Thursday, March 12, 2020

"Cafe Roussillion" Paris oil painting by Robin Weiss

"Cafe Roussillion"  20x20 oil on canvas   Sold

Paris is the best city in the world for walking! Every street and alley has interesting cafes, shops , markets, museums and artwork everywhere!  I brought home gigabytes of images, A sketchbook packed full of reference and inspiration for many winters of studio painting to come. This is one of my paintings of Paris that sold in a recent Featured Artist Exhibition at the Cole Gallery in Edmonds Washington. The show will be up through the month of March. More info HERE

See prior posts on my blog for tips on how I traveled with painting gear in Europe and feel free to ask me any questions at robinweiss@earthlink.net  ....Thanks and have fun out there!


Sketching at a Paris cafe  2020

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Friday, March 06, 2020

"Winter at the Point" Plein air painting by Robin Weiss

"Winter at the Point"  Point no Point Lighthouse, Hansville WA  10x20 oil on panel   $900
It was great to get outside a few times this week and paint on location.  I have been inside working on studio paintings for upcoming shows the last few months and finally had a chance to get out on a beautiful sun drenched winter day.


set up
The Point no Point Lighthouse is a favorite location . It is only about 15 minuets from our house. I set up on the bird watching platform that has several good views but ended up painting the lighthouse again.  I love the warm greys of the grasses surrounding the scene with the pop of color in the structure. I pushed the color as usual but thought I achieved some authenticity in the work.

Wish I had taken a picture of the block in!  I used MGraham, Transparent Red Oxide for the under-painting. I love this rich, transparent color to begin a painting and work out compositional and value issues in the initial design.  I begin by toning the entire panel with thinned color and then wipe back the light areas with a paper towel. Using a "drawing brush" I make a simple line drawing of the subject and then start building up shapes. When I am happy with the composition I begin laying in color starting with the darkest areas first.




Contact robinweiss@earthlink.net if you are interested in in taking a workshop from me at this location sometime this summer. Hope you have fun out there!!

Sunday, March 01, 2020

"A Table for Two" Paris, France, oil painting by Robin Weiss

"A Table for Two"  Paris,  11x14 oil on linen  $800
Available at the Michael Birawer Gallery, Seattle
206-624-7773

Announcing another show opening, this time at the Michael Birawer Gallery in downtown Seattle!  All the information can be found at this link HERE. Hope to see you there!


Continuing on with paintings from the reference collected on our amazing tour of France and Italy in 2019, this painting was inspired by a small cafe in Paris.  Our Rick Steves tour group dispersed for lunch while exploring the  Île de la Cité  Where Paris began it's rich history. I turned in my seat and saw the light streaming through the windows onto this couple enjoying an afternoon in the City of Lights and had to steal this moment caught in time....



Friday, February 14, 2020

"A Cafe in Venesque" From Here to France with Robin Weiss, Cole Gallery, Edmonds WA

"A Cafe in Venesque" 16x12 oil on linen  $900
Available at the Cole Gallery, Edmonds WA
425-697-2787

The studio painting above was done from reference photos and sketches taken during our time with Julie and the crew of "Workshops in France" on our 2019 European tour. It will be on display at the Cole Gallery in Edmonds  WA for an upcoming featured artist show, opening Thursday, February 20th 2020.

Please go to the link HERE for more info and to view all the paintings in this exhibition.


Venesque is just one of the many little villages in the Provence region of France we visited with the group from Workshops in France. 

It has all the charm of southern France with the town square surrounded by quaint cafes where locals and tourists sit with their espresso. 

 The fountain at the center of the square provided a shaded spot to set up my easel for a quick study in oil of the grape vines climbing the ancient wall to reach the sun.  A tourist from Paris reached up to pick a grape and test it's sweetness.  His smile was contagious and we had a good talk about experiencing France through the artists eye.

We headed back to the chateau as evening spread its blanket of fading light over the town, satisfied with the paintings we completed, the beauty of Provence that was etched forever in our hearts. 

The reason I so love to stop, set up easel and paint the places we travel, as I explained to my new Paris friend, anyone can look, but to really see you must paint.....  =]

The work done on location in France was rendered with MGraham oil paint. I used the "Fast Dry" Titanium White to shorten the drying time.

 Mixing your paint with the fast dry white gives you malleable painting time but allows the surface to dry to the touch sometimes overnight depending on temperature. This is valuable when you have limited time to paint before packing up for the next location or to fly home.

See more info on MGraham paint HERE




Wednesday, February 12, 2020

"Loving Lavender" From Here to France with Robin Weiss, Cole Gallery, Edmonds WA

"Loving Lavender"  14x24 oil on linen   $1400
Available at the Cole Gallery

An upcoming exhibition at the Cole Gallery in Edmonds will feature recent original oil paintings From our trip to France and around the Northwest. Hope to see you at the opening reception on Third Thursday Artwalk, Ferbruary 20th 2020 in Edmonds Washington !   It promises to be a special night with art and travel loving friends!  See you in Edmonds!

To view all the paintings and for more info click the link HERE

Wednesday, January 29, 2020

"Mother and Child" Village of La Beaux, France; oil painting by Robin Weiss

"Mother and Child" 12x9 oil on linen
Accepted into the American Impressionist Society
Small works Show 2020

So....to try and catch you up on why I have not been posting. Here are the events coming up in 2020 that have me working hard in the studio and off Facebook and other social media.....

First off I would like to announce that the above painting "Mother and Child"  has been accepted into the American Impressionist Society, Small Works Show to be held in Fredricksburg, Texas in March. It will be a four day event. I plan on attending and painting during the plein air portion of the event.

I have a Featured Artist show with David Marty and Jay Brodrick opening February 20th at the Cole Gallery in Edmonds, WA.  This show will feature many of my plein air and studio paintings of France and Italy along with other Northwest scenes.

A Featured Artist show of European and Seattle city scenes at the Michael Birawer Gallery in Seattle, Wa will be on display in March with an opening reception on March 14th.  Local musician, Zack Flurey will be performing during the reception

A Featured Artist show with Jane Wallis will be at the Roby King Gallery in July with opening reception during First Friday Artwalk in Winslow, Wa on Bainbridge Island.

I will be participating again at Poulsbo Paint Out in Poulsbo, WA in 2020.  As a member of the Peninsula Music and Arts Society I will be helping to facilitate this event.  The Call to Artists will be coming shortly. Click HERE to find out more about this family friendly, fun event in Poulsbo held the first weekend in June every year.

There is more!! Along with these shows I will be participating in as many PAWA paintouts as I can and will be writing blog posts for Plein Air Washington Artists website this year as the new blog facilitator.

BTW.....I work most days at the Knowles Studio on Noll Rd. in Poulsbo. Stop by and have a coffee with us!  We are open during business hours, week days and most Saturdays....=]

Stay tuned on more info about these and other upcoming art events in 2020!  Happy New Year!