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!  All small paintings are priced unframed and include shipping to the continental US unless otherwise noted.

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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Spring on the River 9×12 Oil

Spring on the River 9x12 Oil by Michael Chesley Johnson

Spring on the River 9x12 Oil

The Verde River is one of Arizona’s few remaining flowing rivers. Along with its tributaries, it offers lush corridors for many species of birds, fish and other wildlife.  I love to paint along its banks at the Tuzigoot River Access Point (TuziRAP) in Clarkdale.  Here’s the river in all its springtime glory.

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How I See It 9×12 Pastel

How I See It 9x12 Pastel by Michael Chesley Johnson

How I See It 9x12 Pastel

Oak Creek in Sedona, Arizona, winds all the way from Flagstaff to the north to the Verde River to the south.  On its way, it passes through Red Rock Crossing.  Beloved by photographers, painters, yoga enthusiasts and the lone hiker, this spot affords a classic, iconic view of Cathedral Rock as reflected in the clear waters.  It was a hot day when I painted this in the spring, and I think you get some idea of the heat in this painting.

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Lakeside Peace 9×12 Pastel

Lakeside Peace 9x12 Pastel by Michael Chesley Johnson

Lakeside Peace 9x12 Pastel

Ramah Lake in Ramah, New Mexico, offers many vistas for the painter — including this “layer cake” cliff featuring red-and-white walls.  This is a seldom-seen viewpoint, from a private location.

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About Availability

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

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