Monday, September 18, 2017

"Poppy Study" plein air, poppy painting by Robin Weiss

Poppy Study 8x8 oil    $400

Leigh has these poppies growing in her "White" garden....Some people call them "Fried Egg Poppies" but I researched them and found that they are native to Southern California into Mexico. The formal name is Matilija Poppy.  Been wanting to paint them for years and finally got around to it with a series of paintings.This is the first done on a windy day when the crepe paper white blossoms were blowing about and dancing in the wind.

Sunday, September 17, 2017

"Down Western' Seattle city, oil painting by Robin Weiss

"Down Western" 12x9 oil     Sold

Seattle is changing so rapidly now that I'm not sure this view will be possible to see in the pretty near future. With the new tunnel nearing completion, the Viaduct due to be demolished soon and the start of a complete rebuilding of Coleman Dock, the Seattle waterfront is going to be radically changed from what we have been used to. People say it will be much improved but the grungy, gritty city look of the old Waterfront will be missed by some, including me.
This view looks north down Western Ave as you cross the skybridge from Coleman Dock.

Thursday, September 14, 2017

"Seattle Rain" Seattle City, oil painting by Robin Weiss

"Seattle Rain" 16x8  Sold

I've painted so many Seattle City, rainy day paintings that I am starting to run out of names to call them! Pretty sure I have used this name before . I used to walk this way several times a month getting to the gallery on First and Seneca. It's interesting any time of day but especially on those rain drenched nights with the light bouncing off the puddles and folks with their umbrellas.

Wednesday, September 13, 2017

"Figure Study" Seattle city, oil painting by Robin Weiss

Figure Study 8x8 oil  sold

Oh man am I behind again!  Lots going on but will make an attempt to catch up...I know, I know Ive been saying that! Ha!
This was a quick study to explore gesture and distance in the figures walking. Notice that the heads are on the same plane but the legs are shorter.  This happens because your eyes, (which are in your head  =]  ) becomes the horizon line in your one point perspective. The perspective would change of course, if you were laying down on the sidewalk or standing on top of a building or looking down a steep hill. If you want to draw city scenes its important to study perspective. Start out with simple one point perspective and have fun with it!

Monday, August 14, 2017

"Field of Daisies" landscape painting by Robin Weiss

"Field of Daisies"  9x14 oil on panel    $800
In between painting trips I browsed through old phone pictures of Cape Disappointment and painted this one in the studio.
 I often use a high horizon line in composition especially when you have a varied and interesting foreground which will pull the viewer into the scene.

Sunday, August 13, 2017

"Field Afar" Whitman Mission Park, plein air painting by Robin Weiss

"Field Afar"   9x14 oil on panel    $800

Near Walla Walla is the Whitman Mission Park which documents in a balanced way the history of the local Indian tribes and the immigration of eastern missionaries, traders, adventurers and those seeking to settle in the west. See a youtube video  about the mission here,

During our visit to the park I painted this scene from the back of the ranger station looking across the fields to a farm in the distance.

Sunday, July 09, 2017

"The Hedges Vinyard" plein air, landscape painting by Robin Weiss

"The Hedges Vinyard"  10x12 oil on panel  $600

After visiting a few vineyards in Walla Walla we went to Benton City about an hour away and stopped to paint at a few more. This is the hedges winery and vineyards which features a beautiful tasting room and stunning grounds.

On another note, I will be participating in the Unity show in Seattle. Here is info from the website and one of the paintings I have submitted. 50% of sales will go to Faceing Homelessness

Call for Rest  20x20 oil on panel

 THE EVENT:Unity at the Bemis is a juried and curated charitable art show running Aug 4-6th at The Bemis Building in SoDo, less than 2 blocks from The Seattle Art Fair at CenturyLink Field. The goal of this community-centric art show is to raise at least $25,000 to support local homelessness through the work of Facing Homelessness - a direct-action non-profit that works closely with homeless citizens. The show will feature between 40-50 Northwest artists, with affordable art up for sale throughout the 3-day event.

Wednesday, July 05, 2017

"Northstar Vineyards" Plein air ,landscape painting by Robin Weiss

"Northstar Vinyards"  9x12 oil on panel  $600

I have been suffering from "bloggers block" again..Something keeps me from the blog..I think about it but just put it off, and the longer I put it off the harder it is to get back to it....funny,..does that happen to you?

