Friday, August 18, 2017

NOAPS Juried Show and Sale

Mariachi Brothers
24 x 30

National Oil and Acrylic Painters Society

Happy to be included in the NOAPS Juried Show and Sale at 
R.S. Hanna Gallery
Fredricksburg, Tx.
beginning Sept. 1st.

If you're in the area please stop by!

Thanks for following along!

Thursday, June 22, 2017

Inner City Blues

Inner City Blues
16 x 20  oil

Here's something a little different for you.  My friend saw this and
asked"when did Rick get a tattoo?"
My response: "You're kidding right?  He would never get a tattoo with a flower in it."

Meet Sammy:


We have a fountain with a crack behind it.  Sammy the Snake lives there.  He is looking for a mate and his dating profile says his hobbies are rat hunting, slithering, and sleeping all day, in that order.  Every evening, when I’m relaxing watching the sun set, he appears.  Even though we keep different hours and have nothing in common, we can happily co-exist.  There’s a lesson in there somewhere.  Then he sticks his tongue out at me and moves on.

Thanks for following along!

Monday, June 12, 2017

Mariachi Brothers

Mariachi Brothers
24 x 30
by Bruce Bingham

Back in the saddle again, as the saying goes, after
that pinched nerve in the back thing.
Man, that was a show stopper.

Life is good again and I'm full of ideas.
I think a break sometimes gives you fresh insight into
the direction you want to head next.
It's all one big wonderful journey.

If you're in the middle of an enforced painting break
I wish you a speedy recovery and
renewed enthusiasm:)

Thanks for following along!

Friday, May 26, 2017

Chiquita and a little help from my friends:)

Chiquita  12 x 16 oil
by Bruce Bingham

What have you been up to?  I've missed you all.
I'm back in action, or I should probably say almost up to speed.
I am painting again and that makes me happy. 

This has been a great time to be in the studio and revisit some of
my reference material from my Cuba trip of things I've wanted to paint. 

When I went to the Plein Air Convention in San Diego 
I got a pinched nerve in my spine that put me
flat on my back.  Literally I could not get up!  Long story short and to
save you from much whining and unnecessary details,
the hospital got me up and walking again and I was able to get back home.
Special thanks to my pal Ellen Willis for getting me to the ER and making sure I was in good hands.

Robi and I were both greatly relived I could make the plane ride home.
I was seriously worried about that.
He has barely left my side while I've been convalescing.
If anyone wants some good book titles just let me know.

So I missed all of PACE17 except one morning watching Quang Ho paint
which was probably worth the entire price of admission.  What an inspiration he is!
Sadly I have nothing to report to you, not even any photos.

I do want to thank you all for helping me get selected for the Plein Air Wars!
Fortunately Hai-Ou Hou was able to take my place.


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

Fortunately it found a good home right off the bat!

Still Standing
Oil. 12 x 16

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


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.

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!

Thanks for following along!

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


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
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


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
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

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: