Chocolate Gelato

Etruscan ruins at Populonia

Well, I finally got the chocolate gelato out of my white slacks! Hated to part with a wonderful memory of a very hot day and Cathy and Jerry dripping gelato all over the Cortona streets.  Didn’t see Frances Mayes but we did view the gorgeous Signorellis painted in his home town in the 16th century.

The trip was absolutely perfect. We saw new things…the western sea coast and incredible Etruscan ruins at Roselle and Populonia; Urbino which houses two of Piero della Francesca’s great works; and new wineries in the Tuscan Chianti.

Coltibono at its best!

We ate many heavenly meals, and drank chianti made by angels…the greatest at our favorite Coltibuono (see picture).

We took in a medieval festival in Monteriggione and were guests of the Monsanto Winery for a lovely lunch. Laura Bianchi, the Director donated wines for the Italian dinner Jerry and I will prepare on August 6th for the four winners of the Astronaut Foundation Scholarship auction.

New Tomorrow - "The Piero Affair" book cover

And best of all, I was able to acquire five great images of Piero’s work for my book and most of the permissions to print that we were seeking. So back to finishing off the manuscript for The Piero Affair…with sidetrips and then the task of finding a publisher who will recognize how good it is!!! Look for it, hopefully the first of next year.

We roamed our village, Pergine and had great times with our friends the Grens, who own the house we stay in, enjoyed daughter Cathy and grand daughter Caryn and watching them experience this wonderful place we love so much.

More later.


About Pat Musick

For all of my life (since I was four), I have made art. Using my hands to create artwork is a privilege and a joy. If the art has a sense of peace...a zen feeling, then I have succeeded in my desire to make work that is harmonious and whole. In order to achieve that goal, the art must be experienced. This website will provide that encounter and introduces you to my sculpture, paintings and drawings that span a forty year period. You will be able to see from whence I came, the changes over time and where I am going today. There has been much growth. I began as a painter and transitioned to wall sculpture, then free standing works. Over the years, I have retained my interest in two dimensions by making works on paper. The art moved from expressionistic to abstract to conceptual and has undergone a steady reduction to simpler elements and media. The materials I use are stone, steel, wood, canvas and kozo paper and beeswax. Stone, wood, and beeswax reflect the natural world and steel, canvas and paper, the human. My artistic goal is to express the relationship between mankind and the environment and the tensions we exert upon each other. I search for resolution and reconciliation. I find it in the process of rebirth and renewal. From the natural world process of regeneration, I have learned that from adversity comes the chance for new beginnings. I make both large and small, indoor and outdoor sculpture and works on paper. My work is represented in the permanent collections of over fifty museums and public spaces in the country. I have MA and PhD degrees from Cornell University and I am the author of four books. I am represented by MK Fine Arts, Andover, New Hampshire, West Branch Gallery, Stowe, Vermont, Edgewater Gallery, Middlebury, Vermont and in the Fall, 2011 The Clark Gallery, Lincoln, Massachusetts.
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