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Monday, March 13, 2017

Standing Room Only...

It was standing room only at the Museum of Ventura County's show "A Woman's March" this weekend showcasing mementos and art from women who attended this historical march.

 I was honored to have one of my recent large palette knife portraits displayed so beautifully there. My portrait was of a hat maker I found on ETSY called Racheal who was knitting up 100s of these hats. I was fascinated by her so decided to paint her recording this unique time in history, whichever side of the political fence you find yourself on.

The show runs thru March 25th at the Museum. Catch it.


"The Hat Maker -Racheal"
by Johanna Spinks
Oil on canvas
Via palette knife.
36x36"
For sale thru Saachi Online
Standing room only. Show had only been opened 10 minutes at this point!

With Museum creator Anna Bermudez. Love this  talented lady and her support of us artists. 
Hanging near a Time Cover is always good.

Chatting with Congresswoman  Julia Brownley

Edibles

Showables
I love this photo of the installer. Makes me smile
Thank you  Racheal. 


Saturday, March 11, 2017

Pink Hat At The Museum Tonight.




My "The Pink Hat Maker" painting gets installed at the Museum of Ventura County's "A Woman's Place" show, opening today, Sat,. 5.30 pm. featuring mementos and memories from local woman who took part in this historic march. 

Thank you to Museum curator Anna Bermudez and the hard working show installer pictured here. This photo makes me smile.  

As a portrait artist, I paint the world I see around me. This portrait painting is not meant to be a political commentary. 

It was inspired by Racheal, a lady I met on ETSY who was making a ton of these knitted hats. I thought her story intriguing and that's why I painted this. Also, what artist doesn't want to get a chance to play with all that bright pink coloration. It's a dream to paint. This lady also makes a ton of other beautiful hats especially for children. 

Check her store out.
3JoyfulHeartsDesign




Up on The Wall
At The Museum of Ventura County, Show Opens tonight.
The Pink Hat Maker
36x36"
By Johanna Spinks
For Sale Thru Saachi
Oil on Linen
via palette knife

Saturday, March 4, 2017

Labor of Palette Knife Love

This new painting I am finishing up has been a real labor of love for me. The sitter is someone I have known since her childhood. She has grown up into a smart, sassy and fun young lady.

Painted via my palette knife which wasn't so easy with the windswept hair. Persistence, persistence, persistence. I know I will get there in the end.

"Natalie, Windswept, Brooklyn Bridge"
By Johanna Spinks
Via palette knife
24 x 34"






Monday, February 27, 2017

Masters of The American West...

There is a great show on at The Autry Museum right now, Masters of The American West, featuring some of my very favorite painters, Morgan Weistling, Jeremy Lipking, and JoAnn Peralta to name just a very few.

Catch it if you are in town! It is not be missed. Painting at it's finest.
https://theautry.org

This painting of mine has absolutely nothing to do with the show but I did have a grand time painting this sitter from life in two sittings this month with the headpiece Patrick, the sitter, brought in from his collection. Patrick is of Native American heritage so that was kinda cool to capture.

My experimentation with this large format via palette knife continues. I am happy to announce my "Pink Pussy Hat" portrait, see previous post, will be in a show at the Museum of Ventura County in March. Stay tuned.

"Warrior Spirit"
By Johanna Spinks
Oil on Canvas via Palette Knife
36x36"
Available for purchase through Saachi Online.
First Sitting

In Situ

The Second and Final Sitting of Three Hours Each




Saturday, February 25, 2017

Tuneful Songbird Gets Painted.

The lated large format portrait painted from life in two sittings.
Thank you to beautiful songbird Christine Nelson.

The first sitting. Must get the eyes right!


"Retro" By Johanna Spinks
Oil on canvas via palette knife
36"x36"

For sale through Saachi Online

Wednesday, February 1, 2017

Pink Pussy Hat

I dedicate this new large format palette knife to all my sisters out there, no matter what hat you wear. It was inspired by a young lady I met thru Etsy who was making these hats for the the Womens' March in America. I found her story interesting and was inspired to paint it.


Pink Pussy Hat
Oil on canvas via palette knife
36"x36"
Original and Prints For sale through Saachi Art

saatchiart.com/art/Painting-The-Pink-Pussy-Hat





Tuesday, January 24, 2017

Contemporary Contemplation

Life just couldn't get any more fun painting super large with my palette knife.  I never really saw myself painting portraits so contemporarily but here we are.

Thank you to Mather for sitting for this.

Custom portrait commissions available in this contemporary style.
www.johannaspinks.com
My latest
"Om"
36"x36"
Via Palette Knife
By Johanna Spinks
Original and prints available for purchase at Saachi Art
saatchiart.com/art/Painting-Om
In progress - life sitting


In Situ