Friday, November 27, 2015

The Perfect Holiday Art Gift

Looking for the perfect art holiday gift Idea? How about Romancing The Himalayas with me?  A once in a lifetime painting workshop like no other. 

The perfect gift for you or your loved one, the artist that loves painting in exotic historical  and colorful locations and eating yummy mostly vegetarian Indian food. Thanks to Indus Experiences for arranging an incredible itinerary and inviting me to do this tour. I am excited for the opportunity, the places we will go and the people we will meet. All levels welcome. All mediums welcome. I will be using both water-based oil and watercolor. Non-painting partners welcome too. 

Visit details of the tour at this link below. Book it there too:


Email me for a full color free brochure to be send to you:

A holiday in India is a not just a holiday - it mesmerizes the senses with sights and sounds that become treasured memories for life... sunset at the Taj Mahal as the setting sun turns the Poem to Love a dusky pink; steaming bowls of curry for breakfast on the station at Kalkawaiting for the Toy Train to Shimla......dawn on the Ganges as the mists swirl and the sonorous chants of Priests echo across the waters.
India is also a painter's dream. you will paint in this workshop with Johanna in a way perhaps you have never done before. This exotic locale workshop will focus on quick sketches 'out and about' of the local sights and colorful people and even some interiors of the wonderfully historical places we will be staying. You will return home with a perfect painted record/journal of your trip from which you can then make larger paintings at home.
Delhi • Amritsar • Dharamshala • Paragpur • Shimla • Delhi 

Noma's Diya - Marigold Tealights
By Johanna Spinks
Oil on board via palette knife
Painted from Spinks' last trip to India 2014

An example of the quick sketch you will be doing  in India.
These are all from Johanna's 2014 trip, all 6x8". Oil.

Saturday, November 21, 2015

100 Years And Counting...

100 years on this planet teaches you a thing or two. Meet lovely blue eyed centenarian Bill Armstrong, my latest Face of Malibu sitter, featured each month in The Malibu Times. Thanks to all!

Read Bill's life story here:
Bill Armstrong
By Johanna Spinks

Painting Bill
Single Life Sitting
Photo courtesy of Diana Armstrong

Thursday, November 12, 2015

Unsung Hero Portrait Series

Honored to have been commissioned to paint a series of "Unsung Heroes" for The Ventura Breeze Newspaper  by gracious Jordan and  Sandra Laby. Here is our fourth recipient Elizabeth Cornejo at her presentation lunch with the Labys. Single life sitting. Thanks also to ace publisher Sheldon Brown

Read Elizabeth's courageous life story:

Elizabeth Cornejo
By Johanna Spinks
Single life sitting

Presentation lunch with Elizabeth and series' gracious sponsors Sandra and Jordan Laby. Kindly appearing in The Ventura Breeze. 

Thursday, November 5, 2015


It's amazing what a fresh start will do on a fresh day. I decided to revisit the life sketch I did of Shannon, see previous post, which I felt coulda, shoulda, woulda have been a whole lot better if only if...

I started it again, using the life sketch for reference,  painting it with a palette knife. I put it down much more as I wanted to say it.

Softer, cleaner more elegant lines, with some color play of yellows and blues, see palette I placed to the side of sketch with my trusted Province Blue made from Charvin which I inhale like smelling lavender.

Hope you like!

Malibu Pier
By Johanna Spinks
For sale

Thursday, October 29, 2015

Palette Knife Tantrums

Sometimes my palette knife has a mind of its' own but I guess that's half the fun of a life sitting wielding a knife however frustrating at times.

TY beautiful ArtModelShannon!

The Joys of the Palette Knife Life Sitting
By Johanna Spinks
Oil on Linen

Thursday, October 22, 2015

Hello Dolly...

Dolly Read Martin
Face of Malibu By Johanna Spinks

Hello Dolly! Meet Dolly Read Martin, Britain's First Playboy Playmate in 1966, wife of comedian Dick Martin and "Return To The Valley of The Dolls" cult icon. My latest Face of Malibu sitter, painted in one sitting, the series kindly featured in The Malibu Times. Thank you Dolly! We laughed and chatted all the way. To read more about Dolly's fascinating life story:

Friday, October 16, 2015

Freedom 58 Portrait Project

Hard to believe human slavery goes on every day while we drink our cappuccinos. This beautiful girl I just painted from Cambodia was luckily freed, hence my choice of the gold leaf butterfly. I also wanted to add a touch of her homeland adding the Cambodian sunset.

It is 30x40" via my palette knife painted for The Freedom 58 Project, a traveling portrait show,  highlighting awareness of this travesty. Can you do a portrait too to bring the world's attention to human trafficking and help stop it? If so, go here:

You can also contact Bob via email at

"Freedom Flys"
By Johanna Spinks
via palette knife