Sunday, October 09, 2016

"Dirt Road Ready" Colorado plein air painting by Robin Weiss

"Dirt Road Ready"  12x8 oil on panel $600
Available at Oh-Be-Joyful Galley, Crested Butte CO
The bad thing about Bloggers Block is the longer you let it go on the harder it is to get back to it! So much happened this summer and I have waited so long to start back posting on IPA I hardly know where to start! I will keep this short for now and just say on one trip alone I was gone five weeks and covered 4000 miles. The painting above was done in Crested Butte CO during that trip.
Maybe this will get the ball rolling again.......See you soon!!  =]
To view this painting and see other work available at the Oh-Be-Joyful Gallery in Crested Butte go to the website HERE

Monday, July 18, 2016

"High Country Barn" Grand Teton National Park, plein air landscape painting by Robin Weiss

"High Country Barn"  9x12 oil on panel,  $650   Available at the
Oh Be Joyful Gallery, Crested Butte, CO 

I'm sitting in a coffee shop in Missoula, Montana.  The van is in the shop again after throwing the serpentine belt on the highway. James, the tow truck driver, Iraq/Afghanistan war vet , befriended me and took me to his girlfriends house for lunch. We talked some about his experiences in the war, his thoughts about the upcoming election and other stuff.....I learned a few things and am convinced again that events, including break downs on the highway happen for a reason..James dropped me off at the Brooks Motel... Now I have plenty of time to update my blog.....
 Thinking back over the last month...and now it's been over a month...but seems like two or three, it's been another amazing adventure starting in Grand Teton National Park.  I met 11 or so other members of Plein Air Washington Artists (PAWA) in the park and set up camp at Gros Ventre campground , pronounced "gro vant".  I shared a spot with fellow PAWA member, Paula Ensign and her dog.
My plan was to attend the paint outs in the park with PAWA then spend a week on a ranch in Jackson while waiting to pick up my wife at the airport in Grand Junction where we would then drive to Telluride, CO for the Telluride Plein Air event. After that Ann would fly home and I would continue on to Crested Butte for a featured artist exhibition and demo.....Whew!
I'll try to fill you in on all that has happened, and a lot has happened.. in my following posts...... Thanks for checking in!

Buffalo in the Grand Tetons

Wednesday, June 08, 2016

"Tucson Territory" Arizona landscape painting by Robin Weiss

"Tucson Territory"  18x14 oil on linen    $1200
 After driving through some of the most amazing desert country I have ever seen....I ended up in the parking lot of the hotel to do my first painting in Arizona!
 There was so much to do getting ready for the next big painting adventure I only had time to do one studio painting after returning from the Plein Air Convention in Tucson . I painted this from a study done right in the parking lot of the El Conquistador Hotel where PACE16 was held.

Plein air study

The intensity of the sun was ...well,  intense! Not being used to that kind of heat, light or color palette it took me awhile to acclimatize to the landscape in Tucson.  I started with my usual red/orange under-painting for this study and that seemed to work pretty good at retaining the warmth of the light I was seeing.

BTW if you are visiting Tucson stop by the El Conquistador Hotel and have a cold beer down by the pool!  Even if you can't afford to stay there it's a great place to have dinner or a cold one...or both!    =]

Sunday, May 29, 2016

"Santa Barbara Marina" California, plein air painting by Robin Weiss

"Santa Barbara Marina"  10x10 oil on panel   $400

Being from Seattle the first thing we look for in the morning is coffee!  After inquiring from a local where the best coffee was we ended up in a little brew shop tucked away in the Santa Barbara Marina......With lots of great scenes to paint!  Ann went to do some sight seeing and I unpacked the gear right there...

 Love it when I can leave my easel set up and walk around the corner for some great coffee at break time!

The day was overcast with a thick marine layer but that can make for some juicy grays in a plein air painting...

They had the van all fixed up by the end of the day and we were back on the road the next morning headed for Tucson and  PACE16....We sure had a great time in Santa Barbara!

Thursday, May 26, 2016

"Santa Barbara Waterfront" California, plein air painting by Robin Weiss

"Santa Barbara Waterfront"  10x12 oil on panel

After talking with the guys at the repair shop and finding out we were spending another night in Santa Barbara I headed to the beach hoping to catch the late afternoon sun and Ann got us checked into the Motel. We stayed at the Days Inn on Castillo Street ...Great place!

Ann in Santa Barba

It was just a short walk to the beach and there was a trolley to take you down to Stearns Wharf...I took the long way around the marina and down the beach ending up along the walk with a great view of the Santa Barbara waterfront .  Later we went out to eat at the Endless Summer Bar and Cafe to enjoy the evening and wind down after a long day.

I have to say again how much I love my job! Even a break down on the road turned out to be a fun adventure.  Just another day at the office....=]

Sunday, May 15, 2016

"Santa Barbara Courthouse" California oil painting by Robin Weiss

"Santa Barbara Courthouse"  10x12 oil on panel  $500

The van we now drive when traveling to painting locations and events was given to us by my wifes parents. It was very gracious of them and we greatly enjoyed driving it back to Seattle from Ohio via the Trans-Canada highway. We had a grand adventure in the process!  The only drawback to the van was it's early life on the salted winter roads of Ohio which can turn a new car into a rust heap in a few years. They took great care of it and kept it in the garage but there is no avoiding that salt!

In Santa Barbara  2016

..That's what came to mind when backing down the steep driveway of the airbnb we stayed at the first night in Santa Barbara.  Ann decided to get out and check for oncoming traffic and I jammed my foot on the brake pedal ...then heard a pop and the pedal hit the floor!  Ann was out of the van and there seemed to be enough pressure left to keep the beast from careening backward down the hill so we slowly wound our way to town and stopped at the first auto repair shop we came to. Ayers Repair.  They took us right in and gave the job a priority because we only had a few days to get to Tucson and make it on  time for the convention.


If your going to break down, Santa Barbara is not a bad place to do it in! After leaving the van in the capable hands of Rodger and his crew at Ayers Repair, we quickly set up home base at a nearby Starbucks to check the internet for places to stay and see in SB.  Then we took a walkabout to see the sights and scout potential painting sites.  May as well get some work done while I'm stuck here!

I settled on the amazing grounds of the Santa Barbara courthouse for my first painting.  What a beautiful location!

After that we walked back to the repair shop and found out that sure enough, the break lines had rusted through and the extra pressure exerted backing down the driveway caused a rupture.....We would be staying the night in SB....What a bummer!....I had already located several good painting sites!

Thursday, May 05, 2016

'Soledad Mission" California, plein air painting by Robin Weiss

"Soledad Mission" 10x10 oil on panel   $350

It's really nice when you take a road trip to allow enough time each day to see some sights if you can. We planned on five days traveling to Tucson which gave us plenty of leeway to stop and paint if I saw a good spot.

 When we dropped down to highway 101 near Salinas on our way to Santa Barbara We stopped for coffee in Soledad where there was an old California Mission that was still in use. We decided to have a look , then stayed in this peaceful spot while I did the painting above.

By that time it was getting late. We got back on the road hoping to make it to our next airbnb in Santa Barabara and having time to enjoy that city. Little did we know that there would be plenty of time to walk around and see the sights there.

The Rose Garden at the Soledad Mission

Tuesday, May 03, 2016

"California Farm Country" oil landscape painting by Robin Weiss

"California Farm Country" 8x8 oil on panel    $350

What an amazing adventure!  We drove 3700 miles round trip to Tucson AZ for the Plein Air Convention and Expo 2016. In the next several posts I will try and document our road trip down and back again.

packed van
 I added four Louis Lamour books to our packed van then Ann and I hopped in and headed for the ferry that would take us across to Edmonds and on to our first airbnb in Springfield Oregon.  BTW a plug for airbnb, Great service !  I love meeting new people and hotels are so depressing.

