Friday, May 24, 2024

"Salt Air" plein air landscape painting by Robin Weiss

"Salt Air"  12x9 oil on panel  $700

 

My goal when painting outside is to authentically capture the feel of a place and how I felt being there. Sometimes I am successful, most times not but the lure of achieving that mysterious amalgamation of craft and essence of place keeps me trying and makes me the artist I am.

I think I came close with this painting but not until I brought it back to the studio, put away all the reference and went back into the wet paint with just the memory of the sights and sounds, the smell of the salt air, the scream of the gulls, alone on a secluded beach down the Seven Sisters road.






Monday, May 20, 2024

"Backyard Rhodies" plein air painting by Robin Weiss

"Backyard Rhodies"  6x12, oil on panel, plein air  $500

 

I stepped out on the back deck to paint these wild rhododendron blossoms over the weekend.  It was an overcast day and the local color of the flowers seemed to be glowing from inside. Couldn't' resist!


outside our window


Thursday, May 16, 2024

"Crossing Pike" Seattle City Life painting by Robin Weiss

"Crossing Pike"  20x16 oil on canvas  $1200
Available through Alki Arts
206-295-5115

 

One more reminder.  "City Life" a group exhibition of Seattle city paintings will open at Alki Arts June 2nd from 5-7pm.  I will be there along with Brooke Borcherding, Arlon Rosenoff and Layne Cook.  

For more info visit the Alki Arts website HERE.  or call  Diane at 206-295-5115 for purchasing information.

Wednesday, May 15, 2024

"UW Cherry Bomb" Seattle City Life painting by Robin Weiss

"UW Cherry Bomb"  20x16 oil on canvas  $1200
Available through Alki Arts
206-295-5115

 

I caught the last of the cherry blossoms at the University of Washington during my two day city immersion tour.  It is a beautiful campus this time of year!  This painting will be a part of the upcoming City Life exhibition at Alki Arts in West Seattle the month of June. Opening reception June 2nd 5-7pm. Hope to see you there!! 


Sketching at the UW


Tuesday, May 14, 2024

"Market Morning" Seattle City Life painting by Robin Weiss

"Market Morning"  16x20 oil on canvas  $1200
Available through Alki Arts
206-295-5115

 

I recently spent a night in Seattle. I got a room at the iconic Pioneer Square Hotel which is now owned by Best Western. The goal was to get some early morning and late evening reference photos and sketches for an upcoming exhibition at Alki Arts. Sort of a two day immersion in the city. I had a blast!  I downloaded the Lime Bike app and used a scooter to get around. Amazingly I did not fall over or crash into anyone. Aside from a few start up problems it was easier than I thought and kind of addicting. I recommend Lime over the others until you get used to using these apps. 

"Market Morning" is a painting from some photos I took as vendors were setting up for the day at Pike Street Market.  You can see this painting in person at Alki Arts in June as part of the City Life Exhibition. Opening with me will be painting buddy, Brooke Borcherding also Layne Cook and Arlon Rosenoff all long time artists represented by Alki Arts.  Stop by for the opening June 2nd 5-7pm

Monday, May 13, 2024

"Occidental Afternoon" Seattle City Life painting by Robin Weiss

"Occidental Afternoon"  18x20 oil on canvas $1400
Available through Alki Arts  
206-295-5115

 

It's time to start posting a new series of Seattle city paintings created for an upcoming exhibition at Alki Arts called "City Life"  I will be joining Brooke Borcherding, Arlon Rosenoff and Layne Cook for this group exhibition opening June 2nd 5-7pm.  If you happen to be in Alki on that date stop by and say hi!




Saturday, May 11, 2024

"River Walk" plein air landscape painting by Robin Weiss

"River Walk"  11x14 oil on panel   $800

 

It was a misty morning in LaConnor. I was attracted to and tried to paint the atmospheric distance of the land mass around and behind the Rainbow Bridge in this painting... with some success. Sometimes you have to settle for a good study. Every painting you do teaches you something. 

When you are out painting it is a bonus if you can set up your gear in a spot where you can get two paintings with out moving by simply looking in the opposite direction. It works best on overcast days when you don't have glare issues on your panel. That was the case with this study. It was the first view from this spot and by the time I was done the sun appeared and I did a 180 for the second try. Take a look HERE





Thursday, May 09, 2024

"Skagit Gold" Plein air landscape painting by Robin Weiss

"Skagit Gold"  10x12 oil on panel   $700


More daffodils from Skagit county!!  This one painted along Calhoun Road. See it at the Front Street Gallery this month!!

