Tuesday, November 3, 2015

Fall Color Week Fave

Bar Harbor Afternoon 
12 x 12 oil on board

Returning to my Fall Color Week experience,
I have to say that this was
my favorite painting of the week.

It was one of those that felt like it almost painted itself
and everything sort of fell into place
without alot of struggle.
I love it when that happens.

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Monday, November 2, 2015

What happens in San Angelo stays in San Angelo and Zorro Lives

Concho Confetti  9 x 12 oil on board

Saturday I entered my first Quick Draw competition in San Angelo, Texas.  In the spirit of the
day I cleverly disguised myself as Zorro.
Since we only had two hours to complete the painting, and
since I'm not the fastest brush in the west, 
I thought the costume might help me remember to speed things up.
I was delighted to be awarded Best Painting in the Aspiring Artists division,
by Gay Faulkenberry. Thank you!
That means people who went to the quick draw that were not in the week long paint out.


The greater Austin area group that was there did well:
I'm pictured here with award winning Laurel Daniel, Kim Hoester,

But the highlight of the event for me was purchasing a wonderful painting by
Shelby Keefe called Intersection.
Shelby won BEST in Show!

Awesome right?!
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Monday, October 26, 2015

Winter Harbor, Maine

Fall Color Week Continues....

Buoy Connections 9 x 12 oil on board
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We had seen this adorable small building while heading to a painting location
and it was love at first sight. So the next time we had a sunny 
morning I headed over with a couple of friends,

The colorful buoys added charm and their shadows held them together in a 
shape.  This picturesque landmark was closed for the season but it also doubled as
the Winter Harbor Chamber of Commerce.
It was so much fun to paint.

Current exhibitions:
Oil Painters of America National Salon Show at
the Beverly McNeil Gallery, 
You can see all the art work by clicking here.
I was very honored to have this painting accepted:

Buried Treasure 12 x 12 oil on board
available through

Also I am happy to be one of the 25 finalists in the Artists of Texas Fall Show.
Opening is November 6th, 
at the Uptown Downtown Gallery
Rockwall, Texas
Below is the accepted painting;

Tough Love 16 x 20 oil on board

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Thursday, October 22, 2015

Not just a fair weather painter....

Lobster Shack
9x12 oil sold

We had some beautiful weather in Maine at Fall Color Week.  They were
expecting snow the following week so we got out just in time.
It's highly likely that most of the 100 painters that attended will return next year.

I've never been to an event like it before and found it extremely helpful and was able to learn
alot , maybe even more that in a workshop!
The best part was being able to focus completely on painting for a week.

This was painted at one of my favorite spots, Corea, Maine, a little fishing village that 
had everything I could possibly want to paint.

When I paint plein air I don't necessarily try to create a finished painting, although if
that happens great.  My goal is to just react to how the scene effects me emotionally.
This one was started with colorful darks, a colorist approach, and I
continued to use color intuitively, using warm and cool combinations
within the value planes, with the focal being the colorful buoys on the fence.

And some of our weather was not so nice....
This is actual proof that I'm not just a fair weather painter!

The painting I did was interrupted before I was able to finish and I chose not to try to finish it later.
I had plans to make the lower half of the painting very abstract with expressive brush strokes.
But those plans got washed away, literally.
It started raining so hard that I couldn't get anything to stick and called it quits and joined my friends in the car.
What I took away from the experience is that there are some things that I like about the painting.
Those being: I do like the soft combination of muted orange and green, the atmosphere and mood,
and the richness of color that shows up on a very gray day.

Slippery Slope 12 x 16 oil

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is a little long, but we had a busy week  and
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Monday, October 19, 2015

Fall Color Week and Beyond

Fall Color Week

I had the good fortune to attend Fall Color Week in the Adirondacks of Maine
with one hundred other painters.  A big thank you goes out to Eric Rhoads
for organizing this wonderful event.

The scenery was spectacular and unlike any place I've ever painted before.
We were on the Schoodic peninsula and had very little cell coverage. 
It was a wonderful experience to unplug, focus on painting, and 
make new friends.  I was totally inspired by everyone's generosity and creativity.

I'd like to share my experience with you step by step. 
I don't usually paint alot of landscapes but I found this area intriguing.
So I got off to a rocky start on day one with this painting:
Rocky Coastline  9 x 12 oil on board
The morning was fairly warm and sunny so it made up for the breeze
threatening to carry my paper towels out to sea.

Other news:

Current exhibitions:
Oil Painters of America Salon 2015, Beverly McNeil Gallery, till Nov. 5th

Show of HeArt, Artists of Texas, Top 25, at the Uptown Downtown Gallery, Rockwall, Tx.

