Michael Chesley Johnson Studio

March Letter from Michael Chesley Johnson

Sunset Glow oil painting Michael Chesley Johnson

"Sunset Glow" - 12x16, oil

This winter I painted several Grand Canyon paintings, all with the painting knife. For those of you following my blog, I showed some of these pieces and wrote about the process. "Sunset Glow" is one of my very favorites. The price is $1000, which includes frame and shipping. (I can also sell it without the frame for $900.)  If you're interested, please let me know.


Sedona, Arizona

Time is passing very quickly this winter. It's hard to believe that I have only a few workshops left, and it won't be long before we head east. But we'll leave with many good memories. Great students and great weather made for great workshops. And the weather really was phenomenal. It made it hard for me to stay in the studio to work on my Grand Canyon paintings!

From now until we leave, I'll be very busy with an all-media workshop at the Sedona Arts Center (April 9-12, and yes, we still have openings), followed by Plein Air Magazine's Plein Air Convention & Expo in Las Vegas (April 12-15), and then a painting retreat we're running at Zion National Park . After that, I'll have a short respite to pack before starting the 3500-mile drive with stops in Illinois, Indiana, Ohio and the Adirondack Mountains of New York for workshops.

For a full list of upcoming workshops and events, please scroll down to the bottom or see my website. I should mention that I am now taking deposits for my Campobello Island plein air workshops. The available weeks are starting to fill, so if you're thinking about joining us, don't wait!  Visit for details.

Now for some news. I had two paintings juried into the Sedona Arts Center's Annual Members' Show, which will run through March 27th. I also just received word that two paintings have been juried into the Arizona Plein Air Painters Annual Show. This show will run at the Sedona Arts Center from March 31-April 10. APAP has scheduled two receptions. The first is Saturday, March 31 from 4-8; the second is Friday, April 6, from 4-8. I hope to see you at one reception - or at both! (Sedona Arts Center, 15 Art Barn Road, Sedona, AZ.)

Finally, please don't forget my March 2013 New Zealand painting retreat! In this adventure, I'll be doing daily demonstrations and giving help at your easel. We'll be on the beautiful North Island on the Kowhai Coast. Price of the workshop, all inclusive except for airfare, will be about $2500. This is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to see and paint New Zealand with a real New Zealand painter as a guide. Our guide will be my friend Adele Earnshaw, a native New Zealander who is coordinating the trip. For details, visit and Contact me to sign up at or 575-267-2450.

That's all for now. Have a great spring!

Michael & Trina

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April 9-12, 2012: ARIZONA, Sedona. 4 full days. All levels. All media. Price: $450 Contact: Sedona Art Center 1-888-954-4442

May 4-5, 2012: ILLINOIS, Batavia. Price: $200. Contact: Kari Kraus, Water Street Studios, 630-761-9977,,

May 7-9, 2012: INDIANA, Valparaiso. Price: $275 (incl. lunch) Contact:, 219-462-9009,

May 11-12, 2012: OHIO, Lima. Workshop full. Price: $150 Contact: Ruth Ann Sturgill, 419-331-4999,

May 15-17, 2012: NEW YORK, Old Forge. Oil Only. Price: $350/$325 members. Contact: Arts Center/Old Forge, (315) 369-6411, ,

July - September, 2012: CAMPOBELLO ISLAND, New Brunswick, Canada - All media. Four-day, half-day plein air workshops for all levels. Paint half the day, explore the island the rest! $300. Contact: Michael Chesley Johnson, 575-267-2450, See website for full list of weeks available -

August 7-10, 2012: NEW BRUNSWICK, St Andrews. All media. Four-day. Price: TBA. Contact: Sunbury Shores Arts & Nature Centre,,, 506-529-3386

October 1-5, 2012: MAINE, Acadia National Park. All media. Price: $550. Contact: Gail Ribas, Acadia Workshop Center, 207-460-4119,

October 7-8, 2012: VERMONT, Middlebury. All media. Price: $160. Contact: Barb Nelson, Middlebury Studio School, 802-247-3702,

October 10-13, 2012: PENNSYLVANIA, Millheim. All media. Price: $400 Contact: Green Drake Gallery, 814-349-2486.

October 17-18, 2012: GEORGIA, Blue Ridge. All media. Price: $160. Contact: Blue Ridge Mountain Arts Association, 706-632-2144,

October 2012-April 2013: ARIZONA, Sedona. All media. This will be Michael's fifth winter teaching advanced plein air workshops and painting retreats in Sedona. For full details, see

2013 - March 6-12: NEW ZEALAND!
Visit for details.