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

If you'd like to see larger, more finished paintings, we invite you to visit Pumphouse Studio Gallery.

Sunday, November 6, 2016

Tour the Artist's Studio

Pumphouse Studio Gallery is open by appointment.  You can visit the studio of Michael Chesley Johnson, and he'll gladly talk to you about his process for oil and pastel painting whether in the studio or out on location, en plein air.  Also, you can view dozens of his oil and pastel paintings, many of which have not been exhibited before.  Or, talk to Michael about a commission!  If you have a favorite view, let him know.

For an appointment, contact Michael at

Friday, September 23, 2016

Michael's paintings from the Grand Canyon Celebration of Art.  All are available for sale subject to prior sale.  Contact Michael regarding how to buy and most are available at the Kolb Studio for a limited time if your travels take you to the Grand Canyon!  He created a nice slide show for your viewing pleasure below.

2016 Grand Canyon Paintings from the Celebration of Art!

Thursday, September 8, 2016

Opening for 2016 Fall Season Shortly

Michael is back in Arizona preparing for the Grand Canyon Celebration of Art.  After October 14th, we will have the Pumphouse Studio Gallery open and will be beginning our Fall, Winter and Spring of 2017 season with Paint Sedona.  The workshops with Michael last 4 days and cost $300 for instruction only or $600 for instruction and 5 nights of lodging at thee studio which is an incredible deal!  The studio is a 3 bedroom home in West Sedona with a kitchen so all the amenities of home with tremendous red rock views.  This can also be scheduled as an art retreat with a guide if you prefer.

Pumphouse Studio Gallery in Cornville shows Michael Chesley Johnson's paintings and is the administrative headquarters of his popular 4 day outdoor (plein air) painting workshops, Paint Sedona.  Student studio is located in West Sedona, but most of the work is done outdoors. Plan a personal retreat for yourself alone or with a group of friends.$300 for 4 days instruction or package deal for $600 w/lodging options.

Sunday, April 10, 2016

Pumphouse Studio Gallery Closing for the Season - See You Next Fall!

An Inviting Spot
12x9 pastel
by Michael Chesley Johnson

Pumphouse Studio Gallery is now closed for the 2016 season.  Thank you, everyone, for your patronage!  We will be back for the 2016/2017 season, starting with the Sedona Plein Air Festival.

In the meantime, if you are interested in plein air painting workshops this summer, please consider my Paint Campobello workshops, which this year will be held in Lubec, Maine.  For details:  The workshops are now open for registration!

Also, I will again be teaching my plein air painting workshops in Sedona in the 2016/2017 season.  For details:  And, even though that is some months away, registration is open for that, as well.

Thanks again, and we hope to see you soon!


Thursday, October 29, 2015

Pumphouse Studio Gallery Now Open by Appointment!

Slide Rock Fault 16x20 oil
Available From:Goldenstein Gallery
70 Dry Creek Road Sedona, AZ 86336 / 928- 204-1765 /
Many other paintings are available!

Pumphouse Studio Gallery is now open by appointment!  Come see Michael Chesley Johnson's working studio and dozens of his oil and pastel landscapes.  Sizes range from small (6x8) to large (36x36) with a variety of prices to fit any budget.  (Why buy a print, reproduction or Giclee when you can get an original for a similar price?)

To schedule an appointment, call 575-267-2450 (leave message) or e-mail

Saturday, July 4, 2015

Taking Reservations for Paint Sedona Now Beginning October 27, 2015

We are taking reservations for our Paint Sedona Plein Air Painting Workshops.  The program begins October 27th and is offered until April 15, 2016.  Pick you week and if you are the first to sign up you can request a special subject or medium workshop.  $300 per week, 4 students maximum, customizable.

Prepare for your workshop by reading one of all of Michael's books:  Available books by Michael Chesley Johnson  Michael just wrote a new book which was published in June 2015.

Wednesday, November 5, 2014

Opened for the Plein Air Painting Season Now until Mid-April!

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  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