie Fox Pessemier   Acrylic/canvas  12 x 16"  30 x 40 cm 
The Stockings

It has gotten really cold here.  No snow, but the temperatures are below freezing.  Our house is warmer than it was, but is still chilly.  The skies are brilliant blue and the sun has a near coral cast.  I want to paint outside, but I need two pair of socks.

We are focusing on our trip to Sicily.  Although it will not be “hot” there, temperatures should be in the 50s (Celsius teens).   I booked our ferry from Naples to Palermo, and paid the downpayment on our apartment.  We are planning some serious painting – I’ve order tons of canvases.  If you would like to join us for a few days of painting, let me know.

My best friend is coming for a few days to search for his Sicilian grandfather’s birth certificate.  I love these kind of adventures and will bring a flashlight to illuminate those dusty church basements. 

I am also thinking about the NEW YEAR!  Hooray, 2017!  I am going to make Artnotes even better:  a real website, easier to sign up for.   I would love to hear any SUGGESTIONS you might have for improvements, and new ideas.

I have actually been writing Artnotes since 1998, and have made very few changes.  My own body has undergone more adjustment.   Now, it seems I was very young when I undertook this lifestyle – in 1993, I was 30-something.   Last week, I signed up for retirement benefits (while there is still something in the US gov’t pot). 

We are awaiting friends for Christmas.  Our tree is up, the mistletoe hung over the door.  We found some fir-tree clippings at Verucchio, where I painted this week, and made wreathes for the big gates out front.  A friend brought a poinsettia and I have an amaryllis.  The Stockings are all that are left to fill.


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