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.


Spectrum Fantastic Art Live 4 Recap

Spectrum Fantastic Art Live 4 an incredible event, surpassing the glory of previous years yet again. Coming home on the plane this last time around felt like I was leaving a sanctuary of colleagues, friends and incredible inspiration. I had more paintings in my booth than ever before and received enthusiastic reactions to my work from […]


New Work and Spectrum Fantastic Art Live

Lots of developments have been underway at Colin Nitta Painting & Illustration! I’ve recently finished two more personal works and have been so busy that they’ve been tough to post about individually. “Valkyrie,” was actually an experimental which I painted over an existing peice that I wasn’t happy with. The idea was that I could […]


Online Print Shop Now Open

          I have recently opened a brand new print shop! It currently features five of my paintings reproduced as 8.5″ by 11″ archival fine art quality prints. I control every aspect of this shop from printing to shipping so I’ll be able to keep the product consistent and reliable. Plus, by buying 2 or more […]


How to Build an Air Tight Palette

Let’s face it: oil paint is really expensive. There’s just no getting around it. Last week, I spent over $20 on a single small tube of cadmium yellow. Roughly multiply that cost for all the other colors in my palette and over time, that really adds up. Recently, I decided to finally build an airtight […]


The Making of “Thor”

I recently finished the eighth deity portrait in my Norse series, “Thor, God of Thunder.” I put off Thor for a while because he is far and away the most popular of all the Norse gods, and the combined forces of Marvel and Hollywood have painted a picture of him that the public has come to recognize as authentic. This version is stoic and handsome. In the original epic poem of the detailing the Norse gods, The Prose Edda by Snorri Sturleson, Thor is depicted as more of a bumbling oaf. He is a god for the common people. It was this version that I most wanted to emulate.