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

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:

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

Thanks in advance for your help!

Wednesday, February 15, 2017

Cuban Perspectives and Drawing for Pet Portrait

This time last February I was in Cuba
painting with close to 100 other artists.
The weathered patina of the once elegant Cuba is
still effecting my paintings.

Havana was filled with secret inner courtyards, not unlike Barcelona,
Except in much worse condition.

About the painting process:
This turned out to be an interesting exercise in two point perspective.
More than that the tiles on the floor had a perspective all of their own.
Not only do the have to get larger as they move toward you,
they also have a trapezoid shape that fans out at an angle
Like a fan as it comes forward.

Value in painting is relative to what's around it.  So the dark square in the light is
the same value as the light square in the dark.
I know, but it's true.

On top of that there is a shadow thrown by the pillar which I made happen partially by a glaze and
by over painting the lighter squares (in the darker shadowed area) with
the same value as the dark squares in the light.  What? Yep.

I hope that was clearer than mud....
Thanks for following along.

Still time to enter or a chance to win a pet portrait!

Thanks for following along!

Saturday, February 11, 2017

January Card WINNERS Announced

Drum roll please.....
And the WINNERS are:
Jane Lauby
Ellen Lasseter
Myrrh Haslam
Sandy Wagner
Stephanie Scott
Thanks to everyone that played along.

For the pet lovers out there:

Next weekend I'll be giving a demo at the Austin Pets Alive
No Kill Party.
If you would like to win a 12 x 12 inch portrait of your own pet,
complete with a frame you can buy a $10 ticket at
All proceeds got to the charity.

I'll throw your name in the dog bowl and you don't have to be present to win.
Drawing will be held on 
February 19th.
Good luck!

If you're in the Austin area, come join the fun!
Thanks for following along:)

Wednesday, February 8, 2017

Austin Pets Alive Demo by Bruce Bingham

oil 6x8

A large amount of my studio time is spent practicing.
That's when I'm trying to focus on one or two 
techniques and just experiment.

I have no expectations on whether the painting will turn out well or not.
Most often when I don't worry about it and just enjoy the
process I'm much happier with the result.
In this painting, Glow, I was working on value compression
and variety of mark making.

This is what I think is fun;)

Here is a chance to win a 12 x 12 portrait of your pet!
I'll be doing a demo at the event on February 19th
if you're in the Austin area and can join us.
Otherwise you can purchase $10 tickets for the drawing
and your chance to win a painting of your pet.
click here or go to

All proceeds go to Austin Pets Alive.
Thanks in advance for your support!

Friday, January 27, 2017

Traveling light with water soluble oils

I started off the New Year with a trip to Sedona, AZ.  It was my first visit to the area and I was amazed by the scenery.  It was a time to relax with family but I still painted five little studies.  I wanted to travel light so I took a limited palette of water soluble oils for easy clean up.

Sedona Red
oil  6 x8

It's true they aren't as buttery and smooth as regular oil paints but I found that using a medium, fast drying linseed oil, intended for them made them very workable.  IMHO it's best to just load your brush and paint pretty thickly from the beginning, working a little medium into your pile of paint to find the consistency you like.

Sedona Yellow
oil  6x8

The colors don't have the transparency of some traditional oil colors and if you're like me and often use transparents first you'll miss that.  And of course glazing is out.  But who glazes in plein air anyway?  So what you might miss is made up by extra suitcase space sans your turp container and solvents and all the extra time you save with the easy non toxic clean up.

Great way to travel light.

Thanks for following along!

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!
ps- Don't forget the free drawing for a set of five gift cards I'm giving away at the end of the month!
I'm giving away five sets of these:
Enter now by clicking here: