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  • Self Portrait, NYC, oil on canvas, 24X18 inches, copyright ©1979

This painting, a self portrait from 1979, will be in an upcoming exhibition at Cascadia Art Museum, in Edmonds WA. The painting was done in the Chelsea neighborhood of Manhattan, New York City, where I was living at the time. It was exhibited in Soho at The First Street Gallery. I had just turned 30, and had spent my birthday drinking piña coladas with my Puerto Rican and Colombian neighbors in our postage-stamp sized backyard.

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This painting, a self portrait from 1979, will be in an upcoming exhibition at Cascadia Art Museum, in Edmonds WA. The painting was done in the Chelsea neighborhood of Manhattan, New York City, where I was living at the time. It was exhibited in Soho at The First Street Gallery. I had just turned 30, and had spent my birthday drinking piña coladas with my Puerto Rican and Colombian neighbors in our postage-stamp sized backyard.

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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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  • My Old Haunt, oil on canvas, 52 X 52 inches, copyright ©2015

The Jewelry Store / Gallery that I've been showing at in my hometown of Spokane is closing its doors for good in March of 2019. Dodson's Fine Jewelers, a fourth generation family business, has been a fixture in the Spokane downtown scene since 1887. Current owners Penn Fix and Debra Schultz plan to retire.

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The Jewelry Store / Gallery that I've been showing at in my hometown of Spokane is closing its doors for good in March of 2019. Dodson's Fine Jewelers, a fourth generation family business, has been a fixture in the Spokane downtown scene since 1887. Current owners Penn Fix and Debra Schultz plan to retire.

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  • Raining Bridge, oil on canvas, 30 x 40 inches, copyright ©2003

The second in my Winter Lecture Series, Studio Practice for the Plein Air Painter, will take place on Saturday, December 8th, at 1 PM in my Panther Lake Studio. It will cover a broad range of material, from practical aspects of plein air painting, to the history of plein air painting and its contemporary incarnations. 

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The second in my Winter Lecture Series, Studio Practice for the Plein Air Painter, will take place on Saturday, December 8th, at 1 PM in my Panther Lake Studio. It will cover a broad range of material, from practical aspects of plein air painting, to the history of plein air painting and its contemporary incarnations. 

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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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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

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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  • 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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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

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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