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Monday, September 18, 2017

Opening Reception - The Face of Malibu



Come See If You Recognize The Faces?
Full details here: http://malibuartsandculture.org/268/Face-of-Malibu

“This great project helps residents get to know the people in their community better,” said Mayor Skylar Peak. “For all of us who have seen the portraits in the newspaper for years, it’s really exciting to be able to see all of the original paintings hanging in Malibu City Hall.”

"The Face of Malibu by Johanna Spinks" features a slice of this famous beach town with sixty sitters painted from life over the last four years in a single sitting of two hours each, no photos or money exchanging hands. An interactive community art project, each portrait sketch and the sitter's' life story, were featured monthly in The Malibu Times, most interviews by writer Homaira Shifa.

The portrait show runs until January 12, 2018. The series is ongoing.

"The Face of Malibu" follows on from the "The Face of Ventura By Johanna Spinks" with The Ventura Breeze newspaper, that series of 58 life sketches, including movie star Kevin Costner, now in the permanent collection of the Museum of Ventura. Spinks is also working on "The Face of Charleston" with The Charleston Mercury newspaper.

From the proverbial butcher, the baker, and candlestick maker, to police chiefs, mayors and our very own California State Senator Henry Stern, come see if you recognize some of the faces? A part of old Malibu, rapidly disappearing, has also been captured in this series through its' citizens sketches and their published tales of Malibu old. Three of the sitters were close to 100 years old.

This show is in conjunction with The Malibu Times and is sponsored by The Malibu Cultural Arts Commission.

This is an open reception and refreshments will be served.

Other more"' finished" portraits by Spinks will also be on display.
www.johannaspinks.com

Thursday, August 31, 2017

Princess Diana, Still Queen of Hearts

Today marks 20 years since Princess Diana's sad and tragic passing. I was a big fan of hers.

I drew this to commemorate the day. Princess Diana is still the Queen of Hearts.


Princess Diana, Cambridge Lover's Knot Tiara
By Johanna Spinks

Close-up

Friday, August 18, 2017

Painting California State Senator Henry Stern

I am honored recently to have painted California State Senator Henry Stern for my Face of Malibu portrait project now in its' fifth year. Senator Stern was my 59th sitter painted for this series kindly featured in The Malibu Times each month with articles (by writer Homaira Shifa) about their life and what they thought about being painted.

I did the portrait sketch of this very busy senator in a single two hour sitting and am very grateful he made the time for me.

Senator Stern is the first millennial elected to the California State Senate and we covered a lot of ground conversationally during the sitting. I wish you could have been a fly on the painting wall.

Please read more about this inspiring environmental lawyer, now a Senator, with a very bright political future ahead of him.  I feel the Gold State, us Californians,  are in very good hands.

click here_to read Senator Stern's  life story by the wonderful Homaira Shifa.

The Face Of Malibu will have a solo show at Malibu City Hall this Fall in conjunction with The Malibu Cultural Arts' Committee. I paint my 60th sitter next week! Stay tuned.

California State Senator Henry Stern
Single life sitting
For The Face of Malibu by Johanna Spink
A Special Time...Thank You Senator Stern


Portrait In Progress







Sunday, July 23, 2017

American Art Collector Magazine



Thank you to American Art Collector Magazine and writer John O'Hern for including my artwork in this article geared to art collectors called "The Essence of Being. On new stands this August.



Tuesday, July 4, 2017

Taking Risks Is Risky?

Just finished up this new large format palette knife to add to my building  collection of now twelve started at the  beginning of this year, all painted from life in two sittings-  and all 36 x36". Some friends of mine have sat for me along with some professional models, but even more excitingly, people I have just met in my hometown walking on the street so to speak.

I love painting people from life who are completely new to the experience and I  think it makes me paint better.

The large format super bright coloration via palette knife has been quite an extraordinary exploration within my portrait world - and like nothing I have done before. At times I have felt I really must stop and go back to what is safe. But exploring makes you learn, grow, and nurture, yes,  independence from art formulas that artists can get stuck in when they start selling their art to collectors. They get known for a certain 'look' and that is what they have to keep producing so their collector base doesn't get confused and head for the hills.

Taking risks is risky.

But something keeps driving me forward to continue perhaps thanks to great feedback from some very kind folks in the most surprising places.

Here is my latest finished today in time for July 4th Independence Day in America.

"Independence"
By Johanna Spinks
36 x 36"
Available through Saachi Online
click here
In Situ
Who says you can't hang paintings on patios?

The second of two life sittings via palette knife. Thank you as always to the beautiful Lynette.



Monday, May 29, 2017

Got The Blues?

Shades of complimentary orange and blues...I met Chris as he was leaving a wine bar wearing this really great hat. I knew he had a really great face to paint so I approached him to sit for me. I wasn't disappointed. A few weeks later he came into my studio for two sittings, and this is what we created -probably my favorite large portrait so far this year. 36x36" via my palette knife.

Thank you Chris.
"Steel"
By Johanna Spinks
36x36"
Oil on canvas, via palette knife
For purchase at Saachi Online
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In situ...what a beautiful wall.

Painted in two life sittings. Thank you Chris!  What a great young man.
In progress...end of first sitting

Friday, May 26, 2017

I Love My "Job"!

Beautiful sitters, inside and out, give me such joy to paint.

Thank you to lovely Paula. I enjoyed working with you on this commission so much,  painting beautiful you and  the beautiful Malibu light. Did I mention beautiful enough?

Recent Commission
By Johanna Spinks

Did I mention I love my job? The portrait presentation.