Thursday, October 29, 2020

"So Many Pumpkins" paintings from the pumpkin patch by Robin Weiss


 

"So Many Pumpkins"  24x12 oil on linen panel  $1600


This will be the last post from the Pumpkin Princess series. This little girl was very excited about bringing home a pumpkin but was having a hard time picking the perfect one. 

I had a real struggle with the face in this piece. Portraits are not my strong point. I really need to study the craft more. In any event I could not help trying to capture the expression on her face!  

Thanks for following my blog!  Stay safe and stay creative!  =] 




Wednesday, October 28, 2020

"Autumn Magic" paintings from the pumpkin patch by Robin Weiss

"Autumn Magic"   14x11 oil on linen panel $900

 

Another in the Pumpkin Princess series painted from reference gathered at Suyematsu Farm on Bainbridge Island.  

I began this painting as I usually do by working out value and composition in the under painting stage using an M Graham color called Quinacridone Rust. It is similar to Burnt Sienna but with the intensity of a modern color. You can see all the M Graham products and even watch a video of me painting in my studio and on location from the artist spotlight page HERE


Underpainting for Autumn Magic

 

Tuesday, October 27, 2020

"The Pumpkin Patch" paintings from the pumpkin patch by Robin Weiss

The Pumpkin Patch"  Suyematsu Farm , 8x16 oil
Available through the Cole Gallery, Edmonds WA
425-697-2787

 

This is the plein air painting I did at Suyematsu Farm on Bainbridge Island that started the whole Pumpkin Princess series of paintings.  You can see them all if you follow along on my blog. To get my blog posts in your email, simply enter your email in the "follow by email" tile in the right hand sidebar on my blog home page. I really appreciate your support!  I'm always amazed by folks who show up at my shows or demos that tell me they have been following along on the blog for years!  So encouraging!  Thank you!

The Suyematsu Farm on Bainbridge Island was originally owned by Akio Suyematsu. The book by David Guterson, Snow Falling on Cedars is loosely based on the story of the farm and the internment of the Suyematsu family during World War 11. You can read more about the families that manage the farm and surrounding wineries and vinyards in this post by Perennial Vineyards HERE

This painting and other Pumpkin Patch works are available through the Cole Gallery in Edmonds WA. You can contact Denise at 425-697-2787 for more purchasing information.

Saturday, October 24, 2020

"The Pumpkin Princess" paintings from the pumpkin patch by Robin Weiss

"The Pumpkin Princess" 11x14 oil on linen panel
Available through the Cole Gallery, Edmonds WA
425-697-2787

 


So many great scenes at the pumpkin patch this year!  I was constantly pulling out my camera while trying to paint!  This little girl caught my eye surrounded by backlit pumpkins. I immediately thought "There goes the Pumpkin Princess!  

Hope you are enjoying fall as much as me this year! We need some beauty in our lives right now!

This painting is also available through the Cole Gallery in Edmonds WA. You can get more purchasing information by calling Denise at 425-697-2787


Stay safe and stay creative!

Painting at the Pumpkin Patch


Thursday, October 22, 2020

"This One Mom" pumpkin patch paintings by Robin Weiss

"This One Mom" 14x11, oil on linen

 Plein Air Washington Artists have several groups active in Kitsap county that are meeting regularly even during Covid, to paint outside.....following the guidelines of course!

We met one day at Suyematsu Farm on Bainbridge Island to paint the pumpkins. Something I have been doing for years. It's always a fun place to paint in the fall! I always come away with great reference photos to add to my files. The above studio painting features a cute model who showed up to pick the perfect pumpkin.

You can view this painting in person at the Cole Gallery in Edmonds WA. or inquire on line by going to the Cole Gallery website or by calling Denise at   425-697-2787

I also wrote a blog post about PAWA pop-up paintouts that are happening in the Northwest and a pumpkin painting contest in concert with Plein Air Magazine. You can see the post on the PAWA website
HERE

Speaking of Plein Air Magazine....I was recently featured in the Nov-Dec issue in an article, Ten Artists to Collect Now. Pretty exciting! ...and humbling to be included among these fine artists in this prestigious magazine! Big thanks to Kelly Kane at PA magazine and all involved!



Thursday, October 15, 2020

"Morning Mist" plein air, landscape painting by Robin Weiss

"Morning Mist"  9x12 oil on linen  SOLD

 

I always enjoy getting together with my son Maury for a painting trip. Neither of us had been up to Artists Point this year and it was a good time to go. The smoke was thick in the air down in the valley and we hoped for some relief up in the mountains.  

We planned to meet at my son and daughter in-law's house in Arlington. They just bought this amazing property with a private lake. I awoke early on Saturday and went down to the dock to get warmed up on the first painting of the day. It was so beautiful and quiet with the mist rising from the lake. A great way to wake up!

We called it right about the air being better up high. We spent a great day painting in Mount Baker National Park. I'll be posting those paintings in coming days. Stay tuned!  =]


Maury painting Mount Shuksan from Picture Lake
 in Mount Baker National Park.


Saturday, October 10, 2020

"Home Field" plein air landscape painting by Robin Weiss

"Home Field" 9x12 oil on linen panel  $600

 

It's perfect when you can set up in a spot to paint on location and get two great views without moving your easel!  That was the spot I picked on Stottlemyer Road in Poulsbo, WA for my first two paintings during the 29th Annual, Oil Painters of America, Virtual Wet Painting Competition.

As you can see here the smoke was still thick in the air. It was fun working with all the soft edges and simplified shapes. This painting will be exhibited at the Poulsbohemian Coffee shop in Poulsbo through the month of October 2020. Stop by and have a cup, enjoy the view and the art! Thanks!! 

Friday, October 09, 2020

"Stottlemyer Road" plein air landscape painting by Robin Weiss

"Stottlemyer Road" 12x9 plein air, oil  $600


 2020 has been quite a year of challenges in the US and around the world with a pandemic , social unrest, political upheaval, wild fires and other serious issues to be faced by our leaders and citizens. It seems overwhelming to the average person and many, including myself struggle with how to address and help the situation. There are many ways that people cope with the uncertainty. Some would hide in fear, others lash out in anger. I feel, as an artist, the best way that I can help and also heal is to keep putting beauty out into the world.

Recently I was accepted into and participated in the Oil Painters of America 29th Annual Convention and Wet Painting Competition. This year, due to the pandemic it was all virtual.  The artists in the competition still painted on location wherever they were but the judging and showing of the artwork was all online. It was fun for me because a lot of the pressure involved in flying into another location and all the logistics of that were removed. I ended up doing several paintings on my drive from home to the Knowles Studio were I work. The above painting is the first one I completed. There was heavy smoke in the air due to wildfires hundreds of miles away that gave the atmosphere a hazy look and caused big shapes to be simplified. Something that I usually do by squinting. It made for some interesting atmospheric perspective.

This painting and others are part of an exhibition currently showing at the Poulsbohemian Coffee Shop in downtown Poulsbo. The exhibition is titled "Smoked, Paintings Through the Haze" If you are in town stop by and enjoy a good cup of coffee, the best view in town...and some interesting artwork!



Wednesday, October 07, 2020

"Porch Peonies" plein air, still life painting by Robin Weiss

"Porch Peonies" 16x12 oil on linen  $900
Available at the Front Street Gallery, Poulsbo WA 
360-598-6133

I watched a video of Dennis Perrin painting peonies and then painted this still life on our porch this summer. I really admire his work and learned a lot from the video. Check it out HERE.  

This painting is currently in the window display at Front Street Gallery in downtown Poulsbo. Don't miss a chance to visit if you get the opportunity! I watched another video on the Historical Downtown Poulsbo facebook page that gives you an idea of the beauty Poulsbo. Check it out HERE

Stay safe, Stay creative!


 

Monday, October 05, 2020

"Rhodies on Red" plein air, floral, oil painting by Robin Weiss


 Fresh white rhododendrons in a cobalt vase with a red background. I set this up in the Knowles Studio to paint last winter.  I used lots of M Graham paint and worked fast to get this impressionistic rendering of the subject. You can purchase this painting through the

Front Street Galley, Poulsbo, WA    360-598-6133

12x12 oil on linen panel  $800 

Thursday, October 01, 2020

"The Fountain Steps" Scenes of Italy, original oil painting by Robin Weiss







I continue to work from reference photos and sketches from our time in Europe last year. Still so thankful we were able to go before the world changed after Covid! I walked up this sun drenched staircase after visiting the  original water source for the village of Volterra in southern Italy. 
Volterra is a walled city with Etruscan and medieval remains dating from before the 8th century BC.
We spent a magical three days exploring the beauty of this Tuscan village.





Tuesday, September 22, 2020

"Hope Springs Eternal" original oil painting by Robin Weiss

"Hope Springs Eternal"  11x11 oil on linen panel  $800
Available through the Illume Gallery, St. George, Utah
801-210-2853

 Once again there has been some water under the bridge since my last post...I have been busy! =]

The Roby King exhibition was a huge success and we sold a lot of paintings! Thanks to all who braved Covid to put on your ppe armor and come out to the show. It was a beautiful evening and almost seemed like the old days pre-pandemic....almost!

What have I been doing?.....Well, lots of painting!! ...and lots of projects around the house too! 

At least in the top ten best adventures of my life was a pack trip into the Wind River Mountains in late September. Myself and 8 other hardy hikers joined up with the fun folks at Lander Llama Company to participate in a guided pack trip over Roaring Fork Pass into the Stough River Basin to paint, fish and explore for 7 days. I haven't written any posts on this trip yet because I am still organizing all the images and my thoughts about the trip....so hopefully more on that later. 

I have also been accepted into a couple big shows, so that is exciting!  The above painting will be in the American Expressionist Society's 21st National Juried Exhibition in St. George Utah. If you are interested in purchasing this work or seeing all the accepted paintings click HERE

Thanks for stopping by! Stay safe and creative!



Thursday, July 02, 2020

"Island Life" Roby King Gallery Featured Artist Exhibition, by Robin Weiss

"Island Life"  24x36 oil on canvas   $3200
Available at the Roby King Gallery  206-842-2063

24x36 is a large painting for me. Since I do so much plein air I am used to working on smaller canvases. .....but need to be going big!!!!  I really enjoyed painting this view of the Winslow marina and distant ferry in a larger format!

  You really need to see it in person!   So come by the Roby King Gallery, Friday the 3rd of July and check out the whole exhibition! It will be up until the 3rd of August..



Wednesday, July 01, 2020

"Nancy's Garden" plein air landscape painting by Robin Weiss

"Nancy's Garden"  10x10 oil on panel    $600
Available at the Cole Gallery   425-697-2787


In these uncertain times I hope you can gain a measure of comfort and joy from the relationships you have with the ones you love. It seems harder than ever to share that vital human contact and form those fellowships that we need in our lives.  I'm grateful for the support and love of my family and also friendships that have been nurtured over the years.
 A few of us gathered recently to share a meal and to be blessed by the beauty on the canvas of our lives ...and our easels.   Thank you Nancy!!   =]

Friday, June 26, 2020

Myrvang Wetland plein air landscape painting by Robin Weiss

"Myrvang Wetland"  9x12 oil on panel  $600   

I have been very encouraged by the efforts of organizations like Forterra and other land conservancy organizations in our area. In the last few years they have bought and set aside many acres of land in the county to preserve for future generations as natural forest and wetland.

I drive by this scene every day on my way to the Knowles Studio. It is so familiar to me that I have to admit on most days I don't even notice the beauty here. This day the buttercups were in full bloom and had transformed the usual into the magical. I had to stop and paint!  A few friends stopped to say hi and make sure I was not broke down on the road..  =]  I looked across the road and noticed a new sign posted.  Myrvang Wetlands Conservation Site!  So glad this land is protected! 

This painting will be part of "Impressions of Kitsap County"  Opening July 3rd   6-8pm at the Roby King Gallery in Winslow on Bainbridge Island and continuing through July.
More info HERE






Thursday, June 25, 2020

Green Umbrellas urban plein air painting by Robin Weiss

"Green Umbrellas" 9x12 oil on panel   $600

Recently in anticipation of an upcoming group show at the Roby King Gallery I drove to Winslow on a sunny day to paint outside.  I set up right in the middle of town to try and capture the light hitting the green umbrellas outside the Black Bird Bakery.  I was hoping to get a good painting but more importantly to promote the exhibition. All in all it was a good day! Painting was not my worst and got to talk with a lot of folks on the street. 

I hope you can come to the show!   If you would like to find out more information or to see the work online check out my website HERE or the Roby King Gallery  HERE

I saw a good article about disciplines to consider if you are designing a plein air painting on location or in the studio . check it out HERE

Thanks for stopping by!  Stay safe and stay creative!  =]


Wednesday, June 24, 2020

"Apple Tree Cove" by Robin Weiss, "Impressions of Kitsap County" Roby King Gallery

"Apple Tree Cove" 14x7 oil on panel
Available at the Roby King Gallery
206-842-2063

There are places close to home that have become go-to locations when I have a little extra time to get a painting in. The Kingston Slough is one of them. There is a little park on the bay across from where the Kingston Ferry comes in from Edmonds.  There is a parking lot for maybe six or seven cars. It's perfect for a quick plein air.  When I walked under the bridge that crosses the road I immediately noticed this sun drenched scene that I didn't notice before!  Take some time to explore your area and mark locations where you can easily pull off for a quick study.

This will be one of the paintings in "Impressions of Kitsap County"  A new group exhibition opening at the Roby King Gallery in Winslow, on Bainbridge Island on July 3rd during First Friday Artwalk.  This will be the first opening I know about where you can actually go and see the work and meet the artists since covid struck our area of the country.  All the mandated virus protections will be required  so I hope you can come out and get a little "art therapy"  and see the recent work done during the quarentine by Pamela Wachtler, Jane Wallis and Robin Weiss..   =]

For more information and to see my paintings that are in this show visit my website here:
https://robinweissfineart.com/


Monday, June 15, 2020

"Winslow Marina" marine oil painting by Robin Weiss

"Winslow Marina" 11x14 oil on panel
Available through the Roby King Gallery
206-842-2063  SOLD

This painting will be on display in a group show at the Roby King Gallery on Bainbridge Island, WA. ..titled "Impressions of Kitsap County". It will include work by Pamela Wachtler , Jane Wallis and myself. It will include many of the paintings from the surrounding area of Kitsap County completed during the quarantine.
Hopefully the opening will take place in person and we will be able to greet you at the show! That will be great!!  So hope you can come out! Will be posting the opening date soon. =]



Thursday, June 04, 2020

"Trumpet Flowers with Silver" Still life painting by Robin Weiss

"Trumpet Flowers and Silver"   16x12, oil   SOLD


While we are on the subject of floral still lifes...This painting was an experiment for me .....to see how effectively I could paint the air between the foreground subjects and the background floral, printed fabric,,,,,which was a pillow case.

I used my iconic Art Deco  coffee pot which has been in many still life set ups in the past. and some spring trumpet flowers I found growing in the lot across the street. While I was happy with the drafting and certain parts of the painting like the reflections and saturated color of the plate, the painting overall is a little confusing and busy. ......Think I could have simplified the backgound ....It's  always good practice ( as in writing) to find what can be edited out of a painting to make it a stronger design.

Hope you're not to busy to create some unique art of your own!  Stay safe and stay creative!


Tuesday, June 02, 2020

"Quince in Bloom" Still life oil painting by Robin Weiss

"Quince in Bloom" 16x12  oil on linen  $1000


The first flowering shrubs in spring.. around here anyway, are Quince .  I keep an eye out on a large bush that grows in an empty lot near Central Market for the beginning of the season and always stop to clip a few branches to arrange a still life. That usually gets me inspired to paint a series of flower still lifes. You can check prior blog posts to find them.

You can view this painting along with many other recent works created among artists represented by the Cole Gallery in Edmonds WA. The Gallery is still on limited public access due to covid but is undergoing some painting and renovation and will open soon all fresh and ready to show you the best artwork the Northwest has to offer. Until then check out the Cole Gallery website HERE or call Denise to inquire about adding this painting to your collection.   425-697-2787

Monday, May 25, 2020

"Point no Point Headland" plein air landscape painting by Robin Weiss

Sold


While we are on the subject of Point no Point and the amazing place it is to visit and paint....I will post a few more recent works done on location.

Maury painting the lighthouse


 A few weeks after painting there on my own, I talked my son, Maury into coming out with me and I painted this study. It was an overcast day so while there were no cast shadows the light itself remained pretty constant.  Those conditions can work well for creating dramatic atmosphere in a painting and has the added benefit of not having to chase the light. In other words, on a sunny day the shadows change as the sun moves across the sky. This can be difficult to keep up with depending on the season. In that case it is very helpful to begin with a thumbnail sketch to set down the shadow shapes before you begin. Or...as I often do, a quick under-painting to establish design and shadow shapes.


Maury set up to paint the scene of the lighthouse I painted a few weeks earlier. He did a great job! You can see more of Maurys work on his blog HERE








Saturday, May 23, 2020

"Playing at the Point" Point no Point, oil painting by Robin Weiss

"Playing at the Point"  18x24 oil on linen   $1400






"Refuge of Tide and Time"

Early in March I went to a favorite painting spot about 20 minuets from our house on the Kitsap Peninsula. The Point no Point Lighthouse. I have been coming to this historic and unique location in the Pacific Northwest for over 30 years to beach comb, play with the kids as they were growing up, hike , fish and paint! I've collected driftwood here over the years to build funky birdhouses that I sold at farmers markets. I haven't done that for awhile now....except lately...I built a standing birdhouse sculpture for a "call to artists" from the Port Angeles Fine Art Center . We will see if it gets accepted...If it does it will be installed in the Websters Wood Sculpture Park at the center and will be for sale.  Hope you will get a chance to see it there!

I took a a lot of photo reference when I was at the Lighthouse Beach back in March painting the scene in an earlier post, "Winter at the Point" The painting above was done from from those photos and using my plein air studies for color accuracy.

I love to paint the driftwood on the beach! If you go back through my posts over the years you will see many paintings using driftwood as design elements to draw the viewer into the scene and direct the eye around the painting. For me, it also evokes the feel of the salt air and marine atmosphere of the Pacific Northwest the very best!

This painting along with a group of other recent work is available through the Cole Gallery in Edmonds Washington.  You can contact Denise at this number to find out more info on purchasing this work and viewing more paintings of my art journeys here and abroad....

Cole Gallery  425-697-2787

Stay safe and stay creative!  =]


Friday, May 22, 2020

"Big Beef River Estuary" plein air, landscape painting by Robin Weiss

"Big Beef River Estuary"  6x6 oil on panel   SOLD

I talked about Seabeck, Wa. and my painting trip there in March, in my last post.  You can check it out HERE.

If you are interested in seeing more of my work online there are many venues to do that!  My blog posts are automatically downloaded to Daily Paintworks and I have been a member of DP since around 2005!  They have the most comprehensive gallery of my work on the internet.

 I have also updated my website. It is totally different now and I still have work to do but please check it out!
Robin Weiss Fine Art.

Of course I have a Facebook page both personal and professional. Both pages are devoted to art!...The personal page has a few more photos of the grand kids.... =]  I am fairly new to Instagram. I was late to that program , but am slowly building followers...

I even have a Youtube page that has some old hilarious painting videos....I need to post some new stuff there for sure!  robin weiss youtube channel

You can see a pretty cool video done by M Graham Paint on their website HERE. Big shout out and thanks to M Graham for sponsoring me and for making a great product!!

Most of the galleries that show my work have websites and online galleries now too !  Here are the galleries that represent me. Click on the highlighted text to link.

The Knowles StudioFront Street Gallery, The Cole Gallery, The Roby King Gallery, The Michael Birawer Gallery, The Oh Be Joyful Gallery

Thanks for your support of the arts and the artists!!  Stay safe and stay creative!






Wednesday, May 20, 2020

"Seabeck View" plein air, landscape painting by Robin Weiss

"Seabeck View" 9x12 oil on panel  SOLD

Searching for painting spots where I could set up without hiking to far,  or encountering many people, I remembered a place I used to pull over when I was driving for a fuel delivery company based in Bremerton, WA.  Seabeck was my route for awhile and has many nice views. this one is right off the road as you cross the Big Beef River Estuary. There is plenty of room to park your car and set up an easel.

Big Beef Estuary  6x6 oil  $500

The Big Beef River empties into the Puget Sound here providing habitat for many species of seabirds and marine wildlife.  Across the water is the Olympic Peninsula, home of the majestic Olympic Mountains.

Before setting up I drove a mile or two into the Seabeck marina and filled my thermos at Turies Seabeck Espresso. There is also a great pizza place and the Seabeck General Store is everything you would expect from a small seaside, eclectic and homey little family store.

Coming back to the spectacular roadside view of the Olympics, and fortified with good coffee, I quickly set up to capture the atmosphere of the sound and distant mountains. I didn't even have to move my easel to paint the view on the other side of the road .  This treasure of a plein air painting spot provided a whole day of painting and enjoying the beauty of the Pacific Northwest. 

This trip happened back in March before everything really locked down.  Lately I have been working a lot in the studio like many other artists. These paintings will be a part of a new showing at the Roby King gallery on Bainbridge Island in July.  Hopefully things will be opened up by then and we can actually have an opening with people there!  Check the Roby King website for updated news on this and many other gallery happenings. =]  Click on the link HERE

Stay Safe and Stay Creative!

Wednesday, May 06, 2020

"Northwest Barn" Landscape painting by Robin Weiss

"Northwest Barn"  18x24 oil on canvas    $2200
Available through the Oh Be Joyful Gallery, Crested Butte CO
970-349-5936

Not to many adventures to write about these days as we hunker down in quarantine.... but lots of studio work!!  It's been fun finally getting to turn so much reference material collected over the last couple summers into paintings!

Hope you and yours are safe and staying creative, trusting in the One who cares for you....