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.

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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Barre Street 12×9 Pastel

Barre Street 12x9 Pastel by Michael Chesley Johnson.

Barre Street 12x9 Pastel by Michael Chesley Johnson. Painted as a workshop demonstration at T.W. Wood Gallery in Montpelier, Vermont. Vermont Pastel Society members and others attending.

Barre Street was painted as a plein air painting demonstration for a workshop at the T.W. Wood Gallery in Montpelier, Vermont.  Montpelier is a beautiful, historic town, and it features many old buildings that are a painter’s dream.  I can’t wait to go back to paint more of these structures.

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Peggy’s Cove Afternoon, 9×12 Oil

Peggy's Cove Afternoon, 9x12 Oil by Michael Chesley Johnson

Peggy’s Cove Afternoon, 9x12 Oil by Michael Chesley Johnson

I recently spent a week in Nova Scotia, painting in and around famous Peggy’s Cove.  This is one of the paintings from that trip.  If you’d like to read my blog posts on that trip, you can read them here.  There are two posts, so make sure you follow the links to read them both!

This painting is available through my Nova Scotia gallery:
Crouchers Point Gallery
5 Crouchers Pt. Road
Glen Haven NS B3Z 2V6
902-821-2300
cpgallery1@gmail.com
www.crouchersptgallery.com

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Peggy’s Cove Morning, 9×12 Oil

Peggy's Cove Morning, 9x12 Oil by Michael Chesley Johnson.

Peggy’s Cove Morning, 9x12 Oil by Michael Chesley Johnson.

I recently spent a week in Nova Scotia, painting in and around famous Peggy’s Cove.  This is one of the paintings from that trip.  If you’d like to read my blog posts on that trip, you can read them here.  There are two posts, so make sure you follow the links to read them both!

This painting is available through my Nova Scotia gallery:
Crouchers Point Gallery
5 Crouchers Pt. Road
Glen Haven NS B3Z 2V6
902-821-2300
cpgallery1@gmail.com
www.crouchersptgallery.com

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Blue Boat 9×12 Pastel

Blue Boat 9x12 Pastel by Michael Chesley Johnson. Featured in upcoming Pastel Journal article on color palettes for the pastel painter.

Blue Boat 9x12 Pastel by Michael Chesley Johnson. Featured in upcoming Pastel Journal article on color palettes for the pastel painter.

I’ve had the pleasure to be a writer for Pastel Journal almost since its inception, over 15 years ago.  One of the enjoyable aspects is creating demonstrations to illustrate my technical articles.  The articles usually push me in a new direction, and the illustrations are a result of that.  For an upcoming article on color palettes for the pastel painter, I experimented with a “warm/cool” palette of only six colors, plus black and white.  “Blue Boat” is the happy result of that experiment.

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Islands 6×8 Oil

Islands 6x8 Oil by Michael Chesley Johnson. Landscapes, maritime paintings, plein air painting workshops in the US and abroad Michael Chesley Johnson

Islands 6x8 Oil by Michael Chesley Johnson. Landscapes, maritime paintings, plein air painting workshops in the US and abroad Michael Chesley Johnson

One of my favorite spots is Cranberry Point in the Roosevelt-Campobello International Park on Campobello Island, New Brunswick, Canada.  The Duck Islands run out in a train from the point, creating a beautiful, linear design that is beautiful at any tide.

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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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Tide’s Out 5×9 Pastel

Tide's Out 5x9 Pastel by Michael Chesley Johnson

Tide’s Out 5x9 Pastel by Michael Chesley Johnson

This little view of Con Robinson’s Point in the Roosevelt-Campobello International Park on Campobello Island, New Brunswick, Canada, is one of my favorites. When the tide’s out, this little hill stands all by itself with its clump of spruces and firs.  Every year, a tree or two gets taken out by a winter storm.  I expect some year to see this little hill bald before long.

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