Tour de France 2015: Stage 15 – Mende to Valence

Bonjour! Stage 15 pressed on through the stunning scenery beside the rivers Ardèche and Rhone towards the Alps. The conditions were hot with the Tramontane wind’s influence. In spite of the hills and climbs, there was a chance for the sprinters on the flat at the finish – really the last before Paris, so there was much to chase for the key riders. Team Katusha looked strong in the earlier part of the stage, Team Sky continued to hold their position, but the excitement came at the close, where four sprinters charged for the line. Another great performance from Andre Greipel who took the win, although the Green Jersey remained with Peter Sagan. Here are my drawings:

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  1. ManojPhotography

    Great drawing

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    1. Thank you 😀

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  2. Wow! How I wish I had your talent! So happy I stumbled upon your site. Thank you for sharing your gift.

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    1. Thank you very much, glad you like them! 😀

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  3. Reblogged this on dubibrightest.

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    1. Thank you for reblog, much obliged! 😀

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  4. beautiful work

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    1. Thank you! 😀

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    1. Thank you, I will 😀

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  5. I simply adore watercolors! Thank you so much for sharing them.

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    1. Thank you, I love watercolours too. They have great versatility, great to use., I’m so pleased that you like mine!. 😀

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  6. Amazing! I keep coming back to WordPress just to see this post 😂

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    1. Thank you, I’m glad you like it! 🙂

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    1. Wonderful, thank you! 😀

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    1. Thank you 😀

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  7. This is beautiful

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    1. Thanks so much! Glad you like them😀

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    2. Thanks so much! 😀

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  8. torbjornzetterlund

    Reblogged this on Cycletrippin.

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  9. I love the white spaces left, giving space for individual colours to breathe and the minimal use of sketchy lines. It gives the element of speed and that exists in this sport.

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    1. Thank you, a great comment! I think the white spaces are so important, like the rests in music. They punctuate the lines and colours and give breathing space as you say. I like that description very much! 😀

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      1. Well thank you for posting your work. Sometimes negative space can be underestimated how subtle its effects has on a piece of work. This especially when then finished work has that ‘unfinished’ quality which leaves viewers to fill in the spaces for themselves, or not if they wish to.

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  10. Love the pics! incredible! <3.<3

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    1. Thank you! Glad you like them, 😀

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  11. I love how the paint is used almost so abstract that it creates the atmosphere of actually being at the Tour De france which I can imagine is an amazing experience and atmosphere just through these images.

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    1. Thank you very much! I always try to capture the atmosphere, so I’m really pleased to read your comment 😀

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      1. I think that you have captured it perfectly, I try to create some sort of atmosphere in my photography 🙂

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      2. I can see that you achieve that, lovely photos 😀

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      3. I feel that your paintings really achieve that atmosphere of the teams riding together with the use of bright paints, in my opinion anyway, and the darker colours almost create that tense atmosphere, I love how simple the outlines are and how you are still able to tell what is going on

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      4. Thank you very much! 😀

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  12. Hello.. i hope you want to see my blog about drawing created me. Yeah.. although my drawing not good but i want to share it for you all see. I hope you can see in kudolim.wordpress.com., thanks

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    1. Good luck with your blog 😀

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      1. Thanks.. i hope you can see if yoh have free time..😄😄😄

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  13. marycatherine72

    Wow, these are beautiful! I think something about the watercolor medium really captures the movement and fluidity of the Tour de France.

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    1. Thank you so much, I agree with you, watercolour seems to be right for the subject somehow. The Tour de France is so colourful isn’t it? 🙂

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  14. These are great! Beautiful work!

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    1. Thank you very much indeed, glad you like my pictures! 🙂

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    2. Thank you!😀

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  15. Love your ink work, just so skillful…warm regards Karen

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    1. Karen, thank you so much! Glad you like it, Maxine 🙂

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    2. Thanks so much! 😀

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  16. Visualizing the tour your paintings bring my imagination in full gear. Thank you for exhibiting your creations and showcasing your talent which is vividly an expression of the event.

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    1. Thank you 😀

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  17. Reblogged this on Leyla Bilginel.

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  18. Wow!! Amazing

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    1. Thank you very much! 😀

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  20. Have only just seen this. What a unique way to cover Le Tour. Wonderful.

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    1. Thank you very much! 😀

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  21. absolutely incredible, bravo.

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    1. Thank you very much! 😀

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  22. well done,amazing!

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    1. Thank you! Glad you like them 😀

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      1. Hi Maxine, I am impressed by the way you conjure speed, use colour, and obviously work at great speed. Have you painted dance? If not I wish you would contact a ballet/contemporary dance com0any and ask if you could paint a class or rehearsal. Please do, Stephen (see my blog on Ali) Don’t do much sport.

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      2. Hi Stephen, thanks so much for your lovely comment. Dance is a favourite subject of mine and one that I’ve returned to many times. There aren’t many on this blog though, something I should rectify! However, there are some in the Galleries section, under Performance. Scroll down beyond the musicians and you’ll find them 😀

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  23. Amazing work! I really wish I knew how to properly use watercolors. They’re so difficult.

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    1. Thanks for your comment. You’re right about watercolours, they are difficult! I still feel as though I’m learning, but they are lovely to experiment with, the pigments react so well with each other, you never quite know what you’re going to get and that’s the best bit for me, I hope you persevere with them, it’s worth it 😀

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  24. nice painting

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    1. Thank you! Most kind 🙂

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    1. Brilliant! Thank you 🙂

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  25. Wow, you really capture the moment.

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    1. Thank you very much indeed, lovely comment 🙂

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  26. Wow, brilliant paintings. I wish I had this talent!

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    1. Very kind, thank you very much 🙂

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  27. KorubettosHaiku

    Amazing paintings here, never seen the Tour de France captured in art form before (apart from photography). They really catches the colour and festivity of the event and the blur of the cyclists flying by (I have never been but I imagine once you have waited all day for the cyclists to pass by when they do they’re gone again with the wind!).

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    1. Thank you so much for your wonderful comment! Very much appreciated 😀

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