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

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

Wednesday, May 09, 2018

"Seattle Buskers" Seattle city oil painting by Robin Weiss

"Seattle Buskers"  20x20 oil on canvas $1400
for more info call  360-779-3940

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!

Tuesday, May 08, 2018

"Sailfish Park" Florida plien air painting by Robin Weiss

" Sailfish Park"  10x12 oil on panel   $700

This painting wraps up all my work completed during the 5th Annual Plein Air Festival in Tequesta Florida. Ann rode by this little park during her daily bike ride and suggested I paint there....Good idea!  What a beautiful setting!

 I had practiced drawing sketches of Egrets before I went to Florida, thinking I would add them into paintings. I never did until this guy walked by as I was painting this scene....A perfect focal point and soooooo Florida!

Although it was great to visit Florida again and we had a fun time visiting friends and family it's also good to come home .....and recoup for the next adventure!   Thanks for tagging along on the blog!
Have fun out there!!

Coming up next will be city paintings produced for a featured artist exhibit at the Michael Birawer Gallery in Seattle!  =]

Friday, May 04, 2018

"View from the Square Grouper" Florida plein air painting by Robin Weiss

"View from the Square Grouper"  9x12 oil on panel   Sold

Weather forcast; thunder storms with heavy rain...It happens in Florida in March a lot!  During a plein air event it can set you back in getting work done unless you plan for it. I knew this storm was coming and planned to set up in a covered, outdoor Tiki bar called the Square Grouper. No one but the staff shows up before noon and the owner is cool with artists painting in the mornings..Perfect!
I did the one above in the morning as the storm began to roll in. The one below after the storm as the sun began to warm things up again.  

"The Castaways Marina"  9x12 oil on panel   $600

Tuesday, May 01, 2018

"Riverbend Palmettos" Florida plein air painting by Robin Weiss

"Riverbend Palmettos"  10x10  Sold

I ran into Ralph Papa again at Riverbend Park. This time he was with his gallery mate and painting buddy, Shawn Escott. While I was quickly trying to get in one more painting, Shawn was painting me and Ralph....painting...

Sunday, April 29, 2018

"Moonrise over Riverbend Park" plein air oil painting by Robin Weiss

"Moonrise over Riverbend"  20x10, oil     Sold

During each plein air event I try to do one painting that is my "Magnum Opus" .  I went back to Riverbend Park where I did my best painting last year. (see it HERE) I went early in the morning following my strategy of getting to a location early and then spending the day completing as many paintings as possible thus avoiding too much wasted time driving around looking for subject matter..

As I was walking around with my coffee trying to match the idea of a composition I envisioned in my head with what I was seeing, I noticed the moon rising above this group of palms. I loved the way the early light was creating shadow patterns on the trunks ..and the moon was a bonus.  Realizing this effect would not last long I immediately ran for my gear and set up to render the scene. It was very quiet, very beautiful and no one was around to distract me. I was really enjoying the moment!!

Wrapped Floater frame
Painting a moon into a scene like this is trickier than it would seem. I did a lot of "pushing and pulling of the paint to get it to fade into the sky like I was seeing it and not just pasted onto the surface. It must be as perfectly round as you can make it.....and that in itself can be a challenge.

I also made sure to pack some tall skinny panels because I knew that there would be tall palms I would want to paint. This panel was pre-mounted in a black "floater" frame. The frame part was then covered in brown paper allowing me to make the painting and then remove the paper....Shazaam! ...A completed, ready to hang, hopefully, winner painting....It didn't win any awards but it did sell..

Hopefully this will encourage you to get out and paint your "Winner" too!  

Have fun out there!  =]

Wednesday, April 25, 2018

"View from Duboise Park" plein air Florida landscape by Robin Weiss

"View from Duboise Park"  12x8 oil   
Collection of Victor Lohman

This was the last painting completed at Duboise Park during the 5th Annual Plein Air Festival. It is a similar composition to one that I did last year.   There was a perfect focal point in the foreground when I set up but unfortunately they packed up and came over to see what I was painting....Such are the challenges of painting on location!!.....Maybe someday I'll get good enough...or brave enough to add in to a plein air painting, complex elements from memory.

