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Michael Chesley Johnson

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TUBE TIPS

Invented over 180 years ago, the collapsible paint tube was a brilliant innovation for painters and colormen alike. Colormen, no longer...

May Newsletter

MAY NEWSLETTER

Arizona Sycamores, 12x9 Pastel - Available As I write, snow showers are drifting through our little valley. Even so, we have enjoyed...

 
 
 
Looking at the Big Picture

LOOKING AT THE BIG PICTURE

How can you evoke the feeling of what it's like to perch on the edge of a canyon? (By the way, this is not a painting. This is a photo...

Painting Beautiful Shadows

PAINTING BEAUTIFUL SHADOWS

A blog reader asks: “Could you please do a blog on shadows and making them gorgeous? Painting beautiful shadows requires more than...

 
 
 
Demonstration: Big Cliff Painting

DEMONSTRATION: BIG CLIFF PAINTING

Morning at the Lake 36x36 oil/gallery-wrap canvas Available In my previous post, I shared how I start a large painting with oil sticks....

OIL STICK DEMO

I recently decided to make a large painting of one of my favorite scenes-one of the candy-striped cliffs that tower over a nearby lake....

 
 
 
Paintout with Plein Air New Mexico

PAINTOUT WITH PLEIN AIR NEW MEXICO

In the Shadows, 9x12 oil/panel Painted at the Narrows Paintout Available Plein air painting season has arrived! To celebrate the first...

Narrative in Landscape Painting

NARRATIVE IN LANDSCAPE PAINTING

Late Snow, 12x26 oil/panel - Available What's the narrative in this landscape painting? I love to read. I usually have two books going...

 
 
 
A Plein Air Painting Workshop via - Zoom?

A PLEIN AIR PAINTING WORKSHOP VIA - ZOOM?

The 12x16 oil demo I did for the group. This past weekend, I taught a plein air painting workshop for the Tempe Artists Guild in Arizona-but...

Prussian Blue: Peril or Promise?

PRUSSIAN BLUE: PERIL OR PROMISE?

Some Common Blues Top row: Draw-downs showing transparency Bottom row: Tints From left to right: Prussian, Phthalo, Indanthrone, Cobalt,...

 
 
 
Starting a Plein Air Painting Group

STARTING A PLEIN AIR PAINTING GROUP

Painting in Lubec, Maine With the wakening of spring comes the sudden appearance of plein air painters. Long hibernating in their dens,...

Scaling Up - And Plein Air Live

SCALING UP - AND PLEIN AIR LIVE

Scaling up a small painting presents many creative problems, but a more mechanical one has to do with drawing the transfer grids. How...

 
 
 
Finally! A Gouache Demonstration

FINALLY! A GOUACHE DEMONSTRATION

As most of you know, I've been sketching in gouache over the last year. Since this medium is new to many of you, I've had requests...

Plein Air Live

PLEIN AIR LIVE

Join the Masters at Plein Air Live! As you've probably heard, the Plein Air Convention, which had been scheduled for this May in Denver,...

 
 
 
Paintings at Goldenstein Gallery

PAINTINGS AT GOLDENSTEIN GALLERY

Autumn's Turn 24x36 oil/canvas Available through Goldenstein Gallery Back when I lived near Sedona, Arizona, I hooked up with what...

A Video Demo and a Plea for Cheap Broadband

A VIDEO DEMO AND A PLEA FOR CHEAP BROADBAND

End of the Canyon 11x18 Oil - Available This past week, I joined Eric Rhoads for a live demo in his ongoing daily series with artists....

 
 
 
Blogs I Follow: Muddy Colors

BLOGS I FOLLOW: MUDDY COLORS

In my blog posts, I rarely mention other blogs I follow-but I do follow quite a few. Most of them concern landscape painting, but a...

My Interview with Eric Rhoads

MY INTERVIEW WITH ERIC RHOADS

Mark it on your calendar: Noon Eastern Time, Wednesday, February 10, 2021. Eric Rhoads, publisher of PleinAir magazine and long-time...

 
 
 
Forrest Moses (1934-2021)

FORREST MOSES (1934-2021)

Winter Woods 32"x32" Oil, 2005 I never met Forrest Moses, but he was well-known in the Santa Fe art scene. He died the week before...

Books: Edgar Payne, Composition of Outdoor Painting

BOOKS: EDGAR PAYNE, COMPOSITION OF OUTDOOR PAINTING

My own copy of Payne's book. Yes, I mark pages with yellow stickies. I also have underlined and highlighted lots, too. If Carlson's...

 
 
 



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 ...

Gable House / UA Lab

Gable House / UA Lab

Ahmedabad, Guyarat, India Project Year: 2020 Photographs: Inclined Studio Area: 387.0 m2 Read more ...

Autumn Patterns

Autumn Patterns

Autumn Patterns oil 18x18 inches Purchase info here. Sometime in October I had this idea of a still life from bird's eye view. With a tablecloth on the floor, I arranged... Read more ...

Impressionist Landscape Painting, Water,Stream "UP ON SCOFIELD PASS" by...

Impressionist Landscape Painting, Water,Stream "UP ON SCOFIELD PASS" by Painter of the American West, Nancee Jean Busse

11"x14" Acrylic on Canvas Board/Available $300.00 Read more ...

King Alfred and Fay Wray!

Here's another of my “Virtual Artist's Alley” commissions. Having just finished a big corporate job that took nearly 4 weeks to complete, I had to put everything on hold for... Read more ...

Adding Watercolor to Collagraph Prints

Adding Watercolor to Collagraph Prints

This is a post from Belinda Del Pesco's Art Blog Belinda Del Pesco . Can You add Watercolor to Collagraph Prints? Yes, you can, as long as the ink you used to print your... Read more ...

Geologic Abstract Fine Art Print "Rainbow Canyon" by Carol Nelson Fine Art

Geologic Abstract Fine Art Print "Rainbow Canyon" by Carol Nelson Fine Art

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Thomas Gainsborough. 18th century English portrait and landscape painter

Thomas Gainsborough. 18th century English portrait and landscape painter

Historical hottie du jour: Gainsborough Dupont. Took art lessons from his uncle Thomas Gainsborough, whose birthday is today.May 14, 1727. Thomas Gainsborough FRSA - 2 August... Read more ...

Put a candle in the window, Matt McCormick

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The last days of disco

Halston © Harry Benson The last days of disco Read more ...

Idaho Farmland

Idaho Farmland

"Idaho Farmland", 8 x 10 In, Oil, 2021 An image from one of my many trips through Idaho. View purchase information here. Please contact me if you have questions. Read more ...