Sunday, May 21, 2023

Artnotes: There Will Be Risotto


Peacock  Laurie Fox Pessemier  Acrylic/oil pastel/canvas 32 x 42"  81 x 107cm   795.00
When is it going to stop RAINING?   It's the $64,000.00 question on the forefront of everyone’s mind; as hillsides slide onto the road (even on the A1 Autostrada), puddles get deeper, and more fruit is destroyed.   A visiting friend drove through a good six inches of water over the road in Bazzano on his way to the airport, to gett back to sunny England.
The good news is that the Po River, down to 1/10th of its normal flow in February has gained 9 feet and is normal again.  There will be risotto.
Good Weather for Frogs   Commission by Blair
The weather has put the kibash on our travels back to Stimigliano, although we are not that anxious because it’s raining there, too.  And that residence is less than half the size of this one.  Wet dog in a smaller venue. 

We’ve taken this free time to recuperate from our test, and paint once again.   Blair had two commissions, and I press on with the large animal theme.  I love these animals, and can’t wait for it to clear up so I can see critters in the woods.
Poppy in Ottoman Pitcher   Blair Pessemier   Acrylic/canvas  23.5 x 16"  60 x 40cm  490.00
We can’t get to the big store, and have had to limit our purchases to our small local grocery.  I make sardine masala.   In fact there are two grocery stores in this town of 500 people.  Choices remain limited, but one specializes in meats, the other in cleaning and household products.  I am ironing more in this weather; I meant to buy starch. 
CHEETAH   Fox Pessemier  Acrylic/oil pastel/canvas 24.5 x 49"  62 x 123cm  890.00
Dullsville is all I can say.  I could hoot and holler over climate change, air travel and two-car households.  But meanwhile, I’ll just towel off our stinky wet dog and think of risotto.
Peacock Feathers  Blair Pessemier   Acrylic/canvas  21.5 x 15"  55 x 38cm  490.00
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