Tuesday, July 17, 2018

"Pink Rhodies" Seattle Arboretum, plein air painting by Robin Weiss

"Pink Rhodies" Seattle Arboretum  6x8 oil on panel   $250


I always keep a few 6x8 panels handy and tucked away in my backpack.  As often happens when I  am at the end of my painting day, hot, tired and cross-eyed from staring into the sun and pretty much burned out...headed back to the van.....I will see some spectacular scene where a shaft of light illuminates an object, (in this case a beautiful clump of blooming rhodies at the Seattle Arboretum in spring)  ...or a stunning sunset.......and be re-invigorated by the beauty....but only have enough time and juice to cough up a 6x8.  Some of these little gems are my best work.....It would be a shame not to be ready for them...

My son Maury has been coming along on many outings to paint with me....He is getting really good and I love spending time with him doing what we both enjoy.  He works for a game design company in Kirkland WA and mostly does digital artwork but also loves to get out and paint from life.  You can check out his website here....don't forget to leave an encouraging comment! 



Maury at the Arboretum

Monday, July 16, 2018

"Quiet Walk" Seattle Arboretum, plein air painting by Robin Weiss

"Quiet Walk"  Seattle Arboretum 20x10  oil on panel


I brought two of these 10x20 panels with me to paint at the Seattle Arboretum. The tall trees and shadowed paths were perfect for a tall skinny format.  I added the strollers using my phone which I kept handy while painting the main composition in case anyone walked down this path. I took a lot of photos but these two romantics seemed perfect for the scene.  See my previous post for how I composed the other 10x20.

I plan on saving these two paintings done at the Seattle Arboretum to inform larger studio paintings which I will enter in PAWA's end of the year exhibition at the American Art Co. in Tacoma, Wa .


Tuesday, July 10, 2018

"The Rhodie Walk" Seattle Arboretum, plein air painting by Robin Weiss

"The Rhodie Walk"   Seattle Arboretum,  10x20 oil on panel     (Saving this one right now for competition so NFS)


Earlier this year when the rhododendrons were in full, spectacular bloom The Plein Air Washington Artists met at the Seattle Arboretum.  Maury picked me up at the ferry and we went over to join the gang.  We were glad we went! Wow! What a show!  I set up along the Rhodie path and pulled out this long skinny panel which worked great for composing the scene before me. 

I have been making these long format panels for awhile now. They are the best option for a lot of compositional choices.  I buy a panel at home depot that is used for cheap bathrooms. It is 1/8 inch thick, has melamine on one side and unfinished masonite on the other, 4x8 ft sheet.  I cut it up into the sizes I want and then gesso the unfinished side. I am currently using a Utrecht Gesso which only needs two coats to cover. You may even need to thin it a bit. 

TIP:   Sometimes you can find these masonite sheets in the 70% off pile at Home Depot or find a sheet that has a defect or broken corner and ask them for a discount. Home Depot is really good about giving discounts to clear defective inventory.  If you get lucky that way you can make these panels for next to nothing and have no concerns about "wasting"resources on what may not be the best painting.....seriously, you need to get over that if you worry about it!..  You need to put enough paint on your palette to actually paint with...and stock pile enough panels to get your brush miles in!! ...and never forget to:
Have fun out there!

Monday, July 09, 2018

"Bayview Barber Shop" Paintout Poulsbo, plein air painting by Robin Weiss

"Bayview Barber Shop"  12x9 oil on panel    $600


This is the second painting I completed during Paintout Poulsbo.  The interesting patterns and lines created by the power pole caught my attention.  The day was blustery with the sun coming in and out of the clouds and changing the light pretty dramatically on short notice. I find that it can be helpful to find a back lit subject in those conditions.
 This painting was smeared pretty badly by someone who leaned up against it during the exhibition...one of the drawbacks to participating in a wet painting show...

Just to let you know about several up-coming events and some good news:

First up is a one day plein air painting workshop through the Cole Gallery in Edmonds WA. coming up Saturday, July 28th , 10:30am- 4:30pm.  For more info on this workshop click HERE


My painting " Camillias with Sugar Bowl" has been accepted into the 19th Annual AIS National Juried Exhibition. Somehow I hope to make it to this show which will be held at the Peninsula School of Art in Door County Wisconsin , September 27th.



I will be participating in Paint the Peninsula again this year which takes place August 19-26th in Port Angeles, WA. Afterwards I will be conducting a 3 day workshop in Sekiu , WA



I have been accepted into the First Annual Central City Plein Air Festival, which takes place in Central City , Colorado, September 28-30, 2018 .......So I guess I wont be attending the AIS show!!


There is probably some other stuff too! It can be hard organizing multiple events and shows!  It helps to write it down here on my blog as a reminder...A lot of time goes into all of the other related business in being an artist!  So don't forget to
Have fun out there!







