Small Paintings

From time to time, I will make available small paintings for sale.  These may be small, studio pieces or plein air sketches.  Bookmark this page or follow through a blog reader such as Feedly to stay up-to-date!

About Availability

Because Michael splits his year between two locations, most Southwestern paintings are in New Mexico and most Maritime paintings in Canada.  At the time of order, a particular painting may be delayed in shipping.  We will contact you if this is the case.

Orchard in the Mountains 9×12 Pastel

Orchard in the Mountains 9x12 Pastel by Michael Chesley Johnson

Orchard in the Mountains 9x12 Pastel

Although no longer live in Arizona, I still go back to teach plein air painting workshops there.  (Visit www.PaintTheSouthwest.com for a schedule.)  This is a demonstration I did at Slide Rock State Park in the fall, when the apple trees were showing their golden autumn finery.  It was an overcast day, but that just made the color all the richer.

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Lake in the Desert 9×12 Pastel

Lake in the Desert 9x12 Pastel by Michael Chesley Johnson

Lake in the Desert 9x12 Pastel

As part of a workshop I gave to the Tucson Pastel Society, I joined everyone for a plein air outing at a local park.  Tucson, I remind you, is in the desert.  But they had a nice lake, surrounded with cottonwoods, willows and cattails.  We were able to catch the morning sun.

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Bend 9×13 Oil

Bend 9x13 Pastel by Michael Chesley Johnson

Bend 9x13 Pastel

This painting surprised me–it really did.  Created as a demonstration for the Tucson Pastel Society to illustrate my “best guess” method, I wasn’t sure where it was going, or even if it would work out.  This feeling of “uh oh” is one of the worst things to happen when you are demonstrating!  All that said, I was quite pleased when I got it home.  It’s a very abstract, expressive piece for me, and I love it.

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That Time of Year 12×9 Oil

Fall can be beautiful in the Southwest.  The magical change in color changes first at the higher elevations, then descends into the canyons and waterways, and finally makes its way down to the flatlands.  This painting features Slide Rock State Park in Sedona, Arizona, in late October, when the color had made its way into Oak Creek Canyon.  One of my favorite spots!  In my fall plein air painting workshops, I’ll share places like this with students.

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High Desert, Secret Shadows 8×12 Oil

High Desert, Secret Shadows 8x12 Oil Landscape Painting by Michael Chesley Johnson

Secret Shadows 8x12 Oil by Michael Chesley Johnson

The Land of Enchantment (New Mexico) is filled with much beauty, a tremendous amount of it tucked away where the busy traveler, speeding to his next destination, won’t see it.  This is one such place in the Zuni Mountains in the western part of the state.  A scant hour off of Interstate 40, this is Mormon Country, with ranches and agriculture.  I love this area for its quiet calm and beauty.  We’ll paint places like this in my Paint the Southwest workshops.

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Secret Cliffs 6×8 Oil

Secret Cliffs 6x8 Oil by Michael Chesley Johnson

Recently, I returned to live in a part of the world where I feel a deep spiritual kinship–New Mexico.  I came here originally before I turned to painting professionally, but now that I’m back, I am discovering places I hadn’t dreamed of finding.  Near the Zuni Pueblo and on the shoulders of the Zuni Mountains at 7000 feet, my studio and home occupy a point in the universe where the air is clear; the sky. blue; and the sun, intense unlike anywhere else.  For me, it’s coming home, and I’m looking forward to painting more of this landscape.

The location of “Secret Cliffs” is a short, perhaps 15-minute, walk from my home, if I scramble down a cliff and through scrub oak and pinyon.  It’s better to drive there, and then it’s only 5 minutes.  The lake depicted had been dry for awhile but filled up over the last two winters from snowmelt.  When I went out to paint this, the sun was going down and the waterfowl were tuning up for an evening of birdsong.  The place is gorgeous this time of year, autumn, and there’s a peace that lays over the land.

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Up in Colorado 9×12 Oil

Up in Colorado 9x12 Oil by Michael Chesley Johnson

Up in Colorado 9x12 Oil

Few places in the world are more beautiful than Colorado in the fall. The mountains, quilted with pink, blue and gold, buoy up the heart. Hike up into some mountain meadow, and the splendor of aspens will wipe away the cares of the world.  I painted this piece just up the hill from Durango, somewhere in the San Juan Mountains.  You can read about my blog post on the workshop in which I painted it, here.

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