Monday, March 18, 2019

"Point Wilson Lighthouse" oil landscape painting by Robin Weiss

"Point Wilson Lighthouse"  11x14 oil on linen panel    $800

It is inevitable that your painting will be influenced by artists you admire, workshops you take, experiments in technique that you have the courage to try and many other things but the challenge is to combine all these experiences into your own voice.  The painting above has a lot of a recent Mitch Baird workshop influence in it. Mitch is a great teacher and I would highly recommend him. I learned a lot in his class that I can apply to my painting.
  I was talking with another artist about this subject. Many times after you take an intense workshop you will notice that your work after will suffer or look a lot like the work of the artist you took the workshop from.  Don't worry to much about it and just keep painting!  Eventually your work will return to your own voice if you don't try and force it. The bits of information that stuck in the workshop will become a part of your "toolbox of knowledge" and incorporate in your work.
 In my opinion, if you are just starting out painting, you will also over time, if you don't try to force it, develop your own artistic voice.
The studio painting above also has a lot of "plein air" influence in it. That comes from painting outside from life as much as possible. Don't neglect fresh air and sunshine! Get out and paint on location. That is your best "workshop"!

This painting and a whole group of others influenced by painting on location in the Pacific Northwest is on display at the Scott Milo Gallery in Anacortes Washington. Stop by and see the show if you are in town.
Scott Milo Gallery
420 Commercial Ave, Anacordes, WA 98221
360-293-6938

Saturday, March 16, 2019

"Autumn Leaves" Seattle city oil painting by Robin Weiss

"Autumn Leaves"  24x36 oil on canvas   $2400
Available at the Michael Birawer Gallery   206-624-7773


What can I say about the Pergola that I haven't said before...Painted this view many times from many different directions. You can go back in my blog archives and see many of them. Pioneer Square is a very cool area of old Seattle that hasn't changed that much over the decades. I love the old Sycamore trees that shade this park and change with the seasons. I decided to go larger with this one. It would make an impressive focal point for any room decor. You can view it in person at:
The Michael Birawer Gallery
1003 1st Ave, Seattle WA 98104
206-624-7773

That's the end of the new work displayed at my featured artist show at MBG . I will be moving on to some of the other recent work.  The weather is improving in the Pacific Northwest and I will be outside painting too!! In fact, that's just what I did yesterday!

Eagle Harbor   8x16 oil on panel



Friday, March 15, 2019

"To the Ferry" Seattle city oil painting by Robin Weiss

"To The Ferry" 14x9 oil on panel   $800

I seek out rainy days to travel by ferry to Seattle, then wander the streets risking damage to my camera and taking lots and lots of pictures for reference. It's just fun for me!
I love to try and capture the look of reflected light in the wet streets and the gestures of passing pedestrians with their many colored umbrellas. I've done a bunch of these paintings! You can still view this one at the Michael Birawer Gallery in downtown Seattle , located at 1003 1st Ave right next to the Alexis Hotel. Storyville Coffee is on the other side...a great place to recharge after seeing the local art at MBG....Enjoy!!



"Painting the Guardian Stone"

Recently I have been working with the good folks at the Peninsula Music and Arts Society in my home town of Poulsbo, WA to host Paint Out Poulsbo again this year.

 It will be a juried art show and open plein air competition for students and professionals. The proceeds from this event will be used to fund scholarships for the arts. I will be posting more on this event as time gets closer. If you are interested in joining us or even registering your grandkids....like we are , put this in your phone calendar for June 1st 2019!

"Painting the Guardian Stone" was a plein air painting I did during POP 2018.  It shows my grandson Chase, creating his award winning painting in that event.
This year I will register my grand daughter Brooklyn.
You should enter yours too! Hope to see you there!









