“Plein Air” means “open air” and signifies outdoor painting that captures nature’s light. Plein Air painting became famous in France in the 19th century. The invention of paints in tubes enabled impressionist artists, such as Van Gogh and Monet, to paint outdoors, en plein air.
"Not until the late 1860s, with the work of Claude Monet, Pierre-Auguste Renoir, and Camille Pissarro, the leaders of Impressionism, did painting en plein air become more popular. This change came about from 1881, when Monet, in his efforts to capture the true effects of light on the colour of landscape at any given moment, began to carry several canvases at once into the out-of-doors. On each he began a painting of the same subject at a different time of day; on subsequent days, he continued to work on each canvas in succession as the appropriate light appeared." Britannica
Featured artist: Susan Johnson
Featured artist: Dixie Mohan
Featured artist: Catherine Fasciato
Featured artist: Iris Sabre
Featured artist: Stephen Berry
Featured artist: Samantha McNally
Reception: November 12, 3-5 pm
Featuring hand painted
Watercolor Christmas Cards
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Benicia Plein Air Gallery
307 First Street
Benicia, CA. 94510
Group Show Reception: TBA
Smaller works for the holidays.
The Gallery will be open in the evening for the Benicia Tree Lighting on December 2nd, till 8 pm.
Christmas cookies from 6-8!
Original mini paintings as Christmas tree ornaments available throughout the month of December
displayed on the Gallery Christmas tree.
Featured artist: Rolando Barrero
Featured artist: Terry Hughes
Featured artist: Mike Dadasovich
Featured artist: Judy Feins
Featured Artist: Susan Street
Wine Reception October 8
California Color by our Featured Artist for the month of September,
Featured Artist: Marshall Lockman
Our very own, Catherine Fasciato, is featured on Plein Air Magazine's website this month, in an article about her gorgeous paintings of rocks on the Pacific Coast. Come in to the gallery to see Catherine's wonderful paintings along with 11 other artists' paintings of California scenery.
Not only one but two! Here's another article featuring Catherine's Tips on Painting Water.
Another of Benicia Plein Air Gallery's Artists, Stephen Berry's work has been published in "The Art of Watercolour". You can buy the 24th issue online.
Save the date!
August 26, 2017 is the 2nd Annual Plein Air Paint Out!