Tuesday, April 30, 2024

"April Showers" Skagit plein air painting by Robin Weiss

"April Showers"  9x12 oil on panel   Sold

 

Most artists that paint outside around Kitsap, not to mention tourists from around the world will almost always make the trip to Skagit county during Tulip Festival when the spectacular flower fields come into bloom. We went a little early this year to beat the crowds and only had the daffodils to paint but Skagit at any time of year is always an inspiration for plein air painters.  "April Showers" was one of the paintings I did during a two day Plein Air Washington Artists Pop-up paint out in early April. 

Come to the Front Street Gallery in Poulsbo to see my Skagit paintings and more work from around the country during May's Featured Artist Exhibition, "Adventures in Paint" I will be there on Second Saturday Artwalk in Poulsbo.  Hope to see you there!!  =]

Monday, April 29, 2024

"Peninsula Drift" Eglon Beach plein air painting by Robin Weiss

"Peninsula Drift" 8x16  oil on panel   $800

 

One more plein air painting from Eglon Beach!  Fun to see how every painting I do there even if it's from the same spot is a unique painting. I just keep going back!  Here are a few past Eglon Beach paintings.













Friday, April 26, 2024

"LaConnor Boats" LaConnor plein air painting by Robin Weiss

"LaConnor Boats" 8x16 oil on panel  $800

 

I spent a couple days in Skagit County in early April just as the daffodils were coming out. It was a Plein Air Washington Artists Pop-Up Paintout and we had a pretty good turnout!  We gathered each day at the Seaside Gallery and then went out to paint. On the second day I set up on the canal side walkway to do this scene. It's not the first time I have painted this view of the canal. It just makes for a good composition and the red building adds nice color harmonies. 

If I can get some frames in time I will have this painting up on the wall at the Front Street Gallery for my Featured Artist Exhibition. Hope to see you at Poulsbo's Second Saturday Artwalk in May!  Call for more info  360-779-3940

Thursday, April 25, 2024

"Morning Mist" original landscape painting by Robin Weiss

"Morning Mist"  15x30 oil on canvas    $1800
available through Alki Arts   206-295-5115



 If you have explored much of West Seattle you have probably come across this cool beach on the backside of Alki.  There is a lighthouse and some nice views of the Puget Sound. I spent a day there a few months back and did a little plein air painting.  "Morning Mist" is a studio painting done from my reference photos and the plein air piece. 

You can see this painting in person at an upcoming group exhibition called "City Life" at the new Alki Arts venue in West Seattle. For more info on reception and event times and dates click HERE or give the gallery a call at 206-295-5115

Wednesday, April 24, 2024

"Bywater Bay" original plein air painting by Robin Weiss

"Bywater Bay"  8x16 oil on panel    $900

 

These days I am longing to get back outside to paint!  I have been stuck in the studio painting for upcoming shows and preparing for workshops. All that is good stuff don't get me wrong but painting outside is what I love most!  

"Bywater Bay" was done earlier this year at a favorite location pretty near to home. At the end of Seven Sisters Road on the Olympic Peninsula is a protected bay with a long narrow land bridge to an Island that has homes only accessible by boat.  The beach is nearly always deserted and a great place to paint!

This painting will be on display at the Front Street Gallery in May as part of a featured artist exhibition of recent and past work.  Stop by during Second Saturday Artwalk in May to see the work and talk about what inspires me artistically.  

Tuesday, April 23, 2024

"Market Music" Alki Arts exhibition of new Seattle city painting by Robin Weiss

"Market Music" 20x20 oil on canvas   $1400
Available through Alki Arts  
206-295-5115 or  diane@alkiarts.com

 

With this post I would like to let you all know about an upcoming show at the new Alki Arts Gallery in West Seattle,  Along with gallery artists Brook Borcherding, Layne Cook and Arlon Rosenoff I will be participating in an exhibition of recent Seattle city paintings.

This exhibition will hang through the month of June with an opening reception on June 2nd from 5-7pm. The artists will be there to greet visitors and talk about their inspiration for this show.

Also in June continuing the celebration of this event will be another gathering for the intimate concert series featuring Moon Girl on June 8th from 6-8pm

The artists will also be in attendance for West Seattle Artwalk on Thursday June 6th from 5-8pm

I hope to connect with you at one of these events in West Seattle!  For more information on any of the paintings on display contact Diane at 206-295-5115 or email  diane@alkiarts.com


Friday, April 19, 2024

"Let the Earth Rejoice" Eleanor's Apple Tree original painting by Robin Weiss

"Let the Earth Rejoice" 11x14 oil on panel  $500

 

Lots of exciting things happening these days keeping me from posting for awhile.  First up and already on display at the Front Street Gallery in Poulsbo is the annual Ars Poetica exhibition. Ars Poetica has it's roots going way back to a Roman poet named Horace when he said "The making of a poem is like that of a painting" This exhibition will pair visual artists with poets. The art along with the poems will be dsiplayed on the featured art wall at Front Street Gallery through April with an artist and poet reading on April 21st at 2pm.

"Let the Earth Rejoice" is the painting that I created to go along with a poem that was posted online by the daughter of a friend that attends our church. I was impressed with her poem which expressed her love of what she sees and obviously really spends time thinking about in nature, then integrated that with a grateful love of the God who created the beauty we see coming up with this sweet poem. 

Eleanor E Graham 
The little apple tree

There is a little apple tree,
That grows in our yard all day and night.
she has but just a few little leaves
But she holds them up to try and touch the sky
And praises with all of her might.

She praises in the summer,
When the children play in her branches
And pick the apples in her leaves,
And all the world is laughing

She praises in the fall
When her leaves turn crimson and gold
And swirl and spin through the air
And all the world is dancing

She praises in the winter,
When a blanket in laid upon the land
Her branches are bare,
and all the world is sleeping.

She praises in the spring,
When green things are growing
And rabbits that slept in her roots
Are hopping and jumping and leaping

And someday when she’s old and wise,
And she’ll lift up her branches to praise 
And touch the sky.





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.