Thursday, March 14, 2019

"Pike Place Pig" Seattle city oil painting by Robin Weiss

"Pike Place Pig"  10x10 oil on panel   $700

I didn't really know what were the origins of the pig sculptures around Seattle....and now all over the PNW, so I did what everybody does these days and googled it. Turns out the first bronze sculpture in Pike Place was a giant piggy bank named "Rachel" and created by an artist on Whidbey Island . It was made to raise money for housing and services  for low income neighbors. I have been patting that pig on visits to Pike Place for years and never knew what it was there for , or even that it was an actual piggy bank...and guess what?..It still raises about $10,000 a year for low income neighbors!

See this one and many more recent paintings of Seattle at the Michael Birawer Gallery located at 1003 1st Ave, Seattle, WA for the month March and April. I will be at the gallery on March 23rd for "Happy Hour with Robin" March 23rd fron 4-8pm. Hope to see you there!




Wednesday, March 13, 2019

"Hammered Seattle" Seattle city oil painting by Robin Weiss

"Hammered Seattle"  28x15 oil on canvas   $1200
For purchase call  MBG at  206-624-7773

Okay, first, an explanation of the title for this painting..If you live in Seattle you get it, but if you have never been to the Emerald City then you may not be familiar with our artistic icons...Like the Hammering Man.  If you look closely in the upper middle section of this painting you will see the silhouette  of a man with one arm extended and one arm up that looks big, and it is! The Hammering Man is a kinetic sculpture outside the Seattle Art Museum. The "BAR" sign belongs to the Diller Room, part of another historic and protected building in Seattle.  New skyscrapers are going up all around this area as Seattle rapidly changes it's character and skyline. For a little more about the history of Hammering Man click HERE

This painting is on display and available for the month of March at the Michael Birawer Gallery located at 1003 1st Ave , Seattle WA.  If you are in town, meet me at the gallery on March 23rd from 4-8pm for Happy Hour with Robin.  If you can't get to Seattle, you can still purchase this work by calling Summer at 206-624-7773.   Thanks and hope to see you there!  =]


San Francisco   Blue Build
Recently,  I took a workshop with Terry Miura, along with a fun group of other artists,

This workshop was an award for second place in the Winslow Plein Air competition that happens on Bainbridge Island every summer now .
This was one of the best awards I have received! Terry is a great teacher and I learned a lot about strategies to simplify city scapes. and..we had a lot of laughs!

The painting to the left was done from one of Terry's photos of San Francisco where he lives.
This was my attempt to follow his teaching to design shapes in one color using four values. Notice that all the detail is left out of these "shapes" . The mind of the viewer fills in an amazing amount of detail.  I'm sure this workshop will influence my future cityscapes. If you get the chance to take one of Terrys workshops don't hesitate! You will have a blast and learn a lot!  Check out his website HERE


Tuesday, March 12, 2019

"The San Patricio" Seattle city, oil painting by Robin Weiss

"The San Patricio"  18x24  oil on linen    Sold


Seattle is changing rapidly!!  They are in the process of tearing down the viaduct right now after years of tunneling under the city to replace outdated infrastructure. The waterfront will be transformed and Seattle as I have known it will be very different.
 There are still pockets of the city that remain as they have for decades. Post alley is one of those places. This scene of the San Patricio  restaurant in Post Alley near Pike Place Market has sold but is still on display in a featured artist exhibition at the Michael Birawer Gallery. Stop by and check out my recent Seattle city paintings if you get the chance. There will be a closing reception and "Happy Hour with Robin"  on March 23rd from 4-8pm. The Michael Birawer Gallery is located on First St. next to the Alexis Hotel and just a block down from the sky bridge to Coleman Dock.

Nil's Place 


As I said in my last post we have had a real winter in the Pacific Northwest this year with a couple good snow storms that blew through and stayed awhile.....Pretty unusual here these days
I was snow bound for about a week but because we had fair warning that snow was coming I brought my paints and gear home and was able to get a lot of work done in my home studio .

I was even able to get out and paint in the neighborhood a couple times.  This little plein air was done on Sawdust Hill Rd not far from our place during a lull in the storm.  My old friend Nils came out to see what I was doing at ended up buying the painting! 

Hope you get the chance to get out and paint too!


Here is a list of events I will be participating in this year along with as many PAWA paintouts that I can get to.  If you don't know what PAWA is, check out the website HERE. Hope to see you at one of events!!

I am participating in a group show at the Scott Milo gallery in Anacordes, WA during the month of March . If you are in the area stop by! This is an excellent galley featuring many representational artists in the area.To inquire about this work call Katherine at 360-293-6938

I will be talking about my process and doing a demo painting for the Port Ludlow Art League at the Port Ludlow Bay Club on March 20th  at 1:00pm . Guests are welcome to attend for $5. More info here  http://www.portludlowart.org/next-meetin/

Very happy to be a participating artist in the Two Rivers Plein Air competiton and sales event this year taking place in New Braunfels, Texas, April 30th-May3rd 2019. For more info on this event click this link  https://www.tworiverspleinair.com/

Also excited about participating in the 26th Carmel Art Festival in Carmel by the Sea , CA  May 17th through the 19th .  For more info on this fun event click on this link http://www.carmelartfestivalcalifornia.com/

There are lots more adventures on the calendar this year including a lifetime dream to paint in Europe as part of Workshops in France.  I will be posting more about these events as they get closer...

Thanks for following along on my artistic journey!  Have a fun summer!

Monday, March 11, 2019

"Post Alley" Seattle city, oil painting by Robin Weiss

"Post Alley"  20x20 oil on linen     Sold
Well, it's been awhile...Many events have transpired including a record breaking snow storm in the Pacific Northwest!  I have been painting daily and opened a featured artist exhibition at the Michael Birawer Gallery in Seattle on March 7th, my birthday!  The opening was a great success and I sold a few paintings including this one of Post Alley in Pike Place Market. While it is too late for you to make the opening(because I'm a chronic blog procrastinator!) the show will be up for the month of March and you can still see most of the work.

I am going to attempt to catch up on the blog again and will start by posting all the new work that is up at MBG.  I am also going to list the events that are on the schedule for 2019....I'll be very busy!!
First up:
I am participating in a group show at the Scott Milo gallery in Anacordes, WA during the month of March . If you are in the area stop by! This is an excellent galley featuring many representational artists in the area.To inquire about this work call Katherine at 360-293-6938

I will be talking about my process and doing a demo painting for the Port Ludlow Art League at the Port Ludlow Bay Club on March 20th  at 1:00pm . Guests are welcome to attend for $5. More info here  http://www.portludlowart.org/next-meetin/

Very happy to be a participating artist in the Two Rivers Plein Air competiton and sales event this year taking place in New Braunfels, Texas, April 30th-May3rd 2019. For more info on this event click this link  https://www.tworiverspleinair.com/

Also excited about participating in the 26th Carmel Art Festival in Carmel by the Sea , CA  May 17th through the 19th .  For more info on this fun event click on this link http://www.carmelartfestivalcalifornia.com/

There are lots more adventures on the calendar this year including a lifetime dream to paint in Europe as part of Workshops in France.  I will be posting more about these events as they get closer...

Thanks for following along on my artistic journey!  Have a fun summer!








Monday, January 14, 2019

"Leaving Kingston" oil, marinescape by Robin Weiss

"Leaving Kingston"  12x16 oil on linen    $800

I have viewed this scene under thousands of different atmospheric and weather conditions. It's the view you have on the ferry heading to Edmonds from Kingston. I'm often struck dumb by the beauty of the area I am blessed to live in, but fortunately I had my camera the day this cloud formation was blowing in from the south and had the presence of mind to take a shot.The photograph through the salty ferry windows was not all that great....but the painting turned out okay because I could remember the light and the feel of the wind and the smell of the salt air...

Sunday, January 13, 2019

"Sol Duc River Cascade" landscape,oil painting by robin Weiss

"Sol Duc River Cascade"   9x12 oil   $600

Grabbed a handful of old photos as I ran out the door to attend the Mitch Baird workshop. This shot of the Sol Duc was one of them. I had been wanting to paint it for awhile so was glad I brought it. The techniques that Mitch was sharing with us really helped me solve some problems of simplifying shapes and harmonizing color. For example he had us try to "posterize shapes at the start of the painting. Basically wash in the big shapes with a relative value color of the shape,whether warm or cool..(You can do more research on this technique online). That was helpful! After I filled in the shapes it was easy to model the subtle value and temperature shifts within the shapes as long as you retain the overall value of the respective shape.

Friday, January 04, 2019

"Teton Pastureland" oil painting by Robin Weiss

"Teton Pastureland"  9x12 oil on panel  $600

I recently took a Mitch Baird workshop who I highly recommend as an instructor. The workshop focused primarily on value and color. He specifically did not talk much about drawing or composition since those disciplines are a given in producing a quality painting.  I loved this workshop! I filled a few pages of my sketchbook with notes that I will not go over here....You should take your own Mitch Baird workshop!... But one color tip that really helped me get the distant mountain granite color was mixing the right amounts of Viridian and Alizerin Crimson. They make a nice juicy grey!  He also drilled into us the right time to use the warm and cool primaries that should make up the foundation of your palette.

We worked from photos in this class because of the winter weather but I used a sketch done during my brief visit to Grand Teton National Park this summer. I wanted to see how I could do with just the sketch and no photo reference.

I have started  making my own sketchbooks from 90lb cover stock which I like for sketching in graphite but is also heavy enough for water media. Let me know if you would like one! I'll send you more info.
Thanks and happy sketching!!

Wednesday, January 02, 2019

"Mount Moran from Oxbow Bend" Grand Teton plein air painting by Robin Weiss

"Mount Moran from Oxbow Bend" 8x16 oil  Sold

Grand Teton National Park has become one of my favorite places to paint! I had a chance to spend a few days there last year on my way to the Central City plein air festival in Colorado.  I only had time to paint a couple plein air studies this time but I did a lot of sketching and took a lot of reference photos which I have been working on and will post in the coming days.
 While painting this I was surrounded by tourists....which can be unnerving ,,,but if you plan on doing competition painting it is important to get used to people watching you paint. The best way is to get out and paint in a crowded area when there is no pressure to make a great painting. You will be surprised how much encouragement you will receive from passerby
  I'm realizing again how far behind I am on the blog as it is 2019 already!!  ....and I have lots of adventures in 2018 to post about....yikes!

                    I hope you all have great painting adventures in 2019!       

Monday, December 17, 2018

"Fall Leaves with Persimmon and Silver" still life painting by Robin Weiss

"Fall Leaves with Persimmon and Silver  10x10 oil on panel
Available at the Cole Gallery

Next in the Persimmon Series. This one is available at the Cole Gallery in Edmonds, WA. I never get enough of trying to render the reflections in silver objects and especially this teapot!
Metal objects are great subjects to practice drawing and painting. They sort of force you to do close observation of value, color and edge work. When I am teaching in the studio I always make my students practice on an old camp coffee pot.....Pull yours out and give it a try....=]

Saturday, December 15, 2018

"Persimmon Kiss" still life painting by Robin Weiss

"Persimmon Kiss" 8x8 oil on panel   Sold

Leigh came over and set a Hersheys Kiss down while I was painting this persimmon....Okeedokee =]

Friday, December 14, 2018

"Persimmon with Sugar Bowl" Still life painting by Robin Weiss

"Persimmon with Sugar Bowl"  8x8 oil on panel   Sold

My friend Ruth gave me a handful of persimmons. I love persimmons!...to paint that is.  The rich red/orange color makes great reflections and sings against the cool greys of silver objects. I pulled out my vintage silver set to do a series of still life paintings. I added the red dish to enhance the color intensity.
It's winter now outside the studio window....cold rain and wind..Perfect time to stay in and create! Hope your doing the same!

Wednesday, December 12, 2018

"Goose Trio" plein air painting by Robin Weiss

"Goose Trio"  8x8 oil on panel     Sold

I took a drive earlier this fall to the Finnriver Farm and Cidery after reading about it in the newspaper. It's a very cool combination farm,cidery,pizza restaurant,community gathering place and more!!  The gardens even this late in the season had beautiful sunflowers blooming but what caught my attention were these honkers! They are fenced in between the rows of orchard trees to pick bugs and slugs and leave fertilizer. Great idea!

This little goose painting sold at Arts in the Woods Studio Tour this year. If you didn't get a chance to make it you can always come next year!!  Always the second weekend in November! Check out the Cultural Arts Website to find out more about AITW! 

Have fun out there!


Sunday, December 02, 2018

"Field Apples" plein air, apple painting by Robin Weiss

"Field Apples" 16x8 oil on panel    Sold


After I enjoyed a pleasant afternoon painting these apples in the field on the Knowles Studio grounds I picked a bagful and made some pies. The apples are small but they pack a punch in a pie! Ha!

       What's Coming Up

There are several venues where you can view my recent work in the next several months.

The American Art Co shows Plein Air Washington Artists end of the year group show "The Journey"

The Roby King Gallery on Bainbridge Island will be hosting a group show of their represented artists  this December 2018, opening on the First Friday Artwalk , Dec 7th

I will be having a featured artist show at the Michael Birawer Gallery in Seattle in March 2019, opening on the second Thursday, March 14th

The Scott Milo Gallery in Anacordas will host a group show in March

The Poulsbohemian Coffee Shop in my hometown of Poulsbo will be showing an assortment of local paintings and prints in January.













Tuesday, November 27, 2018

"Apple Trio" plein air apple painting by Robin Weiss



"Apple Trio"  9x12 oil on panel     $600

They say the bee population is suffering these days but the apple crop this year was epic!  As soon as the sun comes out I grab the go bag and head to the field to try and capture the apples that seem to glow like Christmas lights against the greys of fall.
It can be a bit complicated to pick out a pleasing arrangement amid the cornucopia of abundance but you just have to make a stand and get to work.  After studying this group of apples I realized the cast shadow on the one apple was drawing my attention. I very loosely rendered the surrounding branches to keep the apples as the main attraction.



 My next post will include the painting I did from this tree which is another one loaded down with fruit this year.


If you happen to be in the Pacific Northwest in December consider coming to the Plein Air Washington Artists end of the year show at the American Art Company.
The Show is called The Journey and will be made up of a studio painting inspired by a plein air painting.
For more info on dates and times go to the PAWA page HERE
















Monday, November 19, 2018

"The Old Red Barn" plein air landscape by Robin Weiss

"The Old Red Barn"  9x12 oil on panel    $500

This is the last work from the 2017 Fall Paintings folder that were not posted in 2017!  The Red Barn sits right next door to the Knowles Studio where I work. It's fun to watch it change through the seasons but I like it best in the fall with the changing color of the trees.
Someday like most of the old barns in our area  it will succumb to time and weather. It's nice to preserve their character on canvas.



Thursday, November 15, 2018

"Fall Poplars" plein air, landscape painting by Robin Weiss

"Fall Poplars"  12x6 oil  $400

It is still fall and I have been painting fall scenes. Mostly the apples since the trees are loaded with winter apples this season, but these poplars all aglow in the late afternoon light were painted last year in 2017. Like I said in the last post, I came across a folder of paintings that were never posted so I am trying to catch up.
 These poplars are in the field next door to the studio. I didn't have to go far to capture their color. They were just as spectacular this year ....but I had to paint the apples!! Stay tuned to see all my fall paintings and more news from In Plein Air.  =]


Wednesday, November 14, 2018

"Port Gamble Fall" plein air, landscape painting by Robin Weiss

"Port Gamble Fall"  12x10 oil on panel      Sold

I always find out how many paintings that were never posted to my blog after Arts in the Woods, when I go into my gallery page on Daily Paintworks to mark them sold.  This one was in a folder of fall paintings done in 2017 and I never posted most of them!

I love Port Gamble and especially in the fall. Many of the trees planted in this town are eastern species common to the builders who arrived from back east to establish a mill and logging community. This scene had a little girl playing with her dog, throwing leaves in the air while I was painting. I may try another studio painting with them in it..  =]





Thursday, November 01, 2018

"Runaway Rose" Paint the Peninsula 2018, plein air painting by Robin Weiss

"Runaway Rose"  6x12 oil on panel  Sold

I went back to Angel Crest Gardens in Port Angeles to capture this scene . I think it was the last painting I did during Paint the Peninsula 2018.  I'm looking forward to going back again next year!
A great event with a great team of organizers who make it fun and successful every year!


Monday, October 29, 2018

"Maple Grove" Paint the Peninsula, plein air landscape painting by Robin Weiss

"Maple Grove"  9x14 oil on panel   Sold

Not a bad place to set up and paint on a hot summer day....and it was hot!  The shady, old growth, big leaf maples at the Elwha River park entrance has nice picnic tables, a bathroom and even a waterfall within a short walk....Whats not to love about this spot! I end up here to paint every year during PTP and even taught a workshop here last year. If your trying to find it using google maps type in Madison Falls..   =]

Me and Ann at Madison Falls 2018

Sunday, October 28, 2018

"Friends" Paint the Peninsula, plein air painting by Robin Weiss

"Friends"  6x8 oil on panel    $300


Almost every plein air painting event has some form of "quick draw" . During Paint the Peninsula 2018 the quick paint was scheduled for 3 hours so I had time to do 2 paintings. "Friends was the second one. These two girls were talking on a park bench near "Hollywood Beach" in Port Angeles. I pulled out a 6x8 panel to capture them quick before they walked off...

Our designated area was near City Park.  I did this one under cover of the bandstand. There was still a haze in the air from all the wildfires occurring in Olympic National Park and as far away as Canada.

"Sharing the View"  7x11    oil on panel      $500





Saturday, October 20, 2018

"Azaleas" Plein air, still life , oil painting by Robin Weiss and Arts in the Woods 2018

"Azaleas"   16x12 oil on linen panel   $900

Hey all, Taking a break from posting Paint the Peninsula stuff to get the word out again about our upcoming studio tour, "Arts in the Woods"  Artists around North Kitsap will have their studios spiffed up and ready for visitors like you to come and and see all the new local artwork! This painting along with many others will be on display.



AITW 2018
   

The Knowles Studio is included  and will be a great one to start off your tour of all the great creative spaces in the Kitsap area.

Owned by Jim and Leigh Metteer This gorgeous studio is a  space for artists to immerse themselves in the positive therapy of making art.

The studio will be open to the public during Arts in the Woods , Friday, Saturday and Sunday, November 9th, 10th and 11th 2018 from 10am -5pm  
Stop by and see what we have been up to and get the AITW brochure of  all the other studios 

Get more info on the Cultural Arts website 




Thursday, October 18, 2018

Port Townsend Afternoon" Paint the Peninsula 2018, plein air painting by Robin Weiss

"Port Townsend Afternoon"  9x12 oil on panel  $600

I was glad when PTP organizers decided to expand the boundaries that artists are allowed to paint during the event.  It now includes another favorite place, the historic seaside community of Port Townsend, WA.  I picked a sunny day to do some urban painting which is always fun in PT.




I often donate images of my paintings of Port Townsend to be included in the Gathering Place yearly calendar project which raises funds for this great cause.

This year I have two paintings of PT in the calendar.

Check out the Gathering Place website to find out all the great things they do for the developmentally disabled youth and adults in our community.