Saturday, October 25, 2014

Our Annual Artists Retreat

Try it, you will love it...

Last week I traveled to a retreat center to spend four days with a group of creative women to do art. We have been doing this since 1994. We don't cook or clean or answer the phone. We learn from doing and we learn from each other. This year there were 27 of us and it was glorious.

During the week we usually have a workshop or two led by one of our members. Participants are free to do their own work or play with the projects proposed. This year we made paper puppets and we did a still life "My Way".

I have included some images of the paper puppets. We strung them up on a clothes line in the front of our work room. At the end of the day we had a show and tell.

Here are a few pictures of our efforts. They all have movable parts and are somewhat self portraits. The live lady in the last photo is Judy Lyons Schneider, our fearless leader for this creative experience.

Someone always misses the directions. This time I was the one not paying attention.
The dragon is not really a self portrait.  But she is pretty

More about our Artist Retreat next week.

Saturday, October 18, 2014

Digital Plein Air

After a very long pause...

in blogging that is. Painting has never stopped. More about the interim later.

Here is what's new at the moment. I am playing with digital plein air painting on my iPad mini. I use Photoshop Touch and then Painter for Fine Artists.What a fun thing to do. Here are a few examples of my very first efforts.

All of this has happened because I got an iPad mini and joined a group called Light Chasers. What a super group of outdoor painters. We go our together once a week to paint our neighborhood. "Two birds with one stone." I get out with nature and I paint.

The group just put up a Web Site  and they let me put up a member page. Check us out. Hopefully I will get permission to post some of their work.

This is brief but heck it's my first day back.

Monday, May 2, 2011

Those Tree Images

A Year of Trees
Back to the blog again. It has been a long while. The eBay experiment went well, Over 30 small original images are out there in the possession of auction winners. Plans are to get back to eBay selling very soon...with a new twist or two..

Meantime some images are posted above. They are from Out On A Limb. my show at Pastry Art Cafe on Main Street.It was fun and different.

The Title painting (Above) was a large acrylic on canvas titled, believe it or not, Out On A Limb.

Sunday, April 18, 2010

Experimenting With eBay

Trees 3 5X7" Acrylic on Paper

At last! The small images are going out to world view. The two tree paintings shown in the previous post are for auction on eBay and #3 will be added today. The process is amazingly simple. However, I was holding back because it was "season" in Sarasota. shows were coming up, meetings were happening too often...and mostly I was being timid about trying something new.

Want to bid? Go on line to eBay If you are not a member you can join (Free and Easy). Then type Marge Bennett in the empty space, choose Art as a category, and hit Search. You can be the first.

There are two images from the Tree Series showing at Elizabeth Stevens Gallery in Towles Court, Sarasota, FL. These are matted to 11X14" and look really handsome. They are shown here.

Trees 5 Acrylic on Paper 5X7"

Monday, January 25, 2010

Goals for 2010 and Other Stuff

One of my goals for 2010 is to create 100 paintings. Another is to paint at least five minis (image size of 8X10 or less) each week. I have posted a couple of these small works here. They 5x7 acrylic on paper and are part of a Tree Series. They are VERY colorful (even for me) and are more abstract than past work.

The next two minis are 7x5" acrylic on paper and are part of a Vase and Flower series.

Comments and suggestions will be greatly appreciated.

Thanks for looking. I must get back to those goals...


Monday, December 21, 2009

Happy Holidays 2009

Celebration by Marge Bennett

Monday, November 16, 2009

Promoting A Show

My Friend Carolyn Ritter and I have been working on a joint show at ArtCenter Manatee. Our paintings are ready (wellll, almost ready) so it is time to think about having somebody actually come to SEE the results of all our work. The art center is doing a fine job of spreading the word but we decided a personal e-mail invitation to special friends and contacts might bring in more viewers or at least more "partiers" to the reception.

Here is my my effort. I intend to send it after December 3.

I am exploring the possibilities of using e-mail and social networks to promote my art. I would like to pique interest, inform and entertain without annoying viewers. Will this work?