Tuesday, November 29, 2022

"October on the Dosewallips" plein air painting by Robin Weiss

"October on the Dosewallips" 9x18 oil on panel  

 

Took a couple trips to the Dosewallips State Park in 2022 to paint. One was a fun trip with some members of Plein Air Washington Artists and another with painting buddy Jim Lamb. Paintings from both trips were recently accepted into the PAWA, Plein air to Studio, Winter Show hosted by the Cole Gallery this year in Edmonds WA. 




Wednesday, November 23, 2022

"Morning Walk" Richland plein air painting by Robin Weiss

"Morning Walk"  11x14 oil on panel    $700

 

Several days during the Richland Plein Air competition we painted across the street from Gallery at the Park in a beautiful setting along the river. This is the park that gives Gallery at the Park its name.  It was fun talking with all the walkers who strolled by. They were all interested in the painting and many came to the opening and bought work. This is the best time to hand out your pamphlets on show times and dates an important part of the work in any plein air competition!


Brooke Borcherding painting at the park



Me and Maury teamed up with artist and PAWA member Brook Borcherding for this competition.

We had a great time painting together and playing ping pong after the days work was done.

Always great to meet up with fellow artists and spend time doing what you love.  That's the best part of any plein air show!


Tuesday, November 22, 2022

"Sealock Grove, White Poplars" Richland plein air painting by Robin Weiss

"Sealock Grove, White Poplars"  8x16 oil  $800

 

My son Maury and I registered for the PAWA plein air event in Richmond together. We had a great time exploring the area and came across this park near the Snake River that had a beautiful grove of White Poplars. It must have meant something to the community because they named it the Sealock Grove. We spent the most part of a beautiful day painting there.



BTW, This painting won Best of Show at the opening. Grateful for this award granted by the good folks at Gallery at the Park, Richland WA.





Me and Maury painting in Richland




Monday, November 21, 2022

"Snively Road" plein air landscape painting by Robin Weiss

"Snively Road"  10x12 oil on panel     $800

 

I had not painted much in the Tri Cities area when we headed to Richland for the Plein Air Washington Juried Plein event hosted by Gallery at the Park in May 2022.  Other members of PAWA  like Laura Gable who are locals suggested we drive down Snively Rd. to a view of Rattlesnake Mountain  with the Snake River in the foreground.  That view didn't inspire me but I had to stop and paint this section of the road on the way back....That's how it goes sometimes. You have to go with your gut feeling about what moves you to paint a scene. 


I was in a spot where I could effectively use a trick to gauge the value of the color of the grays I was seeing by holding up my brush with a value and color of paint on it that I though was close. I was usually fooled by my eye into gauging it lighter than it is. It's almost always darker than you think.

When I started using more techniques like this to gauge value and color my paintings became more authentic.   

Sunday, November 20, 2022

"Good Pasture" original oil painting by Robin Weiss

"Good Pasture" 14x18 oil on panel,  $1250
Available through the Oh Be Joyful Gallery
970-349-5936

 

Also from photo reference taken during the Plein Air Washington Artists plein air event in Richland, WA in May 2022. These cows came along  Snively Road in a long "cow train" while we were looking for a good painting location. Had to stop and get some pics!

This painting is available through the Oh Be Joyful Gallery in Crested Butte CO. Their website is down right now but you can call them at 970-349-5936.




Saturday, November 19, 2022

"The Convocation" original oil painting by Robin Weiss

"The Convocation"  18x36 oil on canvas  $2200
Available through the Oh Be Joyful Gallery, Crested Butte, CO
970-349-5936

 

The reference for this painting came from photos I took during the Richland Plein Air that we participated in earlier this year. Looking through my painting files and blog posts made me realize I never posted about that competition! So I will try and go back in time a bit in the next few blog posts and talk about that fun event hosted by Gallery in the Park, Richland WA 


Gallery at the Park


Friday, November 18, 2022

"Sawdust Hill Road" plein air painting by Robin Weiss

"Sawdust Hill Road"  9x12 oil on panel  SOLD


When I was trying to get in shape for the Wind River pack trip in 2020 I would hike up to the top of Sawdust Hill 3 or 4 times a week. At the top is a great view of the Olympic mountains on a clear day. When the Scotch Broom is in full bloom it transforms the landscape around here with color and made it even more beautiful.  

This painting sold recently at the Front Street Gallery in Poulsbo. The gallery is all ready for the holiday season with lots of great affordable gift ideas from local artists!  Poulsbo is a great town to come visit! Put it on your day-cation list!  You'll love it!..  And don't forget to stop by the Front Street Gallery!!
 

Thursday, November 17, 2022

"Docs Marina Grill" Port Townsend plein air painting by Robin Weiss

"Docs Marina Grill"  11x14 oil on panel   $800

 

I did a set of plein air paintings from my favorite spot at the head of the Port Hudson Marina in Port Townsend earlier this summer. I posted one of them but never got around to showing you this one. It is till available!  Email me at  robinweiss@earthlink.net if you are interested.  

BTW, if you are in PT stop by Docs Marina Grill for a great lunch....if you can get a table!! 

Check out the other painting completed at the Port Hudson Marina  HERE

Tuesday, November 15, 2022

"Eglon Beach" original plein air painting by Robin Weiss

Eglon Beach  6x8 oil on panel   SOLD

 

Another painting that sold at Arts in the Woods studio tour last weekend.  Think I mentioned that 6x8 panels are handy for those plein air outings when you are limited on time and this was one of those. I had a little time to paint and went down to a favorite location on the way to Hansville. This little beach is off the radar of most folks that aren't familiar with the area so it is usually pretty empty.

A great location to practice designing with driftwood!!  I have been working on this challenge for years now. It's getting easier for me to suggest distant driftwood and use the foreground logs to draw you into the scene. Although I only spent maybe half an hour on this painting what I was shooting for in design worked pretty good. This is a study that can be worked into a successful larger studio work and I may do that!!

Sunday, November 13, 2022

"Port Townsend Cloudscape" original plein air painting by Robin Weiss

"Port Townsend Cloudscape" 8x6 oil 

 

This small study from Port Townsend was fun to paint. The object was to capture the clouds that were moving fast. I used a smaller canvas so I could paint quick!  This little painting is still available at Arts in the Woods studio tour 2022. Stop by the Knowles Studio and say hi! 

Saturday, November 12, 2022

"City Time" Seattle city painting by Robin Weiss

"City Time" 8x6 oil SOLD

 

This study sold at Arts in the Woods Studio Tour yesterday. We had a great turnout and it was wonderful to see so many friends and return art enthusiasts who came out to support us! Many thanks to those made it! The tour continues today and Sunday. Hope to see you there!

Thursday, November 10, 2022

"Morrowstone Point" original plein air painting by Robin Weiss

Morrowstone Point  6x8 oil on panel  SOLD

 

It's a challenge to get the immensity and majesty of some scenes you experience in nature down to a panel that is 6x8 inches. sometimes it works and other times, not. I think it worked in this piece and was confirmed when the painting sold yesterday in a presale before Arts in the Woods studio tour 2022. I have a whole box of these panels that will be for sale this weekend.

I often pull out a 6x8 when painting conditions outside are sketchy. When the weather is not cooperating or time constraints only give you a few minuets. This painting was done in about 20 mins. The other big challenge is translating a small study into a large studio painting. If I ever get stretch of free painting time I might try it with this composition...... I'll keep you updated!  

Wednesday, November 09, 2022

"Wild Wenatchee" original oil painting by Robin Weiss

"Wild Wenatchee" 18x24 oil on canvas   $1800

 

A great road trip in Washington state is what they call the North Cascade Loop. It takes you past this stretch of the Wenatchee river after you go over Stevens Pass on the way to Leavenworth. I stopped to snap a couple photos of the fall color and a few years later did this studio painting.  It will be available at Arts in the Woods Studio Tour coming up this weekend the 11th, 12th and 13th. Hope to see you there!

For more info on Arts in the Woods 2022 click HERE

for the Knowles Studio website click HERE

Monday, November 07, 2022

"Dappled Aspens" original oil painting by Robin Weiss

"Dappled Aspens" 16x12 oil on panel $1125
Available through the Oh Be Joyful Gallery
Crested Butte, CO  970-349-5936

 

This painting will not be at Arts in the Woods this year because it is in one of my favorite places in the country, Crested Butte Colorado!  The Oh Be Joyful Gallery in CB is owned and operated by artist Nick Reti. Nick along with an amazing staff has been representing some of the top plein air and representational artists in the nation. A big bonus of being represented by the Oh Be Joyful is getting to travel south to Colorado every couple years to paint the stunning beauty of the area.  The painting above was done from plein air and photo ref. done summer of 2020 near Lake Irwin just outside Crested Butte.

