Leicester city v Manchester Utd – Oct 2021: Iheanacho takes the ball

Iheanacho v Pogba - Leicester City v Man Utd, October 2021, original painting by Maxine Dodd
Iheanacho v Pogba - Leicester City v Man Utd, October 2021, original painting by Maxine Dodd
Iheanacho v Pogba – Leicester City v Man Utd, October 2021

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! 🙂

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Racing Lines Lookback #1: Paris Roubaix 211.4km

Racing Lines Lookback: Paris Roubaix 211.4km, original watercolour by Maxine Dodd
Racing Lines Lookback: Paris Roubaix 211.4km, original watercolour by Maxine Dodd
Racing Lines Lookback: Paris Roubaix 211.4km

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 first picture is was made during a Paris Roubaix race, I think around 2016 or 2017 – I hadn’t scanned it, so the year wasn’t noted. If you recognise it, let me know! I really liked the colours and the big foot of the rider at the front. I shall seek out more Paris Roubaix as the great Spring Classic will be held in October! A topsy turvy world still!

Have a great Thursday!

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Tour of Britain 2021: Stage 2, Deep shadows

Tour of Britain 2021: Stage 2 - Deep shadows
Tour of Britain 2021: Stage 2 - Deep shadows
Tour of Britain 2021: Stage 2 – Deep shadows

The Tour of Britain crossed the border to Devon in glorious autumn sunshine. A real scorcher! Very beautiful course, especially through Dartmouth and finishing in Exeter. Just to remind us how lovely the UK is when the sun shines! I loved making this image, as the shadows were so deep, almost black, against the olive green trees and somewhat Mediterranean sky – Artistic licence? You decide!

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Tour of Britain 2021: Stage 1, Cornwall

Tour of Britain 2021: Stage 1 - Cornwall, original watercolour painting Maxine Dodd
Coming to Wrexham, Tour of Britain, Stage 1, by Maxine Dodd
Tour of Britain 2021: Stage 1 – Cornwall

The Tour of Britain began today in Cornwall, visiting the county (country?) for the first time. It’s an incredible part of the UK, independent and unruly, characteristics echoed by the course, which ran along impossibly narrow lanes, steep climbs and sudden twists. The crowds were fantastic and the flags of Cornwall out in force along the route. A lovely start to this year’s race.

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Tour of Britain: Coming to Wrexham

Coming to Wrexham, Tour of Britain, Stage 1, by Maxine Dodd
Coming to Wrexham, Tour of Britain, Stage 1, by Maxine Dodd
Coming to Wrexham, Tour of Britain

The Tour of Britain is one of my favourite races – not surprising really! Like any race on ‘home’ territory, for a fan, it’s lovely to see star riders from your own country alongside top teams and riders from across the world. When they come past your own front door almost – it’s a great feeling and spectacle. The race has a long history and always marks the start of autumn for me – so the light is great and scenery beautiful.

Here then, is one for cycling fans from Wrexham – which I made the last time the Tour came by in 2015. This picture is a favourite – I love making panoramas, the perfect shape for a wide view of the peloton.

The 2021 race starts tomorrow and will travel to Wales, so it will be great to see scenes like this once more.

Coming to Wrexham, Tour of Britain, Stage 1, by Maxine Dodd
Coming to Wrexham, Tour of Britain

Coming to Wrexham, Tour of Britain

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Olympic Games 2021 – Vault

Olympics 2021 - Gymnastics: Vault, original watercolour painting Maxine Dodd
Olympics 2021 - Gymnastics: Vault, original watercolour painting Maxine Dodd
Olympics 2021 – Gymnastics: Vault

Hello! The Olympic Games began in Tokyo last weekend – I confess that I have just been watching so far – taking it all in and resting after the work around the Tour de France.

For the first few days, it almost feels like a bombardment of sport, I rather enjoy the first week, because there is so much variety to see and enjoy. I like the different locations both indoor and outside and it’s these early events that give the viewer at home a feel for the location and how these special games are going to be.

So having taken a breath, I found that I soon wanted to start making pictures so I will post selected things that catch my eye and interest – from the point of view of making art and not necessarily illustrating performances.

Here is the first of these images – which I loved making – The challenge was the men’s gymnastic team event, where one discipline is followed by another so quickly. I made the pictures with several sketchbooks and papers on the go at the same time and moved between them – It was great!

Work setup, including the vault

This one of the vault discipline – which was just exhilarating! Lovely to watch and lovely to make – it’s a return to a more abstract approach, which I like. I used the fan brush to indicate the twists and turns as he flew through the air and the watercolour paint helped the image by flowing just beautifully – sometimes, it feels as though I’m there as a bystander almost, just guiding the paint and letting it do its ‘thing’!

I hope you like it too!

Olympics 2021 - Gymnastics: Vault, original watercolour painting Maxine Dodd
Olympics 2021 – Gymnastics: Vault

Olympics 2021 – Gymnastics: Vault

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Tour de France 2021: Stage 21 – The Arc

Tour de France 2021 - Stage 21 - The Arc, original watercolour by Maxine Dodd
Tour de France 2021 - Stage 21 - The Arc, original watercolour by Maxine Dodd
Tour de France 2021 – Stage 21 – The Arc

Stage 21, Paris. The flag that flies suspended from the arch of the Arc du Triomphe, is a favourite element of the Paris stage, as is the monument at the top of the Champs Elysee itself. It’s great to see the peloton hurtling round this iconic landmark. It’s been a heck of a race this time, so much to take from it, as ever. The only sad sight to see this year for me, a final podium with two riders and two mannequins wearing the jerseys that Pogacar had won but couldn’t put on. Is that a worry? I hope not… I shall be back again next year to find out !

Tour de France 2021 - Stage 21 - The Arc, original watercolour by Maxine Dodd
Tour de France 2021 – Stage 21 – The Arc

The Arc

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Tour de France 2021: Stage 21 – Wout’s wheels

Tour de France 2021 - Stage 21 - On Wout's wheels, original watercolour by Maxine Dodd
Tour de France 2021 - Stage 21 - On Wout's wheels, original watercolour by Maxine Dodd
Tour de France 2021 – Stage 21 – On Wout’s wheels

Stage 21 – Paris, and the one where Mark Cavendish breaks Merckx’s record and wins 35 stages….but sadly the fairytale finish wasn’t to be. The stage began well, but towards the climax, Cavendish became separated from his lead out man, and instead took up position on the wheels of Wout Van Aert. He was side by side with Jasper Philipsen and couldn’t get past. Van Aert took his third stage win with phenomenal strength and Cavendish slapped his bike in frustration, knowing he just missed out.

I was very sorry about it but it was still an outstanding race for them both. Van Aert crossed the line with three fingers aloft. Cavendish can hold three fingers on one hand and four on the other if he chooses, which is wonderful. He won his second Green Jersey, a great souvenir of his outstanding Tour performance. He is the greatest sprinter of all time, it’s official!

Tour de France 2021 - Stage 21 - On Wout's wheels, original watercolour by Maxine Dodd
Tour de France 2021 – Stage 21 – On Wout’s wheels

STAGE 21 – Wout’s wheels

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Tour de France 2021: Stage 20 – Tadej waits

Tour de France 2021 - Stage 20, Tadej waits, original watercolour painting Maxine Dodd
Tour de France 2021 - Stage 20, Tadej waits, original watercolour painting Maxine Dodd
Tour de France 2021 – Stage 20, Tadej waits

Stage 20 – Tadej waits to start his time trial. He is in yellow and has been for so much of the race. He has made a remarkable start to his career, raced two Tours de France and won them both, not to mention his other achievements. This view shows just how young he is, but at just 22, he should have the prospect of a great career ahead.
The great thing for me as a fan, is that he isn’t the only one. The performances of Wout van Aert alone, show great strength, Jonas Vingegaard has been a revelation too. There seems to be a new generation coming through who are extraordinarily talented and young with it.
Exciting times ahead…

