Monday, December 31, 2012

"Fiscal Cliff", Palette Knife Portraits

"Fiscal Cliff"
Palette Knife Portrait
12 x 16
Johanna Spinks
Happy New Year to each and every one of you. I wish you and your families the best of everything for 2013.

I am excited for the year ahead. Yesterday I decided to paint my last portrait of the year, using a palette knife from start to finish.

Not wishing to poke fun at the current economic climate, I named it "Fiscal Cliff".

A sense of humor is important in all things, don't you think?

Tuesday, December 25, 2012

Happy Christmas

Happy Christmas Everyone.

This is my sixth Holiday Gratitude Giveaway Gift which has been running mostly on Facebook. Post here what you are grateful for today to enter to win this original oil, 18x24. There have been some amazingly uplifting comments.

Seize the Day


Friday, December 21, 2012

The Face of Malibu By Johanna Spinks

Mr. John Paola
The Face of Malibu, featured in The Malibu Times
Two hour life sitting.

Hi all.

Feels like I am now 'off and running' as my third sitter for The Face of Malibu portrait series, the wonderful John Paola, appears in The Malibu Times this week with his life story. What a great guy.

The Face of Malibu follows my Face of Ventura series which is still appearing in The Ventura Breeze thanks to the wonderful publisher Sheldon Brown, now a dear friend of mine. I am thrilled to announce that those 58 portraits have now found a final home. Stay tuned...

All portraits are painted in a single life sitting of around two hours.

It is a joy.

What is your joy?

Go seize the art day.


Tuesday, December 18, 2012

Naughty or Nice?

By Johanna Spinks
12 x 16 Original Oil on Canvas
$550.00 pls CA sales tax and $15 shipping

Naughty or nice? Santa wants to off the easel. And the perfect Holiday sizzle gift.

Friday, December 14, 2012

Day Two of 12 Days of Christmas Giveaway

"Ahhh...Which One?"
Johanna Spinks

Here is Day Two of my 12 Days of Christmas/Holiday Gratitude Giveaway.

Tell me you favorite Holiday memory to enter the chance to win this 16 x 16 original oil. I will pick my favorite post. 

This post from yesterday won the Day One sketch:

This season I have chosen to be grateful for the things that money can't buy! The grin of four-year-olds,surprise kindnesses,and home town love expressed through thoughts and deeds.I'm grateful for my grandchildren,to be able to hug and kiss them-to see life through their eyes and share their plans and dreams.We won't remember the gifts,but we will remember the atsmosphere ,the support and the opportunity to give back to the one who were so careful with us.I know PEACE,and I feel cherished now, not always,but I am embracing it now.....

Wednesday, December 12, 2012

12 Days of Christmas Gratitude Giveaway

This Beaty Can be YOURS!!! Happy Holidays Everyone
"Seeing Red
8x10 on linen panel
By Johanna Spinks

Ba humbug. The Holiday Season leaving you less than jolly.

Then turn it around. Tell me what you are most grateful for this Holiday Season and my favorite comment, over the next 48 hours,  will win this 8x10 oil sketch absolutely free.

This 12 Days of Christmas Giveaway is also running on my public Facebook page, link to the right. You can also post there as see what others are saying.

Watch out for the next giveaway. There are 11 more coming. HO HO HO.

Saturday, December 8, 2012

Cold Feet? Birthday Bash Demo..

The lovely Sara Streeter
My demo for LAAFA's 10th Anniversary Party
The demo will be auctioned off by LAAFA to raise money for its' art programs

My portrait demo last night at The Los Angeles Academy of Figurative Art's 10th Anniversary Party, at Bergamot Station in Santa Monica.

Painting the legendary model Sara Street is always wonderful. Seems like she and I have been treading the L.A. art boards for quite a while now! And my feet were freezing on those boards last night. Great buzz last night. 

Congrats to LAAFA. I remember when you had just begun.

Catch my new teaching class there in January.

Tuesday: Portrait/Figure, Santa Monica location

Thursday: Still life, Van Nuys location

You can also find me at the newly vamped California Art Institute in West Lake Village, CA, every Wednesday morning.

You can also attend my monthly studio workshop day in the beautiful Malibu Highlands, Friday January 11th. email me

Thursday, December 6, 2012

Join me tomorrow...

The Bookie
By Johanna Spinks
Palette Knife Portrait
12 x 16

One space left for my First Friday Atelier Teaching Day in the Malibu Highlands tomorrow. Join me. All aspects of painting will be covered.

email me for details

Tuesday, December 4, 2012

Go Kate!

Congrats to Princess Kate. I love her!

Princess Kate
Johanna Spinks
Pastel Portrait done at their engagement which was featured in American Artist Magazine, summer drawing issue 2011.

Monday, December 3, 2012

First Friday Atelier Day this Friday

Join me to learn all aspects of painting...this Friday for my popular First Friday Atelier Day in the Malibu Highlands.

All aspects of painting covered. Email me for further details and to enrol

Sunday, December 2, 2012

Beauty is is the eye of the beholder?

Johanna Spinks
Figure Oil Sketch

Happy Sunday afternoon from rainy California:

I posted this sketch I did from life on Tuesday on Facebook and it got quite a  few comments. Mostly because I took it down from Facebook after someone posted a very public mean comment on my timeline, I am sure, offended by my posting of this image. I apologized to all if I had caused offense.

I was heartily encouraged to re-post the nude, evidence of my art process, and the knowledge that artists have painted and sketched the unclothed human form for centuries. To be offended by it, my FB commentators, said was rediculous.

At least two other FB artists told me they were deliberately posting their nude sketches that day in support.

It is a funny world we live in out there. 'Sexy' sells all over the planet. The Kardashians rule. Young girls want to look like the latest Britanny Spears, whovever she is these days. But a simple nude sketch causes offense. Painting the human form well is one of the hardest art disciplines. That is my only goal.

To paint it well. Better each year of my journey.

To my eye, the nude figure in art, is beauty. And a challenge to paint.

That's all.

Now go take on the art day.