|"The Conversation" 8x8 oil on panel|
Friday, January 16, 2015
Wednesday, January 07, 2015
|First and Seneca 16x20 oil on canvas Sold|
This post was saved in my drafts and I just found it after selling the painting!
I painted this scene on location with painter pal. Brook Borcherding earlier in the summer and then did a larger studio painting.
|Crossing Seneca plein air study $350|
|Brook painting the intersection|
Tuesday, December 30, 2014
|"Up the Grand Park Trail" 10x12 oil on panel $450|
This is my last post for 2014! It has been an amazing year! Full of plein air adventures , meeting new friends, painting spectacular scenery up the west coast into California and all the way to the Baja peninsula! I feel incredibly blessed to have the ability to pursue my love of art, full time!
My advice is to find what you have been gifted and called to do and then get out there and work towards making that your lifes work. Sometimes you have to work other jobs until you can get there but never give up!
This painting is from one of the photos I took a few years back of a hike up to Grand Park in Mount Rainier National Park. Another Washington location of spectacular beauty!
May your year be filled with love, joy and adventure! Happy painting and hope to see you down the trail!
Thursday, December 25, 2014
|"The Gift of Joy" granddaughter , Brooklyn- 8x8 oil on panel NFS|
I'm posting this painting just before we walk through the woods to my moms house to open our presents on Christmas morning. This is a gift for my wife. She won't see this post until after opening it. I'm excited to see her face.
Our grandchildren bring much joy to our lives but this morning I'm thinking about the great joy of Christmas that came wrapped in a manger in Bethlehem. I'm hoping that you all will know the peace and joy that comes through faith in Jesus and the message He brings of love and redemption.
rob and ann
Tuesday, December 23, 2014
|"Quilute Marina" 8x10 oil on panel Sold|
|Jim painting the sea stacks|
|In La Push|
|Anne Dalton and me at the Quilute marina|
Thursday, December 18, 2014
|"Sul Duc River Afternoon" 9x12 oil on linen panel $425|
|Painting the Sol Duc with Jim Lamb|
One of the places that Anne Dalton took us was up the Hot Springs road to a spot called the Salmon Cascades on the Sol Duc river.
A location with a good view of the actual cascades didn't work out due to some young people having a lot of fun diving and swimming in the lower pools. We did find a good spot above the cascades and took some extra time to do a quick painting.
You can see a painting of the cascades that I painted from a photo taken on location HERE
My paintings and experiences at Paint the Peninsula are recorded in earlier posts.
Friday, December 12, 2014
|The El Malecon" 14x9 oil on panel Sold|
|El Malecon 10x6 oil on panel|
This is the plein air study I did that sunny afternoon. The above painting is a larger studio painting with the figure of the walking girl added from photos taken on location.
I liked the design of the darks on each side connecting through the figure in shade and the shadow of the hanging plant. Also one figure shaded and one in sun makes a nice offset balance to the whole....Anyhow that's what I was thinking...
I'm really starting to love painting in the city!
FYI Malecon means Seahorse in Spanish =] The food there is good too!
The plein air painting is available at Alki Arts located at First and Seneca, downtown Seattle! Call Diane and she will ship it right out to you!
Thursday, December 11, 2014
|"Fishermans Restaurant" 8x10 oil on panel Sold|
Available at Alki Arts Gallery, Seattle
|Eating crab at the Fishermans Restaurant|
I had a blast painting this scene while waiting for the family to arrive. We were celebrating several birthdays by having lunch on a beautiful, sunny day in the city. The Fishermans Restaurant has a spacious deck out back, right under the new , giant Ferris Wheel .
I went back to this spot three weeks later and all the trees had been torn out and the street ripped up as workers dug a giant pit twelve stories deep to recover and repair the boring machine which was disabled while trying to build the tunnel to replace the aging viaduct.
The scene I painted will never look like that again.
Wednesday, December 10, 2014
|"The Teahouse at Bloedel" 10x10 oil on panel Available at the Bloedel|
Reserve Gatehouse Gift Shop
Tuesday, December 09, 2014
|"The Foot Bridge at Bloedel" 10x10 oil on panel Sold|
The Bloedel Reserve is an amazing garden and grounds not far from us on Bainbridge Island. I have painted there quite a bit, in fact I have painted there so much they are now showing my paintings of the reserve at the gatehouse!
|7x7 oil on panel available at the|
Bloedel Reserve Gatehouse Gift Shop
The local gander even stopped by to check it out. These geese were so friendly they walked right by us as we were sitting on the path!
