Friday, October 31, 2014

"Sunflower Demo" still life, plein air, oil painting by Robin Weiss

"Sunflower Demo"  16x20 oil on canvas    $850
This painting brings to a close my work done at Paint the Peninsula 2014. On the last day The Port Angeles Fine Art Center was open to the public for the final exhibition and sale of all the paintings completed during the week. I had volunteered to do a painting demonstration picking the still life setup outside. It was yet another sunny, beautiful day. Using my only large canvas and biggest brush, I quickly rendered the subject.
  I received many great comments and liked the way the painting came out so I took it into the gallery still fresh with wet paint and leaned it on the floor against my wall of paintings in the exhibition hoping for a sale.
At the Fine Art Center

As you may be able to guess....and while I was distracted doing something else....a sweet little old lady , with her little dog, was allowed into the gallery. She went right over to the snack table, got a plate of artichoke dip and some crackers and started viewing all the paintings. When she got to my wall, while leaning over closely inspecting the work, she dropped a glob of artichoke dip on the wet painting leaning against the wall. Her dog, alert to any complimentary hors d'oeuvres offered, immediately licked the dip off the painting along with my signature.....

It was a fairly easy fix and I got over it after awhile....and now I can even laugh about it!  But I am happy to say the policy has now changed to NO dogs allowed in the gallery at The Fine Art Center!   Also, I will NOT be leaning wet paintings against walls at a public display again! That was a dumb idea to begin with!

Again, I had a blast meeting and painting with all the other artists and the staff of PAFAC. Here are the other winners in the competition,  Sorry for the quality of the pictures it was the best I could do in the gallery lighting.

Eric Jacobson,  Best of Show

Bruce Gomez , First place, Third Place Quick Draw

Ned Mueller , Second Place

Jane Wallis, Third Place

Mike Rada , First Place Quick Draw

Ken Falks, Sponsors Award

Mike Wise, Sponsors Award and Special Honorable Mention

Kat Sowa, Honorable Mention

Emiliya Lane, Honorable Mention

Susan Ogilvie, Sponsors Award

Thursday, October 30, 2014

"Dock Mates" plein air, marinescape, oil painting by Robin Weiss

"Dock Mates"  11x14 oil on linen panel     $550
The gate to the marina was left open so I slipped through and set up on the access ramp for this painting.  A few minuets later a large group of people filed by commenting on the work in progress and saying that the whale watching tour was a blast.. Guess it was okay for me to be there.

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

"The Fuel Dock" plein air marinescape by Robin Weiss

"The Fuel Dock"  10x8 oil on panel
Last year at Paint the Peninsula I spent most of the week painting boats around the marina areas. This year I spent more time out in the parks.
After the Yellow House painting I decided to head over and have lunch at Donna's  Fishermans Wharf CafĂ© that I remembered being the best fish and chips ever!.. and then paint some more boats!

Monday, October 27, 2014

"Yellow House on Race Street" plein air, urban, oil painting by Robin Weiss

Yellow House on Race Street  10x12 oil on panel  $450
After coming back from LaPush and a restful nights sleep at my wonderful host house I found myself driving around without a plan of what to paint. Realizing a lot of precious time would be wasted by not getting busy, I stopped right where I was and painted what was in front of me.  Sometimes this tactic can get your creative juices flowing again when you are feeling stagnant, especially during a competition.

This painting was awarded an honorable mention by our juror Jim Lamb in the overall painting competition.

Saturday, October 25, 2014

"Second Beach Walkers" LaPush, plein air, marinescape, oil painting by Robin Weiss

"Second Beach Walkers"  6x10 oil on panel      $300
As the clouds and fog rolled in towards the end of the day telling me it was time to pack up and head for the stair trail I managed to get one last painting.

Maria Josenhans
When I arrived at Second Beach there was only one other artist in sight and I went over to say hi. I met Maria Josenhans and her husband Marcel. She was already set up and painting!  They had come to PTP from Canada and left their car at the Fine Art Center then drove a camper to stay in the LaPush area for a few days. I had to give them the bad news that the car had been broken into while it sat in the parking lot. I was surprised at how well they took the news!  Maria just kept on painting! A true plein air artist.  If you would like to see her amazing work you can right HERE

One of the great things about an event like Paint the Peninsula is all the great folks you get to meet. There is a long list at this years event and I will try to get to them all.

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

"Hole in the Wall" Second Beach, plein air, marinescape, oil painting by Robin Weiss

"Hole in the Wall"  Second Beach  9x12 oil on panel    $450

 It was a perfect day on the beach in LaPush, Washington so I stayed till late afternoon.  This is my second painting of the day looking south down the beach.

Help from the crow!

The paper surrounding the painting is protection for the frame that I mounted the panel in. I find it easier to pre-mount the panels into the floater frames and then wrap them for painting competitions like Paint the Peninsula. That way when I'm done painting the wrapping is easily removed and the painting can be hung for judging.

