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Sunday, September 21, 2014

Opening for the Season in Late October 2014!

We will be back in the fall, starting in late October for the 10th Sedona Plein Air Festival.  If you'd like to visit our Sedona, AZ area studio gallery, please let us know!  We'd love to show you around the studio and gallery.  E-mail is the best way to contact me at mcj.painter@gmail.com.  If I am out in the field painting, Trina can show you my paintings and the studio by prior appointment.

Follow my experience in the Grand Canyon at the Celebration of Art in September 2014 by following my daily blog postings:  September 2014 Plein Air Painter's Blog Postings.  Also, please consider joining me in Sedona this year and look at the schedule for Paint Sedona for the Fall and Winter of 2015.

It is also the beginning of our 10th season at Friar's Bay Studio Gallery if your travels take you in that direction next summer. If you'd like to visit there, please let us know!  We have regular hours in July and August and otherwise operate by appointment there...

Have a great end of summer! - Michael


Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Studio Paintings on Michael Chesley Johnson Website

Creek Sycamore 9x12 pastel #1136 - Available at Daily Paintworks along with Many Other Paintings!

I admit, I have not posted finished works to my Pumphouse Studio Blog as much as I had hoped to this winter.  Part of the problem has to do with having to post work in a variety of places - my Facebook studio page, A Plein Air Painter's Blog, Friar's Bay Studio Gallery Blog, Pumphouse Studio Gallery Blog and, yes, my website, www.MichaelChesleyJohnson.com.  That's a lot of places to post to, which also makes inventory tracking cumbersome.

So, I'm going to try to make life easier for me, and also for patrons who are trying to find my work online.  I will be making some changes in the future about how I present my work online.

With that in mind, as my season here in Arizona draws to a close, if you would like to see all the finished studio work, please visit the Paintings page of my website.  There you can see not just my Southwestern work but also work from Downeast Maine, the Canadian Maritimes and elsewhere, both available and a selection of sold pieces.  We are now closed in Arizona and slowly making our way back to Campobello Island, NB.  Join me on the way in a plein air workshop.  I have 3 scheduled in early May in the midwest:   Batavia, IllinoisToledo, Ohio, and Valparaiso, Indiana

Thank you! - Michael Chesley Johnson

Tuesday, January 7, 2014

Visit Pumphouse Studio Gallery

Gibson Beach - 12x24 oil - Available


If you'd like to visit Michael's studio and see his inventory of paintings for purchase, you can now make an appointment for a personal visit.  E-mail Michael and he'll be happy to set up a time for you to see his world.

You can see his available paintings here:  http://www.michaelchesleyjohnson.com/html/sw_paintings.htm

Tuesday, November 12, 2013

Three Pieces for the Sedona Area Guild of Artists Exhibition

I will have three pieces in the upcoming SAGA show (Sedona Area Guild of Artists.)  The show runs from November 15 to December 5, with an opening reception on Saturday, November 16, from 5-8 pm:

Show Dates: Friday, November 15 to Thursday, December 5, 2013
At the Old Marketplace: 1370 West SR 89A in Sedona, Arizona
Show will be open Tuesday-Thursday from 12-5 pm and on Friday and Saturday from 12-8 pm. (Closed on Mondays and Thanksgiving Day.)
For full details on the exhibition, please visit http://www.sedonaareaguildofartists.com/event/saga-opening-reception-visions-of-fine-art-show/

These can be purchased through SAGA at the show, or you can contact me.  Hope to see you at the opening reception!

Moran Point - 12x24, oil/panel - $1500

Out of the Chasm - 12x24, oil/panel - $1500
Precipice - 16x20, oil/panel - SOLD





Friday, August 23, 2013

Taking Reservations for Paint Sedona Workshops



The workshop schedule is available at:  http://paintsedona.com/sched.html  If you have a particular subject you want to study such as: large format plein air painting, composition, design, color, Verde Valley explorations, plein air to studio, or whatever tickles your fancy, and you are the first to sign up for a particular week, the subject you choose can be the focus of the 4 day workshop.  It is not too early to think about Fall or Winter workshops!

Monday, April 8, 2013

Pumphouse Studio Gallery Paintings on Hiatus

Because of my travels, the paintings featured in the Pumphouse Studio Gallery blog will not be available again until November 1, 2013.  But, starting June 1, paintings of Downeast Maine and the Canadian Maritimes will be available in the Friar's Bay Studio Gallery blog.

Tuesday, March 5, 2013

October, Monjeau Peak - 12x16, pastel

"October, Monjeau Peak" 12x16, pastel #947
Shipped Framed (although unframed is an option!)
$1000 + shipping

About This Painting

(For the full story and more pictures, visit my blog post on this, "Monjeau Peak, Revisted.")


One of my favorite spots in all of southern New Mexico is Monjeau Peak, high in the White Mountain Wilderness near Ruidoso.   Access is by a twisty, windy dirt road that goes uphill steeply to a stone lookout tower built by the Civilian Conservation Corps in the 1930s.  The lookout is at 9500 feet, and from here you have sweeping views of aspen-dotted alpine meadows and 12,000-foot Sierra Blanca.  Many beautiful trails wander over the meadows and beyond.

I should perhaps use past tense in the above paragraph. In July 2012, the lightning-sparked Little Bear Fire burned over 44,000 acres and 254 buildings.  The lookout tower was burned, but the structure remains and will be rebuilt; I believe Monjeau Peak is still closed at this time.

We camped there one fall ten years ago, in a little aspen grove.  While hiking, I became enamoured of the rock boulders that were scattered around.  They made fascinating, beautiful compositions with the fall colors.  I felt compelled to paint them.

I did a studio piece in pastel, which at the time I was very proud of.  I had it framed - quite expensively.  Not long after that, in a workshop with Albert Handell, I had an opportunity to share a slide of the piece with Albert and the group at our critique night.  When the slide flashed up on the wall, Albert exclaimed, "Oy, those rocks!' and suggested that I spend a year painting rocks.  (Which I did.)

As I got better at the craft of painting, I became increasingly dissatisfied with this piece.  Even so, I've dragged the painting around from home to home over the years, and I've kept it hanging on the wall for students and visitors to see.  Why?  For the silly reason that it cost so much to frame.  I suppose I could have replaced the pastel with a newer one, but I had it in my mind that there was something fundamentally good about the piece, and that someday I would "fix it."

There were a number of problems with it.  For one, the mountain in the distance seemed to end abruptly behind a big fir tree; it should have continued on.  For another, the rocks were all evenly-lit, and there was no real focal point among them.  And of course, the rocks themselves, in all their pink-and-purple glory, needed to be pulled back from Cartoonland to reality.

This week, ten years later, I decided to deal with it.  I love pastel because the surface is always "open."  That is, you can go back to work on it at any time without having to treat it in any way.  (With oil, the surface becomes "closed" after a few days, and either have to "oil out" or use retouch varnish, neither of which is really very satisfactory.)  I unframed it, taped it to a board, found the very same photo I had used originally, and went to work.

I'm much happier with the piece now, and it will go back into its frame later today.

Here are some detail shots and the painting in its frame: