Monday, December 18, 2017

"Whidbey Island Race Day" original oil painting by Robin Weiss

"Whidbey Island Race Day"  9x14 oil on panel    Sold

Earlier this summer my cousins from Ohio came to stay with us and we took them to Coupville on Whidbey Island to have lunch and explore the town. It happened to be Whidbey Island Race Day with lots of sailboats out in the sound. I took a bunch of pictures to work this winter....which is what I am doing now!

Also this time of year I cut up or paint over old work that has been lying around taking up space. Here are some progression shots of this painting using an old panel that I scrubbed with turpentine.

My cousin Cindy and her two girls Mallory and Shayna were a lot of fun to have around for a few days!!

Wednesday, December 13, 2017

"Rose Demo" original oil painting by Robin Weiss

"Rose Demo"  10x12 oil on panel   Sold
available at the Cole Gallery, Edmonds, WA

While I'm on the subject of flowers, specifically roses , here is a recent demo painting done at the Cole Gallery in Edmonds during their Holiday show on Sunday.
It was a fun time chatting with visitors and eating too many tasty snacks...If you are in Edmonds stop by the Cole Gallery and see whats on the walls. They have many fine local artists and a lot of my recent work is there too.

"Edmonds Park, Winter light"  9x12 oil   $500

I took an early ferry over so there would be time to warm up with a little plein air work.

I've painted this scene several times before but never this quickly. Crazy how fast the sun goes down this time of year!

This painting took about 45 mins to complete!

Tuesday, December 12, 2017

"Vase of Roses" original flower, still life painting by Robin Weiss

"Vase of Roses" 14x11 oil on panel    $800
Available through the Michael Birawer Gallery, Seattle

After finishing this painting, which went very fast as some do, I was wishing that I had photographed the process. This time of year I take stock of all the panels around the studio. Paintings that haven't sold or didn't work. Ones that had potential at the time but just stacked up. Hating to waste anything,  these derelicts can sometimes be great foundations for new work. . In this case the painting was a mostly blue seascape, awful thing, that I turned upside down so as not to be too distracted and then used a photograph of a back lit, vase of roses on the porch. Working quickly with large brush and lots of thick juicy paint I blocked in the simple shapes and for once, stopped before overworking the thing.  You never know what can happen! Give it a try!

Thursday, December 07, 2017

"Rain Buddies" Seattle city, oil painting by Robin Weiss

"Rain Buddies" 8x8 oil on panel     Sold
Available at the Michael Birawer Gallery, Seattle, WA

One of my favorite subjects! Seattle in the rain!  We have been getting a lot of that lately but it just makes the city more interesting to me! If you are in Seattle for Christmas this year stop by the newly opened Michael Birawer Gallery next to the Alexis Hotel and gift the gift of art to one you love this year.

Oh, and stop by the Cole Gallery in Edmonds on Saturday the 9th!  There will be artists demoing all day! I set up my easel about 4pm! Would love to see you there!

"Teddies Christmas"  Available at the Cole Gallery in Edmonds
425-697-2787     Sold

Tuesday, December 05, 2017

"Market Music' Seattle city, oil painting by Robin Weiss

"Market Music" 10x10 oil on panel  $400
Available through the Cole Gallery

There is a flower shop right on the corner of First and Pike in Seattle. Across the street is a light pole under cover of an awning. That is one of my favorite places to lean against with my camera and take pictures of the people and activity of Seattles iconic Pike Place Market. I have stood there for over half an hour observing and taking pictures. Many times!  This painting is composed using reference from those pics

I will be giving a painting demo at the Cole Gallery in Edmonds, WA on December 9th for the Christmas Holiday Show form 4pm till 8pm , Come down and see the show and join with us in sharing the joy of the season.

Also available and on display at the Cole Gallery is my painting "Dungeness Tidelands" a large studio painting of the Dungeness Spit and the Olympic Mountains which just won Best in Master Class Award in the Art Muse Contest online.

Sunday, December 03, 2017

"Market Slice" Seattle city oil painting by Robin Weiss

"Market Slice"  11 x 14 oil on panel   Sold
Available at the Michael Birawer Gallery, Seattle

Pike Place Market is iconic Seattle!  I always find interesting subject matter there and always have a blast painting on location. If you plan on visiting Seattle be sure on taking time to explore Pike Place Market. While you're at it, walk a few blocks south on First Ave and Visit the Michael Birawer Gallery. A new gallery in Seattle featuring some of the best regional artists in the area.

