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

£300

Original watercolour with pen and ink

Original watercolour, with pen and ink
26cm x 26cm / 10in x 10in, image size


Unframed – options available on request

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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.

Euros 2021: England lions roar!

Euros 2021 - Ukraine v England, Kane goal No1!

Gosh! England were good! A fantastic performance saw four goals against Ukraine in the quarter final match played in Rome.

Both sets of fans were restricted in numbers to the Stadio Olympico due to travel restrictions, but they were all in good voice, and speaking personally, it was great to see a Leicester City flag prominently on display!

Euros 2021 - Ukraine v England, Shaw's pass to Harry!
Euros 2021 – Ukraine v England, Foxes in the house!

The first goal came only four minutes in, with a super shot from Captain Harry Kane, sliding to the ground, following a beautiful pass from Sterling…

Euros 2021 - Ukraine v England, Shaw's pass to Harry!
Euros 2021 – Ukraine v England, Kane goal No1!

The second came straight after halftime in the 46th minute, with a superb set piece free kick. The most delectable cross from Luke Shaw flew across to the head of his Manchester United teammate, Harry Maguire, who slammed the ball home in great style. There were big hugs of thanks between them.

Euros 2021 - Ukraine v England, Shaw's pass to Harry!
Euros 2021-Ukraine v England, BigHugs! Maguire and Shaw

I made two pictures to show this, a little panorama dyptich to show the drama!

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!

The third was another header, and a second for Harry Kane. The move began with the most audacious flick of the ball from behind by Raheem Sterling, across to Luke Shaw who sent the ball across just as before, beautiful move, different Harry! I need to make the Sterling Shaw part of this goal but haven’t worked it right yet, but I will add later on.

Euros 2021 - Ukraine v England, Onto Maguire!
Euros 2021 – Ukraine v England, Leaping header for Harry!

Finally, header number three, in the 63rd minute, but header No1 for Jordan Henderson who scored his very first goal after 63 caps for England. What a way to seal the win and secure a place in the semifinal against Denmark back in London at Wembley… The England team is coming home… is football?

Euros 2021 - Ukraine v England, Onto Maguire!
Euros 2021 – Ukraine v England, Incredible Henderson header!

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Euros 2021: England expects…

Euros 2021 - England v Germany, Grealish Pass, original watercolour by Maxine Dodd

We are waiting, hoping and praying for more of this…come on England!

Euros 2021 – England v Germany Sterling Strike!
Euros 2021 – England v Germany, Grealish Pass
Euros 2021 – England v Germany, Kane header
Euros 2021 – England v Germany, Kane that header!

Euro 2021: England v Germany

There are no words really, but what a fantastic result… and after being brought to tears only a couple of hours earlier with Mark Cavendish and his stage win… I am overwhelmed by the day’s results for England and the Isle of Man

I won’t forget 29th June 2021 in a hurry. Mark wil have a separate post but here are my first images from the match, still on the drawing board!

Sterling strikes!
Grealish passes beautifully…
Harry heads it!
Knee slide to victory!

Euro 2021: Two surprise draws

Euros 2020 England v Scotland - Flowers of Scotland

Some drawings from two matches that both resulted in draws, both of which were unexpected, including the debacle that was England v Scotland… (at least for England fans).

Scotland played with great heart and their fans were so passionate, it was great to see.

Euros 2020 England v Scotland – Flowers of Scotland

England’s best moment was an astounding acrobatic header from John Stones, which sadly hit the post, not the target… ditto a lovely strike from Che Adams, which was wide of the mark.

Euros 2020 England v Scotland – Incredible Height, John Stones
Euros 2020 England v Scotland -Adams strike

Next came Hungary v France, a game where Hungary played really well and put the current World Champions to the test. A lovely flying strike from Fiola put Hungary ahead. Griezmann equalized and that’s the way it remained, a great achievement for Hungary, not so great for France…

Euros 2020 Hungary v France – Fiolas Flying Strike
Euros 2020 Hungary v France – Griezmann, Beautifully struck!


