Saturday, June 28, 2014

Finding You Own Painting Style...

I thought this article today by John P. Weiss a really great read! Deeply resonated with me and I am sure a few others. Click on the link to read the full article.

My pal Jeremy Lipking gets a well deserved mention. Now there's a guy that has found his style and then some! He is deservedly winning every award around this year including the Prix de West and ARC. Catch his upcoming one day workshop July 26th.

65 Red Roses
Palette Knife
22 x 28
By Johanna Spinks

The Problem With Painting Workshops

by John P. Weiss

So here's the deal. Take those workshops, copy those museum masterpieces until you've reached a level of true proficiency. Then stop all that. Pack up your paint box easel and spend some serious time digesting the world around you. Slow down, even when you think you're wasting time. Study, think, experiment, and stop trying to ape someone else. Inside you is a unique voice. It has been whispering in your ear for a long time, waiting for you to blossom. [...] 

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Friday, June 20, 2014

The Harry Potter Reader

I started this from life in this week's teaching class at my studio - and finished it later as class was so busy.

"Sneak Peek - Harry Potter"
Oil on board via palette knife
By Johanna Spinks

Wednesday, June 18, 2014

New Palette Knife Portrait -in progress

In progress, my new palette knife portrait and it's a large one.  Come back to see it done.
A couple of spots left in my summer workshop. Hurry, they won't last.

In progress, palette knife portrait, 22 x 28"

Monday, June 16, 2014

The Joys of Quick Sketch

I love a bit of quick sketch with pen and ink and watercolor. It can all go south real fast or it can go just right. Fresh and spontaneous.

Today's sketch was somewhere in between. I'll be doing some quick sketch during my summer workshop. Join me. Only a couple of spaces left.

"Beverly's Tea Party"
Approx 8" x 10"
For purchase
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Thursday, June 12, 2014

Zenday Best

Every day is Zenday when you get to paint beautiful muses. I love painting this lady. She is an artiste herself, and a wonderful singer. I just love her zenergy.

This was from my teaching class yesterday, now at my studio. Was thinking of Phillip de Laszlo who painted great 'red haired' people in portraits, especially his son.

 It's been a brilliant five weeks with some great work going on in the teaching room. Both figure and still life. New semester starting next Wednesday, drop ins welcome.

Only a couple of spots left, email me for details.

Monday, June 9, 2014

Master Show, Master Artist, "Kinstler&Hollywood"

Wonderful weekend visiting Everett Raymond Kinstler's new show "Kinstler & Hollywood" at The Mountainsong Galleries in Carmel. The opening reception was a smash. Lots of inspiration and fun. The show is up for another month. Please don't miss it. SPECTACULAR!

Here is a closeup of one of my favorites in the show by this great man, a true master. ERK has painted seven American presidents in his lifetime, most of Hollywood and has over 100 pieces in The Smithsonian. WOW.  I am so fortunate to call him also my dear friend and mentor.

More to come later.

By Everett Raymond Kinstler, N.A.

Sunday, June 1, 2014

Largest Palette Knife Portrait So Far

Early morning start to my largest palette knife portrait so far, 36 x 24". Come back to see the stages.

Work in Progress
oil on linen
via palette knife
"The Missoni Scarf"