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Michael Chesley Johnson

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Music as Landscape

MUSIC AS LANDSCAPE

Roger Dean's Cover for the LP "Osibisa" I know, this is supposed to be a blog about painting and, specifically, about plein air painting....

En Plein Air Pro: Pastel Plein Air System

EN PLEIN AIR PRO: PASTEL PLEIN AIR SYSTEM

The En Plein Air Pro Pastel Easel System It's been a few years since I reviewed En Plein Air Pro's oil and acrylic system. Now I have...

 
 
 
Parting with Art

PARTING WITH ART

Snow and Rocks II - 9x12 oil - Available One my favorites I'll have a hard time parting with. Do you have a hard time parting with...

November 2020 Newsletter

NOVEMBER 2020 NEWSLETTER

"Village Poplars" 8x10 casein on board - Available I've been playing with painting in casein lately.

 
 
 
Plein Air Painters of New Mexico Exhibition

PLEIN AIR PAINTERS OF NEW MEXICO EXHIBITION

I'm happy to announce that two of my paintings, "Path to the Shed" and "Near Los Gigantes," are in the annual Plein Air Painters of...

App: The Notanizer

APP: THE NOTANIZER

Thumbnail samples from my sketchbook I'm standing in front of my painting workshop students, armed with vine charcoal and paper. I'm...

 
 
 
It's That Time of Year Again: 2021 Calendar and 50% Sale!

IT'S THAT TIME OF YEAR AGAIN: 2021 CALENDAR AND 50% SALE!

The 2021 Calendar is Here! Not long ago, I complained to my mother, who is in her upper 80s, how time seems to fly faster as I get...

New Book: Casein Painting with Stephen Quiller

NEW BOOK: CASEIN PAINTING WITH STEPHEN QUILLER

Will casein become the next new “thing”? As many of you know, I recently fell in love with painting in gouache. Until then, I'd never...

 
 
 
Our Digital Life as a River

OUR DIGITAL LIFE AS A RIVER

"Lighter Relieving a Steamboat Aground" 1847, George Caleb Bingham 30"x36", oil/canvas - Collection of The White House When the land...

Paint, Shoot-Or Just Look?

PAINT, SHOOT-OR JUST LOOK?

I recently posted the above picture on Facebook. I took the photo on an afternoon's hike over a lakeside trail. The foliage had just...

 
 
 
Plein Air Painters of New Mexico Paintout

PLEIN AIR PAINTERS OF NEW MEXICO PAINTOUT

"Path to the Lake" 9x12 Oil - Available Here's a group activity well-suited to these times-a paintout. There's no problem with close...

Ghost Ranch Revisted-and an Upcoming Retreat

GHOST RANCH REVISTED-AND AN UPCOMING RETREAT

Ghost Ranch Morning 9x12 Oil - Available Ghost Ranch and Abiqiui, New Mexico- Georgia O'Keeffe 's old haunts. These are my old haunts,...

 
 
 
What's All This About Gouache?

WHAT'S ALL THIS ABOUT GOUACHE?

Canyon Wall, 5x8 gouache One of my latest sketches from my "Pandemic Sketchbooks, Vol.2" Gouache-what the French called the medium...

Oversharing?

OVERSHARING?

That oh-so-beautiful Grand Canyon sunset Scene: The Grand Canyon at sundown. I'm painting alone, perched on the edge of the Canyon,...

 
 
 
More on Making Copies

MORE ON MAKING COPIES

Rolling Fog 7x9 Oil - Copy Rolling Fog 7x9 - Original I pity the sweatshop workers at the Chinese painting mills, the ones on the...

Upcoming Exhibitions

UPCOMING EXHIBITIONS

Thanks to the pandemic, I'm finding time to enter my work into a few juried art exhibitions. Why do I thank the pandemic? Many of the...

 
 
 
Painters on Wheels: Pagosa Springs, Colorado

PAINTERS ON WHEELS: PAGOSA SPRINGS, COLORADO

Along the Piedra River Suddenly, fifty feet ahead of us, a bulky shape rocketed out of the brush. It dashed across the road, up the...

