Betty J. Billups
Mt. San Antonio College
(MT. SAC) Exhibition
JEWELS OF COLOR EXHIBITION SEPT-OCT 2007
This exhibit involved over 150 originals, ranging from 5x8 to 4x6 feet in measurement. It
also included landscapes from coast to coast, and figurative studies, both from life and created in
the studio. Many of these images are also in this web site, so please feel free to
browse!!! Any further information can be gotten from the web site!
A note about small seeds!!!
Never take anything for granted!
(This is a tad long...but someone told me...tell it like it was!
SO, I have! Enjoy the
Back in the mid '70s my folks were moving back to a family home on the East Coast that has been in our family since 1663. Mom was doing her first and only garage sale. Having recently finished getting my BA from the old Los Angeles Art Center College of Design on Third Street, I was gleaning some of the work I had created, that I could not use for my illustration portfolio. By happenstance, a guy I had 2 years of grade school with, just happened by Mom's garage sale, and purchased one of my watercolors, for $25. Time passed for all of us...
Then in February of 2006 I had a phone call, from this same grade school friend, who was now president of Mount SAC College!! He had decided to reframe that little water color, and wondered what the heck had happened to me...found my web site, called, and offered me a commission, for a new building they had at the college, of Mount Baldy, also knows as Mount San Antonio, a massif of the San Bernardino Mountains, which lies within view of the college.
So, I headed out, for Walnut Cafornia...the first 6 days in the area, the haze was so dense, visibility was only about a mile! FINALLY, the air cleared, and the San Bernardino Mountains could be seen!! I drove all over town, trying to get a view of Mount Sac...finally found an empty parking lot, on a second floor. I laid out the 16 feet of canvas panels, and did the entire mountain "en plein air"!
Then I spent several days driving about 200 miles around town, trying to find some eucalyptus trees. To me the "visual history" of southern California, is marked heavily with these trees! I was able to lay the panels out, at another artist's home, and painted the entire bottom section of the mural with a grove of Eucs.
The clouds were created from about a dozen 16x20 plein air paintings I had done for the first large mural I had, back in 1990. Close ups will show a splattering of turquoise, mauves, blues, etc, that give little areas of excitable color....since it is in a walking space, and needed
something besides large juicy brush strokes!!!
The mural was installed, and the wood shop on the campus did the installation, finishing it off with black teak, trimming the entire mural, and separating each panel...!!
One added blessing came from this mural. Dr. O'Hearn offered me this one artist
exhibition at the Mt. SAC Gallery,
where 150 originals were hung for the spring of 2007!