Thursday, August 29, 2013

New YOU Tube...Portrait Presentations.

Every face tells a story...and every portrait artist has the same thought right before an unveiling:"Will they like it?"

Here are a few of my unveilings and my  lovely sitters. Most portraits you see here were painted from life in a single sitting. I dedicate this little YOU Tube to Ventura jazz singer Martha B who died this week and is one of the sitters in the video. Hint...yellow shirt and microphone.

Thanks to each and every sitter. And I look forward to painting the next one.

Whoever you are...

Tuesday, August 27, 2013

Face of Malibu By Johanna Spinks

I have reached double digits!!!
My tenth sitter Ms. Sherman Baylin,  Face of Malibu project appearing in The Malibu Times.  Each sitter is painted in a single life sitting reflecting the real folk in this modern day ritzy beach town. This projects follows my Face of Ventura project, those 58 portraits now in the permanent collection of The Museum of Ventura County.

Read about Sherman here

Wednesday, August 21, 2013

Dappled Light

Dappled Delight
Oil on panel
By Johanna Spinks

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Today's quick sketch of a house with luscious turquoise green shutters. Wonder what goes on inside? If those dappled walls could only talk.

Thursday, August 15, 2013

The Joy of Quick Sketch

"Afternoon Delight"'
By Johanna Spinks
Oil on canvas

For all you mommies and daddies out there doing the carpool day in, day out, I dedicated this one for you. My quick sketch for today.

I met this little girl as I was oil sketching in Starbucks on the east coast. Her mom had just picked her up from school and she needed a quick snack.. She was as cute as a button. Had to paint fast!

How I remember those days with my kids.

Tuesday, August 13, 2013

Tuesday's Flower Child, Still Life

Tuesday's Flower Child
8x 10, oil on canvas board
By Johanna Spinks

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There is nothing more heartwarming than a little life starting on the planet.  I painted these quick sketch flowers this weekend and dedicated them to the birth of a lovely little girl today, Tuesday's Child.  A pink vase and pink mumms seem highly right for a lovely new pink cutey pie.

Wednesday, August 7, 2013

Bling's The Thing...

Close-up of a full length portrait commission I have been enjoying working on for a wonderful client.

How to paint bling? Get in out and out as fast as 
possible. Thick paint. Squint. Let the paint quality show. Gems should never be smoothly painted.