Wednesday, April 27, 2022

Bracketts Beach, Edmonds workshop demo by robin weiss

"Bracketts Beach" Edmonds Demo, 9x12 oil on panel
Available through the Cole Gallery  425-697-2787


We could not have picked two better days for the workshop in Edmonds through the Cole Gallery. The weather in April around the PNW can be a bit dicey. Before and after Sat and Sun the weather was cold and rainy but the workshop weather was warm and perfect aside from being a little windy on Saturday.

Above is the demo on the first day at Bracketts Landing Park by the ferry landing in Edmonds. We worked on achieving atmospheric distance by the use of color chroma and working edges along with emphasis on building value structure with the underpainting.  Check my website for upcoming workshops in 2022.

 My hardworking students who never complained about all the exercises I put them through.  

Thanks so much for making this workshop a lot of fun!

Wednesday, April 20, 2022

"Bloedel Reserve Reflection Pond" plein air, landscape painting by Robin Weiss

"Bloedel Reserve Reflection Pond"  6x8 oil on panel  SOLD


The Bloedel Reserve on Bainbridge Island is a great place to visit here in Kitsap County especially when the Rhodies start to bloom. This painting was done earlier in February along with a few more I have yet to post. Hopefully I can get there again to paint while the color is in it's glory. Hope you can too!!  For those who are local you can find some of my original work at the guest house at Bloedel along with cards and work from other local artists.  Check out the website HERE.

Tuesday, April 19, 2022

"Rawlins Road Cloudscape" original landscape painting by Robin Weiss

"Rawlins Road Cloudscape" 8x16 oil on panel   $800


I have painted this view several times before in Skagit County. All the local painters are familiar with Rawlins Road. Looking this way you see the farms and fields of the agricultural land. Turn 180% and you see the marsh and coastal islands of the Puget Sound.  It was the wide open space and dramatic clouds you see in March around here that drew me to this scene.

See this blog post of another award winning painting done from the same spot HERE.

Scroll down to my last blog post for upcoming workshops and events coming up in 2022!   =]

Monday, April 18, 2022

"Spring Daffodils" still life painting by Robin Weiss

"Spring Daffodils" 12x9 oil on panel  $700


The spring flowers have been awesome but the weather....not so much.....but that's okay because I have an awesome studio space!  I can set up still life's or just plop a handful of flowers in various vases scattered around and paint by the windows....

I had a tough time with all the yellow in this painting!  The goal was to make the yellow a big shape and define the flowers with subtle value and temperature changes. I sort of did that but still,  the vase looks better than the flowers.. 

My studio space... It's at the Knowles Studio in Poulsbo, WA. I have been working there for over ten years!  The studio owner and my colleague and friend is Leigh Knowles Metteer. She is an educator, print maker and all around amazing human!  We have a good time there making art, teaching art and talking about all kinds of stuff. Each year, the second weekend in November we participate in Arts in the Woods. Leigh is on the board of the Cultural Arts Foundation in Kitsap which puts on AITW. We also participate in many of the arts related events and competitions in the PNW region. 

The Knowles Studio is open to the public most week days and Saturdays.  You can check out the website HERE for more info on classes and events.

Events coming up this summer on my schedule:

April 22, 2022 ; I'll be working at the Front Street Gallery in Poulsbo, WA,  from 1pm-6pm.  Stop by and say hi....lots of great local art and craft at this award winning gallery in Poulsbo!

April 23, 24;  Not too late to register for a two day, Introduction to Plein Air Workshop through the Cole Gallery in Edmonds WA. Register HERE

April 30 ; This one day Plein Air Painting Workshop is through Kitsap Arts in Silverdale, WA. We will be painting outside at the waterfront in Silverdale.

May 3-7;  I will be in Richland, WA for a Plein Air Washington Artists,  juried art and plein air painting competition through the Allied Art Association's Gallery at the Park.  More info on that HERE.

May 9-15  We will be attending the American Impressionist Society's Small Works Exhibition in Taos, NM . 