Tuesday, April 24, 2018

"The Jetty" plein air marinescape painting by Robin Weiss

"The Jetty" 6x10 oil on panel    Sold

After laboring over a larger painting of the Florida coast at Duboise Park during the 5th Annual Plein Air Festival (see last post) and being somewhat frustrated that I couldn't translate the feel of the ocean,sky misty mix of atmosphere...I turned my easel in another direction and painted a smaller,quicker more immediate study...On this one I was working more on close observation of value and movement and then laying down brush strokes reflecting those visuals and letting them stand.  I was more satisfied with this result and so was the collector who bought it...but it doesn't always work out that way when you paint in this manner. The risks are higher but so are the rewards!

Have fun out there!!!  =]

"Coastal Clouds"  10x12 oil on panel    $600

Saturday, April 14, 2018

Surfing the Nor'easter" plein air oil painting by Robin Weiss

"Surfing the Nor'easter"   11x14 oil on panel      
Available at auction, Lighthouse Art Center

Duboise Park was a favorite location from last years Lighthouse Art Center plein air event and I wanted to go back there.  Recently there had been a very powerful storm hit the east coast of the US and the effects of that storm reached all the way down to South Florida, creating surf that wasn't to much fun for swimmers but great for local surfers.

Ralph Papa paints at Duboise Park, South Florida
One of the great things about attending these plein air events is meeting other artists and folks that are interested in art.

I kept running into Ralph Papa at the locations I was painting and got to know him a little better. Ralph is a great artist with his own gallery. His warm smile and positive attitude make for fun times painting and hanging out.

Check out Ralphs website HERE

Thursday, April 12, 2018

"Fishing at Sandsprit Park" plein air oil painting by Robin Weiss

"Fishing at Sandsprit Park"     8x16 oil     Sold

On the way back from Port Selerno I stopped at a location that the event photographer suggested called Sandsprit Park. It was pretty late in the day but I found a scene that worked for a long narrow composition. What was amazing is that the two people fishing on the dock stayed until I was mostly finished with the painting and that never happens!

Monday, April 09, 2018

"Phil's Motor Repair" plein air oil painting by Robin Weiss

"Phil's Motor Repair"  9x12 oil      Sold

The 5th Annual Plein Air Festival was my second time competing in the Lighthouse Art Center event. I wanted to paint in a location that I didn't get the chance to last time. My strategy (and you do need a plan in these events!) was to head to the farthest location and then work my way in closer to Jupiter as the week progressed. I never made it to Port Selerno last year so early Monday morning after stopping for coffee I headed north.

"Hobe Sound"  6x8 oil   $250

The day was beautiful and the morning clear and bright, couldn't help stopping on the way at a nature preserve called Hobe Sound to warm up with a small painting. After a short hike through the palmettos I arrived at this quiet and peaceful beach.

Port Selerno is a painters dream!  lots of boatyards, marinas and old stuff!  Just what I was looking for.  I found a spot out at the end of a dock where I had two good views to paint.

"Port Selerno"  10x12 oil  $700

I wasn't too happy with the first painting (left) and considered scraping it but in the end decided to wait till the morning. Sometimes it's better to cut your losses and start a new painting while you are still fresh and that worked out for me this time. I turned my easel and painted the scene at top, "Phil's Motor Repair",  Sold that same day in the gallery.  I touched up "Port Selerno" next day and improved it enough to keep as a good memory of a fantastic painting location in South Florida!....or sell if you like it..  =]  I am trying to make a living off my dream job..