Ann enjoying dinner out in Sacramento

After Oregon we headed south through California and made it to Sacramento where we stayed with hosts Melanie and Rick in their cozy basement apartment. We found a Thai place in town and enjoyed some vacation time.

Beautiful California Country

The country between Sacramento and Santa Barbara is stunning!  I got the chance to do my first painting at a rest stop somewhere along the way.  After a nice rest for Ann and a bit of work for me we headed for Santa Barbara where we ran into the first trouble of the trip.....

Wednesday, March 30, 2016

"The Trio" Seattle city, urban oil painting by Robin Weiss

"The Trio"  14x18 oil on canvas    $1200

The City paintings exhibited at Alki Arts for my featured artist show are selling fast and I'm very thankful for that. The Trio is one that is still available and you can see it in Seattle at The Hotel 1000 until the end of April.
I captured this scene at Pike Place Market on a sunny afternoon and used several snapshots to render the composition.
 The painting was larger but was working better cropped a bit. That was tricky because I used a Frederic's Nature Core linen panel to paint on and had to figure out how to cut and seal it. You can see my facebook post on this subject HERE

Friday, March 25, 2016

"Market Entrance" Seattle city, oil painting by Robin Weiss

"Market Entrance"  20x20 oil on canvas     Sold

This painting recently sold at Alki Arts but if you hurry you can still view and purchase my most recent paintings of Seattle. (see recent posts at  At the end of march the paintings that are still available will be moved to The Hotel 1000 through April and will be available for purchase at Alki Arts website.   I'll keep you informed of plans after that...Thanks for stopping!  =]

Monday, March 21, 2016

"The Diller Room" Seattle city , oil painting by Robin Weiss

"The Diller Room" 36x48 oil on canvas  Sold
Available through Alki Arts

The news is that this whole block in the city of Seattle is being torn down to facilitate new construction. They will probably retain this corner with the Diller Room as it is an historical site but I'm not so sure about the beautiful shade trees.  We are all pretty sad about it especially since the grab for commercial space in Seattle has lost our beloved Alki Arts.....=[  But!  You can still see this painting and lots of other great local art at Alki Arts until the end of March. After that a lot of my recent work will be moved to Hotel 1000 next door until the end of April when I will be hoping for representation in another gallery here in the Pacific Northwest.
Please check out my website at Robin Weiss Fine Art to see what events, workshops and shows are coming up this summer..and what paintings are available and where!   Thanks for stopping by!

Thursday, March 17, 2016

"Family Day" Seattle city, oil painting by Robin Weiss

"Family Day" 36x28 oil on panel   $2400
This painting will be available at Alki Arts on First and Seneca in downtown Seattle until the end of March. After that the plan is to move all the paintings in my exhibition to the Hotel 1000 next door for the month of April where you can still go and see the work.

There are many fine artists represented at Alki Arts, They will be closing at the end of the month so if you are looking for great deals on affordable art from many local Seattle artists please stop in and say hi to Diane. She would be happy to chat with you!  =]

Sunday, March 13, 2016

"Pioneer Square Hotel" Seattle city, oil painting by Robin Weiss

"Pioneer Square Hotel" 36x48 oil on canvas   Sold
Available at Alki Arts, Seattle

Found out for sure last week that Alki Arts, a gallery that started out in West Seattle, moved downtown and has been representing me for over six years is closing the doors at the end of March. Very sad news for all the artists as we have become like family, prospered and grew our careers together there. Diane and her whole family have been and will continue to be good friends. Our whole community of artists and art lovers will miss her warm smile and nurturing spirit.

 I have been working hard on a series of paintings depicting iconic Seattle scenes for a show at Alki in May. That show got cut short but the paintings will be exhibited at the First and Seneca location until the end of March and then moved to another spot  in the city for April where they will be available for purchase. 

