Fine Art Landscapes and Plein Air Paintings by Michael Chesley Johnson
Silent Watcher 9x12 Pastel by Michael Chesley Johnson

Silent Watcher 9x12 Pastel
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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.

Looking for Michael’s Online Self-Study Program?

Send a Painter to Bonnie Scotland!

This June, I’m joining several other painters in Scotland in a painting retreat. The retreat will be based on the Isle of Skye, but when it ends, Trina and I will wander up to Inverness and beyond, ultimately making our way to the Orkney Islands. Would you like to help me get there? If so, read more here!

Upcoming Workshops

Looking for a Cool Painting Getaway This Summer?
Join us in Lubec, Maine, for some gorgeous oceanside scenery.
Think bold cliffs, storm-twisted pines, cobble beaches, fishing boats and, yes, lobster!
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The NEW One-on-One Painting Intensive Program
for the Experienced Painter – Sign Up for Next Season!

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All-Level Plein Air Painting Workshops
Based at Michael’s Studios

Fall 2018/Spring2019:  Sedona, Arizona
Summer 2018 (Lubec, ME):  Lubec, Maine

Traveling Workshops & Retreats
April 16-23, 2018: NEW MEXICO, Ghost Ranch & Santa Fe (Wait list)
April 30-May 4, 2018: INDIANA (Wait list)
June 2-12, 2018: SCOTLAND (Wait list)
August 21-24, 2018: MAINE, Bernard
October 1-3, 2018:  OHIO, Cincinnati
October 5-6, 2018:  OHIO, Columbus  (Wait list)
October 24-27 , 2018: ARIZONA, Grand Canyon
For full details on traveling workshops, click this link

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