Monday, May 25, 2015

"Pulling the Trap" St Augustine, plein air, oil painting by Robin Weiss

"Pulling the Trap"  10x12 oil on panel      Sold


Heading to the last location scouted the previous day I ran into another painter, Manon Sander. After meeting and talking with her a bit I set up my easel thinking that the "porch painting" should have been my last one because the thunder clouds were forming faster and getting darker.  I got a good start when the rain began... Slowly at first and then later in sheets! When it first started I looked around and Manon was painting (Tip!) under a clear plastic umbrella! The kind that covers your head and shoulders but you can still see through it. Great idea! ...I dumped the water out of my palette a few times before the painting was far enough along to pack up. Then we headed back to Sanford St where Ann and I sat on the porch and watched the deluge of water streaming down from the sky.


"Pulling the Trap" was the  painting I entered into the plein air competition. While it won no awards it did sell within the first couple hours which I consider an award by itself!  Sorry I don't have pics of all the award winners. It was just a really busy week!!

There are still paintings from the OPA national exhibition for sale at Cutter and Cutter Fine Art in St. Augustine. You can view them HERE. I was really impressed with the folks at Cutter and Cutter! They worked very hard to display the work to it's best advantage. They were friendly and helpful to the artists and collectors seemed to love the gallery and the fine folks who work there!

At The Del Mar Gallery  

At "Harrys"  where I discovered my new southern favorite dish,
 "Shrimp and Grits" !  Excellent!

Friday, May 22, 2015

"Two Palms on Sanford Street" St Augustine, plein air, oil painting by Robin Weiss


"Two Palms on Sanford Street"  11x9 oil on panel   $480
This view is from the awesome front porch of our very cool AirB&B in the Lincolnville district of St Augustine. I painted from the porch because the weather report predicted thunderstorms and rain. Well, it didn't start raining until I set up out in the open for my last painting of the day!...However, the owner of the car in this scene decided to leave after I just laid down the under painting. I had to use my trusty camera monitor to "Get er done"



Ron and Lizy's Air B&B front porch and Nancy's Benz

Speaking of cars did I mention that Ann's sister Nancy loaned us her Mercedes SL550 to drive down to St Augustine?  Well, the crazy girl did!  We had a blast cruising down the A1A !
Thanks Nancy! She didn't even mind when I joked about getting purple paint on the white leather interior.

This is the front porch of Ron and Lizy's B&B where I did the painting and that's Nancy's car in the drive.


Monday, May 11, 2015

"Debbie Moore's House" St Augustine, plein air, oil painting by Robin Weiss

"Debbie Moore's House"   9x12 oil on panel   Collection, David Foster
During the OPA National Convention we stayed in an Air B&B owned by Lizy and Ron in the Lincolnville district of S.A. Great hosts and I highly recommend staying there!

I mapped out three locations the day before the start of the plein air competition. All three were very close to our B&B so I could easily walk to each location. the first one was just two blocks down Sanford St. to this lovely little tree covered lane with the old houses, dappled in sunlight, lining the street. As I was happily painting, the neighbors stopped by to chat and see what I was up to. They weren't used to seeing artists out painting on the street. One neighbor said to me"That's Debbie Moore's house!" "She used to sing jazz with Bennie Goodman" She's ninety years old now"
 Sure enough, I did a little research when we returned and Debbie(McDade) Moore did indeed sing jazz in a number of venues. Click HERE to read an interesting history of Debbie(Mcdade) Moore and the Lincolnville district of St Augustine.


Lizy and Ron's B&B in St Augustine


First Baptist Church, Lincolnville, St Augustine,
where Debbie Moore attended church

Thursday, May 07, 2015

"Palms on Anastasia Island" St Augustine, plein air, oil painting by Robin Weiss

"Palms on Anastasia Island"  8x8 oil on linen   Collection- Nancy Lohman

The Oil Painters of America National Convention in St Augustine Florida was a great success and a really fun time!  If you ever get the opportunity to travel there don't pass it up!