It will be interesting to see what happens next with these four… some hearts could be made or broken and maybe not as expected.

It’s The Big One!

The Dentist’s Chair

Not long to go before the re-match between Scotland and England at Wembley. The first time since 1996! I remember it vividly, England won, with one of the most celebrated goals in recent memory.

The audacious goal by Paul Gascoigne, lit up the tournament and broke the hearts of Scotland fans.. the celebration was just as notable as the goal, Gascoigne throwing himself to the ground to remind everyone that only a few weeks before he (and the team) had been caught out celebrating in an establishment which delivered drinks from a great height, in huge quantities, to the open mouth of the person lying on a Dentist’s Chair… It was a moment England fans relished in spite of themselves! I confess that I was one!

I made this sketch recently and think I might have had a lemonade or two, as I had completely forgotten about drawing it! Not my best drawing but I love the Dentist’s Chair… many happy memories of a magic time for England and my own life too. It’s a long time ago but feels very close.

Good luck tonight, wishing everyone a wonderful time, safe and sound… and don’t be too silly with the pop!

The Dentist’s Chair
The Dentist’s Chair


Wonderful Wales!

Euros 2020 - Turkey v Wales - Gareth Bale - It's a fantastic ball!

Turkey v Wales last night was an extraordinary match – from the volatile and sometimes hostile atmosphere, a bizarre penalty miss for Gareth Bale, to some phenomenal defending and two goals, which included one of the most breathtaking passes a fan could see – Gareth Bale and Aaron Ramsey seem to be joined by some magical cord so that that the ball arcs across from the foot of one to the chest of the other – it was a joy to watch! The win was secured by a second super goal from Connor Roberts and left 30,000 Turkey fans stunned into silence. Wales have booked their place!

I am working on more drawings from the highlights which I will add later but here is the start of the lovely pass from Bale to Ramsey to begin with… what a match!

Euros 2020 - Turkey v Wales - Gareth Bale - It's a fantastic ball!
Euros 2020 – Turkey v Wales – Gareth Bale – It’s a fantastic ball!

Flying start for England!

Euros 2020 - Sterling puts England 1-0 up!

What a great start for England? Wonderful performance against a strong Croatia – with a super flying goal from Raheem Sterling, MBE – so delighted for him, as he justified his selection in style. Other highlights were a super shot on goal from Phil Foden, only five minutes in, which ricocheted off the post – and a super-determined, creative performance by Kalvin Phillips who set up the goal for Sterling beautifully – The final, arguably the most precious highlight though, was that there was a crowd to watch and cheer on – Joy unbridled! Here are my first impressions from the match – looking forward to Scotland this afternoon…

It’s coming home, it’s coming…

Well, as an England fan, I certainly hope it is! The tournament certainly is – along with 10 other host cities, matches will be played at Wembley – and there will be fans in the seats! Wonderful news after all this time. I can’t wait to follow the action with my pens and paints – it will be so exciting. Three home nations is fantastic – I also love to watch France, Spain, Netherlands and Belgium – it’s going to be a busy few weeks and my drawings and paintings will, no doubt, be frantic and emotional, like these from 2016… Magic!

These are not from the Euro 2016, but some great players who will be there… so many new ones to try as well, I can’t wait…So excited!!!

Fantastic Foxes!

Maxine Dodd painting - Youri - team mobbing Youri after his goal

What a match, what a goal, what a save, (or two!) what an offside, what a day… Incredible! These are the first images – more to follow certainly. First, a letter to my dear uncle, in Australia, now approaching his 93rd birthday in June and a lifelong fan of the Foxes – This is special indeed! Thanks Lads you are terrific!

