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 small painting was the result of a single plein air session at Trudy Cooper's Bailand Farms. I was accompanied by Julie Stonebraker Nelson, Bin Li, Ray Munger and Liz Talley. We were later joined by Trudy's 9 year-old grandson Ben, who had his own French easel and paints.
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 painting was done during one of my landscape sessions at a viewpoint that my class frequents during our plein airseason. I’m looking forward to the return of good weather and the rich greens of spring and summer, as well as a return to some of Seattle’s more urban subjects. I’m also planning to do some Skagit Valley subjects for my upcoming show at i. e. gallery, in Edison, WA in April. Details will be posted on my galleries and exhibition calendar pages in the near future.
Questions pertaining to acquiring works, enrolling in classes or workshops, or any related matters can be sent here. Gallery inquiries welcome.