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Friday, September 12, 2014

Palette Knife Portraits From Life

Lynette is a sitter I love to paint. She came to my studio this week and I decided to paint her with a palette knife rather than brush, although I did use a brush for the block-in.

I like a good block-in. It makes me feel like I am off to a good start. Drawing is everything to me. Applying paint with a knife is a much slower process I find  than with the brush. It has been an exciting journey exploring all of this in my portrait art.

I like the subtle color harmonies I got here. Come back to see it done.

Palette Knife
Life Portrait
12 x 16

There will be another sitting to finish this.

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Capture the Light Effect

A quickie portrait done of a beautiful sitter at my studio this week. I am about an hour in here capturing the light effect with big brushes. I kinda like what I got and,  more importantly, so did the sitter.
Beautiful times in the studio

Sunday, August 31, 2014

My Largest Palette Knife Portrait So Far

This one took me a while, my latest palette knife portrait and the largest one I have done so far at 24 x 36". All those peonies! The sitter is my daughter Jessica

"The Missoni Scarf"
By Johanna Spinks

Thursday, August 21, 2014

Face of Malibu Gets a Great Face

Good Times....The 22nd sitter for my Face of Malibu portrait project Walt Keller

Honored to have painted the first ever Mayor of Malibu Walt Keller for my "Face of Malibu" portrait series appearing each month in The Malibu Times. Single life sitting.

People are just endless fascinating,  especially to paint, as was this man. Read more about Walt Keller's life story here:


This is my second portrait series. The first was "The Face of Ventura By Johanna Spinks". All 58 of those portraits are now in the permanent collection of the Museum of Ventura County.

Monday, August 18, 2014

Do You Like Sticky Toffee Pudding?

Face it! We all have those treasured memories of sticky toffee pudding and our grandma cooking it early on a Sunday morning by a bristling coal fire, right?

A nice flowery apron around her ample hips and a bowl for us to lick shortly afterwards. Boy, did that taste good.

Yes? Well, you will love this show then. I am honored to have five pieces in it including the one shown.

See you there. And bring some sticky toffee pudding or banana cream pie at the very least.


"Every Day Thanksgiving"
20" x 32"
By Johanna Spinks

Show invite...See you there!

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Palette Knifer From Life

What better way to spend a day than painting a life portrait along with a great art buddy for good conversation?
Oil on linen
By Johanna Spinks
10 x 10

Sunday, August 10, 2014

Painting Tips -Malibu Wine Country Workshop 2014

What happens in the Malibu wine country, stays in the wine country unless you make a workshop video. Thanks to all who made it special and the venues who hosted us, Malibu Wines, Calamigos Ranch, Cornell Wines, Charme D'Antin.

See you next year, May 15 - 17, 2015