Tour de France 2021 - Stage 20, Tadej waits, original watercolour painting Maxine Dodd
Tour de France 2021 – Stage 20, Tadej waits

STAGE 20 – TADEJ WAITS

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Tour de France 2021: Stage 18 – Pretty Town

Tour de France 2021 - Stage18 - Pretty town, Original watercolour painting Maxine Dodd
Tour de France 2021 - Stage18 - Pretty town, Original watercolour painting Maxine Dodd
Tour de France 2021 – Stage18 – Pretty town

Another little study from Stage 18 that I like because of the peloton taking a bend, always love to see it and draw it – This town was attractive too, very French even down to the ‘Tabac’ sign – beautiful!

Tour de France 2021 - Stage18 - Pretty town, Original watercolour painting Maxine Dodd
Tour de France 2021 – Stage18 – Pretty town

Stage 18, Pretty town

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Tour de France 2021: Stage 18 – A little study

Tour de France 2021 - Stage18 - Little study, Original watercolour painting Maxine Dodd
Tour de France 2021 - Stage18 - Little study, Original watercolour painting Maxine Dodd
Tour de France 2021 – Stage18 – A Little study

Stage 18 – A little study from Stage 18 that I like because of the flag – It shows a breakaway with riders from B & B Hotels, with a glimpse of Julian Alaphilippe behind

Tour de France 2021 - Stage18 - Little study, Original watercolour painting Maxine Dodd
Tour de France 2021 – Stage18 – Little study

Stage 18, A little study

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Tour de France 2021: Stage 18 – Wout

Tour de France 2021 - Stage18 - Wout, original watercolour painting Maxine Dodd
Tour de France 2021 - Stage18 - Wout, original watercolour painting Maxine Dodd
Tour de France 2021 – Stage18 – Wout

Stage 18 – and a view, (finally!) of Wout Van Aert, who is such an accomplished cyclist – he can do anything – with his sights also set on the Olympics soon, but he seems to be able to do anything, from climbing to sprinting and of course, time trialling, this multi-talented Belgian rider is a joy to watch!

Tour de France 2021 - Stage18 - Wout, original watercolour painting Maxine Dodd
Tour de France 2021 – Stage18 – Wout

Stage 18, Wout

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Tour de France 2021: Stage 18 – Follow that man!

Tour de France 2021 - Stage18 - Follow that man! original watercolour painting Maxine Dodd
Tour de France 2021 - Stage17 - Follow that man! original watercolour painting Maxine Dodd
Tour de France 2021 – Stage 17 – Follow that man!

Stage 18 – The last day in the Pyrenees and what a gruelling few days it’s been! Everyone pushed to the absolute limit – Here is a scene reflecting how hot it was and the descent – Jackets flying in the breeze – probably not the best aerodynamics but probably felt very good!

Tour de France 2021 - Stage18 - Follow that man! original watercolour painting Maxine Dodd
Tour de France 2021 – Stage18 – Follow that man!

Stage 18, Follow that man!

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Tour de France 2021: Stage 17 – Col du portet

Tour de France 2021 - Stage17 - Col du Portet, original watercolour painting Maxine Dodd
Tour de France 2021 - Stage17 - Col du Portet, original watercolour painting Maxine Dodd
Tour de France 2021 – Stage17 – Col du Portet

Stage 17 was a complicated one with lots going on – especially at the end – and yes, I’m still working on those images!

Here though, is a little panorama that I quite liked which shows a lot of polka dots as the King of the Mountains, Wout Poels climbs the Col du Portet – a very, very tough day.

Tour de France 2021 - Stage17 - Col du Portet, original watercolour painting Maxine Dodd
Tour de France 2021 – Stage17 – Col du Portet

Stage 17, Col du Portet

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Tour de France 2021: Stage 17 – Bastille Day

Tour de France 2021 - Stage17 - Bastille Day, original watercolour painting Maxine Dodd
Tour de France 2021 - Stage17 - Bastille Day, original watercolour painting Maxine Dodd
Tour de France 2021 – Stage17 – Bastille Day

Stage 17 was a complicated one with lots going on – especially at the end – I’m still working on that! However, the stage also fell on Bastille Day and this image was lovely to make because two French riders from two French teams lead the race at least for a while.

The flag in the crowd was big, but I confess that artistic licence took over a bit here… One of my favourite paintings ever, is Delacroix’s ‘Liberty leading the people’ – and it has a great big flag which means so much to the French people, but to the wider world as a symbol of freedom in all forms.

Some days, just like the riders, you just have to go for it!

Tour de France 2021 - Stage17 - Bastille Day, original watercolour painting Maxine Dodd
Tour de France 2021 – Stage17 – Bastille Day

Bastille Day

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Tour de France 2021: Stage 16 – David Gaudu

Tour de France 2021 - Stage16 - David Gaudu ,original watercolour painting Maxine Dodd,
Tour de France 2021 - Stage16 - David Gaudu ,original watercolour painting Maxine Dodd,
Tour de France 2021 – Stage16 – David Gaudu

David Gaudu (Groupama-FDJ) ahead of Sonny Colbrelli (Bahrain Victorious) working so hard to keep the distance – a brilliant descender and very exciting to watch..

I applied oil pastel here to add highlights and emphasis – Lovely gooey material with all the quality of oil.

Tour de France 2021 - Stage16 - David Gaudu ,original watercolour painting Maxine Dodd,
Tour de France 2021 – Stage16 – David Gaudu

David Gaudu

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Tour de France 2021: Stage 16 – Colbrelli pursues

Tour de France 2021 - Stage16 - Cobrelli pursues, Detail,original watercolour painting Maxine Dodd,
Tour de France 2021 - Stage16 - Cobrelli pursues, original watercolour painting Maxine Dodd,
Tour de France 2021 – Stage16 – Cobrelli pursues

Sonny Colbrelli (Bahrain Victorious) in pursuit of David Gaudu (Groupama-FDJ) flying down a treachorous wet road – Colbrelli edged out Michael Matthews in the sprint but still not quite enough to catch Mark Cavendish for Green – yet. Cavendish survives these mountain stages – but Colbrelli is a good climber and sprinter – as is Matthews, so it remains to be seen how things will pan out over the next two days.

Tour de France 2021 - Stage16 - Cobrelli pursues, original watercolour painting Maxine Dodd,
Tour de France 2021 – Stage16 – Cobrelli pursues

Colbrelli pursues!

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Tour de France 2021: Stage 16 – Pyrenees Mist

Tour de France 2021 - Stage16 - Pyrenees mist, original watercolour painting Maxine Dodd
Tour de France 2021 - Stage16 - Pyrenees mist, original watercolour painting Maxine Dodd
Tour de France 2021 – Stage16 – Pyrenees mist

Possibly a more honest title would be Pyrenees deluge – it was very wet in the mountains yesterday. It was a long stage, with many facets to the racing – I chose to have a more experimental day artistically – by introducing oil pastel here and there over the dry watercolour for highlights – in others, applying the oil pastel first and using watercolour over the top as a resist. This one uses the pastel after the watercolour and pen have dried.

I am still working on some of them but this one conveyed how I imagined the conditions must have felt – it was unseasonably cold and wet – Hopefully, conditions will be better for them today.

Tour de France 2021 - Stage16 - Pyrenees mist, original watercolour painting Maxine Dodd
Tour de France 2021 – Stage16 – Pyrenees mist

Pyrenees mist

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Tour de France 2021: Stage 15 – Flying down!

Tour de France 2021 - Stage15 -Flying down! original watercolour painting Maxine Dodd
Tour de France 2021 - Stage15 -Flying down! original watercolour painting Maxine Dodd
Tour de France 2021 – Stage 15 -Flying down!

Some wonderful descending on show in this stage, as well as gruelling climbing at other times… Here is some wonderful descending by a trio which included Guillaume Martin his Cofidis colleague, Rubén Fernández and Mattia Cattaneo of Deceuninck Quick Step – Martin gave it everything but slipped to ninth place on the GC after starting the day in second place – these stages are cruel!

Tour de France 2021 - Stage15 -Flying down! original watercolour painting Maxine Dodd
Tour de France 2021 – Stage15 -Flying down!

Flying down!

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Tour de France 2021: Stage 15 – Heading for Andorra

Tour de France 2021 - Stage15 - Big peloton heading for Andorra, original watercolour painting Maxine Dodd
Tour de France 2021 - Stage15 - Big peloton heading for Andorra, original watercolour painting Maxine Dodd
Tour de France 2021 – Stage15 – Big peloton heading for Andorra

Lovely to make the posts and images from the Pyrenees and this one the way to Andorra, a favourite place – we used to go to ski in the winter, but not for a while – probably the knees wouldn’t be up to much these days, but such a great landscape – another classic Tour view – fab

Tour de France 2021 - Stage15 - Big peloton heading for Andorra, original watercolour painting Maxine Dodd
Tour de France 2021 – Stage15 – Big peloton heading for Andorra

Big peloton heading for Andorra

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Euros 2021: Italy European Champions

The Mighty Azzuri, watercolour, with pen and ink by Maxine Dodd

This is a tough post to make today. Last night, my head was full of the match, the teams, the play and of course, the penalties. Today, though, all these things have been subsumed by the reports of hatred, racism and violence by some people who are English and call themselves fans of the England team.

It was a match that will live long in the memory – and sadly, not in the way it did in 1996 – There is nothing whimsical in this loss. Overnight, the fun stopped, dramatically and profoundly.


Euros 2021 - Final, England v Italy: Kieran Trippier pass, Original watercolour painting Maxine Dodd
Euros 2021 – Final, England v Italy: Kieran Trippier pass

It began superbly from an England point of view – A beautifully placed pass from Keiran Trippier over to Luke Shaw, who struck the ball home to put England ahead in the second minute.

Euros 2021 - Final, England v Italy: Luke Shaw strike, Original watercolour painting Maxine Dodd
Euros 2021 – Final, England v Italy: Luke Shaw strike

The Italians are a strong team though, physical and hugely experienced – They began to find their feet and finally equalised – celebrating with their fans who were rightly ecstatic!

The Mighty Azzuri, watercolour, with pen and ink by Maxine Dodd
The Mighty Azzuri

Gareth Southgate, so popular with fans like me when as a young player put himself forward to fatefully take the last penalty in 1996 – made the first of three substitutions with Saka – so young and inexperienced, too young in my view for the responsibility he took on. Here he is with Gareth adjusting his sleeve as the manager gives him instruction. I should imagine Gareth will feel these substitutions now just as badly has his own miss, for which he still feels keenly.

Euros 2021 - Final, England v Saka and Southgate - a bad decision, Original watercolour painting Maxine Dodd
Euros 2021 – Final, England v Saka and Southgate – a bad decision

The boy was brave and missed, comforted by his manager and teammates – but I couldn’t draw any more. Too sad, too much.


Euros 2021: Good luck!

Euros 2021-Ukraine v England, BigHugs! Maguire and Shaw

England in the final against Italy at Wembley – what an outstanding achievement – Fingers, toes and anything else crossed! You’ve come such a long way… nearly there!

What a journey!

Euros 2021 - Ukraine v England, Leaping header for Harry!
Euros 2021 – Ukraine v England, Leaping header for Harry!
Euros 2021 - Ukraine v England, Shaw's pass to Harry!
Euros 2021 – Ukraine v England, Shaw’s pass to Harry!
Euros 2021 - Ukraine v England, Onto Maguire!
Euros 2021 – Ukraine v England, Onto Maguire!


