Friday, April 05, 2024

"Riverbend Park" plein air oil painting by Robin Weiss

"Riverbend Park" 16x16 oil on panel_ Sold


"Riverbend Park", the final painting of three, closed the first day for me at Riverbend Park in Jupiter Florida during the 11th Annual Plein Air Festival hosted by the Lighthouse Art Center in Tequesta, Florida. I walked by this scene, took a second look and set up my easel. I knew this one may be my best effort of the competition and used my largest panel to paint it. The competition at this event is always very steep and while I didn't win any awards, four of my paintings sold including this one.

Thursday, April 04, 2024

"Old Time Jam at Riverbend Park" plein air painting by Robin Weiss

"Old Time Jam at Riverbend Park"
12x9 plein air oil   Sold


I came across a great plein air opportunity while painting in Riverbend Park during the 11th Annual Plein Air Festival hosted by the Lighthouse Art Center in Tequesta Florida.  I love painting these cabanas that provide shade and rain cover for the picnic areas at this park. I painted them last time I participated in this festival 5 years ago. 

This year I ran across a group of musicians filling the park with joyful tunes.  They were all part of a nation wide Old Time Jams music organization that send out locations and meeting times on a special app and you can just show up and play along. I was looking forward to a pleasant painting session while listening to some great live music. Perfect! 

Monday, April 01, 2024

"Morning Walk at Riverbend Park" plein air landscape painting by Robin Weiss

"Morning Walk at Riverbend Park"
12x9 oil on panel   sold

After the opening festivities consisting of the "Quick Draw , panel stamping and the artists awards and greeting we all dispersed around Martin and Palm Beach counties to start creating artwork to adorn the beautiful gallery space at the Lighthouse Art Center in Tequesta Florida.

My first stop was a favorite location from years past, Riverbend Park. I decided to spend the whole day there to avoid wasting too much time driving and looking instead of painting. It's a strategy I have discussed in other blog posts about competition painting and works good for me. Plan ahead for the next days location, go there early and spend the whole day making paintings in that spot. Once you have a few good paintings under your belt then you can take more risks driving around and looking for opportune scenes.

Going to Riverbend was a good move. I completed my favorite work there and while I won no awards I did sell three of them with the above painting given as a thank you gift to our wonderful host family.


Thursday, March 28, 2024

"Market Day" Florida plein air painting by Robin Weiss

"Market Day" 14x11 oil on panel   Sold


 Recently Ann and I attended the 11th Annual Plein Air Festival hosted by the Lighthouse Art Center in Tequesta Florida. It's been 5 years since I participated in "Lighthouse" and it was really cool to see how much bigger and better the organizers have made this event! Also a lot of fun to run into artist friends that you really don't get a chance to see much outside of these shows.  I can see why many artists travel the circuit spending all summer at various plein air events around the country.

Usually at these competitions the "Quick Draw" as they call it, is near the end of the weeks programs. This time the first Sunday of the festival was the "Quick Draw" it actually worked pretty good as a way to get the artists submersed in the mindset of competition painting at one of the larger plein air festivals in the country. We all met at Harbourside Place in Tequesta, a large complex of shops and restaurants hosting a Market on Sundays for local vendors. The artists all got reacquainted with their "tribe" and set up wherever they thought would make the best composition for a painting. 

I scoped out a scene the day before where I could locate my easel on a street corner with some attractive umbrellas surrounding an outdoor restaurant. I got there early to grab my spot as other artists with the same idea set up around me. The comradery of the artists made it a lot of fun as we laughed and told stories of all our travels.

We had two hours to complete a painting and the artists got serious when the horn sounded and the painting began. All was going pretty well until the sky started to turn dark and it looked like a squall was moving in....and boy did it! Artists started running for cover as the skies opened up!  All part of the plein air experience!  I was under a partial cover and was able to get my painting mostly done and over to a covered are for judging and sales. Whew!  You never know what you will run into during these events!!

Wednesday, February 28, 2024

"Blue Heron on Liberty Bay" original oil painting by Robin Weiss

"Blue Heron on Liberty Bay"
16x8 oil on panel   $800

 I watched one of these Herons catch an ell under a rock. He stabbed it a few times till it stopped squirming, washed it off flipped it up and swallowed it whole. They are pretty impressive hunters with a lot of patience!  Also beautiful birds that are ubiquitous around here. I have been wanting to paint one for awhile.  

You can view this original painting at the Front Street Gallery in Poulsbo through March!

