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Michael Chesley Johnson

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Looking Down

LOOKING DOWN

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

Painting Trees with Personality

PAINTING TREES WITH PERSONALITY

Ponderosa Pine 5x8 gouache I tell my students that painting trees from life usually ends up being a drawing exercise. In order to capture...

 
 
 
More News from the Canyon

MORE NEWS FROM THE CANYON

Canyon Abstract III 16x20 Oil Available The good news is, the much-anticipated monsoon season has arrived in New Mexico. After virtually...

The Medium is the Message

THE MEDIUM IS THE MESSAGE

These are the mediums I use most often. I'm often asked by my oil painting students what mediums to use, when to use them and how to...

 
 
 
Canyon Abstract No. 2, 16x20 Oil

CANYON ABSTRACT NO. 2, 16X20 OIL

Canyon Abstract No.2 16x20 Oil - Available Here This past week, I went through my “Pandemic Sketchbook,” looking for another canyon...

To Sit or Not to Sit-That is the Question

TO SIT OR NOT TO SIT-THAT IS THE QUESTION

"Artist in his Studio" by Rembrandt van Rijn Here, a painter steps back to view his work. Hamlet never had to wrestle with the one...

 
 
 
Canyon Abstract 18x24 Oil

CANYON ABSTRACT 18X24 OIL

Canyon Abstract 18x24 Oil Available - Contact Me As you may recall, I spent several weeks this late spring hiking into the canyon behind...

Awakening in Taos: The Mabel Dodge Luhan Story

AWAKENING IN TAOS: THE MABEL DODGE LUHAN STORY

I can't recall ever having blogged about a movie before, but after seeing Awakening in Taos: The Mabel Dodge Luhan Story last night,...

 
 
 
Painters on Wheels: Lyman Lake State Park, Arizona

PAINTERS ON WHEELS: LYMAN LAKE STATE PARK, ARIZONA

5x8 gouache on 300 gsm cold-press paper In my last post, I told the story of getting our PleasureWay, touted the benefits of painting...

Painters on Wheels: En Plein Air via Caravan

PAINTERS ON WHEELS: EN PLEIN AIR VIA CARAVAN

Here's our rig, a 1999 PleasureWay. M.L.Coleman's Lazy Daze is in the background. I remember once while very young seeing a whole farm...

 
 
 
Final Batch of Gouache Sk

FINAL BATCH OF GOUACHE SK

Another 5x8 gouache sketch from the canyon This week, I finished "The Pandemic Sketchbooks, Vol.1." That's what I'm calling my collection...

About My Plein Air Gouache Kit

ABOUT MY PLEIN AIR GOUACHE KIT

I've had many questions about what's in my gouache kit for plein air painting. Although I described this at length in a post about...

 
 
 
Another Journey into the Canyon-and Some Thoughts on Gouache as a Plein Air Painting Medium

ANOTHER JOURNEY INTO THE CANYON-AND SOME THOUGHTS ON GOUACHE AS A PLEIN AIR PAINTING MEDIUM

5x8 gouache sketch, Backlit Oak in the Canyon I'm amazed at how often the word “gouache” pops up in the art blogs I read. It seems...

Working with Pastel, Oil Paint and Cold Wax Medium-in One Painting!

WORKING WITH PASTEL, OIL PAINT AND COLD WAX MEDIUM-IN ONE PAINTING!

Finished 12x14 pastel/oil/cold wax Back in the winter-back before the pandemic-our local art group embarked on a series of life drawing...

 
 
 
Taos “COVID-Aware” Painting Retreat

TAOS “COVID-AWARE” PAINTING RETREAT

The Rio Grande Gorge & the Sangre de Cristos Taos, New Mexico - "COVID-Aware" Painting RetreatOctober 3-10, 2020 Join me in this special...

More Journeys into the Canyon

MORE JOURNEYS INTO THE CANYON

I love the abstractions geology creates. Canyon Wall, 5x8 gouache on 300 gsm watercolor paper. Good spring weather continues here in...

