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.  I had to stop painting and take off my headphones to see what she was saying.  This was not someone I had a lot of interaction with.  “Do you have dogs?” 


“Do you have dogs?”


“I see bones.  I thought maybe you have dogs.”

I just didn’t know what to make of this except that I am pretty sure it was some sort of dig.  I think she was making a disapproving reference to the penis shapes with the dots in this painting. I tried to not let it “upset my wah,” and just turned around and started painting again. 

On another topic altogether, it is really hard to get a decent photo of a canvas that is this size because the top is always too close to the lights and ends up washed out.  It is really frustrating.  I guess I should just carry it outside and try to take it on the street, but I hate to do that on 57th Street - it is so busy. 

From the above photo, the viewer can’t tell the size and how the canvas is pretty bold in person.  I think it is easier to get a better idea of the scope from close-up photos.  I also find that there is less color/light distortion in the close-up photos. 

originally published: September 16, 2010

© Trixie Pitts 2009