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Date/Time: Saturday, March 13 2021, 10:00AM-4:00PM, MST

Artist’s name: Michael Chesley Johnson

Michael paints primarily outdoors in oil, pastel or gouache, choosing locations from the American Southwest, Downeast Maine and the Canadian Maritimes.  He has been invited repeatedly to national plein air events such as the Grand Canyon National Park Celebration of Art.  In May 2021, he will be on the distinguished faculty of the annual Plein Air Convention & Expo in Denver.

Michael was awarded Master Pastellist status by Pastel Artists Canada in 2008, and he is a Signature Member of the American Impressionist Society and the Pastel Society of America.  His paintings have appeared in many magazines and are in both corporate and private collections.  He was featured in The Artist’s Magazine in September 2013.

Michael is a nationally-known teacher, giving workshops across the U.S.

A frequent writer for The Artist’s Magazine, Pastel Journal, Watercolor Artist and PleinAir Magazine, he is the author of several books, including Outdoor Study to Studio: Take Your Plein Air Paintings to the Next Level and Backpacker Painting: Outdoors with Oil & Pastel.  He is currently at work on a new book featuring some of the top names in the plein air painting arena.

Michael maintains a summer studio on Campobello Island, New Brunswick, Canada, and a winter studio in northern New Mexico.  For more visit www.MChesleyJohnson.com.

Title of presentation: Plein Air Painting

Description of presentation:

Join me as I show you how I paint the landscape en plein air.  We’ll start with basic principles, and then I’ll demonstrate my method for “capturing the moment” quickly and efficiently but without sacrificing mood and magic.  By focusing on just value and color temperature in an initial “best guess,” you’ll discover you’ll have plenty of time left for making adjustments at a more leisurely pace.  (My field demonstration will be pre-recorded, but I will doing a live narration as I play the video.)

After the demonstration, I’ll give you some guidance on what to look for when you go out to paint on your own.  Then, we’ll meet back for a critique session where I’ll identify problems and offer suggestions for correcting them.  These principles apply for all art mediums.

The Schedule

Talk & Demo, 10-12         Student Painting, 11:30-3          Critique Session, 3-4

Mediums: oil paint  and pastel

Artist’s Website: www.mchesleyjohnson.com


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