Plein Air Austin, Corridor of Arts, 700 Lavaca St., Austin, Tx.

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Friday, September 11, 2015

Cheers to the weekend!

Bucket of Brews
12 x 12  oil on board

Cheers to the weekend friends.
I love this time of year, things begin to cool off and the weather is beautiful.
Plus it's my birthday month so it always feeling like
a new beginning to me.

Upcoming Events:
For the Austin locals: Plein Air Austin Group Show
We are excited to announce that the PAA Art show at the Corridor of Arts is up and open for viewing!
Come out and meet fellow artists on Thursday, Sept. 26th 4-6pm.

Exhibition Viewing: Sept. 8 - Nov. 2nd, Mon -Fri 8am-6pm.
Corridor of the Arts, 700 Lavaca St., Austin, Tx
Also for locals:
My friend Robin Cheers has a wonderful show at the Russell Collection in downtown Austin.
It's a great show featuring three very different women artists. Really worth a visit.
Upcoming events:
Full with wait list
Full with wait list

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Monday, September 7, 2015

Farm Fresh and crash site.

Farm Fresh 12 x 16 oil on board

This was the painting I managed to do 
once I got my easel back on it's feet.
Crash site:
Oops!  My bad.

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Tuesday, August 18, 2015

OPA Show Acceptance for Buried Treasure

Buried Treasure
12 x 12 oil on board

 I am thrilled to have been accepted into the
Oil Painters Of America National Show
with my painting, Buried Treasure, shown above.
The show this year will be at the Beverly McNeil Gallery
in Birmingham, Alabama
and details can be found on the OPA website.

I am hosting a workshop for friend and Plein Air Convention Faculty Member
2015 and 2016, Francesco Fontana, in Austin, Texas
November 10th, 11th, and 12th.
More info can be found on my website: www.brucebingham.com
oils and watercolors
Only a few spots left.

Ellen Willis and I are hosting a 
Free Paint Out on a private ranch in November.
More details can be found on my website,
and on the Oil Painters of America website under Events.


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Thursday, July 2, 2015

Win a Painting!

Drawing on July 4th
( You do not have to be present to win)

Help the Animal Shelter and win a painting-(maybe)

Tickets available at
or by calling 
Art Connections Gallery-512-581-1799

All proceeds go directly to the Shelter and each ticket you buy gives you another chance to win
this painting:
 Main Street
9 x 12

The Animal Shelter really needs extra help right now because of the additional intake of animals due to the flash floods in Texas and an outbreak of distemper.

Watch the three minute video here:Main Street Painting Video

Thank you everyone who has already donated to
Bastrop Country Animal Shelter
by buying a $5 raffle ticket!
(or more;)

We appreciate your help!

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Wednesday, June 3, 2015

You're Invited!

Please join me, Bruce Bingham, @
Art Connections Gallery
908 Main Street, Bastrop, Texas, 78602

June 5th

It's First Friday Art Walk featuring my oil paintings:)
refreshments handmade by Renate Kasper

oil paintings by Bruce Bingham

Save the date: June 20th
for a painting demo and light refreshments
at Art Connections Gallery

all proceed from the demo will be donated to
Friends of the Bastrop County Animal Shelter

I believe we live in a world filled with wonder,
surrounded by hidden beauty naturally embedded everywhere."

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Thursday, May 7, 2015

Spot of Tea

Spot of Tea 9 x 12 oil

This was painted on Arches oil paper. I picked some simple shapes
that I'm familiar with and made it up without a reference.

This made it easier for me to focus on spots of color and color relationships,
which was the point of this painting.

I let go of worrying about a finished painting or following
reality too closely.
I find painting like this meditative and very relaxing.

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Tuesday, May 5, 2015

Workshop with Sunny Apinchapong Yang

Last week I attended a workshop in Scottsdale with Sunny Apinchapong-Yang, a former student of one of my all time favorite painters, Sergei Bongart. Sunny gave me permission to share his demo with you that he did on the first day. 

If you haven't seen his wonderful book called Intuitive Painting, check it out, it's available on Amazon books.  

The workshop was: Painting with emphasis on color:
Still life and Figure.

Sunny starts with laying in large shapes on a toned canvas.

Next he starts adding colorful darks:

Close up of colorful darks:

Then he adds the mid tones:

He continues to cover the canvas:

Then begins to refine:

And Sunny's fabulous finish:

Sunny completed this in about an hour and a half, making it look easy.
He's a wonderful painter, good teacher and has a great sense of humor.
I really enjoyed the workshop and I think all the other nice
people I met there did too.  

