Sunday, November 26, 2023

Artnotes: A Maze

Doorway    Blair Pessemier  Acrylic/canvas   18 x 15"  46 x 38cm   450.00
Blair and I try to celebrate ALL the holidays, Italian and American, but Thanksgiving is a tough one, in a place where there are few other Americans.  We were invited to an Italian’s house, provided we bought and cooked the turkey at home and brought it over.  We declined.  
Two Lemons Pessemier Acrylic/ paper  17 x 23"    43 x 59cm   250.00 
Instead we went to see an art show.  It is one of my favorite places, outside of Parma:  Franco Maria Ricci’s Museum and Labyrinth.   The show featured one of my favorite authors, the Turkish writer, Orhan Pamuk.  He started out as an artist, then became a writer, and now has been combining the two.  I think it is why I like his writing so much:  he thinks like a painter.
Panaro in Autumn   Laurie Fox Pessemier  Acrylic/oil pastel/wood   13 x 6.5"  33 x 17cm   250.00
There were dozens of his sketchbooks to look at, and there were wall sized videos of him talking, from beautiful Istanbul, about his drawings and his writings.  He felt they were a continuation of the same thing, only writing was more serious, concentrated, but the drawings were more joyous, free flowing, from the heart.   There was much emphasis on landscape, which prompted me to go out, next day to paint the trees at the Panaro river.
November in Roccamalatina   Blair Pessemier  Acrylic/canvas   14 x 14"  35 x 35cm   350.00
I really want to combine writing in my art, but haven’t quite come upon just how to do it.  I have some pictures around that I can see that happening with.  There is something about the surface of canvas that is not so compatible with a pen.   This is the best kind of problem to have:  I can feel my brain stretching right now.
No Bananas   Laurie Fox Pessemier  Acrylic/oil paster/paper  21.5 x 21.5"   55  x 55cm   250.00
Berlino decided to stay home.  It was a shame because one can use a good scent dog in the Labyrinth.  The property contains the largest maze in the world.  It stretches over 8 hectares, and has 3 kilometers of bamboo lined paths.   There are 20 different kinds of bamboo (3 stories high), as well as more difficult to grow specimens around the outer grounds.   And yes, it is easy to get lost – I believe it’s why Blair isn’t as keen on it as I am.  The first time we went in, they got our cell phone numbers just in case.  Now, it’s up to you to call and have someone come and rescue you.
Napoleon Teacup   Laurie Fox Pessemier  Acrylic/oil pastel/wood   13 x 6.5"  33 x 17cm   250.00
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