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Monday, September 18, 2017

Opening Reception - The Face of Malibu

The Face of Malibu by Johanna Spinks
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"The Face of Malibu by Johanna Spinks" features a slice of this famous beach town with sixty sitters painted from life over the last four years in a single sitting of two hours each, no photos or money exchanging hands. An interactive community art project, each portrait sketch and the sitter's' life story, were featured monthly in The Malibu Times, most interviews by writer Homaira Shifa. 

The portrait show runs until January 12, 2018. The series is ongoing. 

"The Face of Malibu" follows on from the "The Face of Ventura By Johanna Spinks" with The Ventura Breeze newspaper, that series of 58 life sketches, including movie star Kevin Costner, now in the permanent collection of the Museum of Ventura. Spinks is also working on "The Face of Charleston" with The Charleston Mercury newspaper.

From the proverbial butcher, the baker, and candlestick maker, to police chiefs, mayors and our very own Californa State Senator Herny Stern, come see if you recognize some of the faces? A part of old Malibu, raplidly disappearing, has also been captured in this series through its' citizens sketches and their published tales of Malibu old. Three of the sitters were close to 100 years old.

This show is in conjunction with The Malibu Times and is sponsored by The Malibu Cultural Arts Commission.

This is an open reception and refreshments will be served.

Other more"' finished" portraits by Spinks will also be on display.
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Thursday, August 31, 2017

Princess Diana, Still Queen of Hearts

Today marks 20 years since Princess Diana's sad and tragic passing. I was a big fan of hers.

I drew this to commemorate the day. Princess Diana is still the Queen of Hearts.


Princess Diana, Cambridge Lover's Knot Tiara
By Johanna Spinks

Close-up

Friday, August 18, 2017

Painting California State Senator Henry Stern

I am honored recently to have painted California State Senator Henry Stern for my Face of Malibu portrait project now in its' fifth year. Senator Stern was my 59th sitter painted for this series kindly featured in The Malibu Times each month with articles (by writer Homaira Shifa) about their life and what they thought about being painted.

I did the portrait sketch of this very busy senator in a single two hour sitting and am very grateful he made the time for me.

Senator Stern is the first millennial elected to the California State Senate and we covered a lot of ground conversationally during the sitting. I wish you could have been a fly on the painting wall.

Please read more about this inspiring environmental lawyer, now a Senator, with a very bright political future ahead of him.  I feel the Gold State, us Californians,  are in very good hands.

click here_to read Senator Stern's  life story by the wonderful Homaira Shifa.

The Face Of Malibu will have a solo show at Malibu City Hall this Fall in conjunction with The Malibu Cultural Arts' Committee. I paint my 60th sitter next week! Stay tuned.

California State Senator Henry Stern
Single life sitting
For The Face of Malibu by Johanna Spink
A Special Time...Thank You Senator Stern


Portrait In Progress







Sunday, July 23, 2017

American Art Collector Magazine



Thank you to American Art Collector Magazine and writer John O'Hern for including my artwork in this article geared to art collectors called "The Essence of Being. On new stands this August.



Tuesday, July 4, 2017

Taking Risks Is Risky?

Just finished up this new large format palette knife to add to my building  collection of now twelve started at the  beginning of this year, all painted from life in two sittings-  and all 36 x36". Some friends of mine have sat for me along with some professional models, but even more excitingly, people I have just met in my hometown walking on the street so to speak.

I love painting people from life who are completely new to the experience and I  think it makes me paint better.

The large format super bright coloration via palette knife has been quite an extraordinary exploration within my portrait world - and like nothing I have done before. At times I have felt I really must stop and go back to what is safe. But exploring makes you learn, grow, and nurture, yes,  independence from art formulas that artists can get stuck in when they start selling their art to collectors. They get known for a certain 'look' and that is what they have to keep producing so their collector base doesn't get confused and head for the hills.

Taking risks is risky.

But something keeps driving me forward to continue perhaps thanks to great feedback from some very kind folks in the most surprising places.

Here is my latest finished today in time for July 4th Independence Day in America.

"Independence"
By Johanna Spinks
36 x 36"
Available through Saachi Online
click here
In Situ
Who says you can't hang paintings on patios?

The second of two life sittings via palette knife. Thank you as always to the beautiful Lynette.



Monday, May 29, 2017

Got The Blues?

Shades of complimentary orange and blues...I met Chris as he was leaving a wine bar wearing this really great hat. I knew he had a really great face to paint so I approached him to sit for me. I wasn't disappointed. A few weeks later he came into my studio for two sittings, and this is what we created -probably my favorite large portrait so far this year. 36x36" via my palette knife.

Thank you Chris.
"Steel"
By Johanna Spinks
36x36"
Oil on canvas, via palette knife
For purchase at Saachi Online
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In situ...what a beautiful wall.

Painted in two life sittings. Thank you Chris!  What a great young man.
In progress...end of first sitting

Friday, May 26, 2017

I Love My "Job"!

Beautiful sitters, inside and out, give me such joy to paint.

Thank you to lovely Paula. I enjoyed working with you on this commission so much,  painting beautiful you and  the beautiful Malibu light. Did I mention beautiful enough?

Recent Commission
By Johanna Spinks

Did I mention I love my job? The portrait presentation. 

Sunday, May 14, 2017

Neon Lit Palette Knife Journey?

My journey this year painting large portraits  via a palette knife continues. Here is my most recently completed one with the lovely Amina done in two sittings of about three hours.

I am surprised - and challenged - by what is coming off the canvas. It is so different from anything that has come before in my creative journey  but I also know I must continue to see what develops. I also know I have been leading up to these neon large format palette knives for a while.  

I started painting portraits with a knife about four years ago in my non-commissioned work. I started exploring the neon color, lots of drips, about two years ago in my back grounds. 

My goal is to make these large one look really abstract closeup. Just dabs of unconnected paint. But view from a distance, they read as a whole. 

Hope you enjoy!
"The Coral Earring"
36x36"
By Johanna Spinks
Oil on canvas via palette knife
Available for purchase at Saachi Online
Go here

Two life sittings. Here is the then end of the first one. I'm happy if I have got the eyes done as to me they are the most important part of the painting. 
In situ, pretty as a picture
Close-up, trying to leave as much of that original toned pink as I can, laying cool colors over the top. Mostly. 
Coral earring.




Monday, May 8, 2017

Painting a Public Demo Life Sketch - Step By Step

Honored to be invited by Les Boudoirs Boutique, a luxury lingerie store in California, to do a Mother's Day strawberries and champagne event, doing a painting demo of the lovely Amina in a gorgeous corset.

Some good friends in the audience took some step-by-step pictures which I thought I would share to show my demo process. So here they are!

Thank you to Les Boudoirs Boutique, my lovely model Amina, and all who attended.

http://lesboudoirs.com


"Les Boudoirs to Degas"
SOLD
18x24"
By Johanna Spinks
It always feels good at the end.
The Pose: Who can go wrong painting the beautiful Amina in a lovely Les Boudoirs corset?

The start. Quick charcoal lines to loosen up on a toned board just like Degas and Lautrec used. 

Gestural drawing to capture the movement of the figure. Trying to say a loose as string.

Off to paint we go, blocking in light and dark side of forms. Thinking solid forms!

Working up the elements, knowing  I have things pretty much in place now, and the corset will be icing on the cake. Much easier to paint for me than the body and face. I know at this point the demo is going to be fine.

Blocking in features of face, keeping them loose and pushed back. One can't paint a fully developed  portrait and a figure in just three hours. Something has to give. In this case, the face is kept loose and sketchy through to the end. 





Close-up: Oh, what fun. I added some new drawing lines in to complete the sketchy feel. 

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:

https://theautry.org


"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:
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.
36x36"
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

Edibles

Showables
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.
3JoyfulHeartsDesign




Up on The Wall
At The Museum of Ventura County, Show Opens tonight.
The Pink Hat Maker
36x36"
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"