Willie and the Girl Guides


Love the details and the style!

So many interesting aspects of this beautifully painted scene. Such a strong narrative and very skilfully achieved Frank.

Love the nostalgia of this Frank and a great likeness of Willie Thorne, looked at it on Instagram with all your pics from your first sketch to the finished painting, very interesting!!

Like this a lot Frank - really well painted and so much to look at and enjoy

There’s so much to look at here. A great way to spend a few minutes

What a lovely happy painting, you have managed to keep the lively scene perfectly

Thanks everyone for commenting, I love to paint people, their faces and mannerisms. The only downside I had painting this was that I used interactive acrylics, which I find very watery so had to go over things several times. They also dry much faster than my original acrylics - almost as fast as the paint hit the board, so blending just about impossible! Thanks Linda, Instagram is my social media of choice, but find the square format and small size a bit limiting.

Great community feel about this image.

An excellent piece, bursting with life and activity. Super work, Frank!

Love the detail and facial expressions Frank, it’s great. Gill


Really like it a lot!

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Willie and the Girl Guides, based on a photo by Steve Bowley, who’s photo was very narrow so had to look on Google StreetView to complete the top part of the painting. The photo is c1980’s and the shop is no longer there, but managed to work out what it would have looked like. The event was a fund raising activity by the girl guides where they cooked a meal for snooker legend the late Willie Thorne, where they had to cook him a meal, though don’t know what the funds were for. Acrylic on board, 30x40cms

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Frank Bingley

I've had very little tuition over the years except for a two year course during the late 1990s in watercolour. Since retirement in 2012, I now have time to pursue my love of painting. In recent years I have ventured into linoprinting, acrylics , oils and gouache. Gouache is fast becoming my…

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