Thursday, October 19, 2017

Painting Demonstration in Sedona, Arizona, for Goldenstein Gallery

Secret Mountain Wilderness by Michael Chesley Johnson
Secret Mountain Wilderness 12x36 oil
by Michael Chesley Johnson

I invite you to join me for a painting demonstration on October 29th, 2017, Sunday afternoon from 1-3 pm, along the shady banks of Oak Creek in Sedona, Arizona.  As part of Goldenstein Gallery's artist-in-residence program, I'll be down at the L'Auberge de Sedona resort, painting by the creek, just off the restaurant's outside deck.  The cottonwoods should be in all their golden finery by then.  You can enjoy a fine brunch, too!

The painting I make during the demonstration will be for sale through the gallery.  To whet your appetite, I'd like to share with you the paintings I currently have at Goldenstein Gallery.  You can see (and purchase them) both at L'Auberge de Sedona and also at the gallery.

By the way, although my November plein air painting workshop in Sedona is filled, if you are interested in another workshop there, please let me know.  I'll be happy to schedule another one!  You can e-mail me at, and if I get enough interest, I will let you know.

A Place to Stand Oil Painting by Michael Chesley Johnson
A Place to Stand 24x12 Oil

Autumn's Turn Oil Painting by Michael Chesley Johnson
Autumn's Turn 24x36 Oil
All paintings available through:
Goldenstein Gallery 
150 SR 179/ Suite 5, Sedona, AZ 86336
928- 204-1765

Evening Light Oil Painting by Michael Chesley Johnson
Evening Light 11x14 Oil

Into the Flow Oil Painting by Michael Chesley Johnson
Into the Flow 12x16 Oil

December Morning in the Desert Oil Painting by Michael Chesley Johnson
December Morning in the Desert 24x30 Oil

Quiet Bend (Marble Canyon) Oil Painting by Michael Chesley Johnson
Quiet Bend (Marble Canyon) 16x20 Oil

Red Rock Rising (Sedona) Oil Painting by Michael Chesley Johnson
Red Rock Rising 9x12 Oil

Slide Rock Fault (Sedona) Oil Painting by Michael Chesley Johnson
Slide Rock Fault 16x20 Oil

Season of Trees (Goldenstein, L'Auberge, Sedona) Oil Painting by Michael Chesley Johnson
Season of Trees 12x9 Oil

Monday, October 16, 2017

Secret Cliffs - and a New Plein Air Painting Program

"Secret Cliffs"
6x8 Oil by Michael Chesley Johnson

As many of you know, Trina and I have been driving cross-country to the Southwest, as we do every fall.  We are now home, but it's a new home.

We've returned to a part of the world where we feel a deep spiritual kinship with the land–New Mexico.  Back in 1999, we quit our jobs in Vermont to follow our dreams, and our dreams led us here.  I wasn't a full-time painter then, but I became one soon after.  Now that I’m back, I'm eager to explore this landscape with a paintbrush that has matured.  Near the Zuni Pueblo and El Morro National Monument, and on the shoulders of the Zuni Mountains at 7000 feet, our home and studios occupy a point in the universe where the air is clear; the sky, blue; and the sun, intense unlike anywhere else.  There's lots to explore, from lava fields to sandstone bluffs, from ponderosa-clad hills to blue lakes.

The location of “Secret Cliffs” (above) is a short, perhaps 15-minute, walk from my home, if I scramble down a cliff and through scrub oak.  It’s better to drive there, and then it’s only 5 minutes.  The lake depicted had been dry for awhile but filled up over the last two winters from snowmelt.  When I went out to paint this yesterday, the sun was going down and the waterfowl were tuning up for an evening of birdsong.  The place is gorgeous in autumn, and there’s a peace that fills the land.

I'm eager to share this new space with students who are experienced painters, as there is so much to paint here.  Starting in February of next year (2018), I will open up my home and studio to one person at a time who would like to study with me privately.  You'll get food and lodging (a tuition-only version will also be available, in case you want to lodge elsewhere) plus five days of intensive painting which I will fully customize after a consultation.  I'll write more about this new Private Painting Intensive Study program in a future blog post, but for now, you can find more information at  And you are more than welcome to sign up now!

Here's a short video of this painting location.  We'll be painting here as part of my new program.  (Link:

Saturday, October 14, 2017

Doug Dawson Plein Air Painting Workshop, Oct 30-Nov 3, 2017

In case you haven't heard, Master Artist Doug Dawson will be teaching a plein air painting workshop October 30-November 3, 2017, in Sedona, Arizona.  I've known Doug for many years, and I've sponsored several workshops with him.  Doug, who was given the title of Master Pastelist by the Pastel Society of America in 1985 and inducted into the Masters' Circle by the International Association of Pastel Societies in 2005, shares so much during a workshop.  Everyone gets a great deal out of the week, and he often has repeat students coming back for more.

The workshop will be based at the same studio I used for my PaintSedona workshops.  The cost of the workshop is $625 (not including lodging).  To register, contact Doug Dawson directly at 303-421-4584 or

You can find out more about Doug at his website, which is  I've included a couple of videos here.  The first (at the top, but here is the link) is an interview with Doug.  The second (below, link here) is a video I put together to advertise a workshop with him in Maine and New Brunswick.  Although it's not Sedona, it'll still give you an idea of the workshop week.