Tour de France 2020: Stage 4 – They can’t catch him! Primož Roglič

Stage 4 ended with a spectacular win for Primož Roglič, the current champion of the 2019 Vuelta, who is such a great bike rider. He streamed past and no-one could stop him!

Primož Roglič is a former ski jumper, who didn’t change sport until he was 21 – Clearly he made the right move – he is incredible to watch and a favourite to win this Tour, no argument from me!

They can't catch him! Primož Roglič, watercolour, pen and ink by Maxine Dodd
They can’t catch him! Primož Roglič

Have a good day today.. 🙂

Tour de France 2020: Stage 4 – Mist on the Mountains

Stage 4 went back to the mountains once more – the pattern of alternating terrain to serve sprinters and climbers seems to be the design of this year’s race – and working well for them hopefully. It’s good for viewers like me certainly!

The scenery has been spectacular certainly – it would be very easy to ignore the bike race and just focus on the landscape, it is so beautiful. This example shows a reasonably flat section with mountains in the background wearing a veil of mist, with great elegance, as only mountains can.

Mist on the mountains, watercolour, pen and ink with gouache, by Maxine Dodd
Mist on the mountains, 93.9km

Have a good day today.. 🙂

Tour de France 2020: Stage 3 – Caleb Ewan storms past Bennett

Stage 3 was taken by Caleb Ewan in a phenomenal sprint past everyone, including Sam Bennett who was literally pipped to the post. Ewan always reminds me of Mark Cavendish, exploding apparently from nowhere with the most remarkable eye for a gap and brave enough to go through it!

Great end to the stage and even Cousin made it to the podium as the rightful winner of the Combatif du jour. All’s well that ends well…

Caleb Ewan storms past Bennett, watercolour pen and ink by Maxine Dodd
Caleb Ewan storms past Bennett

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Tour de France 2020: Stage 3 – Jérôme Cousin, 110Km up front

This is Jérôme Cousin, who rode a staggering 110km on his own up at the front, after the last King of the Mountains points had been decided for the day. Arguably, his companions didn’t cover themselves in glory and it was something of a futile exercise for him…

Onward and upwards, as the saying goes!

Jérôme Cousin,110Km up front watercolour, pen and ink by Maxine Dodd
Jérôme Cousin, 110Km up front

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Tour de France 2020: Stage 3 – Bottle Volley, 18.9km

Another image of the peloton from Stage 3, showing them passing through an archetypal avenue of plane trees – so typical of the Mediterranean landscape. I was drawing this as a water-bottle flew across towards the right – I tried, in vain, to capture this, but it is there – just – if you look carefully!

Bottle volley! - Watercolour, pen and ink, by Maxine Dodd
Bottle volley!

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Tour de France 2020: Stage 2 – Alaphilippe, a winning tribute

This final image from Stage 2 shows Julian Alaphilippe, who took the stage win in blistering form, closely followed by Marc Hirschi, the young Swiss rider. The moment I chose was a view from the back, as they crossed the line, Alaphilippe’s finger raised high, backlit by the sun. He is a rider full of talent and promise – one who is always exciting to watch. This was a fantastic start to his Tour campaign.

A tribute win for Alaphilippe, watercolour, pen and ink, by Maxine Dodd
A tribute win for Alaphilippe

At the finish, Alaphilippe broke down and disclosed at the press interview that his win was dedicated to his father, whom he lost in June. This is an image filled with emotion and a hugely emotional moment for the young man. A wonderful tribute from son to father.

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Tour de France 2020: Stage 3 – Big clouds over the mountains

Bonjour! This first image from Stage 3 is a return to one of my favourite themes – the peloton in the wider landscape. This time with a v ery powerful sky over the mountains behind them. Also, back to watercolour, pen and ink on white paper, to let the clouds come through.

Big clouds over the mountains - watercolour, pen and ink by Maxine Dodd
Big clouds over the mountains

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Tour de France 2020: Stage 2 – All over the road, 86.6km

This third image from Stage 2 is another experimental piece – still in watercolour, pen and ink but this time, I painted the paper in a very bright yellow first, before making the drawing. The lines, the sky and trees are all applied after the ground colour had dried. The image is the first one to feature the fans at the roadside, who are still out in support – albeit wearing masks – nothing hides their enthusiasm which is brilliant as ever!

People all over the road - from Stage 2 - watercolour, pen and ink painting by Maxine Dodd
People all over the road 86.6km

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Tour de France 2020: Stage 2 – Taking a drink, 127.4km

This second image from Stage 2 is something that ‘came’ unexpectedly as I was painting and drawing. The scene was a back view of the riders as they passed the 5km sign at 127.4km – My eye was taken by the rider having a drink – I then applied the paint for the trees quite liberally around – obliterating the sign. I quite liked the effect so left it! See what you think?

Taking a drink - watercolour, pen and ink image from Stage 2 of Tour de France by Maxine Dodd
Taking a drink

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Tour de France 2020: Stage 2 – UAE

This first image from Stage 2 is a study of team UAE – I hope to make a picture of every team over the course of the Tour – Something I don’t believe that I have tried before. See how things go and keep count for me!

Tour de France 2020 - Stage 2: Team UAE, watercolour, pen and ink by Maxine Dodd
Team UAE

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Tour de France 2020: Stage 1 – Rainy Bend

Third image from Stage 1 – and the last one for now, I promise! This is the Jumbo-Visma team taking an elegant line round an especially wet bend – the crowds out in spite of the rain and brollies held high!

Jumbo-Visma team from Stage 1 TDF2020 on a rainy bend - watercolour pen and ink by Maxine Dodd
Stage 1 – Rainy Bend – Jumbo-Visma

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Tour de France 2020: Stage 1 – Peloton on the Promenade

Second image from Stage 1 – and one I really enjoyed making – and have been looking forward to making – as it shows the peloton on the Promenade des Anglais in Nice. One of my favourite arists is Raoul Dufy – and this was one of his favourite places. I make no bones about the fact that it is his style that inspires my pictures – in so many ways. His lovely use of colour and line, along with the movement and joie de vivre that his pictures convey – If mine were to come anywhere close, I would be a very happy woman! If you don’t know his pictures, I urge you to have a look, because they will make you smile and bring colour to any dull day!

Stage 1: Peloton on the Promenade, watercolour pen and ink painting by Maxine Dodd
Stage 1: Peloton on the Promenade

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