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Saturday, April 19, 2014

Face of Malibu Marv Dunphy

Olympic volleyball coach extraordinaire Marv Dunphy is the 18th sitter painted from life for my ongoing Face of Malibu series, all sitters and their life stories appearing over the last year and a half in The Malibu Times.

They will soon be out on public display. Watch this space.

Mr. Marv Dunphy

Read his unique life story here:

Thursday, April 17, 2014

Happy Easter!

I don't know about you but I LOVE painting. I think this painting I just finished today shows that. It was a joy from start to finish. I just trusted in the powers that be and relaxed.

I should say though that painting 25 hats has left me feeling mad as a hatter but then again, that's nothing new.

"Wine Country Afternoon"
By Johanna Spinks
12 x 16"
Oil on canvas
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Sunday, April 13, 2014

My Portrait Demo Today

Face it, I'll miss my Sunday nap. I'm doing a 'return visit' portrait demo this afternoon for The Santa Paula Society for The Arts, come join us, 2 - 4pm?http://www.thespsa.com/

"Purple Eye Shadow"
Oil on canvas via palette knife
By Johanna Spinks

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Summer Workshop - Going Fast

Do you like painting, wine-tasting and spectacular views?

Then my summer workshop in the beautiful Malibu wine country at my studio is for you. Space is limited for optimum learning and going fast. July 8 - 12th.

All aspects of painting will be covered, painting from the life model, landscape and still life. We will taste some wine at a local vineyard or two and have dinner at my home on the final evening.

This is the only teaching I will doing at my studio this year due to work commitments.

Email me to enroll: johanna@johannaspinks.com

Saturday, April 5, 2014

I'm In The Museum!

Super excited to announce my Face of Ventura project, a collection of 58 portrait sketches painted from life, is a current exhibit at the Museum of Ventura County until May 18th.


I will be doing an Artist Talk Saturday April 26th at 1p.m. Come join me at the Museum?

Thanks to the Museum of Ventura County, which now owns the collection, all of the sitters, co-creator Sheldon Brown publisher of The Ventura Breeze, which featured the sketches and sitters' life stories over a two year period, Lyn Fairly of The  Lyn Fairly and Friends Radio Show, who interviewed each sitter, and Bonnie Weigel, CEO of FOOD Share for sponsoring the collection's first showing.


I couldn't have done it without you.

Saturday, March 29, 2014

A Sketchy LIfe - Sketchbook Closeups

I don't often post details from my sketch book as I feel it's a bit too personal. Like visitors at your house going through your drawers when you're not looking.

But I'm feeling brave today so here goes. These sketches are watercolor with pen but I use other techniques too, like gouache with watercolor on a toned sketch paper.

I consider my sketch books like keeping a journal of my life. The books are also filled with notes of things that were going on at the time, as the books were  in my purse usually and useful for noting things quickly.

My daughter once said my sketchbooks are what she wants after I leave this planet, not my paintings. I took it as a compliment. Hope you enjoy.

"Rush Hour - Carnival Cruise"

"Well Heeled - W Hotel, Los Angeles"

"Old Boys' Club, New Boys' Club"

"Purple Vinyl - W Hotel"