Tuesday, 21 April 2015

Painting in Widcombe by the river Avon

Here is a plein air painting I did a couple of weeks ago in Widcombe alongside the river Avon. My discerning blog followers might notice I did a painting almost at the same spot last year, depicting the footbridge (you can see a small section of it on the right). Click here to see which painting I'm talking about.

Sunny day, near Widcombe footbridge   14"x10"   oil on board

It was a beautiful sunny morning and what caught my eye was the variety of greens, the sun hitting the facades of the houses, and the green footbridge/roadworks fences caught in the sun. Below is the picture of the view I painted. I set up alongside the river handrail and tried not to drop my brushes in the water (almost did!).

My faithful and patient bike waiting for me to finish my painting

The painting half way through

That's me in action

I didn't need to look at my watch to keep track of time because I could hear every 45 minutes the guide on the microphone in the tourist boat passing just below me, saying each time exactly the same sentence at the same spot. I got a few waves from the tourists too so that kept me company. 

Detail of the finished painting

Detail of the finished painting

This painting, alongside many others, will be for sale at our forthcoming show in Bradford on Avon on 2-4 May. If you haven't heard about it and want more info, check out my last blog post here. I hope to see you there!

Thursday, 16 April 2015

Upcoming show: 2-4 May 2015 in Bradford on Avon

I'm very much looking forward to our upcoming show next month in Bradford on Avon. Many of you are already planning to come so it promises to be fun! Here is more information about it:

"Three Wessex Sketchers - Capturing the light" 
at the West Barn, Barton Farm in Bradford on Avon BA15 1LF (UK) 
From Saturday 2 May to Monday 4 May (bank holiday)
10am to 5.30 pm - Free entry

Private view: Saturday evening from 6pm-10pm

The show will feature paintings from Bob Child, Andrew Taylor and myself. We all share the same passion for painting and a love of nature and architecture and we all work in a spontaneous and energetic way, trying to capture the light with paint. The show will feature work produced in plein air and also in studio. There will also be a large choice of original prints, cards and postcards. 

Bob Child, myself and Andrew Taylor

We usually get many families popping by, so there will be a little drawing/craft corner for children and for the curious artists, we will display our material, painting boxes and brushes so you can have a better idea of how we work. Bob, Andrew and myself will be there the whole time during the three days so come and say hi!

For those who can't make it, have a look on our websites. You can email us to reserve/purchase paintings online:

Here are a few pictures of the venue: West Barn, Barton Farm in Bradford on Avon. The pictures were taken during our last show two years ago at the same place:

The private view of our exhibition will be held on Saturday evening from 6pm-10pm and there will be drinks, nibbles and music from guitarist Cobie Mills. Would be great to see you there! 

Here is below a small selection of our work that will be at the show:

Starting with some of my paintings (there will be many many more!):

The Old Town Bridge, Bradford-on-Avon  - Valérie Pirlot

Cloud Study - beach in Fuerteventura - Valérie Pirlot

Morning hot air balloon ride - The Royal Crescent  - Valérie Pirlot

Bath views from Alexandra Park - April afternoon  - Valérie Pirlot

Hills in the morning fog - Saint-Saturnin-les-Apt  - Valérie Pirlot

Last light - Monksdale road allotments  - Valérie Pirlot

The Avon, Bath, near the train station   - Valérie Pirlot

Waterfront Square, Bristol Harbourside  - Valérie Pirlot

Superb watercolours by Bob Child:

Bob Child

Le Pont de l'Ouysse  - Bob Child

La Gomera  - Bob Child

Colerne, Tutton Hill  - Bob Child

Totnes High St  - Bob Child

Underfall Yard  - Bob Child

Lively and spontaneous paintings by Andrew Taylor:

Andrew Taylor

Near Marden  - Andrew Taylor

Cheverell Corn Bales  - Andrew Taylor

All Cannings, South view  - Andrew Taylor

Frome from the South - Andrew Taylor

View to Blackfriars  Bridge (1)  - Andrew Taylor

And finally here are a few pictures taken during our last two shows at the same venue.
We hope you can make it!

Friday, 10 April 2015

Bath views from Alexandra Park

I have been living in Bath for almost 10 years, and still, I only discovered a few days ago one of the best view point of the city. This is the view from Alexandra Park which is only 5 minutes drive from my house. The scenery is just breathtaking. I painted this a week ago on a sunny afternoon and found it really inspiring. I surely will be back soon!

Bath views from Alexandra Park - April afternoon  10"x12"  oil on board

My set up before I started painting


Here are below a few stages of the painting. As you can see, the sky and light is constantly changing which means some buildings are sometimes in the shade, sometimes in the sun. The tricky part is to make a decision about which part you want to keep sunny/in the shadow, and stick to it, otherwise you would spend your time painting over it again and again and end up with a big mess!

Talking about mess, look below at my first stage of the painting...

Stage 1 - blocking in the background

Stage 2 - starting to add the buildings and greens

Stage 3 - posing while someone takes my picture and pretending I'm painting and haven't noticed them

Stage 4 - adding highlights and contrasts


My next post will be about my forthcoming show in Bradford on Avon (2-4 May) at the West Barn, so watch this space for more info!