Wednesday, January 18, 2017

Sedona Art Finalist December 2016

Quittin' Time
12 x 16  oil

I love it when I have good news to share.  I want to thank
Charlie Hunter for selecting me to be finalist in the
Sedona Art Prize December 2016 competition

Charlie can weave a tale to lead you through a painting like
nobody's business.
These were his entertaining comments about the painting:

"Judge's comment: Bingham settles the question art historians have been asking for decades: "What would El Greco have made of  1940s-era Ford Trucks?" He would have liked them a lot, obviously.
Dang! This has some beautiful passages! Look at how the rail of the bed leads us in; to the cracked-open door; where we get to sit, in excited dread, looking at the possibly-impending thunderstorm until the fear of a hidden nest of wasps somewhere in that scratchy upholstery gets a little too unsettling, and we burst out -either direction- into that excellent field behind.
THAT, boys and girls, is what "leading the eye through the painting" is all about."

If you'd like to read what he says about the other finalists click here:
Enjoy and thanks for following along!
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Thursday, December 22, 2016

Texas Gold by Bruce Bingham

Texas Gold
12 x 16  oil by Bruce Bingham

I put together a 30 second video showing a
step by step progression of this painting in process.
 hope you enjoy it!

If you need to do a little last minute shopping or just want
something for yourself don't forget to visit the
Castle Gallery Holiday Show on line.

Thanks for following along and 
Happy Holidays!

Thursday, December 8, 2016

WAOW National Juried Show

Last weekend I went to the WAOW National Juried Show
at the RS Hanna Gallery in Fredricksburg.
Friday morning we were able to get in a short paintout
before it started pouring rain for the rest of the weekend.

But it did little to dampen our spirits and we carried on nicely,
all snug and warm in the beautiful gallery,
watching Nancy Boren's demo.
This was my first show with WAOW
(Women Artist's of the West)
and it was more fun that I can tell you in this blog post.
A great group of friendly and supportive artists.

Later on Saturday a group of us gathered in the warmest room and
did dueling demos:

And me.
Just click on the names above to see more of their work!

Here's my demo of a jazz musician at the
Continental Club in Austin.

We even had time for a little creative window shopping between down pours.

And Maren Phillip's Texas size breakfast
with an astonishing amount of butter!

 You can see Maren's work here.

If you'd like to view the prize winners or the entire show
you can do so by clicking here.

Thanks for following along!

Monday, November 28, 2016

Bruce Bingham Sedona Art Prize Finalist

Bucket List
by Bruce Bingham
12 x 12 plein air oil

There is so much I have to be grateful for and recently I've been
feeling extra lucky.
I was so honored and fortunate to become a finalist in the
Sedona Art Prize October 2016!!!

I was thrilled beyond words to be selected by judge Carl Dalio.
If you'd like to see the other finalists and what Carl 
wrote about each work click here.

This painting was an outdoor still life that I set up in the summer.
I was doing a picnic theme at the time and this one was 
particularly fun to paint.

It's one that I really felt good about, especially the bag of chips,
do I've entered it multiple competitions.
This time it was a winner!
I love it when that happens!

You can't ever win if you don't play.....

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Friday, November 4, 2016

A little fun with my friends

What kind of trouble did I get into last weekend in San Angelo?
Well what happens in San Angelo doesn't stay in San Angelo.
First it was the Collector's Stampede Party.
Hanging out with Shelby Keefe here in front of a couple of her favorites from the week.

Click on her name above to see more of her gorgeous work.

And of course I saw somethings that I absolutely couldn't possibly live without.
Here's a little painting of a gas station and a bus that
Bubba Watkins Daddy's Texaco
A must have.

Great to see Hai-ou Hou again so soon after the OPA Salon Show.
She painted an irresistible Open Field shown below.

Below is Suzie Baker's awesome little Old Timer:

Turner Vinson showed up the next morning with his baby Byrd and
won the Open Quick Draw.  Way to go Turner!
Marc Hanson was the judge for the Competition and Open Quick Draw.
Fortunately they were judged separately and I lucked out with
Best Concho Street Scene.  Thank you Marc!

But I couldn't drive back home with out Nyle Gordon's
amazing truck painting from the Quick Draw.

There were 35 artists there all week for En Plein Air Texas working like maniacs.
I wish them all continued success, they really deserve it !

Thanks for following along!

Tuesday, October 4, 2016

OPA Salon Show Inspiration

It was an honor and a pleasure to be included in the OPA Salon Show at Castle Gallery Fine Art in Indiana.  It was a beautiful show with close to 300 paintings.
They also had a fun filled weekend planned
with demos, talks, and a wet paint competition and sale.

So thrilled to get an award of excellence from Wet Paint judge
CW Mundy!!!

John Michael Carter demos a beautiful head study.

I won a chance to buy this awesome 8 minute pear study by CW.
For sure my lucky day:))))

CW Mundy demo's a great still life.

How beautiful the reflections are!
Me rubbing elbows with the masters:)

I left completely inspired!!!
Thanks to all who worked so hard to make the show and the weekend
a great experience

Thanks for viewing my blog!

Monday, September 5, 2016

Happy Labor Day!

For Sale
8x10 oil on board

I want to wish all my friends a happy Labor Day
by sharing this plein air painting done
during my recent painting trip to Carmel.
It was heavenly there!

I seem to paint flags lot.  While they are 
always challenging, they are also really fun to do.

Confession:  yes, I'm going to work a little on  Labor Day,
because I LOVE what I do:)))))

Thanks for following along.