Winter’s Last Flame

Betty Billups won in the “Best Plein Air Only” category of the June 2021 PleinAir Salon monthly art competition. Here, we spotlight her winning work.

Winter’s Last Flame

by Betty Billups
bettybillups.com

The beauty and simplicity of the scene are what caught my attention for months. Then one day, driving by, the clouds came on the scene and were the crowning glory to be captured! Sunset is always my favorite time of day. Why? Because I have to respond quickly before that unique light disappears forever. Thus my paint, brush strokes, color, and application all carry the passion I feel toward the scene.

Total control actually has little passion! You have to be willing to risk all, for that little miracle to happen.


The next round of the PleinAir Salon has begun so hurry, as this competition ends on the last day of the month. Enter your best art in the PleinAir Salon here.

About the PleinAir Salon:

PleinAir Magazine presents the 12th annual PleinAir Salon Art Competition. In the spirit of the French Salon created by the Academie des Beaux-Arts in Paris, this annual online competition, with 11 monthly cycles, leading to the annual Salon Grand Prize winners, is designed to stimulate artistic growth through competition. The competition rewards artists with over $33,000 in cash prizes and exposure of their work, with the winning painting featured on the cover of PleinAir Magazine.

Winners in each monthly competition may receive recognition and exposure through PleinAir Magazine’s print magazine, e-newsletters, websites, and social media. Winners of each competition will also be entered into the annual competition. The 12th Annual Awards will be presented live at the Plein Air Convention & Expo in May 2023.

Please Note: We are the PleinAir Salon because we were created by PleinAir Magazine, not because we are a strictly plein air art competition. We know there are a lot of plein air painters who paint in the studio as well as in other styles, subject matters, and mediums. Our magazine features all the artworks of these great plein air painters, and so we too allow non-plein air pieces to win as long as they meet the criteria of the category in which they enter.

Related Article > 3 Secrets to Winning Art Competitions


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