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From Catherine Creek Trail 2: Pacific Northwest Plein Air 2016 / Maryhill Museum

From Catherine Creek Trail 2, oil on canvas, 20 x 16 inches, copyright ©2016
From Catherine Creek Trail 2, oil on canvas, 20 x 16 inches, copyright ©2016

From August 22-28 I participated in the Pacific Northwest Plein Air 2016 event in and around the Columbia River Gorge near Hood River OR and Maryhill Museum, Goldendale WA. The event was a competition, exhibition and sale, hosted by the Maryhill Museum. I was joined by my friend John Laney and 38 other artists, and did four paintings over a period of four days. The works were done alla prima and en plein air. Because the works would immediately be placed in a museum exhibition, I built the frames around the panels before doing the actual paintings. This made work a bit awkward, but in the end the weight of one painting with the heavy frame helped stabilize my setup during the first day’s 30 mph gusts of wind.

I have mixed feelings about these events, partially because I think that competition in art tends to place emphasis on the wrong qualities, much like what takes place in Olympic figure skating. Nevertheless, I did get a ribbon award, for “Best Mountain,” and was flattered that Terry Miura, the juror, gave it to me. I owe big thanks to my friend and colleague Cathleen Rehfeld for encouraging us to participate in what was overall a really enjoyable week of painting in the Gorge.

Comments (3)

3 Responses to “From Catherine Creek Trail 2: Pacific Northwest Plein Air 2016 / Maryhill Museum”

  1. Ray Johnson says:

    Always beautiful!

  2. Cathleen says:

    Bill, Glad you had a good time, your paintings are beautiful!

  3. This is a beautiful painting.
    In spite of the distraction of wind, a feeling of deep space is well articulated.

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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.

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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.