Tuesday, November 05, 2019

"The Swan at Versailles" Paris travelogue by Robin Weiss

The Swan at Versailles   10x14 oil on panel

Back in the studio for the winter I have been going through all the picture ref. and sketches, working on larger paintings.  This swan was one of those images that I kept going back to and needed to get out of my head so I spent a peaceful afternoon rendering my version in oil paint.!
This elegant bird was gliding around in the Grand Canal at Versailles on a beautiful sunlit afternoon as Ann and I were touring the grounds. We had just finished the guided tour through the palace and were on our own for the rest of the day.

Boaters on the Grand Canal
Getting to Versailles from Paris is easy! You take one train and it goes direct to Versailles. Of course we did it with our amazing Rick Steve's guide, Veronique but you can do it on your own!

It is worth the effort to get there. The palace and the art work inside is something that can only be seen in very few places around the world.  Get a guide if you can, to understand more fully the rich history behind all this extravagance!

Also, start early!  You will have the best viewing earlier before the crowds get there!  Save the gardens for the afternoon and then have dinner in town. There are lots of great little places a short walk from the palace. After dinner hop on the train back to Paris for coffee or cocktails at a cafe.... =]

We are back in the states now and back to our usual routines. One of those is the annual artists studio tour in North Kitsap called Arts in the Woods.  I will be at the Knowles Studio again for the tenth year!  It's always the best time to visit the studio, especially if you are looking for a special gift of original fine art for someone special.

 Arts in the Woods is coordinated by the Cultural Arts Foundation Northwest.  Click HERE for more info on Arts in the Woods and CAFNW

The Cultural Arts Foundation is a non profit dedicated to encouraging students in the arts to further their education by providing grants and opportunities for creative pursuits. If you live in the North Kitsap area, do contact them especially if you are interested in serving our arts community in this way.

Thanks and hope to see you at the Knowles Studio this weekend, Fri, Sat ,Sun, Nov 8th,9th and 10th 2019

Wednesday, October 30, 2019

"Francesca with Lilies" Workshops in France travelogue by Robin Weiss

"Francesca with Lilies" 12x9, oil  $600

When planning our trip to Europe I knew I wanted to paint. I remembered looking at the literature for Workshops in France at one of the Plein Air Conventions. Ann contacted Julie Snyder and we found out there was a Daniel Gerhartz portrait workshop and artists retreat at a chateau in Provence being hosted by Workshops in France, around the time we wanted to go, almost a year ahead. ..Perfect!  So glad we decided on going with Julie and her great support crew, Shirley, Celeste,Kirsteen and Janice! !  All artists and up for anything!  They would take us to different, amazing  locations to paint after the workshop which I will cover in future posts.

Daniel Gerhartz Demo
The first three days of the retreat we attended the Daniel Gerhartz, masterclass portrait workshop. I have been using more figures in the landscape and appreciated his insight on including that aspect into the teaching.

I didn't know it before this but Daniel is a much sought after instructor. His workshops are mostly sold out before you can sign up. He is a kind and thoughtful educator who tries to spend time with each student. He studied at the American Academy of Art in Chicago. To learn more about Daniel, his work and philosophy of painting view his website  HERE.

Each day Daniel would do a demo using a model from the community hired for the workshop. The first day we had Frank, a great model who could really hold a pose!

Packing Tip:  I considered several options for transporting painting surfaces and decided on using sheets of pre-primed linen for this trip. I knew that I would be at one location for 10 days with time for the paintings to dry.
Value Study of Frank
First I cut two pieces of 1/8 inch birch plywood 12x16 , sanded and finished them with varnish.These plywood panels would slide into my Raymar wet panel carrier and be used to tape my linen sheets on.
I then cut 20 sheets of linen 11x14 and used a pencil and a 9x12 panel to mark 9x12 rectangles in the center of the sheets with a margin to tape the sheet to the plywood panel. I also cut another ten sheets 9x12 and used a 8x10 panel to mark those sheets. So I ended up with 30 sheets of pre-primed linen that would yield 20 9x12s and 10 8x10s.
I used packing plastic, the kind on rolls. to wrap the linen to the plywood panels making a sandwich of plywood panel, linen sheets and 11x14 paint panel. Then slid the package into the Raymar panel carrier for transport to France.
The carrier fit into my carry on backpack with my other oil painting supplies. That worked pretty slick but I was not sure how it would work out on location....Now I know.. and it all worked great except that I brought more linen than I needed. I had time to make 11 oil paintings in Provence. The last one I did had about two days to dry before we had to pack up. It was still just a bit tacky even using the Fast Dry White.
No problem! I borrowed some "kitchen paper" (parchment paper) from the kitchen and put the paintings back to back with the parchment paper in between then taped the sheets back on the plywood panels and slid them back into the carrier for transport back to the states....whew!  When we got back the paintings were in perfect condition and did not stick to the parchment paper! This system worked because I had time to paint in one location and a place to lay the paintings to dry in our room. For the rest of our trip when we were on the road and changing location frequently I used my sketchbook.
BTW, if any of this is confusing, just send me an email at robinweiss@earthlink.net and I will try to answer any questions you may have.

There is so much I want to include in these blog posts and soooo many pictures!! I am trying hard to edit the writing to include highlights and also helpful tips on traveling with oil paint. I also want to include what I learned from Daniels workshop so stay tuned for more posts. Promise I will try and keep them short and readable....hopefully!! I sure appreciate any feed back or comments on how I am doing or what you would like to hear more about. You can get these posts direct to your inbox by taking a minuet to subscribe using the widget in the right hand toolbar.... Thanks!!

Another word about Workshops in France. Julie and her crew take the stress out of painting in France! Especially if you are thinking of doing it for the first time..We loved the locally sourced food and wine!   You really only have to concentrate on making great artwork. They do all the rest!

A Court Yard at Chateau Gadagne near Avignon. A favorite spot to paint and enjoy a glass of wine with friends..=]

Thursday, October 24, 2019

"Les Petit Bateaux" Rick Steves, Paris in Seven Days, travelogue by Robin Weiss

Les Petit Bateaux   Sold

Before I move on from the Paris part of our Europe trip to the Provence segment with Workshops in France and the Daniel Gerhartz workshop, I want to again, relate how well organized and thoughtful an approach to touring Paris that our wonderful Rick Steves guides represented in the seven days we were in that magical city.

Rick Steves Paris guide, Veronique Savoye
We are lucky to have the Rick Steves travel tour head quarters very near us in Edmonds WA.  Ann went over for consultations with some of the expert travel professionals on their staff before we left and they were able to help plan out our whole trip with route directions, train tickets and helpful tips on local accommodations, restaurants and museums.

This took a lot of the anxiety out traveling for me!  We had a folder with hard copy of all the places we would stay and their contact information. I downloaded the trainline app with all of our tickets and train info which was really nice! Sometimes conductors would check for tickets and sometimes not...It was nice to have it handy with the swipe of a finger.

Our guide in Paris was Veronique Savoye.  She has a fun blog with travel tips and info called, French Girl in Seattle. Click on the highlighted text for a link to the site. You will tell from her blog how sweet and fun a guide she is.
One of the cool things provided on the tour was a "Whisper" system for communication. Each tour member received a transmitter with earbuds. This enabled the guide to speak to the whole group in a normal voice in very noisy conditions, like the metro tunnels!, and we could all hear with no trouble. even if you trailed behind.. It was great!  Along with Vero on this tour we had an Italian guide named Alfio. He usually took up the rear guard and kept the morale up with his kind nature and informative comments.

Some packing tips;  You don't have to buy fancy vacuum packing bags! Those can be expensive and probably won't come in the size you want. Triple Zip Lock bags are all you need. They make up to 3 gallon Zip Lock bags! Plenty big enough for packing clothes for travel. Just put one knee on them when closing the zip lock and Voilla! you have a vacuum locked bag..You can use these to pack your paint tubes as well for the check on bag. Make sure you add a sheet for TSA, labeling them "vegetable based artists colors"  Or copy and paste the image on the right into a word document then cut it out and add to your paint zip lock.

