William E. Elston: A Pacific Northwest Contemporary Realist
William E. Elston
William E. Elston is a Pacific Northwest artist best known for urban and rural landscape subjects. He has also been teaching painting and drawing in the Greater Seattle area for several decades. He currently instructs in painting the Total Landscape, including en plein air, and offers Online Group Critiques via Zoom-based sessions.
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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.
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
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.
Questions pertaining to acquiring works, enrolling in classes or workshops, or any related matters can be sent here. Gallery inquiries welcome.