Entrance 8×10 Oil on Paper

Entrance 8x10 Oil by Michael Chesley Johnson

Entrance 8x10 Oil

The El Malpais National Monument and El Malpais National Conservation Area are home to a volcanic events dating from 115,000 years ago to as recently as only 2000 years ago!  Besides lava flows, cinder cones and great views, they also feature lava tubes.  Cavers (and spelunkers) can go into these caves to hike and explore.  Here is a sketch of the entrance to one of the lava tubes.

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Rock Top 1 6×8 Oil

Rock Top 1 6x8 Oil by Michael Chesley Johnson

Rock Top 1 6x8 Oil

El Morro National Monument is a fantastic location in which to paint.  I often paint the vista, but sometimes I get to paint more intimate scenes.  This is one of two pieces I painted recently which focus in on the tops of the rocks as seen from 200 feet below.  They have an enticing, abstract feeling.

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