This photo also shows the "help" I received from a crow when I set the painting on a driftwood log and moved down the beach to set up for another scene.  Probably thinking it was something tasty to eat, all he got was a beak full of paint! ...Then left me a nice wing swipe through the freshly rendered surf.

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

"Second Beach Sea Stack" plein air, marinescape by Robin Weiss

"Second Beach Sea Stack"   10x14 oil on linen panel     $480
Getting up early the following day I raced over to the Fine Art Center to submit the prior days work. After talking with a few of the artists there and grabbing a muffin I headed north to LaPush where I loaded my gear on my trusty cart and started down the trail to Second Beach.  The cart turned out to be a liability because of the length of stairs getting down to the beach at the end of the trail.  But well worth the effort. Next time I will use my back pack!

 I ended up staying there all day and getting three paintings completed!!


Sunday, October 12, 2014

"Elwha River Valley" plein air, oil, landscape painting by Robin Weiss

'Elwha River Valley"   10x10 oil on panel    $420
After taking a walk through the meadow with my camera I ran back for my easel to try and capture the amazing light I was seeing in the sun splashed valley that day. Working as quickly and loosely as possible for me, I put the color notes down one by one.



Monday, October 06, 2014

"Light Through the Leaves" Plein air landscape painting by Robin Weiss

"Light Through the Leaves"   9x14 oil on panel   SOLD
The Elwha river valley is stunning in the fall. We went to paint the river and the falls but I couldn't pass up the challenge of painting the light through these massive big leaf maples. Emiliya Lane was painting the meadow and I captured her in action .

I will be reminding you on each post of our local studio tour coming up in November.  If you have been hoping to collect one of my paintings this will be a great opportunity to do that!  I will be clearing out a lot of panels, studies and artwork that has been accumulating around the studio for the last few years. This is the only time during the year when I will be selling these items well below current pricing. As usual there will be 2015 desk calendars, cards and prints.

                                                                 Hope to see you there!! 

Wednesday, October 01, 2014

"View from John Wayne Marina" Paint the Peninsula, plein air painting by Robin Weiss

"View from John Wayne Marina"  6x10 oil on panel  $330

 I was able to paint two more little ones on Monday the starting day of Paint the Peninsula. It was getting late in the day when I arrived at John Wayne Marina. The sun was setting over the straits of Juan De Fuca and the clouds stretching across the horizon caught my eye. This is the painting after I touched it up. The colors did not strike true to in the original version so I toned it down a bit using my camera monitor.

This is how it looked right off the easel.

I also did another one at Marlyn Nelson Park at the end of Point Williamson Rd. in Sequim. I got there just a bit late and the bluffs were in shadow but I gave it a go anyway.

Collection Jim and Bonnie Mortland

On location in Sequim, WA.

Monday, September 29, 2014

"Olympic View" Plein air landscape painting by Robin Weiss and Arts in the Woods studio tour

"Oympic View"   9x12  $450

 The first official day of painting at Paint the Peninsula was a bit frustrating because I had to find a place that would look at my van and get it fixed before doing any painting. The good news turned out to be a spark plug wire that came loose and was fixed in about ten minuets, no charge!!

I skedaddled to the Safeway to pick up some lunch for later and spied a nice view from across the road. Excited to get the ball rolling I pulled off right there and did my first painting. Although it was not my best and did not make it into the juried competition, it served the purpose I intended of getting the juices flowing!

 Don't forget to mark November 7th, 8th, and 9th on your calendar for our yearly artists studio tour! I will be at the The Knowles Studio on Noll Rd. in Poulsbo once again with an exciting mix of other artists, food and fun!  Don't miss it! This is a great opportunity to pick up local, handmade holiday gifts and stocking stuffers.  The ever popular, 2015 desk calendars and the "Bargain Box" will be available for your browsing pleasure..  =]   See ya there!

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

"Jiffy Cleaners" Paint the Peninsula, plein air, oil painting by Robin Weiss

"Jiffy Cleaners"  6x7 oil on panel           SOLD

On my second day in Port Angeles the van broke down! I could not drive to the location I was planning on so I walked up the street with my cart and found this house next to the Jiffy Cleaner. there was a bill board proclaiming  "Welcome Paint the Peninsula Artists" on it!  That's where I stopped to capture the scene..

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

"Yard Mates" plein air oil painting from "Paint the Peninsula" by Robin Weiss

"Yard Mates" 8x10 oil on panel   Sold
The Port Angeles Fine Art Center in Port Angeles, Wa hosted "Paint the Peninsula" for the second year in Sept, 2014. There were more events and artists from a wider region of the US and even three who came down from Canada.

I arrived a day early and completed a few warm up paintings before registering. This little boat painting was a view I painted last year in the fog. Check it out HERE

I gave this painting to my wonderful host family who put me up for the week in a perfect little apt room downstairs in their home overlooking the Straits of Juan de Fuca .   Thank you Betsy and Don!!

