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Watercolor Flirtation

Azalea Way, watercolor, 14 x 19.5 inches, copyright ©2009

Although I consider oil my primary medium, I occasionally flirt with pastel and watercolor. Although I don’t address the medium with the same intensity as someone like William Dubin, I often times do a piece that strikes a note in me. This is one of those pieces, bold and sketchy.

I’ve uncovered another watercolor, done about 25 years ago, that still seems fresh to me. It’s called Country Road, and was buried in a box with hundreds of other drawings, sketches and mementos. I had not looked at this piece for over 20 years.

Country Road, watercolor w/ body color, 17.75 x 25 inches, copyright ©1986

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Exhibition at Moses Lake Museum and Art Center

Two Women, oil on canvas, 36 X 48 inches, copyright ©1990
Arboretum, Two Women, oil on canvas, 36 X 48 inches, copyright ©1990

I’ll have works in an exhibition of Eastern Washington landscape paintings at the Moses Lake Museum and Art Center, in Moses Lake, WA. The exhibition is being organized with the help of the Northwest Museum of Art and Culture. This painting from 1990-1 may be in the exhibition, although I don’t know for sure. It is currently in inventory at the MAC’s Art @ Work program, from which much of the work is being drawn. The Exhibition will include works by several other artists. The exhibition will be up from July 8 through August 5. The Moses Lake Museum and Art Center is located at 228 West Third Avenue Moses Lake, WA 98837. The museum’s summer hours are Monday – Saturday, 11 AM – 5 PM.

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Perfect Blue Day

Perfect Blue Day, oil on canvas, 48 x 72 inches, copyright ©2001
Perfect Blue Day, oil on canvas, 48 x 72 inches, copyright ©2001

I’ve been working on building a new website. I was inspired by the American-born Italian painter Marc Dalessio, who was bold enough to create a website with a blog for the homepage. It has become a commonplace for artists to gravitate to blogging software, taking advantage of template driven site design, minimal maintenance overhead, and an easy integration with daily workflow. There are many variants, one of the more prominent being the “Painting a Day” adherents. I enjoy seeing the paintings and reading the insightful comments of artists like Taryn Day and Cathleen Rehfeld. The aforementioned Marc Dalessio has integrated video and other technologies into his blog, in an effort to explicate the process of painting. Such demystification is a logical extension of the Realist aesthetic. I hope to contribute to that process in the coming weeks, months and years.

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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.