To see the rest of the paintings in this exhibition go to my gallery page HERE and scroll down to paintings available at Alki Arts

Friday, March 11, 2016

"Point no Point Light House" Lighthouse oil painting by Robin Weiss

"Point no Point Lighthouse"  7x11 oil on panel  
 Sold at Gallery North's Small Work Show

Point no Point Cards
A number of years ago I rendered a watercolor painting of the lighthouse at Point no Point not to far from us in Hansville Washington. I have been making cards of that painting ever since and it has been one of my best sellers. This little study was a warm-up for a longer painting session.

If you are interested in purchasing cards of the lighthouse or any of my paintings contact me at:

Monday, March 07, 2016

"River Bank" oil, landscape painting by Robin Weiss

"River Bank"   6x11 oil on panel    $350   Available through Gallery North

Sometimes rather than look to the broad, majestic landscape it is interesting to narrow your focus to a more intimate portion of the scene. That's what I did with this small painting of some rocks along the bank of the Wenatchee river.

You can view this painting as an example of the jurors work along with  many fine intimate paintings at Gallery Norths, Small Works Show in Edmonds the entire month of March. This was my first time to judge an art competition and it was as challenging as I thought it would be. I have a lot of respect for those artists willing to serve others in this way.

If you are thinking of entering a juried art competition to further your career or just for fun it's a good idea to do some research on how to best go about it. HERE is a link to one discussion on getting it right but there is a wealth of info on line to help you be successful in this endeavor.

Sunday, March 06, 2016

"Wenatchee Farm" oil, landscape painting by Robin Weiss

"Wenatchee Farm"  6x8 oil on panel  available through Gallery North. Edmonds 

Cascade Loop Map
Working on miniature paintings earlier this year I rendered this little scene from the pictures taken on our trip around the Cascade Loop. Fall is a beautiful time to see the western part of our state and there is a loop route you can take from Seattle over Snoqualmie Pass to Cle Elum then across State Highway 97 to Leavenworth and back over Stevens Pass to Seattle.

Recently I was juror for the Small Works Show at Gallery North in Edmonds. The opening reception where I will present awards will be this Sunday, March 6th from 1-4pm . There are over 200 paintings representing 77 artists from our area and around the country. You can view this painting along with the work of many other fine artists the entire month of March at Gallery North in Edmonds WA

Painting off Highway 97

Wednesday, March 02, 2016

"Westlake Shoppers" Seattle cityscape, oil painting by Robin Weiss

"Westlake Shoppers" 14x9 oil on panel   $700
I love painting Seattle!  the challenge is trying to capture the energy of the city. For me that often means finding the right mix of interesting figures. This is a study to try and find that balance of flow and motion of city life.

This painting is available at Alki Arts on First and Seneca in downtown Seattle.  If you are interested in viewing large scale city paintings there will be an exhibition of my most recent work, opening on May 5th.  Hope to see you there!

Sunday, February 28, 2016

"Late Night" Seattle c"Late Night" ityscape, oil painting by Robin Weiss

"Late Night" 10x10 oil on panel    Sold

Here I find myself playing catch up again...I still have lots of paintings to post from 2015 so will try and get that done in the next few weeks in the mean time I will fill you in on coming events.

I will be jurying  The Small Works Show for Gallery North in Edmonds on Tuesday, March first and they will be having an artists reception on Sunday, March 6th from 1-4pm. I will give a short talk on the winning paintings

We will be attending the Plein Air Convention in Tuscon in April

There will be a featured artists exhibit of my recent Seattle city paintings at Alki Arts in May....Hopefully!...That may change if plans for the building where AA is now located changes. If that happens the show will be moved up but I will let you know. Right now the opening is scheduled for the first Thursday, May 5th.

I have been selected as a participating artist in Telluride Plein Air 2016!  Excited to be painting with and meeting all the artists!  After that I will be painting in Crested Butte and there will be a featured artist exhibit of my work from that area at Oh Be Joyful Gallery in downtown CB.

Well that's it for now!  Back to painting, stretching canvas, making panels, building frames, etc,etc.....