Maxine Dodd painting - Youri - team mobbing Youri after his goal
Youri
Maxine Dodd painting - Kasper at full stretch!
Kasper at full stretch!
Maxine Dodd painting - What an absolute strike! Youri Tielemens
What an absolute strike! Youri Tielemens – SOLD
Maxine Dodd painting - That's heroic from the Leicester City Captain! SOLD
That’s heroic from the Leicester City Captain! SOLD
Maxine Dodd painting - Winners!
Winners! – SOLD

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Leicester City: Daring to dream?

When it comes to being a fan of football, I am a bit of a romantic fool; either getting my hopes up for England to win a major tournament or for my own team, Leicester City to do well in the FA Cup.

Two silver Foxes!

Reaching a final, let alone winning, for both teams, seem like a lifetime ago. England reached the final (and won) the World Cup in 1966, while three years later in 1969, the Foxes reached the final of the FA Cup, which they lost by one goal to Manchester City. Heartbreak!

Goodness knows that both England and Leicester have broken mine and many more hearts a hundred times over in the years that followed…Ecstasy followed by Agony for one or other of them, and like all the other broken-hearted fans, I keep coming back for more, because there’s nothing quite as thrilling as your football team, local or national, doing well in a big tournament.

It’s the unique experience that all sport gives. It brings us together, excites us and enriches us. The lows are low but the highs are the best and both live long in our collective memories.

When the event and performance are very special, it engages everyone, including people who don’t regard themselves as sports fans, the excitement draws people together in a lovely way.

Southampton fan, so proud of the badge

I watched the FA Cup semi final between Leicester and Southampton on Sunday afternoon with the customary trepidation. I was amazed and delighted by the result. But also, I was even more delighted to see an audience at Wembley, albeit small, the fans were back.

Real people, real voices and a real presence to witness this game. I made as many sketches of them as the action, it was so great to see.

Study sheet of fans in the crowd

So here we go again, Foxes fans daring to dream once more. It’s not the repeat of 1969 as we thought it might be, because Chelsea beat Manchester City in their semi final.

Chelsea are the polar opposite of Leicester City, having enjoyed great success in the FA Cup over the years, but maybe it’s the Foxes time? We know this team is full of surprises, its recent history is legendary. 2016 all over again?

I hope you enjoy my somewhat frazzled drawings and paintings! I wanted to post fairly quickly while the excitement is still fresh in mind.

Meanwhile, I can’t wait until 15th May.. will it be Agony or Ecstasy? I hope Gary Lineker has got his best pair of underpants ready if they win!

Preliminary sketch – Kelechi Iheanacho, winning goal scorer

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Six Nations 2021 – Jonny May’s flying try

Jonny May Flying Try - Detail

HERE’S JONNY! Apologies! I couldn’t resist, it’s a great line from a great film! Here I have pinched it to describe these three images of Jonny May, made after his astonishing try at England’s last match against Italy. He flew high into the air – before scoring an astonishing try. It was amazing.

I have made several images but these three are my favourites – all larger than my usual size, from A3 up to A2-ish! so the lines and materials have expanded from the usual watercolour, pen and ink to include brush and twig as well as pen for the ink lines and acrylic paint here and there in addition to the watercolour. I also used a palette knife to give texture to drag the paint across the page and give extra marks and texture.

I worked on the three of them over the course of a day or so – switching from one to another as the paint or ink needed to dry.

Fingers crossed for another flying performance from him today!

Speaking of which… better publish now before kickoff!

Ndidi with a wonder-strike

Ndidi wonder strike!
Ndidi wonder strike!
Ndidi wonder strike!

Leicester City are playing some great football just now – which is lovely to see as a lifelong fan – Wilfred Ndidi is a phenomenal asset to this team – just a joy to watch him play. He scored an absolute wonder goal against Chelsea – this view just before he took it but I love the juxtaposition of his blue shirt against the orange of the goalkeeper’s kit – I feel that there will be more pictures to come – this was great to make and a little bit larger than usual, which was nice. Welcome to 2021!

Have a good Saturday 🙂

Ndidi wonder strike!

Ndidi Wonder-strike

£375

Original watercolour, pen and ink with pastel

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26.7cm x 36.5cm / 10.5in x 14.5in

Six Nations 2020 – Welcome back!

Rugby, art, Six Nations, tumult

Hello! – It all feels a very long time ago since the 2020 Six Nations tournament got underway – how the World has changed since then!

I can’t imagine that there is one person on this planet whose life hasn’t changed dramatically one way or another since the tournament was postponed in March… but here we are, one way or another, near the end of October, thrashing around adapting to this new life, whilst desperately trying to continue with the old one!

To this end, there have been some fantastic sporting events taking place, all crammed into the last remaining months of the year, with topsy-turvey giddiness as they hurtle past!  Today sees a welcome return to the Six Nations with the match between Ireland and Italy this afternoon and a ‘super Saturday’ to look forward to next weekend.  I have my kit at the ready, as I love drawing rugby, it’s flow and twists and turns and the Herculean strength are a joy to watch. 

Here are some images featuring Italy and Ireland to whet your appetite – Enjoy!

Chilwell SuperStrike

Chilwell superstrike

Premier League football came out of Lockdown to strangely silent stadia, fans on Zoom, commentary with or without crowd sounds… all very odd, and yet somethings never change. Leicester City take their fans (including me) on a rollercoaster ride whenever they set foot on the pitch.We never know how it will go and they delight and confound by turn.

Chilwell superstrike
Chilwell superstrike

Even though they drive me mad, I love them and when they shine, they shine bright. Here is an image from the first match back after lockdown against Watford.

Ben Chilwell scored a beauty in the 90th minute – only for an equally spectacular scissor kick from Watford’s Craig Dawson three minutes later… You can’t make it up really!

A new departure…

A New Departure, painting of yacht at sea, Maxine Dodd

This image evolved from a chance mark made with the palette knife, I could see a red sail clearly and the rest followed. It’s lovely to let the paint take the lead every now and again… you never quite know where you’ll end up, but it’s always an adventure! 🙂

A New Departure, painting of yacht at sea, Maxine Dodd
A New Departure

'A new departure' painting by Maxine Dodd, shown on the easel
‘A new departure’ on the easel

A new departure

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Super Sunday

Pen sketch - Cricket World Cup

Well, what a day yesterday was? I wonder if you have recovered yet? I’ve never known a Sunday quite like it – so much phenomenal sport to enjoy.

Like many people, I was juggling viewing between the Tour de France, the Men’s Singles Final at Wimbledon, the Formula 1 Grand Prix at Silverstone and the Men’s Cricket World Cup Final between England and New Zealand. So much drama at each event, giving great excitement for some, bruising disappointment for others. All of them entertained!

Here are some of the sketches and drawings I made while watching – with ideas for further pictures to come. I think I have my work cut out for some time … I love July, but Sunday 14th July 2019 will live long in my memory. Have a great week, Best wishes, Maxine 🙂

Breakaway!

Rugby art

Hello! The image is taken from the recent match between Wales and Ireland.  I love the monumental quality of the figures. It was good to capture the group as they wrestled the ball to the ground and passed it along to breakaway to the next phase.

Rugby art
Breakaway!

I made the picture in acrylic paint on paper, larger than usual at 35cm x 50cm, unframed. It’s the first time I’ve used acrylic for a while. It was different and it was fun – a change is a good as a rest, as they say. Another breakaway perhaps, but I think I must do some more… Let me know if you agree 🙂


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Six Nations 2019 – Wales triumph

Rugby art, Six Nations, Wales: Standing strong

Hello!  The weekend saw an outstanding win for Wales rugby, not only of the Six Nations tournament but with a Grand Slam to boot – It doesn’t get much better than that!

