Pip Balfe

Leamington Spa

I entered this at the RA SUMMER EXHIBITION, never in my wildest dreams did I expect to get to the final selection. My inspiration for this painting was my granddaughter Betsy's 7th birthday at Ryton Pools near Leamington. It was a den building party with loads of children. One of the many photos I took really touched me especially the garland that my daughter in law Vici and I managed to string between the trees - great day, great party. They built the dens then the ranger took them all to the woods looking for were the fairies lived which as you can imagine they found loads, magical day, great memories followed by a wonderful day in London with my son and daughter taking my painting to the RA.

I spend a lot of time taking photos on my iPad looking for inspiration then print off the favourites. So I always have a selection on file and then I paint adding my interpretation so it's not very often that they end up looking like the photo!


East Lodge
Jephson Gardens
Willes Road
Leamington Spa
CV32 4ER
Added Extras: 
Family Friendly, Glorious garden, Parking, Refreshments, Toilets
Accessibility Level: 
Level 3 : Partial access - some steps or narrow doorway to parts of the venue.

Opening Dates and Times

June-July 2017
10am - 5pm