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  or Jolyn Wells at for more info.

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