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:

Monday, September 18, 2017

Opening Reception - The Face of Malibu

Come See If You Recognize The Faces?
Full details here:

“This great project helps residents get to know the people in their community better,” said Mayor Skylar Peak. “For all of us who have seen the portraits in the newspaper for years, it’s really exciting to be able to see all of the original paintings hanging in Malibu City Hall.”

"The Face of Malibu by Johanna Spinks" features a slice of this famous beach town with sixty sitters painted from life over the last four years in a single sitting of two hours each, no photos or money exchanging hands. An interactive community art project, each portrait sketch and the sitter's' life story, were featured monthly in The Malibu Times, most interviews by writer Homaira Shifa.

The portrait show runs until January 12, 2018. The series is ongoing.

"The Face of Malibu" follows on from the "The Face of Ventura By Johanna Spinks" with The Ventura Breeze newspaper, that series of 58 life sketches, including movie star Kevin Costner, now in the permanent collection of the Museum of Ventura. Spinks is also working on "The Face of Charleston" with The Charleston Mercury newspaper.

From the proverbial butcher, the baker, and candlestick maker, to police chiefs, mayors and our very own California State Senator Henry Stern, come see if you recognize some of the faces? A part of old Malibu, rapidly disappearing, has also been captured in this series through its' citizens sketches and their published tales of Malibu old. Three of the sitters were close to 100 years old.

This show is in conjunction with The Malibu Times and is sponsored by The Malibu Cultural Arts Commission.

This is an open reception and refreshments will be served.

Other more"' finished" portraits by Spinks will also be on display.

Thursday, August 31, 2017

Princess Diana, Still Queen of Hearts

Today marks 20 years since Princess Diana's sad and tragic passing. I was a big fan of hers.

I drew this to commemorate the day. Princess Diana is still the Queen of Hearts.

Princess Diana, Cambridge Lover's Knot Tiara
By Johanna Spinks