Tuesday, June 2, 2015

The Gift of Time

"The Clearing"
By Johanna Spinks
Palette Knife
I gave myself the gift of time with this palette knife portrait of my daughter done in my garden. A nice lull in the studio workload, deliveries just shipped, and a week's break from my weekly teaching class found me very at peace with myself and my art.

I have wanted to paint my lovely fair-haired daughter for quite a while, having done quite a few portraits recently of my lovely dark-haired one. I found this scarlet vintage hat 'topper' online and that was the beginning of the idea.

It was a challenge doing this with a palette knife especially the hair and gauzy clothing.

I plan on more of this quiet time...with just myself and my palette knife, oh yes, and inspiration.

Monday, June 1, 2015

Swinging a Palette Knife

Swinging a palette knife this weekend painting the lovely Marian Liddel over at Jeremy Lipking's studio. He does a great one day a month workshop. Check it out www.lipking.com

There is nothing about Lipking's work I don't like. He is a true young master and I have been lucky to be around him over  the last three years or so lending a helping hand in his workshops and 'study abroad' trips when I can in return for some of his inspiration.

Monday, May 25, 2015

On Location In Malibu Show

A great opening reception this weekend for the  "California Art Club On Location In Malibu" show at the Frederick R. Weisman Museum of Art. Thanks to all who came to the packed reception,  Michael Zakian for curating a great show, and The California Art Club for all they do for us artists.

The show, which is a great one featuring some stunning Malibu vistas, runs until August 2nd. Catch the details here

Thanks also to the The Malibu Cafe at Calamigos Ranch for letting me paint in there. My painting, top, "Calamigos Ranch, Malibu", 12"x16', available for purchase at the show.

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

I Painted Gidget!

Honored to meet and paint the original Gidget Kathy Zuckerman for my Face of Malibu Series.
She helped put surfing on the map in the 50's when her father wrote his famous book seeing Kathy's life on the beach.  The book went on to become the Gidget phenomena in a film of the same name starring Sally Field.

Kathy, a wonderful spirit,  is the 30th sitter to be painted for my second public portrait project The Face of Malibu with The Malibu Times, the project now in its' third year. The Face of Ventura came before with The Ventura Breeze newspaper, that collection now in the permanent collection of the Museum of Ventura County.

Read Kathy's life story here

Saturday, May 16, 2015

Wednesday, May 13, 2015

In Remembrance of Glen Orbik

I am shameless in my enjoyment seeking to paint bright sunshine filled days, filled with color and happiness and some of my lovely friends who sit for me.  The joy of being alive. I am excited to wake up today and start such a new painting along with the portrait commissions I am working on.

I am also grateful to have another day with my art as this week I remember with great fondness artist Glen Orbik who sadly passed away way too young. He inspired a generation of artists in Los Angeles. A terrific artist of the highest calibre leaving a huge legacy. I was honored to be on the faculty with him at The Califonia Art Institute for many years. All the teachers looked up to Orbit with great respect. He was much liked.

Artwork By Glen Orbit
See link 
A sample from my High Days and Holidays Collection

Friday, May 8, 2015

Happy Mother's Day Show!

Just finished this painting in time for a Mother's Day show tomorrow at The Alice-Rice Gallery in Laguna Beach. Join us. There is a paint out all day too. Yes, this one will be hanging wet which I am a bit nervous about. Whistler did it all the time though so I am taking a leaf from his book. 

Happy Mothers Day to all.
"Hip Hip Horray"
By Johanna Spinks
12 x 16

Hampers and Champers
By Johanna Spinks
14 x 11