Friday, April 18, 2014

"Spring Blessing" Bainbridge Island urban, landscape painting by Robin Weiss

"Spring blessing" 10x10 oil on panel    NFS
This one started out as a plein air painting but I didn't get very far along before the cold and the changing light drove me back to my warm van. Back in the climate controlled studio I added the figure from a photo taken on location. 
 These beautiful spring days with the flowering trees arrayed in vibrant color are indeed one of God's best blessings!  Happy Easter!

Monday, April 14, 2014

"Gazebo" Bainbridge Island, plein air, urban, landscape painting by Ropbin Weiss

"Gazebo"  8x8 oil on panel  $330
 I went back to Bainbridge Island to paint the spring, flowering trees during the Bakers show. I punched the color up a bit to emphasize the vibrancy of the day.

Saturday, April 12, 2014

"Winslow Church" Bainbridge Island, plein air, urban landscape painting by Robin Weiss

"Winslow Church"  8x12 oil on panel  $350
 Right across the street from this church is Bainbridge Bakers where I had a show of my recent paintings. the show is over now but you can still see a lot of the painting(except the ones that sold) at The Harbor Steps Gallery in Seattle for the month of April.
In between painting trips I have been showing work in my local area.  I have found that is always helpful to go out and paint in the community to help promote the show. The day was Northwest cloudy/rainy but I still had a great time meeting folks and painting!

Tuesday, April 08, 2014

"Skagit Valley Jewel" Skagit Valley, plein air ,landscape painting by Robin Weiss

"Skagit Valley Jewel"  8x8 oil on panel   $330
At this time of the evening the light is moving very fast!  When I turned around and saw this tree seemingly on fire by the setting sun, there was only enough time to shoot a quick photo and it was gone.  I painted this in the studio with my vivid recollection of that moment and the pic.

Sunday, April 06, 2014

"Skagit Valley Furrows" LaConner, plein air, landscape, oil painting by Robin Weiss

"Skagit Valley Furrows"
I've been to this spot before, late in the afternoon.  It never fails to inspire.  Take a left right after the Snow Goose Produce stand on the way to LaConner and drive to the end of the road.


Thursday, April 03, 2014

"Skagit Barns" LaConner, plein air, landscape, oil painting by Robin Weiss

"Skagit Barns"  8x10 oil on panel      $330
We woke up to grey skies and threatening rain on the second day of the Laconner painting trip.  I managed to get one more plein air painting done and then did some scouting and visiting. 

Cascade Green
I added a new color made by Daniel Smith to my palette called Cascade Green. It helped me in this painting to more quickly mix the hue of green I was looking for in this cool valued rainy day scene.
I also spent a long time sitting and watching the amazing spectacle of the Snow Geese and Trumpeter Swans on their migration to the summer breeding grounds in the north. Thousands of them pass trough Washington State, many stopping in the Skagit Valley to fuel up for the journey......Well,,,,take a look at this short video    =]

Monday, March 31, 2014

"Sea of Clouds" LaConner, plein air, landscape, oil painting by Robin Weiss

"Sea of Clouds"  8x10 oil on panel  $330
I called Mark Bistranin on my way to LaConner and told him I was headed up. "Great", Mark said, "Me and Sam are just headed out to paint. We'll meet you at the 76 station"  I thought I had been to most of Marks good spots but somehow missed this one. The day was beautiful and the clouds, like giant pillows floated along against an azure sky......Perfect!

Mark and Jazz
Sam chatting with the neighbor

 Tragically, the day I was headed home from this trip a mudslide occurred not far from this location in the town of Oso.  I am auctioning off a plein air painting done here on the same day , the proceeds of which will go to the slide victim relief.  You can bid on it HERE.  Thanks for your support of this cause.  Learn more about how you can help HERE

Also, I am showing a large body of my work at Alki Arts, The Harbor Steps Gallery in Seattle , WA..
If you are in the area check it out.

Click HERE to learn more.


Saturday, March 29, 2014

"Spring Dike" LaConner, plein air, landscape painting by Robin Weiss

"Spring Dike"  6x8 oil on panel      Bid Here
I recently took a trip to LaConner, WA. to view the early Daffodils and paint with my friend, Mark Bistranin.  The first day was sunny and beautiful and we both did three paintings!  Rain returned on the next day but I was still able to get a painting done and spend some time visiting.

The downside and tragic part of this trip I learned while driving home on Saturday.  A mudslide near Arlington in the town of Oso wiped out many homes and 90 people are dead and missing. The relief effort to find the missing and clear the debris is massive and those on the scene need our help. That is why I am donating the proceeds of the sale of this piece to the relief efforts.  You can bid on this painting at the dailypaintworks auction HERE.   Thank you for supporting this cause!

Tuesday, March 25, 2014

"The Bengoti" Seattle cityscape by Robin Weiss

"The Bengoti"  Available at Alki Arts" The Harbor Steps" gallery
Another rain drenched scene of my favorite city.  I think this painting is about 12x14. I painted it a month ago and sent it off to the gallery forgetting , again , to post it to my blog.  If you stand in Pioneer Square and look north, this is the view you will see. Of course everything changes when the sun comes out ....sometime in June....

It seems I have a rotating show of my recent work traveling around . It will now all be in one place, my city scenes and my plein air landscapes.  For the next month my work will be at Alki Arts "The Harbor Steps Gallery"  while I am away at the Plein Air Convention in Monterey.

Speaking of plein air.  The Plein Air Magazine online newsletter "Outdoor Painter" did a nice little interview with me about the Mexico workshop . You can view it HERE

Sunday, March 09, 2014

"Madrone Lane" Bainbridge Island, urban, plein air, oil painting by Robin Weiss

"Madrone Lane"  8x10 oil on panel    Sold
I realized that I had never posted this painting when it sold. This has happened before.  That brings me to the professional artists tip that you should always keep your images of paintings in organized folders. One for High Resolution and one for Web posting. This one was never resized and it took me some time to find. It was tucked away in my high res folder. Fortunately, because I keep pretty organized folders by date I was able to find it fairly fast but I hate wasting time digging for stuff when it should be right at my fingertips.  I've done that when looking for tools to do a project around the house. There have been times when, after looking for a tool for an hour I just gave up and refocused on another project.  Don't let that happen to your art images! They are too important to our business!  Plus,  you can then devote more time to watching talking dog videos on youtube...=]

Wednesday, March 05, 2014

"Palapa Palms" Mexico , coastal, landsacape painting by Robin Weiss

"Palapa Palms"  14x11 oil on canvas panel   $520
This is the last one of the Mexico paintings from our adventure to the Baja Sur. I saw these palms when the workshop was gathered at the church in Pescadero. I didn't have a chance to do more than a quick sketch and take some pictures at the time, so it was fun to finally get to the palms when I got back to the studio.


I did my usual underpainting in a hotter red/orange color to give the painting the "heat" that we experienced in Mexico.

I am back to painting the cool northwest scenes that I am used to for now but the Plein Air Convention in Monterey is coming up in April and I am excited to be back in sunny California, especially the beautiful Monterey peninsula! Stay tuned for updates on how it all plays out.
  In the mean time if you are in the area I will be at the Bainbridge Baker Co, in Winslow, on Bainbridge Island, WA.  for the first Friday Art Walk this coming Friday from 6pm till 8pm.  Come down and see my recent plein air and studio work with over 30 paintings displayed.

Until next time , Adios Amigos!

Saturday, March 01, 2014

"On the Road to Cerritos" Mexico, desert, landscape painting by Robin Weiss

"On the Road to Cerritos"  10x10 oil on panel   Sold
To get from Jolyns house to the beach at Cerritos you drive these dirt roads through the desert. They call this cactus a Cordone. I desperately wanted to stop and paint these in the landscape but unfortunately was tied down to the workshop schedule. I did take a lot of pictures of them , stopping Jo many times to hop out and shoot photos. I loved the change of complimentary color from the yellow/green tops to the red/purple lower branches.

Cactus Bird

I also had fun taking pictures of all the birds I saw. Here are a few pictures of them.



Saturday, February 22, 2014

"The Palms of Las Palmas" Mexico, coastal landscape painting by Robin Weiss

"The Palms of Las Palmas"   7x10 oil on panel  $300
After we returned from Mexico I did some paintings from the photos I took while the light and colors of the Baja were still fresh in my mind, There were so many scenes at Las Palmas I wanted to paint but only had time for one. This scene , looking back to the palms from the beach, was lighting up late in the afternoon when I captured it with my trusty pocket camera.

Wednesday, February 19, 2014

"Las Palmas Beach" Mexico, plein air coastal oil painting by Robin Weiss

Las Palmas Beach 12x9 oil on panel   Sold
Our last day in Mexico we were free to relax and paint on our own.  Jolyn took us to a favorite beach and painting spot called Las Palmas or Palm Beach. 

