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 inpleinair.blogspot.com)  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:

robinweiss@earthlink.net








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.

video

 It's the new year but I'm still posting last years paintings...oh well....my resolution, again,..is 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
                                                      HERE 
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.


video


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




Thursday, December 24, 2015

"Christmas Still Life" original oil painting by Robin Weiss

"Christmas Still Life"  10x10 oil on panel   $450
We had our annual end-of-the-season paint out, potluck for the Plein Air Washington Painters in Edmonds last month. It is always a great time to connect with friends and go over the years events and plan for next year....and there are great plans for next year!  Lots of fun painting adventures to come!  Check out PAWA's website HERE during the year to see what we are up to.
Thanks for YOUR support and have a safe and blessed holiday season!


PAWA , Edmonds paint out



Wednesday, December 23, 2015

"Happy Hour" Seattle city, urban landscape, oil painting by Robin Weiss

"Happy Hour" 20x20 oil on canvas      Sold
Rumor has it that this whole block in Seattle will soon be demolished and the only business that will remain is this old and iconic bar called the Diller Room. Things are changing fast in Seattle and part of my job is to chronicle the old city as it was.
You can see more of my recent cityscapes at Alki Arts located on First and Seneca, downtown Seattle.

Thursday, December 03, 2015

"After the Flowers" oil; landscape painting by Robin Weiss

"After the Flowers" 10x12 oil on panel   $600  available through
The Howard Mandville Gallery
Awhile back I was invited to be in the Howard Mandville gallery Small Works Show.  The show is over now but it was an amazing collection of fine art from some of the nations top artists. It was a real honor to be a part of it! They have kept over some of the paintings, mine among them and are still available to see and purchase in the gallery. If you are in Kirkland, WA. and have the opportunity please stop by and see this impressive venue of local and international fine art.
  

Sunday, November 22, 2015

"Montana Highway" mini, oil, landscape painting by Robin Weiss

"Montana Highway" 4x4 oil on linen panel

Still pawing through old reference material.  I have a pair of mat corners shape like an L that I can adjust with a couple paper clips to frame a composition within a larger photo. It's amazing when you do that how many interesting new compositions can appear from old photos. 
 This is one from some older ref shots of a trip to Montana a couple years back when I took a workshop with my old friend Darrell Anderson, Kath Gill and Bob Phinney. You can check out a post from that workshop HERE.


Tuesday, November 17, 2015

"Red Barn" mini, landscape painting by Robin Weiss

"Red Barn"  4x4 oil on linen panel
The second in a series of miniature paintings I am posting on the Daily Paint Works auction site. This was done from a reference photo taken on location in Montana several years ago.

Monday, November 16, 2015

"River Reflections" mini,oil, landscape painting by Robin Weiss

"River Reflections"  4x5 oil on linen panel  
I'm so behind on my blog now that I'm not even going to try and catch up!  lately I have been painting some landscape miniatures from my archive of reference photos as the rain falls and wind howls outside the studio windows. There has been a pretty good response to them on facebook with inquiries to buy so I will begin to post and offer them on the Daily Paint Works auction page. I'm having a lot of fun painting these and hope you like them as well!

Thursday, October 29, 2015

"The Argosy" Seattle, marine painting by Robin Weiss

"The Argosy" 18x24 oil on linen         Sold
This is a scene I have painted a few times before from different angles. The Argosy used to be moored just as you turned up Alaska Way from the ferry dock.Of course everything is changed now that they are restructuring the waterfront in Seattle.

"The Argosy"  22x36     2012       Sold


Here is a painting I did of this scene in 2012











Arts in the Woods Studio Tour is coming up Nov 6,7,8!   If you are in the area please stop by and say hi!  I will have a lot of new work and older stuff at some good prices that are only available once a year at AITW! Hope to see you there!


Friday, October 09, 2015

"First Ascent" Quick Draw, Crested Butte Plein Air Open by Robin Weiss

"First Ascent"  Quick Draw 12x10    Sold


Outside the First Assent Coffee Shop with my Quick Draw

The First Ascent is a great little coffee shop at the end of  Elk Street in Crested Butte. It's not far from Oh Be Joyful Gallery and I thought it would be a great subject for the "Quick Draw" competition during the CB Plein Air Open.

 Quick draws  are a common part of plein air competitions and generally you have about two hours to complete a painting from start to finish. Then you have to hustle your WET painting back to the gallery get it framed and hung for exhibition in a matter of hours!  It's always really stressful for me up until the painting starts to work...Once I realize the composition is coming together then I can relax and enjoy the ride.  This painting took me all of the two hours to complete since it was pretty complex for a quick draw but it payed off and the painting sold in the gallery later.
TIP;  If you look closely you can see that I have mounted my panel in a floater style frame then wrapped the frame with brown paper. That way when I am done its easy to pull off the paper and the painting is already framed and ready to go!

At Paint the Peninsula I got a late start on the quick draw. After finally getting situated the paint just flowed onto the canvas almost painting itself! I love it when that happens!!

Paint the Peninsula Quick Draw



I'll be writing more about PTP in future posts!  I'm still pretty far behind on my blog....So many paintings....so little time!

Stay tuned for more adventures....In Plein Air!

Tuesday, October 06, 2015

"Where the Wildflowers Are" Crested Butte, plein air, landscape painting by Robin Weiss

"Where the Wildflowers Are"  12x9 oil on linen panel
Available through American Art Co. Tacoma, WA
This painting was done on location not to far from my campsite on Lake Irwin during the  Crested Butte Plein Air open in Colorado. It has been accepted into PAWA's Annual Competition and Exhibition, From Meadows to Mountains. This competition requires a plein air painting at least 8x10 to be accompanied by a studio painting at least 16x20 inspired by the plein air study. It has been a really fun and interesting show to attend and this has been my third year to be juried in. If you are in the area,
The Grand Opening and Awards Presentation will be November 7th from 2 - 5 pm at ;

American Art Company
1126 Broadway Plaza,
Tacoma, WA 98402

And don't forget if you are in the Kitsap area ...or even if you aren't..plan to attend our annual studio tour, Art in the Woods!



Monday, October 05, 2015

"Alley After the Rain", Crested Butte , plein air painting by Robin Weiss

'Alley After the Rain"  Crested Butte   Sold


I was really attracted to all the quaint alleys in Crested Butte. One day after a rain shower I noticed the bright colors of the sheds reflecting in the puddles and had to paint the scene.





This painting won  Best of Show in the plein air open competition at Oh Be Joyful Gallery.