I've Looked At Clouds from Both Sides Now

I'VE LOOKED AT CLOUDS FROM BOTH SIDES NOW

"Build Up" 8x10 Oil - $200 unframed Cloud as subject Joni Mitchell was clearly speaking about one's life experience in her song, “Both...

 
 
 
Simplifying What You See

SIMPLIFYING WHAT YOU SEE

I took the tree on the left and simplified it to the tree on the right. In a previous post on my Pandemic Sketchbooks, Vol. 2, I commented...

Looking Down

LOOKING DOWN

"By the Lake" 20x16 Oil - Available I enjoy landscape paintings with unusual perspectives. An unexpected viewpoint always gives me...

 
 
 



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 ...

Sipoonlahti School Extension / Architects Rudanko + Kankkunen

Sipoonlahti School Extension / Architects Rudanko + Kankkunen

Architects Rudanko + Kankkunen Location: Fröken Miilis väg, 01150 Sibbo, Finland Project Year: 2020 Photographs: Martin Sommerschield, Kuvio Ltd Area: 13620.0 m2 Read more ...

Contemporary Expressionist Landscape Art Painting “Abiquiu Hills” by Santa...

Contemporary Expressionist Landscape Art Painting “Abiquiu Hills” by Santa Fe Artist Annie O'Brien Gonzales

14"x18" Acrylic on Panel-Available Read more ...

Contemporary Impressionist Landscape Painting, Meadow, Trees, Fine Art Oil...

Contemporary Impressionist Landscape Painting, Meadow, Trees, Fine Art Oil Painting,“Meadow on the Mesa” by Colorado Contemporary Fine Artist Jody Ahrens

In late summer everything starts taking on a golden hue... the trees, the grasses, the sunlight, even the sky seems to agree that fall is just around the corner. The... Read more ...

Contemporary Impressionist Landscape Painting, Meadow, Trees, Fine Art Oil...

Contemporary Impressionist Landscape Painting, Meadow, Trees, Fine Art Oil Painting,“Meadow on the Mesa” by Colorado Contemporary Fine Artist Jody Ahrens

In late summer everything starts taking on a golden hue... the trees, the grasses, the sunlight, even the sky seems to agree that fall is just around the corner. The... Read more ...

Min/MAX House / Punch Architecture

Min/MAX House / Punch Architecture

Blue Diamond, NV, Blue Diamond, NV, United States Project Year: 2019 Photographs: Fraser Almeida Photographs: Stephen Morgan Area: 4530.0 ft2 Read more ...

Mixed Media Abstract Art, Vertical Art, Contemporary Painting, Collage...

Mixed Media Abstract Art, Vertical Art, Contemporary Painting, Collage, “Lost Messages” by Florida Contemporary Artist Mary Ann Ziegler

"Lost Messages" is a mixed media creation in grays and black with white written highlights. It looks like it from the past and found amongst the relics of an attic somewhere in... Read more ...

Contemporary Art, Abstract Landscape Painting, Fine Art For Sale “Multiple...

Contemporary Art, Abstract Landscape Painting, Fine Art For Sale “Multiple Thresholds” by Intuitive Artist Joan Fullerton

The notion of crossing waterways, mountain crests, the next and the next horizon, is like moving through multiple thresholds. Each new vista has a promise of the next unseen... Read more ...

HS House / Studio Saransh

HS House / Studio Saransh

Studio Saransh Location: Ahmedabad, Gujarat, India Project Year: 2020 Photographs: Ishita Sitwala | The Fishy Project Area: 3600.0 m2 Read more ...

Street Scene, Cityscape, Rainy City, Fine Art Oil Painting, Umbrellas ”Wet...

Street Scene, Cityscape, Rainy City, Fine Art Oil Painting, Umbrellas ”Wet Winter Day” Texas Artist, Debra Hurd

FINE ART PRINTS OF THIS PIECE ARE AVAILABLE HERE Commissions Welcome Learn more about commissioning a painting HERE . Visit to Read more ...

Monks and Cowboys: Michael Sorkin's Forward from Miró Rivera's Latest Monograph

Monks and Cowboys: Michael Sorkin's Forward from Miró Rivera's Latest Monograph

© Sebastian Schutyser The author or editor of over twenty books, Michael Sorkin was a renowned architect, urbanist, and writer. Principal and founder of Michael Sorkin Studios... Read more ...