Patricia Bennett


Sunday, July 24, 2016

Gallop to the Garden, Old Line Society at Ladew Topiary Gardens, Concert Live Painting July 17, 2016

Painted for the Old Line Society at Ladew Topiary Gardens "Groovin in the Grass" concert series July 17, 2016.  Painting was auctioned September 16, 2016 to raise money for the Ladew Education Fund.

Ladew Topiary Gardens Concert 2016, 24x30", painted by Patricia Bennett for the Old Line Society

Patricia Bennett painting at Ladew Topiary Gardens Concert, photo by Jeremy Batoff

Unfamiliar with Ladew, but aware that Gallop to the Garden would involve guests walking from the polo fields to the Barn, I ran to the polo fields and back and determined, with the guidance of Emily Emerick, the Executive Director, that polo, the Barn, and the Sculpture Garden Tour would not work for a live painting: too much movement.  Therefore Ladew Staff set up a tent in the Bowl so I could paint the concert and the estimated 800 guests, due to start at 6pm.  The sun was beating down; without the tent it would have been impossible to paint: Ladew Staff went above and beyond to help me.

After starting the painting at 3, I drove to the adjacent Polo fields to watch part of the exciting Polo match with the Old Line Society.  There I took a few photos, which were later used to add polo players to the painting.  Then, back in the Bowl, I painted until the concert ended at 8pm.

I owe a huge debt of gratitude to the Old Line Society for raising the funds for the 2013 Artist in Residence Program at Cylburn Arboretum.  As Artist in Residence not only did I find inspiration in the nature and gardens at Cylburn, but I met the people, Karen Smith and Nancy Hill in particular, who make Cylburn what it is.  It was a wonderful life-changing year for me, and the Old Line Society's generosity and philanthropy made it possible.

Address of Ladew Topiary Gardens: 3535 Jarrettsville Pike, Monkton, MD 21111

Lancaster, Pennsylvania Live Painting Birthday Party July 16, 2016

Happy Sixtieth Birthday to the couple!

I was hired by their two lovely daughters to paint this fun birthday party.  One of the most popular individuals in the painting was Buddy, the dog.

60th Birthday Party for Husband and Wife, 16x20", painted by Patricia Bennett

Live Paintings at Davis Cabins, Lake Sunapee, New Hampshire, July 2016

These were painted at Davis Cabins, which are located along the shore of Lake Sunapee in Newbury, New Hampshire.

Cabin 12, 12x12", painted by Patricia Bennett

The Raft, 12x12", painted by Patricia Bennett

Scrabble Game, 12x12", painted by Patricia Bennett

Main House, 12x12", painted by Patricia Bennett

Television appearance Live Painting, July 3, 2016, WBAL-TV with Janelle Diamond, Managing Editor of Baltimore Bride

Thank you to Janelle Diamond, Managing Editor of Baltimore Bride magazine for inviting me to be part of her segment on WBAL-television Sunday, July 3, 2016.  Lacee Griffith was news anchor.

Live Painting on WBAL-TV with Janelle Diamond and Lacee Griffith, painting by Patricia Bennett, 24x24"
 I arrived a couple of hours early to begin the painting.
Patricia Bennett painting before painting on live television WBAL-TV
 Then we moved the painting behind the table so it could be in the camera shot and I painted Lacee Griffith and Janelle Diamond in while the segment on Maryland Weddings was being filmed.  They were behind me, which made it extra-challenging!
Patricia Bennett painting just before live WBAL-TV segment with Janelle Diamond and Lacee Griffith, Photo by Janelle Diamond
The next segment was with Chef Ben Lefenfeld of La Cuchara Restaurant, and the producer decided to leave my painting on display.
WBAL-TV news anchors Kai Reed, Jennifer Franciotti, Lacee Griffith and La Cuchara chef Ben Lefenfeld on air in front of Patricia Bennett's Live Painting
Thank you to Janelle Diamond, Gayle Economos, Lisa Davis, the camera man, Jennifer Franciotti, and the assistant to Chef Ben Lefenfeld.  Also, thanks to Chef Ben Lefenfeld for the great omelette!

Friday, July 22, 2016

Albemarle Estate at Trump Winery First Dance Painting, painted June 5, 2016

Congratulations to the Bride and Groom and to their families.

The Albemarle Estate at Trump Winery in Charlottesville, Virginia is a spectacular place.  It reminded me of the Biltmore Estate.  This may have been the first wedding here, there is limited space for dining, but guests had use of the home theater, extensive gardens, bar, bedrooms upstairs.

Thank you to my lovely friend Helen and her husband for letting me spend the night in their home.

First Dance Painting at Albemarle Estate Trump Winery, 24x24", painted by Patricia Bennett

Albemarle Estate at Trump Winery Address: 355 Albemarle House Dr., Charlottesville, VA 22902