Thursday, August 2, 2012

'Zion Spring' to Travel to Japan

Check out my regular blog to see details about this new painting going to JAPAN!

UPDATE: This painting was sold while at the exhibit in Japan.

Friday, July 20, 2012

Artwork from Zion Trip and a Lovely Birthday Present

My very close friend Barbara gave me a lovely gift for my birthday this week and reminded me that I never took good photos of the artwork I created on the Zion retreat trip.

First I will show you a few shots of the wonderful remembrance book she made for me of that trip, for my birthday. It is truly a work of art. Every detail was planned to reflect me or the trip. She stole pics from my blog postings to use within this booklet. The photos I took of the landscapes were good resolution, but she had to use the only shot I took of my artwork – which included all of them in one shot - so she had to crop each of the paintings to include it in the booklet.

This shows the neat dust cover she created with the map of the area of Zion National Park:

The booklet itself, is all handmade, with a tiny medallion of my initial, and a lovely texture to the paper which looks like tooled leather:

On the inside of the cover:

I can’t photograph all the many pages, but they all included my photographs:

Here is one of my favorite shots of me and my new friend Liz. Liz’s husband Mason took this great shot of the two of use as we were painting along the river together:

Look at the attention to detail – it is amazing! She thought of everything! It is spectacular!

So this spurred me to get all the artwork photographed right away. (I have never named this paintings)

Tuesday, July 10, 2012

MCJ Original

I finally got around to framing the Michael Chesley Johnson oil painting I purchased from Michael in April. I watched Michael paint this view from the patio of the vacation home we rented for the retreat. This is 7"x10", Gamblin FastMatte oil paint on Arches Oil paper. I really like this painting and it brings back so many wonderful memories of that fantastic retreat!

Thursday, April 26, 2012


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Wednesday, April 25, 2012

Art Created on Trip

I arrived home on Monday evening. I've taken a couple days off work to rest up before going back to work tomorrow. Here is a shot of all the art I created in Zion NP. Several of the pieces are really not finished, but I will leave them as is.

Tuesday, April 24, 2012

Repeat of the Zion retreat in 2014

If you would like to experience what I did in Zion National Park, Michael Chesley Johnson is planning another retreat in 2014!

Monday, April 23, 2012

Video at Zion National Park - Court of the Patriarchs

Forgot to post this one! The upper meadow at the Court of the Patriarchs. Six plein air painters enjoying the quiet, peaceful sounds of nature while painting.

Saturday, April 21, 2012

Saturday - last painting day...

We headed early to the Court of the Patriarchs to catch the morning light, instead of doing our critique.
I painted until about 10:30, then hopped back on the shuttle to ride down to spend the afternoon at the Lodge, and then took a hike to see the Emerald Pools.

Everyone got together back at the house late afternoon for our critique before going to dinner one last time as a group.