Anyway, The Plein Air Washington Artists went to Walla Walla for a paint out. Ann and I stayed at a nice Airbnb place .  You can check it out here

We visited several vineyards in the area and painted studies in preparation for our annual show in the fall at the American Art Company in Tacoma WA. This show always exhibits a plein air study accompanied by a larger studio painting. This years theme is "Valleys to Vineyards"

I have cut back on travel this summer and am working on the house. (remodeling the bathroom) and doing shows and paintouts closer to home. I have also been teaching a bit. If you are interested in a fun workshop experience in the beautiful Pacific Northwest there is still time to sign up for my workshop through the Port Angeles Fine Art Center..You can get the info HERE

Hope you are all enjoying the summer!

Monday, May 01, 2017

"Driftwood Shadows" plein air landscape painting by Robin Weiss

"Driftwood Shadows" 10x12 oil on panel    Sold 

last month I got away to paint down in Indianola. I forgot how nice the beach is there on a sunny day even in early spring.  It was very peaceful and not nearly the crowds of summer!

Indianola Pier

This is the one I did from the opposite direction...I didn't like it as much...

Lately I have been getting lazy and not taking the time to do a thumbnail sketch...Not good!!  You get a lot more failures that way!

Sunday, April 30, 2017

"The Brothers" Olympic Mountain oil painting by Robin Weiss

"The Brothers"  14x18 oil on linen      $1200
We live on the Kitsap Peninsula. Across the Hood Canal and on the next peninsula over, the Olympic Peninsula, is the Olympic Mountain range which the Brothers are a part. When you get on a high area around Poulsbo on a clear day this is the view that you may see!  We had an amazing snow-pack in the mountains this year which will cool us off this summer!

This  painting is included in the Brace Point Pottery show in West Seattle and will be up for a few more weeks.  Send me a message if you would like more info on the show or any of the paintings you see on my blog...  =]

Monday, April 24, 2017

"Dubois Sunbathers" 14th Annual Plein Air Festival, Lighthouse Art Center, oil painting by Robin Weiss

"Dubois Sunbathers"    9x12 oil         Sold

I was working very hard to render the figures into this painting of Dubois Beach in Jupiter, Florida! We were working on location during the 14th Annual Plein Air Festival and enjoying every minuet of the warm temps and sandy beaches. Must have done okay with it because the young elementary teacher in the foreground finally got up and came over to see what I was painting and bought the piece right off the easel! She said I made her look 20 pounds lighter....=]

It's nice when you have subjects that will stay in position for awhile. I love that about southern beaches. Here in the Northwest people move around a lot just to stay warm! I found that the Quin Sienna paint I brought along was perfect for suntanned flesh tones.

Wednesday, April 12, 2017

"Tall Palms" 4th Annual Plein Air Festival, Lighthouse Art Center, oil painting by Robin Weiss

"Tall Palms" 20x10 oil  SOLD

I discovered Dubois Beach late in the festival and loved it! Came back early the next morning and finished two paintings. The first one was an odd size for me and I had to figure out how to tie it to my easel with whatever was in my pack. Fortunately I keep a variety of clamps and small bungies in case of emergencies.

I brought the painting to the Lighthouse Art Center Gallery and dropped it off.  Came back later in the day and was joyfully surprised that it had already sold! One of the "Green Hat" girls who attend the show loved it.

Thanks Sue!... and thanks to all the hard working volunteers who helped make the 4th Annual Plein Air Festival a huge success!

Thursday, March 30, 2017

"The Loxahatchee River" 4th Annual Plein Air Festival, Lighthouse Art Center, oil painting by Robin Weiss

The Loxahatchee River"  12x16    Sold

This is the second painting I did at Riverbend Park during the the 4th Annual Plein Air Festival.  I took this picture on site before I was finished and then never got another before it sold. Tip of the Day: Be sure you get good photos of your work before they hang at the venue when participating in events because they often sell and you never get another chance!

Riverbend Park is awesome! We saw a lot of wildlife . This large turtle was sunning on a palm trunk hanging out over the water...White Egrets were flying through the landscape...Afterwards I wished I'd tried to render them into the painting! That would have added a nice spark....I need to think about a larger studio painting !

On a local note....I am participating in two shows in April:  

Here in Poulsbo I will have 3 paintings featuring water along with 34 other regional artists at our local frame shop and gallery, Artists Edge.  If you are in town please join me April 7th for the opening reception from 5-8pm....I would love to say hi! Get more info HERE

In West Seattle I will be participating in an invitational art show curated by Diane Venti of Alki Arts at Brace Point Pottery. In this show I will have 17 plein air and studio paintings from around Washington State. Join me and other Alki Artists for "Old Home Week" at Brace Point Pottery opening April 9th from 4-8pm.  get more info HERE

Last but by no means least, The Cole Gallery "Aniversary Show" is still happening at The Cole Gallery in Edmonds. Stop by and see some of the best representational artists working today.

Tuesday, March 21, 2017

"Riverbend Cabanas" 4th Annual Plein Air Festival, Lighthouse Art Center, Tequesta, Fl, oil painting by Robin Weiss

"Riverbend Cabanas"  16x12 oil on linen   Sold

It's best to have a plan of action when you are in competitions like this one. I like to keep it simple. Spending the least amount of time driving around looking for a subject as possible. Riverbend Park was perfect! It was on the top three list of places to paint for good reason. You could set up and do two paintings from the same spot or without losing time hiking too far. I was walking along the river seeing a lot of good stuff to paint when I turned around and saw this scene with the thatched cabanas. I think this was my best painting of the week but it didn't sell and won no award....I've found that I really can't judge my own work very well....but I still love this painting!...and will enjoy having it around ...untill you buy it!! =]

Friday, March 17, 2017

"Juno Beach Pier" 4th Annual Plein Air Festival, lighthouse Art Center, oil painting by Robin Weiss

"Juno Beach Pier" 11x14 oil on linen panel   $850  

The second painting I completed on the first day of competition had a bit of story to it. While I was watching people come and go at the bus stop they always looked longingly at the beach and I'm sure they were trying to decide "work or water"....So thankful my job can give me both!!

I was also glad that I brought brand new Rosemary brushes with me! The new chiseled edges of the Eclipse series, faux mongoose were just what I needed to render those tricky palm fronds!

Thursday, March 16, 2017

"The Sun Will Come" Juno Beach, Lighthouse Art Center, oil painting by Robin Weiss

"The Sun Will Come" 9x14 oil  SOLD

I had been trying for a few years to get into the Lighthouse Art Center, Palm Beach Plein Air painting competition and made the cut this year in 2017. It worked out very well for Ann and I to go and spend some time visiting with her sister Nancy and husband Lowell. They graciously offered their "truck" (Cadillac SUV) for our use to drive down to Palm Beach.

Devin Roberts painting
a nocturne during the
Palm Beach Plein Air

The first night after registration Devin Roberts and I looked around and found a spot to try a nocturne. Mine was a disaster so I packed up early and got some sleep before heading out early for Juno Beach. The weather was supposed to get better as the week progressed but the day started out cloudy with sun breaks and strong wind . I managed to get the beach painting above from under the Juno Beach Pier where there was some shelter from the elements.

The first day we arrived I did the little 6x8 warm up below to get the ball
 rolling and was glad I did when the competition got started!

Juno Beach warm up  6x8 oil    $100

Thursday, February 23, 2017

"Bon Voyage" Seattle City oil painting by Robin Weiss

"Bon Voyage" 18x14 oil on linen    Sold
Available through the Cole Gallery
(425) 697-2787

I captured this scene on a sunny afternoon taking a walk near Pioneer Square in Seattle. I've been creating city scenes for a show coming up at the Cole Gallery in Edmonds, WA.  You can inquire about this painting and others HERE

Thursday, February 09, 2017

"Seattle Street" Seattle city, oil painting by Robin Weiss

"Seattle Street" 10x6 oil on panel  Sold
Available through Alki Arts

I included this little street scene with the portrait in my last post for the Black History Month show at Pacific Place in downtown Seattle. It will be up through February. Check it out if you're in town!   Thanks!!

Wednesday, February 08, 2017

"Beautiful Rain" Black History Month, portrait by Robin Weiss

"Beautiful Rain"  16x16 oil on canvas $800   Available
through Alki Arts 

Every year I have enjoyed participating in the Black History Month exhibition at Alki Arts in Seattle. Although AA is no longer a brick and mortar gallery the director, Diane Venti decided to find a space to hold the show this year!  On the second floor of Pacific Place in Seattle ( across from Nordstroms)  Diane has curated an amazing show of local artwork commemorating Black History Month. It will be up for the entire month of February.

Contact Diane for any further information about this show HERE

Sunday, January 22, 2017

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

"Seattle Sky Bridge" 20x20 oil on linen    Sold

This is a familiar scene to anyone who commutes daily to Seattle from the Kitsap Peninsula.  This sky bridge takes you from the ferry dock across Western Avenue directly to First Street.  I used a photo for reference taken on one of my trips to the city specifically on days like this one so I can capture the atmosphere of Seattle's famous rain.

Saturday, January 14, 2017

"Art Deco with Lemons" still life painting by Robin Weiss

"Art Deco with Lemons"  7x7 oil on panel   Sold

I struggled with the lemons in this one. Yellow is an interesting color to render!  I find that it usually works to combine a color with its compliment for the shadow areas but when that color is modified by objects near it or its own color changes it gets tricky and you have to model color back and forth using your eye to evaluate its "rightness"  That is why the same subject can be interpreted so differently by each artist!

After all that work I noticed after photographing this painting that the bowl of lemons seems to hover above the ground plain and needs to be brought down a bit!  Fooie!!  Thats not easy to do at this point and I will probably procrastinate indefinitely on changing it....A good lesson on making sure objects are "grounded in their proper places during the drawing phase!

Grab a lemon and try it!!   =]

Wednesday, January 11, 2017

"Art Deco with Pears" oil, still life painting by Robin Weiss

"Art Deco with Pears"  7x7 oil on panel    $350

This time I tried pears with the sugar bowl.  I scraped it down once and repainted it...that seemed to help some. I still see a few edges that need to disappear such as the line at the bottom of the sugar bowl in spots.

Still life set up and easel

Tuesday, January 10, 2017

"Art Deco Coffee Pot" still life painting by Robin Weiss

"Art Deco Coffee Pot"  7x7 oil on panel    Sold

I've talked in previous posts about how I came about acquiring this silver tea set at the thrift store in LaConnor.  It's a very enjoyable challenge for me to try and capture the light and reflection and the exceptional design of these vessels.

I began this painting as I usually do, washing the panel with a Burnt Sienna color. Then I use a "Drawing Brush" to sketch in a line drawing, sometimes using a cropping aid. Then with a 1/2 inch flat or bright Mongoose hair brush I will work out values lightening it with yellow or using a bit of Ultramarine for the dark areas.

When I get everything where I want it I will go in with color , observing closely the relationship between the light and dark areas, the soft and hard edges and where I can lose an edge.

Saturday, January 07, 2017

"Art Deco with Apple" oil. still life painting by Robin Weiss

"Art Deco with Apple"  9x12 oil on linen panel     Sold

I enjoy browsing through thrift stores and I spotted this silver tea set when Ann and I were checking out a new one during our anniversary trip to LaConnor last year.  I just loved the design!  At $75 I thought it was a bit pricey for thrift store goods but I also knew it would make a great still life prop so I offered the lady $50 for it and she said okay! When we got home I looked up the maker (Rodgers Bros) and saw a set like it on Ebay for $400!    This is my first painting with the coffee pot and sugar bowl ....hopefully I will recoup my initial investment and have a lot of painting fun doing it!

Ann with the Trumpeter Swans during our anniversary getaway

Thursday, January 05, 2017

"Echo Valley Cabin #3" winter landscape painting by Robin Weiss

"Echo Valley #3"   9x12 oil on panel      Sold

The last in my Echo Valley series, this is the one I will probably try and go bigger with. This is the view we had from our cabin window.  It snowed about four inches over night and this is the way it looked until the wind picked up and blew all the snow off the trees...Then the sun came out and we had a beautiful day of cross country skiing.

Leanne and Brooklyn enjoying the snow!