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Michael Chesley Johnson

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Music Indoors, Music Outdoors

MUSIC INDOORS, MUSIC OUTDOORS

Many of us painters use music as a way to help get the brush moving. We may not play an instrument-although I know several of my painting...

Taos Mentoring Workshop with Albert Handell October 2019

TAOS MENTORING WORKSHOP WITH ALBERT HANDELL OCTOBER 2019

Taos, New Mexico - Painter's Paradise I am pleased to be joining my mentor and good friend, Albert Handell, at his Taos Mentoring Workshop,...

 
 
 
Mindful Painting

MINDFUL PAINTING

Are you one of those painters who strokes repeatedly the same spot on the canvas? Or one who continues to swirl the brush in a pile...

Plein Air Painting Essential Tools: Sharpened Brush Handle

PLEIN AIR PAINTING ESSENTIAL TOOLS: SHARPENED BRUSH HANDLE

If you're like me, what you fear most about painting is having to sign your work. You need focus and concentration, perhaps a mahl...

 
 
 
Two Arizona Plein Air Painting Workshops

TWO ARIZONA PLEIN AIR PAINTING WORKSHOPS

Yes, I know it's only May, and for parts of the country, winter is taking its sweet time saying goodbye. (A few more inches of snow...

We Have An Opening - Special Plein Air Painting Retreat in Coastal Maine, August 2019

WE HAVE AN OPENING - SPECIAL PLEIN AIR PAINTING RETREAT IN COASTAL MAINE, AUGUST 2019

UPDATE: We've just had an opening in the Painting Retreat scheduled for August 11-16 this summer (2019). If you are interested, please...

 
 
 
Spring in the Canyon: Outdoor Study to Studio

SPRING IN THE CANYON: OUTDOOR STUDY TO STUDIO

Spring in the Canyon 30x24 Oil/canvas - Available After I returned home from my painting trip to northern Arizona, I had a hankering...

May Newsletter from Michael

MAY NEWSLETTER FROM MICHAEL

Spring in the Canyon 30x24 Oil - Available (I'll be posting a blog on the creation of this studio painting soon.) May 2019 Ramah, New...

 
 
 
The Taos Society of Artists

THE TAOS SOCIETY OF ARTISTS

Taos Mountain "Mabel's Gate" 9x12 Oil From the last painting retreat I held in Taos Several weeks ago, we received a recall notice...

Experiments in Color Harmony

EXPERIMENTS IN COLOR HARMONY

The path from a plein air sketch to a finished, studio painting isn't always obvious. Whenever I'm in doubt about my route, I do a...

 
 
 
Final Private Painting Intensive Week of the Season - Wrap-Up

FINAL PRIVATE PAINTING INTENSIVE WEEK OF THE SEASON - WRAP-UP

Water's Edge 9x12 Oil - Available $600 The other week, I finished my final Private Painting Intensive week of the season. The weather...

Painters on Wheels: Northern Arizona

PAINTERS ON WHEELS: NORTHERN ARIZONA

Monument Valley - This could be Mars Every year, I try to take a road trip with my painting buddy, M.L. Coleman. M.L. has a 22-foot...

 
 
 
Painting Road Trip - Interim Report

PAINTING ROAD TRIP - INTERIM REPORT

I'm currently on the road with a painting buddy. Right now, we are in Monument Valley, Utah. Here are a few photos. I'll post more...

Reversing the Plein Air Painting Process

REVERSING THE PLEIN AIR PAINTING PROCESS

Color field study for "Early Spring Day" - 12x9 oil Last week, when I was teaching my one-on-one private painting intensive , we did...

 
 
 
Another Private Painting Intensive Week - Wrap-Up

ANOTHER PRIVATE PAINTING INTENSIVE WEEK - WRAP-UP

"Early Spring Day" 11x14 Oil/Canvas Available - $800, unframed Another week of the Private Plein Air Painting Intensive program ends,...

Private Painting Intensive Week - Wrap-Up

PRIVATE PAINTING INTENSIVE WEEK - WRAP-UP

The Last Snow - 9x12 Oil - Available As many of you reading this blog know, last year I started to teach private, one-on-one plein...

 
 
 
Three Versions of Reality-Plus Two Abstracts

THREE VERSIONS OF REALITY-PLUS TWO ABSTRACTS

Spring Flood III - 12x18 Pastel - Available The first abstraction. See below for commentary. Trina and I went to Santa Fe a few weeks...

