Glenn gave me a painting done by our friend Janet Kozachek for Christmas this year.  Had seen it a couple of times in her Etsy shop, and in the flesh at her home.  It is a wonderful painting.,-80.869052&spn=0.007158,0.009645&sll=33.488346,-80.869858&layer=c&cbp=13,337.26,,1,9.81&cbll=33.488155,-80.869803&hnear=282+Boswell+St,+Orangeburg,+South+Carolina+29115&t=h&panoid=5z27rV5Qu-NHoF0NAVGmrA&z=17

Click on the link above and wait until a single image of a house appears.  To readers not in the Deep South,  I imagine difficulty in comprehending this kind of shelter.  This is the house on Boswell Street.  Wish I could have captured a straight on shot from this site, but my skills are not high.

It has been a while since she completed the painting.  She told me that part of the stunning gate in the painting has fallen away now, and you can see it in the Google image.

Janet is a Renaissance painter in terms of her medium.  She often paints on wood, and the wood for this piece is almost an inch thick.  She prepares the surface of her support with material that includes marble dust.  She creates and mixes her own paint.  In some of her work, the surface of the painting shimmers like a Northern Renaissance detailed jewel.  The description, in paint, of the shapes and masses in her compositions are deep and layered, complex with under painting, gutsy and refined at the same time.  Color has not the simplicity to stay local.
We are going to make our own frame for it:  hardwood, fallen-away, with the wooden painting mounted in a box rather than framed with a box. There will be a “moat” around it.  It will have room to breathe.
(We just had a pique of excitement.  Janet told me the house on Boswell Street was for sale for only a couple thousand dollars, and that of course would only be the land.  Any house is an “improvement” on the land.  We could have moved the improvement and resold the land!  What a fine addition to our acreage it would have been.  Oh, well.  Turns out the sign was for the house across the street, and it is only for rent.)
If you want, give.  Janet wrapped up a little gift for me when Glenn went to pick up the painting.  Referred to this ocarina in a former post:


Misscommoncents nominated me as a versatile blogger, for which I am very grateful.  This characteristic is antagonistic to being a clear and easy voice on the web. Trying not to be, there is this thing though.  Some idea rises to the top and it will not be discouraged.  Even when there are other seeds of ideas, the purging of the dominant one just must be heard.  Exorcism.

This is my experience in visual art as well.  Often, it wastes a lot of time.

For this award, the obligation is to tell seven things about myself.  Since my writing is all over the place, hence the award, past blog posts might do the trick.

1.  Love art history…otally-the-guy/


2.  My digs are a composition, too.


3.  Love cats.



4.  South Carolina politics are simply absurd.

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5.  I have the gene for colon cancer.


6.  Families have “stuff”.


7.  Love to garden.  All the time.


Many thanks for understanding my various interests, Miss Common Cents!


This is my mouse.  She is fifteen years old,  and she is my muse.  She has also been diagnosed recently with early stage renal failure, but she doesn’t know.  We have changed her food and have given her one B-12 shot and have not needed another a month out.  I am hoping that we can manage her for a while with these two therapies.

Spending a lot more time with her now that we know she will not be around forever, I just noticed this morning that her head makes a perfect equilateral triangle.  I am thinking the Greeks might find her a great specimen (she knows she is), and add her fine dimensions as a related theorem to the Golden Section.

From the picture above, one cannot help but notice that between the points of her two ears and the bottom of her mouth, the elegance of the triangle that is created by this artist.  We know the Greeks looked for the underlying ideal of a thing, and Cezanne the underlying geometry of a thing.  With our Mouse-head, we have both.  Reason enough for perfect proportion and solid beauty.

In the picture above, we see Mouse trying to inscribe herself within a circle and on top of my favorite jeans, and within the rectangle of the laundry basket.  All great artists test various theories of proportion and try to push themselves to do things they might not otherwise have.  Notice in this picture that she has had an “M” tattooed on her forehead.  She says that it is for “MOUSE”, but we know it is for “MALERICH”.  It was a little something I had done early on so that she might be returned to her house when she travels at night.

This is Mouse’s favorite interpretation of the Vitruvian Man.  She thinks that it so cool that art students of a certain age have already learned about the Renaissance from watching cartoons.  This was when she was first introduced to the Golden Section theory of proportion.