Brining Shed (McCurdy Smokehouse, Lubec Maine) 9×12 Pastel

Maritime History: Brining Shed (McCurdy's Smokehouse, Lubec, Maine) 9x12 Pastel by Michael Chesley Johnson. Landscapes, maritime paintings, plein air painting workshops in the US and abroad Michael Chesley Johnson.

Maritime History: Brining Shed (McCurdy’s Smokehouse, Lubec, Maine) 9x12 Pastel by Michael Chesley Johnson

The brining shed in Lubec, Maine, is part of the historic McCurdy’s Smokehouse complex, now owned by Lubec Landmarks.  The group is trying to preserve these buildings, but this shed seems about to be taken away by the next storm.  At low tide, you can see the beautifully organic arrangement of pilings, draped by dark seaweed.

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High Desert Night 6×8 Oil

High Desert Night 6x8 Oil by Michael Chesley Johnson

High Desert Night 6x8 Oil by Michael Chesley Johnson

The “high desert” of New Mexico sits at 7,000 feet.  Here, the air is clear and the stars fill every corner of the night sky.  In some of the old Spanish villages, you can still find adobe buildings such as this one.  They are a welcome reminder of times gone past.

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Taos at Midnight 6×8 Oil

Taos at Midnight 6x8 Oil by Michael Chesley Johnson

Taos at Midnight 6x8 Oil by Michael Chesley Johnson

Taos, New Mexico, is one of my favorite spots to paint.  If you look for it, you can find the house that Georgia O’Keeffe stayed in for a short time while visiting Mabel Lujan, one of the early movers and shakers of Taos.  Here’s Georgia’s house at night.

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View to the South 9×12 Oil

View to the South 9x12 oil by Michael Chesley Johnson. Zion National Park.

View to the South 9×12 oil. Zion National Park.

This is view of the famous Great White Throne, but painted further up the Virgin River from where Thomas Moran sketched his view.  When I painted it, it was a very hazy day, and you could just make out the sunny side of the Throne.  This painting features the rim lighting (back lighting) that I love so much.

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The Sentinel 9×12 Oil

The Sentinel 9x12 oil by Michael Chesley Johnson. Zion National Park.

The Sentinel 9×12 oil. Zion National Park.

The Sentinel looks over the Virgin River and dominates Zion Canyon as you wander north.  This was a painting I made toward sunset, near the South Campground.  The light was stunning!

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Shuntavi Butte 12×9 Oil

Shuntavi Butte 12x9 Oil by Michael Chesley Johnson. Zion National Park.

Shuntavi Butte 12×9 Oil. Zion National Park.

Shuntavi Butte is one of the more remarkable formations in the Kolob Canyons section of Zion National Park.  You can see it from just about any point on the twisty, windy road that takes you to its foot.  This is a view from a bit farther off.  Another cloudy but mysterious day.

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