Pastel Demonstration for Pastel Society of New Mexico

PASTEL DEMONSTRATION FOR PASTEL SOCIETY OF NEW MEXICO

Still from the recorded pastel demonstration This past weekend, the Pastel Society of New Mexico invited me to the Albuquerque Museum...

 
 
 
Clouds

CLOUDS

Some Clouds, I A few days ago, in a warm, dry spell between late winter storms, we had some beautiful clouds. Throughout the day, I...

Plein Air Painting Essential Tools

PLEIN AIR PAINTING ESSENTIAL TOOLS

An essential tool for the plein air painter? I think so! In case you've missed them, I've written several posts over the years that...

 
 
 



Emma Elliott presents new marble sculptures at on form 18

Emma Elliott presents new marble sculptures at on form 18

Emma Elliott is one of forty sculptors selected for on form 18, a biennial exhibition of sculpture in stone at Asthall Manor in the Cotswolds. She joins world renowned and... Read more ...

USk Workshop: Urban Sketching Workshop in Vancouver!

USk Workshop: Urban Sketching Workshop in Vancouver!

Vancouver:Urban Sketching Intensive Weekend! 
Join Oliver in Vancouver, Canada for a weekend that will push your sketching to the next level! • 4 workshops , packed with... Read more ...

David Street House / Murray Legge Architecture

David Street House / Murray Legge Architecture

© Leonid Furmansky Architects: Murray Legge Architecture Location: Austin, United States Category: Houses Lead Architect: Murray Legge Design Team: Lincoln Davidson, Travis... Read more ...

Owers House / John Pardey Architects

Owers House / John Pardey Architects

© James Morris Architects: John Pardey Architects Location: Feock, United Kingdom Category: Houses Area: 282.0 m2 Project Year: 2015 Photographs: James Morris Read more ...

The Animal Backbone / I.F.S.E. SPACE CREATIVE LAB

The Animal Backbone / I.F.S.E. SPACE CREATIVE LAB

Memorial space. Image © Zheng Shi Interiors Designers: I.F.S.E. SPACE CREATIVE LAB Location: No.611 Liyang Rd, Hongkou District, Shanghai, China Category: Interior Design Lead... Read more ...

"Country Road," Oil Painting Countryside by Amy Whitehouse

"Country Road," Oil Painting Countryside by Amy Whitehouse

Oil, 8" x 10" $95 Fresh off the easel, this image of a country roadreminds me of our family's homestead in rural Virginia.It also makes me think of songs by James Taylor... Read more ...

"Country Road," Countryside Path Oil Painting by Amy Whitehouse

"Country Road," Countryside Path Oil Painting by Amy Whitehouse

Oil, 8" x 10" $95 Fresh off the easel, this image of a country roadreminds me of our family's homestead in rural Virginia.It also makes me think of songs by James Taylor... Read more ...

PMC House / Jaime Sepulcre Bernad

PMC House / Jaime Sepulcre Bernad

© David Frutos Architects: Jaime Sepulcre Bernad Location: Elche, Spain Category: Houses Area: 343.0 m2 Project Year: 2018 Photographs: David Frutos Read more ...

One Thousand One Main, New Contemporary Landscape Painting by Sheri Jones

One Thousand One Main, New Contemporary Landscape Painting by Sheri Jones

One Thousand One Main9x12 oil on canvas I created this for the Ellis County Art Association Plein Air event. This is from Main Street in Waxahachie. The town is filled with... Read more ...

Cortina House Interiors / Outlinestudio74

Cortina House Interiors / Outlinestudio74

© Marco Zanta Architects: Outlinestudio74 Location: Cortina d'Ampezzo, Italy Category: Renovation Lead Architects: Giulio de Filippo de Grazia, Fabrizio Luchetti Design Team... Read more ...

Palette Knife Aspen Tree Impressionist Landscape Painting “Pike's Peak...

Palette Knife Aspen Tree Impressionist Landscape Painting “Pike's Peak Sunflowers II” by Colorado Impressionist Judith Babcock

FRESH OFF THE EASEL... 30"x15"x1.5" Oil on Canvas/NFS Commissions welcome. This painting was donated to "The Dogfather"Friends of Pueblo Animal Shelter... Read more ...