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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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  • Hiram Chittenden Locks (Ballard), oil on panel, 18 x 36 inches, work in progress copyright ©2018

A Start

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Sometimes a new start is abandoned before it really gets going. Then after several months out of sight and mind, it seems to awaken a spark of inspiration. This is just such a beginning. Normally this would be a subject for my Painter's Workshop page, but I thought I would share it on my Home page.

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A Start

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  • Hiram Chittenden Locks (Ballard), oil on panel, 18 x 36 inches, work in progress copyright ©2018

Sometimes a new start is abandoned before it really gets going. Then after several months out of sight and mind, it seems to awaken a spark of inspiration. This is just such a beginning. Normally this would be a subject for my Painter's Workshop page, but I thought I would share it on my Home page.

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  • Manito Pond, oil on panel, 8 x 10 inches, copyright ©2018

Spokane Workshop

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Before traveling to the Columbia River Gorge for the PNW Plein Air 2018 event, I spent a weekend in Spokane doing a workshop. We painted on Latah Creek and at Manito Pond. This painting was the demo for the Manito Pond session.

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Spokane Workshop

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  • Manito Pond, oil on panel, 8 x 10 inches, copyright ©2018

Before traveling to the Columbia River Gorge for the PNW Plein Air 2018 event, I spent a weekend in Spokane doing a workshop. We painted on Latah Creek and at Manito Pond. This painting was the demo for the Manito Pond session.

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  • Pacific Northwest Plein Air 2018 Maryhill Museum card

Pacific Northwest Plein Air 2018

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I will be participating in the Pacific Northwest Plein Air 2018 event in the Columbia River Gorge during the first week of August. The event will culminate in an exhibition at Maryhill Museum, with an opening reception on August 4, 5-7pm.

The exhibition will be up from August 5 through August 25. The museum is open daily from 10am to 5pm.

Maryhill Museum is located at 35 Maryhill Museum Drive, Goldendale, WA 98620

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Pacific Northwest Plein Air 2018

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  • Pacific Northwest Plein Air 2018 Maryhill Museum card

I will be participating in the Pacific Northwest Plein Air 2018 event in the Columbia River Gorge during the first week of August. The event will culminate in an exhibition at Maryhill Museum, with an opening reception on August 4, 5-7pm.

The exhibition will be up from August 5 through August 25. The museum is open daily from 10am to 5pm.

Maryhill Museum is located at 35 Maryhill Museum Drive, Goldendale, WA 98620

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  • Pedestrian Bridge Apunte 1, oil on panel, 12 x 9 inches, copyright ©2018

3 Bothell Landing Apunte

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I've been doing small studies, or apunte (spanish for 'note') of the Park at Bothell Landing. These are typically 9 x 12 inches or a bit smaller/larger. Some of them may get worked up into larger paintings, if the composition demands more scale.

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3 Bothell Landing Apunte

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  • Pedestrian Bridge Apunte 1, oil on panel, 12 x 9 inches, copyright ©2018

I've been doing small studies, or apunte (spanish for 'note') of the Park at Bothell Landing. These are typically 9 x 12 inches or a bit smaller/larger. Some of them may get worked up into larger paintings, if the composition demands more scale.

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

Raining Bridge

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This third image is also from the Picasa download. It's a view of the railroad bridge west of the Hiram Chittenden Locks, from the Commodore Park side. The painting went through many changes; it was one of those variable seasons that Seattle is known for. It ended as a rain painting.

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Raining Bridge

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

This third image is also from the Picasa download. It's a view of the railroad bridge west of the Hiram Chittenden Locks, from the Commodore Park side. The painting went through many changes; it was one of those variable seasons that Seattle is known for. It ended as a rain painting.

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  • Snoqualmie River, oil on canvas, 9 x 18 inches, copyright c.1998.

Snoqualmie River

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This is another of the images that I had stored on Picasa (Google Photos.) This was done at Bob Pepper's Farm, on the Snoqualmie River. I was with Henk Pander at the time, who is painting with his elaborate watercolor setup just off canvas. His setup includes two medium sized folding card tables, and he works on large, oversize watercolors.

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Snoqualmie River

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  • Snoqualmie River, oil on canvas, 9 x 18 inches, copyright c.1998.

This is another of the images that I had stored on Picasa (Google Photos.) This was done at Bob Pepper's Farm, on the Snoqualmie River. I was with Henk Pander at the time, who is painting with his elaborate watercolor setup just off canvas. His setup includes two medium sized folding card tables, and he works on large, oversize watercolors.

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  • Pond, oil on canvas, 36 x 36 inches, copyright ©2004

Pond

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This painting was done in the later years that I was painting at Pepper's Farm, on the Snoqualmie River. The only image that I have been able to find of it was uploaded several years ago to Google Photos, when it was still called Picasa. The painting is 36 x 36 inches. The Picasa image is about 500px, not very big. It was sold not long after it was finished, through Woodside/Braseth Gallery. I do not know its current whereabouts.

Pond, oil on canvas, 36 x 36 inches, copyright ©2004

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Pond

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  • Pond, oil on canvas, 36 x 36 inches, copyright ©2004

This painting was done in the later years that I was painting at Pepper's Farm, on the Snoqualmie River. The only image that I have been able to find of it was uploaded several years ago to Google Photos, when it was still called Picasa. The painting is 36 x 36 inches. The Picasa image is about 500px, not very big. It was sold not long after it was finished, through Woodside/Braseth Gallery. I do not know its current whereabouts.

Pond, oil on canvas, 36 x 36 inches, copyright ©2004

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  • Rotary Park, oil on canvas, 18 x 24 inches, ©2018

Plein Air at Rotary Park

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This is a work-in-progress, a painting that has been chased all over the place over the past year. The main problem is that the City of Everett neglects to trim back the foreground, and I keep having to shift my point-of-view to see my subject. By summer's end I suspect that the Snohomish River will no longer be visible, and I'll just be painting a profusion of jungle à la Le Douanier Rousseau.

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Plein Air at Rotary Park

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  • Rotary Park, oil on canvas, 18 x 24 inches, ©2018

This is a work-in-progress, a painting that has been chased all over the place over the past year. The main problem is that the City of Everett neglects to trim back the foreground, and I keep having to shift my point-of-view to see my subject. By summer's end I suspect that the Snohomish River will no longer be visible, and I'll just be painting a profusion of jungle à la Le Douanier Rousseau.

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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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