Drawing August #2- Fingerprints and all!

Gladioli pastel by Maxine Dodd
Fingerprints and all!

Second drawing for this year’s Drawing August online event. This is pastel on Ingres paper. I used Schmincke and Sennelier here; the pigments are so strong and vibrant, they are always exciting to use.

Pastel is possibly the purest form of painting – we work with pure pigment and little else!

Amanda McLean

Soft (chalk) pastels were the first medium that hooked me into art properly. I made a picture when I was at school using pastel on black paper. It was a revelation, the colours and contrast were something wonderful and that was it, I was off on my journey. Lovely memories!

Tour de France Revisited, 2013 – Givors – Mont Ventoux

Bonjour! Happy Bastille Day – This look back through the Racing Lines archive brings me to ‘Green Sprint’, which I made during the 2013 Tour de France.

Tour de France 2013, Stage 15, Green Sprint, watercolour by Maxine Dodd
Green sprint

2013 was a special year for the Tour, as it was the 100th running of the race and Stage 15 was particularly special – it was the longest route that year from at 242.5 kilometers, or 151 miles and, as if that wasn’t enough, the stage climaxed with a climb to the summit of Mont Ventoux. The route was lined with so many people, often with their own bikes, trying to ride the gruelling climb themselves.

Even more special, it was 14th July, Bastille Day and I wanted to reflect this with a lovely big French flag! (If you know my work, you’ll know how I love to paint flags!) The image shows the Intermediate Sprint, through Malaucène, won by Peter Sagan. He was in Green and the route through the leafy trees in the afternoon sunshine was lined with people and flags – Perfect!

Since it is Bastille Day today, it seemed a great way to celebrate and remember the joy shared by fans of the great race on this most significant day in its long history. This year will be so different but there are wonderful memories, which live through everything that Life brings.

Have a lovely Bastille Day whatever you are doing and wherever you are! 🙂


I am offering this picture for sale through my Racing Lines Boutique set up so I can support the #ArtistSupportPledge. It is mounted ready for framing and postage is included to UK destinations. Thank you for your wonderful support 🙂

Photo of Maxine Dodd's painting, 'Green sprint'
Green sprint

Artists supporting artists during the pandemic crisis, for every £1,000 sales, the artist pledges to buy a work of art from another artist. Anyone can buy artworks offered in the pledge and to encourage sales, the works of art featured are no more than £200.00 (plus postage and packing)

You can find out more about the Artists Support Pledge here and follow the hashtag #artistsupportpledge on Instagram and other social media platforms.

Tour de France Revisited: 2016 – Stage4 Saumur to Limoges

Another look back to the Tour de France, this time to 2016 and Stage 4, a long route, ‘through luscious countryside and warm sunshine’ as I wrote at the time.

Tour de France, cycling, art, Riding in the sunshine by Maxine Dodd
Riding in the sunshine

The route was suited to sprinters but held a twist at the end, with an unclassified climb

Tour de France, Cycling, art, Sunny peloton, by Maxine Dodd
Sunny peloton



This suited the bigger riders and there was remarkable sprint finish – even closer than Stage 3, ‘A cat’s whisker’ said the delighted winner, Marcel Kittel. Fantastic!

Tour de France, cycling, art, So close! by Maxine Dodd
So close!

Artists Support Pledge

Artists supporting artists during the pandemic crisis, for every £1,000 sales, the artist pledges to buy a work of art from another artist.

Anyone can buy artworks offered in the pledge and to encourage sales, the works of art featured are no more than £200.00 (plus postage and packing)

Here are five pieces of mine offered on my new Racing Lines Boutique set up so I can support the pledge.

They are all memories from the Tour de France, especially sweet while we wait for this year’s race! If you see one that you like, click on it to view or go to the Racing Lines boutique option from the main menu. Postage to the UK is included on single items. I hope you find something you like and will buy to support artists and makers at this time.


Postage is free to UK on single items I can quote separately for carriage outside the UK

I will share with you the progress I make, and tell you about the works of art that I buy if I am lucky enough to reach the £1,000 target.

I will add new artworks as pieces sell, so there will always be five items to choose from. Thank you! Have a great weekend 🙂


You can find out more about the Artists Support Pledge here and follow the hashtag #artistsupportpledge on Instagram and other social media platforms.

Sunshine inspiration…

In January, there is nothing better than reminders of sunny days. Looking through some of my pictures made in Mallorca brings back good memories and inspiration for the year ahead…can’t wait! Wishing you sunshine inspiration too…

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A new departure…

This image evolved from a chance mark made with the palette knife, I could see a red sail clearly and the rest followed. It’s lovely to let the paint take the lead every now and again… you never quite know where you’ll end up, but it’s always an adventure! 🙂

A New Departure, painting of yacht at sea, Maxine Dodd

A New Departure

'A new departure' painting by Maxine Dodd, shown on the easel

‘A new departure’ on the easel

A new departure

The picture is currently drying and so still fixed to the support board.  The image size is 20cm x 22 cm / 8in x 8.5in.