One of the places we visited with the tour was the Cathedral of Notre-Dame.  As many now know this historic church caught fire and burned on April 15, 2019. The church was undergoing renovation when a structure fire broke out and burned much of the wood framing in the ceilings and the spires.
It was tragic to see the damage. We were not allowed to even get close to it but I was able to do this sketch from the Ill Saint-Louis, the little island across from the Ill de la Cite where Notre Dame is located.  The metal scaffolding that was in place during the fire actually melted in places and it will be many years before this historic and cultural land mark is restored again. Hopefully the Parisians will insist on an accurate restoration to the original design.......We will see!  =)  I hope you enjoy your next Rick Steves tour as much as we did!!   Have fun out there!!

Friday, October 18, 2019

"Sketches from Paris" Rick Steves, Paris in Seven Days, Travelogue by Robin Weiss

Sketches from Paris 2019

The Luxembourg Gardens have a rich history in Paris. Originally created by Marie de Medici the Italian wife of King Henry the Sixth, it is now a favorite place for Parisians and tourists to enjoy fresh air in the heart of the city.

On our second free day in Paris Ann and I found directions and walked to the gardens, about 30 mins away from our hotel in the sixth arrondisement. We did a lot of walking in Paris and you will too!! It's the best way to see all the interesting art, architecture and beauty of Paris.

Luxembourg Gardens, Paris 2019
We just happened to tour the gardens on a Sunday when traditionally, the Parisians enjoy the park with their families and children. One of the favorite pastimes is to watch the children play with the " les petits bateauxs" or... the toy sailboats.

These toy boats sail amazingly well and it is so fun to watch the children launch their boats and then scurry around the pond with their "bateaux batons" used to push the boats back out to sea...laughing, with family and friends urging them on.

It was the perfect occasion to do some sketching! Stay tuned for paintings to come!

Travel Sketch Tips Part Two
In the last post I talked about the watercolor supplies I used for sketching on location. I also use a Finito pen for sketching. I like this pen a lot! The cap fits tightly and snaps on to keep the tip from drying out. The ink is a bit water soluble until it dries which can give you some flexibility in washes using your water pen.

Because the tip will not allow the ink to dry out or evaporate this pen will last longer than a lot of other brands. I brought three of these with me to Europe and in a month of sketching only used one pen! You can also get them in other colors.

A tip about packing;  It's a good idea to bring an extra day pack separate from your carry on bag for carrying your sketch stuff and a few other items....like a baguette!  when walking around the city. I found a nifty one online that worked perfectly , was well built and affordable for this purpose!

The Venture Pal Back Pack is relatively new on the market. It folds easily  into a small pack that will fit nicely into your carry on bag and doesn't take up much space. It folds out into a full size day pack with two deep water bottle side carriers and other handy pockets. I mean this thing is well designed!  You can buy it from Amazon for about $20!!

A must have when traveling out of country..!! I got the orange one so Ann could find me more easily and that was a good idea when lost in museums full of tourists!!  On the Rick Steves tour of the Louvre some of our tour members lagging behind were able to find the group by looking for my back pack among the crowd!  A tip about the museums in Paris; Get there when they open. You will have an hour before the crowds arrive....=]

The Hall of Mirrors, Versailles

Wednesday, October 16, 2019

"Sketches from Paris" Rick Steves, Paris in seven Days, travelogue by Robin Weiss

Paris Sketch Book 2019

Sketching in Paris
In my last blog post I introduced our European adventure and I have been thinking a lot about how to organize and condense the trip. There were several segments to it and the first was the Rick Steves, Paris in Seven Days Tour. A great way to immerse into Paris life and culture!

We decided to fly Iceland Air because, at the time, the fares were about half the price of some other major airlines. I had heard some negative things about IA so was a little nervous about using them. Some of those concerns were realized right off the bat when they changed our departure times about two weeks before we left!

It turned out okay in the long run because after long negotiations on the phone, Ann re-booked the flight and we arrived in Paris two days earlier than we originally planned. That gave us a couple extra days in Paris! We spent one day walking around the city, mostly in the Eiffel Tower area and also connecting with a facebook friend living in Paris.  We enjoyed one of the city's favorite pastimes of people watching while having coffee in one of the many cafes. I , of course wanted to sketch everything!!

As I explained in the last post, I took two bags on this trip. My check on bag with travel easel and oil painting supplies and my smaller carry on bag with sketch book and watercolor supplies.

watercolor palette
Travel Sketch Tips Part One

This is my small watercolor palette that folds up and has a little thumb hole for holding while painting. I put a little water in the bottle cap and set it right on the palette..That worked pretty good!

A tip about your paint;  If you are using tubes of watercolor to fill your palette...Fill them ahead of time long enough for the paint in the trays to thoroughly dry before you pack for your trip. I didn't do this and had some gooey paint to work with when I was on location.

Wrap your palette in layers of paper towels and put it in a zip lock bag with a tube of white gouache and a small round sable brush.

 BTW , I love M Graham watercolors!   I use their oil paint too! Check out the artist spotlight they did on me a few years back HERE

My main work horse brush for watercolor when sketching, is this "water brush". You can fill the handle with water and squeeze it out as needed while you are painting. I have used it that way and it does work okay, but I have found on this trip, that it works very good with out filling the handle. It has a good grip and will float inside the half sized water bottle!  That's a good thing!!  You can keep this brush stored in your water bottle when not in use!!

When you are done sketching just pop the brush in your sketch water bottle, brush side down. The handle will float the brush and help keep the brush hairs from bending over .....And then it is right there and handy for the next sketch session! Voila!

Back side of the Musee de l'Orangerie

In Paris our amazing guide, Veronique, took us to tour the Louvre and then we spent time in the Tuileries Gardens. It's an inspiring place for a sketch artist to hang out!  I picked out a spot under the shade of a London Plane tree to do this color sketch of the Musee de L'Orangerie where we saw the inspiring, epic, large water lily paintings by Monet, done in his last years.

Ann viewing the Water Lilies

Tuesday, October 08, 2019

Saint Jean Babtistes Church, Workshops in France Travelogue by Robin Weiss

Saint Jean Babtistes Church  12x9 oil on linen  $700

My last blog post was September 5th ...The day Ann and I left on our epic journey to Europe 2019. That was one month ago. In my following posts I am going to attempt to condense this adventure into easy to read parts with tips on how to travel in Europe with painting gear....at least how I did it..There are many resources out there to help you with this and I read a lot before going. I'll be listing many of those as we go along.

 The first leg of our trip was a week in Paris before taking the train to Avignon where I would be attending a workshop with Daniel Gerhartz at Chateau Gadagne (pronounced Ga-dan-ya) , in Provence with the fun loving crew at Workshops in France..More on that leg of the trip later....=]

Paris was our time together in one of the most beautiful cities in the world! To make this part of the trip really special and to learn as much as we could about the places we would visit, Ann thought we should take the Rick Steves "Paris in seven days" tour. That turned out to be a great idea! We loved the tour and learned so much about how to get around in the city and the history of all the areas and places we visited. Rick Steves has an office in Edmonds WA. not far from where we live. They have agents there who will meet with you to map out your entire trip and they are really knowledgeable about it! So that is a great place to start if you are planning your own trip overseas. (click on the highlighted text for links to these sites)

I started several months ahead preparing for this trip. Knew I would need a smaller travel easel that would be more packable and weigh less. I normally use a Coulter style easel that I made myself to suit my needs. For this trip I would need something a little smaller. You can do this too but it does require wood working tools and some wood working experience. The idea was to have gear that I am used to working with to make painting in Europe as comfortable as possible. I took everything with me that I always take when painting on location except for this smaller folding pallet. I would pack my painting gear in my old Kelty  Redwing 50 and then stuff clothes in all the extra spaces....which was not a lot of extra space!!  This pack would be checked. I would also have a smaller carry on backpack with another set of clothes and my sketch book with a small watercolor set. If  something unforeseen happened and my checked bag was lost....it does happen!, I would have an extra change of clothes and something to create art with!!

