Tour de France 2014: Stage 12 – Bourg-en-Bresse to Saint-Étienne

Bonjour! Stage12 continued the theme begun on Stage 11, hot sunshine, rolling countryside and beautiful chateaux. The announcement came that Andrew Talansky joined 4 other team leaders in retirement, but the race pressed on. French fans enjoying the progress of riders Cyril Gaultier and Perrig Quemeneur who brokeaway with Simon Clarke to lead for a great section of the stage. The sprint to the line saw Peter Sagan miss out on the win yet again – just beaten by Alexander Kristoff for the Russian team Katusha. And this was a ‘quiet’ stage! Here are my drawings:

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  1. It’s just dawned on me. You draw first then paint. Yes?

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    1. I do indeed! And sometimes draw again after the paint is dry – if a line is lost by the colour. But I always draw in ink, so everything is there, including mistakes! I just love the fact that I can’t rub out and have to strive to get the line right first time… don’t usually manage it but keep trying 🙂

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      1. Thanks. This is great. While I was away last week I bought a waterproof ink pen to try to get a better dynamic in my watercolours, doing just what you describe. I had in mind a drawing / painting by John Piper in which he made a loose drawing of a cityscape and painted in washes without following the lines. I m not why it took me so long to realise that you work with line primarily – I always saw just your flashes of colour. A tribute to your skill – the lines are there but are not what are seen.

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      2. Thanks very much – I love drawing with pen – and you can do no better than looking at the work of John Piper who is brilliant! I do hope you enjoy your new pen and look forward to seeing some great drawings from you 🙂

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      3. Hi Maxine,
        I hope you don’t mind but on my latest post, I put a link to your latest Tour de France sketches.
        Be
        Neil

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      4. Neil, I’m delighted and very flattered! Thank you very much indeed 🙂

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  2. Thanks very much – I love drawing with pen – and you can do no better than looking at the work of John Piper who is brilliant! I do hope you enjoy your new pen and look forward to seeing some great drawings from you 🙂

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