For more info on The Oh Be Joyful Gallery and to check the availability of this work click HERE 

Friday, November 04, 2022

"Mount Shuksan in October" original plein air painting by Robin Weiss

"Mount Shuksan in October"  12x16 oil on panel $850
360-779-3940

 

I can't help it. I have to paint this view of Mt. Shuksan  every time I head up to Artists Point. It sucked me in again this fall when I went up with painting buddy Mark Bistranin. 

This painting will also be available at Arts in the Woods Studio Tour next weekend , Nov, 11th, 12th and 13th. Hope you can make it!  For more info on the studio tour click HERE




Wednesday, November 02, 2022

"Mount Baker from Artists Point" original plein air painting by Robin Weiss

"Mount Baker from Artists Point" 12x16 oil  850

 

If you have been following my blog for awhile you have seen various views of My. Shuksan and Mt. Baker from Artists Point. It is a favorite painting location for most plein air painters in Washington state. I try to get up every year and I got the chance last month before the wet weather got started. There was still smoke in the air from local wildfires.  I picked up painting buddy Mark Bistranin on the way and we spent a spectacular day visiting tourists from around the world and capturing the beauty on canvas.


Mark Bistranin painting at Artists Point

This painting will be available at Arts in the Woods Studio Tour, Nov 11th, 12, and 13th  2022

Click HERE for more information


Tuesday, November 01, 2022

"Mount Rainier Morning" original oil painting by Robin Weiss

"Mount Rainier Morning"  18x24 oil on canvas  $1400

 

This painting of Mount Rainier will be on display and for sale at Arts in the Woods Studio Tour coming up the 11th, 12th and 13th of November along with a lot of other recent artwork I will be offering at the Knowles Studio on Noll rd. in Poulsbo. There will be 6 other artists represented there as well so make the Knowles Studio your first stop on the tour!  To see all the studios and the artists represented go to the Cultural Arts Foundation NW HERE.




Monday, October 31, 2022

"Mount Rainier Ridgeline" original oil painting by Robin Weiss

"Mount Rainier Ridgeline" 24x36 oil on canvas   SOLD

 

Earlier this year our extended family on my wife Ann's side got together in Washington state for the 2022 family adventure. This included family from Ohio, Florida and Ireland!  We had a great time hiking and exploring the Pacific Northwest from whale watching in the San Juans to staying at the Paradise Lodge on Mount Rainier.  I didn't get to do any painting but was able to gather a lot of great reference photos. The larger studio work above resulted from those photos.

You can watch a montage of our family trip on youtube HERE




Sunday, October 30, 2022

"Reflection Lake" with Mount Shuksan original oil painting by Robin Weiss

"Reflection Lake"  with Mount Shuksan 12x24 oil on panel

 

Continuing on with paintings that have slipped through the cracks is this studio work from last years trip up to Artists Point in the Mount Baker National Park. In fact after researching my files and checking the gallery pages of those representing my work I am not sure what happened to this painting! Pretty sure it sold! 

It seems the last couple times I have been up to Artists Point there has been smoke in the air from wildfires. Last year the smoke came from as far away as Canada.  This year there was smoke too from fires closer in the Cascades. It makes for interesting atmosphere but would sure rather not have those fires!

This view of Shuksan from Picture Lake has been painted many times by myself and other artists. You would think I'd get tired of it but when you get up there and get out of your car and walk around the lake it is hard not to try and capture the majesty of this iconic northwest scene.

 

Saturday, October 29, 2022

"Eglon Beach in Winter" original oil painting by Robin Weiss

"Eglon Beach in Winter" 11x14 oil on panel, framed  $800

 

Now I have the chance to post some paintings that have slipped through the cracks. 

