Sunday, September 9, 2018

Naming Paintings...

Very impressed with the folks at Saatchi putting on this show.  The pre-show prep is very thorough.
  My POP-Trait series featuring comtemporary portraiture has been handpicked by a panel of judges  to show at The Other Art Fair presented by Saatchi Art in Los Angeles

Naming paintings is almost as hard as painting them...any ideas for a title on this one? Just finished this week. 

My latest POP-Trait portrait of the lovely Alexandria Morrow painted in two life sittings via palette knife, 36 x 36"

Saturday, September 1, 2018

My "Pop-Trait" Series Unveiled

Excited my "Pop-Trait" series will be unveilded for the first time at this huge contemporary show. As many of you know I have been quietly working away on this series for almost two years now. All 36 x 36" and mostly painted from life in two sittings via my palette knife.

I have had the most encourging words from my dear friend and mentor Everett Raymond Kinstler, N.A., painter of eight American presidents and a who's who of America over the last 60 years.

Kinstler says of this new body of my work:

“I am impressed with your new striking portraits. I think you are on to something. They are fresh, contemporary and different. The new scale and size lend themselves to very modern settings and a new audience."

How cool is that. Thank you dear Mr. K.

 I will be posting the whole collection over the next few weeks. Please stay tuned. Would love your feedback.  There are about 24 of them now.  

Tuesday, August 28, 2018

The Art Critic?

Honored: invited to judge Simi Valley Art Assoc. Annual Open Show again in California. 

Cash prizes. Open to all artists. 

This ptg. a favorite of mine by Norman Rockwell "The Art Critic" painted in 1955. Oh boy, to paint like this master. It's just impossible. And he is still not in The Met in New York's collection.

Monday, August 20, 2018

Summer Event Painting

I was recently commissioned by a lovely couple to paint a special anniversary party at their home in the mountains.

These twinkling lights were a lot of work, along with the people,  but very fun to paint and I am happy to say well received at the painting's presentation this weekend. I love painting light and party dresses so it was a win-win for me as an artist.

 I also compiled a large journal of watercolor sketches from this event, see video below,  which I started onsite at the party. I sketched the actual party scene, the cocktail hour, the dessert and champagne bar, the gift table, the couple's first dance and even the hostess's party shoes as they were amazing.

I used all this watercolor reference to help create the final oil painting in my studio. The couple also got to keep the watercolor journal.

I am looking forward to paiting more twinkling party light commissions.  Stay tuned.

Mid-Summer Night's Eve
By Johanna Spinks
Event Painting

Saturday, July 7, 2018

Life Thru Rose Colored Glasses?

My latest POP-Trait portrait of Rachel Bailit, an actress and acting teacher at The Lee Strasberg Institute. She's a pretty incredible lady and loves rose colored glasses almost  as much as me, plus pink eye glitter. One can't go wrong with either.

36 x 36"
Painted in two life sittings
Via my palette knife.

"Rose Colored Glasses"
By Johanna Spinks
36 x 36"
End of second sitting


Close-up, yes there's glitter.

Friday, June 15, 2018

Knife Skills?

22 large palette knife portraits now painted by me, from life,  over the last 36 months for my new "Living Large" series...I have learned they have a mind of their own. Completely uncontrollabe chaos but I am always glas at the end of the sittings, I stuck with them.

Living Life Large Series
By Johanna Spinks
36 x 36"
Via Palette Knife

In progress -almost there
The start - always risky!

Sunday, June 10, 2018

Gold Is Golden...

What a great night it was, the opening Artists' Reception Gala for the California Art Club's 107th Annual Gold Medal Exhibition at The Natural History Museum of Los Angeles. It is amazing that this show has been running this long. 

The show is incredible and I am honored to be in such fine painting company with a portrait I painted via my palette knife.

Thank you to the CAC and president Peter Adamas  for all is does for us artist members. It is really quite extraordinary. 

The California Art Club
107th Anuual Gold Medal Exhition Gala
The Natural History Museum of Los Angeles
Show runs June 10 - July 1, 2018

"The Company You Keep"
By Johanna Spinks
12 x 12"
Via Palette Knife
On Exhibit
107th Gold Medal Show