Open Heart 2013 oil on canvas 36 x 36 inches
This is currently the painting that is closest to my heart. I painted it all in one go. Well actually, I stretched the canvas and painted a couple layers of white on Monday and I painted it on Tuesday. In between that time, I found out that someone that meant a lot to me had just died, not unexpectedly, since they were 90. I just happened to find out by Google searching their name on a whim. The next day, I didn’t want to sit around feeling sorry for myself so I went to the studio and this was what I painted. To me it is so raw and feeling. It seems to me both bold and soft at the same time, both smiling and crying. No one could plan to paint something like this. There is no plan. There is no rule following. There is no demand for perfection. There is no pretense of perfection. Most of all, this painting seems to me so forgiving. This painting is all love and loss and forgiveness. It may be oil paint on canvas but the medium is pain and love. Being able to paint something like this, whether anyone else in the world likes it, or ever even sees it is why I paint. To me it means everything.
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