Monday, January 04, 2016

"Catch of the Day" plein air, marinescape by Robin Weiss

"Catch of the Day"  10x12 oil on panel    Quick Draw PTP 2015     Sold

A feature of most plein air painting events is the Quick Draw competition. Participating artists have a set time, in this case two hours to complete a painting from start to finish. The paintings are then brought back to the gallery and judged. I didn't win an award for my quick draw  painting but a lovely couple who watched me paint it, just as they promised,came to the exhibition and purchased it.

Quick draw, Paint the Peninsula 2015

For some reason I was fooling around back at the Fine Art Center trying to frame a painting when I looked up and saw that everyone was gone. ...Then I realized that they all left for the quick draw!  I had a plan to go back to City Pier where I painted two years ago at PTP2013 so hopped in the van and raced down...Several artists were already set up and so I grabbed a spot and tossed my gear together late as usual! God was merciful and the painting just flowed on like someone else was painting and not me! Love when that happens!  
I was done in an hour and a half.............=]

Two years ago when I painted at City Pier in Port Angeles it was raining!  For fun, here's a video I took that day.


 It's the new year but I'm still posting last years paintings...oh resolution, again, to try and keep up this year!...we'll see.........Happy New Year Friends!

Thursday, December 31, 2015

"Beach Combers" oil, marinescape painting by Robin Weiss

"Beach Combers"    10x12 oil on panel , framed    $600
We waited for a sunny day to hike the trail down to Second Beach near LaPush, WA on the Olympic Peninsula. I painted here last year during PTP 2014 and even did a different view of this same sea stack.
"Incoming Tide" 10x12 oil on linen
PTP 2014     $600
The beach was pretty crowded with hikers and campers. I picked a spot out of the way, in the shade, then quickly sketched my composition with a drawing brush and thin, Quin Sienna paint from Daniel Smith. I like the transparency and the more saturated, red/orange color of the pigment for under-painting in the Northwest where we have so much blue and green to deal with.

The sun was moving very fast so I quickly washed in the shaded areas and then STUCK to my light/dark plan as everything started to change dramatically.  I finished this painting in about an hour and a half then packed my gear and headed down the beach to meet other artist friends.

Rhonda McKay painting on 2nd Beach

I was looking for something different from the last couple years of painting on Second Beach. The storm twisted firs marching up the bluffs caught my eye. Artist Rhonda Thatcher McKay was in my field of view so I painted her in.

Ned Mueller's  painting on 2nd Beach

Many fine paintings were done down on the beach that day by artists including Jim Lamb, Bob Stem, Eric Jacobson and one of my favorites of the day by Ned Mueller.

During the month of January and February 2016 you can view many of these paintings during a solo exhibition at the Tree House Cafe. Click
for info on this great restaurant and event destination located in Lynwood Center on Bainbridge  Island.

Tuesday, December 29, 2015

"Driftwood Giants, plein air, landscape by Robin Weiss

"Driftwood Giants" 9x12 oil on linen     Sold
New Dungeness Light Station Keepers Award  PTP 2015
We were designated a painting spot on one of the days during Paint the Peninsula so me and painting friends, Jim Lamb and Melanie Thompson met early at the Dungeness Wildlife Refuge and headed for the beach. The Dungeness Spit is a long narrow strip of land five miles long with a light station at the end. As one of the sponsors of PTP 2015 the Light Station Keepers would be judging and giving awards for the work done by the artists painting in the refuge during the day.

Melanie working on her painting

The trail from the parking area is about three quarters of a mile. When we reached the end Melanie set up right there with a view of the Olympics peaking out through rapidly changing cloud conditions. It wasn't the best weather but it wasn't raining either!
 I hefted my pack down the spit where there was more driftwood. I found an interesting arrangement that would lead the eye of the viewer into the painting. I even moved a few pieces out of the way to make a better composition where one long piece of driftwood goes through the "eye" of another.

