Reworking An Old Painting

Sightseeing 2016 oil on raw canvas 36 x 36 inches Buyers are often interested in buying an artist's latest work but they can be a lot more pricey. I frequently I sell older paintings that I did several years ago. The site has been particularly helpful in this regard. It is a sort of do-it-yourself interior design sort of site. Not being dedicated to fine art, I use it to sell only my old ones - at reasonable, affordable prices. I feel it’s a good deal for everyone: I lighten my inventory and they get quality paintings cheaper. Looking over some of my older painting... [more]
Posted by Trixie Pitts on 3/22/16

About Painting On the Waterfront and a Couple of Others

On the Waterfront oil, graphite on canvas 60 x 48 inches This painting won a 2015 Blue Dot Award at an exhibition at the Phyllis Harriman Gallery in the Art Students League of New York! At the reception, someone said to me, "Your paintings don't jump out at you, but invite you in." I like that! I know it's a good one, because I don’t remember how I did it! That’s always a good sign - it means I was “in the zone” and not thinking about what it’s going to look like. All I remember is that there was a bit of a battle, a bit of chaos. It always amazes me how my pa... [more]
Posted by Trixie Pitts on 4/26/15

On Selling My Paintings!

I have several avenues through which I get customers who buy my paintings: word of mouth, my personal website (, my blog, art consultants who pitch my work to corporate customers, the Art Students League, as well as through other websites like SaatchiArt and ArtSlant. Customers have also found me through Pinterest and just Googling abstract painters in NYC. Each experience is different. Surprisingly, lots of people buy paintings without ever seeing them in person. I recently sent one to a woman in Washington State and another to a man in Pennsylvania. If the buye... [more]
Posted by Trixie Pitts on 6/27/14

Joan Mitchell Exhibition - Must See!

Joan Mitchell Trees (diptych) 1990–91 oil on canvas 86 3/4 x 157 1/2 inches Collection of the Joan Mitchell Foundation, New York When asked by her biographer why she painted, Joan Mitchell replied, “…it’s wonderful. I’ve always said it’s like riding a bike with no hands.” After seeing JOAN MITCHELL: TREES at Cheim & Read in Chelsea, it seems to me she was riding her bike no hands through the French countryside when she created these paintings! What I particularly love about this little show is that it shows how throughout her career, like V... [more]
Posted by Trixie Pitts on 5/23/14

Christies Modern and Contemporary Spring Auction Preview 2014

Jean-Michel Basquiat Untitled 1981 acrylic, oilstick and metallic spray enamel on canvas 68 x 103 inches I love to go to the auction previews to see things that can’t normally be seen. Christies had some striking paintings! Once again in my opinion, they have edged out Sotheby’s. The quality and the presentation seemed so much higher. Above is one of the three Basquiat paintings that I saw; there may have been more. It was big and bright. Below is a smaller one. Jean-Michel Basquiat Untitled 1981 oilstick on paper 43 x 30 inches Mark Rothko Untitled 1952 oil on canva... [more]
Posted by Trixie Pitts on 5/10/14