Thanks for visiting in plein air!  =]

Sunday, April 08, 2018

"Palms and Pelicans" plein air oil painting by Robin Weiss

"Palms and Pelicans"  12x9     Sold
We are back now from the 5th Annual Plein Air Competition and have already started another adventure in Hawaii on our first family vacation outside the continental US. It has been hard to keep up with the blog and I am way behind again as usual. Being as how this blog is my only way to journal all that is happening I would like to keep the ball rolling!  Ha!  We will see....

The painting above was done during the Quick Draw competition at Flagler Park. It won an honorable mention from judge and artist Nancy Tankersley. This year the quick draw was the first event in the competition and did a good job of warming me up for the rest of the week. After that it was a fast and furious week of painting which you will see....

I also had a great time seeing artist friends from last year and meeting new friends. The talent represented in this event is amazing, inspiring and humbling!

Thanks for checking in!

Thursday, February 22, 2018

"Mount Rainier from Vashon" Seattle landscape painting by Robin Weiss

"Mount Rainier from Vashon"  9x14 oil   Sold

This is a painting from 2017 that I had not yet posted to my blog. Sometimes they slip through the cracks.

I have recently been painting for an up-coming show at the Michael Birawer Gallery in Seattle. It will consist of seven new larger Seattle City scenes. The opening will be April 5th, and part of Seattles First Thursday Art Walk. Stop by if you are in the area. I would love to see you!

But...before the show opening I will be attending the "5th Annual Plein Air Festival in Tequesta Florida. It gets started on March 3rd with the Quick Draw event the first Saturday. We are really looking forward to being in Florida especially with the unseasonably cold weather here. I will be posting more during this event like I did last year so stay tuned and thanks for following!!

Also, if you are interested in taking a workshop from yours truly...there will be a fun little one dayer through the Cole Gallery in Edmonds Wa. in July. Check out the website Here.

Lastly here is a link to a video made by the M Graham Paint company. This is a paint that I use almost exclusively because of its color intensity and consistancy.  Check it out HERE

Thursday, January 25, 2018

"Harrison Street" Fall landscape, oil painting by Robin Weiss

"Harrison Street"  11x14 oil    $900

There is a little street that runs alongside Liberty Bay Presbyterian Church  between Highway 305 and 6th street in Poulsbo...I watch for the fall colors to turn every year and transform this scene. This year I took the time to do a little plein air painting (below) and then used that to inform this larger studio work (above). Right now it is hanging at the Treehouse Cafe on Bainbridge Island where I show work every Jan/Feb. Stop by for lunch and check it out!

"Harrison St. plein air  8x8 oil   $400

Tuesday, January 23, 2018

"Seabeck Landscape" plein air landscape by Robin Weiss

"Seabeck Landscape"  9x14 oil on panel, plein air    Sold

We had a long extended and beautiful fall last year and I got out to do some painting. I had not been to Seabeck for awhile and headed out to find a hike a friend told me about out at the end of Stavis Bay Rd.

When I got to the place where the road crosses Big Beef creek this scene stopped me. I pulled over and set up my easel of course!  The rest of the trip produced some spectacular scenes and a few good paintings as well.....we'll get to that later...  =]  BTW,  Thanks for following along on the blog!!

Monday, January 22, 2018

"Shuksan View" Mount Baker, plein air , oil painting by Robin Weiss

"Shuksan View"  8x6 oil plein air,   $400
Available through the Cole Gallery, Edmonds WA.

The view was so spectacular up at Artists Point on Mt. Baker during the PAWA paint out, I spent one whole day doing paintings of this scene.....By the end of the day I was pretty burnt....But what a day!!

"Shuksan Rock Trail" oil, plein air     Sold

"Shuksan View #2  oil, plein air    Sold

"Shuksan Socked In"   10x10,oil, plein air   $400

You can tell by this last one I was getting tired!  There is defeated, depressing tired and exhilarated, good tired.  Guess which one I was after this day......  =]

 Jim Lamb painting at Artists Point

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 ...