One might ask, “if you combined Richard Diebenkorn with J.A.D. Ingres, what would you get?” My answer was — this. Well, actually there’s a few more items in this stew. Roman fresco imagery, as for example the image that Ingres referred to in designing Mme Moitessier (see previous post) as well as some branches pruned from the Garden of Livia at Primaporta and transplanted here (that I wrote about in a post called Heirloom Apples). Actually, I guess that’s closer to gardening than cooking. Of course, I’d like to think I contributed something here, too. Me as chief cook and bottle washer, gardener and all around person.
I painted this rather large picture over top of another image, one that was originally destined for a large commission. And it’s also got a painting on the verso … so whoever buys it will get a strange two-fer. I think I’ve basically invented a new thing: the monumental, reversible painting.
[Top of the post: Woman in White, by Aletha Kuschan, approx 80 x 80 inches, acrylic on canvas]