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Painter Michael Chesley Johnson explores the world of plein air painting, offering tips, suggestions, research - plus some great paintings!
Master Class: Contrast Pairs
2016-10-26 19:53
An Inviting Spot10x9 pastel by Michael Chesley JohnsonWhat contrast pairs are at work here?In my last Master Class post, I discussed three contrast pairs that are most useful for the plein a… Read More
Master Class: Dominance
2016-10-13 19:45
Nestled in Dawn's Early Light9x12 pastel by Michael Chesley JohnsonWhat color qualities are dominant in this scene?I've decided to start a new series of blog posts, one that will address top… Read More
A Short Introduction To Pastel
2016-10-10 13:12
A couple of years ago, I gave a short, introductory talk on pastel.  I was fortunate enough to have a professional tape it.  If you're new to pastel, you might find this informativ… Read More
Fixing Light And Shadow With Greys
2016-10-05 13:02
One of the biggest problems I've seen with plein air painting students in my workshops (other than lack of drawing skills, as I mentioned in an earlier post) is learning how to see value bef… Read More
How To Set Up A French Easel
2016-10-01 22:42
Fall is a great time for taking a plein air workshop.  If you're new to the experience and happen to have a French easel, there's no need to sign up for that gymnastics class to learn h… Read More
The Importance Of Drawing
2016-09-27 12:54
Good drawing skills will help you with your painting -- even landscape painting.  If you're a plein air painter, you  might find this video helpful.More plein air videos at my onli… Read More

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