Friday, September 05, 2014

"Over and Under" plein air, Seattle , cityscape, oil painting by Robin Weiss

"Over and Under"  12x9 oil on panel  SOLD

More and more I have been enjoying painting on location in the city. Alki Arts, the gallery that represents me in Seattle  encourages me to come over and paint. Usually it's on a First Thursday Art Walk and I can direct folks to the gallery.

Brooke looking at my art

 "Over and Under" is a painting I did recently and sold to a friend and fellow plein air painter, Brooke Borcherding.  She sold one of her large paintings in the gallery and used some of the money to buy my work!!  So cool!  At the time Brooke asked if I would mind that she used the painting as reference for one of her "deconstruction" paintings and I said "sure!"  She finished her interpretation of the painting took it to the gallery and it sold the first day!

Brooke's "deconstruction
Surprise news!  Check out the Sept/Oct edition of Plein Air Magazine to see some of my city paintings!

Monday, September 01, 2014

"Dock Time" plein air, oil, landscape painting by Robin Weiss

"Dock Time"  10x12 oil on panel   $450  awarded first place in the Harbor History Museum plein air event

Recently the Harbor History Museum in Gig Harbor had its annual plein air painting competition. I heard about this plein air event after entering the museums 15th Annual Maritime Exhibition.

First Place Award
In the Maritime Exhibition I entered my painting "North Head Lighthouse" which won the Peoples Choice Award at the Tacoma Art Co. last year. This year it won First Place in the Maritime Museum show! (and is still for sale!  $3400 if you are interested)

Big thanks to juror Luke Tornatzky and the good folks at the Harbor History Museum.

First Place Award from juror George Milliken
Well, as you can imagine I was very surprised, honored and humbled to win first place in the plein air competition as well!  Especially so coming from juror and Salmagundi Club member, George Milliken.  Thanks again to George and the good folks at The Harbor History Museum!

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

"Clouds over Caldart" Landscape oil painting by Robin Weiss

"Clouds over Caldart"  16x20 oil on canvas
This ia a painting I have been working on for this upcoming show;


Plein Air Washington Artists (PAWA) Nature’s Gift of Water Exhibition is a juried show hosted by The American Art Company, Tacoma, WA. This is a large gallery space where the exhibition will showcase plein air paintings and studio paintings derived from the plein air pieces. Each artist may submit up to three sets of a plein air and studio painting combination. All works submitted for jurying into the show must be available for the show and sale. A plein air painting 16 x 20 or larger may be substituted for one of the three sets. Sold works are not to be submitted. Show dates: December 4 through January 31, 2015. Entry deadline October 15, 2014.
Hope some of you can make the show.  I would love to see you there!!

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

"Morning Flowers" Still life oil painting by Robin Weiss

"Morning Flowers" 12x16 oil on linen panel    $620
Hi everyone!!  I am going to make yet another attempt to catch up on my blog!!  These flowers sitting on the table in our "sun porch" captured my eye on my way out the door to work...of course, noticing beautiful compositions in the landscape ...or on my front porch...IS part of my work!!

Do yourself a favor and take the time to notice the beauty of Gods amazing creation all around before you get caught up in the busyness and stress of  your day!  =]

Saturday, July 26, 2014

"Working Boat" Monterey, California, coastal, oil painting by Robin Weiss

"Working Boa"t . Monterey   10x12    sold
I will conclude my California paintings from the third annual Plein Air Convention with this commission painting that I did from a photo taken on location in Monterey.

 Thanks for hanging in there with me~!

Friday, July 25, 2014

"Pigeon Point" California, coastal, plein air painting by Robin Weiss

"Pidgeon  Point"   7x11 oil on panel   $300
In the afternoon Maury and I headed down the beach to paint the lighthouse from a different perspective.

Mo painting at Pigeon Pt.
The Pigeon Point lighthouse was built in 1871 to guide ships up the Pacific Coast. It remains the tallest lighthouse on the west coast.

After we had our fill of the lighthouse and the California coast, Maury and I headed inland to see the great Redwoods.. After a long day of painting we camped at a spot not far from PP . It was a nice break to get some laundry done and visit with a new friend Tony Barros at the Costanoa KOA campground. One of the nicest KOA's I have ever stayed at!

Next morning after I tried a quick painting we headed towards San Jose to look for a mission to paint. That didn't happen but we did find a spot off the road to paint the live oaks in a pasture off the road.

"Live Oak"  8x6 oil on panel

The next day Maury was headed home to Seattle from San Jose airport and our painting adventure together came to an end. 

My plan was to continue on to Yosemite National Park. By myself for the first time on this journey I was already missing my family but beautiful country and van breakdowns would keep me well distracted!

Outside Alice's Restaurant

Thursday, July 24, 2014

"Pigeon Point Lighthouse" California, coastal, plein air painting by Robin Weiss

"Pigeon Point Lighthouse"  12x9 oil on panel  $425
After painting Rocky Point, Maury and I headed for the hostel at Pigeon Point.  It felt like being back on board ship staying in a dorm with a bunch of young kids again... but fun! In the morning Maury slept in and I went out to paint.


I started out with my usual reddish under painting working out value and composition.