This work was inspired by the fruit vendors who pull you over to sample a slice of their best new varieties. If you go to enough different stands you won't need lunch!  =]

Thursday, November 16, 2017

"James Island" From the Quilute Marina. marine landscape by Robin Weiss

"James Island" From the Quilute Marina
16x20 oil on canvas, framed  Sold
Available through the Cole Gallery;    425-687-2787

This studio painting was inspired by a plein air painting that was a demonstration during my workshop this year prior to Paint the Peninsula.  We had such a good time at this workshop painting on the Olympic Peninsula that I have decided to try it again next year. If you are interested in joining us send me an email and I will get you on the list to receive email updates.

Workshop at Salt Creek

One of the locations we painted was Salt Creek a favorite of all the students and also the artists that come from all over the US and Canada to participate in Paint the Peninsula.  I came back to this spot during the event and painted as the moon blotted out the sun during the solar eclipse of 2017
More about that in future posts. =]

Friday, November 03, 2017

"Dungeness Tideline" Northwest coastal landscape painting by Robin Weiss

Dungeness Tideline" 28x38 oil on canvas        Sold
available at the Cole Gallery, Edmonds, WA

I have yet to post anything about Paint the Peninsula 2017. It was a great event again this year and I will get to it soon.
This large studio painting was derived from plein air studies I did on location at the Dungeness Wildlife Refuge in Sequim, WA. during this years Paint the Peninsula. I was able to spend the whole day there and did three studies.

Dungeness Tideline  Study  11x14 

The Dungeness Spit is a long crescent of beach that stretches for five miles and ends at the New Dungeness Lighthouse. You can even make reservations to stay the night there and help with the lighthouse operations.

I have painted on the spit for the last several years during PTP and honed my skills painting driftwood. I find the designs, textures and patterns made by driftwood on the beaches of the Northwest endlessly inspiring. You can go to the same place each year and the driftwood will make the scene entirely fresh again.

Last year I won the Spirit of the Peninsula Award for my painting  Driftwood Giants you can check out the Blog post HERE 

Many of the paintings done at PTP 2017 will be displayed at Arts in the Woods. The knowles Studio will be open 10am-5pm,  Nov 11th, 12th and 13th . Please stop by and say hi!  Hope to see ya there!

Thursday, October 26, 2017

"Alexis" Seattle city, oil painting by Robin Weiss

"Alexis"  10x12 oil on panel     Sold
Available at the Michael Birawer Gallery

I have to cut in on my posts of the Cole Gallery featured artist show to announce the opening of the Michael Birawer Gallery in Seattle. We have been waiting for this gallery to open after Alki Arts closed last year. Diane Venti will be the gallery director for this exciting new venue and will be rotating some of the Alki Arts artists along with new art and prints from Michael Birawer. The Gallery is located on First Ave between Storyville Coffee and the Alexis Hotel . There will be an opening of the new gallery on First Thursday Artwalk , Nov., 2nd 2017 and the Grand Opening on Nov 11th. For more info and to follow along on gallery happenings for now check out the Michael Birawer Facebook Seattle page.

Sunday, October 22, 2017

"Dog Day Afternoon" Seattle city oil painting by Robin Weiss

"Dog Day Afternoon"  11x14 oil on panel    Sold
Available through the Cole Gallery

This painting was inspired by my forays into the city of Seattle to search out interesting subject matter for painting, I love Pioneer Square with it's dappled light on sunny, summer days and all the folks who enjoy the park including their four legged friends...=]

In the next few posts I will be adding work that is included in the Cole Gallery, Featured Artist show "Seattle, Edmonds and Beyond with myself and Jennifer Deihl that will be showing through December.

For other events coming up please refer back to my last post for more info,..or click HERE

Saturday, October 21, 2017

"Curb Appeal" Seattle city, oil painting by Robin Weiss and upcoming events

"Curb Appeal"  10x10 oil   $600
Available through the Cole Gallery    425-697-2787

What a busy couple months! I missed posting about the opening of a recent featured artist show with myself and Jennifer Diehl but go and check it out if you are in the Edmonds Washington area! The show will be hanging through December and you can view the paintings on the Cole Gallery website HERE.

"Alexsis"   10x12 oil   $700
available through the
 Michael Birawer Gallery

The first Thursday of the Month is Seattles art walk and I am excited to announce that Alki Arts has teamed up with Michael Birawer to open a new gallery in Seattle next to the Alexsis Hotel on First Ave. The opening of the new Michael Birawer Galley will be Thursday, November, 2nd , 6-8pm . Hope to see you there!