That's it for now!  Hope you can attend some of these classes and events this spring. The year is off to a good start!  

Wednesday, April 13, 2022

"Port Townsend Marina" Plein air marine painting by Robin Weiss

"Port Townsend Marina" 12x16 oil on linen panel   $1125


Got away to paint outside a few weeks back at one of my favorite locations, Port Townsend.  There is a great little spot to set up by the marina with the added bonus of a coffee shop and bathroom near by. The weather was a mixed bag but good enough to get this one down on canvas in about three hours. 

To the right is the block in stage of the painting where I work out the composition and value structure.  I use a transparent fast drying color like M Grahams, Quinicridone Rust or Transparent Red Oxide. 

If you haven't tried M Graham paint yet, give it a go!  I love it for outside painting. The pigment is mixed with walnut oil instead of the more traditional linseed oil which gives it a looser viscosity and longer drying time. That helps with a wet-in-wet approach to paint application.

Tuesday, April 12, 2022

"Consider the Lilies" original plein air painting by Robin Weiss

"Consider the Lilies" plein air, oil on linen panel
Available through Gallery at the Park, Allied Arts 
Association.  www,

Some paintings are harder to photograph than others. That's the reason I have'nt posted this painting from last summer. I painted it at Bainbridge Island Winery when a few of us local artists gathered for a fun afternoon of painting and wine tasteing. I wasn't inspired by anything I saw in the landscape so decided to focus in on these lilies that were blooming in the bright sunshine. It went very fast and I left it loose and unfinished for a change. 

Recently this painting was entered and I am jazzed to say, accepted into the Plein Air Washington Artists juried exhibition at Gallery at the Park in Richland , WA. This exhibition will be in conjunction with a plein air competiton hosted by the Allied Arts Association and many of us PAWA artists will be participating.  If you are in the area you can come watch us paint and see the art!! Hope you do!

Learn more about this exciting event HERE

Monday, April 11, 2022

"Skagit Valley Moonrise" original landscape painting by Robin Weiss

"Skagit Valley Moonrise" 11x14 oil on panel  Sold


From a photo I took while driving back from painting the marsh at the end of Rawlins road on Fir Island in Skagit county.  The moon coming up over the distant hills was a show stopper. I pulled over to take a few pics knowing it was too late to set up for another painting that day.  Of course pictures never seem to capture the moment you are in when on location and natural events like this occur. I did my best with the memory and the photo ref I took.

Just another reminder that I have a few workshops coming up in April. The first will be a two day indroduction to plein air painting through the Cole Gallery.  The Cole Gallery has a wondeful lineup of classes with great instuctors. You can find more info HERE.

Saturday, April 09, 2022

"On a Thousand Hills" original painting by Robin Weiss

"On a Thousand Hills" 18x24 oil on linen board  SOLD
Available through the Oh Be Joyful Gallery  


These happy cows were resting peacefully in the tall grass along highway 135 on the way to Crested Butte Colorado. I always stop to take pictures when I am passing through the area. Especially the Herefords. The patterns of the white faces and rust red bodies from a design standpoint are really interesting to me. It's fun to try and render individual attitudes and personalities.  

You can inquire about this painting through the Oh Be Joyful Gallery in CB. Call 970-349-5936 during business hours for more info. Click HERE to view my page on their website.

Sunday, April 03, 2022

"Dappled Aspens" original oil painting by Robin Weiss

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


We try and spend as much time as possible in Crested Butte not only because it is a beautiful area of the country and can be much cooler in the summer months, (like last year when it was 106 degrees in Washington), but because there is a great gallery there called the Oh Be Joyful that represents me and many other fine artists. This painting will be in one of the many summer shows coming up at the gallery. Check out their website HERE for the summer schedule.

On a more local note, I have a few workshops coming up in April. One through the Cole Gallery in Edmonds HERE and one through Kitsap Art Center in Silverdale HERE .

 Come paint with us!!  

Welcome Magazine recently posted an article on the upcoming workshop through the Cole Gallery. Check it out HERE