Wednesday, May 08, 2024

"Sunshine with Coffee" original oil painting by Robin Weiss

"Sunshine with Coffee" 12x16 oil on panel   SOLD

 

A scene that would often seem ordinary can be transformed under the right light conditions. I'm always on the lookout for that!  The sun suddenly streaming through the windows on a winter day at the Poulsbohemian Coffee Shop in Poulsbo made me double take and start slapping for my phone so I could take a photo before it changed.  "Sunshine with Coffee" is the result.  It sold recently at the Front Street Gallery where I am currently the featured artist.  There will be a reception for the show, "Adventures in Paint" this Saturday, 5/11/24 during artwalk.  Hope you can make it!! 




Tuesday, April 30, 2024

"April Showers" Skagit plein air painting by Robin Weiss

"April Showers"  9x12 oil on panel   Sold

 

Most artists that paint outside around Kitsap, not to mention tourists from around the world will almost always make the trip to Skagit county during Tulip Festival when the spectacular flower fields come into bloom. We went a little early this year to beat the crowds and only had the daffodils to paint but Skagit at any time of year is always an inspiration for plein air painters.  "April Showers" was one of the paintings I did during a two day Plein Air Washington Artists Pop-up paint out in early April. 

Come to the Front Street Gallery in Poulsbo to see my Skagit paintings and more work from around the country during May's Featured Artist Exhibition, "Adventures in Paint" I will be there on Second Saturday Artwalk in Poulsbo.  Hope to see you there!!  =]

Monday, April 29, 2024

"Peninsula Drift" Eglon Beach plein air painting by Robin Weiss

"Peninsula Drift" 8x16  oil on panel   $800

 

One more plein air painting from Eglon Beach!  Fun to see how every painting I do there even if it's from the same spot is a unique painting. I just keep going back!  Here are a few past Eglon Beach paintings.













Friday, April 26, 2024

"LaConnor Boats" LaConnor plein air painting by Robin Weiss

"LaConnor Boats" 8x16 oil on panel  $800

 

I spent a couple days in Skagit County in early April just as the daffodils were coming out. It was a Plein Air Washington Artists Pop-Up Paintout and we had a pretty good turnout!  We gathered each day at the Seaside Gallery and then went out to paint. On the second day I set up on the canal side walkway to do this scene. It's not the first time I have painted this view of the canal. It just makes for a good composition and the red building adds nice color harmonies. 

If I can get some frames in time I will have this painting up on the wall at the Front Street Gallery for my Featured Artist Exhibition. Hope to see you at Poulsbo's Second Saturday Artwalk in May!  Call for more info  360-779-3940

Thursday, April 25, 2024

"Morning Mist" original landscape painting by Robin Weiss

"Morning Mist"  15x30 oil on canvas    $1800
available through Alki Arts   206-295-5115



 If you have explored much of West Seattle you have probably come across this cool beach on the backside of Alki.  There is a lighthouse and some nice views of the Puget Sound. I spent a day there a few months back and did a little plein air painting.  "Morning Mist" is a studio painting done from my reference photos and the plein air piece. 

You can see this painting in person at an upcoming group exhibition called "City Life" at the new Alki Arts venue in West Seattle. For more info on reception and event times and dates click HERE or give the gallery a call at 206-295-5115

Wednesday, April 24, 2024

"Bywater Bay" original plein air painting by Robin Weiss

"Bywater Bay"  8x16 oil on panel    $900

 

These days I am longing to get back outside to paint!  I have been stuck in the studio painting for upcoming shows and preparing for workshops. All that is good stuff don't get me wrong but painting outside is what I love most!  

"Bywater Bay" was done earlier this year at a favorite location pretty near to home. At the end of Seven Sisters Road on the Olympic Peninsula is a protected bay with a long narrow land bridge to an Island that has homes only accessible by boat.  The beach is nearly always deserted and a great place to paint!

This painting will be on display at the Front Street Gallery in May as part of a featured artist exhibition of recent and past work.  Stop by during Second Saturday Artwalk in May to see the work and talk about what inspires me artistically.  

Tuesday, April 23, 2024

"Market Music" Alki Arts exhibition of new Seattle city painting by Robin Weiss

"Market Music" 20x20 oil on canvas   $1400
Available through Alki Arts  
206-295-5115 or  diane@alkiarts.com

 

With this post I would like to let you all know about an upcoming show at the new Alki Arts Gallery in West Seattle,  Along with gallery artists Brook Borcherding, Layne Cook and Arlon Rosenoff I will be participating in an exhibition of recent Seattle city paintings.

This exhibition will hang through the month of June with an opening reception on June 2nd from 5-7pm. The artists will be there to greet visitors and talk about their inspiration for this show.

