Author Archives: Patricia Elser

About Patricia Elser

I've always loved the loose, flowing, transparent look of watercolors, of Chinese paintings and their calligraphy, but alas, no watercolor classes were available when I was in school, so that interest remained buried until my children were grown. Even then, I was afraid that I couldn't really paint, so upon my sister's advice, I actually started to take classes. I signed up for every class available, determined to learn no matter how afraid I was. I came upon a teacher, Stan Miller, who inspired me, who opened the door to success in watercolor. I love to look at beautiful images. I want to capture them forever. All my life, photography was how I gathered images of the beauty I saw. Thanks to all that photography, I enjoy composing pictures, especially up close. Watercolors allow me to add more of me in their translation of that beauty. My paintings reflect my love for music and dance, with their rhythm and flow. I am fascinated by the play of light, so it appears in my pictures as drama for they are filled with darks and lights. Maybe it's the challenge, maybe it's the beauty, but now, when a work comes together, it fills my soul.

We Sold Miss Journey

We sold Miss Journey May 14th, receiving the $100,000 and a Report of Sale on June 2nd. It was on consignment here in Spokane-taking only 10 days to sell. Note: PPL will keep 10% of the sale price and give … Continue reading

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Moving on – from Quincy, WA to HOME! Happy May Day

5/1/17 Monday in Spokane Valley, WA (HOME!) Oh, happy day, we’ve headed home, around 7:50. Here are some images looking out from the Crescent Bar campground – right on the Columbia River. An interesting thing happened last night. John was … Continue reading

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Moving on – from Chehalis, WA

4/29/17 Saturday in Quincy, WA (Crescent Bar-TT) This was a longer than normal trip for us, 251 miles, so we were glad to be on our way before 8. All went smoothly thanks to our reliable Miss Journey and our … Continue reading

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Moving on – from Seaside, OR to Chehalis, WA

4/28/17 Friday in Chehalis, WA (Chehalis-TT) First, a recap of our 3 weeks (almost) in Seaside: I got a new phone (no sales tax in Oregon), the Samsung J3. It was close to the same size as my old Galaxy … Continue reading

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Moving on – from Keizer, OR to Seaside, OR

4/11/17 Tuesday in Seaside, OR (Seaside-TT) We were on our way before 9. Smooth departure procedure. So glad the weather was taking a break on this particular day – our travel day, so no rain or heavy wind predicted this … Continue reading

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Silver Falls State Park

4/9/17 Sunday in Keizer, OR (Keizer Elks-$20) We went to Mass last night so we could get to Silver Falls State Park early this morning, before the predicted afternoon rains limit our enjoyment of this rain forest. As it was, … Continue reading

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Moving on – from Myrtle Creek, OR to Keizer, OR

4/7/17 Friday in Keizer, OR (Keizer Elks-$20) Last night was horrendous. We experienced heavy rain and high winds, with 60 mph gusts that really rocked Miss Journey throughout the night. Thank heavens we put our big slides in before the … Continue reading

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