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Michael Chesley Johnson

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Plein Air Painting Essentials

PLEIN AIR PAINTING ESSENTIALS

I know it's only mid-February, but the first day of spring is only a month away - and with that, the start of plein air painting season....

Michigan Plein Air Painting Workshop May 7-9, 2018

MICHIGAN PLEIN AIR PAINTING WORKSHOP MAY 7-9, 2018

What could be more enjoyable than taking a plein air painting workshop on a 230-acre farm in the springtime? I'll be teaching at just...

 
 
 
Fearless Cropping

FEARLESS CROPPING

Mitten Ridge View 12x12 Pastel by Michael Chesley Johnson Available A pair of scissors might just be the ultimate painting tool. When...

Reusing Old Panels

REUSING OLD PANELS

Good bye, old paintings! Every painter at some point asks himself: What do I do with paintings I don't want anymore? This question...

 
 
 
Road Trip: El Morro National Monument & Ramah Lake, New Mexico

ROAD TRIP: EL MORRO NATIONAL MONUMENT & RAMAH LAKE, NEW MEXICO

Winter Garden 12x16 Oil - $450 Unframed Purchase (Paintings on this page are available at a special price for a short time, unframed...

Canyon de Chelly Sk

CANYON DE CHELLY SK

Eastward Blues 9x12 Oil - $250 unframed

 
 
 
Road Trip: Canyon de Chelly National Monument, Arizona

ROAD TRIP: CANYON DE CHELLY NATIONAL MONUMENT, ARIZONA

Spider Rock at Canyon de Chelly Once a year, I like to get together with my painting friend M.L. Coleman and hit the road. We'd been...

Becoming a Disciplined Painter

BECOMING A DISCIPLINED PAINTER

I created these 54 6x6 oil paintings for a special project. It kept me on-schedule for several weeks and was a great motivator to help...

 
 
 
New Grand Canyon Painting

NEW GRAND CANYON PAINTING

"After the Rains" 16x24 Oil by Michael Chesley Johnson To Be Exhibited at the 10th Annual Grand Canyon Celebration of Art I'm always...

Poor Drawing: It's All Impressionism's Fault

POOR DRAWING: IT'S ALL IMPRESSIONISM'S FAULT

Drawing by Degas of Manet. Degas was probably the only Impressionist who kept up his drawing skills nearly to the end. You've heard...

 
 
 
The Creative Artist: Play vs. Work

THE CREATIVE ARTIST: PLAY VS. WORK

Andrew Wyeth: Early Watercolors contains many good examples of Andrew Wyeth in PLAY mode Is this Andrew Wyeth at WORK? Winter, Egg...

Even More on Design: 2D v. 3D

EVEN MORE ON DESIGN: 2D V. 3D

One of Cézanne's many depictions of Mont Sainte-Victoire. Look how the middle ground, especially, is flattened. Cézanne and the other...

 
 
 
Foreground Design

FOREGROUND DESIGN

Like these mountains? Good luck with that foreground! When painting the landscape, one encounters three situations: vistas, where you...

More on Design

MORE ON DESIGN

Some of my notan designs. I sometimes push them a little farther than just notan. In my last blog post , I wrote that the Golden Ratio...

 
 
 
The Golden Ratio: Fact or Fiction-And Does It Really Matter?

THE GOLDEN RATIO: FACT OR FICTION-AND DOES IT REALLY MATTER?

Golden Ratio and the Nautilus Shell (The red shows a curve based on the Golden Ratio. The blue shows a shell, the growth pattern of...

How Important is Eyesight to a Painter?

HOW IMPORTANT IS EYESIGHT TO A PAINTER?

Degas Painting, 1867 Degas was 33 Degas, who fretted about problems with his eyes all his life, suffered from retinopathy. We don't...

 
 
 
Send a Painter to Bonnie Scotland!

SEND A PAINTER TO BONNIE SCOTLAND!

Highlands Cottage, 12x16 Oil Studio painting based on a plein air sketch I made during my 2016 trip to Scotland. This June, I'm joining...

Grand Canyon Celebration of Art - 10th Annual in 2018

GRAND CANYON CELEBRATION OF ART - 10TH ANNUAL IN 2018

Sunrise, Grand Canyon This week, I'm lost. I'm wandering the rim of a vast canyon, taking any trail that offers the least promise of...

 
 
 
Revisions: Sunrise, Ramah Lake

REVISIONS: SUNRISE, RAMAH LAKE

Revision: "Sunrise, Ramah Lake" 19x25 pastel by Michael Chesley Johnson AVAILABLE The other day, I wrote about coming across a couple...

First Plein Air of the New Year

FIRST PLEIN AIR OF THE NEW YEAR

"Winter Lake" 8x10 Oil by Michael Chesley Johnson Available It's been a busy season with one thing or another, but today I finally...

 
 
 



Mixed Media Flower Art Painting “THREE REDS AND A YELLOW” by Colorado Mixed...

Mixed Media Flower Art Painting “THREE REDS AND A YELLOW” by Colorado Mixed Media Artist Carol Nelson

This painting is done in the faux batik style. After painting the flowers, a layer of wax was applied as a resist. After gently crumbling the waxed painting, a darker color was... Read more ...

Contemporary Abstract Mixed Media Art Paintings ”The Shaman“ by Arizona...

Contemporary Abstract Mixed Media Art Paintings ”The Shaman“ by Arizona Contemporary Artist Pat Stacy

20"x30" Triple Matted and Framed/Available Read more ...

Sketches with Margo Bartley and Zheng Xiong Xiang

Sketches with Margo Bartley and Zheng Xiong Xiang

Sketches by Margo Bartley from Australia scenery seen from Jongno Tower by Margo scenery of Deoksugung Palace seen from Jeongdong Observatory by Margo Korean traditional house... Read more ...

Hauser & Wirth Pop-up Bookshop / dongqi Architects

Hauser & Wirth Pop-up Bookshop / dongqi Architects

© Raitt Liu Architects: dongqi Architects Location: 10 Jianguo Middle Rd, Lu Wan Qu, Shanghai Shi, China Design Team: Nan Jiang, Yiting Ma, Wenyi Han Project Year... Read more ...

Mixed Media Flower Art Painting “THREE REDS AND A YELLOW” by Colorado Mixed...

Mixed Media Flower Art Painting “THREE REDS AND A YELLOW” by Colorado Mixed Media Artist Carol Nelson

This painting is done in the faux batik style. After painting the flowers, a layer of wax was applied as a resist. After gently crumbling the waxed painting, a darker color was... Read more ...

C57-4 Building / Boué arquitectos

C57-4 Building / Boué arquitectos

© Marcos Betanzos Architects: Boué arquitectos Location: Mexico City, CDMX, Mexico Architect In Charge: Gerardo Boué Area: 1330.0 m2 Project Year: 2017 Photographs: Marcos... Read more ...

Get To Know The Artists Painting The Obamas' Official Portraits

Get To Know The Artists Painting The Obamas' Official Portraits

Kehinde Wiley and Amy Sherald are the first black artists hired by the Smithsonian to paint a president and first lady. Read more ...

Hands-On with the Sigma 14-24mm f/2.8 Art ‘No Distortion' Lens

Hands-On with the Sigma 14-24mm f/2.8 Art ‘No Distortion' Lens

For Canon and Nikon shooters looking to get a fast ultrawide, the choices in the past have been the Nikon 14-24mm f/2.8 , Canon 16-35mm f/2.8 , and Tamron 15-30mm f/2.8 VC. Or... Read more ...

Yellow and Red Iris, oils canvas, Barbara Haviland,Texas Floral Artist

Yellow and Red Iris, oils canvas, Barbara Haviland,Texas Floral Artist

YELLOW RED IRIS 2/23/2018 by Barbara Haviland-Barbsgarden Texas Artist Comment on this © Barbara Haviland-Barbsgarden Yellow Red Iris is done on a 5"x11" canvas and in oils... Read more ...

Bridge House / LLAMA urban design

Bridge House / LLAMA urban design

© A-Frame studio/ Ben Rahn Architects: LLAMA urban design Location: Huntsville, Canada Architect In Charge: Mariana Leguia Design Team: Angus Laurie, Patrick Webb, Alvaro... Read more ...