Plein Air Locations
Please scroll through a few of the plein air sites that we frequent.
Greater Seattle is a rich environment for plein air locations. From the piers and “Old Seattle” of Pioneer Square, lush parks like Washington Park Arboretum and Discovery Park, to the beautiful valleys like Snoqualmie and Snohomish, there are many diverse areas full of interesting compositions and colors. We usually spend several days painting at a given location, and often return to a site later as the season changes.
When we go out to paint, we try to explore as diverse a canvas as possible. One week we may be painting the farm and grazing lands along the Snoqualmie River, the next we may be attending our French easels on the sidewalks of Old Ballard. If inclement weather is persistent we may paint under natural protections, like bridges and overpasses. Painting “en plein air” is about being in the moment, one just has to find the right moment to be in.
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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.