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.

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.

Winter Colors 9×12 Oil

Winter Colors 9x12 Oil (Ramah Lake, NM) by Michael Chesley Johnson

Winter Colors 9x12 Oil (Ramah Lake, NM) by Michael Chesley Johnson

Painted on-location at Ramah Lake in New Mexico.  This scene features the candy-striped cliffs that are unique to the area.

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Snow Squall 6×8 Oil

Snow Squall 6x8 Oil (White House Ruins Overlook, Canyon de Chelly National Monument) by Michael Chesley Johnson

Snow Squall 6x8 Oil (White House Ruins Overlook, Canyon de Chelly National Monument)

Painted on-location at Canyon de Chelly, Arizona, at the White House Ruins Overlook.  Snow squalls were blowing through that afternoon, so I retreated to the inside of the RV so I could paint the view out the window.  Still spectacular! Canyon de Chelly National Monument is a real gem in the northeast corner of Arizona, and it’s beautiful anytime of year.

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In the Shadow 10×12 Oil

In the Shadow 10x12 Oil by Michael Chesley Johnson

In the Shadow 10x12 Oil

Snow is a welcome visitor to the high desert of northern New Mexico.  It melts slowly and refreshes the aquifer; it quenches the thirst of the ponderosa pines.  I like it because it adds a beautiful, colorful element to what in wintertime is a somewhat drab-colored landscape.  Thanks to the clear air at 7000 feet, the shadows cast upon it can be a stunning blue.

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High Desert Snow 6×12 Oil

High Desert Snow 6x12 Oil by Michael Chesley Johnson

High Desert Snow 6x12 Oil

“Inscription Rock” is one of my favorite places to take a hike.  The jewel of El Morro National Monument, this sandstone outcrop has been incised by many travelers, from the prehistoric Ancestral Puebloans to Spanish Conquistadors to the US Army as part this country’s unjust doctrine of Manifest Destiny.  A wonderful hike takes your past the inscriptions and also to the 13th century Atsinna pueblo on top.  Summertime, you have acres of wild sunflowers decorating the surrounding fields; wintertime, you have snow and ice on the north side in the shadows.

I painted this scene years ago, and now that I have returned to live nearby, I am painting it again.

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Lake Snow 10×12 Oil

Lake Snow 10x12 Oil by Michael Chesley Johnson

Lake Snow 10x12 Oil

I love painting snow– especially in a place where it gets warm enough after a storm for me as a painter to be comfortable!  In the Zuni Mountains of New Mexico, even in early January, it doesn’t take long for things to warm up once the clouds part.  This piece, however, was painted before that happened.  Flurries were still spinning down and dropping into my palette, making for some crusty manuevering.

This snow didn’t last long.  By the next day, much of this had melted.

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Mohave Point Sunset 6×9 Oil/Board

Mohave Point Sunset 6x9 Oil by Michael Chesley Johnson

Mohave Point Sunset 6x9 Oil

Mohave Point is one of my favorite locations to paint within Grand Canyon National Park.  As an invited artist for many years at the prestigious plein air painting event, the Celebration of Art, I’ve been able to get to many beautiful spots that are off the beaten track.  Although you can get to this viewpoint via shuttle bus, I have the advantage of going by private car with a permit, which makes it all the easier to take my painting gear. I feel very blessed to be able to do this.

This was painted just on the west side of Mohave Point, toward sundown.  It features the Colorado River, snaking off into the blue distance.

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Transformation: Ravens at Sunset 12×9 Oil/Cold Wax

Ravens at Sunset 12x9 Oil/Cold Wax by Michael Chesley Johnson

Ravens at Sunset 12x9 Oil/Cold Wax

Ravens at  Sunset is one of my new pieces in the Transformative Paintings series.  Ravens are said by the Zuni (Ashiwi) to be signs of transformation.  Here, they watch over the Temple of Isis in Grand Canyon as the sun sets.   Ever since I came west two decades ago, I’ve been fascinated by ravens.  I feel a mysterious kinship with them, although I don’t know why.  They are playful birds–soaring, dropping and tumbling in the wind–and full of many voices.  They croak, clack, make a curious “bottling” sound.  And they watch.  They accompany me on many of my hikes.

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Sunset Over Inscription Rock 6×12 Oil/Cold Wax

Sunset Over Inscription Rock 6x12 Oil/Cold Wax by Michael Chesley Johnson

Sunset Over Inscription Rock 6x12 Oil/Cold Wax

This is a “memory” painting from a drive past El Morro National Monument (aka Inscription Rock) one winter evening.  Cold wax medium was used in the making of the painting, which lends it a beautiful, atmospheric translucency.

As a rule, sunsets are difficult subjects to paint.  But this one was so stunning that, while Trina drove, I spent a great deal of time watching and observing it.  I committed to  memory the salient details.

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