Art of Betty J. Billups
Plein Air Painting
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20 x 24
Plein Air Painting
This painting reminds me of what happens to small children...they grow up! If you want to photograph them, to paint from, you better get those photos, NOW...because next year, it won't be the same.
I created this piece a number of years ago...balancing myself on a broken down dock, that was at a great tilt and partly submerged...the grasses on the shore, have since grown taller than I am...and this can no longer be viewed!
All of the plein air paintings in this section were created between 1986 and 1995, during the annual Plein Air Painters of America Show.
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 just a few.
The rest is history.