"River Dance" 9x12, oil - Zion National Park
Since I last wrote, fall has come and nearly gone in Sedona. Cottonwoods still hang onto their leaves, but just barely. The mulberry trees in our front yard have dropped half of theirs, and the other half will probably drop in the middle of the night with a "thump!" But Sedona is still a fantastic place to paint, even in winter. If you have a loved one who might like to join us for some red rock painting, we are now issuing gift certificates. They are $350 and cover tuition in full. If you'd like to learn more about Paint Sedona and order a gift certificate, please visit this link at my blog:
Over the Thanksgiving holidays, Trina and I went out to Carmel, California, for a visit. It really was a holiday for me, since I did no painting. I just wanted to hike, explore with a camera, and scope it out as a possible painting retreat location. I must have taken a thousand photos. I think it'll be a fantastic place to hold a retreat. We may do this next fall, so stay tuned. Please let me know if you are interested.
I have some good news to report. The Grand Canyon Association has invited me back to paint again next September in the "Celebration of Arts" Plein Air on the Rim event. The last one was rewarding for me in many ways, so I'm really looking forward to going back. I discovered lots of exciting places to paint, and it'll be fun to revisit them.
I still have some space left in my Scottsdale Artists School workshop in Tubac, Arizona. The workshop runs January 23-26 and costs $485. We'll be based at the Amado Territory Ranch Inn, and some of our painting spots will include the Tumacacori Mission, the Tubac Presidio and more. The workshop is for all levels, all media, and we'll be working en plein air. For details or to sign up, please click here.
In April, I'm teaching an all-media, all-level workshop through the Sedona Arts Center. If you want to take a workshop with me through Paint Sedona but don't feel that you are advanced enough for a mentoring-style workshop, this is for you! Dates are April 9-12, 2012, cost is $450. For details: 1-888-954-4442, www.sedonaartscenter.com . (Don't know about my Paint Sedona advanced/mentoring workshops and retreats? Visit www.paintsedona.com.)
Also, please don't forget my March 2013 New Zealand painting retreat! In this adventure, I'll be doing daily demonstrations and giving help at your easel. We'll be on the beautiful North Island on the Kowhai Coast. Price of the workshop, all inclusive except for airfare, will be about $2500. This is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to see and paint New Zealand with a real New Zealand painter as a guide. Our guide will be my friend Adele Earnshaw, a native New Zealander who is coordinating the trip. For details, visit http://paintnewzealand.blogspot.com/ and www.PleinAirNewZealand.com. Contact me to sign up at firstname.lastname@example.org or 575-267-2450.
If you've been keeping up with my blog, you've heard that I'm cleaning out my studio. I'll be posting demos and sketches there - work that won't appear in any of my galleries - for reasonable prices. The sale will continue probably until Christmas. To see what's available, please visit my studio store: http://johnsonstudiostore.blogspot.com/ You can get some really good deals on gifts for yourself, friends or family!
Another good gift is my 2012 calendar, available from my Lulu store. It features a dozen paintings from 2011. Here's a direct link to it.
As always, you are more than welcome to visit my home studio near Sedona in person. If you'd like to visit and see some good paintings, we are open by appointment, so please call or e-mail.
That's all for now. Have a great and blessed holiday season!
Michael & Trina