Lyn Asselta painting a beautiful pastel
 We arrived a day early and had the chance to connect with Lyn Asselta.
  Here's a tip... Before you travel to an event in an unknown location, look up artists that live there and contact them. You just may make a great new friend ...and learn a bit about the area that will save time and frustration.
  Lyn took me to Anastasia Island just a hop over the bridge(there are four of them)from St Augustine. It was a great spot to practice painting palm trees (Lyn never paints them!) and warm up for the plein air painting competition.
 It all worked out great! I found out what I forgot, managed to do a decent warm up painting and made a new friend!
 Do check out Lyn's amazing pastel work HERE  ..Thanks Lyn, for making my visit to St Augustine so much more enjoyable!




Sunday, April 19, 2015

"Weather Clouds" plein air landscape painting by Robin Weiss

Weather Clouds   9x14 oil on panel     $450
From a recent blustery day painting with friends on the shores of Puget Sound. We managed to dodge rain , hail and lightning and still get a few paintings in. Thanks to Gigi from the BBI group for hosting!

If you happen to be in St Augustine Florida in May be sure to stop by Cutter and Cutter Fine Art to view the 24th Annual National Juried Exhibition of Traditional Oils at Cutter and Cutter Fine Art. I will participating in the plein air event in conjunction with the OPA national Convention April 30th - May 1st



Friday, April 10, 2015

"Chip Brush" paintbrush, still life, oil painting by Robin Weiss

"Chip Brush"   7x7 oil on panel   $300
Available at Alki Arts

It's always best to have a plan when you walk into the studio.  Have an image in your head, or a plein air study, a sketch or a photo. Sometimes there is a canvas on the easel with a underpainting all worked out from the day before....I love that! ... Sometimes....I got nothin...
On those days,when painting outside is not an option, I have found it beneficial to grab the nearest object and paint it rather than spend a bunch of time circling the wagons.

paint tube
This was one of those paintings...plus, Diane at Alki Arts has been asking me to paint more of these little studies. She has a collection going and thinks some of her other customers would like them too...So I did several.

You can see all the paintings I did for Diane by going to my re-designed website!  Yes!  I have a new website!

www.robinweissfineart.com

 It's the same URL but a totally different look. If you click on the Portfolio tab you will see the paintings available at both Alki Arts and The Carrie Goller Gallery.  A lot of the other page links will take you to my Daily Paintworks or Daily Painters gallery page. That gives you a good overview of my recent and past work.

Let me know what you think!
Thanks!




Sunday, April 05, 2015

"Under the Fremont Bridge" Seattle city, marine oil painting by Robin Weiss

"Under the Fremont Bridge"  16x20 oil on canvas   $1200



I was totally surprised and delighted that "Under the Fremont Bridge" was accepted into the Oil Painters of America national exhibition in St. Augustine, Florida. What an honor to be included among some of the finest painters working in oil today.  I will be participating in the plein air competition that is included among many events at the convention this year.

 Really looking forward to connecting with other artists I have admired for many years.

This painting was done from a photo taken on location in Seattle, WA. I had a brief window of time before meeting someone and I raced around taking photos of the marina and boat houses under the Fremont Bridge that really grabbed my attention. I remember studying this view and thinking how massive the bridge supports seemed. Of course the photo did not convey that so I accentuated the support as well as bringing the rowboat more into the foreground.

photo ref.


This is a good example of how the composition of a painting can be enhanced using your photo reference and the memory and feeling of the place. The ideal situation would allow time to do sketches or even a color study but that is not always an option as in this case. Sometimes you have to snap as many photos as you can, take a mental image and get into the studio asap while the inspiration is fresh in your mind.

Monday, March 30, 2015

"Cascade Mountain Farm" landscape oil painting by Robin Weiss

"Cascade Mountain Farm"   10x12 oil on panel     Sold
Wish I could say this painting was completed on location but that would be wrong. I painted this from a photo taken on a road trip to the Yakama Reservation that did not allow me time to set up and paint. However, the only reason I was able to interpret this photo accurate to place and time was all the work I have done in the field.
Bottom line,( you will hear this from most landscape artists) If you want to use photo reference for painting and those paintings to be believable, you must paint from life as much as possible!