Euros 2021-Ukraine v England, BigHugs! Maguire and Shaw
Euros 2021-Ukraine v England, BigHugs! Maguire and Shaw
Euros 2020 England v Scotland - Flowers of Scotland
Euros 2020 England v Scotland – Flowers of Scotland
Euros 2021 - Semifinal, England v Denmark: Phenomenal Pickford Original watercolour painting Maxine Dodd
Euros 2021 – Semifinal, England v Denmark: Phenomenal Pickford
Euros 2021 - Ukraine v England, Kane goal No1!
Euros 2021 – Ukraine v England, Kane goal No1!
Euros 2021 - Semifinal, England v Denmark: Saka to Sterling!Original watercolour painting Maxine Dodd
Euros 2021 – Semifinal, England v Denmark: Saka to Sterling!
Euros 2020 - Sterling puts England 1-0 up!
Euros 2020 – Sterling puts England 1-0 up!
Euros 2021 – England v Germany, Sterling GOAL!
Euros 2021 – England v Germany, Kane that header!
Euros 2021 - England v Germany, Grealish Pass, original watercolour by Maxine Dodd
Euros 2021 – England v Germany, Grealish Pass
Euros 2021 - England v Germany Sterling Strike!, original watercolour by Maxine Dodd
Euros 2021 – England v Germany Sterling Strike!
Euros 2021 - Semifinal, England v Denmark: The Penalty, Part 1, Original watercolour painting Maxine Dodd
Euros 2021 – Semifinal, England v Denmark: The Penalty, Part 1
Euros 2021 - Semifinal, England v Denmark: The Penalty, Part 2, Original watercolour painting Maxine Dodd
Euros 2021 – Semifinal, England v Denmark: The Penalty, Part 2
Euros 2021 - Semifinal, England v Denmark: The Lions Roar! Original watercolour painting Maxine Dodd
Euros 2021 – Semifinal, England v Denmark: The Lions Roar!

Euros 2021: Semi-final: The Penalty

Euros 2021 - Semifinal, England v Denmark: The Penalty, Part 2, Original watercolour painting Maxine Dodd

The match progressed, with great persistence from both sides, but the commentators kept saying that a goal would come, the pressure was coming from England… all the things that wind me up horribly! Curse of the commentator and all that.

So full time comes and extra time commences, just adding to the torment … I am praying that it doesn’t go to penalties, and then a penalty is awarded!

Kieran Trippier can’t look, which was a surprise, but he wasn’t alone! Leicester City fans know the abilities of the Danish goalkeeper, Kasper Schmeichel who is very likely to save it.

Euros 2021 - Semifinal, England v Denmark: The Penalty, Part 1, Original watercolour painting Maxine Dodd
Euros 2021 – Semifinal, England v Denmark: The Penalty, Part 1

Bless him, Kasper gets there, no less than I expected, but on the rebound, Harry blasts it home – Kasper reacts immediately – and is actually there – but the shot is too strong to resist.

Euros 2021 - Semifinal, England v Denmark: The Penalty, Part 2, Original watercolour painting Maxine Dodd
Euros 2021 – Semifinal, England v Denmark: The Penalty, Part 2

Wembley erupts! The Lions roar!

Euros 2021 - Semifinal, England v Denmark: The Lions Roar! Original watercolour painting Maxine Dodd
Euros 2021 – Semifinal, England v Denmark: The Lions Roar!

England 2-1 up and with a place in the final on Sunday – today! I can’t believe it!

Immense and outstanding, from both teams, who played their hearts out.

Wow!

Euros 2021: Semi-final: ENGLAND v Denmark – Saka to Sterling

Euros 2021 - Semifinal, England v Denmark: Saka to Sterling!Original watercolour painting Maxine Dodd

England in the semifinals were a goal down, but how would they respond? The wonderful thing this England team didn’t do, was panic or lose concentration.

