cycling, Tour de France

A winding road…

The autumn is coming to a close – in parts of the UK, the winter has begun even… Here in Leicestershire, it’s all gone a bit dark and gloomy, damp and murky… So to cheer up a bit, here’s a reminder of the Tour de France, and one of my favourite subjects, a lovely long peloton following a lovely winding road – all sunshine, trees and peace, what could be better? Have a good weekend, and if you have sunshine and your bike, go out enjoy them while you can! ūüôā   Click on the image to see full details…

Watercolour painting, 'Autumn breeze'

Autumn breeze

¬£275 Original watercolour on paper Image size: ¬†27cm (10.5in) width x height 37cm (14.5in) Available to buy- Click here We’ve had some gorgeous days lately as Autumn comes to a close. The forecast for the weekend promises an icy wind straight from the North Pole – certainly felt a bit colder on my walk just now but the sunshine and blue skies are ¬†beautiful and there’s still warmth in the breeze… at least for today!

Across the blue

Primaries

Hello! Progressing quietly through January with time to experiment -it’s nice to return to a medium or technique not used for a while. This time, I rediscovered acrylic paint and palette knives, thinking about¬†landscape. It’s been so dark and grey here lately, that I felt the need for colour too – variations on the primaries, red, yellow and blue. Have a great weekend – Here are my paintings:   To enquire about the pictures, click here… Copyright Maxine Dodd

Little darlings - Stage 8, Maxine Dodd, mixed media drawing

Drawing January: Snowdrops in colour

Hello! Another January drawing, again looking at¬†snowdrops. This little group grow in the yard of our village church. What you see below are the stages of one drawing, Little Darlings. I wanted to use the transition effect to animate the stages a little. The most recent stage (stage 8) appears underneath.¬†I’m nervous of this in some ways – often I see a stage when perhaps it would have been best to stop…Nevertheless, here is my drawing in its underclothes of watercolour up to its top dress in pastel:

Easel by the pond, photograph, Maxine Dodd

Drawing January: Winter and snowdrops

Hello – and a belated Happy New Year! I’ve just come indoors from my first drawing expedition into the garden. I know that’s overstating it, but I do carry so much stuff down from the studio, it feels like I’m going to the North Pole! Weather bright and sunny after a flurry of snow – not like the painted sketches I did last year (or was it the year before?), but certainly, it was¬†chilly! I went down to the pond, where I¬†discovered our first snowdrops. I used large paper and pastel for a change.¬†Here are my drawings and photos from…

Pretty in pink

My second post that ties in with the Festival of Flowers blog. A great idea and very inspiring. Find out more Рand take part, on http://festivalofflowers.wordpress.com/, (or click the logo below). It was one of those perfect late summer days yesterday, so I took my pens and watercolours into the garden and made some drawings. The two I liked best were of the Japanese anemone, which is so delicate. Unlike the hotter-toned flowers that blaze at this time, the anemone gently leads the garden towards Autumn. Gorgeous! Here are my drawings: