Tuesday, November 15, 2016

WHAT NOW.....?

 Yeah, last week was a tough week...in many ways, but once we have dried our tears ( we cannot cry forever) then we must hang on to what we know and who we are, and look to those things in life we cherish. For James and me that includes a list of things, but we will begin by getting back into our studios, sitting down at our easels....
......Working and Creating.



James Aponovich
Sunflowers, Villa Aurelia, Rome (detail)
oil on canvas, 40" x 32"




Music, Classical, plays throughout the day and in each of our studios. Calming, most of the time.
A restorative daily walk helps the day begin, and since we are at easels  much of the day I think our legs thank us for the daily exercise, not to mention fresh air and a good dose of Vitamin-D.
Books fill the shelves, most have been read, some still wait for the covers to be open. We absorb the words whether they tell of real events or fiction.
Music and Books........Restorative.



Elizabeth Johansson Aponovich
Oriental Poppies ( in progress)
oil on canvas



Cooking is an ongoing event in our kitchen. Cold weather cooking is especially fun with braising, roasting, soup making, etc.  We have just finished devouring our crop of figs. James has a fabulous recipe for Caramelized Figs which I will share in an upcoming post. 
Tonight we are having a pasta forno with mezzi rigatoni , parmesan and a  garlicky tomato sauce with guanciale......
Cooking.......Warm and Comforting.


Cooking Spaghetti Carbonara in our kitchen



Our daughter, Ana, lives on the other side of the state so we see her as often as we can, and talk with her frequently. We like her, and of course, love her, lots!...
....Loving & Caring

Sadly, the past week she has not been feeling well, so today we are worried, which is another  element of caring and family.



Portrait of Ana with Strawberries
James Aponovich
oil on panel



Tomorrow evening we have friends here for dinner. Having people you like around a dinner table is something that binds us all....
....Family, Friends, Conversation, Food, Wine and Laughter.




Although it is now November and the garden has more or less been tended to and put to bed for the winter planning for next season continues through the cold months of winter. There are always changes to be made, plants to move and new plants to be discovered. The garden is a place of quiet reflection...
.....Serenity





In the living room with  a fire in the fireplace and  two Negroni's  is pretty nice. This is a Sunday ritual for James and me. Nothing like it......
.....Home with the person you love.





James has just painted Rome. As he  paints he finds he can loose himself in Rome's streets, monuments and churches. It is quite incredible, and I understand that especially right now it is a good place to escape to with a paintbrush....
.....Art.....Rome


James Aponovich
Sunflowers, Villa Aurelia, Rome (detail)
oil on canvas


When I cannot sleep I close my eyes and picture myself walking through the narrow streets of Panicale. Panicle is built on a hill and the streets and stairs take you up to the top of town to the campanile and the piazza Podesta. In my attempt to fall off to sleep I never quite make it all the way up there before I fall off to sleep.....
Panicale...Imagining


Lake Trasimeno from Panicale







We think of the beauty of Italy and our friends in Panicale. ....
...Dream of Italy.....Dream of Panicale.

Beyond just dreaming of Italy tis better to be in Italy! The pace of life slows. The beauty of the place is not comparable, you must be in it. The people are kind. Food is important and made with love. The art incredible....
....Life on Italian Time



In the garden (Panicale)with friends



......Wine



OK. Let's get back to work now.






and some play.....




It is really the time to be.....
'Better Angels.'












WHAT NOW.....?

 Yeah, last week was a tough week...in many ways, but one we have dried our tears ( we cannot cry forever) then, we must hang on to what we know and who we are. We look to those things in life we cherish. For James and me that includes a list of things, but we will begin by getting back into our studios, sitting down at our easels....
......Working and Creating.



James Aponovich
Sunflowers, Villa Aurelia, Rome (detail)
oil on canvas, 40" x 32"




Music, Classical, plays throughout the day and in each of our studios. Calming, most of the time.
A restorative daily walk helps the day begin, and since we are at easels  much of the day I think our legs thank us for the daily exercise, not to mention fresh air and a good dose of Vitamin-D....
Music........Restorative.



Elizabeth Johansson Aponovich
Oriental Poppies ( in progress)
oil on canvas



Cooking is an ongoing event in our kitchen. Cold weather cooking is especially fun with braising, roasting, soup making, etc.  We have just finished devouring our crop of figs. James has a fabulous recipe for Caramelized Figs which I will share in an upcoming post. 
Tonight we are having a pasta forno with mezzi rigatoni , parmesan and a  garlicky tomato sauce with guanciale......
Cooking.......Warm and Comforting.


