Fine Art Landscapes and Plein Air Paintings by Michael Chesley Johnson
Schooner Cove 12x18 pastel by Michael Chesley Johnson

“Cottonwood Days” 12×16 Oil

About Michael

Michael paints the American Southwest, coastal Maine and the Canadian Maritimes in oil, pastel and gouache. Challenging outdoor events such as the Grand Canyon “Celebration of Art” have invited him to participate again and again.  An author of art instruction books and videos, he writes frequently for The Artist’s MagazinePastel JournalPleinAir Magazine. and Watercolor Artist. He teaches plein air painting workshops across the US. His latest book is Beautiful Landscape Painting Outdoors: Mastering Plein Air, which is available at He will be an Invited Artist and on the faculty of the 2023 Plein Air Convention & Expo in Denver.

Workshops & Retreats

All-Level Plein Air Painting Workshops

May 6-9, 2023:
July 31-August 3, 2023: MAINE, Lubec

Painting Retreats for Experienced Painters

November 7-10, 2022: ARIZONA, Sedona
August 7-11, 2023: MAINE, Lubec
October, 2023: COLORADO,
Pagosa Springs Area

Painting Intensive for Experienced Painters

Fall 2023

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