Art of Betty J. Billups
Plein Air Painting
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| |Morning Fog at Shark
Plein Air Painting
This piece was almost the death of me! During this one year, I had a real bad case of vertigo...pinched nerves in my neck. Well, I started this piece, at a spot that would reflect the sky in the wet sand. It was foggy. It was great painting, with constant light!
Then the sun came out! Not only making me be creative with this piece, but now I had to turn my pochade box into the sun, with my back to this scene...forcing me to look over my shoulder for the balance of the painting! Physically, I thought I was going to die. Even more challenging, was the constantly moving waves! Never breaking the same...shapes, colors, values, edges, endings and beginnings, each to themselves, and then to the shape or wave next to it. May look simple...but far from it!
Reminds me of a quote I heard years ago:
A professional is someone
who makes something that is very difficult, look very easy.
All of the plein air paintings in this section were created
between 1986 and 1995, during the annual
Plein Air Painters of America Show.
In 1986, Denise approached Billups while at a show in Scottsdale Arizona, asking her to join a group she was putting together. Denise wanted one ad to be created,
and asked Billups to do it. Billups, having studied commercial art, knew that ONE ad, would never
make so much as a ripple, and suggested that a national advertising campaign be set up. From 1987
thru 1995, being the only ad chairman PAPA ever had, Billups placed full page monthly ads in
magazines such as Southwest Art, Art West, Artists of the Rockies, etc. Today, along with 1000s of
artists painting "en plein aire"...there is even one of two monthly national publications that
promote solely, Plein Air Painting!
Today the membership includes such artists as Ken Auster, Christopher Blossom, Bye
Bitney, Scott Burdick, Gil Dellinger, Gay Faulkenberry, Joseph Paquet, Ray
Roberts, Matt Smith, and Skip Whitcomb, to name a few.
The rest is history.