Next in the line up, Our annual studio tour, Arts in the Woods! Don't miss this art smorgasbord of local studios in the North Kitsap area! 
 A three day extravaganza of creativity for your enjoyment! 
 Find me at the Knowles Studio and get your map or go to the Cultural Arts   website HERE for more info.

Plein Air Washington Artists. Always a great show and fun time to meet the artists! Tim Deibler is this years juror of awards.

"Hedges Family Estate" 16x20 oil on canvas
Juried into "Valleys to Vinyards"
Plein Air Washington Artists
Available at the American Art Company
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Sunday, October 01, 2017

"White Cloud Poppies" plein air poppy painting by Robin Weiss

"White Cloud Poppies"  10x10 oil on panel   $600

The last in the Poppy series, this one shows a bit more of the green in the foliage and not so much of the orange tinge from all the wildfire smoke we had this summer.  I tried to transplant some of these amazing poppies in my own yard but turns out after some research they don't like to be moved so I will continue to enjoy them on the Knowles Studio grounds.  The poppies are all gone now but you can still see my representation of them on canvas by coming to Arts in the Woods!  Our yearly studio tour sponsored by the good folks at the Cultural Arts Foundation Northwest who fund great events like this one and also provide many scholarships and grants to artists in our area.  Hope to see you there!  =]

Thursday, September 28, 2017

"Three Poppies" plein air poppy painting by Robin Weiss. Also upcoming events.

"Three Poppies"   12x6 oil on panel   Sold

I had a bugger of a time trying to get a good image of this painting. Some paintings are just hard to photograph no matter what you do and I couldn't find an angle where glare was not reflected off the brushwork....So....

You will just have to come to Arts in the Woods!!  Always the second weekend in see this painting in person!!  There will be lots of other artists! There will be snacks and coffee! There will be a studio dog and friends and laughter!  You just have to come!! Get more info from the Cultural Arts Foundation HERE

Other events coming up:   The closing party for the Brace Point Pottery show in West Seattle check out their website HERE.   I will be painting a demo during the party....should be fun!! Diane Venti will be there and it's always fun to give her a big hug!

A featured artist show coming up at the Cole Gallery in Edmonds. Opening on the 19th of October, 6-8pm during third Thursday Art Walk in Edmonds. Come by and see recent plein air and studio work from travels this summer!

Plein Air Washington Artists end of the year , theme show, Valleys to Vineyards coming up at The American Art Company in Tacoma WA. Opening November 4th  2-5pm

Wednesday, September 27, 2017

"Poppy Dance" Plein air poppy painting by Robin Weiss

"Poppy Dance" 8x12 oil on panel   Sold

White poppies, like white crepe paper glued to bright yellow cotton balls blowing in the wind...So much fun to try and capture on canvas!  It was kind of like gesture drawing from life.  Irresistible!

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Wednesday, September 20, 2017

"Poppy Study #2" poppy oil painting by Robin Weiss

"Poppy Study #2   8x8 oil   Sold

Yep, I did a whole series of these poppy paintings during a very warm summer week. I do get these short lived artistic obsessions with certain subjects....Then I have to get it out of my system.

There will be more poppy paintings!!  =]

Oh and the photo from the last post was really bad so here is a better pic of it:

Poppy Study #1  8x8 oil  Sold

Monday, September 18, 2017

"Poppy Study" plein air, poppy painting by Robin Weiss

Poppy Study 8x8 oil   Sold

Leigh has these poppies growing in her "White" garden....Some people call them "Fried Egg Poppies" but I researched them and found that they are native to Southern California into Mexico. The formal name is Matilija Poppy.  Been wanting to paint them for years and finally got around to it with a series of paintings.This is the first done on a windy day when the crepe paper white blossoms were blowing about and dancing in the wind.

Sunday, September 17, 2017

"Down Western' Seattle city, oil painting by Robin Weiss

"Down Western" 12x9 oil     Sold

Seattle is changing so rapidly now that I'm not sure this view will be possible to see in the pretty near future. With the new tunnel nearing completion, the Viaduct due to be demolished soon and the start of a complete rebuilding of Coleman Dock, the Seattle waterfront is going to be radically changed from what we have been used to. People say it will be much improved but the grungy, gritty city look of the old Waterfront will be missed by some, including me.
This view looks north down Western Ave as you cross the skybridge from Coleman Dock.

