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

I thought it would be fun to pick a few of my paintings at random and say a bit about them.  So I am starting with Halcyon Hullaballoo:

I love this painting because it seems to have such depth. It was a bit of a pivotal painting for me in that respect. Now I feel all my paintings seem to have it and it comes naturally almost.  Another one I painted around the same time is called, “Joy Ride.”  

When I look at one of my paintings and think to myself, "How did I do that?" then generally it will be a good one!

To me it is a joyful painting - but a joy that has emerged from a history of struggle.  

All the sweeter.

Girl on Swing original

Girl on a Swing 2006 oil on canvas 30 x 40 inches

This is one of my earliest paintings in an abstract expressionist style.  I just love it and wouldn't part with it.  I love to sell prints of it though.  It seems such a sweet loving painting, but with an edge to it.  That's how all my paintings seem to me.  I guess it is innate.

I started out with this idea to paint an image from a dream.  I lightly sketched out the figure, barely there.  All of a sudden I heard my art advisor at the Art Students League, Larry Poons, bellowing, stop drawing and paint.  Then he compared my initial sketch to "the worst painter of all time"!  Hahaha!  I can laugh now but it was brutal.  So I just started to go a bit wild with it and now, years later, I just love it!

Then I painted another version, more to my dream memory, called "Swinging Girl".  

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Swinging Girl 2006 oil on canvas 30 x 40 inches

I like it too.  It also has an edge, although you might not notice at a quick glance.  But the swinging girl is reaching down to grab the hand of a drowning little girl.

It’s funny, in the first one, the girl seems carefree in a chaotic environment and in the second, the girl seems to be dealing with a chaotic situation in a peaceful environment.

Trixie Pitts Everglades

Everglades 2014 acrylic on canvas 36 x 36 inches

I painted "Everglades" at the same time as "Taxi Ride, Time Square".  They definitely have the say style but they are so different!  Taxi Ride is a bit in your face bold, whereas Everglades is soft and sensitive.  That's the way it goes sometimes.  Often I start out one way and end the other.  Larry Poons once gave me a good tip, "Trixie, try to say goodbye the way you said hello!"  What he means is to avoid getting fussy or going back and trying to "fix" something.  That is the death knell.

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Taxi Ride, Times Square 2014 acrylic on canvas 36 x 36 inches

I think it was this painting where I really started trying to work with the drips.

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Butterflies 2014 oil on canvas 36 x 36 inches

Another name for this could be "Negligee"!  It seems so soft and sheer, but with a bit of substance underneath.  I called it "Butterflies" though because they seem to be there flitting around in the mist.

Well that was fun!  I  love looking at my paintings and thinking about them.  People ask me, “ What were you thinking when you were painting?" and the answer is that I try not to think about anything.  I just paint.

© Trixie Pitts 2009