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  • Kla Ha Ya Park, oil on paper, 21 x 28 inches, copyright ©2015

This painting was done from a viewpoint adjacent the VFW Hall on Main Street (First) in Snohomish. I like the way the river meanders through the farmland, and River Road itself is a pleasant drive.

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This painting was done from a viewpoint adjacent the VFW Hall on Main Street (First) in Snohomish. I like the way the river meanders through the farmland, and River Road itself is a pleasant drive.

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  • Charlie & Buffy, oil on canvas, size unknown (approx. 40 x 30 inches), copyright ©1983

I was sent this image of a painting that I did in 1983, by a person who had recently been gifted the work by her mother. The painting is of Spokane artist Charlie Palmer and his dog Buffy, behind his house on Ash, north of Gonzaga University. I haven't seen the painting since it was sold, shortly after it was completed.

Charlie & Buffy, oil on canvas, size unknown (approx. 40 x 30 inches), copyright ©1983

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I was sent this image of a painting that I did in 1983, by a person who had recently been gifted the work by her mother. The painting is of Spokane artist Charlie Palmer and his dog Buffy, behind his house on Ash, north of Gonzaga University. I haven't seen the painting since it was sold, shortly after it was completed.

Charlie & Buffy, oil on canvas, size unknown (approx. 40 x 30 inches), copyright ©1983

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  • Highway 14 Turnout, oil on panel, 16 x 20 inches, copyright ©2019

Early this month I participated in the Pacific Northwest Plein Air 2019 event and exhibition at Maryhill Museum. This was my fourth year, and fortunately was not beset by extreme heat, high winds and a 14,000 sq. mi. grass fire, as per last year.

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Early this month I participated in the Pacific Northwest Plein Air 2019 event and exhibition at Maryhill Museum. This was my fourth year, and fortunately was not beset by extreme heat, high winds and a 14,000 sq. mi. grass fire, as per last year.

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  • Lowell Riverfront Trail (Rotary Park), oil on panel, 16 x 20 inches, copyright ©2019

Spent a few sessions painting with students at Lowell Riverfront Trail, off of Lowell/Snohomish River Road. The sun was out and hot, and the city of Everett had finally trimmed the hedges that over the past couple of years had completely obscured the river.

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Spent a few sessions painting with students at Lowell Riverfront Trail, off of Lowell/Snohomish River Road. The sun was out and hot, and the city of Everett had finally trimmed the hedges that over the past couple of years had completely obscured the river.

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  • A Hot Day, oil on canvas, 23.5 x 29.5 inches, copyright ©1997

I have been contacted via email by a man in Indiana that has a painting of mine that he is interested in selling. It was purchased (not by him) in Portland at Elizabeth Leach Gallery sometime in the late 1990s. Anyone interested can contact me via this website, and I will forward your interest to the current owner of the painting.

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I have been contacted via email by a man in Indiana that has a painting of mine that he is interested in selling. It was purchased (not by him) in Portland at Elizabeth Leach Gallery sometime in the late 1990s. Anyone interested can contact me via this website, and I will forward your interest to the current owner of the painting.

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  • Signs And Signals, oil on canvas, 30 x 40 inches, copyright 1991

Two different circumstances have recently brought me face to face with a number of paintings that I did in the early to mid 1990s. The first was the sale and delivery of a painting (Pilchuck River I) to a couple that have collected several of my paintings at a gallery that once represented me in Portland. The other circumstance was the swapping out of some old inventory for new at the Museum of Northwest Art and Culture (the MAC) Art Resource program, in Spokane WA.

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Two different circumstances have recently brought me face to face with a number of paintings that I did in the early to mid 1990s. The first was the sale and delivery of a painting (Pilchuck River I) to a couple that have collected several of my paintings at a gallery that once represented me in Portland. The other circumstance was the swapping out of some old inventory for new at the Museum of Northwest Art and Culture (the MAC) Art Resource program, in Spokane WA.

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  • Image: Charles-François Daubigny, Soleil couchant sur l'Oise, 1865

I have 4 seats left for this lecture. First come first served. Senior discounts available. More info at https://classes.williamelston.com

image: Charles-François Daubigny, Soleil couchant sur l'Oise, 1865

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I have 4 seats left for this lecture. First come first served. Senior discounts available. More info at https://classes.williamelston.com

image: Charles-François Daubigny, Soleil couchant sur l'Oise, 1865

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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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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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  • 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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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

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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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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