Authentically Human! Not Written by AI!
All Content Copyright © Michael Chesley Johnson AIS PSA MPAC

Saturday, October 20, 2018

Wee Scotland Paintings, Workshops at Grand Canyon and .. Sedona!

(See larger versions below)

It's hard to believe, but we've only been home less than two weeks -- yet we've dived into a number of projects, both household and artistic, that have kept us incredibly busy.  One of my artistic projects is to finish a series of 6x8 oil paintings of Scotland.  As you may recall, I pre-sold these so I could extend my trip.  Yes, they are small, but I'm having a lot of fun painting them.  Every day I surround myself with photo references and gouache field sketches, crank up a play list on Pandora, and have at it.  I should be done with the painting part in a few days, and then I'll take a break to let them dry.  Following this will be framing and shipping, hopefully all by Thanksgiving.

The collectors who pre-bought the paintings get first pick, but when they are done, I will have some left over.  Once I know what is left, I will make them available for sale to the general public.  I'll post some photos of what I have now so you can see what these will look like.  (Future photos will be better.) Stay tuned!

On another note, this week I will be heading to Grand Canyon -- yes, again! -- to teach a plein air painting workshop.  I'm really looking forward to this, as the workshop is sponsored by the Grand Canyon Association's Field Institute and the National Park Service.  I'll be taking students to some of my favorite spots.  The weather forecast looks good for our time there, so I'll make sure to have lots of photos to share when I get back.

Also, I still have room in my Sedona (Arizona) plein air painting workshop.  This runs four half-days (9 am to 1 pm) November 13-16.  This is one of my favorite times there, as the cottonwoods and aspens will have started changing, and we should have some good color.  If you'd like to join me, let me know right away, or visit