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Sunday, September 19, 2021

New Book: Beautiful Landscape Painting Outdoors

After almost a year of work, I'm happy to announce that you can now pre-order my new book, Beautiful Landscape Painting Outdoors: Mastering Plein Air, from Amazon.  The book hits the streets March 1, 2022, but by ordering it now, you'll make sure to get a copy.  I expect it will sell out fast.

Why?  Because this is the comprehensive guide to painting outdoors.  It gives you everything you need to know about plein air painting, from A to Z.  Fifteen master artists share their knowledge—and their secrets—in this 160-page book that is packed with demonstrations in the major mediums, helpful techniques and many, many, many gorgeous images.  

I've written the book so both beginner and advanced painters will benefit from it.  If you're a beginner, you'll learn everything you need to get started and, better yet, how to have an enjoyable and satisfying experience.  If you're an advanced painter, you'll learn the tricks that the masters learned the hard way, through long experience.  (All you have to do is read the book!)

So who are these master artists?  They are:

Rob Adams / UK / oil
Tony Allain / UK / pastel
Lyn Asselta / US /pastel
Marcia Burtt / US / acrylic
Lorenzo Chavez / US / oil
Nathan Fowkes / US / watercolor
Marc Hanson / US / acrylic 
Michael Chesley Johnson / US / gouache & oil
Margaret Larlham / US / pastel
Calvin Liang / US / oil
Kim Lordier / US / pastel
Mark E. Mehaffey / US / acrylic
Sandra Nunes / Brazil / pastel
Stephen Quiller / US / watercolor
Colley Whisson /Australia / oil

With a lineup like this, I expect the book to become one of the classics. Don't wait!  You can get it here:


Anonymous said...


Looks great! If I pre order does that require payment or do I they bill on shipment?

Michael Chesley Johnson, Artist / Writer said...

I think it works this way, as per Business Insider:

- A pre-ordered item will ship either when it's released or just in advance of its release, and your card will typically not be charged until the item has shipped or a few days beforehand.
- The checkout process looks the same as a regular Amazon order, and you'll receive email updates and can check your order's progress at any time.

Marsha Hamby Savage said...

Congratulations on getting it done. It looks like a good one, so I pre-ordered it! Hope you guys are doing well.

Anonymous said...

Thanks. I will be pre ordering. Happy painting. I’m so wild about plein air. It kept me centered and sane last summer and fall. Continues to do that. I live in northern Illinois. Tried last winter but realized temp must be 30 degrees or more and little wind. Ha. I’m a fit 73 yo gal but I have my limits. iPhone batteries are crap in the cold. I bought small inexpensive chargeable hand heaters and keep them in my pockets with the phone. Also carry an old iPhone as a back up for photos. We learn. Lol.

Michael Chesley Johnson, Artist / Writer said...

Marsha - Thanks so much! Yes, we are well, and I hope both are, too.

Anonymous - Thanks for ordering! Maybe we'll see you on the road some day. In the meantime, keep painting!