Heads down for the win! – SOLD

Heads down for the win, by Maxine Dodd, SOLD
Heads down for the win, by Maxine Dodd, SOLD
Heads down for the win – SOLD

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.

Amazing!

This painting is now SOLD

Return of the Manx! – SOLD

Tour de France 2021 - Stage 4 - Return of the Manx! original watercolour painting Maxine Dodd
Stage 21, Paris - On the Champs! Watercolour, pen and ink by Maxine Dodd
Tour de France 2021 – Stage 4 – Return of the Manx! SOLD

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!

Local Living magazine

This painting is now SOLD

Solo Exhibition – Cycling

Poster for Maxine Dodd exhibition at Oundle

Celebrating ten years of drawing and painting Tour de France

23rd – 29th April 2022 – Canon Gallery, Oundle, nr Peterborough

Hello and welcome to Spring! I am delighted to invite you to my exhibition, ‘Cycling‘ which opens at the Canon Gallery in the lovely town of Oundle, near Peterborough this weekend. Believe it or not, I am celebrating my tenth year of drawing and painting the Tour de France, which I did for the first time in 2012 – what a fantastic year 2012 was? It has been a wonderful time to see the sport develop and grow in popularity in the UK and I have enjoyed watching from the sidelines with my pen and watercolours, recording these great races and emerging cycling stars.

It will be great to have work on show in a gallery once more, especially after the hiatus forced upon us all by the pandemic. Oundle is a popular destination for local cycling clubs and groups, so a great location for this show. The Canon Gallery is in the heart of the town and will be open from 10am – 5pm every day – Sunday, 10am – 4pm and I will be in the gallery every day to welcome you. There will be around 25 framed pictures plus mounted and portfolio pieces which are fresh off the drawing board. All the paintings and drawings are available to buy.

I am so looking forward to meeting you, talking cycling and art and hearing your stories, as it’s been such a long time! If you want to enquire about any pictures or have any queries in advance, please do get in touch, email is easiest maxine@maxinedodd.com

See you there!

Here is a preview of some of the work you will see… some old and some new but all favourites!

Lookback #4: Tour de France 2021 – Summer skies and scent of lavender

Tour de France 2021 - Stage12, Summer skies and the scent of lavender, original watercolour painting Maxine Dodd
Tour de France painting, cyclists in the rain, Stage 15, 2014 by Maxine Dodd
Tour de France 2021 – Stage12, Summer skies and the scent of lavender

Hello! I have been looking back lately, as this year sees the tenth anniversary of ‘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! It’s been a wonderful experience and I have made new art friends along the way – Please share and enjoy!

This look back goes to the Tour de France 2021, Stage 12, where the peloton passed by lavender fields. It was a hot day so the scent must have been heady. If you look at the inscription, it was 62km into the stage, perhaps you were there?

Have a great weekend!

Picture details – Original watercolour, with pen and ink, on paper, 20cm x 20cm (8in x 8in) image size. Available: Purchase

Lookback #3: Tour de France 2014 – Poor visibility

Tour de France painting, cyclists in the rain, Stage 15, 2014 by Maxine Dodd
Poor visibility!

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.

This look back goes to the Tour de France 2014, Stage 15, Tallard to Nîmes, a long transition stage with challenging weather and crosswinds. Heartbreak for Jack Bauer who thought he would take his first stage win for Garmin but sprinters hunted down caught and passed him after he had been at the front most of the way. The scene shows the peloton progressing along in the rain – you can see umbrellas in the crowd at the side. I loved the straight road and dark clouds.

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Have a great Thursday!

Media: Original watercolour with pen and ink on paper

Tour de France 2014, Stage 15, Poor visibility - cycling in the rain, by Maxine Dodd
Poor visibility!

Panorama – Framed size 32cm x 46cm / 12.75in x18in

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Lookback #2: Six Nations 2019 – SOLD

Knock on advantage – Ireland v England

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)

This painting has sold and no longer available

Ruins

Ruins - Drawing MaxineDodd
Ruins - Drawing MaxineDodd
Ruins
Small boy - drawing Maxine Dodd
Small boy
Wrapped - drawing Maxine Dodd
Wrapped

Following the unfolding events in Ukraine, I was disturbed and alarmed like many. In Leicester, there is a longstanding Ukranian community and where I grew up in the city, I went to school with, lived near and worked with Ukranians, who I counted as friends, colleagues and neighbours. I made these drawings in 2014 but never published them. Looking at them again, I feel I should and also to make more as the days unfold. Darkest of dark times.