Saturday, February 25, 2017

New Online Course for Plein Air Painting Coming Soon - Plus Coupons!


Not everyone can fly out to Arizona or Maine to take a plein air painting workshop with me. For those who are unable to travel because of cost or obligations, I've created a series of books and videos.  I've also created three online courses: 
  • Plein Air Essentials:  Learn the Basics of Plein Air Painting
  • Plein Air Essentials:  Oil Supplement
  • Plein Air Essentials:  Pastel Supplement

Right now, I'm in the middle of creating another online course, the nature of which I will reveal in the next few weeks.  You can see a still from one of the accompanying videos above.  The observant reader will note that it's a picture of my studio--for a plein air painting course!  What's that all about? you may ask.   You'll find out soon enough.

In the meantime, I am offering a discount for my current online courses.  Until March 1st, the first 20 people who sign up get 15% off.  Below are the coupon codes and links.  Click on the link to get to the course and sign up.  With the discount, they are only $17.  That's about the cost of a lunch at a decent, reasonably-priced restaurant.  If you're new to plein air painting, I think you'll find these helpful.  Plein air painting season is upon us!

Plein Air Essentials:  Learn the Basics of Plein Air Painting - code GETITNOW

Plein Air Essentials:  Oil Supplement - code GETITNOWOIL

Plein Air Essentials:  Pastel Supplement - code GETITNOWPASTEL



Wednesday, February 15, 2017

Some New Small Plein Air Paintings - Plus a Coupon!

"Beaver Creek Ledge" 9x12 oil
When the sun hits the water, it creates a beautiful, luminescent olive glow.

I wanted to share with you some of my latest small plein air paintings.  These were done over the last few weeks either as workshop demonstrations or while painting with my local group.   Either way, each of them was a joy to paint.  I'll be posting more on my new website over time.  You can see (and buy!) these and others on my "Small Paintings" page:  http://www.mchesleyjohnson.com/small-paintings/

"Coffee Pot Ridge, Overcast" 9x12 oil
We do get our share of dull days in Sedona.  On this day, rather than "push" the color,
 I strove to be as accurate in my color notes as possible.

By the way, I am starting a new project.  As many of you know, in addition to my books and videos, I offer online courses through Udemy.  I hope to have a new course completed by this summer.  But in the meantime, I'm offering a discount on my "Plein Air Essentials" course.  Be one of the first 20 students to sign up for my course, Plein Air Essentials: Learn the Basics of Plein Air Painting, before March 1st and get 15% off! Coupon code GETITNOW  Details and sign up here: https://www.udemy.com/plein-air-painting-essentials/?couponCode=GETITNOW

"Oak Creek Rush" 9x12 oil
This was a little piece I did along the creek while the waters were rushing full-tilt with snowmelt.

This was painted at one of my favorite spots that requires a climb up to a ridge to get the view.
I like the morning light on the cliffs.

"Seven Warriors" 9x12 oil
This is only right half of the "Seven Warriors" formation.  I went out painting with my
friend. ML Coleman, and he  painted the left half.  

Saturday, February 11, 2017

Paintings for Acadia Inviational III at Argosy Gallery, Bar Harbor, Maine


As I mentioned in my last newsletter, I took some time off from teaching workshops this winter to work on a few special projects.  One of these projects was painting for the upcoming Acadia Invitational III exhibit.  It's a little strange, painting maritime scenes while in Arizona, but with a little music* and the right reference material, I found it easy to transport myself to Mount Desert Island and Acadia National Park.  I had a wonderful time re-visiting Maine this season, in a virtual sort of way.  Besides my plein air sketches and photos, I possess a vast internal library of memories of the hikes I've taken there over the decades.  You can't paint these scenes in the studio without them.

Before I go further, I should explain what Acadia Invitational III is.  Every few years, Argosy Gallery in Bar Harbor, Maine, invites 30 artists to be in this show.  The show runs for over a year, giving the public plenty of time to view and buy some really fine paintings of MDI and the Park.  It's rare to see this quality of work, and so much of it, in one place.  This year marks the third event, and it will run from July 29th, 2017, through October 2018. (Yes, you read that right – 2018.) Other artists invited include T.M. Nicholas, Kathleen Dunphy, John Cogan and joe Anna Arnett. I am delighted to be invited to display my work at this prestigious gallery and in such good company.

Each artist is allowed three paintings in the show; one large painting, and two smaller ones.  For my biggest piece, I chose a well-known but still beautiful view of Otter Point.  I particularly enjoyed painting the foreground rocks and ledges.  For my next piece, I decided the feature the schooner Margaret Todd, the only four-masted schooner still sailing the east coast.  (I've actually sailed on that ship – what an experience!)  For my smallest piece, I featured a quiet, little-visited part of the island.  I won't tell you where it is, but if you enroll in one of my workshops on Mount Desert Island, I may take you there.

I wanted to share these three paintings with you and to give you an idea of the relative sizes of each.  The image at the top of this post will give you that.  Below, I show you the images that you can then click on for a bigger view.

Acadian Summer 12x24 Oil

The Schooner Margaret Todd 12x16 Oil

On the Edge 9x12 Oil


* I have eclectic musical tastes.  Soundtrack this winter by Sigur Rós.

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