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!
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