Entries by colinnitta

Portable Art

Recently, I’ve been showing my work at a lot of “pop-up” shows. I use this term to loosely describe any show that is short term, and as such I typically am not able to hang pieces on existing walls. There is truly an art to figuring out how to make a body of art portable enough for these shows!

The Making of “Summertime”

I recently finished a painting inspired by traditional Latvian folkwear, titled “Summertime”. Many people responded positively to this piece at an popup show in LA this past weekend, so I thought it would be a great piece for a “Making Of” post. With “Summertime”, I actually started by shooting a model in various poses before […]

Character Portraits, Real and Imagined

I have recently begun attending a figure painting session with fellow bay area artists. It’s been a great weekly routine in which about four to six painters and a model crowd together for warmth in a cozy garage studio in the Oakland Hills and together struggle to depict the human form for four hours. Beer and bad art puns are shared amongst all. I’ve been to a lot of different drawing and painting groups over the years, and I have to say this one is my favorite so far. Sometimes I pull off a great portrait, and sometimes I just learn from mistakes (usually the latter).

Illuxcon 8 Recap

About one year ago, I remember debating with myself whether or not I wanted to try exhibiting at Illuxcon. With every convention, there are certain calculations one undergoes before settling on whether or not to attend, along with a plethora of questions. For example: Will my work be received well? Will it sell? What is the cost of amenities in the surrounding area? Can a hearty breakfast of flapjacks and scrapple be found for a reasonable price? (more on scrapple later)

Illuxcon and the Road Ahead

I am excited to release several new developments! I have been working hard the last few weeks to prepare for my first ever exhibition booth at Illuxcon. Illuxcon is a “ground-breaking art show, symposium, and celebration dedicated solely to imaginative realism” that takes place on October 21-25 in Allentown, PA. Yours truly will be participating in the Showcase, an event during the expo that is at the Allentown Center City Holiday Inn’s on the evenings of Friday, October 23rd from 8 p.m. to MIDNIGHT and Saturday, October 24th from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m.

Time and Inspiration

I recently heard an interesting statement. I was sitting in on a drawing class, and the teacher said that there are three elements to a work of art: size, media and time. Size and media are the obvious two elements that anyone trying to make a picture considers. Time, however is a tricky piece of […]

Painting Abroad – Part 3

You never know where a good painting will happen. During my six weeks in Europe, I was looking for inspiration in all the epic cultural monuments: magnificent old castles, beautiful cathedrals, the classic boulevards that dominate so many of these old world cities. It turns out that I was actually the happiest with a painting […]

Painting Abroad – Part 2

Plein air painting in cities is a challenge. European cities full of tourists are no exception! During my travels, I was often staying in city centers where the most culture was present, and consequently, the most people. While sightseeing, I would keep an eye out for passageways with alcoves where I could prop up my easel without too much trouble and not have to worry about being in the way of a horse drawn carriage full of Asian tourists.

Painting Abroad – Part 1

This is my first blog post while painting and traveling in another country! I’ve spent the last four and a half weeks sightseeing and painting in Latvia and Poland, Prague (Czech Republic), Salzburg (Austria), Venice (Italy), Croatia, and Budapest (Hungary). It’s been a hell of a trip so far and is far too much to talk about in just one post. I’ve seen incredible paintings from European painters that I didn’t even know existed and visited some gorgeous old castles, ruins and palaces.