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Prescott Plein Air Art Festival is October 1-4, 2020

Prescott Plein Air Art Festival Celebrating Prescott’s Diverse Landscapes The Highlands Center for Natural History (HCNH) and the City of Prescott are pleased to present the Prescott Plein Air Art Festival, October 1 through October 4, 2020. Plein Air artists paint outdoors, capturing the spirit and essence of a landscape by incorporating natural light, color, and movement into their art. …

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Hiking Silver Star Mountain in Washington

It was late June, and friends invited us to hike with them up to Silver Star Mountain in Washington. They said the views would be great from the top! We were in for a treat. Well, the views didn’t pan out, but the views from the trail were fantastic. We started hiking later in the afternoon after a bumpy ride …

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Plein Air Painting in Washington

This summer, we found ourselves traveling to Washington once again. My wife grew up there and we make it most years to enjoy her hometown area of Longview, which is close to the Oregon border right on the Columbia River. This year, the weather was mild, probably because we arrived before summer begins in Washington. The joke is that summer …

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Updates on Upcoming Shows and Recent Works

During these unprecedented times, many events are being canceled. The much anticipated Phippen Art Museum Western Show and Sale at the downtown courthouse in Prescott was one of these events. Instead, there is an online show to view and purchase works! Follow this link for that online show: http://phippenartmuseum.org/phippen-western-art-show/. I have 4 paintings in that online gallery and also 2 …

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Paintings Available at the all new The Frame & I webstore

My Russell Johnson Studio Spring Cleaning Sale and Show is on display at The Frame & I, downtown Prescott, AZ. We decided to postpone the reception planned this coming Friday, March 27th, as a cautionary measure during this pandemic. On the positive side, my paintings can be viewed and purchased on The Frame & I’s website with free delivery in …

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Studio Spring Cleaning Art Sale & Show at The Frame & I

Mark your calendars! For the first time ever, I will be doing an art sale and show at The Frame & I called “Studio Spring Cleaning”! I will be featuring a selection of new pieces and marking others at 25 to 50 percent off. There is no better time to add to your art collection than during this show, March …

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Recent Oil & Acrylic Paintings

Last Fall was full of colorful trips and I am finally getting to painting the places I visited! I hiked West Fork when fall colors were at their prime, I hiked from Lockett Meadow to Inner Basin in a brilliant glow of golden aspens, and I hiked the Hermit Trail of the Grand Canyon. I think the photographs I took …

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Hiking the Hermit Trail to Hermit Rapids, The Grand Canyon

This trip was much anticipated! A friend asked me to lead a trip in The Grand Canyon and we selected the Hermit Trail to Hermit Rapids. We had six first-time Grand Canyon overnight hikers. My two brothers were the only other two that had backpacked the Grand Canyon before, in fact I brought them for their first hikes when they …

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Colorful Hike at West Fork of Oak Creek Canyon

They call this trail “Call of the Canyon,” you will know why when you go and feel the canyon walls close in as you explore further inside. West Fork is a side canyon of Oak Creek Canyon and has it’s own character, similar to Oak Creek with red rock and a rambling creek, yet different enough to captivate. In the …

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Hunting for Fall Colors at Aspen Creek – Prescott, AZ

This years mild weather prolonged the Fall color season, making me get out to hunt for color again and again. The typical October freezes didn’t happen until later in the month this year. Some years, we go out for hikes and the trees seem to forget to change color; the leaves brown from the freezes and fall off at once. …