Once dry it can be mounted or framed ready to send…’

For all enquiries, please  click here and complete the picture enquiry form 🙂 🙂

Are you ready?

Still on the easel, but ready to go!

This is another foray into acrylic, which I have enjoyed using for a change. I have found them difficult in the past but have discovered that I have been using them incorrectly! I have always used a tiny amount of medium with a lot of water.

This is bad for the paint which can ‘split’. It is a polymer, so needs the medium to stretch the paint and allow it to flow. I now use plenty of medium with very little water and it works so well.*

This painting is the result of this learning, so it was great to make it!

Postscript 1/11/19 – I’m delighted to report that ‘Getting ready’ has now sold.


* Footnote: Advice on the subject of acrylic medium from Winsor & Newton:

Tips on using acrylic mediums

Super Sunday

Well, what a day yesterday was? I wonder if you have recovered yet? I’ve never known a Sunday quite like it – so much phenomenal sport to enjoy.

Like many people, I was juggling viewing between the Tour de France, the Men’s Singles Final at Wimbledon, the Formula 1 Grand Prix at Silverstone and the Men’s Cricket World Cup Final between England and New Zealand. So much drama at each event, giving great excitement for some, bruising disappointment for others. All of them entertained!

Here are some of the sketches and drawings I made while watching – with ideas for further pictures to come. I think I have my work cut out for some time … I love July, but Sunday 14th July 2019 will live long in my memory. Have a great week, Best wishes, Maxine 🙂

Tour de France 2019 – Excited!

Bonjour! It’s July, it’s Tour time! Three weeks of absorbing racing through some of the finest scenery you’ll ever see.

Tour de France, cycling art,Flat out to the finish! by Maxine Dodd, watercolour, pen and ink
Flat out to the finish!

There will be crowds and flags and great spectacle along the way.

The last climb
Grand depart
Filth, flags and paves

The race begins in Brussels to mark the 50th Anniversary of the first win of Eddie Merckx, one of cycling’s greatest racers. It also marks one hundred years since the first award of arguably the most famous sporting trophies, the Yellow Jersey.

Tour de France, cycling, art, Chatting Champs! by Maxine Docc
Chatting Champs!

It was first won by Eugene Christophe in 1919, who will wear it and eventually win it this year? It will be a great adventure finding out!

Sprint!

A wonderful journey

It’s coming up to the anniversary of my blog ‘Racing Lines’ – My first post was made on 7th July 2012… Just text and no images to try WordPress and see what I could do.

In seven years, the blog has taken me to lots of places and I’ve met some lovely people and made friends – It’s been a great adventure – just with my pens, watercolours and pastels – and my laptop. 

Today, I discovered that the number of people following ‘Racing Lines’ has risen to 3,000, which I find quite incredible. WordPress tells me that there have been 1,578 comments. I can say that each and every one of them is positive, enthusiastic and encouraging. 

So this is a little post to thank all of you who have followed, commented and liked the posts and pictures you have found on ‘Racing Lines’. 

Here is just a small selection from the past seven years, which I hope you enjoy. 🙂

 

Crowds by the Cherry Tree – Women’s Tour of Yorkshire

Hello! It’s been a bit hectic the past week or so with Open Studios and other bits and pieces, so I’m still working through some highlights from the remaining stages of this year’s Tour de Yorkshire.

This piece was from the Women’s race, on the final stage – showing the crowds waving the peloton by. This scene stood out because of the view from the back which I like to draw but also because they were riding past the most beautiful cherry tree in full bloom.

There were many such trees along the route proving that the timing of the race couldn’t be better visually; such lovely time of year and great colour!

cycling art, Women's race Tour de Yorkshire

Crowds by the cherry tree

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Tour de Yorkshire: Stage 2 – Barnsley to Bedale – Mens

Hello!  This is a summary of Stage 2, as I have more pictures to make from this absorbing second stage but I hope you enjoy it. The second day’s racing was really exciting, the women set the bar high in the morning and the men followed up in the afternoon.

cycling art, Tour of Yorkshire

Front Pack

The conditions improved a little for the men but still pretty wet and cold with plenty of obstacles on the road to avoid. Still the colour and spectacle was great to see with plenty of fans out to wave them on.

cycling art, Tour of Yorkshire

Wiinding road, long way up

The sprint for the line was won by Rick Zabel of Katusha – He burst through with tremendous strength – I loved his expression and his team mate punching the air behind him – which I’ve shown here.

cycling art, Tour of Yorkshire

Great win for Zabel

The third day promises to be fabulous because we have both races following the coast road – See you at the seaside!

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