Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Capturing a Great Man and True Friend

The world has lost a wonderful man, writer/director Mr. Paul Almond, O.C. I was honored to paint his portrait about 14 years ago after he was awarded The Order of Canada, the highest civilian honor. Many good times followed. We became friends along with his lovely photographer wife Joan. Mr. Almond's portrait now hangs in The Paul Almond Center, Canada.

He will be greatly missed by myself and many others who he touched with his creativity, generosity  of spirit and zest for life. Mr. Almond had just finished writing book number 12!

Read Mr. Almond's obituary in today's New York Times:


I will always smile when I think of Paul and I am so glad I got to paint his portrait. The wonder of portraiture! The great people you meet.
Mr. Paul Almond, Order of Canada
By Johanna Spinks

Paul's portrait hanging at the Frederick R. Weisman Museum of Art in 2002 at Malibu Art Association Show, where it won First Place. Photo:Joan Almond

One of my favorite pictures, Mr. Paul Almond at his portrait sitting. Photo:Joan Almond

Friday, April 10, 2015

On Location in Malibu Show...I'm In!

Just heard my sunshine painting "Calamigos Ranch, Malibu" has been accepted into
On Location in Malibu 2015: Paintings by the California Art Club at the Frederick R. Weisman Museum of Art.

I have always love this show being a Malibu local and am thrilled to be in it.

May 23 – August 2, 2015

Frederick R. Weisman Museum of Art
Pepperdine University
24255 Pacific Coast Highway
Malibu, CA 90263

Friday, April 3, 2015

"Girl Crush", My New Palette Knife Portrait

"Girl Crush In India"
Oil On Linen Board
Via Palette Knife, 16"X12"
By Johanna Spinks

Come back tomorrow to see the stages of this palette knife portrait....I was charmed by this lady I met in India, a fellow traveler. She had poise, grace, intelligence and insight. I tried to capture some of that in the palette knife portrait. Hope you like.

Monday, March 30, 2015

California Gold Museum Weekend

Opening Night

Dear friends:

Just wanted to share some personal pix from this weekend's opening festivities as finalist in  the California Art Club's 104th Gold Medal Juried Exhibition. 

I have been lucky enough to be in this prestigious show in the past so was really looking forward to what I knew would be a great weekend.

I was so happy that my palette knife portrait of my daughter, "The Homecoming",  was hung so beautifully,  two over from the Gold Medal Painting Prize winner Jim McVicker, pictured, with that stunning self portrait of his. Great guy too.  It's a super show and on for another month at the USC Fisher Museum, so catch it and see over 200 terrific pieces or view it all online here:

I also love the CAC show statement in the entrance way, which is why I included it here in the pix, not just to show off my Artists'  Sunday brunch outfit.

Thanks to the California Art Club for all they do for us artists. Really!

I feel inspired and honored to be part of this great group and historical show. 

Thanks to all who came, especially to lovely artist/friend Theresa Walker Harris, pictured with me,  who flew in especially to the show - and  took these pix. 
"The Homecoming"
Oil on linen via palette knife
By Johanna Spinks

Saturday, March 28, 2015

Going Golden, California Art Club Gold Medal Show

The Homecoming
By Johanna Spinks
Going golden - the prestigious California Art Club Annual Gold Medal Juried Show opens tonight and I am honored to have this palette knife portrait of mine of my daughter in some very dazzling art company.

View the entire show here:

Friday, March 27, 2015

Gutsy Painting?

Demo for The Malibu Art Associatin
Purchase here

Thanks to the Malibu Art Association for hosting me to do a still life demo last night. I chose to forgo the traditional apple and pears set up. I must have been out of my mind setting this up for a 90 minute demo. Pearls, satin, roses, tulle, wire mesh, and ribbons! What was I thinking? Sometimes you just have to go for it. VERVE.