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.  I was in the studio that day and asked several fellow painters if they would like to go with me to see it (7 blocks - hardly a hike).  Not one taker!  I felt so many strong positive emotions at my accomplishment and I didn’t want the hurt of the apparent lack of real support to overshadow them - so I just started a big face - I guess to get it out.


I did not have a model or a preliminary drawing.  It’s not meant to be a totally accurate rendition of a real person or anything more than an expression of my feelings.  It is easy to see there are all sorts of realism issues with the every aspect of it, if that is what you are looking for - but that is not what I was going for.  To me it expresses what I was feeling:  exposed, a bit hurt and angry and determined to fell proud of myself and to celebrate - even if by myself!


As it turns out, three of the painters I work with did go see it on their own in the next day or two and a very kind friend organized a small group a week later to troop the 7 blocks to see my exhibition, including one f who came specifically for the event!  So, no sour grapes!


Hopefully Cushman and Wakefield, the sponsors of the exhibition will organize a reception sometime soon!  That will be fabulous!

Woman with Martini 2016 oil and graphite on raw canvas 48 x 36 inches


Woman with Martini 2016  - in a room


Well the next day, I had another canvas in the stack, a 48 x 48 inch one that I had started ages ago and  put away to work on another time.  I pulled it out and decided to do another woman! 


What I was starting with had a certain raw energy to it and sort of reminded me of a Fracis Bacon sketch or something, but I didn’t feel like leaving it that way!  Again, I did not have a model or a preliminary drawing, and it’s not meant to be a totally accurate rendition of a real person or anything more than an expression of my feelings.  It is easy to see there are realism issues with it if that is what you are looking for, but I clearly wasn’t going for anything other than to capture a feeling.  To me doctoring the thin arm or the edge of the neck or this or that would give too much focus to the body when to me it is more about the face.  The rest I want to appear as sketchy, not perfect or looking worked on.


Woman Out of Champagne 2016 oil canvas 48 x 48 inches



Woman Out of Champagne 2016 (detail)

© Trixie Pitts 2009