Jolyn and Rob painting at Las Palmas
We found a great spot to set up and enjoyed the afternoon working at our own pace. There were just a few other families on the beach, It felt like we had the whole place to ourselves...

Pelican Pete
Well,  except for our friend Pete who kept coming by to check on how the paintings were coming along.   Pete hung around all day. Guess he needed some company and we stayed long enough to enjoy a beautiful sunset over the Baja.  What a great way to spend our last day in Mexico!  Thank you Tom and Jolyn Moran for hosting this workshop and showing such wonderful hospitality!  To see Jolyns  plein air work click here

Sunset at Las Palmas
I have more paintings to post of Mexico from the photos I took so check back when you have the time......Adios Amigos!

Sunday, February 16, 2014

"Cerritos Surf" Mexico, marinescape by Robin Weiss

"Cerritos Surf"   10x10 oil on panel   Sold

 The big draw of Pescadero for Americans and others is the great surfing beach at Cerritos just a few miles from where we were staying. People come from all over to enjoy the soft sand and nice break of the waves.

The palapa at Cerritos
The great thing for my purpose was the large palapa that would provide shade for the painters on the third day of the workshop in Mexico.
 The idea was to get there early enough on Sunday morning to beat all the beach goers that would be showing up to enjoy a day off.....and that we did!  My wife, Ann camped out at the surf club on a deck chair under an umbrella enjoying a good book while we painted the rocks and ocean surf.

This was my demo for the workshop of waves hitting the rocks. I was trying to portray the motion of the water and create design with the rocks. The painting above was done from pictures I took on location using my plein air study for local color.

Frieda working hard
Margi working on her seascape

The students enjoyed the shade and the beautiful day at the beach!  everyone did great even though painting surf can be very challenging ...even for the teacher!

As we were painting several boats raced in through the surf and hauled up on the beach to clean their catch. It was quite a show and a Mexican family who shared the palapa with us was happy to get what was left over after filleting the large fish.

Ann enjoying the view overlooking Cerritos Beach

Thursday, February 13, 2014

"Calle Sin Nombre" Mexico, plein air landscape painting by Robin Weiss

"Calle Sin Nombre"   10x10 oil on panel   

Juan Valdez

Calle sin nombre means "street with no name" and there are a lot of those in Mexico!  The sun bakes the red dirt roads and reflects into the very air bathing everything in warm light. I was glad I brought along my trusty, wide brimmed, painting sombrero!  That thing has kept me comfortable in many hot locations.

This view of Pescadero was painted from the top of Jolyns house where she had a traditional palapa built by local Mexicans. Not only does it make a great place to hang out and relax in the shade but it also helps to keep the house cool in the summer when temps can reach 120 degrees!

Painting under the Palapa
After the morning demo we all went up to the palapa to paint the view from a shady spot. I worked on this painting as I taught my process of tackling a landscape. The day before I drew a few thumbnail sketches which I looked at as I worked out the values using a red orange color for the underpainting. 

I also went around and offered suggestions and answered questions from the other artists. I wanted to make sure they didn't get discouraged. Painting landscapes on location is one of the hardest things an artist can do and even the best aren't always successful. When you give it your best shot and still have a stinker, best to chuck it into the nearest arroyo and try another view.

Me and Ann having our morning coffee

Thursday, January 30, 2014

"View of Pescadero" Mexico, plein air, landscape painting by Robin Weiss

"View of Pescadero" 8x10 oil on panel   sold
The second day of the Mexico workshop we gathered at the church in Pescadero where there was a terraced out door plaza of sorts. Everyone set up their easels and got started with thumbnail sketches.

Frida, Jolyn, Tori and Cynthia

The lesson for the second day was to begin by composing small value sketches from different perspectives. This is a skill that is often very useful in the field but often neglected by artists a little too eager to start painting before they have a good "road map" to guide them.

It wasn't long before we had many interested spectators.  We realized that it being Saturday, all the children in the village come to the church for catechism class.  At one point there were five or six kids around each easel watching with wide eyes and cute faces.

Enjoying the Day Painting
It was another warm, sunny day in Mexico and everyone was happy with the work they did. It took me all day to finish my painting because I was busy trying to suggest ideas to help each artist and attempting to communicate with the children. Jolyn catered a great lunch of local BBQ chicken and then we both stayed late to work on our paintings after everyone left...What a great day!

Tori works on her painting
Tori's painting


Marsha Dahlquist's painting