This blog contains a selection of small workshop demonstrations and field sketches.

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Sunday, February 7, 2016

Riverdance 9x12 Oil

Riverdance 9x12 oil #788
by Michael Chesley Johnson

Several years ago, I was invited to participate in the Zion National Park Plein Air Festival.  I spent a great deal of time up the north fork of the Virgin River, painting every scene I came across.  It was  painter's dream!  This is one favorite spot, with a view along the river showing the fall cottonwoods and nearby peaks.

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"Riverdance" #788
9x12 oil by Michael Chesley Johnson
$300 unframed, free shipping to U.S.


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Friday, February 5, 2016

Navajo Land 9x12 Oil

Navajo Land 9x12 oil painting #1103
by Michael Chesley Johnson

Far east of Grand Canyon you come to the little trading post town of Cameron.  The Navajo reservation occupies just about everything you can see.  Just a little north of town, I pulled over to paint this view of the terrain.  In the foreground, you can see a little Navajo home, surrounded by the beautiful landscape of this area.

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"Navajo Land" #1103
9x12 oil by Michael Chesley Johnson
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Wednesday, February 3, 2016

Mitten Ridge Snow 9x12 Oil

Mitten Ridge Snow 9x12 Oil #955
by Michael Chesley Johnson

Just north of Sedona, Arizona, the highway begins to work its way through Oak Creek Canyon and up the Mogollon Rim to Flagstaff.  Not too far out of town, you come to Midgely Bridge.  If you park here and walk back just a little ways into Wilson Canyon, you'll get a fine view of Mitten Ridge.

We'd just has a snowfall when I painted this.  Snow comes not all that often to Sedona, so when it comes, I try to get out and paint.

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"Mitten Ridge Snow" #955
9x12 oil by Michael Chesley Johnson
$300 unframed, free shipping to U.S.


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Monday, February 1, 2016

Ledge 9x12 Oil

Ledge 9x12 oil #997
by Michael Chesley Johnson
On the RV trip to the Arizona Strip, we went east to Lee's Ferry, near Marble Canyon.  There are lots of interesting hills there, and the light changes constantly throughout the day.  I was particularly attracted to the shape of this one.  You can see the highway in the distance, leading you to the hill.

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"Ledge" #997
9x12 oil by Michael Chesley Johnson
$300 unframed, free shipping to U.S.


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Saturday, January 30, 2016

Evening in the Desert 9x12 Oil

Evening in the Desert 9x12 oil # 1149
by Michael Chesley Johnson

Not too far from my home in the Verde Valley, there is an area where the high desert opens up and I get fine views of the encircling hills.  I like to go there in the evening to watch the setting sun play on the landscape.

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"Evening in the Desert" #1149
9x12 oil by Michael Chesley Johnson
$300 unframed, free shipping to U.S.


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Thursday, January 28, 2016

Coming Storm 9x12 Oil

Coming Storm 9x12 Oil #1198
by Michael Chesley Johnson

From the top of Airport Mesa in Sedona, Arizona, you get a grand view of town, which sits just below the 7000-foot Mogollon Rim.  One evening, I was atop the mesa, which has an elevation of 5000 feet, and watched the sun go down.  This was a painting I did of the evening light on Wilson Mountain as a thunder storm approached.

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"Coming Storm" #1198
9x12 oil by Michael Chesley Johnson
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Tuesday, January 26, 2016

Chamisa and Dune 9x12 Oil

Chamisa and Dune 9x12 oil by Michael Chesley Johnson

A few years ago, a painting friend and I took his RV on a trip into the Arizona Strip.  This is a section of land that is north of Grand Canyon and south of Utah.  There's not much to see there unless you're a painter.  We wanted to paint a "wash" -- a normally dry stream bed that during a thunderstorm will run violently with water -- so we found one that looked promising.  This was in the dry season, so we didn't have to worry about flash floods.

It was nearing sundown, and I managed to capture this view of a chamisa against a sand dune with a little raking light.

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"Chamisa and Dune" #995
9x12 oil by Michael Chesley Johnson
$300 unframed, free shipping to U.S.


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