Euros 2021 - Semifinal, England v Denmark: Saka to Sterling!Original watercolour painting Maxine Dodd
Euros 2021 – Semifinal, England v Denmark: Saka to Sterling!

Quite the opposite – Bukayo Saka, the nineteen year old, showed the coolest head and when the chance presented itself to him, struck a lovely cross to my England favourite, Raheem Sterling, but sadly for Denmark, captain Simon Kjaer was put under immense pressure and forced the ball into his own net to provide England with a vital equaliser before halftime.

Euros 2021: Semi-final: ENGLAND v Denmark – Damsgaard Strike

Euros 2021 - Semifinal, England v Denmark: Dansgaard Strike, original watercolour painting Maxine Dodd

England in the semifinals was an amazing feat, could they go a step further? The next series of posts show that the answer to that was a resounding ‘Yes!’

Euros 2021 - Semifinal, England v Denmark: Dansgaard Strike, original watercolour painting Maxine Dodd
Euros 2021 – Semifinal, England v Denmark: Damsgaard Strike

Denmark opened the scoring with a huge strike from a free kick by Mikkel Damsgaard, an absolute beautiful shot that flew into the goal, putting Denmark ahead in emphatic style.

Euros 2021: Semi-final: ENGLAND v Denmark – Phenomenal Pickford

Euros 2021 - Semifinal, England v Denmark: Phenomenal Pickford Original watercolour painting Maxine Dodd

England in the semifinals was an amazing feat, could they go a step further? The next series of posts show that the answer to that was a resounding ‘Yes!’

Euros 2021 - Semifinal, England v Denmark: Phenomenal Pickford Original watercolour painting Maxine Dodd
Euros 2021 – Semifinal, England v Denmark: Phenomenal Pickford

Back from Rome to Wembley, with great opponents, Denmark had played with huge strength of character following the traumatic start to their campaign. Sixteen minutes in, goalkeeper Jordan Pickford leapt into the air with John Stones to push a great shot on goal away to safety. Playing a vital part of the team’s performance, Pickford was assertive and strong.

Tour de France 2021: Stage 14 – Solo win! Bauke Mollema

Tour de France 2021 - Stage14, Solo win! Bauke Mollema, original watercolour painting Maxine Dodd
Tour de France 2021 - Stage14, Solo win! Bauke Mollema, original watercolour painting Maxine Dodd
Tour de France 2021 – Stage 14, Solo win! Bauke Mollema

The stage was taken in fine solo style by popular and talented rider Bauke Mollema – the Dutchman broke away from the rest of the breakaway group with 42km to go and won his second Tour stage with over a minute clear, a lovely ride. Cavendish completed before the cut-off time which is all I needed to know!

Now, it’s time to divert back to Wembley for a special football match tomorrow…

My pens are a-quiver!

Tour de France 2021: Stage 14 – Poursuivants

Tour de France 2021 - Stage14, Poursuivants, original watercolour painting Maxine Dodd
Tour de France 2021 - Stage14, Poursuivants, original watercolour painting Maxine Dodd
Tour de France 2021 – Stage 14, Poursuivants

Here is the group again, from the back – and against the light (contre-jour), which I love! Just played with the light and colour here and let the paint do its thing! You can see how the electric pink of Higuita’s jersey ‘ran’ to the left – When watercolour decides to do this, there isn’t much to stop it but I rather liked the effect here…

Tour de France 2021: Stage 14 – The Musketeer

Tour de France 2021 - Stage1, Tour de France 2021 - Stage14, The Musketeer - detail, original watercolour painting Maxine Dodd
Tour de France 2021 - Stage14, The Musketeer, original watercolour painting Maxine Dodd
Tour de France 2021 – Stage 14, The Musketeer

The first stage heading towards the Pyrenees – a tough four days ahead, no doubt. The pace is high, starting at the beginning with this man, Julian Alaphilippe – one of my favourites – He rides with great style and flair. Something of a swashbuckling approach, he’s never dull but rides most selflessly for his team when he needs to.

Definitely the approach of a musketeer!