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I Am the Sunlight18x363rd Place WinnerInternational Artist Magazine April 2004 -Ireland Landscape Paintings SW Ireland; paintings of Ireland - Art of Betty J. BillupsIreland Plein Air PaintingAny original can be Ordered as a Canvas enhanced Giclee print to fit your size requirement for home or office!For More OriginalsClick here
I Am the Sunlight
3rd Place Winner
International Artist Magazine April 2004

This image, along with 100 paintings by 100 artists,
is published in an edition by International Artist Publications, which is out of print.

In 1998 I traveled to Ireland to paint for 5 weeks. One day I packed my pochade box (which can be ordered from this website, under Plein Air Equipment) and paints and headed out. I found this scene, down some back roads and proceeded to capture the quiet beauty...

As I was finishing, a small bird landed on the steel gate I was standing next to. It looked at me, then at the painting then back at me, and then at the painting a second time, and then one more time, as if giving me it's approval. I offered it some dried fruit, the small bird landed in my hand, took the offering, and flew away. I didn't fully appreciate this small encounter, until the next day, when a Spaniard that I had met, Gabriel, and I had walked over to see Ross Castle.

Enroute, the same kind of little bird landed in front of us, on the road. I wanted to photograph it, and followed it down the road...walking and squatting about 10 times, before I gave up. When I got back to a Gabriel, he could not stop laughing! I told him, that I had one eating out of my hand the day before, and this little guy wouldn't even allow me to photograph him!!!!

That night, I pulled my journal out, I had to count back, to when I left the States...THEN, I realized, the day before had been the first anniversary of my Father's death! Then, as now, I often wonder, if that wee small bird, might have been my Dad, coming to view my new creation! And perhaps even more, to let me know, he was ok!! One just never knows!!!

NEVER close your mind, nor your heart, to ALL of Life's possibilities!!

I would like to share a beautiful Indian prayer I heard years ago:

"Do not stand at my grave and weep,
I am not there, I do not sleep:
I am a thousand winds that blow,
I am diamond glints in snow,
I am the sunlight on ripening grain,
I am the gentle autumn rain;
When you awaken in the mornings hush
I am the swift uprising rush
of silent birds in flight,
and I am the bright stars that shine at night.
So do not stand at my grave and cry,
I am not there, I did not die."

And thus my title:


(This painting was created from
the original piece that was 8x16.)

This image, along with 28 other original paintings,
were exhibited at my one-artist showing in Butte Montana, August 2003,
at the Main Stoppe Gallery, the exhibit's title:


Keeping with the spirit of things
the following is also shared with you!

Also, I never list another artist's web site,
but I am making an exception!


should be the basis of painting from your soul
(which has always been my philosophy,
more important than any sales, or any approval!)
...and to understand this, a friend of mine, Robert Walton,
has shared a great deal from his "soul".
Many of the paintings capture snow capped mountain of the Coastal range in Washington State
which Robert use to climb when he was 12 to 27!

To view some of his paintings,
please visit his website:

And this dear friend, when I wrote the above, has now become my husband
...and STILL, my best friend!!
(and another small 'honor' we were married on what would have been my parent's 73rd anniversary!!!

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