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!!

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