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  • Self Portrait, NYC, oil on canvas, 24X18 inches, copyright ©1979

Portrait Show at Cascadia Art Museum

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This painting, a self portrait from 1979, will be in an upcoming exhibition at Cascadia Art Museum, in Edmonds WA. The painting was done in the Chelsea neighborhood of Manhattan, New York City, where I was living at the time. It was exhibited in Soho at The First Street Gallery. I had just turned 30, and had spent my birthday drinking piña coladas with my Puerto Rican and Colombian neighbors in our postage-stamp sized backyard.

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Portrait Show at Cascadia Art Museum

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  • Self Portrait, NYC, oil on canvas, 24X18 inches, copyright ©1979

This painting, a self portrait from 1979, will be in an upcoming exhibition at Cascadia Art Museum, in Edmonds WA. The painting was done in the Chelsea neighborhood of Manhattan, New York City, where I was living at the time. It was exhibited in Soho at The First Street Gallery. I had just turned 30, and had spent my birthday drinking piña coladas with my Puerto Rican and Colombian neighbors in our postage-stamp sized backyard.

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  • Image: Charles-François Daubigny, Soleil couchant sur l'Oise, 1865

Studio Practice For The Plein Air Painter

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I have 4 seats left for this lecture. First come first served. Senior discounts available. More info at https://classes.williamelston.com

image: Charles-François Daubigny, Soleil couchant sur l'Oise, 1865

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Studio Practice For The Plein Air Painter

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  • Image: Charles-François Daubigny, Soleil couchant sur l'Oise, 1865

I have 4 seats left for this lecture. First come first served. Senior discounts available. More info at https://classes.williamelston.com

image: Charles-François Daubigny, Soleil couchant sur l'Oise, 1865

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  • My Old Haunt, oil on canvas, 52 X 52 inches, copyright ©2015

Dodson's is Closing

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The Jewelry Store / Gallery that I've been showing at in my hometown of Spokane is closing its doors for good in March of 2019. Dodson's Fine Jewelers, a fourth generation family business, has been a fixture in the Spokane downtown scene since 1887. Current owners Penn Fix and Debra Schultz plan to retire.

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Dodson's is Closing

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  • My Old Haunt, oil on canvas, 52 X 52 inches, copyright ©2015

The Jewelry Store / Gallery that I've been showing at in my hometown of Spokane is closing its doors for good in March of 2019. Dodson's Fine Jewelers, a fourth generation family business, has been a fixture in the Spokane downtown scene since 1887. Current owners Penn Fix and Debra Schultz plan to retire.

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  • Raining Bridge, oil on canvas, 30 x 40 inches, copyright ©2003

Lecture 2, December 8, 1 PM

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The second in my Winter Lecture Series, Studio Practice for the Plein Air Painter, will take place on Saturday, December 8th, at 1 PM in my Panther Lake Studio. It will cover a broad range of material, from practical aspects of plein air painting, to the history of plein air painting and its contemporary incarnations. 

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Lecture 2, December 8, 1 PM

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  • Raining Bridge, oil on canvas, 30 x 40 inches, copyright ©2003

The second in my Winter Lecture Series, Studio Practice for the Plein Air Painter, will take place on Saturday, December 8th, at 1 PM in my Panther Lake Studio. It will cover a broad range of material, from practical aspects of plein air painting, to the history of plein air painting and its contemporary incarnations. 

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  • The Old Junk Store, oil on panel, 24 x 30 inches, work in progress copyright ©2018

Work In Progress: The Old Junk Store

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This is a work in progress, an old junk store in Snohomish WA. I've worked on this over several sessions, usually with students also painting. The traffic is pretty thick, and often parked cars obscure the view of the storefront. 

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Work In Progress: The Old Junk Store

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  • The Old Junk Store, oil on panel, 24 x 30 inches, work in progress copyright ©2018

This is a work in progress, an old junk store in Snohomish WA. I've worked on this over several sessions, usually with students also painting. The traffic is pretty thick, and often parked cars obscure the view of the storefront. 

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  • Blueberry Farm Apunte, oil on panel, 9 x 12 inches, copyright ©2018

Larsen Lake Blueberry Farm

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This was a quick alla prima study done at Larsen Lake Blueberry Farm in Bellevue. It was painted on gessoboard panel. It may serve as a study for a larger painting.

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Larsen Lake Blueberry Farm

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  • Blueberry Farm Apunte, oil on panel, 9 x 12 inches, copyright ©2018

This was a quick alla prima study done at Larsen Lake Blueberry Farm in Bellevue. It was painted on gessoboard panel. It may serve as a study for a larger painting.

