A phenomenal dive to the line from the Tour de France in Paris in 2013. Three sprinters who at the time were among the best of their generation, Marcel Kittel, Andre Greipel and Mark Cavendish – I love the movement and marvel at the way they hurl themselves and their bikes to the line, with heads down – I presume – not being able to see where they are going! Brave indeed!
Marcel Kittel ended his Tour de France in style and finished the stage in three hours, six minutes and 14 seconds.
The image that captured the first of Mark Cavendish’s stupendous stage wins from last year’s Tour de France. What an outpouring of emotion there was not only from the man himself but everyone who has followed and supported him over the years.
A gem of a day!
The painting sold at my solo exhibition recently and featured on the cover of Local Living magazine, which was a lovely surprise!
Celebrating ten years of drawing and painting Tour de France
23rd – 29th April 2022 – Canon Gallery, Oundle, nr Peterborough
Hello and welcome to Spring! I am delighted to invite you to my exhibition, ‘Cycling‘ which opens at the Canon Gallery in the lovely town of Oundle, near Peterborough this weekend. Believe it or not, I am celebrating my tenth year of drawing and painting the Tour de France, which I did for the first time in 2012 – what a fantastic year 2012 was? It has been a wonderful time to see the sport develop and grow in popularity in the UK and I have enjoyed watching from the sidelines with my pen and watercolours, recording these great races and emerging cycling stars.
It will be great to have work on show in a gallery once more, especially after the hiatus forced upon us all by the pandemic. Oundle is a popular destination for local cycling clubs and groups, so a great location for this show. The Canon Gallery is in the heart of the town and will be open from 10am – 5pm every day – Sunday, 10am – 4pm and I will be in the gallery every day to welcome you. There will be around 25 framed pictures plus mounted and portfolio pieces which are fresh off the drawing board. All the paintings and drawings are available to buy.
I am so looking forward to meeting you, talking cycling and art and hearing your stories, as it’s been such a long time! If you want to enquire about any pictures or have any queries in advance, please do get in touch, email is easiest firstname.lastname@example.org
See you there!
Here is a preview of some of the work you will see… some old and some new but all favourites!
Hello! I have been looking back lately, as this year sees the tenth anniversary of ‘Racing Lines’. I want to celebrate this milestone and invite you to join me to look back over my archive of paintings and drawings made with watercolour, pen and ink, with the occasional dab of pastel! It’s been a wonderful experience and I have made new art friends along the way – Please share and enjoy!
This look back goes to the Tour de France 2021, Stage 12, where the peloton passed by lavender fields. It was a hot day so the scent must have been heady. If you look at the inscription, it was 62km into the stage, perhaps you were there?
Have a great weekend!
Picture details – Original watercolour, with pen and ink, on paper, 20cm x 20cm (8in x 8in) image size. Available: Purchase
Hello! I have looking back lately, as next year sees the tenth anniversary of launching my blog and website, ‘Racing Lines’. I want to celebrate this milestone and invite you to join me to look back over my archive of paintings and drawings made with watercolour, pen and ink, with the occasional dab of pastel – all of them inspired by sport, movement and fleeting moments. They will be selected at random – just finding pictures I like and sharing again for fun! I am going to categorise them as ‘Racing Lines Lookback’ so they are easy to find.
This look back goes to the Tour de France 2014, Stage 15, Tallard to Nîmes, a long transition stage with challenging weather and crosswinds. Heartbreak for Jack Bauer who thought he would take his first stage win for Garmin but sprinters hunted down caught and passed him after he had been at the front most of the way. The scene shows the peloton progressing along in the rain – you can see umbrellas in the crowd at the side. I loved the straight road and dark clouds.
Just as January really starts to bite and feels like SUCH a long month, the Mallorca Challenge cycle race pops up over the last weekend and brightens the new year, heralding a new cycling season and the promise of Spring.
This year’s race takes place over five days for the first time but last year’s was moved to May because of the continuing Covid-19 crisis. January was the longest of all last year!
The series of races coming in May was still a treat and here are two paintings I made from the TV coverage, in the countryside around Andratx. The pictures were made together – as you can see from the colours – the olives in the title could easily refer to the colour of my paint, as well as the trees themselves. I think this is the UAE team because of the flashes of red but don’t take my word and please feel free to correct me!
I like them together as a pair – and I am showing them here arranged horizontally but they look good stacked vertically too – Ideal for one of those awkward spaces! What do you think?
Meanwhile, this year’s series is on just now, so I am looking forward to sharing some new paintings with you soon – Have a great weekend!
Just remember, it’s nearly February! Spring on its way 🙂
Picture information: Original watercolour with pen and ink on paper Size: 17.5cm x 17.5cm – image only Status: Available, presently unframed – can be purchased in protective mount or fully framed either singly or as a pair – horizontal or vertical alignment. Price: £325 fully framed or £375 framed as a pair in one frame. £150 each mount only
Looking back over work made during the summer – This was a picture that was a joy to do and a joy to watch – Kalvin Phillips is a passionate player, so determined to keep the ball no matter what the pressure.
I made this one from the match against Croatia, where he ‘announced’ his presence right from the start. The Croatian player was definitely not having the ball – it was Kalvin’s!
I love his style!
Picture information: Original watercolour with pen and ink on paper Size: 20cm x 20cm – image only Status: Available, presently unframed – can be purchased in protective mount or fully framed Price: £325 fully framed – £250 mount only
I really enjoy making pictures of the iconic four Jerseys of the Tour de France and this is one of my favourites.
Usually, the best time to do this is before the start or during the rollout. Stage 19 of 2020 race had some great views of the four of them waiting and chatting before the day’s work began.
So here they are, the four best riders in each class at this point of the race, from left to right, Richard Carapaz, (Ineos Grenadiers), King of the Mountains, Primož Roglič, (Jumbo Visma), Yellow Jersey, Tadej Pogačar, (UAE), Best Young Rider, Sam Bennett, Deceuninck–Quick-Step, Best Sprinter.
Bennett went on to win in Paris and retained his Green Jersey, while Tadej Pogačar took the rest, a feat he repeated this year in remarkable style.
Have a good day today.. 🙂
Picture information: Original, pen and ink and watercolour, on paper
Format: Large square: 28cm x 28cm (11in x 11in) Framed size 45cm x 45cm
The Foxes versus the Red Devils at the King Power Stadium on Saturday promised to be a tasty game… although Leicester has had what you could kindly call a ‘mixed’ start to the season.
Saturday saw an apparently new team come out to play the super squad of Manchester Utd – Mostly the same faces but my word – new attitude, new confidence and new purpose! Absolutely wonderful to see and whilst it must be a painful start to the weekend for fans of Manchester Utd – they have some extraordinary players who are just a joy to watch as well.
My first image shows a little tussle at the start between Paul Pogba and Kelechi Iheanacho, who was not standing for any nonsense and took the ball away. Interesting fashion note with Pogba was that he had blue and white dreadlocks – I was surprised!
Great afternoon and such a wonderful game that will live long in the memory of Leicester City fans! Lovely to see them back! 🙂
Media: Original watercolour with pen and ink Image size: 26cm x 26cm / 10.25in x 10.25in, image
Update – You can see this painting as part of the Open 32: The People’s Exhibition at Leicester Museum and Art Gallery – 4th December 2021 – 21st January 2022