Benicia Plein Air Gallery Artists
Benicia Plein Air Gallery
307 First Street
Benicia, CA 94510
Benicia Plein Air Gallery presents a year-round exhibit of work by all of our gallery artists showcasing a colorful variety of media and styles.
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During the month of September a percentage of our sales revenue will support
Covid-19 relief charities.
Look for eligible paintings marked with a star.
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As a sample of "Fresh Works," below is a new painting by CAROL TARZIER.
Before I start a painting, I ask myself what has driven me to paint this particular subject. Is it the distant blue hills, is it the water running through some sunlit trees, or could it be the soft enveloping valley fog? Maybe it’s the light on someone’s face, or light falling on some interesting objects? Usually, it’s an emotional connection I get from the above scenes as they present themselves to me. It’s this emotion filling my entire being that inspires me to pick up a brush to translate that feeling onto canvas.
I paint a variety of subjects from landscapes and figurative to still life objects, with landscapes being my primary focus. While I have studied with dozens of talented teachers, I have been particularly inspired by my landscape teacher Scott Christensen who has really stressed the importance of values. Now, included in my process of creating a painting, I do value sketches along with several compositional studies when I go out to do some plein air painting. Studying how the light affects the land at different times of the day and different weather conditions gives me plenty of subject matter. I paint while outdoors, take photographs of the scene, and take the value sketches home to do a larger version in the studio. I might also do several black and white studies to figure out the most appealing and strongest composition.
I strive to make a true connection between the viewer and my art. People who own my paintings have said they love how warm and inviting my paintings are. Someone recently said my paintings are somewhere between realism and impressionism. That’s exactly where I want to be. I strive to be more expressive with fluid brushstrokes to evoke more emotion. I love playing with with different brushstrokes and directional lines to bring the eye around the painting. Playing with different color harmonies is also one of my favorite techniques in painting. Hopefully, my passion for painting comes through in my work
Painting en plein air in the time of Covid!
Click the link below (1st photo) to check out a video on the subject, starring a few of our members out enjoying their craft with masks, social distancing and panache!