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A Few Paintings from the Week

Quoddy Head9x12 oil by Michael Chesley JohnsonSOLD I can't believe both Canada Day and Independence Day have come and gone. Where's the summer going? It's been awhile since I posted, so I thought I'd share some paintings from this past week, which marked the start of my plein air painting workshop season in Lubec, Maine. I teach through August, so I'll be sharing more paintings with you as time goes by.
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