Art Day!

BTW,  my destination on that road trip was to participate in "Art Day" at Hope Fellowship Church in White Swan, WA . I taught watercolor to an enthusiastic group of native kids. They are very creative and we all had a lot of fun!

If you would like to learn more about the Sacred Road Ministries work on the reservation check out the website  HERE.  Be sure to check out the videos on their youtube channel!






This painting is now posted on the Daily Paint Works Auction Site.  Click HERE if you would like to place a bid.

"Red Rose"  7x7 oil on panel  

Click HERE to bid



Tuesday, March 24, 2015

"The Bush Hotel" Seattle cityscape, oil painting by Robin Weiss

"The Bush Hotel"  10x10  oil on panel
I posted this painting on my facebook page and received an enthusiastic response. When I get that kind of buzz about a painting I know it has potential to go larger or be saved for the many juried competitions that are coming up in the summer. That can be hard when many opportunities are open to sell the work.
 For the artist it can really pay off to save your best work for competition. Your return on that kind of delayed sale gratification can be huge in recognition, commissions,award money and the potential to sell the painting.
 So far this spring I have entered the Oil Painters of America national exhibition and had my painting "Under the Fremont Bridge' accepted!  This was a big surprise! I will tell more about this show in my next post.
 I have also saved "The Underground Tourists" for the Edmonds Art Festival juried exhibition. I will find out in May if it is accepted.
 Think twice about selling that winner to the enthusiastic collector while it is still wet on the easel! After all it is your best creative work and should be used to further your career in the best job on the planet!!   Happy painting!


















Tuesday, March 10, 2015

"Yellow Cab" Seattle cityscape by Robin Weiss

"Yellow Cab"    11x14   oil on panel    $600   available through Alki Arts
What is it about umbrellas?  I love the challenge of painting them especially in the context of city life, rain and reflections on wet pavement!  We get all of that in Seattle and plenty of it!
 This painting is available through Alki Arts located at First and Seneca in Seattle!  Contact Diane Venti (206-538-0099) for  purchase information.


Here is another "yellow painting" of a truck I saw on Bainbridge Island a while back.  I am putting it up on the daily paintworks auction site to bolster my paypal account which is getting a little low right now. We use my paypal account in part to fund several charities. If you are interested in knowing what charities we contribute too with these funds email me at  robinweiss@earthlink.net

If you would like to bid on this painting just click HERE 

Thanks so much for your support!

"Yellow Truck"  8x8 oil on panel















Sunday, March 08, 2015

"Diamond Lil" Poulsbo, plein air, marine landscape painting by Robin Weiss

"Diamond Lil"  12x8 oil on panel   $420
We have been enjoying a stretch of beautiful spring weather while the east coast digs out of yet another killer snow storm. I have been taking advantage of it by heading out to paint every chance I get!  I'm not the only one!  While painting at the marina in Poulsbo last week I ran into my friend Nicole Galinas. She was taking pictures and enjoying the sunshine too. We had talked earlier about doing some videos of my painting demos since she went to school for graphic design and knows her way around computers way better than me..

.I said "Hey Nicole are you still interested in doing that video for me and she said "Sure when do you want to do it" I said "How bout right now"  She said "Well , all I have is my phone to take videos" I said.."Let's do a short promo and see how it turns out"   This is what Nicole came up with!

video


I thought she did a great job!  Check out Nicoles website HERE

If your interested in seeing this painting and other plein air work... plus,...watching me paint! Come to the Second Saturday Artwalk in downtown Poulsbo this month on Sat. the 14th at 5:00pm ! I will be outside the Carrie Gollor Gallery painting my "Spring version" of the Sogno de Vino restaurant which has an amazing magnolia tree in full bloom in the courtyard right now.



