Art of Betty J. Billups

Miniatures: Oil on Porcelain


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Gathered Tenderness6x4 Oil on Porcelain -Miniature paintings Miniature Paintings-Oil on Porcelain - Art of Betty J. BillupsMiniatures: Oil on Porcelain
Gathered Tenderness
6x4
Oil on Porcelain


Billups was commissioned years ago by the U.S. Army to do a painting of the Lewis and Clark Expedition. She hired a Native American friend, to model for her, and her baby, and did a photo session. All of the mothers and babies in this series were created from this photo shoot.

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 lens sees the difference between surface color and transparent color (where light travels thru the color, and comes back to our eye, as refracted light...!??!)

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