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Sunday, January 2, 2011

A New Year "Thank You' DARLINGS!



THANK YOU darlings all so much for supporting my intense drawing challenge to draw daily through 2010. I could not have done it without your support. The frequent public posts, private emails, the phone calls (really from all corners of the world) meant, well, the world and most certainly helped me complete 365 Days of Drawing. Congratulatory flowers were even sent to me yesterday in a darling english china tea cup (gosh, I am itching to draw it) by a lovely artist who followed the challenge from afar. Wow.

An overview of what I learned from the challenge is coming First I need to decide how darn honest I want to be!

For now, here is my next challenge which I am excited about. AND I DON'T HAVE TO DRAW TODAY!! But maybe I want to? Ha.

Read about The Face of Ventura Project, 2011 here:


It was a year in my art like no other, never to be repeated. Special thanks to my husband Paddy who put up with it all, deserving perhaps not a medal but a day without me drawing. Here we celebrate the last night of the year at a very swish glamorous Malibu party, as only deal pals Nick and Mary can throw. A hot ticket in town, complete with Mary's show-stopper Nancy Sinatra-esque boots, made for more than walking let me tell you!

More Verve Cliquot champers flowed than the Hudson has water - I held back of course with only one more drawing to go. And yes, I did wear those shoes, above. Forget about drawing challenges. Who knew I could do THAT? Unlike my drawing challenge, I quit them after an hour of agony. Some things just aren't worth sticking with.

Happy New Year to you all.

7 comments:

David Magallanes said...

I'm happy to see the town of Ventura--indeed, the world--growing to appreciate you and your outstanding talent, Johanna. I'm honored to know you, and look forward to following your career and your contributions in the years ahead. In you, I see the same kind of talent that was in my grandfather and uncle, who were considered master artists in Mexico when they were alive. As a resident of Ventura County, I'm very proud of you!

Marian Fortunati said...

WOW, Johanna... GREAT FINALE'...

Love those shoes... Glad you had a great time... and CONGRATULATIONS!!!

Hope the shoes had the desired effect... even if you only wore them for an hour!! LOL

Mary Aslin said...

Dear Johanna,
Love your end of year thoughts and party shoes! Would love to hear more in the way of a recap sometime as you think about the totality of what you achieved: How did your skills and vision evolve over the year? How did your perceptions of the life of an artist change? What was a high point? How will the drawing challenge inform your work and inspiration in the future? I ask these things because I think your experience encapsulates what all striving artists should be doing which is the 'daily, unrelenting' effort...and you did it! The results of your work and your daily discipline is an inspiration going into 2011. How great that our present technology has given us a window into your world. Wishing you all the best!

Mary

Portrait Painting By Johanna Spinks said...

David:for you to put me even in the same sentence as your grandfather, is such an honor. I admire his work very much. Thank you for your ever so gracious words.

Portrait Painting By Johanna Spinks said...

David:for you to put me even in the same sentence as your grandfather, is such an honor. I admire his work very much. Thank you for your ever so gracious words.

Portrait Painting By Johanna Spinks said...

Marian:
Bless you as always!

Portrait Painting By Johanna Spinks said...

Mary:

Thank you so much for the flowers! Aren't they gorgeous? So thoughtful of you. I AM going to write an overview. Just need a little time to process. Still getting used to NOT drawing. I realize what a discipline I had got into...speak soon..jx