Sunday, June 05, 2022

Artnotes: Spaghetti


4 June 2022 Roccamalatina, MO Italia
Rose Behind an Oriental Grill  (and inspiration) Laurie Fox Pessemier  Acrylic/canvas 11 x 13cm   27 x 33cm  450.00
I have been FORCING myself to paint this week…I got out of the groove some time ago, and it is tremendously difficult to get going again.  Roses abound in my garden.  I have been pleased with the result of painting again, and my mental attitude is greatly improved.
Pale Roses  Laurie Fox Pessemier 14 x 24"  45 x 60 cm  Acrylic/canvas 575.00
It was a holiday here this week:  Republic Day.  In 1946, Italy voted to be a democratically-elected republic rather than a monarchy.  Although the victory was clear (54% voted for the republic), it wasn’t unanimous, which surprises me.  Formerly, the House of Savoie ruled Italy.  There are parades and fireworks, mostly near Rome.  We are having spaghetti for dinner.
Tropea Onions (my fave Italian onion) Laurie Fox Pessemier  Acrylic/canvas  15 x 24"  38 x 60cm  575.00
We went to Ikea this week to buy things for the house we are decorating.  I can’t think of any store I’d rather not go to.  The plan is so convoluted, one can barely get around (it must encourage people to buy more); and the people who work there are absolutely draconian.  Blair asked for a cart, and the woman behind the desk shouted as he started to take the carriage (you aren’t allowed behind here!) and an enforcer took charge.  Just then, the otherwise perfectly behaved Berlino peed in the aisle.

Of course, we don’t encourage that behavior. Harika used to do the same thing if one of us were threatened.  I recall a particular instance at the airport when security confiscated a silver pin I was wearing – she made her feelings known.

Berlino is out at the crack of dawn, and we are on our big walk about 6:30.  We run into an old nun with a blind, diabetic miniature doberman.  "We’re like the postman," she says this morning; "same time every day".   We usually take a path through the woods after that – sniffing out the wild boar and the badger’s nightly forays. Berlino nets twice the exercise as he darts into every nook and cranny.  The sound of the birds is breathtaking – a real cacophony of nature.  On our way back we pass Arturo, a sort-of-Norwich terrier.  He may only weigh 10 pounds, but he can really take his owners on a ride.  Today we consult about vaccinations and riding in the car; and how this terrible humidity makes a walk exhausting. 
Pink Roses Glass Vase   Laurie Fox Pessemier  acrylic/canvas 11 x 13cm   27 x 33cm  450.00
We have been moving, bit by little bit, to our new house.  I brought over some herbs that I planted in the garden.  We are selecting light fixtures.  Berlino loves going there because he can run free in the yard.  And sometimes he just lies in the grass. 

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