Monthly Archives: October 2015

IlluXCon 2015
Christine Mitzuk and Galen Dara at our shared table

I definitely want to do this show again. It's first come first serve for purchasing a table for the evening Showcase so I'll have to be quick on my feet.

Differing Opinions

One person commented that the prints of my latest painting didn't really look like the painting and suggested I not show them together. (Personally I think they're pretty dang close). Another person suggested that I DO show them, and in fact place them right next to each other. That way the print sells the painting. I tried both ways but didn't have enough time to really see which worked better.

Learning to Talk

Okay so I already know how to talk, but talking about my art in a sales situation is something I'm working on. Till now when someone approaches my table I've said things like, "Hi. How's it going?", or "have you been having a good time?", and "are you local?, and then finally "feel free to flip through anything. Let me know if you have any questions." At which point they start looking through the prints. Or "Are you looking for anything in particular?" To which they respond, "No I'm just looking". Pretty casual and kind of friendly but not really getting around to talking about the art.

Saturday I received some information from a very knowledgeable woman which I then tried Saturday evening at my table in the Showcase.

Ask the person something like "which one (piece) caught your eye?"

Follow up with something like "what about it drew you in?" or "what about it jumps out at you?"

If they're interested in a particular piece ask "would you like to hear more about that piece?" or "would you like to hear about my process?"

The part I had trouble with was "what's stopping you from walking home with it today?". This week I ran this past an artist friend of mine. He uses something a little more humorous, but still professional, so next I'll try that instead.

Sharing a Table

This was a great way to cut cost. I think we both had plenty of space to have a pretty decent display. The 14"x14" square grid system worked quite well. The grids and connectors all fit into my luggage with my art. The collapsible storage bins worked great as print bins and they also travel well. Next time I'll arrange it so the bins aren't in front of the hanging display. I had changed that late on evening 2 and slid the over to the right. It worked pretty well.

My largest framed painting was about 13" x 16". Anything larger and I don't think the 14"x14" grid system would work.

Here's a shot of our set up from Galen's side of the table. You can see more of her work on her site

IlluXCon 2015 the Other Side of the Table

I'm looking forward to doing this again next year!

I'm prepping for IlluXCon which takes place weekend in Allentown, PA. My newest originals, "Golden Dragon Eye", and "Voodoo Queen (Woman of Power)", are framed and ready for their debut!

Golden Dragon Eye (approximately 6"x6"), and Voodoo Queen (approximately 11x14") framed and ready to go.
Golden Dragon Eye (approximately 6"x6"), and Voodoo Queen (Woman of Power) (approximately 11x14") framed and ready to go.

You can see them in person this weekend. I will be in the evening Showcase Friday, October 23, 8:00 pm - midnight, and Saturday, October 24, 6:00 pm - 10:00 pm. In addition to these paintings, I'll have a collection of original drawings, sketches, and limited edition prints for sale. You will find me sharing a table with the wonderful Galen Dara.

The Showcase is open to the public free of charge and will take place at the Allentown Center City Holiday Inn.

You're welcome to stop by and say, "Hi!"


She's done! I'm exited to show this finished piece. I'll have the framed "Voodoo Queen (Woman of Power)" painting, and the pencil drawing with me at IlluxCon during the evening Showcase 10/23 and 10/24.

Oil painting on sealed and gessoed masonite board.
Oil painting on sealed and gessoed masonite board.

This time I did an underpainting with acrylic Raw Umber and then painted with oils. It warmed things up a bit for me, and acted as a great start on arranging my values in paint.

acrylic underpainting using raw umber by christine mitzuk a woman in a cemetery
Acrylic Raw Umber underpainting.

New oil painting on the easel!  Here's a shot of the work in progress. I decided to play with the yellow color family with this one. I'm looking at the changing autumn leaves for some inspiration. 6"x6" oil on prepared board.

A progress shot of my latest dragon eye exploration.
A progress shot of my latest dragon eye exploration.