Tuesday, March 21, 2017

"Riverbend Cabanas" 4th Annual Plein Air Festival, Lighthouse Art Center, Tequesta, Fl, oil painting by Robin Weiss

"Riverbend Cabanas"  16x12 oil on linen   $1200

It's best to have a plan of action when you are in competitions like this one. I like to keep it simple. Spending the least amount of time driving around looking for a subject as possible. Riverbend Park was perfect! It was on the top three list of places to paint for good reason. You could set up and do two paintings from the same spot or without losing time hiking too far. I was walking along the river seeing a lot of good stuff to paint when I turned around and saw this scene with the thatched cabanas. I think this was my best painting of the week but it didn't sell and won no award....I've found that I really can't judge my own work very well....but I still love this painting!...and will enjoy having it around ...untill you buy it!! =]

Friday, March 17, 2017

"Juno Beach Pier" 4th Annual Plein Air Festival, lighthouse Art Center, oil painting by Robin Weiss

"Juno Beach Pier" 11x14 oil on linen panel   $850  

The second painting I completed on the first day of competition had a bit of story to it. While I was watching people come and go at the bus stop they always looked longingly at the beach and I'm sure they were trying to decide "work or water"....So thankful my job can give me both!!

I was also glad that I brought brand new Rosemary brushes with me! The new chiseled edges of the Eclipse series, faux mongoose were just what I needed to render those tricky palm fronds!

Thursday, March 16, 2017

"The Sun Will Come" Juno Beach, Lighthouse Art Center, oil painting by Robin Weiss

"The Sun Will Come" 9x14 oil  SOLD

I had been trying for a few years to get into the Lighthouse Art Center, Palm Beach Plein Air painting competition and made the cut this year in 2017. It worked out very well for Ann and I to go and spend some time visiting with her sister Nancy and husband Lowell. They graciously offered their "truck" (Cadillac SUV) for our use to drive down to Palm Beach.

Devin Roberts painting
a nocturne during the
Palm Beach Plein Air

The first night after registration Devin Roberts and I looked around and found a spot to try a nocturne. Mine was a disaster so I packed up early and got some sleep before heading out early for Juno Beach. The weather was supposed to get better as the week progressed but the day started out cloudy with sun breaks and strong wind . I managed to get the beach painting above from under the Juno Beach Pier where there was some shelter from the elements.

The first day we arrived I did the little 6x8 warm up below to get the ball
 rolling and was glad I did when the competition got started!

Juno Beach warm up  6x8 oil    $100

Thursday, February 23, 2017

"Bon Voyage" Seattle City oil painting by Robin Weiss

"Bon Voyage" 18x14 oil on linen    $1200
Available through the Cole Gallery
(425) 697-2787

I captured this scene on a sunny afternoon taking a walk near Pioneer Square in Seattle. I've been creating city scenes for a show coming up at the Cole Gallery in Edmonds, WA.  You can inquire about this painting and others HERE

Thursday, February 09, 2017

"Seattle Street" Seattle city, oil painting by Robin Weiss

"Seattle Street" 10x6 oil on panel  Sold
Available through Alki Arts

I included this little street scene with the portrait in my last post for the Black History Month show at Pacific Place in downtown Seattle. It will be up through February. Check it out if you're in town!   Thanks!!

Wednesday, February 08, 2017

"Beautiful Rain" Black History Month, portrait by Robin Weiss

"Beautiful Rain"  16x16 oil on canvas $800   Available
through Alki Arts 

Every year I have enjoyed participating in the Black History Month exhibition at Alki Arts in Seattle. Although AA is no longer a brick and mortar gallery the director, Diane Venti decided to find a space to hold the show this year!  On the second floor of Pacific Place in Seattle ( across from Nordstroms)  Diane has curated an amazing show of local artwork commemorating Black History Month. It will be up for the entire month of February.

Contact Diane for any further information about this show HERE

Sunday, January 22, 2017

Seattle Sky Bridge" Seattle city, oil painting by Robin Weiss

"Seattle Sky Bridge" 20x20 oil on linen    $1200

This is a familiar scene to anyone who commutes daily to Seattle from the Kitsap Peninsula.  This sky bridge takes you from the ferry dock across Western Avenue directly to First Street.  I used a photo for reference taken on one of my trips to the city specifically on days like this one so I can capture the atmosphere of Seattle's famous rain.

