Saturday, 4 November 2017

Sydney Gardens in Bath

We might be already in November, but I thought I'd warm things up with a post about the paintings I painted on a bright sunny day in plein air in Sydney Gardens this summer (a nice way of just saying I'm late with my blog posts!). This is my favourite place to paint in Bath. Beautiful bridges, light and reflections, and lovely relaxed people walking by. What's not to like? 

First one below was done in the morning. I really wanted to keep it fresh and spontaneous so made sure I'd stop before adding too many details. 

Sydney Gardens, Bath, august in the morning 10"x8"  oil on board
Available for sale here 


Here are a few steps for you:

Quick initial drawing

Adding the dark greens

Mid tone greens

Working on the light areas

Close to finish

Before I was needed back at home on mummy duty, I had the time to squeeze in an other painting. I didn't have to go far, I simply walked 10 metres and turned around to paint the bridge that was behind me. I still aimed for a sense of freshness but this time wanted to really focus on the lovely light hitting the greens in such a magical way. 

Sydney Gardens, Bath, August in the afternoon  10"x8" oil on board SOLD


Here are a few steps:

Initial simple drawing

Initial stage - trying to capture the light

Towards the end

Also, Just a quick note to say thank you to all those who came to our show in Bradford-on-Avon last month. We had a fantastic amount of visitors and grateful for the all the sales of paintings, prints, calendars, etc... For those who couldn't make it, my remaining paintings are available for sale on my website

Also on my website are my 2018 calendars available on wall or desk format with a selection of my favourite paintings of this year. Simply go to my website here to order yours (worldwide shipping / free shipping in Europe)

Also, just wanted to let you know I'm very happy to be part of the exhibition "An Evening or Art" in Bath on 20th November. It is a one night only pop up exhibition to raise funds for the Bath Percent Club's Quartet Community Foundation Fund. Six of my paintings will be for sale alongside great work from the artists named below. If you would like to join us on that night please let me know and I'll add you to the guest list.

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I'm in process of photographing the paintings I did in Scotland in September this year, so hopefully that'll be my next post, so watch this space...

Monday, 2 October 2017

Our show starts this Friday in Bradford on Avon!

Only 4 days until the opening of our 3 days - show in Bradford on Avon!! For the last few weeks I've been busy framing, labelling, wrapping and packing paintings and prints. I'm so glad I have a studio for that, as I can't imagine doing it in the front room with my two littles curious cheeky monkeys touching everything!

Getting the frames ready

The joint show (Bob Child, Andrew Taylor and myself) will run for 3 days 6-8 October at the West Barn in Bradford on Avon (10 am till 5.30pm) and the three of us will be there the whole time.

I also wanted to invite my blog followers and readers to the private view of the show which will be held Friday 6 October 6-9pm. The venue is West Barn, Barton Farm in Bradford-on-Avon, BA15 1LF, a short walk from the train station.

There will be original oil and watercolour paintings for sale, alongside greeting cards, calendars and a large selection of giclée prints. Many paintings have been produced during our recent travels to South Africa, Portugal, France, Belgium or Scotland.

It would be lovely to see you there, have a chat, and show you our recent work!

Here is a little preview of what you can expect to see at the show:

Oil paintings by Valérie Pirlot:

Watercolours by Bob Child:

Oil paintings by Andrew Taylor:

Bob, Andrew and I hope to see you there!

If you can't come to the show, feel free to browse and contact me if you wish to reserve any paintings for you. 

Monday, 11 September 2017

Gardens and allotments

Here is a little glimpse of what I have been painting this summer - my favourite subjects: gardens and allotments! Below are the wonderful Iford Manor Gardens. I've seen many gardens (my mum is a journalist specialising in gardens so she's dragged me to countless places), but this one really stood out for me. It has an Italian peaceful feeling about it. I was actually with my mum when I painted this. The light was amazing. I had a great time doing it and I think it might well be one of my favourite paintings I've produced. 

Iford Manor Gardens in the summer 10"x12"  oil on board
Available for sale here


Here are a few pictures of the place and some steps of the painting:

Next stop: Great Chalfield Manor. It was a very hot day so I escaped in the shade near the water. Felt nice and cool there but I became the target of an army of bugs and mosquitos! I powered through, ignored the flies crawling on my arms and bugs biting my legs, and I'm not too unhappy with the result, considering the conditions.

Great Chalfield Manor  10"x12"  oil on board
Available for sale here


Next to me, my mum was photographing the place for a magazine feature...

On an other day, I got the chance to go back to my favourite allotments, five minutes walk from my house, and tried to capture this scene quickly before the evening light disappeared.

Last light on Monksdale road allotments 10"x8"  oil on board
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Here are a few shots of the progress:

Light almost gone! Time to go home!

Finally, here is a very small oil sketch I did from my studio at home, looking down at the garden. Louisa was at preschool and my little one was having a nap and I had an hour of freedom ahead of me. I could hear the chair calling "come an rest and read a magazine!", but I decided to ignore that and paint it instead! I'm keeping this one for myself as a souvenir of the relaxing time I could have had! 

The long chair  5"x7" - Not for sale

Finally, don't forget to save the date 6-8 October for our show in Bradford on Avon. I'll do a post about it soon but here is the little poster meanwhile...

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