This painting of Eglon beach completed last year has been hanging at Greenwoodes Farm Organic Bakery in Hansville. A very cool little bakery/restaurant in Hansville, WA . I hope they continue to do well.  Hansville is a great location to take a daycation....Ha! That could be there moto... =]  Anyhow, lots to do in Hansville ...The lighthouse beach at Point no Point!..for one...and lots of great hiking around Foul Weather Bluff.. etc. But the best part is you can make Greenwoodes your first stop for some coffee and a sweet pastry!  Check out the artwork while your there! I have several paintings of the area on display..  =]

Friday, October 28, 2022

"Sal's Boat" Edmonds plein air painting by Robin Weiss

"Sal's Boat"  10x12 oil on panel  $750
Available through the Cole Gallery
425-697-2787

 

As I was painting this down at the Edmonds Marina everyone was walking by and saying "Oh that's Sal's boat"....I was hoping Sal would walk by and see it as I already sold a painting that way during the Edmonds Plein Air Paintout...  But Sal never did....  Anyway, you can see this painting and much more great local art at the Cole Gallery in Edmonds, WA. and for a limited time they are having a 20% off sale! 

This is the last of the paintings done during the First annual Edmonds Plein Air Paintout and now I can get to some of the other stuff I have been working on! =] Thanks for stopping by!


One of the great things about plein air competitions is getting to hang out and paint with other artists. Brook Borcherding did a great painting down at the marina and we both had fun talking to all the people walking by. 



Thursday, October 27, 2022

"Down to the Beach" Kingston plein air painting by Robin Weiss

"Down to the Beach"  9x12 oil on panel    Sold

 

There is a nice little beach in Kingston west of the ferry dock and close enough to visit if you have a longer wait. I wandered down one sunny afternoon during the Edmonds Plein Air Paintout hosted by the Cole Gallery and did this little study. It was the first painting to sell!  Apparently I am not the best judge of my own work. Debated about even entering it but glad I did!  =]

Another shameless plug for, yes you guessed it....Arts in the Woods Studio Tour!!  Click HERE

Wednesday, October 26, 2022

"Cascadia" Edmonds plein air painting by Robin Weiss

"Cascadia"  8x16 oil on panel  $750
available through the Cole Gallery
425-697-2787

 

One morning we were scouting around during the Edmonds Plein Air Paintout for a scene to paint and came to the Cascadia Art Museum. They have a lot of nice plantings around the museum and the building itself has some history in Edmonds. I decided on this view of the Trumpet flowers that were blooming and the entrance to the museum. 

Upcoming event!.. Arts in the Woods , North Kitsap Studio Tour, November 11th 12th and 13th 2022

For more info click HERE


painting at the Cascadia Art Museum


Tuesday, October 25, 2022

"Kingston Marina" plein air painting by Robin Weiss

"Kingston Marina" 9x12 oil on panel  SOLD


 It was spitting rain when I set up for this painting in Kingston. I probably would not have tried this scene in the rain but I was still painting for the Edmonds Plein Air Paintout and wanted a variety of subjects and atmosphere. in this case it worked out. I was happy with the line drawing and as I was painting the owner of the foreground boat walked up and told me a little about the boat being an east coast design. He liked the painting so far and said he would come to the gala opening on Friday.  As it turned out this was not one of the paintings picked to show in the exhibition and he did not show up at the opening....but a few days later he came to the gallery and asked about the painting and I was able to sell the work to him.  Something like this has happened to me several times painting on location and it is really encouraging!

Another reminder about Arts in the Woods coming up second weekend in November!!  =]  There will be many panels like this one to choose from at once a year studio sale prices! Click HERE for more info...  Hope to see you there!!




Monday, October 24, 2022

"Thursday in Edmonds" Edmonds plein air painting by Robin Weiss

"Thursday in Edmonds" 12x16 oil on panel  SOLD
Available through the Cole Gallery
425-697-2787


 As the title suggests I painted this on a Thursday afternoon during the first annual Edmonds Plein Air Paintout hosted by the Cole Gallery in September. They plan on keeping the love ( of art )alive by hosting this fun paintout every year in September.

I thought this view would be a challenge with cars coming and going and the sun moving pretty rapidly but I also have learned from experience that once you set up on the street and commit to a scene the encouragement from passers by and the pressure of competition can motivate you to stick with it until something usually shapes up. I spent all afternoon on this painting.  Once you paint one car you have painted a hundred and as you get the brush miles under your belt you can change shapes and colors at will.

This painting is available through the Cole Gallery in Edmonds and they have a 20% sale going right now so it's a good time to buy art for the holidays!

Also....Arts in the Woods coming up in November!!  Click HERE for more info on our local studio tour!

Saturday, October 22, 2022

"Apple Tree Cove on a Summer Day" plein air painting by Robin Weiss

"Apple Tree Cove on a Summer Day"  11x14 oil on panel  $800
Available at Arts in the Woods 2022 


 

The great thing about the Edmonds Plein Air Paintout for me is that it encompasses both Edmonds and Kingston.  I spent several of the live paint days during the paintout working around Kingston. This is a view from the Kingston Slough a favorite local park with nice views of Apple Tree Cove and the Kingston ferry....Once again with my toes in the sand!  =]

This painting will be available at the Knowles Studio in Poulsbo for Arts in the Woods 2022.  If you plan on being in the North Kitsap area the second weekend in November don't miss this studio tour! The best in the Northwest!

Click HERE to find more info about AITW on the Cultural Arts Foundation website




Friday, October 21, 2022

"The Puyallup Arrives" Edmonds plein air painting by Robin Weiss

"The Puyallup Arrives" 11x14 oil on panel  $850
Available through the Cole Gallery
425-687-2787

 

I made a mistake in my last post.. This was the first painting I completed for the Edmonds Plein Air Paintout 2022..

 I got off the ferry walked up to get my panels stamped and then right back to the beach. It was a beautiful hot sunny day. I have taught several plein air workshops through the Cole Gallery and we always walk down to  Bracketts Landing to do the demo while everyone hangs out to paint.  I have painted the ferry from this location a few times so I thought it would be a good place to start. If you can nail a good ferry painting it can set the stage for the rest of the week. Not that it's easy because the ferry is only docked for about half an hour. It took three cycles for me to get this one. But hey, toes in the sand, beautiful beach, beautiful view....I wasn't exactly suffering... =]

 BTW, Cole Gallery is having a 20% off sale on a lot of the work currently in the gallery. They have some of the best representational artists working now and it may be a good time to pick up quality artwork at an affordable price!  

November is coming up and that means Arts in the Woods!  Always the second week in November This year the 11th, 12th and 13th. Look for the yellow Arts in the Woods signs to direct you to participating studios or better yet, come to the Knowles Studio to start off the tour and we can provide you with maps and a cup of hot cider!  =]   Plus some amazing art from local artists. Check out the CAFN website for more info and to match up artists with the studio they will be displayed in HERE








Monday, October 17, 2022

"Morning Mist at the Marsh" Edmonds Plein Air painting by Robin Weiss

"Morning Mist at the Marsh" 8x16 oil on panel  $750
 


Awright!!  Gotta get back to the blog! Its been a month since we participated in the first annual Plein Air Edmonds Paintout and this was the first painting I completed for the competition. There was beautiful fog at the Edmonds Marsh and we set up quick to capture it.

The paintout was a blast and the Cole Gallery who hosted it has decided to do it again next year! That's good news for me since it is just a short ferry ride away and I love painting in Edmonds. I did eight paintings and will be posting them in the next week or so.

Thanks for stopping by!  =]

Friday, September 23, 2022

"Morning Shore" Whidbey Island Plein Air painting by Robin Weiss

"Morning Shore" 6x8 oil on panel  $350

 

This was the first painting I did down by the Keystone Ferry during the Whidbey Island Plein Air competition.  The morning mist was just lifting and the soft shapes of driftwood and distant homes were appearing out of the fog. I laid my underpainting down quickly and then squinting I put in the dark and light shapes I saw not concerned yet with nouns but more with adjectives...in other words, not things but light and dark shapes. then going back in and modeling the cool light in the distance to the warmer tones in the foreground. This painting never made it into the show but is one of my favorites.




Monday, September 19, 2022

"Red Tailed Hawk" Whidbey Island Plein Air painting by Robin Weiss

"Red Tailed Hawk" 6x8 oil on panel  SOLD

 

This small 6x8 was painted in the same area I did Cemetery Road. A birder with a scope spotted the hawk near me while I was painting and I ticked it in with my rigger brush.  I traded this painting for an extra day at the BnB I was staying on the island. My host was happy and so was I!  

Saturday, September 17, 2022

"Cemetery Road" Whidbey Island Plein Air painting by Robin Weiss

"Cemetery Road" 10x20 oil on panel, framed   $1000

 

Another from the Whidbey Island event in August 2022.  We went up to Cemetery road a couple times. There are some sweeping views of Ebeys Landing and other cool stuff to paint. I liked the shadow patterns coming across the road in this scene with the added benefit of Mount Baker in the distance. This painting is still available! Call me if you are interested!  =]   360-779-3940