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!


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.

Friday, January 16, 2015

"The Conversation" oil painting by Robin Weiss

"The Conversation"  8x8 oil on panel
2015 has started off in many good ways for me and my family. My art business continues to grow and I feel grateful for the success I have achieved this past year. However in the world at large many different struggles are simmering . It's hard to know what to do. Sometimes all you can do is treat others with respect....or "love your neighbor as yourself".   This painting tries to convey my feelings on this in the way I communicate best...visually, through my paintings.

Wednesday, January 07, 2015

"Crossing Seneca" Seattle, cityscape oil painting by Robin Weiss

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
We painted the intersection of First and Seneca right next to Alki Arts the gallery where Brook and I are both represented in Seattle.

Brook painting the intersection

Tuesday, December 30, 2014

"Up the Grand Park Trail" oil landscape painting by Robin Weiss

"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" portrait, oil painting by Robin Weiss

"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.
Merry Christmas!
rob and ann

Tuesday, December 23, 2014

"Quilute Marina" marine, landscape, oil painting by Robin Weiss

"Quilute Marina"   8x10 oil on panel       Sold
Our scouting trip also included a stop at the Quilute village in La Push. There is a great marina there where the native fishermen take their boats over the bar every morning. 

Jim painting the sea stacks

 I decided to paint the marina while Jim was painting the great sea stacks just outside the harbor. The fog softened the edges in the distance and lent a nice mood to the paintings. I added a second boat to my composition after coming back to the studio thinking it needed the balance. I guess that was a good move since the painting sold during the studio tour.

In La Push

Anne Dalton and me at the Quilute marina

Thursday, December 18, 2014

"Sol Duc River Afternoon" plein air, landscape, oil painting by Robin Weiss

"Sul Duc River Afternoon"     9x12 oil on linen panel    $425
Earlier in the summer of 2014 I was invited by the events director of the Port Angeles Fine Art Center to join her and Jim Lamb for a few days, scouting painting locations in preparation for Paint the Peninsula. Jim was to be the awards juror and was also teaching a workshop after the event. I had already been on a few painting trips with him and we were both like minded about what would be good spots to paint.  See Jim's work HERE

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" Seattle, cityscape, oil painting by Robin Weiss

The El Malecon"  14x9 oil on panel   Sold
I scoped this spot out on my way to Alki Arts one afternoon and thought to myself it would make a great painting when the sun is just right. I came back early enough to set up before the sun was the way I wanted and grabbed a slice of pizza. FYI , right across from the El Malecon is a great little pizza joint with tables outside in the alley. That's where I set up my easel.

El Malecon 10x6 oil on panel
Plein air

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" Seattle cityscape, oil painting by Robin Weiss

"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.