Sunday, April 1, 2018

Sedona, Arizona, Plein Air Painting Workshop Wrap-up

How I See It
9x12 Pastel by Michael Chesley Johnson - AVAILABLE
One of the demonstration paintings from the week.

I just got back from a fabulous week of teaching a plein air painting workshop in Sedona, Arizona, and Red Rock Country.  The workshop was filled with ten eager students that hailed from Washington, Maryland, Georgia, California, Texas and Arizona, and the group included two lawyers, a doctor and a registered nurse.  That kind of variety made for a very rich experience for everyone.

The weather couldn't have been better, with warm temperatures and scattered clouds some days and full sunshine on others.  Although it was a busy time in town -- spring break was in full force -- we found plenty of places to paint that were both scenic and quiet.  I think one of the favorites was a beautiful spot on the Verde River.  Mallards and even a bald eagle kept us company as we painted in the cool shade of the springtime cottonwoods.

I've included some photos below to give you an idea of the week.  If you're interested, I will be teaching this workshop again November 13-16, 2018, and also April 2-5, 2019.   The workshop runs half-days (9-1), which gives us plenty of time together in the mornings but with your afternoons free to paint more on your own or to explore with family and friends.  (We had some over-achievers this week who painted till sundown!)  Although there is plenty of lodging close by the studio, the studio itself also offers lodging at a rate that is very inexpensive for Sedona.  One of the nice things about the studio lodging is that you have a full kitchen as well as companionship with the other artists who stay there.  I have full details on the workshop at  I hope you'll join us next time.

Starting a demonstration in the field

Students painting the view

Sitting to paint

One of my oil demonstrations, in-process
(See the finished piece below)

Morning critiques in the studio...

...followed by short, informative lectures

Me working on a pastel piece along Oak Creek

I travel from student to student offering help and advice

Trina and I take a hike in the afternoon for a break

We had beautiful clouds this week

Painting along the Verde River

Painting the view of Thunder Mountain

One night we even had a bonfire

Painting along the quiet banks of Oak Creek

Mountain Study
9x12 Oil Demonstration by Michael Chesley Johnson - AVAILABLE

Spring On the River
9x12 Oil Demonstration by Michael Chesley Johnson - AVAILABLE

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