Saturday, January 14, 2017

"Art Deco with Lemons" still life painting by Robin Weiss

"Art Deco with Lemons"  7x7 oil on panel   $350

I struggled with the lemons in this one. Yellow is an interesting color to render!  I find that it usually works to combine a color with its compliment for the shadow areas but when that color is modified by objects near it or its own color changes it gets tricky and you have to model color back and forth using your eye to evaluate its "rightness"  That is why the same subject can be interpreted so differently by each artist!

After all that work I noticed after photographing this painting that the bowl of lemons seems to hover above the ground plain and needs to be brought down a bit!  Fooie!!  Thats not easy to do at this point and I will probably procrastinate indefinitely on changing it....A good lesson on making sure objects are "grounded in their proper places during the drawing phase!

Grab a lemon and try it!!   =]

Wednesday, January 11, 2017

"Art Deco with Pears" oil, still life painting by Robin Weiss

"Art Deco with Pears"  7x7 oil on panel    $350

This time I tried pears with the sugar bowl.  I scraped it down once and repainted it...that seemed to help some. I still see a few edges that need to disappear such as the line at the bottom of the sugar bowl in spots.

Still life set up and easel

Tuesday, January 10, 2017

"Art Deco Coffee Pot" still life painting by Robin Weiss

"Art Deco Coffee Pot"  7x7 oil on panel    Sold

I've talked in previous posts about how I came about acquiring this silver tea set at the thrift store in LaConnor.  It's a very enjoyable challenge for me to try and capture the light and reflection and the exceptional design of these vessels.

I began this painting as I usually do, washing the panel with a Burnt Sienna color. Then I use a "Drawing Brush" to sketch in a line drawing, sometimes using a cropping aid. Then with a 1/2 inch flat or bright Mongoose hair brush I will work out values lightening it with yellow or using a bit of Ultramarine for the dark areas.

When I get everything where I want it I will go in with color , observing closely the relationship between the light and dark areas, the soft and hard edges and where I can lose an edge.

Saturday, January 07, 2017

"Art Deco with Apple" oil. still life painting by Robin Weiss

"Art Deco with Apple"  9x12 oil on linen panel     $600

I enjoy browsing through thrift stores and I spotted this silver tea set when Ann and I were checking out a new one during our anniversary trip to LaConnor last year.  I just loved the design!  At $75 I thought it was a bit pricey for thrift store goods but I also knew it would make a great still life prop so I offered the lady $50 for it and she said okay! When we got home I looked up the maker (Rodgers Bros) and saw a set like it on Ebay for $400!    This is my first painting with the coffee pot and sugar bowl ....hopefully I will recoup my initial investment and have a lot of painting fun doing it!

Ann with the Trumpeter Swans during our anniversary getaway

Thursday, January 05, 2017

"Echo Valley Cabin #3" winter landscape painting by Robin Weiss

"Echo Valley #3"   9x12 oil on panel      Sold

The last in my Echo Valley series, this is the one I will probably try and go bigger with. This is the view we had from our cabin window.  It snowed about four inches over night and this is the way it looked until the wind picked up and blew all the snow off the trees...Then the sun came out and we had a beautiful day of cross country skiing.

Leanne and Brooklyn enjoying the snow!

Tuesday, January 03, 2017

"Woodland Winter #2" winter, landscape painting by Robin Weiss

"Woodland Winter # 2  10x8 oil on panel   Sold

I love how snow can transform a simple unnoticed bit of ground into a masterpiece of light and beauty!
Another from our trip to Echo Valley. This scene was out back of the restaurant we stopped to eat in Leavenworth ....called The Hidelburger!  =]

Monday, January 02, 2017

"Echo Valley Cabin #2" oil, landscape painting by Robin Weiss

"Echo Valley Cabin #2"   5x7 oil on panel         Sold

As often happens with me , I come back from a trip inspired by what I have experienced, the creative juices flowing from my first impressions of nature and atmosphere in the landcsapes I have seen. Then, back in the studio I get on a roll painting a lot of smaller studies while the images are fresh in my mind. From these studies I may do larger paintings.   I am now in the middle of a series of winter paintings from our trip to Echo Valley in December.  Here is a link to the resort where we stayed. It's worth a road trip to stay for a day or two! Tell Uncle Tim I sent you!  =]

Brooklyn, Chase and Gramma Mary  during craft time at Echo Valley

Sunday, January 01, 2017

"Winter Woodland" winter landscape painting by Robin Weiss

"Woodland Winter" 8x10 oil on panel       Sold 

I will start the new year off posting a series of winter paintings done from reference gathered on a recent cross country ski trip to Echo Valley with the family.

I want to thank all of my friends , family and collectors who have encouraged and supported me this year! It has been an amazing year of traveling to stunning locations, painting in various events meeting great artists who will become life long friends and just feeling very blessed to have the privilege to make a living as a painter. Thank you all so much!  I wish you all a fun filled and prosperous 2017!

Sunday, December 25, 2016

"Echo Valley Cabin" Landscape, oil painting by Robin Weiss

"Echo Valley Cabin"  7x7 oil on panel     Sold

It's Christmas morning 2016.  The year is almost at an end and I think about all the great adventures I have had this year. All the wonderful time with friends and family. This painting was inspired by one of those times on a family outing to Echo Valley with my wife Ann, our kids and grandkids. I painted very fast,and very gesturally here to capture the feel of a blowing, cold and wintery landscape, then added the touch of warmth in the window of the cabin to give the feel of the comfort of home in harsh surroundings. That's the feeling our family gives us.....and that's the feeling that faith in a Savior gives us. After all, Jesus is the reason for the season.  Wishing you all the comfort of faith and family this Holiday season from our family to yours.

Wednesday, December 14, 2016

"Forest Light" Olympic National Park, oil painting by Robin Weiss

"Forest Light' 20 x16 oil on linen panel  $1400
Available through the American Art Co. 

This  painting was accepted into the Plein Air Washington Artists (PAWA) yearly exhibit at the American Art Co.in Tacoma WA. Every year the exhibit showcases a plein air painting accompanied by a studio work inspired by the plein air study. This year the theme was "A National Park Salute" to commemorate the National Parks 100 year anniversary.

"Dappled Trees"  plein air painting
done on location in Olympic National
Park.  10x6 oil on panel   $600
Available through the American Art Co.
The plein air painting that inspired "Forest Light" was done from the parking lot of the ranger gatehouse entry to Hurricane Ridge.

I participated as a guest artist in Paint the Peninsula again this year and was having a blast connecting with old friends and meeting new ones. Everyone was meeting at the lodge at Hurricane Ridge on this day of the event, After many miles in the van traveling to paint around the country I kept having issues with the van over-heating. I even had some repairs done in Colorado that I thought fixed the problem but found myself again stressing as the temp gauge rapidly shot past green into the red zone while waiting in the VERY long line to get into the park.

Rather than try to take the long and winding road to the top I just pulled into the parking lot by the gatehouse and painted what was in front of me while the van cooled down. The day was hot and there was plenty of shade to paint under. I didn't think much of the painting but got a good response from the other artists when they saw it.

This became my color reference and inspiration for "Forrest Light" which received the "Gamblin, Best Use of Color Award" from juror,  Jim McVicker at the awards ceremony.
Both paintings are currently available through the American Art Co. in Tacoma, WA.

Our annual studio tour was a big success as well this year but I have a lot of 2017 calendars still available! If you would like to order one just send a check for $10 for the first and $5 for any additional to ;

Robin Weiss
23771 Bond Rd.
Poulsbo, WA, 98371
or email

2017 Desk Clendar


Monday, December 05, 2016

"City Walk" Seattle city oil painting by Robin Weiss

"City Walk" 12x8 oil on panel     Sold

I started this cityscape in my usual way of blocking in the composition and values as close as possible with an underpainting in Burnt Sienna. After letting it set a bit I go right in with color. The challenge was to render the gestures of the girls as they chatted while walking down the sidewalk on a sunny day in Seattle. This is a front lit scene which is more of a challenge for me than back lit figures such as the scene below, of figures walking down the sidewalk in Seattles, Westlake Center.

"Westlake Shoppers"  14x9 oil on panel

You have to be careful  when laying in the rim light around the figures but facial features are more easily rendered in the back lit scene.

Again the most interesting thing in these compositions is the gestures of the figures. Try to vary movement of arms and legs. Make one figure the "Star" of the show that will draw the viewer in to your story. If one figure is looking directly at the viewer that figure should be the focal point and should get the most attention.

The best way to get good at gesture in your figures is to draw all the time!  Spend quality time with your sketchbook!  It will love you for it!  =]

Friday, December 02, 2016

"Curious Calf" cow painting by Robin Weiss

"Curious Calf"  6x8 oil on panel        Sold
This may be the last cow painting for awhile. I moved on to still lifes. Again this is from my Colorado reference taken this summer on a long loop road trip from Seattle, through Wyoming to Colorado and back.