Cooking Spaghetti Carbonara in our kitchen



Our daughter, Ana, lives on the other side of the state so we see her as often as we can, and talk with her frequently. We like her, and of course, love her, lots!...
....Loving & Caring

Sadly, the past week she has not been feeling well, so today we are worried, which is another  element of caring and family.



Portrait of Ana with Strawberries
James Aponovich
oil on panel



Tomorrow evening we have friends here for dinner. Having people you like around a dinner table is something that binds us all....
....Family, Friends, Conversation, Food, Wine and Laughter.




Although it is now November and the garden has more or less been tended to and put to bed for the winter planning for next season continues through the cold months of winter. There are always changes to be made, plants to move and new plants to be discovered. The garden is a place of quiet reflection...
.....Serenity





In the living room with  a fire in the fireplace and  two Negroni's  is pretty nice. This is a Sunday ritual for James and me. Nothing like it......
.....Home with the person you love.





James has just painted Rome. As he  paints he finds he can loose himself in Rome's streets, monuments and churches. It is quite incredible, and I understand that especially right now it is a good place to escape to with a paintbrush....
.....Art.....Rome


James Aponovich
Sunflowers, Villa Aurelia, Rome (detail)
oil on canvas


When I cannot sleep I close my eyes and picture myself walking through the narrow streets of Panicale. Panicle is built on a hill and the streets and stairs take you up to the top of town to the campanile and the piazza Podesta. In my attempt to fall off to sleep I never quite make it all the way up there before I fall off to sleep.....
Panicale...Imagining


Lake Trasimeno from Panicale







We think of the beauty of Italy and our friends in Panicale. ....
...Dream of Italy.....Dream of Panicale.

Beyond just dreaming of Italy tis better to be in Italy! The pace of life slows. The beauty of the place is not comparable, you must be in it. The people are kind. Food is important and made with love. The art incredible....
....Life on Italian Time



In the garden (Panicale)with friends



......Wine



OK. Let's get back to work now.






and some play.....




It is really the time to be.....
'Better Angels.'












WHAT NOW.....?

 Yeah, last week was a tough week...in many ways, but one we have dried our tears ( we cannot cry forever) then, we must hang on to what we know and who we are. We look to those things in life we cherish. For James and me that includes a list of things, but we will begin by getting back into our studios, sitting down at our easels....
......Working and Creating.



James Aponovich
Sunflowers, Villa Aurelia, Rome (detail)
oil on canvas, 40" x 32"




Music, Classical, plays throughout the day and in each of our studios. Calming, most of the time.
A restorative daily walk helps the day begin, and since we are at easels  much of the day I think our legs thank us for the daily exercise, not to mention fresh air and a good dose of Vitamin-D....
........Restorative.



Elizabeth Johansson Aponovich
Oriental Poppies ( in progress)
oil on canvas



Cooking is an ongoing event in our kitchen. Cold weather cooking is especially fun with braising, roasting, soup making, etc.  We have just finished devouring our crop of figs. James has a fabulous recipe for Caramelized Figs which I will share in an upcoming post. 
Tonight we are having a pasta forno with mezzi rigatoni , parmesan and a  garlicky tomato sauce with guanciale......
.......Warm and Comforting.


Cooking Spaghetti Carbonara in our kitchen



Our daughter, Ana, lives on the other side of the state so we see her as often as we can, and talk with her frequently. We like her, and of course, love her, lots!...
....Loving & Caring

Sadly, the past week she has not been feeling well, so today we are worried, which is another  element of caring and family.



Portrait of Ana with Strawberries
James Aponovich
oil on panel



Tomorrow evening we have friends here for dinner. Having people you like around a dinner table is something that binds us all....
....Family, Friends, Conversation, Food, Wine and Laughter.




Although it is now November and the garden has more or less been tended to and put to bed for the winter planning for next season continues through the cold months of winter. There are always changes to be made, plants to move and new plants to be discovered. The garden is a place of quiet reflection...
.....Serenity





In the living room with  a fire in the fireplace and  two Negroni's  is pretty nice. This is a Sunday ritual for James and me. Nothing like it......
.....Home with the person you love.