Also in June continuing the celebration of this event will be another gathering for the intimate concert series featuring Moon Girl on June 8th from 6-8pm

The artists will also be in attendance for West Seattle Artwalk on Thursday June 6th from 5-8pm

I hope to connect with you at one of these events in West Seattle!  For more information on any of the paintings on display contact Diane at 206-295-5115 or email  diane@alkiarts.com


Friday, April 19, 2024

"Let the Earth Rejoice" Eleanor's Apple Tree original painting by Robin Weiss

"Let the Earth Rejoice" 11x14 oil on panel  $500

 

Lots of exciting things happening these days keeping me from posting for awhile.  First up and already on display at the Front Street Gallery in Poulsbo is the annual Ars Poetica exhibition. Ars Poetica has it's roots going way back to a Roman poet named Horace when he said "The making of a poem is like that of a painting" This exhibition will pair visual artists with poets. The art along with the poems will be dsiplayed on the featured art wall at Front Street Gallery through April with an artist and poet reading on April 21st at 2pm.

"Let the Earth Rejoice" is the painting that I created to go along with a poem that was posted online by the daughter of a friend that attends our church. I was impressed with her poem which expressed her love of what she sees and obviously really spends time thinking about in nature, then integrated that with a grateful love of the God who created the beauty we see coming up with this sweet poem. 

Eleanor E Graham 
The little apple tree

There is a little apple tree,
That grows in our yard all day and night.
she has but just a few little leaves
But she holds them up to try and touch the sky
And praises with all of her might.

She praises in the summer,
When the children play in her branches
And pick the apples in her leaves,
And all the world is laughing

She praises in the fall
When her leaves turn crimson and gold
And swirl and spin through the air
And all the world is dancing

She praises in the winter,
When a blanket in laid upon the land
Her branches are bare,
and all the world is sleeping.

She praises in the spring,
When green things are growing
And rabbits that slept in her roots
Are hopping and jumping and leaping

And someday when she’s old and wise,
And she’ll lift up her branches to praise 
And touch the sky.





Friday, April 05, 2024

"Riverbend Park" plein air oil painting by Robin Weiss

"Riverbend Park" 16x16 oil on panel_ Sold

 


"Riverbend Park", the final painting of three, closed the first day for me at Riverbend Park in Jupiter Florida during the 11th Annual Plein Air Festival hosted by the Lighthouse Art Center in Tequesta, Florida. I walked by this scene, took a second look and set up my easel. I knew this one may be my best effort of the competition and used my largest panel to paint it. The competition at this event is always very steep and while I didn't win any awards, four of my paintings sold including this one.




Thursday, April 04, 2024

"Old Time Jam at Riverbend Park" plein air painting by Robin Weiss

"Old Time Jam at Riverbend Park"
12x9 plein air oil   Sold

 

I came across a great plein air opportunity while painting in Riverbend Park during the 11th Annual Plein Air Festival hosted by the Lighthouse Art Center in Tequesta Florida.  I love painting these cabanas that provide shade and rain cover for the picnic areas at this park. I painted them last time I participated in this festival 5 years ago. 





This year I ran across a group of musicians filling the park with joyful tunes.  They were all part of a nation wide Old Time Jams music organization that send out locations and meeting times on a special app and you can just show up and play along. I was looking forward to a pleasant painting session while listening to some great live music. Perfect! 





Monday, April 01, 2024

"Morning Walk at Riverbend Park" plein air landscape painting by Robin Weiss

"Morning Walk at Riverbend Park"
12x9 oil on panel   sold

After the opening festivities consisting of the "Quick Draw , panel stamping and the artists awards and greeting we all dispersed around Martin and Palm Beach counties to start creating artwork to adorn the beautiful gallery space at the Lighthouse Art Center in Tequesta Florida.

My first stop was a favorite location from years past, Riverbend Park. I decided to spend the whole day there to avoid wasting too much time driving and looking instead of painting. It's a strategy I have discussed in other blog posts about competition painting and works good for me. Plan ahead for the next days location, go there early and spend the whole day making paintings in that spot. Once you have a few good paintings under your belt then you can take more risks driving around and looking for opportune scenes.




Going to Riverbend was a good move. I completed my favorite work there and while I won no awards I did sell three of them with the above painting given as a thank you gift to our wonderful host family.






