Sunday, October 31, 2021

"The Lewis River" plein air landscape painting by Robin Weiss

"The Lewis River" 9x12 oil   $600


After having a thoroughly fun time painting at the Cedar Creek Grist Mill a few of us decided to try and find Lucia Falls on the Lewis River to capture the afternoon light. Thankfully my GPS was working well and we found our way after winding around the wilds of Woodinville. After reaching the park we couldn't find the falls but set up anyway and I managed to get in some brush miles...Then the long drive back to Poulsbo.  Yet another fun PAWA pop-up paintout!  =]

Thursday, October 28, 2021

"Cedar Creek Cascade" plein air landscape painting by Robin Weiss

"Cedar Creek Cascade" 9x12 oil on panel  SOLD


PAWA pop up events have been happening all summer. PAWA is the acronym for Plein Air Washington Artists. It is a large group of plein air artists in Washington State who regularly get together to paint our spectacularly beautiful region of the US.

In September a number of us traveled to Woodinville to paint at the Cedar Creek Gristmill. It started out as a cool foggy day but the sun slowly made an appearance and artists began to set up around the mill and down the river. I decided to paint a cascading section of Cedar Creek in the morning not finding a good view of the mill I liked.

 I took many pictures of the Grist mill which is a striking old, authentic grain processing mill originally built in 1876 and bought ,sold and refurbished many times until it became the oldest working museum in Washington state.  After working up this photo I wished that I had given it a shot from this perspective but it would have meant trying to balance on a big boulder under the bridge! 

As is often the case when you go to a PAWA paintout, I met new friends and reacquainted with old ones. Candy Smith painted the cascade with me on Cedar Creek. It was a pleasant morning listening to the river run and chatting with a new painting buddy. 

Hope you can make it to a PAWA paintout next year! If you have ever considered joining a painting support group PAWA is a gem!  A good time to meet many members and get a sense of who we are is to come to the end of the year get together in Edmonds . It is a live model paint in and we will be talking about events in 2022. Hope to see you there! Click HERE for more info.

Saturday, October 23, 2021

"The Lime Dock" LaConnor plein air painting by Robin Weiss

"The Lime Dock" 10x20 oil on panel     SOLD


Thought the long skinny format would work good for this scene in LaConnor, WA . We set up just outside the Seaside Gallery for a final painting before I headed back down to Poulsbo. I have painted this scene a few times before but this was my best effort...Confirmed when I sold it a few days later....=]

Friday, October 22, 2021

"LaConnor Boat Haven" plein air painting by Robin Weiss

"LaConnor Boat Haven"  9x12 oil on panel  $600

If you have been keeping up with this blog you know that every year I try to spend time painting in the Skagit Valley. I called my friend Mark Bistranin, a great painter and one of the artist/owners of the Seaside Gallery in LaConnor. We got together to paint a few days in the area.

There is a great little marina and boat graveyard not far from Laconnor along the canal on Tribal land that is a a hidden gem for painters! We went two days in a row to this great location. On the second day we did a little exploring and found another great painting spot down a trail that starts at the marina. I'll post that painting in the next few days. 

Tuesday, October 19, 2021

"Fishing at Lagoon Point" Whidbey Island landscape painting by Robin Weiss

"Fishing at Lagoon Point"  12x24 oil on linen panel  $1200


I have posted most of the work I did on location during the Whidbey Island Plein Air Festival. This one is a studio painting done from photos I took near where we stayed in Green Bank. It is a favorite spot for fishing from the shore. The light was fading fast when I walked out to Lagoon Point so only enough time to get a few shots.  This painting will be included in the group show coming up in November at the Scott Milo Gallery. Hope to see you at the opening , November 5th!

Sunday, October 17, 2021

"Ala Spit" Whidbey Island plein air painting by Robin Weiss

"Ala Spit" 12x12 oil on panel  $800


I have been painting on Whidbey Island for many years but had never been to this location. An artist friend who lives on the island told me about Ala Spit and I decided to drive up to the north end to see it. Turns out it is a great fishing and clamming area with beautiful views of Hope Island and the inner Puget Sound. I spent a very pleasant morning watching the eagles hunt and capturing this scene.

Daily Paintworks Pick of the Day!  

Wednesday, October 13, 2021

"Island Farm" Whidbey Island plein air painting by Robin Weiss

"Island Farm" 16x20 oil on linen panel   Sold
Available through the Scott Milo Gallery 360-293-6938


Island Farm was my most ambitious plein air painting to date. I passed by this scene in the early morning on my way to Ala Spit during the Whidbey Island Plein Air Festival in 2021. After spending the morning at the spit I called Maury to meet me at the farm where I found a great spot off the highway to tuck in and set up.

