Wednesday, August 28, 2013

"San Juan Island View" Moran state park, plein air painting by Robin Weiss

"San Juan Island View"  8x8 oil on panel     sold
After finishing my painting at Mountain Lake and cooling off with a refreshing dip (see my last post) I continued up the road that leads to the top of Mt. Constitution.
Map of Moran state Park

Mt Constitution is the highest point on the Island and features sweeping vistas of the surrounding Islands and The Straights of Juan De Fuca

 The original land for Moran State Park was donated to the state in 1921 by Seattle mayor and shipbuilder Robert Moran. Due to poor health, Moran moved to Orcas Island and between 1906 and 1909 built his estate, naming it Rosario. Today, the former Moran estate is Rosario Resort and Spa . It is the largest resort in the San Juan Islands and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
Island View in progress

Before getting to the top a stunning view of the distant Islands across some beautiful meadows stopped me. I hopped out to take a few pictures.... and had to pull out my gear and do a painting!  This painting sold rather quickly at the Moran exhibition held by Crow Valley Pottery at the end of our trip.

Thursday, August 22, 2013

"Morning Breaks on Mountain Lake" 8x10 ,plein air , oil painting by Robin Weiss

"Morning Breaks on Mountain Lake" 8x10 oil on panel            Sold
The second day of the San Juan Island painting trip found me back up at Mountain Lake to catch the morning sun.

BTW, this trip was part of a Plein Air Washington Painters collaboration with Crow Valley Pottery to celebrate and support Moran State Park  on Orcas Island . At the end of the week a gallery show was held at Crow Valley and a portion of the sales were donated to the park. The show included studio paintings and the wet plein air work done during the week, of Moran and other state parks.

What I am doing a job for me....and's a lot of hard work!!  But I have to admit,'s the best job I have ever had!!  See attached videos below....=]

And here is the perks of the job!   =]    Cheers till next time!..=]

Friday, August 16, 2013

"Mt. Baker from Anacortes" plein air , oil , landscape painting by Robin Weiss

Mt. Baker from Anacortes   8x8 oil on panel        Sold
Living in Kitsap county in the Pacific Northwest means that your travel off the peninsula is bound by the ferry schedule. To get to the paintout in the San Juan Islands required taking two ferries , I chose to take the Kingston Ferry to Edmonds and then drive up to Anacortes taking another ferry to Orcas Island. Knowing that I would be in line way early for the 3:50 pm sailing, I decided to pre-funk the party and do a painting at the ferry landing in Anacortes.

Mt Baker , easel failure
 Everything was great! I had a beautiful view of Mt Baker and about two hours to do a was windy!  About three quarters of the way through the painting a gust of wind started to blow over my easel....
I reached out automatically and grabbed it causing a big splash of turpentine to wash over the wet work!  Sheesh! If it's not one thing it's another in this plein air business!....But ,

I'm not complaining!.. and I got over it quickly ..after all , I had four days of painting in the San Juan Islands to look forward too and it turned out to be an amazing and fun trip! This one got packed away to dry and I finished it up when I got home ....none the worse for wear....=]

Ferry to Orcas Island

 The adventure was now really under way, with a painting already under my belt.. We had gorgeous weather the whole time and the ferry ride itself is a treat worth the time!

Wednesday, August 14, 2013

"Night Ferry" marinescape , oil on linen panel by Robin Weiss

"Night Ferry"   14x23 approx   oil on linen panel , framed        Sold
This is one of those paintings that got lost in the shuffle...Here's the story...I painted it awhile back and was never really satisfied but let it go to the gallery anyway because I needed to fill a show..(bad idea, but it happens to all of us)  It sat in the gallery for a month and didn't sell....finally the gallery owner, a sweetie, fessed up that she didn't think the ferry boat was painted with the same quality as the rest of the painting .....So, took er back and repainted the ferry boat .....I think it's better?

Night Ferry  inferior

I got up at 5am this morning to work on organizing my photos so I can design and  order my calendars ....and get Derek some photos to upload to my new website  (Derek the Awsome is doing it for me..=])
I came across this painting and forgot the size , noticed I didn't post it yet (which is how I find sizes when I forget....unless I forget to post.....!!) it is posted!  with an approximate size (the original is at The Bluewater Gallery).....and now you know.....

p.s ..It is now 5pm and I am STILL on this %$#$%^& computer!

Sunday, August 11, 2013

Prichard Park Beach, plein air landscape painting by Robin Weiss

Prichard Park Beach  6x12 oil on panel  sold
Just a quick one today to post the other two paintings I did with my artist friends Darrell Anderson and Tim Deibler.  As you can see it was a beautiful, sunny, summer day in the Pacific Northwest and Seattle is visible in the distance across Elliott Bay.

"Power Boat"   8x10 oil on panel  Sold
I simplified this scene way down and just concentrated on one boat and it's reflection in the water...

Thanks for visiting!   I will be moving on to my trip to the San Juan Islands in coming posts.....with more videos!!....=]   Cheers!

Thursday, August 08, 2013

Prichard Park Boat House, plein air landscape painting by Robin Weiss

Prichard  Park Boat House 8x8 oil on panel  Sold
Friend and painting buddy Darrell Anderson called me to go painting with him at Prichard Park on Bainbridge Island with fellow painter Tim Deibler.  Tim was in town from Colorado teaching a workshop and wanted to do a warm up at the location. Darrell was nice enough to invite me along!  Tim is a great painter and a fun guy to paint with!
Tim Deibler at Prichard Park

Check out Tims amazing landscapes HERE
Darrell Anderson at Prichard Park
                               Check out Darrell's  colorful landscapes HERE    


One of the things I love about this business is meeting like-minded folks who love what they do and have a lot of fun doing it!                                                    

Wednesday, August 07, 2013

"Dosewallips River and The Brothers" landscape , plein air painting by Robin Weiss

Dosewallips River and The Brothers  8x8 oil on panel  sold
The last plein air painting I did at Dosewallips State Park shows the Olympic Mountain Peaks known as The Brothers. A good wrap up to a great weekend!

Skipping a few segments of the video series, (where I work on an 18x18 plein air piece down on the river), I will get to the last one and then post a picture of the final result of the whole process ......A  totally different subject being painted over the work which I was never satisfied with..

I spent three days on location with this painting and then took it back to the studio and worked on it some more...I was never able to bring it to a level I thought was frameable. I waited until it was dry , sanded it lightly and used it for an interesting under-painting for another work...Some of the older painting peaks through and adds some sparkle.

original PA painting
"Yellow House" in progress

I turned it upside down before painting over it so as not to be distracted by the original image.

Thursday, August 01, 2013

"Path to the River" Dosewallips State Park, plein air , oil painting by Robin Weiss

"Path to the River" 6x10 oil on panel  Sold
Second day , everyone showed up!...They all wanted to paint the river but since I already did, several times,  I turned my easel around and painted the path coming down from the camp sites.

Kathryn Townsend and Jane Wallis were among the many PAWA painters who showed up to enjoy the beautiful river views.

At the end of the day I returned to my spot on the river and continued on with my 18x18 plein air painting.