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
Available for sale here


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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Monday, 21 August 2017

Painting in Belgium

I returned from a trip to my hometown in Belgium, Lasne (near Waterloo) a few weeks ago and managed to get my paints out while my devoted mum looked after the kids. It's an interesting thing painting a place I know so well, but never looked at it with my artist's eyes before because I only started painting plein air landscapes after moving to England. I spent a lot of time driving around looking for a good spot to paint as I was rediscovering it from a painter's point of view. Here are the six paintings I produced during my stay.

I painted this one below from Place d'Ohain. Lovely little square surrounded by a few shops, including the butcher which you can see far right of the painting. It started to rain as I started painting and I got my feet wet, but it did bring lovely reflections on the road so that was a bonus.

Ohain in the rain  10"x8" oil on board
Available here

Here are a few steps below

The finished painting


One of the place I really wanted to paint was the fields where the Battle of Waterloo happened, situated only minutes away from my parents' house. Such a beautiful place and a big part of my childhood memories. It was so quiet while I painted this, couldn't help thinking about what happened there just over 200 years ago. 

Les champs de Waterloo   oil on board  10"x8"
Available here

I had a great time painting the clouds with freedom. Bliss!


I did a second one on that day from the same spot but looking towards the old cobbled road. This is the road we use all the time to go to Waterloo. It's very old and bumpy but simply gorgeous. 

Waterloo - La route des champs  10"x7"  oil on board


Below is an other painting done at the square in Ohain, this time looking towards the bandstand, which is a bit of a local landmark there. I got married at the guildhall just opposite it. A bit of a contrast between my lovely wedding dress on the day, and my stained worn out artist's clothes while I painted this! 

Place d'Ohain  16"x9"  oil on board
Available here


Below is the road leading to Lasne centre. Very small but lovely high street, full of memories. The painting shows the local bank, the florist where I got my wedding bouquet, the restaurant La tartine, and the old video rental shop where we would rent VHS tapes at the week end (I feel old!) 

Lasne  10"x12"  oil on board
Available here


Finally, below is a painting of an other cobbled road in the area. I was craving for a big bath of greenery so this surely satisfied me! Lovely light filtering through the branches too. 

Route de la Marache, Lasne  10"x12"  oil on board
Available here


That's it for my Belgian paintings. They are all available on my website here:

Lastly, just a quick note about shows:

Two of my Belgium paintings will be on show at the exhibition "Lasne en peintures" which will be held at the Maison communale later this year. My work will also be on show at the bibliothèque de Lasne early next year.

For those in the UK: Andrew Taylor, Bob Child and myself are running our show in Bradford-on-Avon again this year (fourth year now) and it will be 6-8th October.

More info about all this very soon.

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