I bought a painting by the French artist, Valeraine Leblond way back in March when she had an exhibition at the Welsh Quilt Centre. It has only just arrived as I was rather slow arranging delivery after the exhibition closed.
Nevertheless I am delighted with my purchase and at the moment it is propped up on the windowsill opposite my desk and I can look up from my computer screen and enjoy it.
I love Valeraine's work. She is French, but lives in West Wales, speaks Welsh and has two little children, so a busy lady! I haven't met her, but I follow her Facebook page and assume that she lives in a cottage near the beach, because these idyllic ingredients are to be seen in all her paintings which are painted on wood, much of which she gathers from the sea shore.
I love the little cottages, particularly the little terraced ones. Not sure that I could fit all my possessions into one of them, but I can but dream! Of course I particularly like the ones with quilts! Here are some of my favourites -
Aren't they delightful? West Wales is a lovely place, but I'm not sure it is as lovely as in these pictures. There are no unsightly intrusions that are so necessary to everyday life, they just make you wish that you could live in this simple way, tending gardens, hanging out washing, feeding the chickens! Ah well, back to the real world.