Saturday, June 12, 2021

"Valley Vista" Colorado landscape painting by Robin Weiss

"Valley Vista" 16x20 oil on canvas
Available through the Oh Be Joyful Gallery , Crested Butte CO


Lots going on these days!  Been awhile...again...since my last post!  Our plans to travel to Crested Butte are all set and I am looking forward to painting in Colorado again! I will be meeting up with a few artist friends and spending some time pushing paint in the CB area for the Oh Be Joyful Gallery. Can't wait!  Check out the website HERE for more info on the summer shows in 2021

Just a few of the things that have been taking up a lot of time besides trying to get out and paint as much as possible:

I am also writing a blog for the Plein Air Washington Artists and they are meeting a LOT, at different

paintouts around Washington state!  This is a very vibrant, welcoming group of passionate plein air painters and we love creating together. If you are a painter in WA consider becoming a member of this group. You can't help becoming a better artist painting with a group like PAWA. Check out the blog HERE

The Feedburner widget that folks use on my blog to subscribe and get new In Plein Air blog posts into  your email is going away and I am replacing it with a new Feedblitz widget. That has taken a lot of my very limited tech skills to get done. Hopefully there will not be any delays or problems, but if you experience any issues with getting new posts please let me know.  Thanks!..  and Thanks so much for being faithful subscribers. I don't spend much time checking all the stats on who and how many follow In Plein Air ...but I know you are out there and I appreciate you all!!

Several shows in which I am participating are coming up! As I already mentioned the Oh Be Joyful Gallery will be having their Summer Showcase and I will have some work there.

The Roby King Gallery in Winslow on Bainbridge Island will be having a group exhibition titled "The Gift of Water". I will be showing new, water themed paintings along with artist friends, Jane Wallace, Luke Tornatsky, David Eisenhour, and Brooke Borcherding.  August 6-29th 2021. 

The Scott Milo Gallery in Anacortes , WA will be having a group exhibition, November 5-30th with Lorna Libert, Carol Barrer, Christine Troyer, and Roger Small ...along with myself, Robin Weiss. =]

The Scott Milo Gallery will also be hosting this years Littles Gems Show, an annual PAWA small works show featuring many of the best painters in Plein Air Washington Artists group. This year the judge of awards will be Kathleen Dunphy.

I have been chosen as the Poster Artist for the Edmonds Art Festival and will be showing work at the Francis Anderson Gallery in conjunction with the Edmonds Art Festival 2021. This show has been delayed since the onset of covid so it will be good to get back to normal in the PNW with art shows and festival this summer!

I will also be showing some new pieces at the Cole Gallery during the month of August......Whew! That seems like a LOT ....and that's not all the stuff going on!   But enough to post for now! 

Be well and stay creative!

Thursday, April 29, 2021

"Along Highway 135" Colorado landscape painting by Robin Weiss

"Along Highway 135" 16x20 oil on canvas  SOLD
Available through the Oh Be Joyful Gallery, Crested Butte CO


One of my favorite places to paint in the summer time is Crested Butte Colorado. I am very blessed to be represented by the Oh Be Joyful Gallery that will be having several summer exhibitions in 2021. I have shipped the painting above, a familiar scene to anyone who has taken the mountain highway to CB, on ahead for the exhibition along with several other paintings I will post in coming days.

Ann and I hope to take a road trip down to CB this summer to enjoy the amazing natural beauty of Colorado and do some painting on location. Hope you are able to enjoy getting out again this summer too!

Monday, March 29, 2021

"Coral Cove" Oil, landscape painting by Robin Weiss

"Coral Cove" 20x16 oil on canvas
$1200   360-779-3940

"Old Squaw Road" 9x12 oil on panel
plein air painting done on location in
 Lander Wyoming , 2020

Life has been pretty busy lately. We are looking forward to attending the 5th Annual AIS Small Works Showcase in Charleston SC. One of my paintings done in Lander Wyoming before our epic hiking trip into the Wind River mountains was juried into this show. It is very exciting for me and quite an honor to get into any AIS juried show as the competition is pretty strong. 


