Bonjour! The Tour is reaching its climax and the race is fascinatingly poised. The next few days in the Pyrenees will decide! Meanwhile, here is a reflection from Stage 9 over the cobbles… again highlighting the colour and abstract qualities of the race. This painting made mostly with ochre and purple which set off the […]Read more "Tour de France 2018: Stage 9 – Cobbles"
Bonjour! Breaking with the routine a bit – This piece is inspired by the French rider Julian Alaphilippe who put in a storming performance on Stage 10. Left everyone behind! This image is mixed media – combining watercolour, ink with pen, brush and twig – as well as a little gouache. It’s drying at the moment, […]Read more "Tour de France 2018: Julian Alaphilippe – Study in blue, black and yellow"
Bonjour! Stage three was one of my favourites so far. A team time trial, which I always enjoy. What I love is the grace of the team moving as a unit and I love the repetition of the colour. I see great abstract qualities in this event – so these first two sketches reflect that […]Read more "Tour de France 2018: Stage 3 – Cholet to Cholet"
Bonjour! Stage two was another long one, with more tumbles and an exciting win for sprinter, Peter Sagan…. but my picture for this stage, shows one of the Tour’s favourites – Sylvain Chavanel – He rode at the front for much of this stage. It’s his 18th Tour – What an athlete and what a […]Read more "Tour de France 2018: Stage 2 – Mouilleron-Saint-Germain to La Roche-sur-Yon"
Hello! The 105th Tour de France underway and what a contrast to last year’s rain? This year, it’s sunshine all the way – most of Europe in the midst of a heatwave that began in June. This year’s course is very much a French affair – little time spent outside the country and Stage 1 […]Read more "Tour de France 2018: Stage 1 – Noirmoutier-en-l’Île to Fontenay-le-Comte"
Hello! Experimenting with larger sizes and combined materials – This piece was made using a combination of acrylic paint, scraped with card, brush and ink and the colour is a water-soluble pastel. What I love about this medium, is that when the pastel is very wet, it becomes like a paint, giving a great texture. […]Read more "Black, pink and yellow"
Hello! What a fantastic day in the Pyrenees! Phenomenal climbing, followed by fabulous descents and a breathtaking finish by the present King of the Mountains, Warren Barguil – A great way to celebrate Bastille Day! Brilliant! All the paintings are for sale (unless marked SOLD) and are priced at £250, (unless marked otherwise). Make a […]Read more "Tour de France 2017: Brilliant Barguil!"