What They're Saying...

Michael Chesley Johnson knows how to pack a lot into a small package – whether it’s his painting gear or a 5” x 7” landscape painting. Being a master of the essential is no mean feat. Michael Chesley Johnson’s latest book, Backpacker Painting, will reward the attentive reader with a wealth of outdoor painting know-how for a no-nonsense, no-frills approach to outdoor painting in every season, day and night. - Carl Judson, Judson's Art Outfitters

I took it to our plein air group meeting and it was received with happy sounds. It's already loaned to a member ... the group was impressed and pleased with it. And this is not an easy group to impress. - Kitty Wallis

In the tradition of Rick Steve’s “less is more” guides for the traveler, Michael Chesley Johnson’s Backpacker Painting offers painters excellent guidelines for carrying the lightest load possible without sacrificing any of the necessary tools for a successful plein air experience. As well, the instruction Michael offers on limited (and lightweight!) palettes that can meet the color mixing needs of the landscape is sure to benefit artists looking to reduce the quantity of materials and time required to prepare for a painting trip. - Briana Ragone-Ball, Gamblin Artists Colors

Wednesday, July 22, 2009

Video Downloads Now Available - Backpacker Painting

I'm proud to announce that both of my two companion videos  to my book are  now available as downloads through The Artist's Network.  Backpacker Painting: Oil on Location and Pastel on Location take you to the red hills of Sedona, Arizona, where I show you how I paint the landscape en plein air using the these two wonderful media. You'll see how I simplify the landscape and along the way, I'll explain my approach to handling value, design and color.

If you get the downloads, you'll also want the book! The book contains lots of information that simply doesn't fit into an hour-long video. The book is available for $45+$5 shipping and can be ordered from the website.

See a one-minute preview on YouTube here: