Monday, January 15, 2018

" Mount Baker Unveiled" plein air, mountain, landscape by Robin Weiss

"Mount Baker Unveiled"   10x12 oil on panel  plein air     $700
Available through the Cole Gallery, Edmonds Washington   

I know it's 2018 but I'm still catching up to painting trips from 2017!  Sheesh!  I never get tired of this view of Mount Baker from Artists Point and have paintied it a few times before.  This one comes from our trip up with the Plein Air Washington Artists in the fall of 2017 . See a version painted in 2015  HERE

Picking blueberries

 The mountain blueberries were juicy and ripe. They always distract me from painting! In this picture you can see the almost glowing red color and that is the low lying blueberry bushes. The color in the fall is a great addition to any painting composition as well!!

Maury painting at Mt Baker

My son Maury came along with me on this trip.....His full time job is game design but he's a good painter too!

Check out Maurys website HERE

Mt. baker Unveiled on location

Friday, January 12, 2018

"Hedges Family Estate" original, vineyard, oil painting by Robin Weiss

"Hedges Family Estate" 16x20 oil on canvas   $1200

This was the companion piece to Blue Valley in the Valleys to Vinyards show I talked about in my last post. The work was inspired by our trip to Walla Walla in the eastern part of Washington State and the plein air paintings done on location there. Walla Walla and the regions around it are starting to be well known for their fine wines.

While I had a great time painting with the PAWA artists my wife , Ann
enjoyed sampling the wine!

"Hedges Vinyard" plein air study  9x12 oil on panel   $600

The plein air study that inspired the studio work won Honorable Mention from juror, Tim Diebler.

One of the nice things about plein air painting is the wonderful memories that come back to you when viewing the work . I'll always remember the warm summer days we spent in WallaWalla!

Thursday, January 11, 2018

"Blue Valley" original, landscape, oil painting by Robin Weiss

"Blue Valley"  16x20 oil on canvas     $1200

I try and go along on as many Plein Air Washington Artist painting trips as the schedule allows ....and try never to miss going up to Mt Baker!  "Blue Valley" is a studio painting inspired by our trip in 2017. It was accepted into Valleys to Vinyards which was PAWA's  year end show at The American Art Co.

"Valley View"9x12 plein air  $600

Here is the plein air study done on location at Artists Point that I used as reference for the studio work.

I realized looking over my blog that there are whole trips I have not posted from 2017 and it is the new year already!!  I try to keep up but .....

Me and son Maury painting at Artists Point , Mt Baker

My son Maury came along on the Mt Baker trip. It was great to spend some time in the mountains painting with him!!

I'll post more of our work from that adventure in the next few days.

Thanks to all of you who have been faithfully following along on the journey!  I am always happy and amazed when I meet you at shows, events around the country and other places!
Thanks so much!

 I hope you are looking forward to 2018 as much as we are!  It will be another great year of painting adventures starting with the the 5th Annual Plein Air Festival event through the Lighthouse Art Center in Tequesta, Florida ...

Monday, January 08, 2018

Poulsbo Morning" original oil painting by Robin Weiss

"Poulsbo Morning"   20x20 oil on canvas   $1400

It's a new year and I'm really excited about all the adventures ahead! ....But for the next few months I will be spending time in the studio working on commissions and upcoming shows.

I went down to the marina in my home town of Poulsbo on one of the rare sunny days this time of year to get out of the studio for awhile and paint in fresh air.  The plein air painting I did was terrible....I won't even post it!  ...But I did get some good photos and was able to use my reference to finish this studio painting.

If you are interested in prints of this painting , email me at 

Monday, December 18, 2017

"Whidbey Island Race Day" original oil painting by Robin Weiss

"Whidbey Island Race Day"  9x14 oil on panel    $800

Earlier this summer my cousins from Ohio came to stay with us and we took them to Coupville on Whidbey Island to have lunch and explore the town. It happened to be Whidbey Island Race Day with lots of sailboats out in the sound. I took a bunch of pictures to work this winter....which is what I am doing now!

Also this time of year I cut up or paint over old work that has been lying around taking up space. Here are some progression shots of this painting using an old panel that I scrubbed with turpentine.

My cousin Cindy and her two girls Mallory and Shayna were a lot of fun to have around for a few days!!

Wednesday, December 13, 2017

"Rose Demo" original oil painting by Robin Weiss

"Rose Demo"  10x12 oil on panel   $700
available at the Cole Gallery, Edmonds, WA

While I'm on the subject of flowers, specifically roses , here is a recent demo painting done at the Cole Gallery in Edmonds during their Holiday show on Sunday.
It was a fun time chatting with visitors and eating too many tasty snacks...If you are in Edmonds stop by the Cole Gallery and see whats on the walls. They have many fine local artists and a lot of my recent work is there too.

"Edmonds Park, Winter light"  9x12 oil   $500

I took an early ferry over so there would be time to warm up with a little plein air work.

I've painted this scene several times before but never this quickly. Crazy how fast the sun goes down this time of year!

This painting took about 45 mins to complete!

Tuesday, December 12, 2017

"Vase of Roses" original flower, still life painting by Robin Weiss

"Vase of Roses" 14x11 oil on panel    $800
Available through the Michael Birawer Gallery, Seattle

After finishing this painting, which went very fast as some do, I was wishing that I had photographed the process. This time of year I take stock of all the panels around the studio. Paintings that haven't sold or didn't work. Ones that had potential at the time but just stacked up. Hating to waste anything,  these derelicts can sometimes be great foundations for new work. . In this case the painting was a mostly blue seascape, awful thing, that I turned upside down so as not to be too distracted and then used a photograph of a back lit, vase of roses on the porch. Working quickly with large brush and lots of thick juicy paint I blocked in the simple shapes and for once, stopped before overworking the thing.  You never know what can happen! Give it a try!

Thursday, December 07, 2017

"Rain Buddies" Seattle city, oil painting by Robin Weiss

"Rain Buddies" 8x8 oil on panel     Sold
Available at the Michael Birawer Gallery, Seattle, WA

One of my favorite subjects! Seattle in the rain!  We have been getting a lot of that lately but it just makes the city more interesting to me! If you are in Seattle for Christmas this year stop by the newly opened Michael Birawer Gallery next to the Alexis Hotel and gift the gift of art to one you love this year.

Oh, and stop by the Cole Gallery in Edmonds on Saturday the 9th!  There will be artists demoing all day! I set up my easel about 4pm! Would love to see you there!

"Teddies Christmas"  Available at the Cole Gallery in Edmonds
425-697-2787     Sold

Tuesday, December 05, 2017

"Market Music' Seattle city, oil painting by Robin Weiss

"Market Music" 10x10 oil on panel  $400
Available through the Cole Gallery

There is a flower shop right on the corner of First and Pike in Seattle. Across the street is a light pole under cover of an awning. That is one of my favorite places to lean against with my camera and take pictures of the people and activity of Seattles iconic Pike Place Market. I have stood there for over half an hour observing and taking pictures. Many times!  This painting is composed using reference from those pics

I will be giving a painting demo at the Cole Gallery in Edmonds, WA on December 9th for the Christmas Holiday Show form 4pm till 8pm , Come down and see the show and join with us in sharing the joy of the season.

Also available and on display at the Cole Gallery is my painting "Dungeness Tidelands" a large studio painting of the Dungeness Spit and the Olympic Mountains which just won Best in Master Class Award in the Art Muse Contest online.

Sunday, December 03, 2017

"Market Slice" Seattle city oil painting by Robin Weiss

"Market Slice"  11 x 14 oil on panel   Sold
Available at the Michael Birawer Gallery, Seattle

Pike Place Market is iconic Seattle!  I always find interesting subject matter there and always have a blast painting on location. If you plan on visiting Seattle be sure on taking time to explore Pike Place Market. While you're at it, walk a few blocks south on First Ave and Visit the Michael Birawer Gallery. A new gallery in Seattle featuring some of the best regional artists in the area.

This work was inspired by the fruit vendors who pull you over to sample a slice of their best new varieties. If you go to enough different stands you won't need lunch!  =]

Thursday, November 16, 2017

"James Island" From the Quilute Marina. marine landscape by Robin Weiss

"James Island" From the Quilute Marina
16x20 oil on canvas, framed  Sold
Available through the Cole Gallery;    425-687-2787

This studio painting was inspired by a plein air painting that was a demonstration during my workshop this year prior to Paint the Peninsula.  We had such a good time at this workshop painting on the Olympic Peninsula that I have decided to try it again next year. If you are interested in joining us send me an email and I will get you on the list to receive email updates.

Workshop at Salt Creek

One of the locations we painted was Salt Creek a favorite of all the students and also the artists that come from all over the US and Canada to participate in Paint the Peninsula.  I came back to this spot during the event and painted as the moon blotted out the sun during the solar eclipse of 2017
More about that in future posts. =]

Friday, November 03, 2017

"Dungeness Tideline" Northwest coastal landscape painting by Robin Weiss

Dungeness Tideline" 28x38 oil on canvas  $3800
available at the Cole Gallery, Edmonds, WA

I have yet to post anything about Paint the Peninsula 2017. It was a great event again this year and I will get to it soon. 
This large studio painting was derived from plein air studies I did on location at the Dungeness Wildlife Refuge in Sequim, WA. during this years Paint the Peninsula. I was able to spend the whole day there and did three studies.

Dungeness Tideline  Study  11x14 

The Dungeness Spit is a long crescent of beach that stretches for five miles and ends at the New Dungeness Lighthouse. You can even make reservations to stay the night there and help with the lighthouse operations.

I have painted on the spit for the last several years during PTP and honed my skills painting driftwood. I find the designs, textures and patterns made by driftwood on the beaches of the Northwest endlessly inspiring. You can go to the same place each year and the driftwood will make the scene entirely fresh again.

Last year I won the Spirit of the Peninsula Award for my painting  Driftwood Giants you can check out the Blog post HERE 

Many of the paintings done at PTP 2017 will be displayed at Arts in the Woods. The knowles Studio will be open 10am-5pm,  Nov 11th, 12th and 13th . Please stop by and say hi!  Hope to see ya there!

Thursday, October 26, 2017

"Alexis" Seattle city, oil painting by Robin Weiss

"Alexis"  10x12 oil on panel     Sold
Available at the Michael Birawer Gallery

I have to cut in on my posts of the Cole Gallery featured artist show to announce the opening of the Michael Birawer Gallery in Seattle. We have been waiting for this gallery to open after Alki Arts closed last year. Diane Venti will be the gallery director for this exciting new venue and will be rotating some of the Alki Arts artists along with new art and prints from Michael Birawer. The Gallery is located on First Ave between Storyville Coffee and the Alexis Hotel . There will be an opening of the new gallery on First Thursday Artwalk , Nov., 2nd 2017 and the Grand Opening on Nov 11th. For more info and to follow along on gallery happenings for now check out the Michael Birawer Facebook Seattle page.

Sunday, October 22, 2017

"Dog Day Afternoon" Seattle city oil painting by Robin Weiss

"Dog Day Afternoon"  11x14 oil on panel    Sold
Available through the Cole Gallery

This painting was inspired by my forays into the city of Seattle to search out interesting subject matter for painting, I love Pioneer Square with it's dappled light on sunny, summer days and all the folks who enjoy the park including their four legged friends...=]

In the next few posts I will be adding work that is included in the Cole Gallery, Featured Artist show "Seattle, Edmonds and Beyond with myself and Jennifer Deihl that will be showing through December.

For other events coming up please refer back to my last post for more info,..or click HERE

Saturday, October 21, 2017

"Curb Appeal" Seattle city, oil painting by Robin Weiss and upcoming events

"Curb Appeal"  10x10 oil   $600
Available through the Cole Gallery    425-697-2787

What a busy couple months! I missed posting about the opening of a recent featured artist show with myself and Jennifer Diehl but go and check it out if you are in the Edmonds Washington area! The show will be hanging through December and you can view the paintings on the Cole Gallery website HERE.

"Alexsis"   10x12 oil   $700
available through the
 Michael Birawer Gallery

The first Thursday of the Month is Seattles art walk and I am excited to announce that Alki Arts has teamed up with Michael Birawer to open a new gallery in Seattle next to the Alexsis Hotel on First Ave. The opening of the new Michael Birawer Galley will be Thursday, November, 2nd , 6-8pm . Hope to see you there!

Next in the line up, Our annual studio tour, Arts in the Woods! Don't miss this art smorgasbord of local studios in the North Kitsap area! 
 A three day extravaganza of creativity for your enjoyment! 
 Find me at the Knowles Studio and get your map or go to the Cultural Arts   website HERE for more info.

Plein Air Washington Artists. Always a great show and fun time to meet the artists! Tim Deibler is this years juror of awards.

"Hedges Family Estate" 16x20 oil on canvas
Juried into "Valleys to Vinyards"
Plein Air Washington Artists
Available at the American Art Company
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Sunday, October 01, 2017

"White Cloud Poppies" plein air poppy painting by Robin Weiss

"White Cloud Poppies"  10x10 oil on panel   $600

The last in the Poppy series, this one shows a bit more of the green in the foliage and not so much of the orange tinge from all the wildfire smoke we had this summer.  I tried to transplant some of these amazing poppies in my own yard but turns out after some research they don't like to be moved so I will continue to enjoy them on the Knowles Studio grounds.  The poppies are all gone now but you can still see my representation of them on canvas by coming to Arts in the Woods!  Our yearly studio tour sponsored by the good folks at the Cultural Arts Foundation Northwest who fund great events like this one and also provide many scholarships and grants to artists in our area.  Hope to see you there!  =]

Thursday, September 28, 2017

"Three Poppies" plein air poppy painting by Robin Weiss. Also upcoming events.

"Three Poppies"   12x6 oil on panel   Sold

I had a bugger of a time trying to get a good image of this painting. Some paintings are just hard to photograph no matter what you do and I couldn't find an angle where glare was not reflected off the brushwork....So....

You will just have to come to Arts in the Woods!!  Always the second weekend in see this painting in person!!  There will be lots of other artists! There will be snacks and coffee! There will be a studio dog and friends and laughter!  You just have to come!! Get more info from the Cultural Arts Foundation HERE

Other events coming up:   The closing party for the Brace Point Pottery show in West Seattle check out their website HERE.   I will be painting a demo during the party....should be fun!! Diane Venti will be there and it's always fun to give her a big hug!

A featured artist show coming up at the Cole Gallery in Edmonds. Opening on the 19th of October, 6-8pm during third Thursday Art Walk in Edmonds. Come by and see recent plein air and studio work from travels this summer!

Plein Air Washington Artists end of the year , theme show, Valleys to Vineyards coming up at The American Art Company in Tacoma WA. Opening November 4th  2-5pm

Wednesday, September 27, 2017

"Poppy Dance" Plein air poppy painting by Robin Weiss

"Poppy Dance" 8x12 oil on panel   Sold

White poppies, like white crepe paper glued to bright yellow cotton balls blowing in the wind...So much fun to try and capture on canvas!  It was kind of like gesture drawing from life.  Irresistible!

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Wednesday, September 20, 2017

"Poppy Study #2" poppy oil painting by Robin Weiss

"Poppy Study #2   8x8 oil   Sold

Yep, I did a whole series of these poppy paintings during a very warm summer week. I do get these short lived artistic obsessions with certain subjects....Then I have to get it out of my system.

There will be more poppy paintings!!  =]

Oh and the photo from the last post was really bad so here is a better pic of it:

Poppy Study #1  8x8 oil  Sold