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.

Paso Por Aqui 8×16 Pastel

Paso Por Aqui 8x16 Pastel by Michael Chesley Johnson

Paso Por Aqui 8x16 Pastel

“Paso Por Aqui” is the inscription the Spanish explorer Don Oñate carved into Inscription Rock at El Morro National Monument in 1605.  Since then many other explorers, both Spanish and Anglo, passed by this rock and carved their names into it to let us know they “passed by here.”  Before Onate, Ancestral Puebloans–ancestors to today’s Zuni and Acoma indians–carved petroglyphs and made pictographs in that same rock.  If you, too, “pass by here,” stop by and take the trail and see the inscriptions.

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Outcrop 8×10 Oil

Outcrop 8x10 Oil by Michael Chesley Johnson

Outcrop 8x10 Oil

I enjoy doing studies of the rocks and boulders I find at my home in New Mexico.  This is a finished painting, but based on a pastel sketch I made from life.

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Where We Might Live 6×8 Pastel

Where We Might Live 6x8 Pastel by Michael Chesley Johnson

Where We Might Live 6x8 Pastel

We own a piece of land in Ramah with beautiful views of the “layer cake” red-and-white sandstone cliffs.  Here is the view.  It’s a very peaceful place to stand and paint.

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Virga Over the Valley 12×9 Pastel

Virga Over the Valley 12x9 Pastel by Michael Chesley Johnson

Virga Over the Valley 12x9 Pastel

This painting features an expanse of the Ramah Valley in New Mexico.  Snow squalls and rain squalls, dropping virga (rain that evaporates before it hits the ground), work their magic over the valley.

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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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