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Beat the Clock! Flash Sale For Plein Air Classes.

Small Bend In The River, oil on panel, 12 X 12 inches, copyright ©2000
Small Bend In The River, oil on panel, 12 X 12 inches, copyright ©2000

Update: This sale is now over.

I’m currently having a flash sale for Plein Air Class Sessions, available through my website. If you have been thinking about trying plein air, and would like to do so under professional instruction, please check out the deep discounts that are being offered. If you are a current student whose session credits are running out, now is the time to renew!

This ongoing plein air class takes place at various locations in the greater Seattle area, including the Eastside, Snoqualmie, Snohomish, etc. Both urban and rural sites are explored. Class days and times are flexible, with ample weekly sessions scheduled to accommodate everyone. Session credits can be used at any time.

You can find more information and sign up at www.williamelston.com/classes/ .

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Portfolio Revisions

Lake Union, oil on canvas, 18 X 26 inches, copyright ©1991
Lake Union, oil on canvas, 18 X 26 inches, copyright ©1991

I’ve been re-working my website portfolio to present galleries with higher resolution images. This has involved trying to relocate the original images that have been lost due to failed disks, computer transfers, etc. Fortunately I was able to find a large cache of original files stored online in a warehouse image library. Other images I was able to restore from my Google Picasa and Facebook accounts. Some images that I consider critical to my oeuvre had to be upsampled, due to the originals remaining lost. Hopefully the results are not too illegible.

This particular image, from 1991, has long been one of my favorites. It was sold shortly after I finished it, and is part of the collection of artworks at Chicago Title, Inc. The former CEO there, Jeff Knudson was a longtime patron and friend, and was instrumental in establishing their collection. The painting was executed en plein air from atop the knoll at Gasworks Park.

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Portrait

Val and Peggy's Kids, oil on canvas,  26 x 32 inches, copright ©1992
Val and Peggy’s Kids, oil on canvas, 26 x 32 inches, copright ©1992

This is a painting of my old friends Val and Peggy’s children, done 23 years ago. I was able to photograph this during my recent trip to Spokane. The painting was a trade for a car, I believe a Toyota, although I don’t really remember it. I do remember that I ran it into the ground. At one point the latch on the hood was no longer working, and I duck-taped the hood shut. On a few occasions the duck tape lost adhesion, and the hood flew up while we were driving on the freeway. Fun times.

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Spokane Plein Air Workshop/Demonstration

Monroe Street Bridge, oil on canvas, 68 X 105 inches, copyright ©1984
Monroe Street Bridge, oil on canvas, 68 X 105 inches, copyright ©1984

I will be offering a Plein Air Workshop Demonstration in Spokane, June 20 – 21, from 10 AM to 2 PM each day. Anyone can sign up for one or both days, and either watch as a demo, or paint along as a workshop. Those who choose to paint along will get some one-on-one critique throughout the duration of the workshop.

The painting site will be close to the downtown area, and will be either semi-rural or a park setting. The location will be announced to participants before the date of the workshop. Easels and materials for painting are not provided, and are the responsibility of the participant. An ebooklet is provided to participants with recommended materials list, recommended reading and other resources.

Space in this workshop is limited and it is already filling up, so I encourage you to sign up as soon as possible. You may do so at http://www.williamelston.com/classes/workshop_cal/ . Payment can be made via Paypal.

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Online, Interactive Painting Critiques

Pochade w/ Landscape
Pochade w/ Landscape

I am launching an Online Painting Critique Service. The service utilizes image annotation and interactive/collaborative software with whiteboarding capabilities, in order to create an interactive critique experience geared to a specific painting or group of paintings.

If you are a painter in need of a “third eye” to critique your paintings, and would like that painter to be a professional artist with a long exhibition and teaching history, then this service is for you. There is a trial discount available for the first session, so that you can test the service without making a substantial commitment.

You can find more information here: http://www.williamelston.com/classes/. Just click on the “Online Critiques” tab. This service is primarily for landscape, urban landscape and figurative artists.

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Work-In-Progress: Snohomish Valley Spring

Snohomish Valley Spring, oil on panel, 18 x 36 inches, work-in-progress copyright ©2015
Snohomish Valley Spring, oil on panel, 18 x 36 inches, work-in-progress copyright ©2015

A work-in-progress at Snohomish Valley viewpoint. This is a reworking of a panel that I was not satisfied with. I’m much happier with the changes, both compositionally and atmospherically. The intense backlit greens of the grasses give the landscape an ethereal, otherworldly quality that is very typical of the Pacific Northwest during this season. I’m working on this painting as a demonstration project for my plein air students.

Here is another image of a similar view, being worked concurrently on overcast days:

Snohomish Valley, Looking East, oil on canvas, 36 x 47 inches, work in progress copyright ©2015
Snohomish Valley, Looking East, oil on canvas, 36 x 47 inches, work in progress copyright ©2015

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