Wednesday, December 14, 2016

"Forest Light" Olympic National Park, oil painting by Robin Weiss

"Forest Light' 20 x16 oil on linen panel       Sold
Available through the American Art Co. 

This  painting was accepted into the Plein Air Washington Artists (PAWA) yearly exhibit at the American Art Tacoma WA. Every year the exhibit showcases a plein air painting accompanied by a studio work inspired by the plein air study. This year the theme was "A National Park Salute" to commemorate the National Parks 100 year anniversary.

"Dappled Trees"  plein air painting
done on location in Olympic National
Park.  10x6 oil on panel   $600
Available through the American Art Co.
The plein air painting that inspired "Forest Light" was done from the parking lot of the ranger gatehouse entry to Hurricane Ridge.

I participated as a guest artist in Paint the Peninsula again this year and was having a blast connecting with old friends and meeting new ones. Everyone was meeting at the lodge at Hurricane Ridge on this day of the event, After many miles in the van traveling to paint around the country I kept having issues with the van over-heating. I even had some repairs done in Colorado that I thought fixed the problem but found myself again stressing as the temp gauge rapidly shot past green into the red zone while waiting in the VERY long line to get into the park.

Rather than try to take the long and winding road to the top I just pulled into the parking lot by the gatehouse and painted what was in front of me while the van cooled down. The day was hot and there was plenty of shade to paint under. I didn't think much of the painting but got a good response from the other artists when they saw it.

This became my color reference and inspiration for "Forrest Light" which received the "Gamblin, Best Use of Color Award" from juror,  Jim McVicker at the awards ceremony.
Both paintings are currently available through the American Art Co. in Tacoma, WA.

Our annual studio tour was a big success as well this year but I have a lot of 2017 calendars still available! If you would like to order one just send a check for $10 for the first and $5 for any additional to ;

Robin Weiss
23771 Bond Rd.
Poulsbo, WA, 98371
or email

2017 Desk Clendar


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