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.

Across the Channel 9×12 Oil

Across the Channel 9x12 Oil by Michael Chesley Johnson

Across the Channel 9x12 Oil by Michael Chesley Johnson

Quoddy Head State Park in Lubec, Maine, offers many moments for the painter.  Here, I stopped shy of the upwards hike to the bolder, higher cliffs to paint this scene.  In the hazy distance, you can see Grand Manan Island across the cold and deep Grand Manan Channel.

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These Bold Cliffs 9×12 Oil

These Bold Cliffs 9x12 Oil by Michael Chesley Johnson

These Bold Cliffs 9x12 Oil by Michael Chesley Johnson

Quoddy Head State Park in Lubec, Maine, has some fantastic hikes along its bold cliffs.  I like to hike in with my painting gear and paint views of this high, distant cliff.

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Spruce in Fog 12×9 Oil

Spruce in Fog 12x9 Oil by Michael Chesley Johnson

Spruce in Fog 12x9 Oil by Michael Chesley Johnson

Campobello Island is no stranger to fog.  When the great fog machine of the Grand Manan Channel is operating at full-tilt, much of the western and southern edges of the island are swimming in it.  I do like to get out and paint it, though, since it is so typical of the Canadian  Maritimes and Downeast Maine.  This time I went out to one of my favorite spots, Cranberry Point.  There was nothing to see to paint but this spruce -but I loved it and had a great time painting it.

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McCurdy’s, Low Tide 9×12 Oil

McCurdy's, Low Tide 9x12 Oil by Michael Chesley Johnson

McCurdy’s, Low Tide 9x12 Oil by Michael Chesley Johnson

Lubec, Maine, was once home to many sardine canneries.  But now the herring industry has fallen on hard times and, with it, many of the old smokehouses that employed scores of villagers.  A local group, Lubec Landmarks, has managed to salvage a small collection of these historic buildings to preserve them.  One of them has become a museum.  I like to paint these buildings often, especially at low tide, as seen here.

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Fox Farm 9×12 Oil

Fox Farm 9x12 Oil by Michael Chesley Johnson

Fox Farm 9x12 Oil by Michael Chesley Johnson

The Roosevelt-Campobello International Park on Campobello Island, New Brunswick, is home not just to the historic Roosevelt Cottage but also many fine views.  On a foggy day, I went to Fox Farm to paint the view.  Lubec, off in the distance, was just starting to be revealed by the thinning fog; in the foreground, the Fox Farm meadow shines in the beautiful colors of late summer.

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On Foggy Street 9×12 Oil

On Foggy Street 9x12 Oil by Michael Chesley Johnson

On Foggy Street 9x12 Oil by Michael Chesley Johnson

The Grand Manan Channel, just east of Lubec, Maine, is like a big fog machine.  Cold, deep water chills the wind from the south and east, often driving a fog across the village.  I like to paint the fog, especially when the scene can include an old house and an island.  Here you see Pope’s Folly in the foggy distance, as seen from the town’s bandstand.  The bandstand makes good cover from the mist!

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Breakwater & Lighthouse 9×12 Oil

Breakwater & Lighthouse 9x12 Oil by Michael Chesley Johnson

Breakwater & Lighthouse 9x12 Oil by Michael Chesley Johnson

Lubec, Maine, is right on the border and a stone’s toss from the Canadian island of Campobello  From the Lubec town breakwater, you can see the Mulholland Lighthouse – long a beacon to fishermen and sailors.  With the morning fog just starting to lift and with the sun starting to glow through the haze, it’s a beautiful view.  As I was painting this, harbor seals began to feed and watch me from the channel.

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Mystery Point 12×9 Oil

Mystery Point 12x9 Oil by Michael Chesley Johnson

I’ve painted this view of Quoddy Head in Downeast Maine many times, but never quite with this rock-and-roll surf.  Facing the open Gulf of Maine, this point of land is subject to tempestuous seas, especially after a storm.

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Sultry Bay 4×12 Oil

Sultry Bay 4x12 Oil by Michael Chesley Johnson

This is another in a series of long, skinny paintings.  (They’re perfect for the maritime landscape.)  This depicts one of my favorite low tide spots:  Lower Duck Pond on Campobello Island, New Brunswick.

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Moody Bay 4×12 Oil

Moody Bay 4x12 Oil by Michael Chesley Johnson

Moody Bay 4x12 Oil by Michael Chesley Johnson

Sometimes, I like to paint long, skinny landscapes.  The bays around Downeast Maine and the Maritime region are perfect for this format.  Here is one of my favorite rainy-day spots that offers shelter for the plein air painter:  Herring Cove on Campobello Island, New Brunswick.

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