On the Dungeness Spit

The sun kept peeking out through the clouds. I snapped a picture so that I could reference my camera monitor to add shadows where I couldn't see them most of the time. I punched up the color notes and increased the size of the Olympic Mountain range in the distance. I was inspired by the color of the mountains and the way they were obscured by the clouds so I increased the saturation of the blue-green color of distant land seen through atmosphere.

In the mean time the light station keepers came around to check on the painters and encourage us.

 When I finished this one I moved to the other side of the spit where Jim was already painting. We were positioned at about 12 o'clock and 6 o'clock  around a large tide pool formed as the tide retreated into Dungeness Bay.

Dungeness Bay  9x14 oil on panel  $600 
As we were painting I noticed something moving in the tide pool that looked like seaweed. There was no current since the pool was isolated by now and the movement caught my eye. I walked down closer thinking it may have been a sea otter but when close I recognized it as a Giant Pacific Octopus trapped in the tide pool.  Jim came down and we both started taking videos of it. As it moved to a sandy area and settle down it would change color and blend in perfectly with the bottom. Then it would start moving and turn a rust red color.


The funny part about this octopus story is when we got back that day I posted my video on facebook and it received over a thousand views. Jim posted his and since he took the video vertically it posted vertically  and didn't get many views.  Being new to facebook he was not sure how to rotate it and in trying to he re-posted it to his page six times and changed his profile picture to the octopus. Ha!  You have to hear him tell the story!

Receiving the New Dungeness Light Station Keepers Award
For "Driftwood Giants" Paint the Peninsula 2015

Sunday, December 27, 2015

"Rainbow Farm" Paint the Peninsula 2015, plein air oil painting by Robin Weiss

"Rainbow Farm"  9x12 oil on panel      $600
See my prior post to learn more about this plein air painting done in Sequim WA during Paint the Peninsula 2015. Even though the current name is Chi's Farm I named the painting Rainbow Farm, it's former name still on the sign....because I thought it was kinda catchy...=]

Saturday, December 26, 2015

"Airstreams and Tractors" Paint the Peninsula, plein air, oil painting by Robin Weiss

"Airstreams and Tractors" 9x12 oil on panel    Sold
Looking back over my blog I realized there are no posts about Paint the Peninsula 2015! Yikes! That was a huge show for me this year and a great success as I won three different awards including Best of Show for this painting.
There were so many adventures and so much fun meeting new friends that it will be hard to condense it all down. To start off I was juried into the show and given host housing with Jinx and Gunar in Sequim, WA. That turned out great because I had the opportunity to paint more in that area like Chi's Farm where Airstreams and Tractors was done.
 The long row of bright yellow sunflowers was the first thing that grabbed my attention driving down Towne Rd looking for a good painting location . I pulled the van into the driveway and saw a small, neat little farm with a small shack and  few Airstream trailers. The shack had a sign inviting friends to come in and pick up their eggs leaving money in a can on the desk. There was a card describing the farm as a CSA and a phone number of the manager. I called the number and explained that I was an artists and would love to paint on location there.

The pizza oven

 Ankur enthusiastically said"Great! It's a good day, we are having our end-of-the-month pizza and veggie pick up party.  I had noticed a thick column of smoke coming from the back yard but didn't know that it was a home made, clay pizza oven!  Well that sounded good to me so I set up the easel and started my first painting.

Click HERE to learn more about Chi's Farm

Chi's Farm

I wanted to capture the first thing that impressed me about the farm. The sunflowers! So I set up to do that painting first. I will post the finished painting in my next post.
 My under-painting shown here was drawn in with a "drawing brush' and then filled in to fix my composition and values before starting in with color. This has been my standard way of getting started on a plein air painting and it works for me...=]

Plein Air wine from Camaraderie Cellars

By the way...part of my award for winning Best of Show at PTP 2015 was getting the winning painting printed on a wine label for Camaraderie Cellars signature"Plein Air" wine. A portion of sales are used to benifit the Port Angeles Fine Art Center If you are interested in learning more about PACAC and this wine click the link HERE

If you would like to go directly to the page where you can order this wine from the Camaraderie Cellars website click the link HERE