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Sammamish River at Bothell Landing, oil on canvas, 30 x 40 inches, work in progress ©2017
Sammamish River at Bothell Landing, oil on canvas, 30 x 40 inches, work in progress ©2017

This painting was begun over a year ago. It had been painted during the midsummer months where everything is boringly green. I had never been completely satisfied with it, so decided to rework the painting in mid-spring, hoping that the more dynamic range of tertiary colors and deeper atmospheric perspective would make a more interesting image.

The initial stages of this reworking corresponded to the first day of my plein air painting class. This photo represents that first day of work. It was a beautiful day at the landing, with lots of children, their parents, and squawking ducks.

You can see a comparison of this reworking with the painting that it covers over on my Painter’s Workshop page.

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Work In Progress: Plaza Guemes, Buenos Aires

Plaza Guemes, oil on canvas, 76 x 96 inches, work in progress copyright ©2016
Plaza Guemes, oil on canvas, 76 x 96 inches, work in progress copyright ©2016

This is a long-term project, a painting of Plaza Guemes. Plaza Guemes is a public square in the Palermo Viejo district of Buenos Aires, Argentina. The painting is based on a small study that I did on location, as well as photomontages, and photographs and other source material that I developed during the course of my working on the study. You can follow the painting’s progress on my “Painter’s Workshop” page here.

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Work In Progress: Snohomish Valley, End Of Summer

Snohomish Valley, End Of Summer, oil on canvas, 30 x 40 inches, work in progress copyright ©2016
Snohomish Valley, End Of Summer, oil on canvas, 30 x 40 inches, work in progress copyright ©2016

This work in progress was begun earlier in the summer, while everything was still green. The valley is still predominately green, but beginning to shade into fall colors. You can follow its progress on my Painter’s Workshop page.

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Plein Air at Kla Ha Ya Riverfront Park in Snohomish WA

Plein Air at Kla Ha Ya Riverfront Park, Snohomish.

Plein Air at Kla Ha Ya Riverfront Park, Snohomish.

Painting at Kla Ha Ya Riverfront Park in downtown Snohomish. This is the first day. The boat in the picture is moored illegally, and has been there for three weeks. There is a lot of mystery and speculation about it amongst members of the community. Perhaps the owner has passed away on the boat, or it has been abandoned with illicit pirate treasure. Aaaarrrrggghhhh!!! Someone should investigate.

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Painting in Snohomish

Lowell Larimer Road, oil on panel, 12 x 9 inches, ©2012

This study was done on Lowell Larimer Road, overlooking the Snohomish Valley. I was painting on site w/ Mehdi Fallahian. I did two small studies before the heat made the field untenable.

Snohomish Valley, oil on panel, 9 x 12 inches, ©2012

Update: I’ve put some more material related to this subject on the “new and in progress” page of this website. Please check it out!

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New And Works In Progress: J & M Cafe At Dusk

I’ve added some work-in-progress previews of a new painting, ‘J & M Cafe At Dusk’, to the New and Works In Progress section of this website. My intention is to present new works and works in progress, with comments and images to illustrate my working process. Have a look.

 

 

 

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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, both in the region and internationally. He is best known for urban and rural landscape images. He is also a founding member of the Northwest Figurative Artists' Alliance.

William Elston teaches ongoing plein air classes during the Spring, Summer and Fall months. Classes are held at various locations throughout the greater Seattle area.

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