One more plug for the Cole Gallery Holiday Open House upon us this Saturday in Edmonds! I'll be doing a painting demo around 4pm along with Michelle Waldele.......but it won't be cows!  =] Hope to see you there!

Wednesday, November 30, 2016

"On Guard" Cow painting by Robin Weiss

"On Guard"  12x8 oil on panel  $600

This cow painting is also from my Colorado reference...and also available at The Cole Gallery in Edmonds WA.. I experimented on this one by leaving the foreground loose and washy which I think is interesting and makes the piece more painterly and less photographic.
    By the way,
 If you are in the area and interested in watching me paint a demo come to the Cole Gallery on Saturday the 3rd of December for a wonderful open house and Still Life Show just in time for Christmas! I will be starting at 4pm and there will be other artists painting as well. Click the link HERE for more info.


Saturday, November 26, 2016

"Hereford Heaven" Cow painting by Robin Weiss

"Hereford Heaven"   11x14 oil on linen panel   $800
Available through the Cole Gallery. Edmonds, WA

There is no better place I have found to get good cow reference photos and sketches than the road leading into Crested Butte through some amazing ranch land along the Slate river in Colorado. I stopped a bunch on my way back and forth from Crested Butte to where I was staying with a good artist friend this summer to paint and take pictures. This was painted from those reference pics and sketches and is available through the Cole Gallery in Edmonds, Wa.  You can check out their website HERE

Monday, November 07, 2016

"Hollyhocks" Floral studio painting by Robin Weiss

"Hollyhocks"  14x9 oil on panel   Sold
I walked by a stucco wall in Tucson while visiting the art museum. The sun was intense and these hollyhocks seemed lit from within.

Wednesday, November 02, 2016

"Teton Raven" Grand Teton National Park, studio painting by Robin Weiss

"Teton Raven"   10x12 oil on panel   Sold

There are many reasons why it is important to paint on location but one of them is to be there and feel the wind, smell the rain and as you are gathering reference also gather the feel and spirit of the place in your heart. When you get back it can not help but inform your studio work. I watched this raven for a long time one early morning on Mormon Row in the Grand Tetons before he gracefully dropped off a fence rail and flew past me.

It was a magical morning in a spectacular landscape.I would never have been able to paint the area as well from stock photos even if I wanted to.

While I was there quietly observing, a few other critters showed up .

Monday, October 31, 2016

"Fish On" Snake River, plein air painting by Robin Weiss

"Fish On" 7x12 oil on panel    $600
Available at the Oh Be Joyful Gallery, Crested Butte , CO
When I started this painting the fisherman didn't have his boots on yet. As he waded into the river casting his fly rod I took a picture and added the figure from my camera monitor. I have been doing this for awhile now and it is getting easier for me.  The image is small, usually hard to see in the sun and only lasts for a minuet before I have to bring it back up on the monitor. That seems to force me into not getting too nit picky with the photo and make the figure more integral to the painting

Here is an example of a painting where I tried a little too hard to get all the detail of the fisherman and the figure seems pasted on to me.

"Fish On is available through the Oh Be Joyful gallery in Crested Butte. You can check out the website HERE.  Thanks for visiting!

Sunday, October 30, 2016

"Touring the Tetons" Studio painting of Grand Teton National Park by Robin Weiss

"Touring the Tetons" 12x16 oil on linen panel   $1200
Two weeks in the Grand Tetons is not nearly enough time!  They say if you drive every paved road through the park you have seen only 1% of it!  During my first week there with the Plein Air Washington Artists the weather was stormy with dramatic clouds roiling around the majestic peaks. I painted this from photo reference and sketches taken on location after getting back to the studio. It will be available at Arts in the Woods coming up Nov, 11th, 12th, and 13th 2016. check out the Cultural Arts Foundation website HERE for more info on AITW.

From the campsite at Gros Vantre
 This picture was taken at the Gros Ventre campground where we set up camp for the PAWA paintout. The views were spectacular right out of the tent flap!  Later I moved on to a cabin at the Hatchet Ranch.....but more about that in another post. 

If you live in Washington State and have an opportunity to come to Poulsbo please visit the studio for Arts in the Woods! Always the second weekend in November!