Friday, 18 October 2013

Show review: 3 Wessex sketchers "painting the seasons"

Thank you everybody who came to our show (work from Bob Child, Andrew Taylor and myself) at the West Barn in Bradford-on-Avon on 4-6 October. We had an overwhelming number of visitors (about 600 people in 3 days!) and it was lovely to be able to chat about our work to so many people. We were blessed with great weather so the venue attracted many walkers and we got equal interest from their enthusiastic dogs! 

The West barn, Barton Farm, in Bradford-on-Avon

You can see below the set up of the show which was fairly similar to the show we had last year at the same place. The space is just perfect for three artists and the old barn stones gave a great feel to the display (which is an other way of saying that you can get away with having pictures not hanging perfectly straight because it is a part of the countryside charm, isn't it!).

Below are some pictures of the reception which took place on Friday evening. We were blessed with a great musical duet who set up on the balcony of the barn. It was a lovely evening, thank you everybody who managed to come and we are delighted and grateful for all the red dots!

Here is a picture of us three on the evening. As you can see my baby was thoughtful and considerate enough to stay nice and warm in my belly and wait before sending me into labour (which hasn't happened yet...). I don't think the crowd needed this kind of entertainment!

The three "Wessex sketchers": Andrew Taylor (left), myself and Bob Child

And here is below a close up of the work on display:

Bath and Bristol paintings by Valérie Pirlot

Venice paintings by Valérie Pirlot

Cornwall paintings by Valérie Pirlot

Watercolours by Bob Child

Watercolours by Bob Child

Paintings by Andrew Taylor

We were very pleased with the success of the show and hope to be back next year for some more! For those who couldn't make it, you can still contact us for prices and availability as several paintings are still available for purchase.

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I'm not sure when my next blog post will be as I'm preparing for the imminent arrival. Maybe I'll be posting baby portraits soon, who knows! I do like the idea of painting in plein air with the baby on a carrier, and soon she will be passing me the brushes! 


  1. Nice one, show looks great. Nice venue too :)

  2. Lots of excitement on artistic and personal fronts. It looks like a fabulous show and well deserving of the interest that you generated. Hope all goes well with your imminent arrival.