Tuesday, December 31, 2013

"Blackbird Bakery" Bainbridge Island, oil painting by Robin Weiss

"Blackbird Bakery"  18x27 oil on panel        Sold
Looks Like this will be my last post of 2013!   I still have a lot of paintings done in 2013 to post but just haven't been keeping up with the blog as I should be....It's been a busy year!!!  So many great things are happening and we are really looking forward to 2014!

Blackbird Café plein air study
 The Blackbird Café is a favorite morning coffee stop for many on the island!

I painted this larger studio painting from a 6x10 plein air study and some photos taken on location for the figures.

You can see both of these paintings and many more recent works at a solo show I am setting up today at The Tree House Café on Bainbridge Island!  Come on down and ring in the New Year!

Rob and Ann at Snoqualmie Summit

We wish you all the best of God's blessings in the coming new year!

Friday, December 27, 2013

"Last Stand" Seattle City oil painting by Robin Weiss

"Last Stand" 18x14 oil on canvas    Sold
Everyone who lives in Seattle knows that the Alaskan Way Viaduct is slated for removal by late 2015 and a complete re-design of the Seattle waterfront by 2019. They are now in the process of drilling a deep-bore tunnel using a 57 foot bore drill made in Japan and shipped by freighter to the US! I have been painting the Viaduct from various perspectives in an effort to record the history for posterity. 

I started in my usual method by beginning with an under-painting to establish value and composition using a reddish toned thin wash that will peek through as I cover the canvas.

When I arrived at this stage of finish I was not happy with the texture of the paint. It was too thin and needed more build up. I went over the entire canvas with another layer of paint mostly applied by palette knife and achieved what I was aiming for.

Monday, December 09, 2013

"Highway to Seattle" Seattle cityscape by Robin Weiss

"Highway to Seattle"   6x10 oil on panel       Sold
I had a couple blurry images taken by my steering wheel cam on the way back to the ferry from a trip up north....This is what I was able to render in about an hour. 

The Pescadero workshop is still rolling!   To find out more about it visit my workshops page HERE

Wednesday, December 04, 2013

"Art and Architecture" Port Angeles Fine Art Center, plein air painting by Robin Weiss

"Art and Architecture"    10x10 oil on panel   NFS

A&A in progress

A "Quick Draw" is an event at many plein air painting competitions. You have a limited time, usually one to two hours to complete a painting done at a specified location. There is a beginning and ending bell.  This was my first quick draw and I was really feeling the pressure....especially because I wasn't very confident about my subject or composition. I had no choice but to continue on due to time constraints. Mentally I took away some of the pressure by consigning myself to failure and just started having fun with the painting.  The result was a First Place award in the quick draw, awarded by juror Ned Mueller!   I have recently gifted the painting to The Port Angeles Fine Art Center, a great organization with an interesting back story. 

This post ends the series on the first annual "Paint the Peninsula 2013"   I'm looking forward to 2014!

FYI,  I am giving a three day oil painting workshop in Pescadero, Mexico,  January 17, 18, and 19.
This should be a fun workshop and a great getaway from the January, winter blues!  I will be teaching basic plein air oil painting techniques,  with short tutorials on color theory, composing with the thumbnail sketch and viewer, underpainting and on site demos each day for those interested.
   This workshop will be hosted by Plein Air Washington Artist, Jolyn Wells who lives in Pescarero with her husband during the winter months. You can review costs and more info by visiting my website workshop page HERE.

BTW , Jolyn has told me about a cool place to stay if you plan on coming....The Pescadero Surf Camp, located across the street from Jolyns place.  You can bring your own tent and camp there for $10 a day!  plus they have lots of other options and there are other hotels as well. 

Contact me at robinweiss@earthlink.net  or Jolyn Wells at   jowellsmoran@gmail.com for more info.

Monday, December 02, 2013

"Foggy Bottom Boys" Port Angeles. plein air, marinescape,oil painting by Robin Weiss

"Foggy Bottom Boys"  12x8 oil on panel  SOLD
 As I reported before, the weather at Paint the Peninsula was a mixed bag!  This morning was so foggy you could actually lose your scene completely! ....but the show must go on,.. so me and Sandy Byers set up in the parking lot .

Sandy Byers painting the classic

FB in prog

 Sandy set up to paint this old classic Chris Craft.....which, apparently she helped to sell to a gentleman who stopped by to see the painting and then fell in love with the boat! He was able to contact the owner who came and showed him around and then closed the deal!
  This boat had sunk was pulled up and set on blocks in the marina lot. It looked like a black hole of endless work and money to me but this guy thought he got a great deal....lol 

One other important fact about this painting spot was lunch....There is a little local café  tucked into the marina businesses that caters to the fishermen and boaters . I had the best, freshest, fish in chips I ever tasted there! 

Donnas Fishermens Wharf Café   Don't miss it if you find yourself in Port Angeles!