Sunday, 16 April 2017

The pond at Victoria Park

I've enjoyed working in the new studio on a larger canvas from a photograph I recently took during a walk in Victoria Park (Bath). Most people call it the duck pond, as this is where you feed the ducks bread. They are however remarkably absent from the painting as I suspect they were probably hiding away from my very vocal three years old daughter when I took the photograph! 

The blossom were out, the water reflections stunning, so I really wanted to give it a try. I had great fun doing it, here is the result:


The pond at Victoria Park    18"x22"   oil on canvas
for sale here http://www.valeriepirlot.com/englandmainlyinbath/valeriepirlotthepondatvictoriapark-50


I loved depicting the various greens in the scenery:

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And the sparkly water reflections:

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And the blue sky showing through the leaves:

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I love my new studio in the garden and it's good to be able to lock the paintings and paints away from the kids! My cheeky and highly curious daughter would otherwise probably love to paint over my paintings in Pollock's style! 




If you like this painting, well I can tell you it is now available for sale here on my website with worldwide shipping:

If you've ever wondered how I work and build a painting, the whole process of this painting from start to finish will be covered with a step by step in a future issue of Paint & Draw magazine
Fore more info, follow the link here to subscribe:






I currently write a different feature every month about oil painting. In the current issue that is just out now, I do a tutorial to paint fresh alla prima figures, so if you're interested you can get your copy at WH Smith or online here:  http://bit.ly/pad_issue7











Thursday, 30 March 2017

Painting my garden from the studio

Things have been a bit quiet on the painting front as the new baby arrival last year means I had less free time but also because we turned my studio in the house into a bedroom for my three years old daughter. But I'm now very happy to say I have a brand new studio in the garden! I have to share it with my husband and his drum kit but really, between us, it's mine ;-)  (let's see if he reads this blog!)

I got given a couple of hours of kids' free time on mother's day to paint. The view from the room overlooks the garden and the back of our house. So what better way to use the space than painting the garden from the comfort of the studio. Here is the result below, with my daughter Louisa who posed for me on her bike for a couple of fidgety minutes. 

Louisa in the garden  10"x8" oil on board  - Not for sale


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You can see below my set up and the quick drawing I did at the start. The question is, how open the door needs to be to be able to qualify this as 'painting in plein air'!?




This painting is not for sale but you can view all my available paintings on my website here: www.valeriepirlot.com

Here are a few pictures of the studio for the curious ones... If you are in the area you are welcome to come for a visit!







Now, a few bits of info for those who don't receive my newsletter (to subscribe, simply enter your email address here www.valeriepirlot.com/mailinglist). If you do receive it already, then just ignore this bit!


EXHIBITIONS:

For people near Bath, I currently have my paintings displayed in two places:

I currently have a selection of paintings on show at the Galleries Shop & Cafe in Freshford (near Bath). Great cakes and great views over there. (Feshford Lane, BA2 7UR)

I also have some paintings on display at the Chapel Arts Centre cafe in Bath (just below the venue). They make lovely vegetarian food there. (Lower Borough Walls, Bath BA1 1QR)


MAGAZINES:

The first two features I wrote for the Paint & Draw magazine have been published and the latest issue is out now with my article about how to improve your brushstrokes. I hope you like it! Next one will be a Alla Prima step by step. Click here for more info.




TUTORIALS IN UK AND BELGIUM

I've had a few enquiries recently about tutorials so I just wanted to confirm that I do give one-on-one tutorials in plein air or in the studio. Mainly in Bath but Belgium is an option too as I'm travelling back regularly. I'm also considering organising a plein air group workshop in Bath this summer so if you're interested do drop me a line here and I'll keep you updated.


COMMISSIONS

I'm available for commissions and you can find more info on my website here: www.valeriepirlot.com/commissions. I will be in Belgium during Easter and late July so if you would like to organise a commission I will be available to meet while I'm in the country.


That's it for now. I hope you are enjoying the glorious spring sunshine!

Monday, 19 December 2016

Delicatessen counter

I hope you are all feeling festive and getting into the Christmas spirit. This will probably be my last blog post of the year; I just wanted to give you a quick update on my art. 

First, here is my latest painting which shows the delicatessen counter at the Guildhall Market in Bath. I just loved the light from the counter so I gave it a try. 


Delicatessen counter, Guildhall Market  oil on board  10"x14"




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On an other note, I have been commissioned to write a series of features about oil painting for the new english magazine "Paint & Draw" and the painting above will be shown with all the steps so keep an eye for this next year if you get hold of a copy.





If you want to start the year with my paintings, then you can get my calendar from my website (desk and wall formats available) alongside other items.Worldwide shipping available. Simply go to my shop here:
http://www.valeriepirlot.com/shop











For people living near Bath in search of that last minute Christmas present, you are welcome to come and browse my prints and view my paintings in the next few days. Just contact me through my website here: http://www.valeriepirlot.com/contact


And finally, a quick note about shows:

Exhibition in Bradford on Avon (UK)
For the fourth year, my artist friends Bob Child, Andrew Taylor and myself are setting up an exhibition at the West Barn in Bradford on Avon (UK). It will be held on 6,7 & 8 October 2017 so you have plenty of time to get prepared and clear your diary! (And I'll hopefully have plenty of time to produce some new paintings!)

Exhibition in Freshford, Bath (UK)
Also, I will be exhibiting some of my work next year from 13 March - 1st May 2017 at the Galleries Shop and Café venue in Freshford, Bath. I'll give more details soon.


I already send you here my best wishes for Christmas and for a year 2017 full of joy and beautiful Art!

Friday, 2 December 2016

A bit of summer in the studio

Here are an other two paintings done in the studio while the baby sleeps... If I'm looking for inspiration and need some good reference photographs, I know I'll always find something inspiring in my sister's Instagram account... She takes the most beautiful pictures of her life in South Africa with her family (have a look here if you're curious: www.instagram.com/sophiepirlot). She has three adorable daughters and they make the best models for those pictures. I found two photographs that were begging to be painted, and they brought a little taste of summer back in the studio.

The painting below is Aprilia walking on a sunny path:


Sunny Path  8"x8" oil on board


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Here are the step by step pictures for those who like to know more about my technique. As you can see below I work directly from the computer because it is convenient but also because an RGB display screen is generally richer that any printed pictures...





Step 1: I picked a background colour that fits the subject (something warm in this case), then applied a grid like on the reference photograph, then did a basic drawing.




Step 2: Bock out the darkest green and some mid tones




Step 3: Some lighter tones in the greens and work on the path




Step 4: Painting the figure




Step 5: Adding all the highlights and refining some details


Step 6: Stop now! Don't spoilt it! :-)



This second painting depicts Colombine and Aprilia heading to the swimming pool:

The gate to the swimming pool  10"x10"  oil on board


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Here is the step by step:



(Note: I'm missing the picture of the basic drawing on step1 because I had left my phone in the baby's room to play the white noise app to get him to sleep! :-))
In this case I used a vivid orange background to convey the feeling of heat across the whole painting.


Step 2: Bock out the darkest greens and some mid tones




Step 3: Work on the figures and the background 




Step 4: Adding some highlights




Step 5: Adding more contrast and defining the shapes of the trees and gates




Step 6: Adding the flowers and final details





These paintings are not for sale as I'm keeping them in the family, but I just wanted to mention I'm available for similar commissions if you have a good inspiring photograph waiting to be painted! All my available paintings are for sale on my website here.

Also, with Christmas approaching, let me remind you that my 2017 calendars (desk and wall formats) are available for sale on my website here, alongside other products such as postcards and giclée prints. Worldwide shipping available.

Monday, 21 November 2016

The rain is coming - Lacanau

Here is an other studio painting I did while my baby was asleep. It is from a photograph I took during a family holiday this summer at Lacanau beach, near Bordeaux. The weather wasn't great during our stay but in the typical english good spirit, it didn't stop us going to the beach in our swimming suits, parasols, and a ton of suncream (well I speak for myself here), while it was hardly 18 degrees and it was clear the rain was only a few minutes away. I caught on my camera this moody dark sky just before we got completely wet and wanted to have a try turning it into a painting.


The rain is coming, Lacanau  12"x10" oil on board


I enjoyed painting the sky with freedom with big brushes and generous amount of paint, without thinking too much about what I was doing (not that I ever really know what I'm doing!). I'm quite pleased with the result and might try a few more from the same series.




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Tuesday, 1 November 2016

First painting since the baby's arrival!

Yeah! I'm back at the easel! It is now two months since my little boy was born and I have missed painting ever since I had to stop in late pregnancy. I have been blessed with a baby that sleeps well so during his naps, and when the eldest is at preschool, I can sometimes manage to sneak in the studio in my home for a quick oil sketch. That means that I have to rush in the studio as soon as he's asleep and put the brushes down when he wakes up, so I end up working on the painting over a few naps sessions. Obviously we are not talking about plein air painting or large work, but small studies from photographs instead. Still, it feels good to paint!

The painting below was done from a photograph of Lake District (UK). I had fun painting those distant hills contrasting with the darker foreground. 


Lake District view  10"x8" oil on board


If you spot a few shaky lines here and there, that could be because I was so eager to finish the painting after my boy woke up that I completed it while rocking the bouncer with my foot as he watched me paint with interest (I know they can't see that far at that age but let's pretend he's interested shall we).

Here are a couple of detail close up below.


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I hope to be able to post more naps paintings soon!

Thursday, 8 September 2016

Baby, shows and calendars

I haven't posted much recently but I think I have a good excuse; we've just welcomed to the world our baby son Sebastian, born on the 28th of August. So I'm temporarily swapping paint brushes for milk and paints for nappies until I get back behind the easel in a few months' time - or maybe before? My husband found it funny that only a couple of hours before I gave birth, I was still sorting out a painting delivery between the contractions! Artist and mother go together! :-)

I just wanted to keep you updated on a few things here. First, for those in Belgium, I wanted to let you know that my exhibition "The Battle of Waterloo in paintings" held at the Waterloo Tourist Office has been extended until the end of September. So you still have a few weeks to view it. See my original post for more details here: info about the show

Talking about shows, it seems I will be exhibiting some of my work next year 4 March - 29 April 2017 at the Galleries Shop and Café venue in Freshford, Bath. I'll give more details soon.

And another good news to coincide with the new arrival: my new calendars 2017 have arrived! If you want to spend 2017 with my latest favourite selection of paintings, then you can order yours now on my website here: http://www.valeriepirlot.com/shop

As usual, there is a wall and desk calendar option and they can be shipped worldwide.
See below to have a preview of the selection of paintings.
  

Wall calendar cover


January - Note the original painting is available for sale here.


February


March


April


May - Note the original painting is available for sale here



June


July


August


September


October - Note the original painting is available for sale here


November - Note the original painting is available for sale here


December - Note the original painting is available for sale here



The same selection of paintings is displayed in the desk format:



For more info, go to my website: http://www.valeriepirlot.com/shop