It worked out well since we were already planning on traveling to Florida to participate in a fundraising and awareness event for the Ormond Memorial Art Museum and Gardens which is undertaking a major renovation. My wife's sister Nancy is on the board and invited me to be a guest artist for the event. I will be giving painting demonstrations and teaching an Introduction to Plein Air Painting workshop . So the schedule is full but we are really looking forward to more warm, sunny  climes!   Hope all in your world is sunny too! Things are looking up!  Stay safe and stay creative!


Wednesday, March 24, 2021

"Paris Cafe" original oil painting by Robin Weiss

"Paris Cafe" 8x10 oil on panel   $500


This one has been circulating around for over a year now. It was one of those paintings that had to age a bit before I started to like it. Now I really like it.  Interestingly, I did not paint this in Paris even though we had recently returned from a month in France and Italy. I didn't even paint it from the hundreds of reference photos taken while we were there.

At the Plein Air Washington Artist group end of the year shindig in Edmonds they had several still life setups to paint and a couple model stations too. These two models pretended like they were sitting in a restaurant or café. While painting away I was somehow transported back to Paris and ended up with this scene of a late night jazz café in the City of Lights.  Surprised myself because the scene in front of me looked nothing like this. I'm not sure I could even paint her shimmering dress again If I tried...So glad my wife and I took that trip when we had the chance!  Hope you will some day too!  =]

Thursday, March 18, 2021

"Makayla and Emmy at the Poulsbohemian" original portrait painting by Robin Weiss

Makayla and Emmy at the Poulsbohemian
16x16 oil on linen   SOLD


Makayla worked as a barista at the coffee shop too. Then she decided to get married, have a baby and be a mom. I captured a few reference images when she came in for a visit with Emmy and thought they would make a great painting. Now it's on the wall in it's rightful place at grandmas house....    =]   We are all so happy for you Makayla!  You will be the best mom!  

Tuesday, March 16, 2021

"Ruthie at the Poulsbohemian" original portrait painting by Robin Weiss

"Ruthie at the Poulsbohemian" 20x16 oil on linen

 I did a series of recent portraits after getting a commission to paint a friends daughter. I needed to get some practice. I took a few photos of friends at the local coffee shop and used the reference for these portraits which I painted on some 16x20 linen panels that were given to me.

Ruthie was a barista at the Poulsbohemian. She is an artist too and could make a coffee so pretty you didn't want to drink it! Recently she took on a full time job doing other things. We will all miss her fun antics and the artistic encouragement we shared. Thanks for all those great cups of coffee Ruthie!

Sunday, March 14, 2021

"Art Budd at the Poulsbohemian" original oil portrait by Robin Weiss

"Art Budd at the Poulsbohemian"
20x16 oil on linen Panel


Recently I received a commission to do a portrait. Not what I am used to or what I feel very good at. Mostly I have procrastinated on studying and practicing the art of the portrait. I thought it would be good to warm up by working on some photos of friends I talk with in the mornings at the local coffee shop in Poulsbo called the Poulsbohemian.

Art is one of those buddies. He does some artwork too.  We usually talk about the books we are reading. Art volunteers at the library and we have traded books a bit.  I caught him in the sunlight on the patio and snapped this shot.

I used a grid program for this photo to help with proportions and then sketched it pretty quickly on the panel with a drawing brush. First I applied a thin, warm wash of color and let it set for awhile. I started with the darks first and then worked the whole canvas leaving a lot of the underpainting. Going back to the face I used more paint and finished with more detail drawing the eye to the center of attention.

I have since done a few more portraits of friends and family I will post in coming days. Hope all is well with you and your family!  Stay safe and stay creative!

Saturday, February 13, 2021

"Ettas" Seattle city oil painting by Robin Weiss

"Ettas" 11x13 oil on linen  $800
Available through the Cole Gallery


It's nice to remember those pleasant excursions into Seattle pre-pandemic, when you could sit in the sun and have a wonderful lunch at any of hundreds of great sidewalk cafes around the city. Those times have radically changed over the last few years starting with political unrest, riots the covid pandemic and now a combination of all three. With the division fueled by polarized politics and misinformation it's hard to feel there is anything one person can do. It may be why folks are turning more to the arts for creative and mental refreshment.  I know I am selling more art than ever right now and the studio is a refuge for Leigh and myself who continue to make art and teach art.


"December"  20x20 oil on linen
Available through the Cole Gallery

"Ettas" somehow fell through the cracks on my blog.  It was painted in early 2019 for a gallery show in Seattle and was one that never sold. I lost track of it till recently and now it will be in a new exhibition at the Cole Galley in Edmonds, WA through March 4th 2021. If you get the chance, Cole Gallery is still open for viewing art. (following pandemic protocols we are now very familiar with.)

Check out the Cole Gallery website HERE or call Denise for more info at 425-697-2787

Stay safe and stay positive. I'm confident we will be able to eat out at our favorite sidewalk cafe again soon ...without a mask!  =]

Monday, February 01, 2021

"Winslow in the Rain" original oil painting by Robin Weiss

Winslow in the Rain   20x10  SOLD

I participated in a group show at the Roby King Gallery back in 2019 and never posted many of the paintings.....but the work continues to sell!!  PTL!  Never too late to post sold paintings..  =]   If you get a chance head on over to the Roby King website and see the work available from local fine artists. Many of my friends and painting buddies show there.

Speaking of shows, currently I am participating in a featured artist exhibition titled "From City to Country" at the Cole Gallery in Edmonds, WA . It will feature a wide variety of  paintings done in the last several years of Seattle and the surrounding beauty of the Pacific Northwest.  See all the work HERE

"The Way Home" 15x30 oil on linen   $1800
Cole Gallery   425-697-2787

Saturday, January 30, 2021

"First and Virginia" Seattle City oil painting by Robin Weiss

"First and Virginia" 
16x12 oil on linen  $1200


This Seattle scene from the corner of First and Virginia will be in a featured artist exhibition "From City to Country" at the Cole Gallery opening in February 2021.  You can view all the work on the Cole Gallery website HERE.

Wednesday, January 13, 2021

"Relic" plein air painting by Robin Weiss

"Relic"  9x12 oil, plein air painting  Sold


Just before the pandemic struck us in 2020, an old artist friend, Juan Rodriquez , stopped by the studio for a little plein air painting. This old tractor sits like a sculpture outside the studio. It was a nice sunny afternoon casting strong shadows and saturating the rust red color. After the underpainting sketch I worked into the painting quickly to maintain a loose impressionistic feel. Looking forward to more fun days like this again soon!

Saturday, January 02, 2021

"The Way Home" Ferry to Edmonds, original ferry painting by Robin Weiss

"The Way Home" Ferry to Edmonds  15x30 oil on canvas 
Available through the Cole Gallery, Edmonds, Wa   
425-697-2787   SOLD


Although there are a few paintings that I have not posted yet from 2020, "The Way Home" is the first painting completed  New Years Day, 2021.  It will be included in a Featured Artist Exhibition of recent paintings at the Cole Gallery in Edmonds, Washington Through the month of February, 2021. Stay tuned for more info on this upcoming show by visiting the Cole Gallery website HERE. Sign up for the newsletter for updates on this and upcoming exhibitions along with workshop schedules with many Cole Gallery artists!

Thinking forward to the new year but recalling the good things that happened in a very challenging 2020, I would like to thank all of you who have followed the blog, my website and other social media venues for your kind and encouraging comments, letters and likes. A big thank you to the collectors who have supported me by continuing through the pandemic restrictions to buy art, enabling me to keep creating. 

A special thank you to my family, especially my wife Ann who has encouraged me from the beginning to make art my profession. My son, Maury who is also a great artist and has been with me on many painting adventures. Ann's family who I have adopted as my own, who always encourage and inspire me, especially our grandkids who give us so much joy. I find myself pounding my pockets for the phone camera  to take pictures of them for use in paintings all the time. The above painting "Elise" is our youngest grand and was a Christmas present for Ann.

Thanks also to the galleries who represent me and have managed through a lot of hard work and thinking outside the box to keep the lights on and their galleries operating in spite of restricted opportunities to open the doors for exhibitions and openings. It's been a tough year for many businesses. Go to my website, Robin Weiss Fine Art for a list of galleries who show my work and many other fine artists locally and around the country. Thank you all for continuing to support local artists!

All the Best to You and Yours in the coming New Year!  


