Monday, January 8, 2018

It's A Wrap - No Bacon.

It's a wrap - almost! My three month solo portrait show "The Face of Malibu" has its' last week at City Hall. That sure went fast.

Thank you to Dave Teel Photography for taking this pic today to mark the moment. The opening reception was so fantastically busy it was hard for me to get near the wall. Nice problem to have!

Special "Thank Yous" to the Malibu community, the sitters pictured here who sat for a single two hour sitting to be painted, The Malibu Times publishers Arnold and Karen York, that featured the sketch and life story each month for five years, managing editor Emily Sawick, main writer Homaira Shifa, The City of Malibu's Cultural Arts Commission who sponsored the show, and curator Alan Roderick-Jones.

I couldn't have done it without you and it has been a wonderful experience. The journey continues.

The Face of Malibu By Johanna Spinks
Photo: Dave Teel Photography

Friday, January 5, 2018

CHANEL-ing Patience, Holiday Returns

CHANEL-ing Patience, Holiday Returns
8 x 10"
From my sketchbook.

I saw this lady decked in Chanel from head to toe, even her dog, doing Holiday returns. She had to be sketched.

Monday, December 18, 2017

Let It Glow...

Happy Holidays to you all...I just finished this yesterday afternoon via my palette knife remembering Christmas of old. Who doesn't remember staring into the Toy Store hoping Santa would fulfill your wish list?

I hope you enjoy.

"Let It Glow"
By Johanna Spinks
Via Palette Knife

Available for purchase here:

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?