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 ..it 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.

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

"Rocky Point Vista" California, coastal, plein air painting by Robin Weiss

"Rocky Point Vista" 9x14 oil on panel   $450
I had to take Maury back to the Rocky Point  Restaurant.  What a great spot! 

Afterwards we had a beer on the deck and watched the gray whales migrating up the coast.

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

"Carmel River" California, coastal, plein air painting by Robin Weiss

"Carmel River" 8x8 oil on panel
Boy , I think I am experiencing a writers block!  I am so far ahead of these California paintings now that I am not inspired to post and write about them....But yet I want to post them for the memories they represent. You see, at the end of the year I have a blog book published and it is a great reminder of my painting adventures.  So...I will continue to post them but with not as much side info..Hopefully I can get through them.  If you would like a catalogue of these paintings give me a ring.....=]
Thanks for your patience!!

Saturday, June 28, 2014

"Moss Landing" California, coastal, pleinair, oil painting by Robin Weiss

"Moss Landing"  8x10 oil on panel  $330

After the Plein Air convention was over my wife, Ann flew home and my son Maury flew into the San Jose airport, We planned on having a week to paint together in California .
 Our first stop was Moss Landing where we did a painting and then stayed in Nancy Russell's funky bed and breakfast that I found on Air B&B.

I realized not much has changed since Maury was at home ...I still get up early and he still sleeps late....

Nancys B&B

Looking forward to a great week painting in sunny California!

Thursday, June 19, 2014

"Just Us" California, coastal, plein air,oil painting by Robin Weiss

"Just Us"  8x10 oil on linen panel   $330

 The Portola Hotel is just a walk away from Fisherman's Wharf  in Monterey.  It was one of the planned locations for all of us to paint during the Plein Air Convention.  Since it was a grey day I picked a close cropped composition of this sailboat to paint.  ...Plus I liked the name!!  This friendly sea gull kept me company....but only because of my clam strip snacks...

Tuesday, June 17, 2014

"Carmel Mission" California, coastal, plein air painting by Robin Weiss

"San Carlos Borremeo de Carmelo Mission"  10 x10 oil on panel   $380
The Mission in Carmel is the first adobe style mission I have been to. When we arrived and I started looking around I immediately wanted to start a painting. It was that inspiring for me!.

I began by making a quick sketch on my plexiglass panel. This helps me proportion the composition quickly. I then do a underpainting drawing with a small brush and a mix of Trans Red Oxide and orange.

Maury and I working at the Carmel Mission

 Maury and I came back a few days later when I got the chance to finish the painting. 

Back in the studio I did a few minor touch ups.

Monday, June 02, 2014

"Point Lobos Cypress" California, coastal, plein air. oil painting by Robin Weiss

"Point Lobos Cypress"  8x6 oil on panel sold
The weather changed yet again and the fog rolled in by the time I finished my painting of Whalers Cove. I wanted to get one more so I stopped on the trail, set up and did this quick 8x6. I think it may be a candidate for a larger painting?

Yes!   You need to go here!   =]

Saturday, May 31, 2014

"Point Lobos, Whalers Cove" California, coastal, plein air, oil painting by Robin Weiss

"Point Lobos, Whalers Cove"  9x12 oil on panel   $425
What can I say, this place is amazing!! What a beautiful treasure!  So thankful for the opportunity to paint at Point Lobos!  If you plan to go there (don't miss it!) I'll relate our experience getting in. First, go early in the day!! When we got there around noonish they were only letting a car enter when one left the park. After we got in I wanted to go to Whalers Cove first. The road leading to the parking lot was blocked by a sign that said the parking was full. I drove around the sign and the parking lot had several empty spots. Just sayin... Here's another video of my initial reaction..


Thursday, May 29, 2014

"Carmel by the Sea" California, coastal, plein air painting by Robin Weiss

"Carmel by the Sea"  6x10 oil on panel     $275
Ann reading at the Portola

 Mean while back at the convention there was more great demonstrations and good times talking with fellow artists. Ann, being the great painting companion that she is, relaxed in the beautiful foyer of the Portola Hotel waiting for me to get going.

Daniel Gerharzt demo
in progress
Daniel Gerhartz gave a great portrait demo and also did some plein air painting on location with the other artists. It was a real treat to watch him work! 
 I was excited about our next location because I have never been to Carmel.
  We found a spot off the road without doing too much exploring anxious to get a painting going. Of course everyone else was at the beautiful Carmel River Park which I knew nothing about...
 Well into the process  someone stopped and asked, if I knew the car I was painting was a Tesla! ...Cool!