Saturday, April 8, 2017

I'm at The Autry Museum of The American West

I have always wanted to show at The Autry Museum of The American West so I am excited for tonight's gala reception for the California Art Club 106th Gold Medal Juried Exhibition. My palette knife portrait of "Brexit, Last Day, David Cameron" will be showing there. There are some wonderful paintings in the show and this great location which makes a perfect day out.

All the information is here:

"Brexit, Last Day, David Cameron
Oil on Linen, via palette knife
By Johanna Spinks

Sunday, March 26, 2017

Four time Malibu Mayor Gets Painted

So many thanks to four time Malibu mayor Joan House for sitting for my Face of Malibu portrait series kindly being featured in The Malibu Times, the series now in its' fifth year. Joan has done so much for this town!

Read Joan's life story here:

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.
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


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.

Up on The Wall
At The Museum of Ventura County, Show Opens tonight.
The Pink Hat Maker
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.

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
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

For sale through Saachi Online