Fine Art Landscapes and Plein Air Paintings by Michael Chesley Johnson
Why They Paint Doors Blue 12x16 Oil by Michael Chesley Johnson

Sunny Creek 12x9 Oil
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Get the 2018 Calendar!

I’ve selected 13 of my favorite paintings from the past year for my 2018 calendar! You can preview the calendar before ordering.

Upcoming Workshops

Workshops based at Michael’s Studio
Spring 2018:  Paint the Southwest Program
Summer 2018:  Plein Air Painting Maine

Traveling Workshops & Retreats 
April 16-23, 2018: NEW MEXICO, Ghost Ranch & Santa Fe (Retreat)
April 30-May 4, 2018: INDIANA (Retreat – wait list))
May 7-9 , 2018: MICHIGAN, Lowell
June 2-12, 2018: SCOTLAND (Retreat – wait list)
June 16-23, 2018: ITALY, Florence
August 21-24, 2018: MAINE, Bernard
October 1-3, 2018:  OHIO, Cincinnati
October 5-6, 2018:  OHIO, Columbus
October 24-27 , 2018: ARIZONA, Grand Canyon
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One of the Country’s Top Plein Air Painters and Landscape Artists

An internationally-recognized artist, Michael Chesley Johnson paints the American Southwest, coastal Maine and the Canadian Maritimes in oil and pastel. Challenging outdoor events such as the Grand Canyon “Celebration of Art” have invited him to participate again and again.  An author of art instruction books and videos, he writes frequently for The Artist’s Magazine and Pastel Journal.  Also a much-sought-after teacher, he teaches plein air painting workshops across the US and seasonally in New Mexico and Maine. His latest book is Outdoor Study to Studio:  Take Your Plein Air Painting to the Next Level, which is available at

A Gamblin Dedicated Workshop Instructor

Using only the finest art materials in his paintings, he uses Gamblin Artists Colors and is versed in these products and their application. Michael uses Gamblin paints in his Downeast Maine and Southwestern plein air painting workshops.

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