Sunday, February 13, 2011


Someone I don't know asked me from afar why do I always paint or draw beauty in my art? My first reaction was "I don't". I have done my share of gnarled old character and enjoy that. My second thought was, and 'so what if I do?'

Artists do tend to like a theme. Case in point. Yesterday I went to see The Masters of The American West Show at The Autry Museum in L.A. This year's show is a a stunner. THIS IS THE LEVEL OF PAINTING I ASPIRE TO. Forget the subject matter. Morgan Weistling's work was once again my favorite in the show, winning the covetted Patron's Award, and not for the first time! but I am a bit biased when it comes to this man's great work. See it here

I raced home and got out my drawing board. Back to the drawing always. Forgive me but I did a bit of beauty. The MASTERS all had it and I had seen plenty of beauty today in the show, be it in the face of a weathered cowboy, in the drifts of melting snow, the feathers of a white swan, the fur of a wolf, or in the lace of a pretty child's apron.

Keep going, I said to myself, and may the Art Gods please give me strength to paint my HE-ART, always as beautifully as I can.

16 x 22"
Pastel and gouche on paper.
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StaceyAdams said...

I agree with you completely. Art is the spirit that speaks to you. I see it in the work you do and hear it in the words you share. You are amazing!

Roseanne said...

You do Beauty so beautifully and yes you are amazing!

I like pretty....

Kelley Sanford said...

Bravo, Johanna. Paint what is in your heart. It's a shame that some look for the "ugly" in art instead of the truth.

Marian Fortunati said...

It was a WONDERFUL show wasn't it??

So great to have so many wonderful examples to aspire to isn't it???

Love this one, Jo!!!

Portrait Painting By Johanna Spinks said...

thanks all...yes Marian The Masters show raises the bar!