Monday, December 06, 2021

"Cotton Wood Creek" Teton National Park plein air painting by Robin Weiss

"Cotton Wood Creek" 12x9 oil  SOLD


Sometimes I lose track of paintings and forget they are even out there until I get a check in the mail. A nice surprise came from the Roby King Gallery on Bainbrdige Island this week for two paintings they sold.

This painting was done several years ago during a trip with Plein Air Washington Artists to Teton National Park. I remember being a little nervous painting this one because I had no bear spray and there were reports of grizzlies in the area and a recent attack.....All I saw were mosquitoes!

If you are Christmas shopping on Bainbridge Island be sure to visit the Roby King Gallery! They have some of the best representational painters in the Northwest on display there.   =]

Merry Christmas!

Monday, November 29, 2021

"Skagit Fields" original landscape painting by Robin Weiss

"Skagit Fields"  12x24 oil on panel  SOLD


Big thanks to everyone who came out to Arts in the Woods studio tour! We didn't know what to expect but it turned out to be our best studio tour so far in the ten years we have been participating! Thanks to all who supported local artists in North Kitsap! It means so much to our community as a whole that you encourage our local artists and support local business! We couldn't do it without you!  =]

The painting above was bought by a local collector at AITW 2021. It depicts a tranquil scene in Skagit County Washington. The flower fields have been put to bed after the harvest season is done and the fall rains begin. It reminds the viewer of the changing and renewing landscape and a hopeful spring bursting with color and new life.

Don't forget to put Arts in the Woods on your calendar for next year! Always the second weekend in November where there will be a new crop of paintings to add to your collection!  Have a wonderful holiday season!

Thursday, November 11, 2021

"Over The Edge" Mount Rainier landscape painting by Robin Weiss

"Over the Edge" Mount Ranier 18x24 oil  $1800


"Over the Edge" has been accepted into the Plein Air Washington Artists, Winter Show and will be on display at the American Art Company in Tacoma WA  along the years best plein air and studio work created by PAWA members in 2021.  

I hope you will join us for an opening reception, Dec 3rd from 2pm-5pm at the American Art Co.

This painting is a studio work painted in oil of a section of the majestic Mount Rainier. It was inspired by a plein air study of Mount Shuksan painted on location in Mount Baker National Park in 2017 and photo reference taken at Mount Rainier National Park during a PAWA paintout in 2019.

Me and Jim Lamb at Mount Rainier National Park 2019

Sunday, November 07, 2021

"Flowers at the Fat Turnip Farm" Plein air landscape painting by Robin Weiss

"Flowers at the Fat Turnip Farm"
12x9 oil on panel $600


This painting was hanging in a featured artist exhibition at the Front Street Gallery in Poulsbo for the month of October. That show kinda slipped through the cracks on the blog and we will be taking it down today..But , it will be on display at the Knowles Studio for Arts in the Woods coming up next weekend! November 12th,13th and 14th, 2021! The gallery will be open from 10am-5pm each day and there will be a variety of arts and crafts to view. A great time to stock up on local art for this Christmas.

I took some time to visit a few local organic farms.
The Fat Turnip Farm
is one not far from us in Eglon, Washington. They were very friendly and happy to let me set up to paint. I brought home a bag of cucumbers that were so good I went back a few weeks later to get some more and they were sold out!

Two events coming up quickly are;

 "Arts in the Woods" The North Kitsap Studio Tour comprising 18 studios and over 50 artists participating. 

Plein Air Washington Artists Winter Exhibition opening Dec 3rd at the American Art Company in Tacoma Wa.

Sunday, October 31, 2021

"The Lewis River" plein air landscape painting by Robin Weiss

"The Lewis River" 9x12 oil   $600


After having a thoroughly fun time painting at the Cedar Creek Grist Mill a few of us decided to try and find Lucia Falls on the Lewis River to capture the afternoon light. Thankfully my GPS was working well and we found our way after winding around the wilds of Woodinville. After reaching the park we couldn't find the falls but set up anyway and I managed to get in some brush miles...Then the long drive back to Poulsbo.  Yet another fun PAWA pop-up paintout!  =]

Thursday, October 28, 2021

"Cedar Creek Cascade" plein air landscape painting by Robin Weiss

"Cedar Creek Cascade" 9x12 oil on panel  $600


PAWA pop up events have been happening all summer. PAWA is the acronym for Plein Air Washington Artists. It is a large group of plein air artists in Washington State who regularly get together to paint our spectacularly beautiful region of the US.

In September a number of us traveled to Woodinville to paint at the Cedar Creek Gristmill. It started out as a cool foggy day but the sun slowly made an appearance and artists began to set up around the mill and down the river. I decided to paint a cascading section of Cedar Creek in the morning not finding a good view of the mill I liked.

 I took many pictures of the Grist mill which is a striking old, authentic grain processing mill originally built in 1876 and bought ,sold and refurbished many times until it became the oldest working museum in Washington state.  After working up this photo I wished that I had given it a shot from this perspective but it would have meant trying to balance on a big boulder under the bridge! 

As is often the case when you go to a PAWA paintout, I met new friends and reacquainted with old ones. Candy Smith painted the cascade with me on Cedar Creek. It was a pleasant morning listening to the river run and chatting with a new painting buddy. 

Hope you can make it to a PAWA paintout next year! If you have ever considered joining a painting support group PAWA is a gem!  A good time to meet many members and get a sense of who we are is to come to the end of the year get together in Edmonds . It is a live model paint in and we will be talking about events in 2022. Hope to see you there! Click HERE for more info.

Saturday, October 23, 2021

"The Lime Dock" LaConnor plein air painting by Robin Weiss

"The Lime Dock" 10x20 oil on panel     SOLD


Thought the long skinny format would work good for this scene in LaConnor, WA . We set up just outside the Seaside Gallery for a final painting before I headed back down to Poulsbo. I have painted this scene a few times before but this was my best effort...Confirmed when I sold it a few days later....=]

Friday, October 22, 2021

"LaConnor Boat Haven" plein air painting by Robin Weiss

"LaConnor Boat Haven"  9x12 oil on panel  $600

If you have been keeping up with this blog you know that every year I try to spend time painting in the Skagit Valley. I called my friend Mark Bistranin, a great painter and one of the artist/owners of the Seaside Gallery in LaConnor. We got together to paint a few days in the area.

There is a great little marina and boat graveyard not far from Laconnor along the canal on Tribal land that is a a hidden gem for painters! We went two days in a row to this great location. On the second day we did a little exploring and found another great painting spot down a trail that starts at the marina. I'll post that painting in the next few days. 

Tuesday, October 19, 2021

"Fishing at Lagoon Point" Whidbey Island landscape painting by Robin Weiss

"Fishing at Lagoon Point"  12x24 oil on linen panel  $1200


I have posted most of the work I did on location during the Whidbey Island Plein Air Festival. This one is a studio painting done from photos I took near where we stayed in Green Bank. It is a favorite spot for fishing from the shore. The light was fading fast when I walked out to Lagoon Point so only enough time to get a few shots.  This painting will be included in the group show coming up in November at the Scott Milo Gallery. Hope to see you at the opening , November 5th!

Sunday, October 17, 2021

"Ala Spit" Whidbey Island plein air painting by Robin Weiss

"Ala Spit" 12x12 oil on panel  $800


I have been painting on Whidbey Island for many years but had never been to this location. An artist friend who lives on the island told me about Ala Spit and I decided to drive up to the north end to see it. Turns out it is a great fishing and clamming area with beautiful views of Hope Island and the inner Puget Sound. I spent a very pleasant morning watching the eagles hunt and capturing this scene.

Wednesday, October 13, 2021

"Island Farm" Whidbey Island plein air painting by Robin Weiss

"Island Farm" 16x20 oil on linen panel   Sold
Available through the Scott Milo Gallery 360-293-6938


Island Farm was my most ambitious plein air painting to date. I passed by this scene in the early morning on my way to Ala Spit during the Whidbey Island Plein Air Festival in 2021. After spending the morning at the spit I called Maury to meet me at the farm where I found a great spot off the highway to tuck in and set up.

I knew this scene would make a great painting so I pulled out my biggest 16x20 panel and got to work. I approached it the same way I do most plein air paintings starting out with a underpainting in Quinacridone Rust and working out composition and value structure after studying the scene through my viewfinder. 

I also knew if I could nail the atmospheric distance in the background I could have fun with the foreground elements so I started with the architecture of the barn and outbuildings, filling in the tree/shrub line along the water and then working from the sky down to the top of the field softening edges as I went. 

Tuesday, October 12, 2021

"Admiralty Head Lighthouse 2021" Whidbey Island plein air painting by Robin Weiss

"Admiralty Head Lighthouse 2021"  10x20 oil on panel   $900  
Available through the Scott Milo Gallery 360-293-6938


I have painted this scene so many times now I just titled it the same as the others with the date added. Ha!

It is a great view of the lighthouse on Whidbey Island. Hard to resist! I painted it with snow on the ground one year during a freak snow storm. Sometimes you just need a long format canvas for compositions like this. I was able to get the distant point of land near Ebeys Landing which takes you through the painting and into the distance. This one will also be in the November group show at the Scott Milo Gallery.

I had to go back to 2013 to find the post from the freak snow storm. Not all my paintings get posted to the blog and there have been several of this lighthouse that didn't make it...Click HERE to see another version of this well known scene and the full story.

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Happy Trails!  =]

Monday, October 11, 2021

"Classic Coupeville" Whidbey Island pIein air by Robin Weiss

"Classic Coupeville" 11x14 oil on linen Sold
available through the Scott Milo Gallery

No Whidbey Island Plein air competition would be complete without several impressions of Coupeville's iconic boat dock. This was mine. I've painted it several times but liked the textural, low tide, rocky, shelly debris in the foreground. I pulled out all my texture tricks including splattering the panel with dark and light paint.  This one will also be in the upcoming Scott Milo Gallery  group show opening November 5th

Maury painting under the dock in Coupeville

Friday, October 08, 2021

"Field of Gold" plein air landscape painting by Robin Weiss

"Field of Gold" 10x14, plein air, oil   $800
Available through the Scott Milo Gallery  360-293-6938


Maury and I stayed in a cool Air BNB on Whidbey Island during the festival. It was in Green Bank on the north end not too far from Langley. Not very far away was a dog park of about 40 acres with a winery and amazing views of the sound. We went up there several times to paint. This is one of the paintings I completed there.

 It never made it into the competition as we were only allowed three entries...but it will be in an upcoming group show at the Scott Milo Gallery in November along with many other recent plein air paintings. The opening will be on November 5th during Anacordes Gallery Walk. hope you can make it!! Click on the highlighted text for more info!  =]

Wednesday, October 06, 2021

"Close of Day" Whidbey Island Plein Air Festival landscape painting by Robin Weiss

"Close of Day" 9x12 oil on panel      SOLD


In my last post I promised to include the paintings completed during the Whidbey Island Plein Air Festival. I won Best of Show from juror of awards, Al Currier for this piece. It was also the very first painting I did for the competition. I went on to paint 10 more paintings including my largest plein air at 16x20 inches.

Close of Day on location

It was nice after so much time cooped up because of covid to head over to Coopeville and get back to competing again. ..=]

Heads up on current and upcoming shows: 

Front Street Gallery: "Northwest Passages" a featured artist exhibit opening Oct. 9th and up through the month.

The Scott Milo Gallery:  opening Nov. 5th and up through the month of November 2021

Monday, October 04, 2021

"Misty Morning" Ebeys Landing , Landscape painting by Robin Weiss

"Misty Morning" Ebeys Landing 
20x24 oil on linen  $1800


Back from a blogging hiatus I would like to present this painting of Ebeys Landing on Whidbey Island. This 20x24 studio painting is based on a plein air study created during the Whidbey Island Plein Air Festival that took place in August. 

Me, Maury and Brook during the
Whidbey Island Plein Air Festival

We had a great time at the Festival which lasted from 

Aug 16-19.  Maury registered as well and joined in the fun.

We both won awards and sold paintings!  I will be posting

more about the competition as I add the paintings to In Plein


At this time I would like to use the above painting "Misty Morning" to promote "Northwest Passages" a featured artist exhibition of recent work at the Front Street Gallery in Poulsbo. WA through the month of October.

The opening will be during Second Saturday Artwalk , October 9th from 6-9pm. Hope you can make it!  

Also coming up in November is "Arts in the Woods"!!  Yes! It's that time again! The yearly North Kitsap studio tour is drawing near!  There will be six artists in attendance and showing fresh work at the Knowles Studio again this year. Come out and see some of the best local art North Kitsap has to offer!

The second weekend in November , November 12th, 13thand 14th 2021

Friday, August 13, 2021

"Wildflower Field" Crested Butte plein air landscape by Robin Weiss

"Wildflower Field"  11x14 oil on linen    $800


This is one of the paintings I did in Crested Butte from outside the Nordic Inn as the rain showers cycled through the mountains. It rained a lot but look at those wildflowers! Everything was lush and green!


Artists! Mark your calendars for our 2021 Whidbey Plein Air Paint Out! Save August 16-22, 2021 to come paint for four days on stunning Whidbey Island, followed by a Sale and Reception, including awards, and end it with a weekend long sale and exhibition of your work!

My son Maury and I will be participating in the Whidbey Island Plein Air Paint Out next week! If you are anywhere in the area come check it out!  Hope to see you there!!

Saturday, August 07, 2021

'Butte Bagels" Crested Butte, plein air painting by Robin Weiss

"Butte Bagels" 9x12 oil on panel   SOLD


If your hanging out in Crested Butte, Colorado and you need something quick and tasty for breakfast..This is the place. You will love all the options for stuff you can smear on a bagel.

This painting is part of the Town Show at the Oh Be Joyful Gallery in CB. Check out their website HERE

Wednesday, August 04, 2021

"Alley View" Crested Butte, plein air painting by Robin Weiss

"Alley View"   6x8 plein air  SOLD


The alley ways in Crested Butte are the best!!  So many cool little tucked away scenes to paint!

I traded this one to anorher artist who's work I love. Sales at the Oh Be Joyful Gallery are brisk! There are still a few of my paintings available from our last trip to Colorado. Check out the website HERE

"Blue Bird Sky"   SOLD

Shows I am participating in the month of August:

"The Gift of Water"  Roby King Gallery, Bainbridge Island, WA 

The Cole Gallery, Edmonds , WA

Edmonds Art Festival Poster Artist and gallery show at the Francis Anderson Center for the Arts

The Oh Be Joyful Gallery, Crested Butte CO  Summer Shows

The Whidbey Island Plein Air Paint Out, Whidbey Island, WA

Tuesday, July 20, 2021

"Washington Gulch Wildflowers"

"Washngton Gulch Wildflowers" 10x20 oil on panel    SOLD


Ann and I did take our trip to Colorado and spent a very enjoyable week in Crested Butte!  We found a great vintage chalet in Mt. Crested Butte, the little ski village a few miles up the mountain from CB proper.

The Nordic Inn

I got to work right away inspired by the beauty of the mountain scenery and amazing wildflowers bloomimg everywhere!  We escaped the "heat dome" bringing 105+ temps to Washington State just in time! At ten thousand feet the temps in CB were perfect!

Glad to be in CB!

Artist friend Susie Hyer came up from her home in Evergreen to paint with me for a few days. We are both represented at the Oh Be Joyful Gallery in CB. Check out the website HERE to see all the paintings we left for the gallery to exhibit.

So much more fun to paint with friends!  We went to Washington Gulch where the wildflowers are amazing! The above painting was my interpretation of the scene.

Susie and the Lupines

I did nine paintings in and around Crested Butte while we were there. I will try and post them all!...I'm finding it impossiple to keep up on the blog but will keep trying!  

There is too much beauty to be out painting rather than sitting at my computer!!  

Hope you are finding beauty in your world too!

The Oh Be Joyful Gallery
Crested Butte CO

Thursday, June 24, 2021

"Are You my Mother" Figure painting by Robin Weiss

"Are You my Mother"  9x16 oil on panel   NFS


One of the favorite childrens books of our kids and now our grandkids is "Are You my Mother"  written by P D Eastman back in 1960.  Based on a 2007 online poll, the National Education Association  listed the book as one of its "Teachers' Top 100 Books for Children."   It was one of the "Top 100 Picture Books" of all time in a 2012

I have been documenting our grandkids off and on since they were born as I get  photos that I think will make a good painting.  Recently they moved to a new house with a lake and more property to collect a variety of pets and farm animals. This is Brooklyn with "Bill" and "Webster".  The photo with the ducks looking back at Brooklyn made me think of the childrens book.  

At right is Brooklyn at 3 or 4 yrs playing with the piano at our house during one of the many sleepovers at grandmas.

Saturday, June 19, 2021

"April Still Life" still life painting by Robin Weiss

"April Still Life"  8x8 oil on panel   $300


The cobalt blue vase.....Yes, I still have it!   I stuck a few apple blossoms in it when they were blooming beautifully and much too briefly this spring.  Against the red drape they really stood out. Maybe this is the painting I will enter into the Little Gems Show this year....The deadline is fast approaching! Yikes!

I'll wait another day and see what you all think... =]

Speaking of the Little Gems Show...This is the annual small works show put on by the Plein Air Washington Artists group and hosted by the Scott Milo Gallery in Anacordes, WA. It is always a spectacular presentation of fine art by Washington Artists. Stop by if you get the chance!  

Also at the Scott Milo Gallery in November will be a group show including myself along with a few other members of PAWA, Chris Troyer, and Roger Small. 

Friday, June 18, 2021

"Poulsbo Marina" plein air marinescape by Robin Weiss

"Poulsbo Marina" 9x12 oil on linen, plein air   Sold


 I always carry my portable painting gear with me pretty much everywhere I go. 

Since Covid, instead of spending my mornings working on computer stuff at the coffee shop I have been walking around Poulsbo. 

I usually call my mom and see whats happening on the waterfront. 

At 7am that mostly includes my waterfront animal friends like Bruce the seagull or Aaron the Heron. 

 Well, the coffee shop is open now and here I find myself working on the computer again....I have a lot of paintings to post and catch you all up with! ....but I am not going to abandon my morning walks! 

 I found this friendly fellow out enjoying the morning quiet before the big boats come in for the weekend. 

 I feel like that when I can find a quiet place to paint outside and just enjoy the beauty of our little town. I grabbed the pack and walked out to the end of the boat dock to paint the above scene. Such a wonderful morning.   

Have you developed some enjoyable new routines since covid?   Hope so!  

Wednesday, June 16, 2021

"Mountain Pass" Original landscape painting by Robin Weiss

"Mountain Pass"  On the way to Colorado
20x20 oil on canvas  Sold
Available through the Oh Be Joyful Gallery, Crested Butte CO

 Designated one of Daily Paintworks Picks of the Day!!  Thanks DPW!

We have been driving the back way to Colorada the last few years and I find it much more enjoyable and inspiring rather than the main highways that make it unavoidable going through Salt Lake City. Nothing against Salt Lake City. It's a fun destination to go and stay awhile....just no fun if you are trying to get from point A to point B...and it is in the way!  But there are some great back road ways to get there and most you can travel just as fast. Going through West Yellowstone, Teton National Park and then past the Wind River Mountains down into Colorado offers views like the one above.  This painting is on display in Crested Butte, CO at the Oh Be Joyful Gallery. Check out their website HERE

Thanks for following along on the journey!   Have fun and stay creative!