11.8.08

Jesus is laid in the Tomb


Hi everyone. My name is Maggie Mayer. I am glad to have found this blog to see others beautiful liturgical artwork and have a chance to post some of my pieces.
This painting of the 14Th station of the Cross was painted last spring for an art show here in Georgia. I am looking forward to participating in this blog.

14 comments:

Jesuit John said...

Welcome!

I am impressed with your painting. What medium? Did you use a live model or photograph or what?

Maggie Mayer said...

Another artist and I hired this model who sat for us for three sessions at three hours a piece. We divided the cost of the sitting. This is an oil on canvas and I did use a photo to finish the painting. Thank you for your comment. I would like to use this same model and do the crucifixion next spring.

regina doman said...

Very beautiful. Welcome to Smallpax!

Ben Hatke said...

Wowzers. Nice work. Where did you study?

Oh, and welcome aboard!

Maggie Mayer said...

Thank you Regina and Ben. I'm enjoying your work too. I'm glad to be a part of the blog. Ben, I really don't have formal training but I had been painting and drawing with a group of local artists including Louis Guidetti who was trained in classical realism in Florence, Italy.

Ben Hatke said...

Ah well that explains it! At which school did Louis study? (notice how I didn't end that last sentance with a preposition, even though I wanted to!)

It's always interesting to me to see what happens to the artists from the different Florence schools.

Maggie Mayer said...

Ben, I think Louis studied at two schools in Florence. One was Florence Academy of Arts under the guidance of Daniel Graves. During our model sessions at Tannery Row in Buford, Ga, Louis kindly did more teaching to all of us untrained artists than drawing himself. He has since moved back to Winston Salem, NC. Here's his website if you'd like to know more: http://www.louisguidetti.com/

Ben Hatke said...

Thanks Maggie, and sorry to trouble you -After I asked that question I looked up Louis' website and found out that he was at the Florence Academy, which was my guess.

I studied a bit at the Cecil Studios in Florence. Cecil and Graves used to teach together before the schools separated.

It's good that he's bringing some of these serious practices back to the US! Keep this up, the more studio work the better.

Maggie Mayer said...

I agree with you Ben. The more studio work the better. There's just not enough of that around here. Our group will be starting our model sessions again soon...now that the kids are back in school and there's more time to paint and draw. I have found that very few of the artists are interested in this classic style. I hope this will change over time.

Your figurative work is beautiful and very fresh. I wish you all the best and many commissions.

Anonymous said...

I appreciate the complexity and richness of your work very much, as a hands-on painter myself.

Maggie Mayer said...

Thank you anonymous.

Rosario said...

wow, breathtaking. Truly one of my favorites!

Ben Hatke said...

Hi Maggie,

Do you mind if I ask what size this painting is? I don't think you've mentioned that. I imagine it's quite a lot smaller than life size...?

I'm glad to see you posting a lot of comments around here! Are you going to do more pieces in this series of stations?

Maggie Mayer said...

32" x 38" I do plan to do another piece like this soon and I want to work life size. I've got two commissions that I'm currently working on but when those are complete you can bet I will.

I'm glad to have found this blog. I guess you have to have a pretty thick skin around here but I do, so that's okay. After all it is a place to give honest criticism and that's a good thing.

Boy, you are good with plasticine. How long did the Madonna and Child take to complete? I'm not familiar with that type of clay.