Wednesday, December 6, 2017

Holiday Portrait Demo and Workshop

Thank you to The Westlake Village Art Guild in California for inviting me to demo at it's full house Holiday dinner meeting last night.

A lot 'festiveness' to get painted in a short 90 minute demo but my palette knife helped me get there for a quick finish of the festive head piece toward the end.  Another 90 minutes would have been great!

This review just in!

Thank you Johanna for the wonderful way you broke down your process last night!  I loved the mis-en-place concept and seeing how you built depth in your painting while keeping your original intent with your lights and darks!  Hearing your insights on painting portraits and working with clients was also very helpful!!!  What a great evening for all of our members to learn! 
Anette Power
WVAG Program Chair

Thank to beautiful Lynette who modeled so well here.

And yes, it's for sale. $395, plus shipping.

I'll be teaching a painting workshop for WVAG Jan 26th -28th covering all aspects of painting. "Oil Painting - A Valued Approach By Johanna Spinks". More details here.

Holly And The Ivy
Demo For Sale
In progress's done.

Great Crowd

Off we go!

About 30 minutes in. 

Tuesday, November 28, 2017

Enrich Your Community...?

Thank you to The Portrait Society of America's Chairman Edward Jonas for his nod to my portrait work in his "Chairman's Letter" feature in the current issue of  International Artist Magazne. 

Love Ed's advice;" Ready to find a way of gaining exposure for your own visions? Then turn your creativity on to finding a way to enrich your own community. It will take some effort, but the rewards will bring you far more than you'll give."

 I know this to be so true. 

My current "Face of Malibu" portrait show featuring  61 portrait sketches painted from life of local residents, sponsored by The Malibu Cultural Arts Commission, continues at Malibu City Hall until Jan. 12th 2018. 

Friday, November 17, 2017

Are you a VIP? - In The Green Room

So far this year I have painted 15 large format palette knives, from life sitters,  in two 3 hour sittings. They have challenged me, turned my art brain inside-out as I am so used to painting in the way I paint, sight-size usually. I have felt some art fear, some art embarrassment but something kept me going. Explore, explore. 

I thank Julia for this latest sitting and LuksMarbella for this wall. 

I chose a harmony of cool greens for this one going from an olive-yellow green to a phalo green with a verona green mixed in too. Oh, yes and Gamblin's radiant green.

I gave myself a year to explore in my Wednesday Saddlerock Painters' Group that I host at my studio. Now I have to decide if I shall continue the experimentation thru next year?

In The Green Room - VIP
By Johanna Spinks
36 x 36"
Via Palette Knife
Green eyes?


Tuesday, November 7, 2017

Where Women Create Feature Article

Honored to have a feature about my studio and portrait work in the Winter edition of "Where Women Create - Inspiring Work Spaces of Extraordinary Women", a U.S. magazine.

It is an incredibly inspiring glossy mag. of super high production value. I have enjoyed reading it so much since I was first introduced to it by my good pal artist Theresa H. It's something I savor each edition.

You can find the magazine at high end newsstands or order online. Box at top right bar of this blog will take you straight to the link or click on the link below the cover magazine image.

Thank you to WWC! Also,  a huge thank you to  LA based photographer Dave Teel for a great photo shoot.

Find Magazine Here

Saturday, November 4, 2017

Face of Malibu Show Video

Thanks to The City of Malibu who just put out this You Tube of the reception.

Great memories! Forever thanks to the sitters, The Malibu Times, and The Malibu Cultural Arts Commission. Show runs until Jan. 12th 2018.

Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Thank you Malibu!

Thank you Malibu. 

What a night!

I felt the hometown love. 

Read about the opening of my "Face of Malibu" show reception here:

Thank you to all the sitters, The Malibu Times and The Malibu Cultural Arts Commission for sponsoring this show running until Jan. 12th 2018 at Malibu City Hall.

Thank you also to  Richard Chesterfield of Monrose Catering for the incredible food.

And of course everyone who attended. A night I will never forget.

Thank you to MT photographer Julie Ellerton and Malibu Surfside news photographer Dave Teel for the pictures here. 
A Night to Remember
The Face of Malibu Opens
67 portraits of mine on display. 

Ventura Artist Mark Tovar Stands Near His Portrait

A Full House
With Show Curator Alan Roderick-Jones. Thank you Alan.

With Cantor Marcelo Gindlin
The Faces!
Speech tine.

Standing Room Only.

Lovely Marie Stapel with her son Kurt. We miss you Marie.

Talking the Talk.
Richard Chesterfield, one of the sitters, and the owner of Monrose Catering who did a spectacular job catering the event.

Wednesday, October 4, 2017

A Malibu Local Painting Locals!

You are invited to my "Face of Malibu" Opening Reception with The Malibu Times sponsored by The Malibu Cultural Arts Commission. A local artist painting locals as only a local can. Sixty life sketches will be on display along with some more finished portraits. See you there?

Thank you to all the sitters, The Malibu Times and The Malibu Cultural Art Commission

The Face of Malibu By Johanna Spinks

Featured in The Malibu Times this week. Read article: