2020 Gallery

I’ve got twenty-twenty vision in twenty-twenty. Or I hope I do at least!

YAHTZE (C) Nicholas C. Johnson 1/28/2020

I sat through an extremely boring meeting one day. While I was doodling on the meeting notes I happen to draw two dice next to each other. I thought the dice looked pretty neat so I preceded to draw dice all day on a fairly small piece of art paper. This was the result.

HAPPY THOUGHTS is a thoughtful combination of cheap markers, old spray-paint, coloring-ink, a black pen and liquid clear. The liquid clear really spread out the colors of this picture well, and gave the image a distorted look. The bright yellow spray paint came out of the canister in little dots, and I could not resist turning them into smiley faces.

This is a pretty standard markers on paper, but I needed a technical difficulties sign for a youtube cooking show I was working on. Anyways here is the result.

Another great abstract right here at the start of 2020. I’m calling this painting SEND IT 1/3. This painting combines many different elements. The base of the painting is colored markers, on top of that layer is illustrators ink, then there is a layer of metallic gold spray paint, and white acrylic paint. This may be one of my favorite abstracts I have completed in several years.

PAYNSPRAY 1/4 Is a painting completely comprised of four different colored spray paints. These paints were all layered on the canvas at the same time, which created quite an interesting mix if I do say so myself.


I’m really excited about this abstract that I called “SpillTheTea.” I think this abstract painting may be one of the best that i’ve ever done. The fact that I like this painting so much is kind of surprising, because when I was painting it I really did not like the painting. I knew this painting needed something else so I did a little doodle at the top of the canvas. I still did not like the painting so I did another layer of spray paint over the top of the doodle, and all of the paints I already had on the canvas. Moral of the story I ended up loving this painting, which just goes to show never give up.


This painting is called “Snow,Sleet,andHail” I painted this with spray paint during a particularly vicious snow storm which occurred in February of 2020 in Downeast Maine. I really like this painting, because this is really what it looks like outside when the sky is falling out here.


One day I decided that I needed a new prop for my Carl the Crow puppet. Anyways the idea was to take a magic eight ball, then spray paint the magic eight ball yellow. This of course would magically transform a magic eight ball to a whimsical one ball. Needless to say this plan of mine did not work out nearly as well as I thought it may. The process was quite messy, and I ended up getting four Accidental Yellows. Hey we “don’t make mistakes just happy accidents.” Bob Ross