Monday, April 28, 2014

Artist TAWK'D

Well it's done. My Face of Ventura project artist talk at the Museum of Ventura County on Saturday  is now all TAWK"d.

Thanks to everyone who came. It meant the world It was a wonderful warm revisit with some old and new friends. A great memory  I won't forget. Grateful to be on this art journey.

Ventura mayor, the lovely Cheryl Heitmann  attends the talk standing near her portrait sketch
Anna Bermudez, Curator of Collections, Museum of Ventura County, introduces my talk.

A great warm crowd - THANK YOU everyone. Blessed.

Saturday, April 26, 2014

My Museum Talk TODAY

Today's the day.
I will be giving an Artist' s Talk at the Museum of Ventura County about my Face of Ventura project. 58 portraits painted from life, all now in the permanent collection of the Museum
1 p.m.
See you there!

The Faces are out on  display at the museum until May 18th.

Thursday, April 24, 2014

Palette Knife Painting

It is amazing how the more we paint, nothing remains the same. I will be talking about this more, Saturday, during my artist talk at the Museum of Ventura County. Join me 1 p.m.

This portrait, currently on easel, is a good example of what I mean. Executed with a palette knife. I am rather liking putting down the brushes I have used for so many years, to see what comes off the knife.

Work in Progress
Eva Markvoort, posthumous portrait
Oil on canvas, via palette knife
22 x 28
65 Red Roses.

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

I'm Talking At The Museum!

I am honored to be invited by the Museum of Ventura County to do an 'artist's talk' this Saturday, April 26th,   at 1 p.m.

Join me?

My 'Face of Ventura' project is on exhibit at the MVC until May 18th. The talk will take place near the sketches which are now in the permanent collection of MVC.

The Face of Ventura By Johanna Spinks
58 portrait sketches all painted from life in a single sitting. No photos used.
Each sitter was featured in The Ventura Breeze and on The Lyn Fairly and Friends Radio Show over a two year period.

Monday, April 21, 2014

My Demo For The Santa Paula Society of The Arts

This week's guest demo I did for The Santa Paula Society of the Arts of the Lovely Theresa

About 30 minutes into the one hour and thirty minute demo

Demo's end. A little bit of polishing needed but not too much

Santa Paula Society for The Arts:"Thank you!!! Thank you, Johanna Spinks!!! What a great portrait artist! She shared with us how to build the features, how to use the light as it shines on the face and how to build in the shadow to shape the features. We can't thank you enough for coming to The SPSA and sharing your experience with us.

Saturday, April 19, 2014

Face of Malibu Marv Dunphy

Olympic volleyball coach extraordinaire Marv Dunphy is the 18th sitter painted from life for my ongoing Face of Malibu series, all sitters and their life stories appearing over the last year and a half in The Malibu Times.

They will soon be out on public display. Watch this space.

Mr. Marv Dunphy NFS

Read his unique life story here:

Thursday, April 17, 2014

Happy Easter!

I don't know about you but I LOVE painting. I think this painting I just finished today shows that. It was a joy from start to finish. I just trusted in the powers that be and relaxed.

I should say though that painting 25 hats has left me feeling mad as a hatter but then again, that's nothing new.

"Wine Country Afternoon"
By Johanna Spinks
12 x 16"
Oil on canvas
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Sunday, April 13, 2014

My Portrait Demo Today

Face it, I'll miss my Sunday nap. I'm doing a 'return visit' portrait demo this afternoon for The Santa Paula Society for The Arts, come join us, 2 - 4pm?

"Purple Eye Shadow"
Oil on canvas via palette knife
By Johanna Spinks

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Summer Workshop - Going Fast

Do you like painting, wine-tasting and spectacular views?

Then my summer workshop in the beautiful Malibu wine country at my studio is for you. Space is limited for optimum learning and going fast. July 8 - 12th.

All aspects of painting will be covered, painting from the life model, landscape and still life. We will taste some wine at a local vineyard or two and have dinner at my home on the final evening.

This is the only teaching I will doing at my studio this year due to work commitments.

Email me to enroll:

Saturday, April 5, 2014

I'm In The Museum!

Super excited to announce my Face of Ventura project, a collection of 58 portrait sketches painted from life, is a current exhibit at the Museum of Ventura County until May 18th.

I will be doing an Artist Talk Saturday April 26th at 1p.m. Come join me at the Museum?

Thanks to the Museum of Ventura County, which now owns the collection, all of the sitters, co-creator Sheldon Brown publisher of The Ventura Breeze, which featured the sketches and sitters' life stories over a two year period, Lyn Fairly of The  Lyn Fairly and Friends Radio Show, who interviewed each sitter, and Bonnie Weigel, CEO of FOOD Share for sponsoring the collection's first showing.

I couldn't have done it without you.

Tuesday, April 1, 2014