Saturday, June 24, 2023

Artnotes: A Bigger Pool


Tivoli Gardens   Blair Pessemier  Acrylic/ canvas panel 10  x 14" 25 x  35 cm   390.00
Wow, did I miss everyone who reads Artnotes last week.  Artnotes has been a critical part of my persona since 1998.  Yes, 25 years of artnotes x 52 weeks a year = 1300 episodes.  “Did you paint anything for Artnotes this week?” I ask Blair.
Blue Elephant   Laurie Pessemier   Acrylic/canvas/oil pastel  36 x 23.5"  90 x 60cm    695.00
We have had many guests this month.   An enjoyable, if sometimes exhausting, event.  Some guests are easier than others.   A weekend visitor two weeks ago not only removed her used sheets, but made the bed with fresh ones!!  “My mother-in-law does this,” she announced, “and I thank her so much.” I will remember it.  The biggest thing I notice with guests is their circadian rhythm: most guests don’t wake until well into the morning. I actually prefer that, so I can get early morning projects done and walk Berlino, sit with my cup of tea.  I can fit my whole workday in between 5:30 and 10 AM and then I am free to do nothing.  Night life isn’t my strong suit.
 The Ringmaster at Practice  Blair Pessemier   Acrylic/canvas  20 x 24"  50 x 60cm    590.00
This week, we visited a friend who rented a house in Italy.  It is one of those enormous Tuscan villas with graveled paths, and a living room which would contain my entire Stimigliano apartment.  The arched doors are 12 feet high, opening up all the way – the ceilings inside are 20 feet tall.  The amazing thing is that there is a coziness to the place – unlike some French chateaux, or British houses of similar size.   Hats off to the decorator and those Medici who were involved in its construction.
Geranium   Laurie Fox  Pessemier  Acrylic/canvas/oil pastel  (painted edge to edge canvas  unstretched)   21 x 17"   53 x 43cm    350.00
We spent our time alongside the pool, with Berlino (he’s not allowed inside the building).  He found an old wooden ball he chewed on for our 3 hour visit.  There was a special house to change into swimsuits, and butterfly-dotted lavender bloomed all around.  It was terrific.  Our friend’s idea was much the same as ours:  have a big beautiful place (I think she has 10 bedrooms) and people will WANT to come. A maid and gardener, of course.  Her family from brothers and sisters to grandchildren enjoyed it.
Snake  Laurie Fox Pessemier Acrylic/Canvas/Oil Pastel  7 x 35"  17.59 x 8cm   550.00
Hemlock Lodge, our beloved summer home, was a little like that, but the designation of vacation house is where the similarity stopped.  We did have a bigger pool (Highland Lake).  Welcome summer.
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