Saturday, June 30, 2012

"Red Rhodies #7" plein air, floral, watercolor painting by Robin Weiss

"Red Rhodies #7" 10x10 watercolor on Arches paper
Here you see the glass vase again...and a red dish towel for more red punch!  

One more post in the floral watercolor series and then I will be posting my recent plein air paintings of Edmonds, WA. Getting ready for Gallery Norths, Plein Air and Beauty of the Northwest exhibition, August 1st - 31st.

Thanks for all the encouraging comments and support for my watercolor series!!..=]

Thursday, June 28, 2012

"Red Rhodies #6" plein air, floral, watercolor painting by Robin Weiss"Red Rhodies

"Red Rhodies #6" 10x10 watercolor on arches paper
I hauled all of these rhododendrons to the studio in a bucket and set them on Leigh's chair....Then had to paint them!! This was the first painting on the first day of the Rhodie works...=]

Another watercolor artist that I really admire is Thomas W Schaller. You can see his work HERE

Wednesday, June 27, 2012

"Red Rhodies #5" plein air, floral watercolor painting by Robin Weiss

"Red Rhodies #5" watercolor on Arches paper
I borrowed leighs handle pot for this one.  I think this flower pot has a very interesting shape and nice proportions. Maybe I will try some more flower paintings with it.....actually, the roses are looking good right now!

Tuesday, June 26, 2012

"Red Rhodies #4" plein air floral, watercolor painting by Robin Weiss

"Red Rhodies #4  10x10 watercolor on Arches paper SOLD

I picked a glass vase for this one and added some bright orange Exbury Azaleas.

Monday, June 25, 2012

"Red Rhodies #3" plein air, floral , watercolor painting by Robin Weiss"

Red Rhodies #3  10x10 watercolor on Arches paper
I added the Terracotta vase to this it may be getting a bit busy..

Set up for Red Rhodies
I was able to set up a whole table outside at the Knowles Studio on one of our earlier sunny days.....I love it when I have this kind of space and equipment (Two pallets!!) to paint.

Saturday, June 23, 2012

"Red Rhodies #2" plein air, flower, watercolor painting by Robin Weiss

This is actually the first one I painted .....Then I kept adding more the white teapot in the last post...BTW ...these flower pots have been used in lots of other still life paintings over the years. You can see this green pottery vase in another oil still life here.


Friday, June 22, 2012

"Red Rhodies Watercolor #1" plein air, flower, watercolor by Robin Weiss

"Red Rhodies, Watercolor #1  10x10 on Arches hot press paper sold
The next seven posts will be watercolor paintings that I created during a stretch of sunny days earlier in the month.  We haven't had that many since then!! The Rhodies were in full bloom. Sometimes I just can't resist the urge to get out the watercolors and try to capture the light and color of the blossoms.

Wednesday, June 20, 2012

"Port Gamble Picket Fence" plein air oil painting by Robin Weiss

"Port Gamble Picket Fence" 8x6 oil on panel sold

This was the first warm up painting I did in Port Gamble.   I set up right on the curb. Amazing how many people waved as they drove by!   Typical small town on a beautiful sunny day!  I have said it before, I'll say it again....I love my job!!

Monday, June 18, 2012

"Breakfast in Port Gamble" plein air painting, by Robin Weiss

"Breakfast in Port Gamble" 8x12 oil on panel sold
There has been some recent buzz about Gregg Olsens new book "Envy". It is a young adult thriller set in Port Gamble. Recently there has been a book tour of the town starting at the theater which is the yellow building in the distance. Apparently Gregg Olsen thinks Port Gamble is "creepy"....Come to think of it they did film The "Zombies of Mass Destruction" here in 2010! I don't get it!  I keep expecting to see Andy and Opie come walking down the street!....You can read more about "Envy" HERE

plein air set up in Port Gamble
I found a great spot in the shade to set up.  Everyone was really friendly and interested in what I was doing.....and no one tried to bite me!!

Port Gamble Store, Renaissance Fest
Seriously!! Check out the Port Gamble Store for breakfast!

Even pirates like to eat there and they will protect you from the zombies!

Saturday, June 16, 2012

"Lavender House" Port Gamble, plein air painting by Robin Weiss

"Lavender House" 8x12 oil on panel   SOLD
As the sun progressed I changed direction and painted a house on the other side of town. Just love these old houses, built in the 1800's and nicely restored by Olympic Property Management. They are all rented out to residents or businesses.

Friday, June 15, 2012

"Port Gamble House 1" plein air oil painting by Robin Weiss

"Port Gamble House 1" 8x12 oil on panel  SOLD
It's time to start posting some of the plein air work I have been doing lately. We took the opportunity to get over to Port Gamble a few weeks back on one of our rare, sunny, warm days. I did two paintings of the houses in town.
Port Gamble is such a peaceful quiet town now but it hasn't always been like that! I did a little research on PG because it is such an old, historical area in Kitsap county.   This from Wikipedia;

Battle of Port Gamble

The body of water was named by the Wilkes Expedition in 1841 after U.S. Navy Lt. Robert Gamble. The community, originally known as Teekalet, was founded as a company town by Josiah Keller, William Talbot, and Andrew Pope's Puget Mill Company in 1853.[5]
In 1856, the USS Massachusetts was sent from Seattle to Port Gamble, Washington Territory on Puget Sound, where indigenous raiding parties from British and Russian territories had been raiding and enslaving local Native Americans. When the warriors refused to hand over those among them who had attacked the Puget Sound Native American communities, Massachusetts landed a shore party and a battle ensued in which 26 natives and 1 sailor were killed. In the aftermath of this, Colonel Isaac Ebey, the first settler on Whidbey Island, was shot and beheaded on August 11, 1857 by a Haida raiding party in revenge for the killing of a native chief during similar raids the year before. British authorities demurred on pursuing or attacking the northern tribes as they passed northward through British waters off Victoria and Ebey's killers were never caught.[6][7]
The first school in the county went up in 1859, and the community took its present name in 1868. In 1966, the town of Port Gamble was designated a National Historic Landmark District.[8] In 1985, Pope & Talbot, the successor company to Puget Mill, split into Pope & Talbot and Pope Resources,[9] the latter of which took over the site and the sawmill. In 1995, the mill shut down after 142 years, making it the longest operating sawmill in the country.[10]
Walker-Ames house in Port Gamble, WA.
Port Gamble was the setting of and filming location for the 2010 film ZMD: Zombies of Mass Destruction.

Thursday, June 14, 2012

"Space Tunnel" Seattle city, urban oil painting by Robin Weiss

"Space Tunnel" 14x18 oil on canvas  Sold
TONIGHT!!, June 14th is the Father/Son show at Alki Arts in West Seattle!  I'm excited about having this show with my son Maury!

This will also be the last Seattle city painting for awhile. I have been painting flowers in watercolor and doing a lot of local plein air painting that I will be posting daily for the next couple weeks.

If you are in Seattle come on down to Alki Arts tonight and join the fun! Summer is finally coming to the Pacific Northwest and the weather is looking up!   See ya on the beach!!

Sunday, June 10, 2012

"Walking in the Rain" Seattle city, urban oil painting by Robin Weiss

"Walking in the Rain" 10x6 oil on panel  Sold
Still working towards the Father/Son Show on the 14th of June at Alki Arts.  We bring all the work over today to hang the show. Thursday night is the opening from 6:00-9:00pm. If you have the opportunity come on over , we would love to see you! This painting is Occidental Park on yet another, rainy day in Seattle!

Bear sculpture at Tilikum Place
I also got the chance to go sketching with Maury in the city this week when I went over to pick up some of his work for the show. There is a great little park by the Five Point Cafe that has interesting views of the Space Needle and the Monorail. We did some drawings of the Chief Seattle commemoration
In 1912, local sculptor James Wehn created this magnificent, meticulously researched statue of Chief Seattle. Myrtle Loughery, the chief's great-great granddaughter, unveiled it on Founder's Day, November 13, 1912. Renovated in 1975, the Chief Seattle sculpture today presides over Tilikum Place, a small square at the intersection of Fifth Avenue, Denny Way, and Cedar Street, near the southeastern corner of the Seattle Center.
The drawing was done with water soluble graphite pencil.  I like these better than the WS pens I was working with before. One of the little water brushes packs easily and works great to soften edges. 

Monday, June 04, 2012

"Feels Like Seattle" Seattle city, urban oil painting by Robin Weiss

"Feels Like Seattle"14x18 oil on canvas SOLD
"Pond at Allair Farm" 14x18 oilon canvas
 Sometimes I paint over old paintings that haven't sold and are, well....old....I hate to have old stuff hanging around that takes up valuable space. Sometimes I need a canvas quick and will grab the first old painting handy. That's the case here. I had this photo ref,  suddenly realized it's potential and needed a canvas so I snatched this painting from the "old" box.
  At the time, in 2009,  I really liked this painting and had some good comments about it. It showed in all the galleries but didn't sell. Now it has been buried beneath another painting in sort of a time capsule to be discovered some day in the future!!

 Looking forward to exhibiting with my son Maury at the upcoming Father/Son show at Alki Arts! We will both be there for the opening on Thursday , June 14th from 6:00pm-9:00pm. Stop by if you get the chance!
Maury PA painting

Seattle by Maury