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  • Plaza Guemes, Buenos Aires, oil on canvas, 76 x 96 inches, work in progress, copyright ©2014

Winter Lectures Series

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I will be offering a series of lecture/demos this winter. They will take place in my studio and will cover the following subjects:

Lecture 1: Painting Really Large in a Really Small Studio
Lecture 2: Studio Practice for the Plein Air Painter
Lecture 3: Realism - Two Hundred Years of Revolution

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Winter Lectures Series

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  • Plaza Guemes, Buenos Aires, oil on canvas, 76 x 96 inches, work in progress, copyright ©2014

I will be offering a series of lecture/demos this winter. They will take place in my studio and will cover the following subjects:

Lecture 1: Painting Really Large in a Really Small Studio
Lecture 2: Studio Practice for the Plein Air Painter
Lecture 3: Realism - Two Hundred Years of Revolution

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  • Near San Diego, oil on canvas, 12 x 30 inches, copyright ©1986

Near San Diego

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In 1986, after I had moved to Seattle, I took a trip to see my friend William Dubin in San Diego. I did several paintings there, including a smaller version of this, and then a larger one stretching out the composition. It's a scene near the beach, up the coast a bit. It was hot, and this odd triangular parking lot, out in the middle of nowhere, intriqued me. It's just beyond a railway, and didn't seem to have a purpose.

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Near San Diego

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  • Near San Diego, oil on canvas, 12 x 30 inches, copyright ©1986

In 1986, after I had moved to Seattle, I took a trip to see my friend William Dubin in San Diego. I did several paintings there, including a smaller version of this, and then a larger one stretching out the composition. It's a scene near the beach, up the coast a bit. It was hot, and this odd triangular parking lot, out in the middle of nowhere, intriqued me. It's just beyond a railway, and didn't seem to have a purpose.

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  • Off 151st (Snohomish), oil on panel, 20 x 16 inches, copyright ©2018

Off 151st (Snohomish)

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This is an alla prima (at one sitting) painting of a favorite view of the Snohomish Valley, above Hwy 2. It's easy to see the level of particulate matter (ppm) in the color of the sky nearest the horizon. It's the smoke. I once read that the pollution around Paris made the Impressionists' skies more interesting. That which doth not kill us makes our paintings stronger.

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Off 151st (Snohomish)

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  • Off 151st (Snohomish), oil on panel, 20 x 16 inches, copyright ©2018

This is an alla prima (at one sitting) painting of a favorite view of the Snohomish Valley, above Hwy 2. It's easy to see the level of particulate matter (ppm) in the color of the sky nearest the horizon. It's the smoke. I once read that the pollution around Paris made the Impressionists' skies more interesting. That which doth not kill us makes our paintings stronger.

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  • Smokey Joe's, Snoqualmie WA, oil on panel, 12 x 24 inches, copyright ©2018

Smokey Joe's in Snoqualmie

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I was invited by my friend Mehdi Fallahian to participate in a plein air paint out in Snoqualmie Washington. I encouraged a few of my students, Bin Li, Liz Talley and Min Zhong,  to participate as well.

I drove to the Duvall Park & Ride, where I joined Bin and Min in Bin's truck. We then went off together to the event. As soon as we arrived I knew what I wanted to paint. There was an old boxy tavern named Smokey Joe's, about a block off Railroad Avenue on King Street. I set up across the street, and did the painting alla prima.

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Smokey Joe's in Snoqualmie

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  • Smokey Joe's, Snoqualmie WA, oil on panel, 12 x 24 inches, copyright ©2018

I was invited by my friend Mehdi Fallahian to participate in a plein air paint out in Snoqualmie Washington. I encouraged a few of my students, Bin Li, Liz Talley and Min Zhong,  to participate as well.

I drove to the Duvall Park & Ride, where I joined Bin and Min in Bin's truck. We then went off together to the event. As soon as we arrived I knew what I wanted to paint. There was an old boxy tavern named Smokey Joe's, about a block off Railroad Avenue on King Street. I set up across the street, and did the painting alla prima.

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William E. Elston

aritst/owner: w. e. elston fine arts
William E. Elston is a professional artist and teacher living in the Pacific Northwest. He has exhibited for over 40 years, and has works in numerous public and private collections.

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William E. Elston

aritst/owner: w. e. elston fine arts
William E. Elston is a professional artist and teacher living in the Pacific Northwest. He has exhibited for over 40 years, and has works in numerous public and private collections.
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