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.  I had an idea of what I wanted to express, but the way I paint is not to neatly and calmly  plan.  I prefer to just do it and see what happens.  It’s more like life that way when you don’t know the outcome.

Here is a figure of a girl.  She seems to be emerging from chaos and yes, she has baggage. Big baggage. My first name for the painting was "Escape with Baggage".  I was concerned that title might scare people off. Then I thought of "I Choose Life", but thought maybe some people might think I am some sort of pro-life fanatic.  So I called it “Arrival" until I could think of something better.  I kind of like "Take My Hand".

I love painting the way I do because when I was painting this it was extremely intense and yet when I finished someone said it reminded him of Christmas shopping - !! Wow! What planet are they from? That was so far from what I was thinking that I think it’s great! 

Another thing I love is that I can look at it and see all that it means to me (an acknowledgement and acceptance of my past) and still find it beautiful.  Sometimes people who have been through a lot can feel anything but beautiful.  I had an idea of what I wanted to paint, a figure emerging, but when I look at this big painting and even this small photo, I’m amazed by the story it tells.  I am very proud of myself because I feel courageous.  This is a strong girl.

Maybe I will compromise and call it, “Arriving with Baggage”.

© Trixie Pitts 2009