Yellow fields of Whitby, by Maxine Dodd

Getting ready…

Hello!  It’s been a busy Spring time and a bit of a strange one – In the UK we had a heatwave in February, the warmest Easter on record and now we look forward to frosts and possibly snow at the start of May. It is the UK though, so we know to expect the unexpected. Speaking personally, it’s been a time of transition and reflection – I have recently had the urge to paint again – alongside working with favourite pens and watercolour. It’s a much slower process but very good. More on that to come in future posts…but…

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Breakaway!

Hello! The image is taken from the recent match between Wales and Ireland.  I love the monumental quality of the figures. It was good to capture the group as they wrestled the ball to the ground and passed it along to breakaway to the next phase. I made the picture in acrylic paint on paper, larger than usual at 35cm x 50cm, unframed. It’s the first time I’ve used acrylic for a while. It was different and it was fun – a change is a good as a rest, as they say. Another breakaway perhaps, but I think I must…

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Six Nations 2019 – Wales triumph

Hello!  The weekend saw an outstanding win for Wales rugby, not only of the Six Nations tournament but with a Grand Slam to boot – It doesn’t get much better than that! I think back to the their first half performance against France in the first match and what a transformation. They found their feet in the second half of that game and played relentlessly thereafter – simply outstanding. Meanwhile, the tournament finished as it began, with a game of two very different halves. This time it was England who were doing all they could to snatch defeat from the…

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Six Nations 2019 – Drawing live

Hello!  This weekend saw another dramatic round of matches in the Six Nations tournament. Surprises, upsets and resurgence, all with some great rugby. I won’t say too much about the results, I know some people may not have caught up yet. However, I wanted to publish these while the games are so fresh in mind.   I made them while watching the games – I make them almost as ‘automatic drawings’ (ie  looking at the subject only and not the paper)  I watch and draw, barely looking at the page in front of me. This gives gestural marks which suggest…

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Opening salvos

I loved the first match of 2019 Six Nations – France v Wales in Paris – What could be better?  And it was a remarkable game – and the old cliché ‘a game of two halves’ couldn’t be more apt. This picture was made in the first few moments after kick-off, about five minutes in. I used a new brush pen as well as the usual one, which gives a stronger emphasis.  Picture details ‘Opening Salvos’ £195.00Original watercolour, pen and ink drawing H:20 W:18 CM  / H:8 W:7 INCHES Made with Schminke artists watercolours, Rotring Art Pen and Faber Castell artist…

Six Nations 2019 – Round 1

Hello!  What a start to 2019’s Six Nations Rugby tournament?  Simply stunning!  It was exciting and unpredictable with results not going as expected and play just fabulous to watch. Here are some of my first impressions from last week – quick sketches and one finished piece, as they came, warts and all! Roll on Round 2!

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Crunch time!

Hello! Not long to go before the first match in this year’s Six Nations Rugby tournament – the sporting event that comes along in the depths of winter – we love it in our house. It’s great subject to draw, so fast and energetic, with good colour – it has it all This weekend’s opening matches see France against Wales, Scotland face Italy and Ireland versus England, all classics. With the Rugby World Cup coming up later this year, these matches will give all the teams and fans a glimpse of what’s to come.  I can’t wait!