My winter version 
Sogno di Vino winter nocturne  10x10 oil on panel
Available at the Carrie Gollor Gallery   $380












Wednesday, March 04, 2015

"Mount Rainier" Sunset view from Point White. landscape, oil painting by Robin Weiss

"Mount Rainier"   Sunset view from Point White  18x24 oil on canvas       $1200


A couple weeks back I did some plein air painting on Bainbridge Island near where I was exhibiting a show of my work at the Treehouse Cafe.  My friend Darrell Anderson came and painted with me one day and then I went back again with Jim Lamb another artist friend. It was late in the afternoon on a crystal clear day when Jim and I went to check out a favorite spot near Point White and this is the view that greeted us. The light was quickly fading and there was no time to set up to paint so we spent some time taking pictures. This painting was done from those photo references and my memory of that amazing sunset.



Saturday, February 28, 2015

"Wenatchee Pine Forest" oil, landscape painting by Robin Weiss

Wenatchee Pine Forest   11x14     $600
Aniversary pic


Ann and I went to Wenatchee for our anniversary. We wanted to do some cross country skiing but the snow was thin . We still had a great time tooling around doing some hiking and sight seeing. We stayed in a really cool Air B&B place and had fun visiting Leavenworth and learning about the history of Wenatchee from our amazing host  Rufus Woods, whose family owned and operated the first newspaper there.

Thursday, February 26, 2015

"Valentines Day" Seattle cityscape oil painting by Robin Weiss

"Valentines Day"   9x12 oil on panel           Sold
I posted this painting to my facebook page on Valentines Day. Diane Venti the owner at Alki Arts was looking at it online when a couple walked in the gallery after seeing some of my paintings in the window. They asked Diane if there was more of my work they could look at. She said "Sure he just posted one on his facebook page!"  They asked if it was available. She messaged me and they bought it!  You gotta love this internet thing........

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

"Taste Restaurant" Seattle cityscape painting by Robin Weiss

"Taste Restaurant"  11x14 oil on panel    $600
I go back and forth between painting cityscapes from photos and plein air landscapes. It's a discipline that kinda keeps you on your artistic toes. No one wants their artwork to seem stale and it helps to stretch yourself in creative calisthenics...


"Taste" is the restaurant in the Seattle Art Museum....just a few blocks down from Alki Arts....where you will find this painting among others displayed for First Thursday Artwalk in March!  Here's a date night idea.....Take your sweetheart to dinner, enjoy a free  pass to the S.A.M.  and come down to the gallery between 6:00pm and 8;00pm ...I'll pour you a plastic "glass" of wine!  =]






Friday, February 20, 2015

"Mt Shuksan Evening Light" plein air landscape painting by Robin Weiss

"Mount Shuksan Evening Light"    8x12 oil on panel     Sold
This painting was done on location in Mount Baker National Park back in 2013. For some reason the work was never posted on my blog.  It has recently sold to a collector and when I went to look for the image to mark it sold ....No where to be found!
 I remember clearly seeing this spectacular view the first time up to Mount Baker with my friends Mark Bistranin and Jim Lamb . We had been painting all day and decided to stop one more time at the lake as the sun was going down and the Mountain began to glow with the light of the "golden hour" . We couldn't resist quickly setting up for another painting in the dying light.  I finished this up in the studio and then never posted it.



 

Tuesday, February 10, 2015

"Daughter of Song" portrait, oil painting by Robin Weiss

"Daughter of Song"    9x11 oil on panel      Collection;  David Jackson
With the Black History Month Art Show at Alki Arts in mind..I painted this "warm up" painting of an obscure black and white photo taken a few weeks earlier at the gallery.



I was taken by the profile of this girl against the light colored concrete wall behind her and wanted to push that contrast in the painting. I used a very limited palette starting out with wet in wet washes of warm color and finishing with thick, cool, white paint strokes laid in with brush and palette knife.


Sunday, February 08, 2015

"Eagle Harbor" plein air landscape painting by Robin Weiss

"Eagle Harbor"   10x10 oil on panel   $450
Another foggy day on Bainbridge Island. This time down by Eagle Harbor. There is a great little pull off by the gas station perfect for parking and painting!  I had fun trying to capture the different shades and hues of greyed color. How do I do that?  Well you just mix different amounts of red, blue and yellow with some white....
 If your interested in learning more about that, email me and I will put you on the list for my next color class...  =]

Friday, February 06, 2015

"View towards Lynwood Center" plein air, landscape painting by Robin Weiss

"View towards Lynwood Center"  10x10 oil on panel      $450

When seeking a place to set up my easel I try and find a location that has more than one paintable view. ...and I found one that beautiful foggy morning at Point White!  I just did a 180% turn and painted the opposite direction.

