Trixie Talks Art

© TRIXIE PITTS 2009-2017


High Seas

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High Seas 2017 oil on canvas 48 x 60 inches

This is a painting I just finished today (unless of course I decide to do more on it tomorrow!)  Sometimes painting is like meditation, where the thoughts come and the key is to just acknowlege them and let them go.  …


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Reflections 2016 oil on raw canvas 48 x 60 inches

Reflections is my newest painting as I continue to explore the integration of colors and background.  I’m not interested in just painting on top of a flat background.  …

Getting to Magenta and Beyond

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A Little Rain 2016 oil on linen 48 x 36 inches

Last year I had a lot of success with my paintings where I had a common thread of painting them on and in many layers of white.  At the beginning of this year, I felt compelled to continue my same way but with color where there was white.  …

Some Recent Awards!

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That Moment in Marrakesh 2016 oil on raw canvas 48 x 48 inches

Sightseeing just won a “Blue Dot Award” in a group show April 17 - 23, 2016 at the Phyllis Harriman Mason Gallery, NYC.  …

Reworking Old Paintings

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Sightseeing 2016 oil on raw canvas 36 x 36 inches

Frequently I sell older paintings that I did several years ago.  The site has been particularly helpful in this regard.  …

Mutantspace: Review of My Current Solo Exhibition

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Trixie with Watering Hole 2015 oil on 2 canvases (diptych) 60 x 96 inches

Moray Mair wrote a review of my current solo exhibition at the lobby of 135W50 Building (TIME Building) in Midtown Manhattan.  …

Sneak Peak: The New MET Breuer Museum - “Unfinished”

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Perino del Vaga - Holy Family with John the Baptist, 1528-30 

The Metropolitan Museum of New York is soon opening the MET Breuer to display "modern and contemporary art through the lens of history". …

Interesting Thing Happened to me at the Metropolitan Breuer Museum New Exhibition!

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JMW Turner  - Sun Setting Over a Lake, 1840

The new exhibition called “Unfinished”, which opens to the public on Tuesday is absolutely fabulous.  I wrote about it in “Unfinished” Opening Exhibition for the new MET Breuer Museum

Interview on Sandvox: How I Made My Artist’s Website

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Please read my interview on about how I made my artist’s website  I feel quite honored they chose mine as one of the sandvox made sites to feature! 

Solo Exhibition - 135W50 Lobby

Trixie Pitts' Exhibit

It’s finally up!  My solo exhibition at the 135W50 Building Lobby, 135 West 50th Street, Midtown Manhattan - on now until June!  You can see photos of the exhibition and paintings at: 

How I Became an Abstract Painter

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Book 17-4 gouache on paper 16x12 inches 

A lot of things I learned the hard way in my life, by trial and error.  I may have grown up in a large family, but basically I was always fending for myself.  …

A Little Figurative!

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Woman with Martini 2016 (detail)

I keep a sketchbook out and love doing faces.  Every once in a while I get the urge to do an abstract face.  My big solo exhibition at the 135W50 Building Lobby, 135 West 50th Street, Midtown Manhattan was hung on January 14th.  …

2016 Power Start!

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Grand Canyon 2016 oil canvas 48 x 36 inches

After an intense painting experience from August until December preparing for my current solo exhibition at the 135W50 Building Lobby, 135 West 50th Street, Midtown Manhattan - on now until June, I took a break to travel and visit with family.  …

Getting Ready for a Big Show!

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Peppermint Patty on the Farm 2015 oil, oil stick on canvas 48 x 54 inches

December 2015 - June 2016

135W50 Lobby - 135 W. 50th St., NYC 

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Hallelujah!  I finished my last painting for my big Midtown Manhattan exhibition!   …

Making Honey

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Sunset Boulevard 2015 oil canvas 48 x 48 inches

November 4 - 22, 2015 (Reception Nov. 5, 6-9 pm) 

I Love You Bedford - 294 Bedford Avenue  Williamsburg, Brooklyn

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Another big show!  …

Thoughts About A Few Random Paintings of Mine


Halcyon Hullaballoo 2013 oil, graphite on canvas 48x48 inches   *Selected for Abstract America Collection, Saatchiart Online *ArtSlant 2013 1st Showcase Winner, Abstract *Solo Exhibition Squire Sanders, Rockefeller Plaza

trixiepitts - It’s Not Me - on Twitter - Try Tumblr!