Tuesday, February 27, 2024

"Kimball's Cow" original landscape painting by Robin Weiss

"Kimball's Cow"  11x14 oil on panel   $900


In an earlier post I wrote about the workshop we took with Kimball Geisler. I learned a lot!  This is one of the paintings I did in that workshop. The original design needed something to break up the layered look of the line of cows. Kimball referred to it as the "birthday cake effect"  so I added the cow in the foreground looking right at you.....thus, "Kimball's Cow"  

The reference was taken in Crested Butte CO and I will be shipping this painting along with some others to the Oh Be Joyful Gallery in CB in the spring. 

Wednesday, February 21, 2024

"Washington Wetland" original landscape painting by Robin Weiss

"Washington Wetland"  14x18 oil on canvas panel   $1100


Every artist has been there before. We are constantly observing light, color and nature and how they can merge at certain times of day into stunning patterns and compositions. It's kind of mysterious and sometimes concerning to our friends or spouses when all of a sudden you yank the wheel and pull off the road to take a picture or do a sketch or set up your easel if you have the time.  Especially when to the non-artist it seems as if there is nothing there interesting enough to take a picture of.  

That's what happened with this painting. I was trucking along my favorite back highway to Port Townsend when I glanced over and saw the light and reflection in this marshy area along the road. Had to pull over and take a few photos.  

Tuesday, February 20, 2024

"Salt Creek Tide Pools" original oil painting by Robin Weiss

"Salt Creek Tide Pools"  12x24 oil on canvas panel    $1200


I have been taking my son Maury to Salt Creek Campground since he was very small. I think he acquired his love for sea creatures from many of those trips. We would spend hours skipping from tide pool to tide pool finding like treasure, the many interesting and colorful creatures that would reveal themselves after close observation. Kids can learn a lot from this kind of play!  We always thought Maury would be a biologist of some sort but he followed me in the arts and went to The Seattle Institute of Art for game design. If you have been following my blog you know he is also an accomplished plein air painter and now we spend a lot of our time together painting in beautiful locations. 

In this painting of Salt Creek you can see Maury all grown up standing by a tide pool still as interested in nature as always.  

Saturday, February 17, 2024

"The Road to Paradise" Mount Rainier oil painting by Robin Weiss

"The Road to Paradise" 14x18 oil on canvas panel   $1100


This is a view familiar to northwest Washington residents who drive the road to Paradise in Mount Rainier National Park.  This park is so popular in the summer now that there are long waits at the gate.  I suggest you get to the park entrance early!  It is so worth the wait especially if you can stay a night or two at the Paradise Inn or the many camp grounds.

Friday, February 16, 2024

"Sailing with the Brothers" original oil painting by Robin Weiss

"Sailing with the Brothers"  36x36 oil on canvas framed  $3500
Available through Alki Arts   206-295-5115

So if you have been following my blog this painting may seem familiar. As far back as 2014 I painted a small version of it that generated a lot of comments and likes then sold quickly. A few years later I did another small version which also sold, so when a long time collector asked if I would do a larger version on a 36x36 format to fit a particular location in a new home in Seattle I figured it was win win. I made the painting to their requested specifications and it did not meet their expectations. My policy has always been that if clients do not like the finished painting they are not obligated to buy it as long as the painting is not a portrait or personal object or house ect. In other words if it is a subject that anyone would appreciate then I would offer it to my other galleries.  That is what happened to this painting. In the process I have painted over this painting about three times now. Altering it a bit in value, saturation and paint application trying to give it that spark of life. You can judge for yourself whether I achieved that .  You can see this painting in person at Alki Arts in West Seattle where it has gone full circle back to it's roots. The image taken that was reference for this work was on the beach at Alki with the Olympic mountains in the distance.  

Call Diane at Alki Arts for more info at 206-295-5115

Wednesday, February 14, 2024

"Mountain Pass #2" original oil painting by Robin Weiss

"Mountain Pass #2"  20x20 oil on canvas 


Every year I try and take at least one workshop from an artist I respect and whose art I admire. In 2023 I had the opportunity to join a class with Kimbal Geisler at the Art Center in Edmonds, WA.. It was one of the best workshops I have attended! If you get the chance to learn from Kimbal, Take it!  I wrote a more in depth blog post about it on the Plein Air Washington Artists website HERE

The above painting was done from a reference photo taken on site during a road trip to Colorado a few years ago. I have painted it before and it is interesting to see the differences. They are both the same size 20x20 but this one was painted a lot faster during the workshop.

Tuesday, February 13, 2024

"Walking the Spit" original landscape painting by Robin Weiss


"Walking the Spit" 12x24 oil on canvas  SOLD

Studio painting number two!  

