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

Sunday, May 20, 2018

Catch A Great Art Wave...

Catch A GREAT Art Wave
"On Location in Malibu 2018"
Paintings By The California Art Club
Continues Thru July 29
Frederick R. Weisman Museum of Art
At Pepperdine University

Great opening last night. Packed house.  Thank you to all who came, The California Art Club, and curator Dr. Michael Zakian. 

Wednesday, May 16, 2018

"On Location In Malibu 2018" Opens This Weekend

Mr. Bill Armstrong
Painted at his home for my "Face of Malibu" Portrait Project with The Malibu Times

Honored to have two portraits in this show which opens Saturday. It's always shows such great art of this beautiful city I am lucky  to call home.

On Location in Malibu 2018
Paintings By The California Art Club
Reception to meet the artists, May 19th, 4-6 pm
Show runs May 19 - July 29, 2018
Pepperdine University
Frederick R. Weisman Museum of Art

24255 Pacific Coast Hwy
Malibu CA 90265

Friday, April 27, 2018

It's #RAINN -ing Portraits

Eighteen mini- portraits commissioned so far for my @RAINN "#Face of Me Too" fund-raiser in this month's Sexual Assault and Prevention Month.

My goal is $10,000. I am at almost $4,000 so far. Complete donation by me and free shipping worldwide. Click the link below to get yours for a $200 donation and find out more about the importaint work RAINN is doing, the leading advocacy group in the USA to prevent sexual abuse and violence running a 24 hour hotline.

There is now a bit of a wait for these minis. There are also no changes to them due to the fund-raising nature of this project. I supply my time, supplies, free shipping and don't take a cent. You supply the photos and I ship out when I feel I have created my best.

These six were commissioned by one family including the family pet!


Mini Portraits Painted By Johanna Spinks for #RAINN fundraiser.

Saturday, April 21, 2018

Bold Brush Winner

Thanks to The Bold Brush Painting Competiton and judge Chantel Lynn Barber for giving my painting "Izzy's Blizzard" an award.

Thanks also to Izzy and her dad Benji.

Artists work in isolation so much of the time so it is great when the outside world comes in to say nice things about our creations.

"Izzy's Blizzard
By Johanna Spinks
Oil via palette knife.