Art of Betty J. Billups

Women in White

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SANTA FE SHADE40x30 OIL -Paintings of Women figurative paintings; paintings of figures; impressionism; commissioned paintings;commissions;commissioned portrait - Art of Betty J. BillupsFIGURATIVE: Women in WhiteAny original can be Ordered as a Canvas enhanced Giclee print to fit your size requirement for home or office!For More OriginalsClick here
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Back in the late '70s, I was commissioned to create a series of painting for a new Mariotte Hotel. I decided to do the series of Women in White, so that I could play with colors within the white areas of the clothing.

I hired some models, and did weeks of photographic shoots. The results are many of the Women in White in this section, with the geese.

Well, that got me into a mind set, so I hired a model I had known years ago, from studying with Dan McCaw in his old studio, that was once owned by Don Putt Putman. Consuello and her daughter met me at the arboritum, northeast of L.A. California for an afternoon of "dress rehearsals!"...All of the clothes were from my collection, of old petticoats, etc...well, at the end of the day, I had about 15 rolls of film (pre-computer chips!)And reference to last me almost a life time!

I have never painted with BROWN as my main "color"... cause I do not basically think of brown as a color!!! HOWEVER, there was something about this composition, that pushed my buttons, and thus it became what I did not expect!

Also, I think my wanting to use a lot of the natural linen to be a dominate color in the painting, also highly influenced my choices! For about 60% of this painting is done with transparent washes. About the only thing that is opague paint, is the lighter areas of the white cloth! And the small amount of intense sunlight, in the background.

In my career, I have always experimented, to find other venues of expression, and to keep my thought process fresh, and out of comfortable "traps"...

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