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Navajo Beauties5x7 Oil on Porcelain -Miniature paintings Miniature Paintings-Oil on Porcelain - Art of Betty J. BillupsMiniatures: Oil on Porcelain
Navajo Beauties
5x7
Oil on Porcelain


The Navajo People stand out from many other tribes, because often times they wear beautiful satin type dresses that are trimmed out with contrasting rick-rack. Another artist friend of Billups, was Jim Martin, and his wife, Lucille...who were raising their granddaughter, Kathy (yes, this is the same young girl, taking the Afternoon Nap)...

This was created in oils on a fine porcelain sheet, by the same company that creates the extremely large and thick tiles that NASA uses on the outside of the Space Shuttle, for heat protection. These small, fine quality porcelains, however, they are made for circuit boards for computer controlled products.
They are extremely fine quality, and very durable. The oil that the images are created with, is very stable, since the tiles are porous, thus accepting the pigment into its surface, making a permanent binding.
The rich and intense quality of the colors in these creations have little to do with the porcelain itself, but solely to the artist’s ability and vision. It does take special handling of the pigment, for once a color is placed on the porcelain, it is very likely to stain the surface, and thus damage the final outcome.
All of the oils on porcelain, are created with both transparent color (all of the flesh is the porcelain shining thru the oil, which lays on the surface...in person, it is quite handsome, but with any photography, the “lense sees” the difference between surface color and transparent color (where light travels thru the color, and comes back to our eye, as refracted light...!??!)
As far as the artist’s knowledge, there is no one else in the country that is creating images of this caliper and design, on these fine quality porcelain plates. Many is the time she has been asked by other aspiring artists where these tiles can be obtained...the last time she purchased them, it took hours of red tape to finally get a good supply. What she has in stock will probably be the end of these creations, thus making them an excellent investment...if “rarity” is one of the points in qualifying something as “valuable”!!!

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