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Maria Xagorari
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2009-04-07

This is the "Portrait of a painter who died young of old age".

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2009-04-07

2009-04-07

I put the big canvas on the wall and noticed this little piece of canvas I had started something else on. So, I thought I could use it as a note for the big one.

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2009-04-07

2009-04-07

The figures have been drawn entirely by imagination. I haven't decided yet what they will look like, that is whether they will be dressed or not, male or female, with visible faces or not etc. All areas, including the bodies, are covered with rather dark colours which play the role of a base on which other colours will be put. This is not at all easy as I have to fight against my impatience to see something coming out of this. But I have decided that this time I will experiment on this way of doing things; setting layers of darker and then lighter shades on top like the old Greek masters used to do. It is going to be a slow process and the final details of the image are supposed to reveal themselves to me on the way. The whole composition might undergo drastic changes as there is no other predecided element other than that of two figures in front of a wall in a garden. The element of the vegetation is going to be a chalenge. We will see what comes out.

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2009-05-04

Everything is still in progress but the large painting is slowlly proceeding. I don't know if this is good or bad but painting is becoming a physical need. I have passed a week or so with no possibility to go down stairs (ok J.P. now I know what you meant) to the studio. Yesterday I made it. Today I phoned all the people I attacked last week, to appologize about my behavior.

I work from imagination. I don't know how far this will go but I have decided not to worry too much about that any more. I intend to use whatever means are necessary for each painting and see. Predictions are that the second half of May and most of June will be for painting. I hope predictions prove to be reliable.

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Gigi Dasovich
2014-08-02 21:32

Can we have a better view of the painting with a person in a chemise?

Maria Xagorari
2014-08-03 04:39

LINK
You can have a look at this, Gigi.


2009-05-12

2009-05-12

In september I made several little sketches for large compositions I was planning to paint. It is May, but better late than never. I started this one in the spirit of "let's see where it leads", which means that I do have an idea of what I want it to inspire to the viewer, but I have not a clear idea of how it will do that. That is what it will look like in the end. Still working from imagination.

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2009-05-12

2009-05-12

It looks like I am taking bad pictures. I don't mind much for now. When and if I finish the painting I will shoot a good one. So for the time being don't pay much attention to the colours.

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2009-05-12

This is where I left it the first day of work. Now I will spend some time looking at it and wondering, while this first coat dries.

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2009-06-06

Colours are not very good on the picture but I guess I have the wrong light in the studio.

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2009-06-06

A detail.

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2009-06-06

Another detail.

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2009-06-06

The red area bothers me and I am in search for a solution. Of course the hole thing is need for a solution...

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2009-06-14

2009-06-14

Yesterday and today my model came. She is beautyful and great to work with. She relaxes and becomes a painting herself. I plan to stick with her for a while. If I could find a male model like her as well it would be perfect. Anyway, these are made in 90 minutes each and I am not sure if I want to "finish" them. I might study the contre jour effect on the first one a little more or just do this study on a new one. In any case they serve as notes and I might use them as models for my paintings out of imagination, which is the master plan anyway.

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2009-08-19

2009-08-19

Karen has been wondering if anyone is painting. Well, regardless everything, some efforts are being made. This one has had me wondering though... Too tight? Maybe.

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Gigi Dasovich
2014-08-02 06:02

I know I'm not supposed to say "I like this" but I do like this. I'm wondering, what meaning, if any, did you mean to imply by giving so much detail to his hands, while obscuring his face and feet? I don't know about the comment that it might be too tight. I feel the "tightness" just emphasizes the idea that there isn't enough room for this man, as though he cannot fully express.

JP Delaney
2014-08-02 18:15

Gigi... interesting that you should select this work. Looking back at Maria's 2009 log, there was a lot going on. She was taking on big challenges, and forging through with interesting solutions. I'm surprised that yours is the first comment here on what she was tackling. I seem to remember that, at the time, Maria working primarily on technical advances, there were many drawings and initial studies (the fact that they were always so big impressed me by her boldness). Nevertheless, as you have so well pointed out, I was intent on following her achieving a technical ease, and failed to appreciate the images as a whole. Your phycological questions regarding this painting are much more relevant than a mere curiosity on how the artist is technically progressing with her body of work. Hopefully Maria is still around (we're discussing what she was doing 5 years ago) to pick up on your observations.

Maria Xagorari
2014-08-02 21:52

Yes, I am still around... Thanks for waking me up, guys. Well, it is funny to mention the psychological questions on this painting, given the fact that five years after this portrait was painted, the disaster the model was involved in and the mess he left around and behind him, still follow him and a number of other people. However, what I would like to point out at this moment is that according to my experience, the technical journey of an artist is not irrelevant to his/her life journey. This or the other life experience will inevitably direct one's technic to this or the other direction. The marks life leaves on your face as you mature are, more often than not, reflected on the face of the canvas as well. I am intrigued by these changes that occur and perversely enjoy watching them happen.

Gigi Dasovich
2014-08-02 21:57

I'm glad you are still around! I find the story behind this intriguing. Would it be too much trouble to describe the disaster and the resultant mess?


2009-08-19

This is still in progress but I might abandon it. I don't like the subject. It was one of those things you start just to paint something...

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2009-08-19

2009-08-19

This is the latest thing I am working on. I think it might put me back on the right path.

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2009-10-22

I have been discovering new ways of applying my colours on these ones. Their surfaces might look much better than previous work.

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2009-12-02

The family of "The Garden" project is growing. This is also almost life size.
I would like to post these on the gallery so you can see them better but I think I am doing something wrong with the file size and I am having Fotini's problem of low resolution.

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2009-12-02

2009-12-02

Detail and painting in progress. This is the first time I start a painting a bit at a time, but it's doing ok so far.

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2009-12-05

Still in progress.

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