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.
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: