Friday, September 23, 2022

"Morning Shore" Whidbey Island Plein Air painting by Robin Weiss

"Morning Shore" 6x8 oil on panel  $350


This was the first painting I did down by the Keystone Ferry during the Whidbey Island Plein Air competition.  The morning mist was just lifting and the soft shapes of driftwood and distant homes were appearing out of the fog. I laid my underpainting down quickly and then squinting I put in the dark and light shapes I saw not concerned yet with nouns but more with other words, not things but light and dark shapes. then going back in and modeling the cool light in the distance to the warmer tones in the foreground. This painting never made it into the show but is one of my favorites.

Monday, September 19, 2022

"Red Tailed Hawk" Whidbey Island Plein Air painting by Robin Weiss

"Red Tailed Hawk" 6x8 oil on panel  SOLD


This small 6x8 was painted in the same area I did Cemetery Road. A birder with a scope spotted the hawk near me while I was painting and I ticked it in with my rigger brush.  I traded this painting for an extra day at the BnB I was staying on the island. My host was happy and so was I!  

Saturday, September 17, 2022

"Cemetery Road" Whidbey Island Plein Air painting by Robin Weiss

"Cemetery Road" 10x20 oil on panel, framed   $1000


Another from the Whidbey Island event in August 2022.  We went up to Cemetery road a couple times. There are some sweeping views of Ebeys Landing and other cool stuff to paint. I liked the shadow patterns coming across the road in this scene with the added benefit of Mount Baker in the distance. This painting is still available! Call me if you are interested!  =]   360-779-3940

Friday, September 16, 2022

"Obstruction Point" Whidbey Island Plein Air, painting by Robin Weiss

"Obstruction Point" 9x12 oil on panel   SOLD


There has been lots going on including just wrapping up yet another plein air event in Edmonds , WA. More on that later... First I want to finish up posting the paintings I completed for the Whidbey Island Plein Air competition.  This was a spot I have never been to on Whidbey. A great little state park with a picturesque beach and ...This view!  It sold pretty quick at the show   =] 

                                           Thanks to all who are following along!! 

Thursday, September 08, 2022

"Leaving Keystone" Whidbey Island Plein Air, and Edmonds Plein Air

"Leaving Keystone" 9x12 oil on panel $600

 Two events are happening at the same time this month!  Maury and I are opening a Featured Artist show together at the Front Street Gallery on Saturday the 10th and I am participating in the Edmonds Plein Air Paintout with an opening on the 15th at the Cole Gallery! Hope you can make it to one or both!! Follow the links for more info!

Monday, August 29, 2022

"Fair Trade" Whidbey Island Plein Air, Best of Show

"Fair Trade" 16x9 oil on canvas panel SOLD
Whidbey Island Plein Air, Best of Show

Been so busy with family trips, plein air events and all kinds of activities that the blog has been neglected again for most of the summer and there are still more events to come! Looking forward to things slowing down later this fall but first want to give you a heads up on what's coming up in September.

I have been doing a lot of art events with my son Maury this summer. We just finished up the Whidbey Island Plein Air event hosted by the Pacific Northwest Art School in Coupeville, WA. The weather was perfect and we both had a blast painting beautiful Whidbey Island and hanging out with artist friends. Sorry I didn't let y'all know about it before it happened but like I said...It's been busy!!  =]

Between us we garnered 2 Honorable Mentions a Best of Show ( pictured above) and sold 4 paintings. Not too bad! 

Starting Sept. 5th we will be sharing the featured artist wall at The Front Street Gallery in Poulsbo.

 "Painting from Life" Father and Son,  Robin and Maury Weiss is the title of the exhibition and will display many of the plein air paintings we have been doing together and on our own around the Pacific Northwest. The show opens on the Second Saturday Artwalk in Poulsbo, Sept 10th at 5pm


SEPTEMBER 1, 2022 - OCTOBER 3, 2022

At the same time we will both be participating in an exciting new plein air painting competition hosted by the Cole Gallery in Edmonds Washington,  which will take place from September 1st thru the 12th and culminate with an artists reception and awards ceremony on the 15th of Sept. Be sure to stop by the Cole Gallery any time in September to see work by many of the artists but don't miss the reception on the 15th when all the work accepted into the show will be on display and available for purchase. Check in on instagram and facebook to see paintings being created in real time and to purchase ahead of the show.

Art in the Woods  Studio Tour

To wrap up, be sure to put Arts in the Woods on your calendar. Always the second weekend in November the North Kitsap Studio tour is the best in the Northwest and attracts art lovers and collectors from around the region. This will be my 11th year participating at the Knowles Studio on Noll Rd. in Poulsbo. Hope to see you there!!

Sunday, May 01, 2022

"Spring Day"  Edmonds workshop demo
Available through the Cole Gallery, Edmonds, WA


Second day workshop demo from the Cole Gallery, Introduction to Plein Air Painting class. Both days we worked down at the beach park near the ferry landing in Edmonds.  Both were beautiful spring days!  

Hope you can join us for the next workshop! Check the Cole Gallery website for more info on upcoming workshops! 


Wednesday, April 27, 2022

Bracketts Beach, Edmonds workshop demo by robin weiss

"Bracketts Beach" Edmonds Demo, 9x12 oil on panel
Available through the Cole Gallery  425-697-2787


We could not have picked two better days for the workshop in Edmonds through the Cole Gallery. The weather in April around the PNW can be a bit dicey. Before and after Sat and Sun the weather was cold and rainy but the workshop weather was warm and perfect aside from being a little windy on Saturday.

Above is the demo on the first day at Bracketts Landing Park by the ferry landing in Edmonds. We worked on achieving atmospheric distance by the use of color chroma and working edges along with emphasis on building value structure with the underpainting.  Check my website for upcoming workshops in 2022.

 My hardworking students who never complained about all the exercises I put them through.  

Thanks so much for making this workshop a lot of fun!

Wednesday, April 20, 2022

"Bloedel Reserve Reflection Pond" plein air, landscape painting by Robin Weiss

"Bloedel Reserve Reflection Pond"  6x8 oil on panel  SOLD


The Bloedel Reserve on Bainbridge Island is a great place to visit here in Kitsap County especially when the Rhodies start to bloom. This painting was done earlier in February along with a few more I have yet to post. Hopefully I can get there again to paint while the color is in it's glory. Hope you can too!!  For those who are local you can find some of my original work at the guest house at Bloedel along with cards and work from other local artists.  Check out the website HERE.

Tuesday, April 19, 2022

"Rawlins Road Cloudscape" original landscape painting by Robin Weiss

"Rawlins Road Cloudscape" 8x16 oil on panel   $800


I have painted this view several times before in Skagit County. All the local painters are familiar with Rawlins Road. Looking this way you see the farms and fields of the agricultural land. Turn 180% and you see the marsh and coastal islands of the Puget Sound.  It was the wide open space and dramatic clouds you see in March around here that drew me to this scene.

See this blog post of another award winning painting done from the same spot HERE.

Scroll down to my last blog post for upcoming workshops and events coming up in 2022!   =]

Monday, April 18, 2022

"Spring Daffodils" still life painting by Robin Weiss

"Spring Daffodils" 12x9 oil on panel  $700


The spring flowers have been awesome but the weather....not so much.....but that's okay because I have an awesome studio space!  I can set up still life's or just plop a handful of flowers in various vases scattered around and paint by the windows....

I had a tough time with all the yellow in this painting!  The goal was to make the yellow a big shape and define the flowers with subtle value and temperature changes. I sort of did that but still,  the vase looks better than the flowers.. 

My studio space... It's at the Knowles Studio in Poulsbo, WA. I have been working there for over ten years!  The studio owner and my colleague and friend is Leigh Knowles Metteer. She is an educator, print maker and all around amazing human!  We have a good time there making art, teaching art and talking about all kinds of stuff. Each year, the second weekend in November we participate in Arts in the Woods. Leigh is on the board of the Cultural Arts Foundation in Kitsap which puts on AITW. We also participate in many of the arts related events and competitions in the PNW region. 

The Knowles Studio is open to the public most week days and Saturdays.  You can check out the website HERE for more info on classes and events.

Events coming up this summer on my schedule:

April 22, 2022 ; I'll be working at the Front Street Gallery in Poulsbo, WA,  from 1pm-6pm.  Stop by and say hi....lots of great local art and craft at this award winning gallery in Poulsbo!

April 23, 24;  Not too late to register for a two day, Introduction to Plein Air Workshop through the Cole Gallery in Edmonds WA. Register HERE

April 30 ; This one day Plein Air Painting Workshop is through Kitsap Arts in Silverdale, WA. We will be painting outside at the waterfront in Silverdale.

May 3-7;  I will be in Richland, WA for a Plein Air Washington Artists,  juried art and plein air painting competition through the Allied Art Association's Gallery at the Park.  More info on that HERE.

May 9-15  We will be attending the American Impressionist Society's Small Works Exhibition in Taos, NM . 

That's it for now!  Hope you can attend some of these classes and events this spring. The year is off to a good start!  

Wednesday, April 13, 2022

"Port Townsend Marina" Plein air marine painting by Robin Weiss

"Port Townsend Marina" 12x16 oil on linen panel   $1125


Got away to paint outside a few weeks back at one of my favorite locations, Port Townsend.  There is a great little spot to set up by the marina with the added bonus of a coffee shop and bathroom near by. The weather was a mixed bag but good enough to get this one down on canvas in about three hours. 

To the right is the block in stage of the painting where I work out the composition and value structure.  I use a transparent fast drying color like M Grahams, Quinicridone Rust or Transparent Red Oxide. 

If you haven't tried M Graham paint yet, give it a go!  I love it for outside painting. The pigment is mixed with walnut oil instead of the more traditional linseed oil which gives it a looser viscosity and longer drying time. That helps with a wet-in-wet approach to paint application.

Tuesday, April 12, 2022

"Consider the Lilies" original plein air painting by Robin Weiss

"Consider the Lilies" plein air, oil on linen panel
Available through Gallery at the Park, Allied Arts 
Association.  www,

Some paintings are harder to photograph than others. That's the reason I have'nt posted this painting from last summer. I painted it at Bainbridge Island Winery when a few of us local artists gathered for a fun afternoon of painting and wine tasteing. I wasn't inspired by anything I saw in the landscape so decided to focus in on these lilies that were blooming in the bright sunshine. It went very fast and I left it loose and unfinished for a change. 

Recently this painting was entered and I am jazzed to say, accepted into the Plein Air Washington Artists juried exhibition at Gallery at the Park in Richland , WA. This exhibition will be in conjunction with a plein air competiton hosted by the Allied Arts Association and many of us PAWA artists will be participating.  If you are in the area you can come watch us paint and see the art!! Hope you do!

Learn more about this exciting event HERE

Monday, April 11, 2022

"Skagit Valley Moonrise" original landscape painting by Robin Weiss

"Skagit Valley Moonrise" 11x14 oil on panel  $800


From a photo I took while driving back from painting the marsh at the end of Rawlins road on Fir Island in Skagit county.  The moon coming up over the distant hills was a show stopper. I pulled over to take a few pics knowing it was too late to set up for another painting that day.  Of course pictures never seem to capture the moment you are in when on location and natural events like this occur. I did my best with the memory and the photo ref I took.

Just another reminder that I have a few workshops coming up in April. The first will be a two day indroduction to plein air painting through the Cole Gallery.  The Cole Gallery has a wondeful lineup of classes with great instuctors. You can find more info HERE.

Saturday, April 09, 2022

"On a Thousand Hills" original painting by Robin Weiss

"On a Thousand Hills" 18x24 oil on linen board  SOLD
Available through the Oh Be Joyful Gallery  


These happy cows were resting peacefully in the tall grass along highway 135 on the way to Crested Butte Colorado. I always stop to take pictures when I am passing through the area. Especially the Herefords. The patterns of the white faces and rust red bodies from a design standpoint are really interesting to me. It's fun to try and render individual attitudes and personalities.  

You can inquire about this painting through the Oh Be Joyful Gallery in CB. Call 970-349-5936 during business hours for more info. Click HERE to view my page on their website.

Sunday, April 03, 2022

"Dappled Aspens" original oil painting by Robin Weiss

"Dappled Aspens" 16x12 oil on linen panel  $1125
Available through the Oh Be Joyful Gallery,
Crested Butte, CO  970-349-5936


We try and spend as much time as possible in Crested Butte not only because it is a beautiful area of the country and can be much cooler in the summer months, (like last year when it was 106 degrees in Washington), but because there is a great gallery there called the Oh Be Joyful that represents me and many other fine artists. This painting will be in one of the many summer shows coming up at the gallery. Check out their website HERE for the summer schedule.

On a more local note, I have a few workshops coming up in April. One through the Cole Gallery in Edmonds HERE and one through Kitsap Art Center in Silverdale HERE .

 Come paint with us!!  

Welcome Magazine recently posted an article on the upcoming workshop through the Cole Gallery. Check it out HERE

Tuesday, March 29, 2022

Point no Point/Hahdskus original oil painting by Robin Weiss

Point no Point, Hahdskus, 12x24 oil on canvas  $1200


I have been doing so many paintings at Point no Point it is getting hard to come up with titles for the work! After doing a little research I found an article about the history of the area. The Native American name for this piece of coastline along the northern tip of the Kitsap Peninsula is Hahdskus. You can learn more about it HERE.

View this work and lots of other local art and crafts at the Front Street Gallery in downtown Poulsbo.

Thursday, March 24, 2022

"Another Point no Point Study" plein air painting by Robin Weiss

"Another Point no Point Study" 6x10 oil on panel  $500
Available through the Front Street Gallery  360-598-6133


There is a bird watching platform not far down the marsh trail at Point no Point. It's a great place to watch the shore birds and the marsh waterfowl.  It's also a nice spot to gain a little elevation and set up a easel for painting.  That is the reason you have seen so many paintings from me of this view. They keep selling I keep painting them. Since I have done this study, I worked on a larger 12x24. Will post soon.

This painting and several other recent works are available through the Front Street Gallery in Poulsbo. Stop by on Saturday, March 26th,  I'll be working the morning shift.  =]

Wednesday, March 23, 2022

"Salt Marsh at Point no Point" plein air painting by Robin Weiss

Salt Marsh at Point no Point  11x14    SOLD


Back to my Point no Point series.  This one shows more of the salt marsh inland from PNP.  This whole area is in the planning stage to be returned to it's original and natural state before earth berms were put in place to control tidal flooding. That will dramaticaly change the area some say for the better, I'm not so sure.  In any event I will continue to document this beautiful local coastline of the Pacific Northwest.

More to come so stay tuned! =]

I have been hanging some of my local Point no Point paintings at the bakery in Hansville called Greenwoodes Farm. Stop by if you get the chance. Great  baked goods, organic and locally sourced.

Friday, March 18, 2022

Point no Point, studio #1 original marinescape by Robin Weiss

Point no Point, studio#1  16x20 oil on linen  $1200


Following up on earlier posts I will continue to present all the Point no Point plein air studies and studio work I have been doing recently.

This is a larger studio painting done from reference photos and studies. Once again I am using driftwood as a design element to provide pathways into the scene and direct the viewer around the painting. This is a typical Northwest day in winter with low clouds revealing a slice of light at the horizon. Doing a grey-sky work like this you want to be sure you have previously scraped your left over paint into a sizeable grey motherload. That paint will be tweeked with color to go warm or cool creating a variety of greys to add interest.   

Get out there and give it a try!  =]

Wednesday, March 09, 2022

"Rose Bush Butterfly" Floral, oil painting by Robin Weiss

Rose Bush Butterfly  18x24 oil on linen  $1800
Available through the Cole Gallery


I Thought we could use a taste of summer about now so am posting this studio painting I did last year of the rose bush by my moms house. I added the butterfly for a focal point and just to see if I could pull it off. I'll let you be the judge. 

This painting is available through the Cole Gallery in Edmonds, WA. You can contact them at

 425-697-2787 for more info.

Hang in there, summer is right around the corner!

Thursday, March 03, 2022

"Morning Mist at the Point" plein air painting by Robin Weiss

"Morning Mist at the Point" 7x12 oil on linen panel  $400


Early morning with a heavy fog at Point no Point. I almost gave up and went home but it was so quiet and peaceful I hiked out to the sand. Nothing but the call of the gulls and the splash of the waves on the beach.

Wednesday, March 02, 2022

"Point no Point Light House, Plein Air Study" by Robin Weiss

"Point no Point Lighthouse Plein Air Study" 8x6 , oil 


Last month I started going out to a favorite painting spot, the Point no Point Lighthouse, again. Seems like about this time every year when the winter weather gets a little less harsh I find myself back on the beach at the point....that's not really a point...

I love this time of year because the light can be really dramatic and the there are not a lot of people around. It's very quiet and you see more wildlife....just a great time to paint in this stunning location.

 I have done a whole series of plein air and studio paintings which I will start to post daily. I have also hung a few of these paintings at a new bakery in Hansville called Greenwoods Farm. They have a great selection of organic baked goods, sandwiches and wine.  Stop by and support your local farmers! 

Sunday, February 27, 2022

"Sunflowers for Freedom" Praying for peace in Ukraine

"Sunflowers for Freedom"  8x10 oil on panel


I didn't know when I painted this still life at the Plein Air Washington Artists Paint In that Sunflowers are the national flower of Ukraine. Or that Ukraine is one of the worlds largest supplier of sunflower seeds and oil... until I started seeing artists post sunflower paintings online.

There are many atrocities and injustices happening in many places around the world and I'm not even sure if the invasion of Ukraine is the worst one. But at this moment in time the courage of the Ukrainian people standing up and fighting for their freedom and their families seems symbolic of the fight for freedom, stability and peace of oppressed peoples around the globe and I support that.

I have missionary friends in Romania who are preparing to take in the Ukrainian refugees even though they have little themselves.  They believe that true peace and real hope can only come from the Gospel of Jesus Christ which they will also share and I agree and support them as well.  

I hope you are finding true peace in your life.

Wednesday, February 23, 2022

"You Are My Sunshine" Plein air painting by Robin Weiss

You Are My Sunshine  11x14 oil on linen panel


I'm posting this plein air painting done on Bainbridge Island at Suyamatsu Farm to announce a group exhibition coming up at the Roby King Gallery in Winslow.  I will be joining Cheri Christensen , Pam Ingalls, William F Reese (1938-2010) and Pamela Wachtler presenting original work celebrating impressionism and plein air painting.