If you are interested in detailed plans of how I built this pochade box with dimensions, materials, tools needed and step by step instructions send me an email at robinweiss@earthlink.net. It will cost $10 by paypal. If I get enough interest I will put a paypal button on my website.

If you are interested in the sketchbook I brought with me to Europe, you can also email robinweiss@earthlink.net.  I have been making these sketchbooks for a while now and they are also sold at the local arts supply store, Artists Edge in Poulsbo for $15 and $18. These sketchbooks are made with 60lb coverstock leaves. They have a smooth surface that is sturdy enough to hold up to water media with out much bleed through.

This was a sketch I did of the "Hamlet" in the gardens of
Versailles, France.

Our Rick Steves guide took us through the Chateau de Versailles explaining the history of the artifacts, buildings and grounds.

The art work and architecture was amazing! Versailles, a short train ride from Paris, is a must see if you are touring Paris and surrounding areas.

There will be more tips on travel gear and packing in following posts so stay tuned and if you are new to "In Plein Air" please take the time to subscribe. You will get my latest posts in your email and you can also leave comments and questions that I will do my best to answer.

Thanks and happy art travels! =]

Thursday, September 05, 2019

"Arboretum Spring" Seattle Arboretum, landscape painting by Robin Weiss

"Arboretum Spring" 36x18  $2200

This work was a companion piece to "Rhodie Walk", a plein air painting done at the Seattle Arboretum last year. Our end of the year PAWA show always pairs a plein air painting with a studio painting inspired by the plein air piece....It  is always an amazing show put on by Plein Air Washington Artists in October every year and exhibited at the American Art Company in Tacoma, WA. This was last years studio work. It never made it to the blog so I am posting it now to let you know that this painting is still available and you can get purchase information simply by calling the Cole Gallery during business hours at:

The summer flowers are winding down now although the dahlias are still pretty spectacular in the flower farm next door!  Stay tuned for more flower paintings as I finally get to work in the studio for the winter..=]

Tuesday, September 03, 2019

"At the Hatchet Ranch" plein air landscape painting by Robin Weiss

"At the Hatchet Ranch" 6x8 oil on panel      Sold

I gave this little study to the gracious host who put me up at the Hatchet Ranch in Wyoming very near Grand Teton National Park and West Yellowstone. I will be forever grateful. What a special place!

Monday, September 02, 2019

"Grand Teton" plein air painting by Robin Weiss

"Grand Teton"   9x12 oil on panel   $600

I painted over the plein air sketch done in the Tetons when I returned home in 2018. This was the result which never got posted.  I tried to create more distance and atmosphere between the foreground and the distant mountains.  I may have created too much distance looking at this again! Ha!  I do like the photo taken in sunlight that shows more of the texture and juicy brushwork. =]

Saturday, August 31, 2019

"Before the Switch" Two Rivers Plein Air, New Braunfels, Texas, plein air painting by Robin Weiss

"Before the Switch"  11x14 oil on linen panel   Sold

I love the spontaneous stuff that happens when you are painting on location..I set up to paint this scene during the Two Rivers Plein Air competition with the plan to make the old barn my focal point. Always looking for a "lead in" to a composition, the train rails served the purpose perfectly. I also liked the diagonal bank with the trees taking over from the tracks leading to the barn.

Back she comes obscuring the view too late to mess me up!
As I was still working on the block in under-painting,  train noises started getting louder and louder until this boxcar appeared !  "Great" I thought "Now this train is going to block my view"!  Well, it stopped right there and some train guys started working around the tracks. I went over and asked them if the train was going to move. "It'll be about 30 mins until we can switch tracks and then she's movin on".......Okay!  30 minuets, I can do this!! I added the boxcars with their nice yellow color to the composition making it much more interesting!  Just as I finished, the train started moving back....

The other cool thing that happened surprised me on opening night of the event.  The owners of the barn came to buy the painting they saw me working on. Turns out this barn has been in the family over 100 years and they wanted it for posterity......I love that! One of the great things about plein air painting!

Hope all your trains arrive on time!!
Have fun out there!

