Wednesday, December 20, 2017

Feeling Grateful

Texas Gold
12 x 16
Available though McBride Gallery Annapolis

Feeling grateful and encouraged! Thank you to judge, Carol Marine for selecting Texas Gold as a Gateway International Art Prize Finalist!Congratulations to all the eleven other finalists. To view all click here:

Happy Holiday and thanks for following along!

Friday, November 17, 2017

Corolla Light

After Annapolis I took advantage of being on the east coast
and drove down to Corolla on the Outer Banks for a wedding and
reunion with old friends.  By old I mean, friends since elementary school;)

It was freezing on the water so I did a quick sketch and headed inland to
the historic Corolla village.

I wanted to go see the famous Wild Horses on the beach but
I'd have to sit in an open air truck and I was already chilled to the bone,
in spite of wearing every layer I brought with me.
I'll have to so back!!!
The Outer Banks hold many fond memories for me and
it was great to be on the beach again
and seeing much loved friends.

If you're in Austin please join me at Austin Art and Frame on Sunday, Nov. 19th, 2-4 for some 
Holiday Cheer.
2805 Bee Cave Rd. Austin

Hope to see you there!

Wednesday, November 15, 2017

WAOW National Show

 Me with my painting in the WAOW Show.
My first stop was in Annapolis at the McBride Gallery for
the Women Artists of the West National Juried Show.
I got to spend time with friends and go painting at the 
harbor on Saturday.  It's was windy and chilly on the water but I loaded on all 
the layers I brought and had a great time painting the band
as they played.


If you're in Austin soon you're invited to the opening 
that will be up through Christmas at Austin Art and Frame.
Sunday the 19th, 2-4.
Address below.
Hope to see you there!

If you're in Austin on Sunday, join us!
Austin Art and Frame, 2805 Bee Cave Rd., Suite 430, Austin, 78746

Thanks for following along:)))

Wednesday, November 1, 2017


oil 12 x 12

It's truly rewarding to be able to paint something for someone that
they are so emotionally attached to, like our beloved pets.
Ron and Simon belong to Bella and they were
delighted, I'm happy to report.

Did I mention that Ron is my hairdresser extraordinaire?
They own Salon Vela in Austin.
I kid you not, I never got compliments on my hair, pre-Ron.
Now I get them frequently:)))) and I ALWAYS respond:
"It's not my hair, it's my hair dresser!"

Info for artists:

Bella provided a unique painting challenge.  Her brindle coat needed to be built up slowly in layers so that it looked integrated and not pasted on, so it was a process of trial and error.  Also she had to have her left eye removed and I needed to recreate a new one without replicating the other exactly.  No two eyes are ever the same. Bella is a cherished beauty.

Thursday, October 12, 2017

Cuban Fruit Cart

Cuban Fruit Cart
16 x 20

I had so much fun painting this one.  I keep going back to my
Cuban references.  What a worthwhile trip it was!

Thanks for following along.

Friday, October 6, 2017

Painting Inside Out with Bruce Bingham Episode 2-Let's draw!

Painting Inside Out Vlog

Episode 2-  Let's Draw!

Thanks for checking out my new video about lightening the load outdoors and my new easel!

Thanks for following along!
Until next time,
Ciao for now:)))))

Sunday, September 17, 2017

Rockport Center for the Arts Fundraiser

Fundraiser for Rockport Center for the Arts

Unfortunately the Rockport Center for the Arts lost it's roof during Hurricane Harvy and the building was declared a total loss.
Plein Air Austin is holding a fundraiser to benefit the Center.
All the artists have donated their work towards this cause.
All the paintings are $100 and there are some wonderful works.
Please take a look at the sale here.

by Bruce Bingham

Thanks for your help!

New art is being added everyday!

Painting Inside Out Episode 1 with Bruce Bingham
Studio Tour

Thanks for following along!

Monday, September 4, 2017

Harvey Fundraiser

I've just put these three painting up for auction to help a Houston family
that lost their business.
All proceeds go toward this worthy cause.
Bidding starts at 75$


Sedona Yellow
click here for auction

Sedona Red
click ere for auction

If you missed my first ever video podcast please check it out!

Thanks for following along!
Until next time....
Ciao for now

Thursday, August 31, 2017

Painting Inside Out Episode 1 with Bruce Bingham

Cuban Caddy
24 x 30 

Check out my new video podcast called:
Painting Inside Out
with Bruce Bingham

Please view, comment and subscribe!
I'd love to see you again.

You can view the entire newsletter by clicking here.

Thanks for following along!
Until Next Time-
Ciao for Now.

Wednesday, August 23, 2017

Sedona Art Prize Finals

Cuban Blues
by Bruce Bingham

Quittin' Time
by Bruce Bingham

Bucket List
by Bruce Bingham

I am thrilled to have these three paintings in the year end finals of
the Sedona Art Prize.  To qualify they have to be selected as one of the 12 finalists of the month.
I'd like to thank the judges, Bob Burridge, Charlie Hunter, and Carl Dalio for selecting my paintings.
I'm please to be in such good company.  Please take a look at all the finalists work by clicking here:

Thanks for following along!

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!