 
 
 
Looking for Feedback on your Paintings?

LOOKING FOR FEEDBACK ON YOUR PAINTINGS?

The only thing missing in this screenshot of a Zoom session is you! For most of us, painting is a solitary endeavor. In our studio...

The Wellivers: Father and Son

THE WELLIVERS: FATHER AND SON

Old Windfall1981-1982Oil on Canvas, 96”x120”Neil WelliverCourtesy of Alexandre Gallery Neil Welliver at work in the field Neil Welliver's...

 
 
 
On Making Copies-and Using a Light Box

ON MAKING COPIES-AND USING A LIGHT BOX

The light box - ready to go. Recently, a follower asked if I'd paint a same-size copy of one of the gouache sketches from my afternoon...

Earth Day 50: Richard McDaniel and the Russian River

EARTH DAY 50: RICHARD MCDANIEL AND THE RUSSIAN RIVER

My feature article on Richard McDaniel in the April/May 2020 issue of PleinAir Magazine Today marks the 50th anniversary of Earth Day....

 
 
 



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 ...

Impressionist Landscape, Mountain Landscape, Trees, Fine Art Oil Painting...

Impressionist Landscape, Mountain Landscape, Trees, Fine Art Oil Painting “Summer Melody” by Colorado Contemporary Fine Artist Jody Ahrens

Resilient trees find a way to survive in the shallow channels of these undulating hills. They seek out and preserve the sparse moisture that gravitates toward lower ground... Read more ...

Contemporary Female Figurative Fine Art Painting, "Stepping Out" by Oklahoma...

Contemporary Female Figurative Fine Art Painting, "Stepping Out" by Oklahoma Artist Nancy Junkin

20"x16"x1.5" Acrylic on Canvas/Available Read more ...

Metals and Mixed Media Contemporary Abstract, "Solar Flare" © Carol Nelson...

Metals and Mixed Media Contemporary Abstract, "Solar Flare" © Carol Nelson Fine Art

9"x14" Mixed Media on Panel/Available $450 Read more ...

Impressionist Landscape, Mountain Landscape, Trees, Fine Art Oil Painting...

Impressionist Landscape, Mountain Landscape, Trees, Fine Art Oil Painting “Summer Melody” by Colorado Contemporary Fine Artist Jody Ahrens

Resilient trees find a way to survive in the shallow channels of these undulating hills. They seek out and preserve the sparse moisture that gravitates toward lower ground... Read more ...

Interior Design Trends That Will Shape the Next Decade

Interior Design Trends That Will Shape the Next Decade

Interiors are taking center stage in 2020, as more people are spending more time at home. Architects and designers are increasingly aware of their responsibility in improving... Read more ...

Brasserie Gallia / Maxime Jansens Architecture + Erwan Bonduelle Architecture

Brasserie Gallia / Maxime Jansens Architecture + Erwan Bonduelle Architecture

Erwan Bonduelle Architecture architects: Maxime Jansens Architecture Location: 93500 Pantin, France Project Year: 2020 Photographs: Cécile Septet Area: 350.0 m2 Read more ...

Contemporary Impressionistic Landscape Palette Knife Oil Painting by Sheri Jones

Contemporary Impressionistic Landscape Palette Knife Oil Painting by Sheri Jones

Sky Drama14x11 oil on wood panel This was inspired from a sunset cruise on Lake Granbury. The evening started with a rainbow and the color was more dramatic as the sun went... Read more ...

Alligator

Alligator

Alligator 12 x 16 oil on panel 220 $ USD Read more ...

John Robert Lewis

John Robert Lewis

Oil on linen mounted on board 8" x 6" purchase Read more ...

Vicente Guallart Wins Self-Sufficient City Competition for Post-Coronavirus...

Vicente Guallart Wins Self-Sufficient City Competition for Post-Coronavirus China

© Guallart Architects Guallart Architects has won the international competition for the design of a mixed-use community in Xiong'an, China , defining an urban model that merges... Read more ...