The Treehouse Cafe


The only distraction was thinking about the nice cup of coffee I would have at the Treehouse Cafe after completing my painting....

By the way....My show of over thirty local plein air and studio paintings will be on display at the Treehouse through the month of February.  Stop by and check it out. they have great food, coffee and beverages ...plus pool tables! It's a great spot to meet your friends for lunch!

Speaking of friends....The only thing better than a two-view painting location is a great painting buddy to enjoy it with!

Darrell Anderson,another dedicated, local plein air painter posted the painting he did that day on his blog HERE . Thanks for coming out and making a fine day even better Darrell!  =]














Wednesday, February 04, 2015

"Point White" plein air landscape painting by Robin Weiss"

"Point White"   8x10  oil on panel       Sold
My show at the Treehouse Cafe on Bainbridge Island will continue for the month of February.  I went down to check on the show last week and took my paints.


Darrell Anderson  brush in hand


 It was a foggy day with hope of sun in the afternoon so I set up down by the estuary to do a painting... It was so pleasant a morning  I called my friend Darrell Anderson and left him a message to join me. About ten minuets later his van rolls up! A fellow artist always makes painting more enjoyable!

check out Darrells blog HERE


Tuesday, February 03, 2015

"The Poulsbohemian" plein air, urban oil painting by Robin Weiss

"The Poulsbohemian"  9x11  oil on panel    $350



Our little town by the fjord, Poulsbo! "The hub of all things Scandinavian"  I really enjoy going into town on sunny days and
The Poulsbohemian
finding a spot to set up my easel and paint. Especially near one of my favorite coffee shops!  Last week we received the gift of a bright,warm February day. I took my gear downtown stopping in at the Poulsbohemian to greet friends and have some coffee before setting up down by The Sons of Norway to capture the view.


This little painting will be available at the Carrie Gollor Gallery in downtown Poulsbo.  Carrie has had her beautiful gallery space open for over a year now and is representing me in my home town. Stop by and say hi if you get the chance. Carrie would love to tell you about our town!




Monday, February 02, 2015

Snoqualmie Pine" plein air landscape painting by Robin Weiss

"Snoqualmie Pine"  10x8 oil on panel    $330
Last one from our day up at Snoqualmie Pass.  It was getting dark when we set up for the last painting of the day . This little pine had such a nice feathery shape against the dark firs and the cake icing snow.


Last light at Gold Creek Lake, Snoqualmie Pass

Sunday, February 01, 2015

"Snoqualmie Creek" plein air landscape painting by Robin Weiss

"Soqualmie Creek"  8x12 oil on panel       $380
  Back up at Snoqualmie Pass we found this little tributary while the sun was still high enough to throw shafts of sunlight onto the snow. I painted very fast as it was late in the day and the light was moving!  This is where practice and keeping your gear organized really pays off!

in progress




Saturday, January 31, 2015

"Barn by the River" plein air, landscape painting by Robin Weiss

"Barn by the River'   10x8 oil on panel     $330
 Sometimes you just have to stop and get the ball rolling! That's the way it was for this first painting. My friend Jim Lamb and I headed up to Snoqualmie Pass in Washington state recently to try and find some snow to paint. This first stop by the river was not the best and the snow melted off pretty quickly while we were painting...but that primed us for the good snow to come!



in progress



Jim getting primed

Thursday, January 29, 2015

"The Underground Tourists" Seattle cityscape by Robin Weiss

"The Underground Tourists"  10x10 oil on panel     $450
In Seattle they have underground tours where you can go down under the streets and see some of the history of the city. You see huge groups of tourists from all over the world. I have never been on the tour!..and I have never been on the Duck....but I do love to paint the city!  This is the Pioneer Building in Pioneer Square right where you catch the tour.
 I painted a larger version of this composition which I will post later.