Six Nations, Rugby art, Wales v Ireland, Red sky
Wales v Ireland, Red sky

I think back to the their first half performance against France in the first match and what a transformation. They found their feet in the second half of that game and played relentlessly thereafter – simply outstanding.

Rugby art, Six Nations, Wales v Ireland abstract
Wales v Ireland – abstract

Rugby art, Six Nations, Wales v Ireland, pushing on
Wales v Ireland, pushing on

Meanwhile, the tournament finished as it began, with a game of two very different halves. This time it was England who were doing all they could to snatch defeat from the jaws of victory… Scotland turned the match around in the second half in style.  The final score was a draw but it feels very much like a victory for Scotland… Hey ho!

I tried some new larger paper sizes for some of these which are a bit tricky to scan but nice to make. They equate roughly to A3 size on textured watercolour paper, which gives a texture if the paint is applied dry-ish and almost dragged over the surface with a flat brush.

Six Nations, Rugby art, England v Scotland - Pause
England v Scotland – Pause

Six Nations, Rugby art, England v Scotland - Storming
England v Scotland – Storming blues

The others are the usual 8 x 8in size on a lovely sturdy watercolour paper, smooth finish. I used a pen brush by Staedtler, with ink that reacts fantastically well when sprayed with water.

Six Nations, Rugby art, Italy v France - Felix
Italy v France – Felix

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Rugby art, Six Nations, Wales: Standing strong
Wales: Standing strong

Six Nations 2019 – Drawing live

six nations, rugby, art

Hello!  This weekend saw another dramatic round of matches in the Six Nations tournament. Surprises, upsets and resurgence, all with some great rugby.

six nations, rugby, art
Tebaldi

I won’t say too much about the results, I know some people may not have caught up yet. However, I wanted to publish these while the games are so fresh in mind.

 

Six Nations, rugby, art
Wales v England – Quick breath

I made them while watching the games – I make them almost as ‘automatic drawings’ (ie  looking at the subject only and not the paper)  I watch and draw, barely looking at the page in front of me.

Six Nations, rugby, art
Wales v England

This gives gestural marks which suggest the flow of the action. The colour comes next where I do look at the drawing in front of me. They are all made in real time, live while the match takes place. I like the raw energy of these, see what you think…

Six Nations, rugby, art
Scotland try!

Six Nations, Rugby, art
Tackle

All of them are approximately 8 x 8in / 18 x 18 cm in size. Made with my favourite pens and watercolours. I feel that there is scope for development into further work, which I’ll try, but often find that the image ‘dies’ a little for being more ‘finished’.

If I manage to get the balance right, I’ll publish, so let’s see what happens!

Six Nations, Rugby, art
Big red boot

Meqnwhile, I hope you like these and that they remind you of a great weekend 🙂

six nations, Rugby, art,
French sleeves

 

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Opening salvos

rugby art, opening salvos, six nations 2019
rugby art, opening salvos, six nations 2019
Opening salvos

I loved the first match of 2019 Six Nations – France v Wales in Paris – What could be better?  And it was a remarkable game – and the old cliché ‘a game of two halves’ couldn’t be more apt.

This picture was made in the first few moments after kick-off, about five minutes in. I used a new brush pen as well as the usual one, which gives a stronger emphasis. 


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‘Opening Salvos’

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Six Nations 2019 – Round 1

Hello!  What a start to 2019’s Six Nations Rugby tournament?  Simply stunning!  It was exciting and unpredictable with results not going as expected and play just fabulous to watch.

Here are some of my first impressions from last week – quick sketches and one finished piece, as they came, warts and all! Roll on Round 2!

