One of the country's top plein air painters, Michael works in oil and pastel in the American Southwest, coastal Maine and the Canadian Maritimes. He has been an invited artist to many national plein air painting events over the years and has competed in challenging locations such as the Grand Canyon.
Elected a Master Pastellist by Pastel Artists Canada in 2008, he is a Signature Member of the American Impressionist Society and the Pastel Society of America as well as a juried member of Oil Painters of America. He is the author of Backpacker Painting: Outdoors with Oil & Pastel and Through a Painter's Brush: The American Southwest. A long-time contributor to The Pastel Journal and Contributing Editor for The Artist's Magazine, he lives, paints and teaches on Campobello Island, New Brunswick, and in Sedona, Arizona. Michael also specializes in teaching small-size plein air workshops in oil and pastel for the intermediate and advanced level painter and for painters desiring mentoring.
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Or just looking to take your plein air painting to the next level? Whether you paint in oil, pastel, acrylic, watercolor or some other medium, you'll find help in these videos, authored by artist Michael Chesley Johnson.You'll also find plein air painting workshops and plein air painting instruction.
Michael teaches two programs. PaintCampobello.com is on Campobello Island, in the Canadian Maritimes, just across the border from Lubec in Downeast Maine.PaintSedona.com is in Sedona, Arizona. Both are great places for a plein air painting experience. Michael specializes in small-size workshops, typically no more than 4 students at a time. He also teaches elsewhere in the US and Canada. For full details, visit the workshop page at www.MichaelChesleyJohnson.com.
Introduction video to the Plein Air Essentials course.
You'll want to read this brief manual before watching the video lectures. In it, I give you leads on where to get equipment and to find information; what supplies and materials I use; and my basic process for painting in oil or pastel.
(5 minutes) In this video, I cover the different types of equipment and easels you might use. I even show you how to set up a French easel!
(6 1/2 minutes) In this video, I show you the best way to pick a subject suitable for a plein air painting.
(7 minutes) In this video, I show you my approach for making compositional studies quickly and painlessly in the field.
(3 minutes) In this video, I show you how to analyze value in the landscape and how to simplify your scene.
(6 1/2 minutes) In this video, I demonstrate how to create the illusion of distance in a painting through use of atmospheric perspective.
Just a good all around Basic approach to Plein Air painting.
Excellent introduction to a beginning outdoor painter, especially the concept of small sketches with relative values to transfer to the canvas. Also, start with thin washes of paint to begin blocking in. Looking forward to painting in Sedona. Thank you, Dan W. Papp Nyssa, Oregon
Simple and to the point with a great lecture on picking a subject.
Section 3 was the most helpful to me. I have problems with picking subjects and compositions.
this course was good for me because i have never painted in oil , or en plein air,and would like to try