Saturday, July 07, 2018

Painting the Guardian Stone" Paint Out Poulsbo, plein air painting by Robin Weiss

"Painting the Guardian Stone"  12x9 oil on panel    NFS


I recently joined the Peninsula Music and Arts Society of Poulsbo. They mostly raise funds for scholarships to help aspiring young artists in our area. Part of the fundraising the last few years has been a plein air painting event in Poulsbo. It started off small but is growing each year.  This year I entered my grandson Chase who, at eight years old, is also an aspiring young artist. He decided to paint the Guardian Stone, a cool sculpture in Poulsbo's waterfront park that has three swords planted in a big rock.




Me and Chase painting in Poulsbo


Chase's parents are both educators in the public schools and their philosophy of  going to new places and trying new things is paying off. Chase had no hesitation entering this competition and following through. He completed three paintings in two days.






As you can see in this picture Chase is taking this competition very seriously! While I am in the background looking at something on my phone he is concentrating on producing a masterpiece of artwork.







Chase with his painting "The Guardian Stone"
Others thought it was good too! Many people stopped to encourage him. 
 
 When we finally turned our paintings in at the end of the day, the Judge of Awards, Max Hazlette, awarded Chase's painting First Place in his age category!...and then handed him a check for $150!

The look on his face was priceless as he received the award.  Another plein air artist is born!  



 





If you are interested in learning more about the Peninsula Music and Arts Society of Poulsbo click


Thursday, July 05, 2018

"Rows of Red" Skagit county, plein air painting by Robin Weiss

"Rows of Red"  11x14 oil on linen panel        $800


I have painted the tulips in Skagit county a lot  !  These days I look for other views but those rows of color draw you in and it is almost impossible not to paint them.  This is the back side of Roozengaarde Farm .  The design element of rows of anything going into the distance is a good tool to bring the viewer into a scene.  The only problem, especially with tulip fields, is the over use of that element in many paintings.  I think this is a good painting just a bit cliche.

That being said, if you have been to the fields of color, this would be a good memory of your visit!

Have fun out there!  =]

Friday, June 29, 2018

"A Slice of Color" Skagit tulip field, plein air painting by Robin Weiss

"A Slice of Color"  9x14 oil on panel   $800


Never ending inspiration!!  Tulip season in Skagit county, Washington State!  Painted from the side of the road with my friend Mark Bistranin.  To see a whole bunch of my paintings from this location and other amazing places go to my Daily Paintworks Gallery page HERE

Thursday, June 28, 2018

"Skagit Quick Sketch" Plein air, landscape painting by Robin Weiss

Skagit Quick Sketch"   12x9 oil on panel   $600

We set up on the side of the road by the tulip fields in Laconnor to paint the amazing colors of spring in Skagit Co. I knew which view I wanted to paint and quickly set up my easel after parking in a questionable turnout along the road. It gets pretty crazy during tulip season with many more visitors  than usual clogging the two lane roads , pulling off anywhere , taking pictures and filling all available parking. It was not very long before an officer on a motorcycle , no doubt getting overtime pay, pulled over and told us we could not park where we were and suggested another location across the road. I left my pochade box by the road, moved the van and then jogged back to continue painting. When I finally took a breath and looked around there were a lot of views to paint from right were I was!.....I turned about and laid in this composition in about twenty minuets .

I'll post the painting I started with next time!

Have fun out there and watch where you park! 

Tuesday, June 26, 2018

"Valley Farm" Plein air landscape painting by Robin Weiss

"Valley Farm"  6x8 oil on panel  $250


As you are heading into LaConnor from Fir Valley Rd. there is a place to pull off and park. I never tire of the views from all directions in this little spot where their is plenty of room for a couple cars to park and paint.

I didn't have a lot of time so I pulled out a 6x8 panel and scraped up all the juicy paint on my palette for this little study of a distant farm. Using a fairly big brush and lots of paint I laid this composition out quickly and let it stand on it's own.

Thanks for stopping by IPA!  Have fun out there! 

Monday, June 25, 2018

"Blue Mountain" Skagit Valley, plein air painting by Robin Weiss

"Blue Mountain"  9x14 oil on panel     $900  


At least once a year I try and visit my friend Mark Bistranin in Skagit County to paint for a few days. He co-owns and operates the Seaside Gallery in LaConnor.
 The Skagit valley once inhabited by the Salish Indians was a valley of small prairies that were burned in controlled fires to harvest bracken ferns and camas . After the development of the dike system the unmanageable wetland area became a fertile area for agriculture. These days it is still a vibrant farming community and a great place for us painters to find  stunning views of fields and farms surrounded by mountains whose mood and atmosphere are constantly changing.

