Wednesday, April 5, 2017

Vintage Bottles and demo in Fredricksburg.

Wow, what a whirlwind!

I had so much fun painting last week in the Marble Falls
Paint the Town event.

My pal Jeanne Reavis was in town from Houston
and we had the best time scouting out locations.
You can check out Jeanne's work here.

We found this garage full of collectibles and I focused in on 
these vintage bottles in the original tin carton.
I was in heaven!

Fresh Up
Oil, 12 x 16
sold


Fortunately it found a good home right off the bat!


Still Standing
Oil. 12 x 16
available

This old barn was another find!
It was a fantastic week

If you're in the Fredricksburg area please stop b RS Hanna gallery during the Art walk.
I'll be giving a demo from 1-3 with the painting raffled off to a charity!
Please stop by!

Thanks for following along.





Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Harley

A couple of weeks ago I did a demo for Austin Pets Alive.
I donated a Pet Portrait and a cute couple,
Brandie and Daniel,
won the drawing.

They sent me photos of one of their pets:  Harley.

 Harley
12 x 12 oil


Such a cute old guy, and a pleasure to paint!

Thanks for following along!


Monday, March 20, 2017

AIS: Impressions Small Works Showcase



Last weekend I flew to Costa Mesa for the AIS Paintout, Show Opening, demos and workshops.  I love painting in California, the light and atmosphere are special. The show was fantastic, filled with beautiful paintings.  You can see the award winners and a lot of the show by clicking here.




Ray's workshop group pic

I enjoyed taking a workshop with Ray Roberts on painting rocks and water.  Growing up on a beach I have a special love of the water.  Ray is a master of the subject and really explains the spectral highlights, AKA, sparkle.  Our first day was very sunny and the following was moody and foggy. These are my favorites out of 11 studies I did:

Wave Painting


Rock Painting.


Kathy Riedinger and I having fun at the opening.


The next day I crashed Peggi Kroll Roberts workshop for the second day of her two day workshop, Figures on the Beach.  I’ve been a long time fan of  both Ray and Peggi so it was a special treat.  I was able to buy one of Peggi’s paintings.  It’s of Ray painting, on the left, and part of our class watching him.
I think she needed to relax after judging such a big show!




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Thursday, March 9, 2017

The Party Continues....

Ok Kids,

More gossip on Turks and Caicos.  Absolutely hands down some of the most beautiful beaches I’ve ever visited.  It rivals some in Koh Samui and Bali. I really loved the bougainvillea in bloom, the pathways, and white sandy beaches.  


Unbelievable!  But true:)


We had an Oscar party, thanks Susie, and a Mardi Gras party, thanks Cof, and a fantastic time before, after and in between. 


I would try to find a shady spot and paint in the a.m.  Sometimes I even had company! Thanks Deb:)






 I have to say that I’m really loving these water soluble oil paints when I travel.  Maybe it’s because I don’t use the transparent underpainting and just go in thicker sooner, cutting out a step, and the brushes are easy to clean so the paint seems to stay fresh.  Normally I’m not much of a cleaner and make myself feel better by saying that the residual color left on the brush helps me ‘create harmony’ :). I might add that I feel using too much turp really muddies things up, for better or worse.  It would be better if I remembered to use one brush for one color or value, but I don’t.  Hence the benefit of the water clean up. Easy peasy.
 Just sayin’.

 (Keeping it simple.)

Here are some of my efforts.






More info on these plein air paintings here.

Right around the corner: Plein Air Convention 2017

#PACE17
#pleinairconvention
#pleinair
@ericrhoads


If you haven't done so and would be so kind, I'd love for you to nominate me for the first ever Plein Air Wars!
Please go to https://pleinairwars.com/get-started
scroll down and nominate
Bruce Bingham
Thanks in advance for your help!

Thanks for following along!




Tuesday, March 7, 2017

Turk and Caicos- low down on the hoe down

Turks and Caicos Girl Party!

This is a vaycay that’s hard to let go of.  I think the frozen mojito at lunch put me in sort of island coma that let everything stressful in my life just sail away..  I was born on a beach and actually spent most of my time crabbing, clamming, and building elaborate cities in the sand. OH, and did I mention I was a mermaid, when I wasn’t being a cowboy or an Indian, sorry,Native American, and I do mean that with respect.  They got a bad deal.



There’s nothing like ‘island time’, hot sand and cool water, to put you in your happy place.  Good friends reconnecting, kayaking, snorkeling, and biking.  I’m also proud to announce that we got security called on us 3, yes 3 TIMES for having too much fun.  I know!  Thanks!


I don’t usually blah blah so much but I did want to mention that in spite of all the partying, I managed to paint a little bit.  I’ll break up all the gossip over a few posts, because I’ll have more to tell you about when I get back from the American Impressionist Show in Costa Mesa, CA, this weekend.

 More about painting and water soluble oils tomorrow....



Special thanks to my pal Mary Hall who I have been friends with my entire life for her efforts in doing a lot of the heavy planning.  I so proud of the entire group for making the effort to go. While we often go our separate ways due to circumstances, the most wonderful friendships are those where you can just pick right up where you left off  like you never missed a beat.  These friendships and experiences become jewels woven into the fabric of who you are. Treasures.

Right around the corner: Plein Air Convention 2017

#PACE17
#pleinairconvention
#pleinair
@ericrhoads


If you haven't done so and would be so kind, I'd love for you to nominate me for the first ever Plein Air Wars!
Please go to https://pleinairwars.com/get-started
scroll down and nominate
Bruce Bingham
Thanks in advance for your help!

Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Austin Pets Alive

Sunday evening I did a demo at the Austin Pets Alive's annual fund raiser.
It's a wonderful cause.
I painted a pet portrait while I was there and people bought tickets for the drawing to win a portrait of their own pet.
It was lots of fun and we were able to raise 600$ to help.
Thank you to all the people who bought drawing tickets prior to the event and also during the party.






A special thank you to all the many volunteers who make this organization great by donating so much time and energy to care for these animals.


Congratulations to Daniel and Brandi Cordova who one a pet portrait
to be done of their own pet!



And- if you haven't done this already....
I could use your help getting nominated for the first ever




The more votes you get the better the chance of getting selected to be on a team.
Girls vs Boys at the Plein Air Convention- PACE 2017
30 minutes of off handed paint slinging fun!
Please go to this link, scroll down, nominate and submit:
Bruce Bingham
http://pleinairconvention.com/plein-air-wars/



Thanks in advance for your help!

Monday, February 20, 2017

Sedona Art Prize and a little help from my friends

Blocked In Cuba
16 x 20 oil
Sedona Art Prize Finalist January 2017

I was absolutely thrilled to be named a finalist in the Sedona Art Prize
January 2017 competition by judge Robert Burridge!
Congratulations to all the other finalists.

His comments were:
 " I want this car! This painting just kept saying, "Look at me! Look at me! Look at me!" And I just smiled. Its brazen attitude and in-your-face color kept my attention."

You can see all of the finalists by visiting here:
http://www.sedonaartprize.com/about-sedona-art-prize/finalist-paintings/finalist-paintings-january-2017

On another note:
I could use your help please in getting nominated for the first ever:
The more votes you get the better the chance of getting selected to be on a team.
Girls vs Boys at the Plein Air Convention- PACE 2017
30 minutes of off handed paint slinging fun!
Please go to this link, scroll down, nominate and submit:
Bruce Bingham
http://pleinairconvention.com/plein-air-wars/

Thanks in advance for your help!