Wednesday, October 23, 2013

Find A Cat in Benicia - Plein-Air Painting Session

building mountains shore watercolor


Benicia is a small town in Northern California. It is only 15 minutes from where I leave. Cozy streets with restaurants, gift shops, and a beautiful San Francisco Bay shore attract a lot of artists. CWA plein-air artists group had the same idea: to come, to see, to paint. 
We made an attempt to come here last year, but October rain chased us away. This year the weather couldn't be better. 
I was sitting on the shore and panting a visitors center with its palm trees. The building covered pretty much all the bay beauty; but you can still see Mountain Diablo, sparkles on a water, and even a fisherman in his little boat. 

If you look closely, you also will find a few birds and....a..... cat! I am not telling you where it is. You will need to look for it :0)

A little bit of Benicia's history:
In spite of the fact that now it is a tiny little town, back in 19th century, for more than a year, Benicia was serving as California Capital in 1853. 
In 1860 there was an area dedicated to US Army Arsenal, an armory place. Historical building are still bringing joy to the visitors: The Clock Tower, The Camel Barn (yes, yes, they used to have stables with camels for transportation).
Being a major connector in transportation business back in 1860s, now Benicia is a quiet lovely place to visit for  fun and for arts. It has regular art exhibitions and art openings in its Galleries, promotes arts through Open Studio events, provides many art classes for children and adults. And needless to say, it is a great place to visit for a plein-air painting session.

All artists from CWA had fun painting different places in Benicia that day:
plein-air Benicia

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Original painting "Benicia, California" is 12"x16" Watercolor on 140lb 100% cotton Arches
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2 comments:

renate said...

Hello Irina:) How happy you must be to live in such a beautiful environment. I'm just jealous! What a wonderful painting you have created. Also of the other painters: great! This is not just a painter Club:)I have found the cat:):) Next to the Board "Benicia".You made a nice piece of art. The trees give a wonderful depth and the colors are perfect.A nice week end:) xx

Studio at the Farm said...

What a beautiful town! It must be so inspiring to paint there. And I found the cat - on the roof. :)
Kathryn xx

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