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

Friday, May 1, 2015

My Montana Big Sky Country Workshop

Cabin Lights, Montana
by Johanna Spinks
9 x 12, oil on linen via palette knife

In Missoula with my palette knife mentally today planning my "Montana Big Sky Country Workshop", this October 2 -4, stay tuned. It's going to be a ton of fun. Breathtaking vistas, rustic charm and handsome cowboys.

And, oh, did I mention my India workshop next year "Romancing The Himalays" with Indus Tours? Yes, tons of great stuff ahead.

Sunday, April 26, 2015

Some Palette Knife Demos...

Yup, it was a great six week teaching session. Thanks to all my wonderful students and the amazing models who sat for my class. I couldn't have done it without you - or my palette knife.

We covered just about everything from how to paint the figure, fabric, and florals, all around the big four, drawing/design, values, edges and color.

The next semester is full. Join me in July?

Friday, April 24, 2015

New Museum Portrait Show Coming Up...

Honored to be a judge today at the Museum of Ventura County's upcoming "Face to Face- A Juried Exhibition of Contemporary Portraiture" show, July 11 - September 13 2015. Stay tuned.