The Red Door
16 x 20
Catalina Island CA
Plein Air Painting


The Red Door16 x 20Catalina Island CA Plein Air Painting -Bougainvillea; bougainvilla; original oil paintings, plein air painting;commissioned paintings;commissions;commissioned paintings - Art of Betty J. Billups"Bougainvillea Plein Air Painting Any original can be Ordered as a L.E. Canvas enhanced Giclee print to fit your size requirement for home or office!For More OriginalsClick here
The Red Door
16 x 20
Catalina Island CA
Plein Air Painting
All images copyright © Betty Jean Billups. All rights reserved.


Painted at the Bird Farm on Catalina Island, during the PAPA event (Plein Air Painters of America), during it's first years on the island. A favorite place for me! Went back each year to find out how to do it differently.

One year I was approaching the building from the back side, and was over whelmed with sorrow. My first response was to leave. Then I stopped myself from such "foolishness," and went around to the front to do my annual painting.

Not only was the doorway painted powder blue, all of the bougainvilleas had been torn out (I found out later, so they could paint the building!!) It seemed that each year I would lose one favorite spot after another. Kind of like a child growing up, and not being able to run home, to the "known," and comfort of those things that are familiar.

My challenge with this "plein air" painting, was to create sunlight on a red door,
and contrast it against the shadow and light of the pink flowering bush.
In art, that is easier said than done. You see, the color red is a DARK color.
If one adds white to it, it turns pink. So, to create the illusion of the red being drenched in sunlight, I made it a transparent color, so that light would pass through it, hit the white canvas, pass back through it to your vision, and appear light!
See, it's all illusionary, all "tricks of the trade"...just gotta know how to apply them!!


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