Monday, December 11, 2017

My Top Blog Posts for the Year


As we approach the end of 2017, it seems that everywhere you go on the Internet someone is offering the "top" somethings from the past year.  I thought I'd jump on that bus before it leaves.  With that in mind, here are my ten most popular posts out of the 77 written in 2017.  And, keeping in mind that the custom is to start with the least first, I start with No. 10.

(If you don't already know, you can see an index of posts from all time in the right column on my blog, and you can also search the blog through the search field in the upper left corner.  If you're getting this post via e-mail, you will need to go to the actual blog site to see these.  By the way, it's all well and good to just go back and read my blog posts, but I have so much more that I offer in my workshops.)
No. 10:  "The Selfishness of Art"How can an artist work without guilt in today's hurting world?
http://mchesleyjohnson.blogspot.com/2017/09/the-selfishness-of-art.html
No. 9:  "Pochade Boxes I Have Known"I unload my closet to share some of my vast collection of paint boxes.
http://mchesleyjohnson.blogspot.com/2017/12/pochade-boxes-i-have-known.html 
No. 8:  "My Favorite Books"Books every painter should read--and then some.
http://mchesleyjohnson.blogspot.com/2017/11/my-favorite-books.html 
No. 7:  "What Makes You Happy?"How can the artist achieve happiness?
http://mchesleyjohnson.blogspot.com/2017/08/what-makes-you-happy.html 
No. 6:  "A Walk in the Woods: Texture Too Beautiful to Paint"Not everything can be--or is meant to be--painted.
http://mchesleyjohnson.blogspot.com/2017/08/a-walk-in-woods-texture-too-beautiful.html 
No. 5: "New Online Self-Study Course-Study to Studio"Lots of outdoor painters are realizing they aren't doing their best work in the field.
http://mchesleyjohnson.blogspot.com/2017/03/new-online-painting-course-outdoor.html

No. 4: "Goodbye to Our Dearest Friend"Saba was not just family but also my painting pal.
http://mchesleyjohnson.blogspot.com/2017/04/goodbye-to-our-dearest-friend.html

No. 3: "Smartphone Apps and Painting"Moving into the 21st century with social media and painting.
http://mchesleyjohnson.blogspot.com/2017/09/smartphone-apps-and-painting.html 
No. 2:  "To Blend or Not to Blend--That is the Question"I answer the generations-old question, and without causing fistfights.
http://mchesleyjohnson.blogspot.com/2017/10/to-blend-or-not-to-blend-that-is.html 
No. 1:  "Etiquette for Plein Air Painting Groups"Politeness is an esssential tool for the outdoor painter.
http://mchesleyjohnson.blogspot.com/2017/08/etiquette-for-plein-air-painting-groups.html

You'll note that product reviews aren't included in the list.  I filtered them out, as I was more interested in presenting something other than reviews.  However, three product reviews were in my top posts:

No. 3:  "Product Review:  PanelPak 
http://mchesleyjohnson.blogspot.com/2017/08/plein-air-painting-products-panelpak.html 
No. 2:  "Product Review:  Travel Painter Art Box" 
http://mchesleyjohnson.blogspot.com/2017/11/product-review-travel-painter-art-box.html 
No. 1: "Product Review:  Gamblin's Gamvar Matte Varnish" 
http://mchesleyjohnson.blogspot.com/2017/08/product-review-gamvar-matte-varnish.html

That's it!  Please remember there's plenty more on my blog site to read, and don't forget my books at Amazon and videos at North Light and my plein air painting workshops!

Friday, December 8, 2017

Pochade Boxes I Have Known

I've been painting outdoors for nearly 20 years now.  You'd expect that over that time I'd have gathered quite a collection of paint boxes--and I have!  I thought you'd enjoy hearing about a few of them. With that in mind, please enjoy the following video.  (Don't see the video?  Go here.)




By the way, I just received word that I've been invited back to one of the most prestigious plein air painting events--the Grand Canyon Celebration of Art.  This will make my fifth year as an invited artist.  I'm very honored to have been invited again.  I'll have more details on this event in the near future.

Wednesday, December 6, 2017

Links You Need to Know About

Quiet Cove 12x16 Oil
Featured in my first demonstration for my website

One of my projects this year is to put up several demonstrations on my web site.  These demonstrations are free, and they will show you some of the techniques and methods I use, both in the studio and out.  You can bookmark the link below and check back regularly to see the latest demonstrations:

http://www.mchesleyjohnson.com/demonstrations/

My first demonstration, "Study to Studio," shows how I take field studies and use them as a reference for finished studio paintings.  The painting above is featured in this one.

Lake in the Desert 9x12 Pastel
Small painting featured on my website

If you like small paintings, you should know that I regularly post small sketches and studies, all reasonably priced, on my website as well.  These are different from my larger, studio pieces that you'll find on the website.  This is a link that you can follow through a blog reader or news reader such as Feedly.  Here's the link you need:

http://www.mchesleyjohnson.com/small-paintings/

Blue Boat 12x16 Pastel
Demonstration painting for my article in Pastel Journal as noted below

Finally, Artists Network occasionally posts some of my magazine articles from Pastel Journal and The Artist's Magazine for free.  Again, these are free articles, complete and exactly as they appear in the magazine.  Here's one they posted today, which is about limiting pastel palettes as a way of controlling color harmony:

http://www.artistsnetwork.com/medium/pastel/limited-pastel-palette-hack

Enjoy!