Flower Power

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.  That may not sound hard, but it really is.  Often it is a good sign that the painting may be successful when I don’t remember how I did it!  But, I really like the spontaneity and raw quality of this painting.

Here is what I came up with for the requested blurb:

This painting is all about loss and renewal.  Sometimes in a difficult environment, an amazing flower somehow finds the strength to pop up and thrive.  Love, loss, renewal, fragility and strength are all there in this painting.  It may seem to some possibly unfinished, but much in life is unresolved.  The key is to accept that and see the beauty in what we have. Why I love this painting is that I was able to accept all that and leave it, not trying to get it to look like something that it is not. Yeah! 

My next painting I call Okavango.  It somehow reminds me of the Okavango Delta in southern Africa, where for much of the year life is a struggle for the animals to get enough water and enough food to survive until the spring rains.  Then all of a sudden, the rain comes and there is a riot of life and renewal everywhere.


Okavango 2013 oil, graphite on canvas 36 x 36 inches  

originally published: April 28, 2013


© Trixie Pitts 2009