Thursday, September 14, 2017

"Seattle Rain" Seattle City, oil painting by Robin Weiss

"Seattle Rain" 16x8  Sold

I've painted so many Seattle City, rainy day paintings that I am starting to run out of names to call them! Pretty sure I have used this name before . I used to walk this way several times a month getting to the gallery on First and Seneca. It's interesting any time of day but especially on those rain drenched nights with the light bouncing off the puddles and folks with their umbrellas.

Wednesday, September 13, 2017

"Figure Study" Seattle city, oil painting by Robin Weiss

Figure Study 8x8 oil  sold

Oh man am I behind again!  Lots going on but will make an attempt to catch up...I know, I know Ive been saying that! Ha!
This was a quick study to explore gesture and distance in the figures walking. Notice that the heads are on the same plane but the legs are shorter.  This happens because your eyes, (which are in your head  =]  ) becomes the horizon line in your one point perspective. The perspective would change of course, if you were laying down on the sidewalk or standing on top of a building or looking down a steep hill. If you want to draw city scenes its important to study perspective. Start out with simple one point perspective and have fun with it!

Monday, August 14, 2017

"Field of Daisies" landscape painting by Robin Weiss

"Field of Daisies"  9x14 oil on panel    $800
In between painting trips I browsed through old phone pictures of Cape Disappointment and painted this one in the studio.
 I often use a high horizon line in composition especially when you have a varied and interesting foreground which will pull the viewer into the scene.

Sunday, August 13, 2017

"Field Afar" Whitman Mission Park, plein air painting by Robin Weiss

"Field Afar"   9x14 oil on panel    $800

Near Walla Walla is the Whitman Mission Park which documents in a balanced way the history of the local Indian tribes and the immigration of eastern missionaries, traders, adventurers and those seeking to settle in the west. See a youtube video  about the mission here,

During our visit to the park I painted this scene from the back of the ranger station looking across the fields to a farm in the distance.

Sunday, July 09, 2017

"The Hedges Vinyard" plein air, landscape painting by Robin Weiss

"The Hedges Vinyard"  10x12 oil on panel  $600

After visiting a few vineyards in Walla Walla we went to Benton City about an hour away and stopped to paint at a few more. This is the hedges winery and vineyards which features a beautiful tasting room and stunning grounds.

On another note, I will be participating in the Unity show in Seattle. Here is info from the website and one of the paintings I have submitted. 50% of sales will go to Faceing Homelessness

Call for Rest  20x20 oil on panel

 THE EVENT:Unity at the Bemis is a juried and curated charitable art show running Aug 4-6th at The Bemis Building in SoDo, less than 2 blocks from The Seattle Art Fair at CenturyLink Field. The goal of this community-centric art show is to raise at least $25,000 to support local homelessness through the work of Facing Homelessness - a direct-action non-profit that works closely with homeless citizens. The show will feature between 40-50 Northwest artists, with affordable art up for sale throughout the 3-day event.

Wednesday, July 05, 2017

"Northstar Vineyards" Plein air ,landscape painting by Robin Weiss

"Northstar Vinyards"  9x12 oil on panel  $600

I have been suffering from "bloggers block" again..Something keeps me from the blog..I think about it but just put it off, and the longer I put it off the harder it is to get back to it....funny,..does that happen to you?

Anyway, The Plein Air Washington Artists went to Walla Walla for a paint out. Ann and I stayed at a nice Airbnb place .  You can check it out here

We visited several vineyards in the area and painted studies in preparation for our annual show in the fall at the American Art Company in Tacoma WA. This show always exhibits a plein air study accompanied by a larger studio painting. This years theme is "Valleys to Vineyards"

I have cut back on travel this summer and am working on the house. (remodeling the bathroom) and doing shows and paintouts closer to home. I have also been teaching a bit. If you are interested in a fun workshop experience in the beautiful Pacific Northwest there is still time to sign up for my workshop through the Port Angeles Fine Art Center..You can get the info HERE

Hope you are all enjoying the summer!

Monday, May 01, 2017

"Driftwood Shadows" plein air landscape painting by Robin Weiss

"Driftwood Shadows" 10x12 oil on panel    Sold 

last month I got away to paint down in Indianola. I forgot how nice the beach is there on a sunny day even in early spring.  It was very peaceful and not nearly the crowds of summer!

Indianola Pier

This is the one I did from the opposite direction...I didn't like it as much...

Lately I have been getting lazy and not taking the time to do a thumbnail sketch...Not good!!  You get a lot more failures that way!