I liked the little painting so much that I decided to use it as my study for an upcoming show called "Natures Gift of Water" sponsored by Plein Air Washington Artists and exhibited at the American Art Co. in Tacoma WA. This show features plein air paintings and studio paintings derived from the studies.
|"Bridge over Peaceful Water" 20x20 oil on canvas $1100|
Available at The American Art Co.
If you have never tried going larger with your PA studies you may not realize how difficult it is to get the same spontaneity and freshness of brushwork. It's tough!
It was an honor to meet and receive an award of honorable mention from awards juror Jeremy Lipking for my plein air study.
And then to top the evening off I sold the painting to fellow artist and collector Mami Shimomura.
|Happy painter, collector and award|
Sunday, December 07, 2014
|"Olympic View" 11x14 oil on linen panel Sold|
If you would like a favorite place captured in paint for your home contact me here; email@example.com
btw, Lori ordered some custom notecards of her painting as well....and you could too! Actually I can arrange notecards of most of my paintings which would make a great Christmas gift! =]
Lori wrote me this note;
Rob, the painting arrived a few minutes ago, and it is just breathtaking! I am so excited, and can't wait to give it to Chris. I guess it's a pretty selfish gift because I know I will get every bit as much enjoyment out of it as he does. I hinted to our former landlords that a surprise was coming their way, too (I am going to give them some of the note cards), so your gift will go out to Maine as well! You're a bi-coastal artist now. :-) Thank you again.
Saturday, December 06, 2014
|"The Annie Belle" 8x10 oil on panel Sold|
I would be willing to paint your boat too! Or maybe some other place or thing that represents a great memory....Email me and we can talk about it
Christy wrote me after she got the package;
The package arrived right on time on Monday and it is much loved by its owner. Thank you again. It was a pleasure to work with you.
Sunday, November 30, 2014
|"Majesty" 6x6 oil on panel Sold|
A view familiar to all who ride the ferries from Seattle to Bainbridge Island. On a clear day Mt Rainier commands the horizon, a perfect backdrop for the Emerald City.
This painting is available at Alki Arts located at First and Seneca in downtown Seattle. Stop buy and say hi to Summer or Diane. They would love to see you! ....I will be there for the first Thursday Artwalk , hopefully painting on the street somewhere close by.
Monday, November 24, 2014
|"Double Kayaks" 6x6 oil on panel Sold|
Wednesday, November 19, 2014
|"Sailing Day on Elliott Bay" 6x6 oil on panel Sold|
It was good to have some smaller fresh paintings for our annual studio tour, Arts in the Woods , which was a big success again this year. I'm not sure who all follows my blog so it was fun to meet some of you! Thanks for coming and mentioning that you follow my adventures "en plein air"!
I sold lots of work including this little one, and I feel incredibly blessed to be able do what I love and love what I do for a living! Don't give up on your dreams!
Sunday, November 16, 2014
|"Salmon Cascade" 6x6 oil on panel SOLD|
I spent some time earlier this year scouting painting spots with my friend Jim Lamb for his workshop during Paint the Peninsula. We stopped at the Salmon Cascades and did a couple paintings of the river. I took a bunch of photos which I used to compose this painting.
This is the third and last painting accepted in the Randy Higbee Six Inch Squared Show in Costa Mesa California. You can view all my paintings in the show HERE. By clicking the "Back" button on the page you can view all of the 600 plus paintings accepted. By clicking on the image of the painting on the page you can view the image larger and see a paypal button for purchasing.
Thanks for visiting! There are more 6x6 paintings coming!
Friday, November 14, 2014
|"Grand Park" 6x6 oil on panel $350|
Click HERE to see all of my paintings accepted into the Higbee 6 Show. From this page you can click "BACK" and see all of the other amazing artists paintings in the show.
If you click on the image of the painting you will see a larger image and a paypal button to purchase. =]
My paintings have all been framed in the Arroyo Black with Gold Trim, Floater Frame from the King of Frame website. A very elegant frame!
Thursday, November 13, 2014
|"Lake Eleanor" 6x6 oil on panel Sold|
It's quite an honor to be included among some of the amazing artists in this show. There are over 600 paintings and they can be viewed on line with paypal links to purchase.
My paintings have all been framed in the Arroyo Black with Gold trim and they can be viewed and purchased HERE
Sunday, November 02, 2014
|"Smith Tower Morning" 9x12 oil on panel Sold|
Friday, October 31, 2014
|"Sunflower Demo" 16x20 oil on canvas Sold|
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