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Saturday, October 28, 2017

Artnotes: Home is where you make it  Artnotes:  Home is where you make it
​Home is where you make it (Chicken roosting in pot)  Laurie Fox Pessemier  Acrylic/newspaper 16 x 23"  41 x 59cm  

Here’s a short artnotes from a busy week.  A screw went loose on me (literally, in my bionic shoulder) so the week started on shaky ground.  We visited the Grotto Labante with a guest from Chicago, and dined out more than once.  The big news is that the tiny apartment outside of Rome that we offered to buy in June is finally ours.  Now we are deciding whether we can stay part of the time in Rocca Malatina, our home.  

Our Dog, Harika  Laurie Fox Pessemier  Acrylic/newspaper 16 x 23"  41 x 59cm  

We learned a lot this past week, taking down our artshows, first in Modena:  1 sale; then in Zocca: 2 small sales.  Location, location, location is what Lucky, the refugee who studied marketing in Nigeria told us. Lucky happened to be standing around in Modena both when we had to put up the show, and then take it down.  An expert of the street, he pointed out how the Bottega d’Arte was just a little off the beaten track. 

In Zocca we were on the main street, but there were booths set up on the sidewalk in front of our store, rendering us invisible.   Water, water everywhere, nor any drop to drink:  30,000 people passing by, but less than 10 came into the store. 

Church Door in Zocca (praying for business) 9.5 x 14”  25 x 35 cm  

This all bodes well for the prospect of selling paintings in Rome.  If we can find the right spot, there should be plenty of business.

​Thanksgiving  Laurie Fox Pessemier  Acrylic/newspaper 16 x 23"  41 x 59cm 

Since people learned we bought a new house, we’ve been flooded with offers to stay in Rocca Malatina.   We feel so honored.  It is likely we will either stay in our present house, summer only, or move to a more modest, but very charming place 500 meters from here, with a good spot for the Christmas tree.  We could split our time between Rocca Malatina (where we have many friends) and Stimigliano (where we can paint on our own walls).   Here’s some pictures of our new town, not yet painted:

Stimigliano Borgo                              Outside the front door

View from the balcony​

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