"The life I love is making paintings with my friends"
Me and Mark painting in one of our favorite spots



This is an area on Fir Island that Mark and I go to paint a lot.  It is a wetland, salt marsh at the end of......well, I can't remember the name right now...it will come to me...But, it is the first road to the left as you pass Snow Goose Produce. Follow it past farms to the very end and there you are. It can be tricky to turn your car around down there but I have turned my van many times....just be careful you don't back into a irrigation ditch!!




I entered this painting in the "Little Gems", small works Show at the Scott Milo Gallery in Anacortes and it garnered a Best of Show Award!! How cool is that!  Thanks much to the good folks at Scott Milo Gallery and Judge of awards, Michele Usibeli! 
You still have time to go see the show!  The closing reception is this Saturday the 30th at 3pm.

Best of Show Award at the Little Gems Show,
Scott Milo Gallery, Anacortes, WA

Friday, June 22, 2018

"Tall Quince" Still life painting by Robin Weiss

"Tall Quince"  12x6  oil on panel  $400


I got a lot of mileage out of the Quince blossoms I plucked from the side of the road...and those lemon wedges!  You can see in this painting how they are starting to dry up and the rind is turning a dark burnt orange.

This is the last painting I will be posting in this series as I keep trying to catch up to real time and what I am working on now.  Maybe I can do it in the next few weeks because my painting time has been taken up working on a treehouse for the grand kids....Ha!


Thursday, June 21, 2018

"Daffy Duck" Still life painting by Robin Weiss

"Daffy Duck" 12x10 oil on panel


I used a different fabric scrap for this painting. The idea was to compliment the yellow of the daffodils with the purple background of the fabric, again creating a dramatic contrast.

This was just a plain fun painting to do!  I see a lot that I would like to improve now that I see it again on line including softening some edges and improving the drafting but for now it will remain my statement of the spring daffodils of 2018.....

Hope you are enjoying summer as much as I am!!

Wednesday, June 20, 2018

"Red on Red" Still life painting by Robin Weiss

"Red on Red"  10x10 oil on panel    $600

My studio mate, Leigh , lent me a big pile of fabric scraps to use as still life props. I set this color composition up in the studio under natural light .  The idea was to get a dramatic contrast between the red backdrop and the stark white vase.  Think I should have worked on it a little longer and resolved a few things like the leaves and stem of the camellia blossom. I have a problem with overworking paintings so sometimes fall short of actually finishing them to the best advantage....It's tricky!

Friday, June 15, 2018

Blue Vase with Lemons" Still life , oil painting by Robin Weiss

"Blue Vase with Lemons"  10x10 oil on panel    $600


I used the Quince blossoms again and put them in a blue vase used in many paintings over the years. I focused mostly on the lemon wedges and getting the transparency and glow of light coming through the pulp. Also I like using a reflective base and the silver tray that came with the art deco tea set works really well.
I think that a better composition could have been achieved if I had used more blossoms and took a little more time arranging them as I did in an earlier post of "Quince with Lemons" ....Those lemon wedges lasted through four paintings!!

Thanks for visiting !!

Tuesday, June 12, 2018

"Camellias with Sugar Bowl" Still life, oil painting by Robin Weiss

"Camellias with Sugar Bowl"  12x9 oil    $600

I just really enjoy painting the reflections in silverware. I used the art deco sugar bowl again in this composition....The juicy red camillias were provided by a nice neighbor who was trimming her bushes away from the road just as I drove by....Score!!

I entered this one in the American Impressionists National Show...Hope I get in this time!!


Monday, June 11, 2018

"Quince with Lemons" Still life , oil painting by Robin Weiss

Quince with Lemons  9x12 oil on panel     Sold


Seems like my inspiration for paintings goes in cycles. In the spring when the flowering trees and spring bulbs start to open up I get really motivated to paint still life.  When I try them at other times it just doesn't work out. ...So, when the urge comes upon me, I set up and paint as many paintings as I can before it passes.  My next posts will be the series of paintings I completed in March/April 2018



Quince with Lemins, underpainting
My usual method is to set up a shadow box using natural light if possible.  Then arrange a composition. Here I am using sprigs of flowering quince, one of the earlier flowering shrubs and components of an art deco tea set found last year at a thrift shop in Laconnor. You can take a look at earlier blog posts about the tea set HERE
As I have described in other posts on my method, I start out composing and determining values in the underpainting using a color made by M Graham Paint Co. called Quinacridone Rust



Thursday, June 07, 2018

"Summer in the City" Seattle city, oil painting by Robin Weiss

"Summer in the City"  14x9 oil on panel  $800
Available at:
The Michael Birawer Gallery
1003 1st Ave, Seattle WA 98104
206-624-7773

This was a fun demo painting I did from a photograph taken while I was having coffee at the Zeitgeist Coffee shop in Seattle.  M Graham Paint co. has been sponsoring me and sometimes will send me off to do a demo or promotion at one of their vendors. This time it was in Port Townsend at Quimper Mercantile, a cool store with all kinds of stuff including art supplies!

M Graham Co. even did a really cool video of me in the studio. You can see it HERE




Thursday, May 31, 2018

"Sky High" Seattle city , oil painting by Robin Weiss

"Sky High"  16x12 oil on panel    $1000

This view of Seattle is from Pike Place looking south on First Ave.  I love the reflections of the shy in the tall buildings and tried to capture it in this painting.  "Sky High" is available and on display at;

Thursday, May 24, 2018

"Feeding the Gulls" oil, landscape painting by Robin Weiss

"Feeding the Gulls"   15x30 oil on canvas       $1400   


I snapped several photos of this family feeding the seagulls in Edmonds, WA awhile back and composed this studio painting from that reference. I struggled a lot with this one and eventually removed many of the seagulls.  I think the simplified version makes it easier to tell the story.


Available through
The Cole Gallery, Edmonds, WA
425-697-2787

Have fun out there!


Monday, May 21, 2018

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

"Pike Place Downpour"  20x16 oil on linen  $1200


A different look for me but one of my favorite pieces in the featured artist show at the Michael Birawer Gallery in Seattle.
It started out in the usual manner of painting for me but was not working very well. Had no spark or excitement. I got frustrated and grabbed the big palette knife thinking I would just scrape it off and start over. As I was pulling the paint off it started to get the atmosphere that I originally wanted to convey. I carefully kept removing pigment skirting around some areas. After that I went back in and worked edges and contrast in the key focal areas.

This painting is available at

Thursday, May 17, 2018

"Bistro" Seattle city oil painting by Robin Weiss

"Bistro" 20x20 oil on linen      Sold

Back to Pike Place Market in Seattle. This alley leads to a little piece of underground Seattle and the famous "Gum Wall"  Check it out if you come to the city. This painting has sold but there are still a few of my city paintings available at....( I know!....another shameless plug..  =]   )




Wednesday, May 16, 2018

"Destiny" Seattle city marinescape by Robin Weiss

"Destiny"  18x24 oil on Linen    $1500


A favorite restaurant of ours in Seattle is called Anthony's.  If you get off the ferry in Seattle at Coleman dock and walk north along Alaskan Way for maybe half a mile you run right into it...and that's a nice walk to take along the water!  This is the view of the marina from the outside eating area...A great place to hang out in the summer for dinner or lunch.

This painting is also available for viewing or purchase at:

Friday, May 11, 2018

"Autumn Serenade" Seattle city oil painting by Robin Weiss

"Autumn Serenade"   18 x24 oil on canvas     Sold


This painting was titled after a song on my favorite Coltrane CD , sung by Johnny Hartman. It depicts one of my favorite places in Seattle, the Pike Place Market. This is a typical fall scene in the Emerald City......You can always tell who the locals are....the ones not using an umbrella....
If you plan to visit Seattle be sure to explore Pike Place Market, have a meatloaf sandwich at the Three Girls Bakery and be sure to visit the Michael Birawer Gallery at 1st and Madison to view more iconic scenes of Seattle like this one!

The MBG is located at 1003 1st street, Seattle WA 98104
206-624-7773

Have fun out there!  =]

Thursday, May 10, 2018

"December" Seattle city oil painting by Robin Weiss

"December"  20x20 oil on canvas   $1400
Available at the Michael Birawer Gallery
Contact;   206-624-7773

The Pergola is an iconic landmark in Seattle. I have depicted it here, dressed in Christmas decoration on a winter day in Seattle with the fall leaves still clinging to the trees and the mist from Elliott Bay softening the edges of the city.

Add the atmosphere of the Emerald City to your home by contacting The Michael Birawer Gallery in Seattle. You can visit the gallery and view this painting in person or call for more information.

 The MBG is located at ; 1003, 1st Ave , Seattle WA  98104
206-624-7773

Wednesday, May 09, 2018

"Seattle Buskers" Seattle city oil painting by Robin Weiss

"Seattle Buskers"  20x20 oil on canvas $1400
Available through the
Cole Gallery, Edmonds WA
425-697-2787

My featured artist exhibit at the Michael Birawer Gallery is officially over but you can still go there and see a lot of the work I completed for the show.  Sorry I'm so far behind on the blog!!....But I am catching up!


Amber Hayes and friends
Seattle Buskers was painted from reference taken during one of my many "shoot from the hip" photo excursions through the city. I always stop to listen to the street musicians and this little band was really good! After I did the painting I ran into them again at Pike Place and showed the lead singer a photo of the painting on my phone. She really liked it ! Long story short....They came and played a few songs at my opening.....I love this job!!


Amber's band is called the Satin Sirens. You can see them play in venues around Seattle. Check out their facebook page HERE

Have fun out there!