James has just painted Rome. As he  paints he finds he can loose himself in Rome's streets, monuments and churches. It is quite incredible, and I understand that especially right now it is a good place to escape to with a paintbrush....
.....Art.....Rome


James Aponovich
Sunflowers, Villa Aurelia, Rome (detail)
oil on canvas


When I cannot sleep I close my eyes and picture myself walking through the narrow streets of Panicale. Panicle is built on a hill and the streets and stairs take you up to the top of town to the campanile and the piazza Podesta. In my attempt to fall off to sleep I never quite make it all the way up there before I fall off to sleep.....
...Imagining


Lake Trasimeno from Panicale







We think of the beauty of Italy and our friends in Panicale. ....
...Dream of Italy.....Dream of Panicale.

Beyond just dreaming of Italy tis better to be in Italy! The pace of life slows. The beauty of the place is not comparable, you must be in it. The people are kind. Food is important and made with love. The art incredible....
....Life on Italian Time



In the garden (Panicale)with friends



......Wine



OK. Let's get back to work now.






and some play.....




It is really the time to be.....
'Better Angels.'












Monday, October 31, 2016

CALLA LILIES OVER TRASIMENO



Calla Lilies Over Trasimeno
James Aponovich
oil on canvas,  50" x 34"


TERREMOTO

The Earth shakes and cities are destroyed. Amatrice, Norcia and Castelluccio will never be the same. Buildings that have stood for 800 years are rubble. The geological forces that are unleashed as the African Tectonic plate slides under the European are felt as pain and loss.

Just beyond the Mountains in this painting is the epicenter.

Our hearts go out to everyone touched by this disaster.

James & Elizabeth




Monday, October 24, 2016

BACK ROAD IN AUTUMN....From Peterborough to Hancock, NH.


Here in New Hampshire the flag of autumn is shown in bright colors of the Sugar Maples followed by the more earthy russets of the oaks. The true sign of a pending New England winter is the wood pile and here is ours.



Out back, over the garden the trees at "peak" color just a few days ago. The tall New England Asters provide color and the bees adore them. I did attempt to cut a few stems for a vase, but the flowers were so full of bees at work I just left the flowers to them.




ON THE ROAD..... Peterborough to Hancock

First  to Peterborough to buy a newspaper, and some coffee for the morning.



Coming down the hill into town it was difficult to get a good shot of Peterborough through trees and with trucks going past, but here it is, although it really is much prettier.




The Peterborough Town House is at the corner of Main Street and Grove Street , aka, Grover's Corner, and if you are familiar with Thornton Wilder's play "Our Town", you will recognize this as the town that inspired Wilder. Copeland too was moved and composed a piece of music after the play, also titled "Our Town".
James tells me that if you listen very carefully you can hear this music as you enter town....

It is up to you whether to believe him...or not.



The Contoocook River runs through  town.



Like every town  there is a Main St., where you can find a market, a stationary store, The Mariposa Museum, a woman's clothing store and antique shop, Around the corner, a real diner, a movie theater and a great bookstore. There's more....just walk and see what you might find around each corner!



TIME TO MOVE ON.......to Hancock


It was such a glorious day that James and I decided to get out of our studios and take a ride to the neighboring town of Hancock. The clear blue of the skies made the colors of the foliage amazing and the long late afternoon shadows added drama to the landscape.



I often post about our time in Umbria with its beautiful landscapes, medieval villages , and art-filled churches and museums, but I must say that New Hampshire holds a wealth of visual splendor as well.





To reach Hancock, James drove up Windy Row. There are a few farms along the way and this one has a magnificent herd of herefords. These animals are huge! In the large pasture there is a sign that reads...












Approaching the village there is a field with  newly sheared sheep that are curious and come over to check us out.  There is another farm that has belted black and white cows and goats that are often out in the pasture, but not on this day. 
On Hancock's Main Street there is a place that sells goat cheese, aptly named Main Street Cheese.




Main Street, Hancock is rich in historic buildings, the Meeting House (1820) is a grand example of what we think of as New England architecture. The blue sky does does its part to show off this magnificent Meeting House.



The  curved carriage sheds behind the Meeting House once held horses and carriages of the people attending Sunday service, town meetings, weddings and funerals, etc. Of late, these  outdoor stalls are where the Saturday Farmer's Market is held in the summer months.





Norway Pond reflects more of the colors of the season.... a cliche, I know, but I couldn't resist!



These sheep are having a fall feast!



Right in our own back yard the color the season is lit up by the setting sun. I love this time of day when through the windows of our house the western sun is sinking behind mountains and like a flare lighting the sky and illuminating the rooms, if only for a few minutes, the rooms that face west.




Twilight and  a rising moon.