Cascading Green was made from Stage 7 of 2014’s Tour. It was one of the longest stages and passed through some lovely towns and villages by the river Moselle. The peloton rode past this lovely house with tumbling bougainvillea and a cascade of green on the trees lining the road.
Hello! This image from TDF 2017, Stage 2, saw the second wet day on the start of the race, but featured extraordinary work by peloton and breakaway alike. This picture shows a section of the peloton where the teams briefly gathered (if they did but know it!) into a great arrangement of primary colours, blues, reds and yellows… Beautifully done!
It’s always been a favourite of mine and I was delighted to show it recently in Oundle at the Canon Gallery, in April.
The painting has sold but lovely to lookback as I feel it is a highlight of my ten years of covering the great race.
A phenomenal dive to the line from the Tour de France in Paris in 2013. Three sprinters who at the time were among the best of their generation, Marcel Kittel, Andre Greipel and Mark Cavendish – I love the movement and marvel at the way they hurl themselves and their bikes to the line, with heads down – I presume – not being able to see where they are going! Brave indeed!
Marcel Kittel ended his Tour de France in style and finished the stage in three hours, six minutes and 14 seconds.
The image that captured the first of Mark Cavendish’s stupendous stage wins from last year’s Tour de France. What an outpouring of emotion there was not only from the man himself but everyone who has followed and supported him over the years.
A gem of a day!
The painting sold at my solo exhibition recently and featured on the cover of Local Living magazine, which was a lovely surprise!
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.
The second lookback is to Six Nations rugby, Ireland v England from 2019 which seemed appropriate as the teams meet again this weekend – Should be a great game!
Have a great Thursday!
Media: Original watercolour with pen and ink and pastel Dimensions of the framed painting are as follows 56cm w x 47cm h (22in x 18.5in) and the image within is36cm x 26cm (14in x 10in)
The race on Stage 21, truly begins when the riders reach the Champs-Élysées, the beautiful avenue that runs up to the Arc de Triomphe, one of the most famous roads in the world.
It is the race for the sprinters, but to see that long peloton disappearing into the distance is incredible. Usually packed with fans at the roadside, it was eerily quiet in 2020, no Norwegian corner and people crowding around, as they should be. However, those there were treated to the fly past by the Patrouille de France, streaming the colours of the nation behind them as the race began in earnest below.