Sunday, June 19, 2022

Artnotes: Never Wash a Dish Again


18 June  2022 Roccamalatina,MO Italia
Pomegranate Blossom  Laurie Fox  Pessemier   Acrylic/canvas   10.5 x 7"  25 x 35cm  375.00
Well, nuts!  Blair went to Castiglion Fiorentino for the week and Bernie and I were stuck here in Roccamalatina.  It’s impossible to get work done where Berlino is present (he’s just TOO much fun), and the pressure is on to finish our renovation in CF before the 2 July.    What I didn’t know is that they are having a Palio there on Sunday, and on Thursday, they started marching the horses into town. Blair awoke on Friday to hooves on the cobblestones, and a town arrayed with flags.   He took pictures.
It wasn’t all bad here in Roccamalatina, actually.  Every morning we went out for coffee and a walk.  The dog is very gentle with me; he knows he has an old mother.   He hangs in the backyard while I pack and paint, and mop my sweaty brow.
Rolls of Hay   Laurie Fox Pessemier  Acrylic/canvas  10.5 x 16"   27 x 41cm   450.00
I installed the pavilion out front and sat beneath its shade to paint the hay rolls gathered from our yard.  The roses are currently “over the top” and I filled our big copper basin with their blooms.  I picked them before a predicted thunderstorm, which actually knocked out our power, a challenge to restart.  I was amazed at how much more difficult life was on my own and developed a greater appreciation for the “single mom”.  Without a car.  In 90+ degree weather.  In the country.
Geranium Sketches    Laurie Fox Pessemier  Acrylic/cardboard  10 x 14"  25 x 35cm  pair 350.00
By the time Friday rolled around, I wondered how people manage when one partner travels for work.  After 42 years (our anniversary was 8 June), we have really gotten into a groove of delegated tasks.  I hope I never have to wash a dish again.
Three Colors of Pansies  Laurie Fox Pessemier  Acrylic/canvas 9.5 x 14"  24 x 35cm  450.00

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