Andratx – Almonds and olives

Andratx, Almonds and olives - two original watercolour paintings by Maxine Dodd from the Mallorca Challenge cycle race, May 2021

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.

Loving Andratx - Challenge Mallorca 2021, original watercolour with pen and ink painting by Maxine Dodd
Loving Andratx – Challenge Mallorca 2021

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!

Almonds and olives - Challenge Mallorca 2021, original watercolour with pen and ink painting by Maxine Dodd
Almonds and olives – Challenge Mallorca 2021

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?

Andratx, Almonds and Olives

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

Mallorca Classic

Fantastic end to our holiday in Mallorca, the fourth stage of the Mallorca Classic bike race, which started and finished in the Port. The route climbed into the Serra de Tramuntana, challenging climbs with very strong winds. These are a few of my sketches, some I added colour to afterwards but the others I left as ink drawings which I may develop further when we settle back home.

Mallorca: Almond times

Almond times - Mallorca

Hello! This picture inspired by my favourite island – Mallorca. At this time of year, the almond blossom is in full bloom and it’s really pretty wherever you go! 🙂

Almond times - Mallorca
Almond times – Mallorca – £250

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Challenge Mallorca 2017: Trofeo Porreres

Cycling art, Mallorca

Hello! Mallorca is a popular winter training ground for many top cycling teams, the terrain of the island providing a great mix of climbs and long flats – bathed in gentle sunshine. This winter has been extraordinary with the island (and most of southern Europe) subject to storms and snowfalls for the first time in many years. Glad to say that things settled a little on the first day of the Mallorca Challenge, with a lovely course for the sprinters. Stage 1 was won in style by Andre Greipel. I forgot to say, by the way, that Mallorca is one of my favourite places, so for me, to see a road race there is just about perfect! Here are my drawings:

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