I knew this scene would make a great painting so I pulled out my biggest 16x20 panel and got to work. I approached it the same way I do most plein air paintings starting out with a underpainting in Quinacridone Rust and working out composition and value structure after studying the scene through my viewfinder. 

I also knew if I could nail the atmospheric distance in the background I could have fun with the foreground elements so I started with the architecture of the barn and outbuildings, filling in the tree/shrub line along the water and then working from the sky down to the top of the field softening edges as I went. 

Tuesday, October 12, 2021

"Admiralty Head Lighthouse 2021" Whidbey Island plein air painting by Robin Weiss

"Admiralty Head Lighthouse 2021"  10x20 oil on panel     Sold


I have painted this scene so many times now I just titled it the same as the others with the date added. Ha!

It is a great view of the lighthouse on Whidbey Island. Hard to resist! I painted it with snow on the ground one year during a freak snow storm. Sometimes you just need a long format canvas for compositions like this. I was able to get the distant point of land near Ebeys Landing which takes you through the painting and into the distance. This one will also be in the November group show at the Scott Milo Gallery.

I had to go back to 2013 to find the post from the freak snow storm. Not all my paintings get posted to the blog and there have been several of this lighthouse that didn't make it...Click HERE to see another version of this well known scene and the full story.

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Happy Trails!  =]

Monday, October 11, 2021

"Classic Coupeville" Whidbey Island pIein air by Robin Weiss

"Classic Coupeville" 11x14 oil on linen Sold
available through the Scott Milo Gallery

No Whidbey Island Plein air competition would be complete without several impressions of Coupeville's iconic boat dock. This was mine. I've painted it several times but liked the textural, low tide, rocky, shelly debris in the foreground. I pulled out all my texture tricks including splattering the panel with dark and light paint.  This one will also be in the upcoming Scott Milo Gallery  group show opening November 5th

Maury painting under the dock in Coupeville

Friday, October 08, 2021

"Field of Gold" plein air landscape painting by Robin Weiss

"Field of Gold" 10x14, plein air, oil   $800
Available through the Scott Milo Gallery  360-293-6938


Maury and I stayed in a cool Air BNB on Whidbey Island during the festival. It was in Green Bank on the north end not too far from Langley. Not very far away was a dog park of about 40 acres with a winery and amazing views of the sound. We went up there several times to paint. This is one of the paintings I completed there.

 It never made it into the competition as we were only allowed three entries...but it will be in an upcoming group show at the Scott Milo Gallery in November along with many other recent plein air paintings. The opening will be on November 5th during Anacordes Gallery Walk. hope you can make it!! Click on the highlighted text for more info!  =]

Wednesday, October 06, 2021

"Close of Day" Whidbey Island Plein Air Festival landscape painting by Robin Weiss

"Close of Day" 9x12 oil on panel      SOLD


In my last post I promised to include the paintings completed during the Whidbey Island Plein Air Festival. I won Best of Show from juror of awards, Al Currier for this piece. It was also the very first painting I did for the competition. I went on to paint 10 more paintings including my largest plein air at 16x20 inches.

Close of Day on location

It was nice after so much time cooped up because of covid to head over to Coopeville and get back to competing again. ..=]

Heads up on current and upcoming shows: 

Front Street Gallery: "Northwest Passages" a featured artist exhibit opening Oct. 9th and up through the month.

The Scott Milo Gallery:  opening Nov. 5th and up through the month of November 2021

Monday, October 04, 2021

"Misty Morning" Ebeys Landing , Landscape painting by Robin Weiss

"Misty Morning" Ebeys Landing 
20x24 oil on linen  $1800


Back from a blogging hiatus I would like to present this painting of Ebeys Landing on Whidbey Island. This 20x24 studio painting is based on a plein air study created during the Whidbey Island Plein Air Festival that took place in August. 

Me, Maury and Brook during the
Whidbey Island Plein Air Festival

We had a great time at the Festival which lasted from 

Aug 16-19.  Maury registered as well and joined in the fun.

We both won awards and sold paintings!  I will be posting

more about the competition as I add the paintings to In Plein


At this time I would like to use the above painting "Misty Morning" to promote "Northwest Passages" a featured artist exhibition of recent work at the Front Street Gallery in Poulsbo. WA through the month of October.

The opening will be during Second Saturday Artwalk , October 9th from 6-9pm. Hope you can make it!  

Also coming up in November is "Arts in the Woods"!!  Yes! It's that time again! The yearly North Kitsap studio tour is drawing near!  There will be six artists in attendance and showing fresh work at the Knowles Studio again this year. Come out and see some of the best local art North Kitsap has to offer!

The second weekend in November , November 12th, 13thand 14th 2021