 

Thursday, March 28, 2024

"Market Day" Florida plein air painting by Robin Weiss

"Market Day" 14x11 oil on panel   Sold

 

 Recently Ann and I attended the 11th Annual Plein Air Festival hosted by the Lighthouse Art Center in Tequesta Florida. It's been 5 years since I participated in "Lighthouse" and it was really cool to see how much bigger and better the organizers have made this event! Also a lot of fun to run into artist friends that you really don't get a chance to see much outside of these shows.  I can see why many artists travel the circuit spending all summer at various plein air events around the country.

Usually at these competitions the "Quick Draw" as they call it, is near the end of the weeks programs. This time the first Sunday of the festival was the "Quick Draw" it actually worked pretty good as a way to get the artists submersed in the mindset of competition painting at one of the larger plein air festivals in the country. We all met at Harbourside Place in Tequesta, a large complex of shops and restaurants hosting a Market on Sundays for local vendors. The artists all got reacquainted with their "tribe" and set up wherever they thought would make the best composition for a painting. 




I scoped out a scene the day before where I could locate my easel on a street corner with some attractive umbrellas surrounding an outdoor restaurant. I got there early to grab my spot as other artists with the same idea set up around me. The comradery of the artists made it a lot of fun as we laughed and told stories of all our travels.




We had two hours to complete a painting and the artists got serious when the horn sounded and the painting began. All was going pretty well until the sky started to turn dark and it looked like a squall was moving in....and boy did it! Artists started running for cover as the skies opened up!  All part of the plein air experience!  I was under a partial cover and was able to get my painting mostly done and over to a covered are for judging and sales. Whew!  You never know what you will run into during these events!!






Wednesday, February 28, 2024

"Blue Heron on Liberty Bay" original oil painting by Robin Weiss

"Blue Heron on Liberty Bay"
16x8 oil on panel   $800

 I watched one of these Herons catch an ell under a rock. He stabbed it a few times till it stopped squirming, washed it off flipped it up and swallowed it whole. They are pretty impressive hunters with a lot of patience!  Also beautiful birds that are ubiquitous around here. I have been wanting to paint one for awhile.  

You can view this original painting at the Front Street Gallery in Poulsbo through March!

Tuesday, February 27, 2024

"Kimball's Cow" original landscape painting by Robin Weiss

"Kimball's Cow"  11x14 oil on panel   $900

 

In an earlier post I wrote about the workshop we took with Kimball Geisler. I learned a lot!  This is one of the paintings I did in that workshop. The original design needed something to break up the layered look of the line of cows. Kimball referred to it as the "birthday cake effect"  so I added the cow in the foreground looking right at you.....thus, "Kimball's Cow"  

The reference was taken in Crested Butte CO and I will be shipping this painting along with some others to the Oh Be Joyful Gallery in CB in the spring. 

Wednesday, February 21, 2024

"Washington Wetland" original landscape painting by Robin Weiss

"Washington Wetland"  14x18 oil on canvas panel   $1100


 

Every artist has been there before. We are constantly observing light, color and nature and how they can merge at certain times of day into stunning patterns and compositions. It's kind of mysterious and sometimes concerning to our friends or spouses when all of a sudden you yank the wheel and pull off the road to take a picture or do a sketch or set up your easel if you have the time.  Especially when to the non-artist it seems as if there is nothing there interesting enough to take a picture of.  

That's what happened with this painting. I was trucking along my favorite back highway to Port Townsend when I glanced over and saw the light and reflection in this marshy area along the road. Had to pull over and take a few photos.  


Tuesday, February 20, 2024

"Salt Creek Tide Pools" original oil painting by Robin Weiss

"Salt Creek Tide Pools"  12x24 oil on canvas panel    $1200


 

I have been taking my son Maury to Salt Creek Campground since he was very small. I think he acquired his love for sea creatures from many of those trips. We would spend hours skipping from tide pool to tide pool finding like treasure, the many interesting and colorful creatures that would reveal themselves after close observation. Kids can learn a lot from this kind of play!  We always thought Maury would be a biologist of some sort but he followed me in the arts and went to The Seattle Institute of Art for game design. If you have been following my blog you know he is also an accomplished plein air painter and now we spend a lot of our time together painting in beautiful locations. 

In this painting of Salt Creek you can see Maury all grown up standing by a tide pool still as interested in nature as always.  










Saturday, February 17, 2024

"The Road to Paradise" Mount Rainier oil painting by Robin Weiss

"The Road to Paradise" 14x18 oil on canvas panel   $1100


 

This is a view familiar to northwest Washington residents who drive the road to Paradise in Mount Rainier National Park.  This park is so popular in the summer now that there are long waits at the gate.  I suggest you get to the park entrance early!  It is so worth the wait especially if you can stay a night or two at the Paradise Inn or the many camp grounds.