Blog Profile / A Plein Air Painter's Blog

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My Inventory System for Paintings

Lifting Fog at Dawn11x14 Oil by Michael Chesley JohnsonAvailable! A reader asks, "How is it that you track and label all of your works?" This is a great question, because keeping accurate inventory records is crucial for a professional artist. Show More Summary

On the Road: New York Plein Air Painting Workshop

Painting along the Wallkill River Some time ago, when I was looking for new places to teach workshops, I came across the Wallkill River School in Montgomery, New York. What I liked about it was their mission: Wallkill River School has...Show More Summary

On the Road: Ohio Plein Air Painting Workshop

"Out the Window" oil demonstration(Photo by Nancy Vance) It's hard for me to believe, but it's been almost a month since we hit the road on our annual spring trip east. Right now, we're in Vermont. After weeks of cloudy, cool weather in the Champlain Valley, the sun returned yesterday. Show More Summary

Zion National Park 2017 Painting Retreat - Final Report

Big Bend I 9x6 oil by Michael Chesley Johnson Some readers have been curious about what colors I used for my painting retreat at Zion National Park this week. Well, in addition to my usual split-primary palette, I added a few "convenience"...Show More Summary

Zion National Park 2017 Painting Retreat - Another Midterm Report

The Watchman 9x12 oil by Michael Chesley Johnson Two things you can't get from a photograph are depth and color. To get a real sense of the depth of the landscape, you need to be looking at it with two eyes. Stepping back and forth in...Show More Summary

Zion National Park 2017 Painting Retreat - First Midterm Report

Court of the Patriarchs The best thing about Zion National Park—and also its most challenging—is its bountiful offering of both beautiful vistas and more intimate scenes. Every turn in the road gives you endless possibilities. The question...Show More Summary

Zion National Park 2017 Painting Retreat - Day 0

Dawn in Zion Canyon - Angel's Landing Trina and I are now on our way back to Campobello Island, New Brunswick, for our summer season. But first, we have a few stops along the way. Right now, we are in Springdale, Utah, for a painting retreat.It's been three years since our last retreat in Springdale, the "gateway" to Zion National Park. Show More Summary

April Newsletter from Michael

Plein air painting season is here! If you are new to plein air paintingor just need a refresher, check out April 2017Sedona, ArizonaSpring has hit northern Arizona with a vengeance. Wildflowers on the hilltop...Show More Summary

Goodbye to our Dearest Friend

Saba 2000-2017(Saba at Age 6) On Monday, on the first full moon of spring and the first day of Passover, we said goodbye to Saba. She'd been part of our family for nearly seventeen years. Since we have no children, you can imagine what she means to us. Show More Summary

Dynamic Duo Plein Air Painting Workshop - Update

This past week, I taught a six-day workshop jointly with another artist. Together, we led ten students through the pitfalls and pleasures of plein air painting. When we first started batting around the idea, I wondered how well "tag team teaching" would work. Show More Summary

Painting at L'Auberge de Sedona this Saturday

The poster says it all. --- Michael Chesley Johnson, AIS PSA MPAC PSNM

Painting Glare

I love to paint looking into the light. Rim-lighting and, especially, glare—glare off water, sand or pavement—are some of my favorite lighting effects. Getting the effect of glare in paint, though, is difficult. If you paint like a tonalist, you may end up with something more akin to a nocturne. Show More Summary

Greens for the Oil Painter - Plus a Workshop Review!

Looking for green this Saint Patrick's Day? I'm pleased to announce that The Artist's Magazineas made my Brushing Up article on greens for the oil painter available as a free download. The article appears in the June 2017 issue, butShow More Summary

Some New Small Plein Air Paintings

Contrary to popular belief, I've been painting. Yes, I've been designing my new web site, creating my new online course plus working on a dozen other projects, but I have indeed been painting. With that in mind, I thought I'd share with you some of my recent small plein air paintings. Show More Summary

New! Online Painting Course: Outdoor Study to Studio

New Online Course! As many of you know, I've developed a series of books and videos over the years that bring my plein air painting methods to folks who can't attend my workshops in person or who would like a supplement to the material I teach. Show More Summary

New Online Course for Plein Air Painting Coming Soon - Plus Coupons!

Not everyone can fly out to Arizona or Maine to take a plein air painting workshop with me. For those who are unable to travel because of cost or obligations, I've created a series of books and videos. I've also created three onlineShow More Summary

Some New Small Plein Air Paintings - Plus a Coupon!

"Beaver Creek Ledge" 9x12 oilWhen the sun hits the water, it creates a beautiful, luminescent olive glow. I wanted to share with you some of my latest small plein air paintings. These were done over the last few weeks either as workshop demonstrations or while painting with my local group. Show More Summary

Paintings for Acadia Inviational III at Argosy Gallery, Bar Harbor, Maine

As I mentioned in my last newsletter, I took some time off from teaching workshops this winter to work on a few special projects. One of these projects was painting for the upcoming Acadia Invitational III exhibit. It's a little strange,...Show More Summary

February 2017 Newsletter from Michael Chesley Johnson

"Acadian Summer" 12x24 Oil by Michael Chesley Johnson Available through Argosy Gallery in Bar Harbor, Maine, As Part of Acadian Invitational III, July 2017-October 2018 February 2017 Sedona, Arizona Here in Arizona, winter draws to a close. Show More Summary

Fly in the Ointment, Gnats in the Painting

"The Watchman" 12x9 oil But first: If you haven't taken my workshop survey, please do! It'll only take a moment and is completely anonymous. Here is the survey:, on to today's topic.A few years ago, I took a painting trip to Zion National Park in Utah. Show More Summary

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