Sunday, June 01, 2014

Artnotes: A Sunday in the Country

The Forest Blue and Yellow  Blair Pessemier  Acrylic/linen  14 x 20"  35 x 50cm 

Artnotes:  A Sunday in the Country

​A Sunday in the Country:  Un dimanche à la campagne is our new show:  next Sunday in Yerres, France, just 30 minutes from Paris.  Take the RER D from Gare de Lyon (or other) to Yerres.

People have been asking us about our “house in the country” – a month or two ago, we were desperately seeking a refuge away from Paris.   We have had a WONDERFUL time looking for our house in the country, painting as we went along.  So when the proprietor of the little caretakers cottage in Yerres asked us WHEN we were going to rent, we jumped in with both feet and said:  how about next weekend?  We’ll have a party.

SO, we are showing our paintings for four days in Yerres, along the river, across from the Caillebotte estate, where Caillebotte’s painting are likewise on exhibit.  His are not for sale.

On Sunday next, the 8 June, we’ll serve Prosecco and biscotti, and mill around like Sunday people in the country.   What could be better? (it’s our 34th wedding anniversary, as well)

The best we can do is an electronic invitation and a hope for many new people to stop by.  Meanwhile Harika can enjoy the great outdoors and I’ll breathe fresh air.

City View Gray Day  Laurie Fox Pessemier  Acrylic/canvas  19.5 x 20.5" 100 x 52 cm  
​Meanwhile, we’ve been ever so Parisien.  We painted this week along the Seine, with a delightful aunt and niece, both talented – we all painted two pictures.   I painted out our window on a grey day – we seem to have a lot of those lately.

​Our pictures on show by the Seine (niece, blair, laurie, aunt, blair)

​The Seine  Blair Pessemier  Acrylic/linen  13 x 16"  33 x 41 cm   

I went to the Monumenta show in the Grand Palais this week – that is ultra-city.   A little lost city is constructed within the huge universe of the Grand Palais by marvelously quirky “(former) Soviet” artists Ilya and Emilia Kabakov.  

Although my initial reaction was “darn, I am going to have to THINK about this”, pretty soon the impact of the show hit me, and led me around, as if in a dream. (if you are not led around by yourself, there are young, good looking guides who are eager to explain it all to you.) It was like magic:   a lost, ancient city; cosmic communication, angels, and portals…  I came away thinking about life in a different way – the typical straight-line-ruler was gone, and I was thinking about time, vestiges left by things past and how we perceive them.  I felt calm and happy for hours afterward.

Conciergerie Laurie Fox Pessemier   Acrylic/linen  11 x 14"  27 x 35 cm

And I was more open to suggestion – when you wrote, when is your next show, and did you find that place in the country, and the cottage on the Yerres became once again available, I followed my dream.
Join us next weekend --  to get to Yerres, you can take the RER D train from Paris Gare de Lyon – just 27 minutes!  Follow the Caillebotte markers in the sidewalk, to the Caillebotte show and our show across the street.

Laurie and Blair Pessemier

 Pont Neuf and Boat   Blair Pessemier   Acrylic/linen  12 x 12  30 x 30cm
 Dome   Laurie Fox Pessemier   Acrylic/linen  11 x 14"  27 x 35 cm

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