I pretty much manufactured the wave breaking in this series of paintings I have done of the Dungeness Wildlife Refuge in Sequim, WA.  There were waves breaking at the time.  Mostly they were made of foam. As I was trying to capture them on location observing the way the waves were breaking my mind took over and painted the wave like I have seen them in other paintings or like I have observed them in California. I liked the way it worked with the plein air painting (see earlier post) so I elaborated that concept onto the following studio paintings.

Note to those who are entering painting competitions:  Make sure you take the time to carefully read the rules  of each competition as there are often size restrictions depending on the gallery hosting them. The reason I made two larger studio paintings of this scene was because I realized after the fact that I had painted the first one too big and then had to scramble to get another one done that would fit the regs. Interesting,  after all that, the one I entered did not make it into the competition!!  

Monday, February 12, 2024

"Dungeness Wildlife Refuge Studio Painting" original oil painting by Robin Weiss

"Dungeness Wildlife Refuge Studio Painting"  18x36 oil  $2500
Available through Alki Arts, West Seattle  206-295-5115


This studio painting was done using the plein air painting done on location and photo reference done on site that I talked about in my last post.  Sometimes transferring a 6x12 sketch to a 18x36 studio painting can be tricky but made easier by having a solid design to work from and the color harmonies worked out ahead. 

This painting is available and on display at Alki Arts in West Seattle. Call Diane for more info 


"Dungeness Tideline" painting done in 2017 

Not much more can be said about the Dungeness Spit than I have talked about in other posts. (See Here) It just continues to be a favorite painting location particularly because the driftwood on the beach changes with tide and time making it a favorite design element. I can go to the same spot every year and get a completely unique take on the scene.


Saturday, February 10, 2024

"Dungeness Wildlife Refuge, Plein Air" plein air landscape painting by Robin Weiss

"Dungeness Wildlife Refuge plein air"  6x12 oil   $500
Available through the Cole Gallery  425-697-2787

 This is another plein air painting done in 2023 that generated a few larger studio paintings that I will be posting soon.  This painting is currently being shown at the Cole Gallery in Edmonds WA as part of the Plein Air Washington Winter Show. The show ends this month but you can still purchase this painting through the Cole Gallery

I spent a very pleasant day hiking down to the beach with my painting gear and enjoying the sun, the beach and the sound of pounding waves. 

Friday, February 09, 2024

"The Old Sycamore Tree" original oil painting by Robin Weiss/ Scott Milo Featured Artist

"The Old Sycamore Tree"  18x36  oil on canvas framed    Sold

 Earlier in the fall I went to Port Gamble to paint the fall color. I ended up doing three versions of this scene! One was done on location plein air (see my earlier post), another was a commission for a couple who first met under this tree and the last was a larger studio painting. 

Love Under the Chestnut Tree

Saturday, January 20, 2024

"Madrona Shadows" Plein air landscape painting by Robin Weiss

"Madrona Shadows"  6x12 oil on panel    Sold


November 30th was my last blog post!  A lot has happened over the last couple months including great family get-togethers over the Holidays. Hope you had an inspirational Holiday season!  

The above painting won the First Place Award at the Plein Air Washington Artists big Winter Show in February!  Big thanks to the good folks at the Cole Gallery in Edmonds WA and to the judge of awards, Kimball Geisler for this honor! The competition was stiff and the gallery packed at the opening reception. Kimball did a good job explaining his choice for awards and made everyone who participated feel pretty good about the work presented. Many paintings were sold and Edmonds continues to be a destination for art lovers.

I am in the process of writing a more thorough blog post about the show and the workshop that followed with Kimball Geisler as instructor. You can link to it HERE

Also if you are interested in seeing all the award winners in the show go to the PAWA facebook page HERE


The opening for a much anticipated  Featured Artist Exhibition at the Scott Milo Gallery is coming up on February 2nd. I will be exhibiting with other gallery artists for a one month show. If you are in Anacortes stop by and say Hi!   6-9pm. More info HERE

If you are interested in taking a workshop with me, two are scheduled through the Black Barn in Kingston WA.  Find more info on those HERE

I will be participating in the 11th Annual Plein Air Festival hosted by the Lighthouse Art Center in Tequesta Florida, March 3rd \-9th.  It's been 5 years since I have attended this event and we are looking forward to sunny Florida in March!  =

Lots of other stuff coming as well!  I'll try to keep you updated as summer rapidly approaches!  Cheers!!

Group photo from Kimball Geisler's workshop at Art Works in Edmonds WA