Wednesday, August 28, 2019

"Comel River Park" Two Rivers Plein Air, New Braunfels, Texas. plein air painting by Robin Weiss

Comel River Park  8x16 oil

I was flipping through my blog to see what I have posted about and once again there are whole events and art journeys from this summer that have not yet made it to the online journal...I completely missed posting about the Two Rivers Plein Air event in Texas this spring!  So much has happened between now and then that I have forgotten a lot of places and names...Had to search for the name of this river! 
The best way to document your journeys is to keep a sketch book with names, places and info about where you have visited. I need to re-commit myself to taking the time for journaling! Especially on our upcoming trip to Europe! 

Texas was a blast and I so enjoyed all the people I met and friends made during my time there. Feel like I need to condense the whole event into one post just to catch up a bit.....but don't have the time this morning! Ha!....Just not enough time! But I'll keep slogging away at the blog and get to it all eventually!  Thanks for visiting! Hope all your journeys are joyful and productive!

Monday, August 19, 2019

Illwaco Marina, plein air oil painting by Robin Weiss

"Illwaco Marina"  9x12 , plein air oil,    $600

I tried this view again the following day in Illwaco. It was a pleasant spot to set up on the grass and close to coffee and bathrooms..There were a lot of people who came by to offer encouragement and that's always nice..  This is the last painting from the Cape Disappointment paint out with PAWA. From here we traveled to the town of Maupin, Oregon to raft the Deschutes River!  I only did one small painting near Maupin but took a lot of photos to paint from this winter!!  

Hope you get some positive encouragement today!!
Have fun out there!

Thursday, August 15, 2019

"Willapa Bay" plein air, oil painting by Robin Weiss

"Willapa Bay"   9x12 oil on panel   Sold

This is the salt water estuary near Illwaco, WA.  When I scouted this location during the PAWA paintout at Cape Disappointment the fog had rolled in creating a beautiful atmosphere for this scene. I love how the mist simplifies the shapes for you and creates a mysterious feeling.

When I first set up my easel the fog was so thick water was collecting in my paint box and running down my panel. I packed up and waited for it to lift a little and then set up again.

If you get caught up in detail trying to paint outside, wait for a nice foggy day and give it a try.  Have fun out there!   =]

Thursday, August 08, 2019

"Jessie's Illwaco Fish Co" plein air, oil painting by Robin Weiss

"Jessies Illwaco Fish Co."  8x10 oil    $500

There is a great benefit to hanging out for a few days in a new painting location. You get to do some exploring and find hidden locations you didn't expect.  That's what happened when Ann and I stumbled on the little fishing community of  Illwaco during the Cape Disappointment paint out with the Plein Air Washington Painters.  We spent the next two days painting around this marina town with it's commercial fish processing plant, cool strip of shops and seafood restaurants and even a salt water estuary on the back side.....just great stuff for an artist!!  Stay tuned for more studio paintings from all the reference sketches and pics!

At O'l Bobs Restaurant in Illwaco

Wednesday, August 07, 2019

"North Head Lighthouse" Cape Disappointment, plein air painting by Robin Weiss

"North Head Lighthouse" 8x10 oil on panel  SOLD

The whole gang met at the parking lot in Beards Hollow the next morning.  This is a great place to paint especially for a group!  You can park very close to great views of the North Head Lighthouse and the beach.

I love the way the atmosphere is always changing here. Every time I come to this spot it is different and sometimes very dramatic depending on the time of year.

To the left are Plein Air Washington Artists members gearing up for a fun day of painting in the park.

Below is a painting I did a few years ago in the same spot but very different conditions.  

North Head Lighthouse in the fog   plein air painting done in 2013    sold

Wednesday, July 31, 2019

"Last Light of Day" plein air, Cape Disappointment,oil painting by Robin Weiss

"Last Light of Day"  6x12 oil on panel   $500

Recently, Ann and I went on a great road trip down to Colorado to visit the Oh Be Joyful Gallery in Crested Butte where I was scheduled to do a demo and paint a few days in the area. We planned a few side trips including a paint out with the Plein Air Washington Artists at Cape Disappointment.

