• Paintings from This Week's Plein Air Painting Workshop

    30 days ago - By Michael Chesley Johnson

    Field trip to Campobello Island
    We just wrapped up another fine week in Downeast Maine with a plein air painting workshop. The weather was near-perfect, except for one day of badly-needed rain. (We have had very, very little rain all summer, but thankfully, no wildfires.) The rain day gave us the opportunity to adjust paintings made earlier in the week, so the rain was welcome in many ways.
    Students hailed from Minnesota, Wisconsin, Massachusetts, Quebec and Nova Scotia. We had such a great time, I'm sure our paths will cross again.
    A Summer's Idyll by Michael Chesley Johnson 9x12 pastel...
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  • Painting Retreat, Lubec, Maine: Update

    Painting Retreat, Lubec, Maine: Update

    30 days ago - By Michael Chesley Johnson

    One of my paintings from yesterday, in-process
    This week, I've joined 11 other plein air painters on a painting retreat in Lubec, Maine. We're based at West Quoddy Station , a beautifully restored and updated US Coast Guard lifesaving station. The facility has a variety of buildings that give many lodging options, not to mention a fantastic view. Plus, we're only five minutes from Quoddy State Park , which has unbeatable scenery for painters, and also close to other locations such as the Roosevelt-Campobello International Park. (If you follow my blog, you already are well aware of my love...
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  • Painting Retreat: Lubec, Maine - Wrap-up

    Painting Retreat: Lubec, Maine - Wrap-up

    30 days ago - By Michael Chesley Johnson

    My work-in-progress on-location at Quoddy Head State Park
    We just finished up a great week at this year's Lubec, Maine, plein air painting retreat. Based at West Quoddy Station , a beautifully-restored and -renovated US Coast Guard life-saving station, the retreat visited painting locations on both sides of the border. We painted for two days at Quoddy Head State Park , where we had one day of gorgeous sun and another of soft fog. The Roosevelt-Campobello International Park saw us for two days where we had sun and - you guessed it - more fog. (I love fog. It simplifies shapes, softens...
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