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