26 June 2022 Roccamalatina, MO Italia
Smooth Road, Clear Day…why am I the only one travelin’ this way? Bill Evans
“Detour Ahead” best sung by Ella (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Frxssz-hk0w&list=RDFrxssz-hk0w&start_radio=1 )
I need a smooth road to paint a picture. No bumps, no interruptions, no pressure. Much of this week I couldn’t paint. There is something about MOVING that really throws one off: in Maslow’s hierarchy of needs, it’s a basic.
So this week, instead of paintings, I’m offering a couple photos of our new house. It used to be a stable for a horse. It has a big fenced yard, and inside there is about 1500 square feet. We move a couple of boxes a day, or a Persian rug (I’ve been washing them myself), or a piece of furniture we’ve bought. Before this, our house was furnished, perfectly, but we owned none of it.
I am feeling sad about leaving this house at the end of the summer, but I know the heating costs could bankrupt us. Here in Italy, they are talking about severe fuel shortages (this week, airplanes have been sitting on the Italian tarmac for lack of jet fuel), and natural gas is our only form of heat at Villa Loris. At least the new place has wood burning potential. And it’s romantic.
We’ve launched a new Instagram account, “Poetic Fences" @poeticfences – Blair’s idea, actually. We post poetic themes, mostly photos, of fences and other edges. Out walking to the ends of the earth, or at least the limits of Rocca Malatina, with Berlino, we see beautiful scenes in the morning light. When the painting picks back up, we’ll continue on Laurie Pessemier. Who says we can’t have two sites? With a smooth road, anything is possible.
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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