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.

Friday, December 28, 2012

Daddy's Diesel - 16x20 oil

"Daddy's Diesel" #569
16x20 oil/canvas - unframed
$1500, shipping not included


About This Painting

This was painted at the Gold King Mine in Jerome, Arizona.  The Gold King Mine is a fantastic place for any painter who loves to paint old vehicles - the place is jam-packed with them!  So jam-packed, in fact, that I was backed up to an antique ambulance so I could get enough distance on this truck to paint it.


Sunday, December 23, 2012

Gallery Paintings Available for Sale Soon!

"Red Monuments" 9x12, oil
Starting after New Year's, I'll be posting a selection of my finished, gallery paintings for sale. These will be offered through my Pumphouse Studio Gallery site. I will be posting these pieces, one at a time, until mid-April 2013. Paintings will be sold unframed. Shipping will be included in the price.

So, stay tuned!  Subscribe to or follow this blog to see the pieces I'll be selling.

Sunday, November 25, 2012

Pumphouse Studio - Open by Appointment Winter 2012-2013

"Precipice at the Grand Canyon" 16x20, oil  - SOLD
We've had several people ask us about visiting Pumphouse Studio.  The good news is, even though we sold the commercial space, you can still visit us and see my paintings and studio.  All you need to do is contact us for an appointment, and we'll gladly show you around!  To schedule an appointment, you can e-mail me at mcj.painter@gmail.com or call 575-267-2450.

My Pastel Studio
I now have two separate studio spaces, one for painting in pastel (above) and the other for painting in oil (below.)  I've always wanted to have two separate areas for this, so it's a dream realized.

My Oil Studio
While you're here, you can look over my paintings and see if there's anything you like.  I have many demos and sketches that are available at very reasonable prices, as well as many framed and finished works.





Another Season of Painting Sedona En Plein Air!



The new 2012/2013 season for Paint Sedona plein air painting workshops is about to begin.  The workshops run from November to April and are designed to offer something for everyone.  Some are weeks for all levels of student and cover the basics of plein air painting.  Other weeks are for advanced painters who need information that isn't covered in a basic workshop, such as advanced color theory.  A few "adventure" weeks are also scheduled, and include Hiking to Paint and Exploring the Verde Valley.

Workshops consist of four half-days - you can paint in the mornings and then explore new territory on your own.  Some students like to paint more; others like to take a nice hike, go for a Jeep tour or want to shop.  Sedona has much to offer!

Workshops are "small size" - no more than four students.  You'll get lots of  personal attention in these workshops.  Plus, if you want a customized workshop, such as pastel-only, if you can get four people together, we can customize the workshop for you.

For full details on these plein air painting workshops, please visit www.PaintSedona.com.

Saturday, July 14, 2012

New Book Available - Paintings of the American Southwest by Michael Chesley Johnson


I'm proud to announce that my book, Through a Painter's Brush:  The American Southwest - Painting in the Four Corners States, is now available as a paperback and also as a PDF download.

For more information about ordering this book, please see:  
http://mchesleyjohnson.blogspot.ca/2012/07/new-book-available-paintings-of.html