Rugby, art, Six nations, France v Wales, Sketch
France v Wales Sketch 1

Rugby, art, Six Nations, France v Wales, sketch
France v Wales, Sketch 2

rugby, Six Nations, France v Wales, sketch
France v Wales, Sketch 3

rugby, six nations, Scotland v Italy, sketch 1
Scotland v Italy, sketch 1

Rugby, Six Nations, Scotland v Italy, sketch 1
Scotland v Italy, sketch 2

Rugby, Six Nations, Ireland v England
Ireland v England, sketch 1

Rugby, Six Nations, Ireland v England
Ireland v England, sketch 2

Rugby, Six Nations, sketch 3
Ireland v England, sketch 3

Rugby, Six Nations, sketch 4
Ireland v England, sketch 4

Rugby, Six Nations, Ireland v England
Ireland v England, sketch 5

Rugby, Six Nations, Ireland v England
Ireland v England, sketch 6

Rugby, Six Nations, Ireland v England
Ireland v England, sketch 7

Rugby, Six Nations, Ireland v England
Ireland v England, sketch 8, Cian Healy try

Knock on advantage – Ireland v England

Crunch time!

Rugby, art, 6 Nations, Six Nations

Hello!

Rugby, art, Six Nations, tumult
Tumult

Not long to go before the first match in this year’s Six Nations Rugby tournament – the sporting event that comes along in the depths of winter – we love it in our house.

Rugby Art, six nations, 6 nations
Scotland v Ireland (2017) – A win for Scotland

It’s great subject to draw, so fast and energetic, with good colour – it has it all

Six Nations - England vs Wales, Pushing on, by Maxine Dodd
Six Nations – England vs Wales, Pushing on

This weekend’s opening matches see France against Wales, Scotland face Italy and Ireland versus England, all classics. With the Rugby World Cup coming up later this year, these matches will give all the teams and fans a glimpse of what’s to come.  I can’t wait!

Rugby Art, Six Nations - England vs Wales, Itoje breaks by Maxine Dodd
Six Nations – England vs Wales, Itoje breaks

Six Nations: France v Ireland by Maxine Dodd
Six Nations: France v Ireland

Rugby, art, 6 Nations, Six Nations
Italy v Wales (2017) Crunch time! Getting stuck in!

World Cup 2018: Sweden v England- Harry Maguire – What a magnificent header!

football art, world cup 2018, england, harry maguire

Hello! I know that I should be posting pictures from the first day of this year’s Tour de France…  But this was incredible and I just had to post this first – a very quick picture of Harry Maguire’s superb header in yesterday’s match against Sweden.

England now have a place in the semi-finals of a World Cup – A-ma-zing!!!   Have a lovely Sunday 🙂

football art, world cup 2018, england, harry maguire
What a magnificent header!

Here’s to Harry!

World Cup 2018: England v Panama – Harry Kane sets about taking the net apart!

Football, World Cup 2018, Harry Kane, England

Hello! Following a football World Cup is a rollercoaster ride for all fans!  I find that I have a mixture of anticipation, anxiety, excitement,  gloom and despair as a tournament goes on. This could well be the fact that I support England and, as all England fans will tell you, it’s never an easy watch!

However, so far, there has been more than a glimmer of hope – plenty of things to lift an English heart – There have been goals and plenty of them, proper passing and a formation that works! Good leadership from the manager and a captain who is a real star, leading his team as a captain should, by great example.

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Harry Kane set about taking the net apart!

This picture shows his penalty taken against Panama – in the first game these teams have ever played against each other.

The BBC commentator, Guy Mowbray, came out with a lovely description of the penalty, ‘That was emphatic! Harry Kane set about taking the net apart!’  Long may he continue to do that!!!

Here’s to Harry!

Six Nations – Impressions

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Hello! A last look at this year’s Six Nations tournament and welcome to Spring…  Time seems to be flying this year. There was a bittersweet end for England fans, their team won the tournament but failed to achieve the Grand Slam as they made a very convincing loss against Ireland – who played them off the park! The images here are a mixture of colour and grisaille (grey tones) which is something I’ve been exploring the past few weeks. There’ll be more of these but this was the start… Here are my drawings:

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