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Free Spirits30 x 40 -Native American contemporay paintings Native American paintings; Plains Indian+paintings - Art of Betty J. Billups<BR>NATIVE AMERICAN Any original can be Ordered as a Canvas enhanced Giclee print to fit your size requirement for home or office!For More OriginalsClick here
Free Spirits
30 x 40

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This and the previous painting were both created
without the use of white paint...all of the white areas are created
by allowing the color of the canvas to show through.
Also, I limited my palette to three colors: burnt sienna, raw sienna, and ultramarine blue.

My great love of the Native American people, was because of my exposure to them:
when I was in 4th grade Mom and Dad invited a Pima girl, Aggie Easchief (Manuel)
to live with us, while she completed high school in the Bay Area.
The one really good fortune for me, was that in fourth grade,
while Aggie lived with us, I was failing in ART!!!
Mainly because I didn't like the teacher!

Aggie was an artist, and we'd find ourselves down at the beach, drawing one another.
She kept the spirit alive in me, over that year.
I spent most of my time alone (after my best friend, Lorna, moved away.)
I would ride my bike down to the break water, and watch the tide go in and out!!
My thoughts took me to areas, I had no words helped "center" me.
And it wasn't until years later, reading the works of such leaders as Black Elk,
that I found they were saying (over a hundreds years before),
what I was feeling, down there on the shore!

It made me realize that the greatest gift these people have given the World,
is OUR ROOTS...our relationship to the EARTH.
And it just may be the reason, we don't destroy her, in the end.

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