I was thinking about getting a twitter account - and I was dismayed to find that there is already a trixiepitts username on Twitter - and that it is apparently the dog of some guy on a rock band named Jake Pitts.  …

Visiting Christies NYC Spring Auction Preview - Contemporary/Modern May 2015

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One of the best things about living in Midtown, is walking over to Christies for the auction previews.  The Contemporary and Modern Auction Previews are my favorites.  This year was the best in quite a few years, I thought.

Thoughts About A Few of My Paintings

Trixie Pitts On the Waterfront 2015

On the Waterfront   oil, graphite on canvas 60 x 48 inches

This painting won a 2015 Blue Dot Award at an exhibition at the Phyllis Harriman Gallery in the Art Students League of New York!  …



Little Traveller 2013 Graphite and Pastel on paper 6.25 x 4.5 inches

At dinner the other night, some fellow artists were talking about Googling themselves.  I usually don’t bother because I know my website comes up as well as various other websites where I have a presence.  …

Beware: Outrageous Art Scam Website!

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Chalonnaise Chateau 2014  

Recently I did a Google search on myself and was pleased to see such a presence – until I came across a bogus website called “” that claims to be selling some of my original paintings as though I am one of their artists.  …

On Selling My Paintings!


Scenic Route 2014 oil on canvas 60 x 48 inches  

I have several avenues through which I get customers who buy my paintings: word of mouth, my personal website (, my blog, art consultants who pitch my work to corporate customers, the Art Students League, as well as through other websites like ArtSlant.  …

Christies Modern and Contemporary Spring Auction Preview 2014


Jean-Michel Basquiat Untitled 1981 acrylic, oilstick and metallic spray enamel on canvas 68 x 103 inches

I love to go to the auction previews to see things that can’t normally be seen. …

Road to Abstraction: Paintings 1993 - 2003

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29 - Book 1 1993 Gouache on paper 12 x 16 inches

I like to believe that I have overcome and moved on the best that I can from my early childhood trauma, but I know that that is why I paint.  …

Joan Mitchell


Little Trixie (detail) oil on canvas  48 x 48 inches

I wrote in Arriving with Baggage about painting this painting and how I was having difficulty with the title, which is very unusual for me.  …

Solo Exhibition - Squire Sanders


Throught Exhibition Outreach at The Art Students League of New York, I was selected for a solo exhibition and currently have 13 large paintings at Squire Sanders in 30 Rock.

I have the 13 selected paintings showing on my facebook page:

Arriving with Baggage


Arriving with Baggage oil on canvas  48 x 48 inches

Sometimes they just happen, paintings.  I really love this one because somehow it just almost exploded onto the canvas.  It’s hard to describe to someone who is only looking at a little image instead of the big (4 x 4 ft.) canvas, but I kind of went for broke.  …

Three Recent Paintings


Three Gorges  oil on canvas  30 x 60 inches

I finished this painting yesterday.  Working on it was intense.  I felt like I really went out on a limb.  What a mess! There were splashes everywhere.  

Christies Fall 2013 Auction Preview

Three Cauliflowers 

One of the best perks of living in Midtown Manhattan is going to the auction preview exhibits at Christies, Sotheby’s and Phillips De Purey.  Christies is easier because I can walk to it!  …

Naming My Soft Paintings


Fields of Gold 2013  oil on canvas  15 x 30 inches

Lately I have been painting with a softer more subtle palette.  I’m not sure how it happened but I maybe I’m feeling soft and sensitive. …

Open Heart

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Open Heart 2013  oil on canvas  36 x 36 inches

This is currently the painting that is closest to my heart.  I painted it all in one go.  Well actually, I stretched the canvas and painted a couple layers of white on Monday and I painted it on Tuesday.  …


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Sightseeing 2013  oil on canvas  48 x 48 inches

It’s been about a month since I got back from traveling out west to the back country of Colorado and all over Utah.  It is so amazing out there, so absolutely breathtaking. …

Why I Painted Three Women - Second Thoughts

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Three Women  2005  oil on canvas  36” x 24”

Why I painted Three Women doesn’t seem to matter so much anymore.  I look at it and remember why I painted it, but I also see things I wasn’t able to see before.  …

Painting with Black and White


Cops And Robbers  2012 Oil, Graphite on Canvas    48 x 48 inches         

Painting in black and white is so enjoyable to me. I don’t know why more people don’t do it.  Maybe it is because it seems almost impossible to photograph!  …



Nashville Rain 2013 oil, graphite on canvas 36 x 48 inches  

On a recent trip to Nashville in April, where I haven’t been for several years, I was struck by its incredible “green-ness”!  …

Flower Power

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Flower Power 2013 oil, graphite on canvas 60 x 48 inches  

I was recently asked to put into writing what this painting means to me.  It’s funny, because when I paint, I try really hard not to think in words, but rather to just paint and see where the paint leads me.  …

Abstract Landscapes - Burgundy

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Chambertin, Clos de Beze  2013    Oil, Graphite on Canvas    48 x 48 inches         

After spending some time recently in Burgundy, France I felt inspired to try my hand at some abstract landscapes, which I haven't done in a few years having been focusing on totally nonrepresentational abstracts.  …


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Heading West 2013 oil, graphite on canvas 40 x 54 inches  

 ArtSlant 2013 8th Showcase Award - Abstract

For a quick view of my latest paintings and a small selection of older ones, please visit my ArtSlant website:  

Painting Pink


Naptime 2012  oil, graphite, ground ochre on canvas 60 x 48 inches         

I really struggled - did battle almost - with this one, but I really think I prevailed!  It is hard to paint pink and not end up with a bubble bath.  

No Going Back Now...

Blown Away oil, graphite on linen 60 x 48 inches         

Recently, I didn’t feel like painting one day, so I did a couple of little drawings instead. I had never really done drawings in the busy abstract painting studio space at the Art Students League before. …

Sothebys vs. Christies - 2012 Impressionist and Modern Spring Art Auction Preview

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I went to see both Sotheby’s and Christie’s Impressionist and Modern Art Previews today for their upcoming auctions.  All the hoopla has been about The Scream.  …

What an Amazing Snub!


Upstairs Gallery, Pen and Brush, Inc., August 2011     

I saw someone today that I hadn’t seen since last summer and she gave me the most ridiculous snub!  It was amazing.

Early last August I had a solo show at The Pen and Brush in Greenwich Village.  …

About My Solo Exhibition

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At my solo exhibition at the Pen & Brush in Greenwich Village, I had a special conversation with someone I feel proud to count as a friend, an abstract sound artist originally from Scotland.  …

Body Image

Proud 2008  oil on canvas  60 x 36 inches 

Yahoo - I had another painting accepted into another exhibit.  This one is at The Pen and Brush down on 10th Street: 16 E. 10th St.  It is between 5th Avenue and University Place in the Village.  …

Do You Have Dogs?


Tropicana 2010 oil on canvas 48 x 60 inches         

While I was painting this, one of my fellow artists came up to me (it’s sort of an unwritten rule not to disrupt someone’s flow) and she started talking.  …

Self-Portrait Exhibition

Green Girl  2010  oil on linen  36 x 24 inches 

This painting is currently part of a group self-portrait exhibition here in New York City.  Details:

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My Old Style

Venus 1996 oil on linen 40 x 40 inches

Wow!  I just came across this photo of an old painting I did way back when.  It is of the Botticelli Venus On A Half Shell. Well, I know that is actually from Kurt Vonnegut, but that is what I always call the famous painting, Birth Of Venus.  …

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Raw G 2010 oil on canvas  36 x 36 inches         

I used to paint portraits long ago - but  they were always just portraits if you know what I mean.  This one I did yesterday in one extended session.  …

Here's a Tip!

Bat Friend, Moyo Island, Indonesia  

Well, for better or for worse, I am the type of person that always has helpful hints about something.  What can I say?  At the risk of getting a bit philosophical, I think it is connected to my childhood - some sort of need to justify my existence or something.  …

Otto Dix

Portrait of the Journalist Sylvia von Harden, 1926          

There is an exhibit on right now at the Neue Gallerie  in New York (86th and 5th).  It has quite a few paintings that were in the German Expressionist exhibit at the Met a couple years ago, but it also has quite a few prints and watercolors about war.  …

© Trixie Pitts 2009