Lookback #4: Tour de France 2021 – Summer skies and scent of lavender

Tour de France 2021 - Stage12, Summer skies and the scent of lavender, original watercolour painting Maxine Dodd
Tour de France painting, cyclists in the rain, Stage 15, 2014 by Maxine Dodd
Tour de France 2021 – Stage12, Summer skies and the scent of lavender

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

Lookback #3: Tour de France 2014 – Poor visibility

Tour de France painting, cyclists in the rain, Stage 15, 2014 by Maxine Dodd
Poor visibility!

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.

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Have a great Thursday!

Media: Original watercolour with pen and ink on paper

Tour de France 2014, Stage 15, Poor visibility - cycling in the rain, by Maxine Dodd
Poor visibility!

Panorama – Framed size 32cm x 46cm / 12.75in x18in

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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

The Meeting of the shirts

The meeting of the shirts, watercolour, pen and ink by Maxine Dodd

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.

The meeting of the shirts, watercolour, pen and ink by Maxine Dodd
The meeting of the shirts

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

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!

Media: Original watercolour with pen and ink and pastel
Image size: 12cm x 26.5cm – (framed size approx 42cm x 46.5cm)

Price: £275 framed/ £225 mount only

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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!

Media: Original watercolour with pen and ink and pastel
Image size: 18cm x 18cm / 7in x 7in, image only

Price: £395 framed

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Tour of Britain 2021: Stage 1, Cornwall

Tour of Britain 2021: Stage 1 - Cornwall, original watercolour painting Maxine Dodd
Tour of Britain 2021: Stage 1 - Cornwall, original watercolour painting 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.

Media: Original watercolour with pen and ink
Image size: 17.5cm x 17.5cm / 6.75in x 6.75in

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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

£150

Original watercolour with pen and ink

Original watercolour, with pen and ink

13.5cm x14cm / 5.25in x5.5in, image size


Unframed – options available on request

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