Football art, Wales, Bale, red

Let the heartbreak begin…

Bonjour!  The European Football Championships began in Paris on Friday amid great excitement, anxiety and tension. The opening match between France and Romania saw possibly the goal of the tournament from Dimitri Payet to secure victory for France – a fantastic start. Joy too for Wales with the grace and power of Gareth Bale’s free kick earning victory placing them at top of their group. England began their campaign as always… sparks of brilliance but falling short at the last… Here we go again everyone, fasten your seatbelts and get your tissues ready, there will be tears! Meanwhile, here are a…

So many flags and banners! Watercolour, pen and ink, by Maxine Dodd

A big day for Leicester

Hello! The 2016 English Football season finished yesterday and for the fans of Leicester City, the Foxes, it was the last day of an astonishing year’s play. It feels as though the whole world knows the tale now but for citizens of Leicester and especially the team’s fans, we don’t tire of it! The team was facing relegation from the Premier League and from the bottom of the table, began to win matches. They managed to stay up. The start of the 2015-16 season saw them win and win and win and keep on winning until they secured the title…

Gold vs Red

Hello! Back to sporting action – a first for me as I’ve never drawn football before, ironically as it’s the first sport I followed as a child. The World Cup is on in Brazil and of course, the expectations are high for the host team. The massive Fortaleza stadium was ablaze with colour and could barely contain the sound of the passion of the Brazilian National Anthem. It was a hard-fought and fast game but ended in a draw – fairly in my view, as both teams were brilliant! Here are my drawings:

Spring at Augusta

Hello! This weekend sees the third venerable sporting event that, in my mind, means that Spring has finally arrived, the Masters Golf Tournament in Augusta, USA. It’s a great contest between the best players on one of the finest courses in the world. The sun has shone brightly and the greens are fast and tricky to play. I love this tournament but have never drawn it before, so it’s a great challenge to capture it. More to follow but these are my first attempts. Here a my drawings:

London: The Boat Race, 2014

Hello! Following on swiftly from one of the world’s oldest horse races, came one of the oldest rowing races – the battle on the Thames between the crews of Oxford and Cambridge Universities. It is an international event these days and its 160th running attracted a huge audience, not only on TV but every square-inch of land on the riverbanks and bridges lining the route. People must have glimpsed the boats for a few seconds as they went by. The skies were grey, the river choppy and for Cambridge fans, a slip in the water barely five minutes into the race sealed their team’s fate….

Olympic Farewell

Hello! The success of the Paralympic Games in Sochi was great to see. Team GB were the UK’s most successful Winter Olympians ever, simply amazing. I’ve made a collection of drawings from both events as a new page, with a little reminder here. Spring is well on its way and time to leave the snow behind. Thank you for following, see you very soon. Here are my drawings: