Sunday, August 15, 2021

Artnotes: The Fountain of Youth


 Blair Swimming in the Fountain of Youth  Laurie Pessemier  acrylic/canvas16 x 18"  40 x 46cm    550.00
Since the pandemic, our pizzeria across the street has been closed.  The owner died of Covid, and now his ex-wife and his current partner are fighting over the place.  They had the best pizza maker ever.  I was delighted to discover he is now making pizzas at the Ginevra restaurant, just a couple of miles from here.  We went there for dinner Wednesday night, and he was as happy to see us as we were to see him.
Chrysippus (he died laughing)  Blair Pessemier  Acrylic/canvas  16 x 10.5"  27 x 41cm  450.00
It was a sultry night, as so many are here lately.  We sat on the deck, in little clothes, and watched as the lights came on across the landscape.  We tried to see the shooting stars, but it wasn’t dark or clear enough.  Along with our 90 degree temperatures, there is a haze.
I admired the lamb chops, cooked on the wood grill, now on the dish of a neighboring diner.
Cleanthes (boxer, Stoic, lived to be 100)  Blair Pessemier  Acrylic/canvas  16 x 10.5"  27 x 41cm  450.00
Harika stayed home, but we walked with her in the dark night afterwards.  We are desperately trying to keep her cool in this heat.  We swim every day, at the fountain of youth.

“You guys look GREAT,” our friend Angela tells us.  “That trip to France must have agreed with you.” 
We did feel great in Paris.  I even RAN across the road; I walked miles, willingly.   The fact is, it wasn’t Paris that made us feel good.  The phenomenon started before we left.  It was the Fountain of Youth.
Lucky Foo Dogs (really lions)  Laurie Fox Pessemier  Acrylic/canvas  12 x 14"  30 x 35cm  450.00
Yes, we have found the fountain of youth right here in Rocca Malatina, Italy.  Every day we go swimming in the icy, slightly sulfated water just a short distance from our house.   How cold is it?  Really cold.  I brought a thermometer to test it and the thermometer broke.   
Pythagoras  Blair Pessemier  acrylic/canvas   16 x 10.5"  41 x 27cm  450.00
The Fountain of Youth is a difficult place to find, which partially explains the dearth of people.   You must be an extreme walker to get there, although I see hikers and bicyclers nearby from time to time. We park our car beneath a tree.  Lying in the water, we can look up at the Sassi of Rocca Malatina, the landmark that puts our town on the map.
It’s right next door to a B&B, la Quiete; It has a snack bar/restaurant, too.  We bought ice creams today after swimming with our friend (he only went halfway in) They have music on Thursday evenings.  There’s a help wanted sign, and maybe they’re looking for a cook.
Asters   Laurie Fox Pessemier  Acrylic/canvas  12 x 14"  30 x 35cm  350.00
After a dip in the fountain of youth, you feel firmed up.  Even my feet are smaller, and I can wear formerly tight shoes.  I have a completely different attitude when I emerge, than from when I went in.  I am happier, younger; Harika, too. 
Thucydides (first historian to write about his own times) Blair Pessemier  acrylic/canvas   16 x 10.5"  41 x 27cm  450.00

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