Funny story:  Sunny painted this with borrowed paints that students left at the school,
but he did remember to bring his golf clubs!

I hope you enjoyed seeing Sunny's demo process.
Thanks for following along!

Monday, April 20, 2015

Super Happy

I am super happy to be able to share that
these two paintings were accepted into
Old Post Office Museum and Art Center 4th Annual National Competition.

Shake It Out  9 x 12 oil on museum board

I was keeping my fingers crossed and hoping that one would be accepted.
Having them both selected was much more than I hoped for.
Feeling alot of gratitude these days.

Flambe 12 x 12 oil on museum board

Now I'm scrambling around to frame and get boxes to be
able to ship before I leave town.
NOT complaining- just sayin'!

So happy to have this opportunity.

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Friday, April 17, 2015

49th Anual RCAS show acceptance

Daisy Dukes 9x12 oil on board

Thrilled to say this painting was accepted into the
49th Annual Richardson Civic Arts Society show.
It's a great feeling to see that little green check mark
instead of a red x, because you never know.

So my buddy Robi and I are hanging around the studio and
packing the painting to send to the show.

 Lazy rainy day....zzzzzz

What?  Did you say treat??????

I love days like this.

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Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Chocolate Shadows

Chocolate Shadows
12 x 12 oil on museum board

This was my second painting entered in Paint The Town. 
I realize now how much pressure these paint outs are!
And I was expecting all fun and games.

I spent two solid afternoons painting a local bar scene but I finally had to cut my losses and scrape it off.

So at 5:00 on the last day while I was frantically searching for something to paint,
the sun came out, it was a beautiful day,
and the painting practically painted itself. 
I love it when that happens:)

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Monday, April 13, 2015

Paint the Town

Morning Break
9 x 12  oil on museum board

This week has been filled with firsts-
-my first paint out ever
-my first 'first place' award in a outdoor competition!

I was beyond thrilled to receive this award from juror
whose work I have admired for years.
Click on his name to view his website, wonderful color
and lush brushwork.
Thank you Don!

I was really delighted and very surprised to get this award, but I'll never forget the look of surprise on Don's face when I walked up to receive the award.  The expression on Don's face said-
"who is this woman impostor trying to claim Bruce's award". 

I have wanted to try these paint outs since I got back from Europe,
and decided to enter Paint the Town in nearby Marble Falls.
It was a well done event to promote the arts in the area and I owe a big
thank you to all the volunteers who worked so hard for the event.
Thank you Bill and company!

Wow- I wasn't expecting all the pressure and of
course the weather predicted thunder storms.
But I managed to get out early for this one on the first day and it didn't rain till later:)

The Blue Bonnet Cafe has been open since 1929 and is a Texas icon,
complete with Pie Happy Hour.
These folks are maringue magicians!
(click on link for proof!)
I promise your mouth will water.
The famous Texas blue bonnets were in full bloom in their front garden so it was the perfect time to paint this iconic cafe.

The painting sold to the owners and it was one big happy family.
Another big thank you!

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Thursday, March 19, 2015

Daisy Dukes

Daisy Dukes
9x12 oil on museum board

This was a pure joy to paint and I wanted to share it with you
so we can celebrate the arrival of spring together!

You're invited!

I also wanted to invite you to the big show at
Wenmohs Ranch the last two weekends in March.
This painting will be available along with five others of mine.
There will be a huge variety of styles from many local artists.
All day Saturday and Sunday
March 21/22 &28/29

Kick your heels up and enjoy the fun!
Hope to see you there:)

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Monday, March 2, 2015

Arms Filled with Sunshine

Arms Filled With Sunshine
12 x 12 
oil on museum board
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Could this warm and color filled painting be a result of
spending a month in Antarctica?

There is so much I want to share with you about my trip.
So much in fact that I'm just going to break it down into 
baby bites via my blog and newsletter.

I've been glued to my easel (indoors and out)
since I returned. I'm completely obsessed with painting,
but I wanted to connect with you.
I also wanted the- did you survive/ are you alive- emails to stop,
although I appreciate your concern:)))

I'm not just surviving, I'm thriving, hope you are too!

Some South Pole highlights:
From the Union Glacier Base Camp:

Lots of quiet time on the blue ice,
not counting the gale force winds of course.

Cozy tents to live in:

Did I mention Thai Chi?

The actual South Pole:

 We had a ball !

Thanks so much for following along!
Penguins coming soon:)