Announcement! I’m having a show with the arts organization “RAW: natural born artists” at 111 Minna Gallery in San Francisco. It’s Friday, August 13th at 7:30PM. I’m collaborating with thirteen other artists that span the gamut from painting and photography to music and fashion design. It should be a ridiculously awesome night! If you’re in the area, come and see some fantastic work from young emerging artists. You can say, “I met so and so when they were a wee lad,” and have endless topics for conversation when we all become famous. Click here to go to the RAW website and purchase a ticket from me online, they’re a mere $10 for the night of your life. In addition, I’m selling my paintings at the event so if you’re itching to get your hands on a Colin Nitta original, here’s your chance. Go go go!
I always enjoy seeing other artists’ progress photos of their work. I like the evidence of a visual progression that shows a creative mind at work, stripping away the illusion that this all comes effortlessly and instantly. However, I am often wary of showing my own progress as sometimes it causes for a too much too soon effect, in which the final incarnation is undercut by a lack of surprise and drama. So, I have come to this solution: I will show progress photos and sketches, but none which show the entire painted canvas as a whole until it is finished. The pictures above display the painting at a rough middle stage. Lights and darks have been placed and color is making its way into the composition. A teacher of mine once told me to think of a painting in not three stages of beginning, middle, and end, but to subdivide each stage into three more for a total of nine. For example, the beginning is composed of three parts: the beginning of the beginning, the middle of the beginning, and the end of the beginning. A little superfluous perhaps, but it actually makes a lot of sense. To that end, I’d say this is the beginning of the middle.
Finally! A studio to call my very own. This is where the magic happens, otherwise known as The Batcave. It’s a basement room I’ve rented out along with my fellow oil painter Lauren Szabo for the sole purpose of art making. Without further ado, here’s the virtual tour!
The view of my area from Lauren’s half (it’s divided by a doorway)
Already messy. You can almost smell the sweet smell of turpentine wafting through the air…
It also happens to be very conducive to reading. Lauren’s studio half is visible through the doorway.
The mad scientist is ready to begin the experiment! They always say art is like alchemy.
That’s it for now. Needless to say I’m extremely excited about my new space; it truly marks the beginning of something I’ve been looking forward to for a long time. Here’s a final image to give you a taste of the next new project I’ve begun painting.
Yes, those are frames welded from STEEL. Future King entered the world stage this last Thursday at a gallery in California College of the Arts in San Francisco. The evening was superb all around, complete with input from art directors from Mother Jones, Wired, University of San Francisco, the De Young Museum of Art and other places of renown (the esteemed gentleman in the black on the last picture, Bob Ciano was responsible for this meeting of the minds). Its always an incredible feeling to see an immense project assembled in completion on a wall, and this experience was no exception. No, they are not fake, yes they are heavy… they are made from STEEL (this was the most common question all night long).
I made a cool little discovery while creating a book for my latest project, Future King. Early on in the conceptual stage, I decided I wanted to do two versions of the same landscape, one in the beginning of the story and another at the end. Sort of a before/after effect, kind of like when you watch a commercial for a cleaning product (So much better than BRAND X!). Anyway, to make a long story short, when a book is printed the pages have to be collated out of order for it to be read correctly. I just learned recently this technique is called “imposition”. The switched around pages end up being called “signatures”. Because my two landscapes lined up exactly at the beginning and end of the book, they ended up being JUXTAPOSED! (this word is a delight to use, if you ever want to impress someone with your genius rays, say it immediately)
Which leads me to my next topic; my book, hot off the press! Here’s the cover and a spread. Updates will be coming soon on whether or not they will be available for purchase…
I have arrived. Hear me and despair, ye mortals.