Brooke painting at the Lighthouse

Excited about being in this stunning area again, Brooke Borcherding and I headed for the North Head Lighthouse to try and capture the sunset.  It was a great way to begin the paintout!

If you are interested in joining a great group of fun loving and dedicated plein air artists, consider joining PAWA or The Plein Air Washington Artists.  These guys have painting trips planned all summer long and usually very well attended. It really is the best way to develop your skills as a PA artist. Check out the website HERE

Tuesday, July 30, 2019

"Rainbow Bridge" plein air, marine painting by Robin Weiss

"Rainbow Bridge" 11x14 oil on linen  SOLD

When I visited LaConnor earlier this year I was happy to see this sailboat tied up at the dock. I have painted it before....a couple times.. and thought "What the heck, I'll try it again.

LaConnor has a great walkway all along the waterfront in town that provides good views of the harbor and provides enough room to set up an easel......That's why we paint here a lot! 

BTW, If you are in town check out the Seaside Gallery! 

View Catcher  
To paint this complicated view and get the proportions right I used some tools in my kit.  A "View Catcher" and a plexi "grid"  called Quick Comp. 

These tools allow you to compose easier and make a quick sketch of a scene that may have many complicated elements and perspectives.

 If you are a beginner and have problems getting boats in perspective using these tools can help you see how the forms "lay down" on a 2 D surface.  Both can be found online at Dick Blick.

Saturday, July 06, 2019

"The Black Bird Bakery" Bainbridge Island oil painting by Robin Weiss

"The Black Bird Bakery"  8x16 oil on panel       Sold

This is one of the paintings sold during the opening of our group show at the Roby King Gallery last night.  It was a demo painting I did for the Port Ludlow Art League in the spring. It has a plein air feel to it even though I was working from a photo because I was working fast and for an audience. I had about an hour to complete this painting.  Sometimes it really pays off to work fast. It forces you to simplify shapes and have an immediacy to your brushwork..

The opening was well attended and lots of fun. If you were there, thanks for coming!!  The show will be up for the month of July so even if you didn't get a chance to come out for the opening you can still see the work in July.

In Winslow check out the Roby King Gallery

Wednesday, July 03, 2019

"Pritchard Beach" Bainbridge Island oil painting by Robin Weiss

"Pritchard Beach"  20x24 oil on canvas    $2200

I'm posting one more painting promoting an upcoming group show at the Roby King Gallery on Bainbridge Island . The exhibition will feature iconic locations on BBI and will open during First Friday Artwalk . Hope to see you there!

Tuesday, July 02, 2019

"Wenatchee River Winter" Landscape painting by Robin Weiss

"Wenatchee River Winter"   16x20 oil on canvas       SOLD

My featured artist exhibition at the Front Street Gallery in Poulsbo will come down on the 7th of July so if you haven't seen it yet pop over to Poulsbo and check it out!  Poulsbo is a pretty little marina town with lots of great restaurants and shops! 

Saturday, June 29, 2019

Eagle Harbor Homestead" Bainbridge Island, landscape painting by Robin Weiss

"Eagle Harbor Homestead"  10x12 oil on panel    $700
available at the Roby King Gallery

I painted this while hanging out with the Bainbridge crew down by the gas station in Eagledale. You may be wondering who the Bainbridge crew is...A small group of local artists who find any excuse to hang out and paint...and eat...and drink...together..Here are a few of their websites in case you're one of those people who like to follow threads where they lead...

Nancy Filsinger    https://www.nancyfilsingerart.com/
Gigi Godfrey        https://www.gigigodfrey.com/
There are a few others who show up but this is probably the core group.

If you like this painting and want to see more of my work, stop by the Roby King Gallery on Bainbridge Island. I'll be there on July 5th 2019 for the opening of a group show featuring scenes of BBI.
If you are in Edmonds stop by the Cole Gallery for a real treat. So many great artists there!
In Seattle, I have Seattle city scenes at the Michael Birawer Gallery on 1st Ave.
I have a Featured Artist exhibition at the Front Street Gallery in Poulsbo through June 2019

That's it for now! Have fun out there!