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.
IT GETS BLASTED OUT ALL OVER THE INTERNET AND FACEBOOK!
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.



Friday, August 12, 2016

Plein Air Diving Competition

And a funny thing happened.....
on the Jersey Shore
hilarious really if it didn't happen to you.

The Place:


I spent an entire afternoon painting Polly's Bait and Tackle on a dock on the bayside.
It's was very windy so I tied a beach umbrella around a piling and set
up my easel in the shade underneath.
I kept my left hand on the easel the whole time even though it was
heavily weighted down.
Until I didn't.

Honestly I felt the wind had died down late in the afternoon,
and I was getting tired, and I needed to clean my brush.
So for one second I took my left hand off and THAT was THE MOMENT
my entire painting kit did a back flip off the dock 
four feet down into the murky water.

My jaw dropped with shock!  
Just before I shouted a four letter exclamation (oops) in front of
a deck full of families eating dinner after taking a ride on the Pirate Ship,
most of which turned to look as I jumped into the water before everything floated
away on the tide.
After all I still had another day, I needed my stuff!
I knew it was low tide but it was deeper than I thought!

The Ugly Truth:
Everything you see here except the umbrella went in,
the palette box, backpack, easel, painting, me....

The Challenge:
It was clearly more challenging getting out than it was getting in.
After all it was a boat dock and not a swimming area.
But I didn't even think about that until a nice group of ladies ran over to ask if I was OK and
"Can you get out"? 
hummmmm
I hauled myself into a near by boat, no small feat I might add,
and they helped pull the ropes in so I could reach the dock.
Nice peeps, we'll probably keep in touch.


Most everything was salvaged successfully.
( Except sadly a few of my favorite Rosemary Brushes:((((
My new fried Polly from Polly's Bait and Tackle let me use her crab net
to fish out my turp can, part of it at least, once I realized it was missing and
the water settled down enough for me to see something shinny on the bottom.
Everybody need a little help from their friends:)

The plein air adventure continues.....
Next time more about the show and what I painted there...

Thanks for following along!






Plein Air Diving Competition

And a funny thing happened.....
on the Jersey Shore
hilarious really if it didn't happen to you.

The Place:


I spent an entire afternoon painting Polly's Bait and Tackle on a dock on the bayside.
It's was very windy so I tied a beach umbrella around a piling and set
up my easel in the shade underneath.
I kept my left hand on the easel the whole time even though it was
heavily weighted down.
Until I didn't.

Honestly I felt the wind had died down late in the afternoon,
and I was getting tired, and I needed to clean my brush.
So for one second I took my left hand off and THAT was THE MOMENT
my entire painting kit did a back flip off the dock 
four feet down into the murky water.

My jaw dropped with shock!  
Just before I shouted a four letter exclamation (oops) in front of
a deck full of families eating dinner after taking a ride on the Pirate Ship,
most of which turned to look as I jumped into the water before everything floated
away on the tide.
After all I still had another day, I needed my stuff!
I knew it was low tide but it was deeper than I thought!

The Ugly Truth:
Everything you see here except the umbrella went in,
the palette box, backpack, easel, painting, me....

The Challenge:
It was clearly more challenging getting out than it was getting in.
After all it was a boat dock and not a swimming area.
But I didn't even think about that until a nice group of ladies ran over to ask if I was OK and
"Can you get out"? 
hummmmm
I hauled myself into a near by boat, no small feat I might add,
and they helped pull the ropes in so I could reach the dock.
Nice peeps, we'll probably keep in touch.


Most everything was salvaged successfully.
( Except sadly a few of my favorite Rosemary Brushes;(
My new fried Polly from Polly's Bait and Tackle let me use her crab net
to fish out my turp can, part of it at least, once I realized it was missing and
the water settled down enough for me to see something shinny on the bottom.
Everybody need a little help from their friends:)

The plein air adventure continues.....
Next time more about the show and what I painted there...

Thanks for following along!






Thursday, July 28, 2016

Minstrel painting progression and tips on inspiration

Minstrel
9x12 oil on board

I had alot of fun painting this one. I even remembered to take photos along the
way so I made a progression video you can see



Why did I have so much fun?  
I'd like to share something special with you because I 
don't think you can ever have too much encouragement or inspiration
no matter where you are on your artistic journey.

Whether you're just beginning, somewhere in the middle or a tad bit
over-seasoned.  I'm a big Dreama Tolle Perry fan and she has developed
an online course that offers something for everyone.
  It's loaded with great tips and
techniques that are fun to experiment with and add to your routine if you like.

It's about much more than how to paint.
For me it's about learning to LOVE to paint again and the 
simple joy of the creative process.

She's starting another year long course in September and you can read about it here:
You can even win a free course so check it out!
I think she's going someplace fabulous next year and you can too without even taking out your passport;))))


My version of the exercise in week two.
Dreama's Cupcake

I find these exercises to be a great warm up and then you can bake your own cupcakes 
just the way you like. 

I had an attitude adjustment about my approach to painting and was able
to release my judgement and attachment to outcome.
(just one painting at a time;)
And THAT is why I had so much fun painting the Minstrel.

Happy painting and thanks for following along!