Saturday, July 26, 2014

"Working Boat" Monterey, California, coastal, oil painting by Robin Weiss

"Working Boa"t . Monterey   10x12    sold
I will conclude my California paintings from the third annual Plein Air Convention with this commission painting that I did from a photo taken on location in Monterey.

 Thanks for hanging in there with me~!

Friday, July 25, 2014

"Pigeon Point" California, coastal, plein air painting by Robin Weiss

"Pidgeon  Point"   7x11 oil on panel   $300
In the afternoon Maury and I headed down the beach to paint the lighthouse from a different perspective.



Mo painting at Pigeon Pt.
The Pigeon Point lighthouse was built in 1871 to guide ships up the Pacific Coast. It remains the tallest lighthouse on the west coast.

After we had our fill of the lighthouse and the California coast, Maury and I headed inland to see the great Redwoods.. After a long day of painting we camped at a spot not far from PP . It was a nice break to get some laundry done and visit with a new friend Tony Barros at the Costanoa KOA campground. One of the nicest KOA's I have ever stayed at!

Next morning after I tried a quick painting we headed towards San Jose to look for a mission to paint. That didn't happen but we did find a spot off the road to paint the live oaks in a pasture off the road.

"Live Oak"  8x6 oil on panel




The next day Maury was headed home to Seattle from San Jose airport and our painting adventure together came to an end. 

My plan was to continue on to Yosemite National Park. By myself for the first time on this journey I was already missing my family but beautiful country and van breakdowns would keep me well distracted!




Outside Alice's Restaurant

Thursday, July 24, 2014

"Pigeon Point Lighthouse" California, coastal, plein air painting by Robin Weiss

"Pigeon Point Lighthouse"  12x9 oil on panel  $425
After painting Rocky Point, Maury and I headed for the hostel at Pigeon Point.  It felt like being back on board ship staying in a dorm with a bunch of young kids again... but fun! In the morning Maury slept in and I went out to paint.


underpainting



I started out with my usual reddish under painting working out value and composition.

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

"Rocky Point Vista" California, coastal, plein air painting by Robin Weiss

"Rocky Point Vista" 9x14 oil on panel   $450
 
I had to take Maury back to the Rocky Point  Restaurant.  What a great spot! 


 
 
Afterwards we had a beer on the deck and watched the gray whales migrating up the coast.

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

"Carmel River" California, coastal, plein air painting by Robin Weiss

"Carmel River" 8x8 oil on panel
Boy , I think I am experiencing a writers block!  I am so far ahead of these California paintings now that I am not inspired to post and write about them....But yet I want to post them for the memories they represent. You see, at the end of the year I have a blog book published and it is a great reminder of my painting adventures.  So...I will continue to post them but with not as much side info..Hopefully I can get through them.  If you would like a catalogue of these paintings give me a ring.....=]
Thanks for your patience!!

Saturday, June 28, 2014

"Moss Landing" California, coastal, pleinair, oil painting by Robin Weiss

"Moss Landing"  8x10 oil on panel  $330
 
 

After the Plein Air convention was over my wife, Ann flew home and my son Maury flew into the San Jose airport, We planned on having a week to paint together in California .
 Our first stop was Moss Landing where we did a painting and then stayed in Nancy Russell's funky bed and breakfast that I found on Air B&B.







I realized not much has changed since Maury was at home ...I still get up early and he still sleeps late....


Nancys B&B
















Looking forward to a great week painting in sunny California!

Thursday, June 19, 2014

"Just Us" California, coastal, plein air,oil painting by Robin Weiss

"Just Us"  8x10 oil on linen panel   $330


 
 The Portola Hotel is just a walk away from Fisherman's Wharf  in Monterey.  It was one of the planned locations for all of us to paint during the Plein Air Convention.  Since it was a grey day I picked a close cropped composition of this sailboat to paint.  ...Plus I liked the name!!  This friendly sea gull kept me company....but only because of my clam strip snacks...


Tuesday, June 17, 2014

"Carmel Mission" California, coastal, plein air painting by Robin Weiss

"San Carlos Borremeo de Carmelo Mission"  10 x10 oil on panel   $380
The Mission in Carmel is the first adobe style mission I have been to. When we arrived and I started looking around I immediately wanted to start a painting. It was that inspiring for me!.



I began by making a quick sketch on my plexiglass panel. This helps me proportion the composition quickly. I then do a underpainting drawing with a small brush and a mix of Trans Red Oxide and orange.

Maury and I working at the Carmel Mission









 Maury and I came back a few days later when I got the chance to finish the painting. 

Back in the studio I did a few minor touch ups.

Monday, June 02, 2014

"Point Lobos Cypress" California, coastal, plein air. oil painting by Robin Weiss

"Point Lobos Cypress"  8x6 oil on panel sold
The weather changed yet again and the fog rolled in by the time I finished my painting of Whalers Cove. I wanted to get one more so I stopped on the trail, set up and did this quick 8x6. I think it may be a candidate for a larger painting?

Yes!   You need to go here!   =]

Saturday, May 31, 2014

"Point Lobos, Whalers Cove" California, coastal, plein air, oil painting by Robin Weiss

"Point Lobos, Whalers Cove"  9x12 oil on panel   $425
What can I say, this place is amazing!! What a beautiful treasure!  So thankful for the opportunity to paint at Point Lobos!  If you plan to go there (don't miss it!) I'll relate our experience getting in. First, go early in the day!! When we got there around noonish they were only letting a car enter when one left the park. After we got in I wanted to go to Whalers Cove first. The road leading to the parking lot was blocked by a sign that said the parking was full. I drove around the sign and the parking lot had several empty spots. Just sayin... Here's another video of my initial reaction..

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Thursday, May 29, 2014

"Carmel by the Sea" California, coastal, plein air painting by Robin Weiss

"Carmel by the Sea"  6x10 oil on panel     $275
 
Ann reading at the Portola

 Mean while back at the convention there was more great demonstrations and good times talking with fellow artists. Ann, being the great painting companion that she is, relaxed in the beautiful foyer of the Portola Hotel waiting for me to get going.



Daniel Gerharzt demo
in progress
Daniel Gerhartz gave a great portrait demo and also did some plein air painting on location with the other artists. It was a real treat to watch him work! 
 I was excited about our next location because I have never been to Carmel.
  We found a spot off the road without doing too much exploring anxious to get a painting going. Of course everyone else was at the beautiful Carmel River Park which I knew nothing about...
 Well into the process  someone stopped and asked, if I knew the car I was painting was a Tesla! ...Cool!



Tuesday, May 27, 2014

"Asilomar Beach" California, coastal plein air painting by Robin Weiss

"Asilomar Beach"  plein air 7x14 oil on panel     $425
I did two paintings at Asilomar Beach. This was the second one. I left it pure plein air, no touch up in the studio. Quite often I will do some touch up depending on how much time I had to finish. There was more studio work on the first painting of the day (last post) even though I spent a lot more time on it.  This one went fast and furious as I tried to convey the movement of the waves and the blusteriness of the day. After composing the painting I put more effort in conveying a feeling than accurately depicting detail. I would like to paint this way more!

Friday, May 16, 2014

"Asilomar Surf" California, coastal, plein air painting by Robin Weiss

"Asilomar Surf"  10x10 oil on panel   Sold
A lot went on at the plein air convention between painting times and I won't go into much of that. If you would like to know more you can subscribe to Plein Air Magazine's newsletter or the mag itself. It is one of the better magazines out there for artists and collectors.
  The next location we went to paint was Asilomar beach not too far from the hotel. Everyone told me it is a windy beach most of the time and this day was no exception. There were hundreds of artists on the beach painting but it seems I always pick a spot away from the congestion. I had trouble with the wind so you can see my solution in the video.. 


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Friday, May 09, 2014

"Rocky Point Rock" California, coastal, plein air painting by Robin Weiss

"Rocky Point Rock"  8x8 oil on panel  $330
After finishing up at Garrapata State Park it was time for lunch and we met at the Rocky Point Resturant. A great spot to eat ...and to set up and paint after!.....In fact, the views are so spectacular if you are an artist or photographer you may skip lunch and just go to work!



Rocky Point Restaurant
But that would be a mistake because the food is pretty good!  An extra bonus in April is the migrating Gray Whales that are cruising up the coast to their summer feeding grounds in Alaska.

Tuesday, May 06, 2014

"Garrapata Rocks" California, coastal, oil painting by Robin Weiss

"Garrapata Rocks"  10x12 oil on panel  $450
Needless to say I was blown away by the beauty of the California coast as Ann and I traveled south and the sun came out revealing the crystal turquois water of the pacific ocean near Monterey! We stayed the first night at a motel in Monterey taking some time to drive thru Napa valley and visit galleries in Senoma. After we moved over to The Portola for the Plein Air Convention I quickly ran into a good friend I've known for years on the internet but have not met face to face, Mike Bailey. He is a fantastic watercolorist and we first met, cyberly speaking, when most artists shared their work and conversed on their blogs around 2006. He introduced me to some new friends, Mark Mahaffey and Scott Hamil  and we all packed our pochade boxes and headed for Garrapata State Park. What a blast meeting and spending time painting with these great artists!

Mark Mahaffey painting at Garrapata

Mike Bailey painting at Garrapata

Scott Hamill painting at Rocky Point



Saturday, May 03, 2014

"Pescadero Beach" California, coastal, plein air painting by Robin Weiss

 

Pescadero Beach  9x12 oil on panel  $420
In early April, Ann and I left Washington state to attend the third annual Plein Air Convention in Monterey California. We were excited to leave 40 degrees and raining in Poulsbo to 80 degrees and sunshine in California....plus, we just always love a road trip!


The drive through Washington state was just a rainy blur but when we crossed the Oregon border things started to shape up and the sun started to break through.

I didn't do my first painting (above) until we reached the California coast but we had some fun adventures along the way...and the sun did come out ..finally!

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Friday, April 25, 2014

"First Thursday" Seattle cityscape by Robin Weiss

"First Thursday" 16x20 oil on canvas $850
The first Thursday of every month is Seattle city's art walk.  We always try and get to the SAM (Seattle Art Museum) on those nights because general admission is free.  Of course I always bring my camera to get rainy night city photos to paint from...

Friday, April 18, 2014

"Spring Blessing" Bainbridge Island urban, landscape painting by Robin Weiss

"Spring blessing" 10x10 oil on panel    NFS
This one started out as a plein air painting but I didn't get very far along before the cold and the changing light drove me back to my warm van. Back in the climate controlled studio I added the figure from a photo taken on location. 
 These beautiful spring days with the flowering trees arrayed in vibrant color are indeed one of God's best blessings!  Happy Easter!

Monday, April 14, 2014

"Gazebo" Bainbridge Island, plein air, urban, landscape painting by Ropbin Weiss


"Gazebo"  8x8 oil on panel  $330
 I went back to Bainbridge Island to paint the spring, flowering trees during the Bakers show. I punched the color up a bit to emphasize the vibrancy of the day.



Saturday, April 12, 2014

"Winslow Church" Bainbridge Island, plein air, urban landscape painting by Robin Weiss

"Winslow Church"  8x12 oil on panel  $350
 Right across the street from this church is Bainbridge Bakers where I had a show of my recent paintings. the show is over now but you can still see a lot of the painting(except the ones that sold) at The Harbor Steps Gallery in Seattle for the month of April.
In between painting trips I have been showing work in my local area.  I have found that is always helpful to go out and paint in the community to help promote the show. The day was Northwest cloudy/rainy but I still had a great time meeting folks and painting!

Tuesday, April 08, 2014

"Skagit Valley Jewel" Skagit Valley, plein air ,landscape painting by Robin Weiss

"Skagit Valley Jewel"  8x8 oil on panel   $330
At this time of the evening the light is moving very fast!  When I turned around and saw this tree seemingly on fire by the setting sun, there was only enough time to shoot a quick photo and it was gone.  I painted this in the studio with my vivid recollection of that moment and the pic.

Sunday, April 06, 2014

"Skagit Valley Furrows" LaConner, plein air, landscape, oil painting by Robin Weiss

"Skagit Valley Furrows"
I've been to this spot before, late in the afternoon.  It never fails to inspire.  Take a left right after the Snow Goose Produce stand on the way to LaConner and drive to the end of the road.

Enjoy!!!

Thursday, April 03, 2014

"Skagit Barns" LaConner, plein air, landscape, oil painting by Robin Weiss

"Skagit Barns"  8x10 oil on panel      $330
We woke up to grey skies and threatening rain on the second day of the Laconner painting trip.  I managed to get one more plein air painting done and then did some scouting and visiting. 



Cascade Green
I added a new color made by Daniel Smith to my palette called Cascade Green. It helped me in this painting to more quickly mix the hue of green I was looking for in this cool valued rainy day scene.
 
 
I also spent a long time sitting and watching the amazing spectacle of the Snow Geese and Trumpeter Swans on their migration to the summer breeding grounds in the north. Thousands of them pass trough Washington State, many stopping in the Skagit Valley to fuel up for the journey......Well,,,,take a look at this short video    =]
 
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