Wednesday, December 02, 2020

"Black Eyed Susans" Landscape painting by Robin Weiss

"Black Eyed Susans" 24x18 oil on canvas


I continued to work from some of the photo reference taken on our trip to Skagit Valley in September.  This is the same farm talked about in a previous post near LaConnor, WA. 

 This painting shows how you can render a large mass of, in this case flowers, receding into the distance  losing detail and hard edges as it recedes back. Because yellow is the first color to fade out in the distance this mass of Black Eyed Susans also goes purple as it goes back. These are ways you can achieve atmospheric perspective in a painting. You can also create the illusion of depth using linear perspective, where the parallel lines draw to a vanishing point on the horizon line as they recede. This painting is a good example of both techniques to achieve depth.

Of all the "Smoked" paintings in the series this one probably received the most comments and quickly sold when I posted it on facebook. Thanks so much to all of you who follow me on the blog and social media!! So thankful for all of you! I wish you every blessing in the coming year!

We did not have our studio tour, Arts in the Woods this year due to covid but because I had so many requests we decided to have Robin Weiss Fine Art desk calendars made again this year.....So if you were hoping to get one at the studio tour, the good news is you can order them from my website at HERE

Thanks again!!

Thursday, November 05, 2020

"Front Street" urban oil painting by Robin Weiss

"Front Street"   24x20 oil on linen panel  SOLD


The last in my "Smoked" series, this view of my hometown, Poulsbo Washington, has been hanging in a show of recent work at the Poulsbohemian coffee shop in downtown Poulsbo. Looks like the show will hang for another month and be up through November of 2020.  There will be some changes in the artwork including this piece, which I have entered into the Plein Air Washington Artists Winter Show coming up in December 2020. I will be adding some recent paintings and moving others around so if you are in the area and are looking for original, local artwork for your home stop by the Poulsbohemian. (If you get there early you may even run into me working on my next blogpost!  =]

 From there walk down to the Front Street Gallery to view more original artworkwork by local artists.

To learn more about the Plein Air Washington Artists Winter Show click HERE

Wednesday, November 04, 2020

"Farm Stand Field" plein air landscape painting by Robin Weiss

"Farm Stand Field" 12x16 oil on linen panel


Farm Stand Field in progress
We stopped in Skagit on our way down from Mount Baker to visit old painting buddy, Mark Bistranin. Mark co-ownes and operates the Seaside Gallery in LaConnor, WA . We decided to do a little painting and pulled into a parking lot just outside town that was selling fresh flowers and produce. This family farm had a beautiful field in the back with some flowers still blooming late in the season. A perfect place to do an afternoon painting. As you can see here the smoke was still in the air. I think it really helped to mute and soften this work to its benefit.

Check out the Seaside Gallery website HERE

Check out the Hedlins Family Farm website HERE

Monday, November 02, 2020

"Shuksan Through the Haze" plein air landscape painting by Robin Weiss

"Shuksan through the Haze" 8x6 oil  SOLD

 Another view I have painted many times!  I just can't help myself when I am standing at this spot in person! You would too!!  Come to Washington and see for yourself!

I have to say at this point, I am so proud of my son Maury. He has overcome some real struggles in his life but has the best attitude through it all.  He attended the Art institute of Seattle for game design when it was a fairly new program. It was a very intense instruction which he accomplished in three years by attending without the breaks. This was after working with me for a year after high school. He quickly realized that he wanted do something that he enjoyed for a living and really worked hard to achieve that. After gaining his degree he landed a great job and by consistent effort has been promoted to leadership positions in his workplace.

Maury still loves to draw and paint like he did growing up and we have traveled to many locations around the country to paint together.  Check out his website HERE

Maury painting Mount Shuksan

Friday, October 30, 2020

"Mount Shuksan from Picture Lake" plein air landscape painting by Robin Weiss

Mount Shuksan from Picture Lake  11x14   SOLD


Back to posting the paintings I did during the OPA National Wet Painting competition in September. We decided to head up to Mount Baker National Park to get some relief from the smoke. It was still smoky but better than down in the valley. 

This is a scene I have painted many times as you head up to the best painting views in Washington state at Artists Point. I think that this spot has the record for the most photographed scene in the US.  You can see a blog post from 2015 when we painted this view in the evening light HERE

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 $800
Available through the Roby King Gallery


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


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


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

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!