Tuesday, March 26, 2019

"La Connor Walk" original oil painting by Robin Weiss

"La Connor Walk"  8x10 oil on panel  Sold

The sweet little town of La Connor is in my mind as spring approaches...In fact spring came early this year and I am sure the daffodils are out. Time for a trip to Skagit county to paint the flowers!  You should go too!! While your at it stop by the Scott Milo Gallery in Anacordes and see my recent plein air paintings along with this one!

Scott Milo Gallery
420 Commercial Ave, Anacordes, WA 98221
360-293-6938

Monday, March 25, 2019

"Sunny Side" Wenatchee River winter painting by Robin Weiss

"Sunny Side"  11x14  oil on panel    $800

Another painting done from reference taken along the Wenatchee River on our family ski trip to Lake Chelan.
The brilliant sunshine creates stark contrast that turns detail into big shapes of light and dark. I get excited about arranging those shapes into a good design. I then model the paint in those shapes with close value passages to suggest the detail and represent the subject as authentically as I can.

This winter work is also available at the Scott Milo Gallery in Anacordes.  You can contact them here.
Scott Milo Gallery
420 Commercial Ave, Anacordes, WA 98221
360-293-6938

Saturday, March 23, 2019

"Quiet Cold" Wenatchee River oil painting by Robin Weiss

"Quiet Cold"  9x12 oil on panel  Sold

This was painted from reference photos taken on the way to a family ski trip near Lake Chelan.  We had quite a winter this year and there was already a lot of snow as we came across the Cascade Mountains through Stevens Pass. My son Maury was driving and he pulled off in many spots to take photos. We both paint and we were both wishing there was more time to set up for plein air.

I used a limited palette for this painting focusing mainly on separating light shapes from shadow shapes. I really did not spend much time trying to render any objects until the very end . I wanted the shapes to form visually interesting patterns. As I separated the light from the darks the objects began to be recognizable.  Near the end of the painting I added some "bling" in the foreground grasses and the middle-ground tree shapes. I softened some edges where the snow meets the water and kept some edges crisp along the rim light on the rocks.
The colors in my palette for this painting were,

Titanium White
Warmed in the sunlight and cooled in the shadows, only small bits are pure white.

Yellow Ocher
Used to warm sunlit areas and mixed with Ivory Black or Alizerine for the final touches in the trees and grasses.

Alizerine Crimson
Used with the blues for shadow areas on the snow and for the grasses in the foreground.

Viridian
Mixed with Ultramarine Blue and Cobalt Blue to get the depth in the water . Also makes a great rock grey when mixed with Alizerine and tinted with Titanium White.

Cobalt Blue
A cool blue essential in a winter scene such as this.

Ultramarine Blue
A warmer blue to add variety in shadow colors and to make rich purple hues when mixed with Alizerine Crimson

Quinacridone Rust
My go to drawing and underpainting color.  Also good for greying mixes, Add to Ultramarine Blue for a rich chromatic black.

Ivory Black
Mixed with Yellow Ocher for grayed greens and Alizerine for grasses and undergrowth.

This painting was entered into The American Impressionist Society national small works show. I'll find out in April if it has been excepted..

Thursday, March 21, 2019

"Finn River Geese" original oil painting by Robin Weiss

"Finn River Geese" 10x10 oil on panel   $600

I keep going back to the Finnriver Farm and Cidery in Chimacum Washington. I posted about it along with another painting of these amazing honkers done earlier in the summer. Click HERE to see that post.
  Using reference photos , I composed the geese in a square format working to get their personality into the gesture. A worn down filbert, hog bristle brush makes a great drawing tool for getting the contour lines down. I am using a new M Graham color..and my new favorite,  Quinacridone Rust as the underpainting color. This  red/orange hue, similar to Transparent Oxide Red but with the color intensity of the Quinacridone colors, harmonizes the painting and peeks through adding a zing to broken color passages.
Since this was done in autumn I am using a limited palette of fall colors:
Titanium White
Most of the white used in rendering the geese has been warmed in the sunlit areas and cooled in the shadow areas. Pure white dabs of paint are used sparingly to draw the eye to the focal point and add sparkle.
Cad Red Light
Used in the warm sunlit mix for grasses, and reflected light on the geese.
Alizerin Crimson
Used as a cool red for shadow color
Cad Yellow
Also used in the mix for warm field grass, and with Cad Red Lt for the Orange of the beaks.
Viridian
Mixed with Cad Yellow, Quin Rust or Ultramarine Blue for various hues in the grass
Ultramarine Blue
Considered a warm Blue can be mixed with Alizerin for a juicy Lavender /Purple.
Quinacrinone Rust
This is a more intense Sienna Brown. Can be used instead of Transparent Red/Orange Oxide.

I work out the composition using the Quin Rust . I spend the time to do a fairly finished under painting before going in with color. This allows me to work out most of the problem solving concerning composition and value. Then just have fun with the color!

See this painting along with other recent work at The Scott Milo Gallery in Anacordes for the month of March.
Scott Milo Gallery
420 Commercial Ave, Anacordes, WA 98221
360-293-6938

Monday, March 18, 2019

"Point Wilson Lighthouse" oil landscape painting by Robin Weiss

"Point Wilson Lighthouse"  11x14 oil on linen panel    $800

It is inevitable that your painting will be influenced by artists you admire, workshops you take, experiments in technique that you have the courage to try and many other things but the challenge is to combine all these experiences into your own voice.  The painting above has a lot of a recent Mitch Baird workshop influence in it. Mitch is a great teacher and I would highly recommend him. I learned a lot in his class that I can apply to my painting.
  I was talking with another artist about this subject. Many times after you take an intense workshop you will notice that your work after will suffer or look a lot like the work of the artist you took the workshop from.  Don't worry to much about it and just keep painting!  Eventually your work will return to your own voice if you don't try and force it. The bits of information that stuck in the workshop will become a part of your "toolbox of knowledge" and incorporate in your work.
 In my opinion, if you are just starting out painting, you will also over time, if you don't try to force it, develop your own artistic voice.
The studio painting above also has a lot of "plein air" influence in it. That comes from painting outside from life as much as possible. Don't neglect fresh air and sunshine! Get out and paint on location. That is your best "workshop"!

This painting and a whole group of others influenced by painting on location in the Pacific Northwest is on display at the Scott Milo Gallery in Anacortes Washington. Stop by and see the show if you are in town.
Scott Milo Gallery
420 Commercial Ave, Anacordes, WA 98221
360-293-6938

Saturday, March 16, 2019

"Autumn Leaves" Seattle city oil painting by Robin Weiss

"Autumn Leaves"  24x36 oil on canvas   $2400
Available at the Michael Birawer Gallery   206-624-7773


What can I say about the Pergola that I haven't said before...Painted this view many times from many different directions. You can go back in my blog archives and see many of them. Pioneer Square is a very cool area of old Seattle that hasn't changed that much over the decades. I love the old Sycamore trees that shade this park and change with the seasons. I decided to go larger with this one. It would make an impressive focal point for any room decor. You can view it in person at:
The Michael Birawer Gallery
1003 1st Ave, Seattle WA 98104
206-624-7773

That's the end of the new work displayed at my featured artist show at MBG . I will be moving on to some of the other recent work.  The weather is improving in the Pacific Northwest and I will be outside painting too!! In fact, that's just what I did yesterday!

Eagle Harbor   8x16 oil on panel



Friday, March 15, 2019

"To the Ferry" Seattle city oil painting by Robin Weiss

"To The Ferry" 14x9 oil on panel   $800

I seek out rainy days to travel by ferry to Seattle, then wander the streets risking damage to my camera and taking lots and lots of pictures for reference. It's just fun for me!
I love to try and capture the look of reflected light in the wet streets and the gestures of passing pedestrians with their many colored umbrellas. I've done a bunch of these paintings! You can still view this one at the Michael Birawer Gallery in downtown Seattle , located at 1003 1st Ave right next to the Alexis Hotel. Storyville Coffee is on the other side...a great place to recharge after seeing the local art at MBG....Enjoy!!



"Painting the Guardian Stone"

Recently I have been working with the good folks at the Peninsula Music and Arts Society in my home town of Poulsbo, WA to host Paint Out Poulsbo again this year.

 It will be a juried art show and open plein air competition for students and professionals. The proceeds from this event will be used to fund scholarships for the arts. I will be posting more on this event as time gets closer. If you are interested in joining us or even registering your grandkids....like we are , put this in your phone calendar for June 1st 2019!

"Painting the Guardian Stone" was a plein air painting I did during POP 2018.  It shows my grandson Chase, creating his award winning painting in that event.
This year I will register my grand daughter Brooklyn.
You should enter yours too! Hope to see you there!









Thursday, March 14, 2019

"Pike Place Pig" Seattle city oil painting by Robin Weiss

"Pike Place Pig"  10x10 oil on panel  Sold

I didn't really know what were the origins of the pig sculptures around Seattle....and now all over the PNW, so I did what everybody does these days and googled it. Turns out the first bronze sculpture in Pike Place was a giant piggy bank named "Rachel" and created by an artist on Whidbey Island . It was made to raise money for housing and services  for low income neighbors. I have been patting that pig on visits to Pike Place for years and never knew what it was there for , or even that it was an actual piggy bank...and guess what?..It still raises about $10,000 a year for low income neighbors!

See this one and many more recent paintings of Seattle at the Michael Birawer Gallery located at 1003 1st Ave, Seattle, WA for the month March and April. I will be at the gallery on March 23rd for "Happy Hour with Robin" March 23rd fron 4-8pm. Hope to see you there!




Wednesday, March 13, 2019

"Hammered Seattle" Seattle city oil painting by Robin Weiss

"Hammered Seattle"  28x15 oil on canvas   Sold
For purchase call  MBG at  206-624-7773

Okay, first, an explanation of the title for this painting..If you live in Seattle you get it, but if you have never been to the Emerald City then you may not be familiar with our artistic icons...Like the Hammering Man.  If you look closely in the upper middle section of this painting you will see the silhouette  of a man with one arm extended and one arm up that looks big, and it is! The Hammering Man is a kinetic sculpture outside the Seattle Art Museum. The "BAR" sign belongs to the Diller Room, part of another historic and protected building in Seattle.  New skyscrapers are going up all around this area as Seattle rapidly changes it's character and skyline. For a little more about the history of Hammering Man click HERE

This painting is on display and available for the month of March at the Michael Birawer Gallery located at 1003 1st Ave , Seattle WA.  If you are in town, meet me at the gallery on March 23rd from 4-8pm for Happy Hour with Robin.  If you can't get to Seattle, you can still purchase this work by calling Summer at 206-624-7773.   Thanks and hope to see you there!  =]


San Francisco   Blue Build
Recently,  I took a workshop with Terry Miura, along with a fun group of other artists,

This workshop was an award for second place in the Winslow Plein Air competition that happens on Bainbridge Island every summer now .
This was one of the best awards I have received! Terry is a great teacher and I learned a lot about strategies to simplify city scapes. and..we had a lot of laughs!

The painting to the left was done from one of Terry's photos of San Francisco where he lives.
This was my attempt to follow his teaching to design shapes in one color using four values. Notice that all the detail is left out of these "shapes" . The mind of the viewer fills in an amazing amount of detail.  I'm sure this workshop will influence my future cityscapes. If you get the chance to take one of Terrys workshops don't hesitate! You will have a blast and learn a lot!  Check out his website HERE


Tuesday, March 12, 2019

"The San Patricio" Seattle city, oil painting by Robin Weiss

"The San Patricio"  18x24  oil on linen    Sold


Seattle is changing rapidly!!  They are in the process of tearing down the viaduct right now after years of tunneling under the city to replace outdated infrastructure. The waterfront will be transformed and Seattle as I have known it will be very different.
 There are still pockets of the city that remain as they have for decades. Post alley is one of those places. This scene of the San Patricio  restaurant in Post Alley near Pike Place Market has sold but is still on display in a featured artist exhibition at the Michael Birawer Gallery. Stop by and check out my recent Seattle city paintings if you get the chance. There will be a closing reception and "Happy Hour with Robin"  on March 23rd from 4-8pm. The Michael Birawer Gallery is located on First St. next to the Alexis Hotel and just a block down from the sky bridge to Coleman Dock.

Nil's Place 


As I said in my last post we have had a real winter in the Pacific Northwest this year with a couple good snow storms that blew through and stayed awhile.....Pretty unusual here these days
I was snow bound for about a week but because we had fair warning that snow was coming I brought my paints and gear home and was able to get a lot of work done in my home studio .

I was even able to get out and paint in the neighborhood a couple times.  This little plein air was done on Sawdust Hill Rd not far from our place during a lull in the storm.  My old friend Nils came out to see what I was doing at ended up buying the painting! 

Hope you get the chance to get out and paint too!


Here is a list of events I will be participating in this year along with as many PAWA paintouts that I can get to.  If you don't know what PAWA is, check out the website HERE. Hope to see you at one of events!!

I am participating in a group show at the Scott Milo gallery in Anacordes, WA during the month of March . If you are in the area stop by! This is an excellent galley featuring many representational artists in the area.To inquire about this work call Katherine at 360-293-6938

I will be talking about my process and doing a demo painting for the Port Ludlow Art League at the Port Ludlow Bay Club on March 20th  at 1:00pm . Guests are welcome to attend for $5. More info here  http://www.portludlowart.org/next-meetin/

Very happy to be a participating artist in the Two Rivers Plein Air competiton and sales event this year taking place in New Braunfels, Texas, April 30th-May3rd 2019. For more info on this event click this link  https://www.tworiverspleinair.com/

Also excited about participating in the 26th Carmel Art Festival in Carmel by the Sea , CA  May 17th through the 19th .  For more info on this fun event click on this link http://www.carmelartfestivalcalifornia.com/

There are lots more adventures on the calendar this year including a lifetime dream to paint in Europe as part of Workshops in France.  I will be posting more about these events as they get closer...

Thanks for following along on my artistic journey!  Have a fun summer!

Monday, March 11, 2019

"Post Alley" Seattle city, oil painting by Robin Weiss

"Post Alley"  20x20 oil on linen     Sold
Well, it's been awhile...Many events have transpired including a record breaking snow storm in the Pacific Northwest!  I have been painting daily and opened a featured artist exhibition at the Michael Birawer Gallery in Seattle on March 7th, my birthday!  The opening was a great success and I sold a few paintings including this one of Post Alley in Pike Place Market. While it is too late for you to make the opening(because I'm a chronic blog procrastinator!) the show will be up for the month of March and you can still see most of the work.

I am going to attempt to catch up on the blog again and will start by posting all the new work that is up at MBG.  I am also going to list the events that are on the schedule for 2019....I'll be very busy!!
First up:
I am participating in a group show at the Scott Milo gallery in Anacordes, WA during the month of March . If you are in the area stop by! This is an excellent galley featuring many representational artists in the area.To inquire about this work call Katherine at 360-293-6938

I will be talking about my process and doing a demo painting for the Port Ludlow Art League at the Port Ludlow Bay Club on March 20th  at 1:00pm . Guests are welcome to attend for $5. More info here  http://www.portludlowart.org/next-meetin/

Very happy to be a participating artist in the Two Rivers Plein Air competiton and sales event this year taking place in New Braunfels, Texas, April 30th-May3rd 2019. For more info on this event click this link  https://www.tworiverspleinair.com/

Also excited about participating in the 26th Carmel Art Festival in Carmel by the Sea , CA  May 17th through the 19th .  For more info on this fun event click on this link http://www.carmelartfestivalcalifornia.com/

There are lots more adventures on the calendar this year including a lifetime dream to paint in Europe as part of Workshops in France.  I will be posting more about these events as they get closer...

Thanks for following along on my artistic journey!  Have a fun summer!