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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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  • 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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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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