Cascading green - Sold

Cascading green – Sold

Tour de France 2014: Stage 7 – Épernay to Nancy

Cascading Green was made from Stage 7 of 2014’s Tour. It was one of the longest stages and passed through some lovely towns and villages by the river Moselle. The peloton rode past this lovely house with tumbling bougainvillea and a cascade of green on the trees lining the road.

It was so pretty, I had to paint it!

Coming to Wrexham, Tour of Britain, Stage 1, by Maxine Dodd

Tour of Britain: Coming to Wrexham

Coming to Wrexham, Tour of Britain, Stage 1, by Maxine Dodd
Coming to Wrexham, Tour of Britain

The Tour of Britain is one of my favourite races – not surprising really! Like any race on ‘home’ territory, for a fan, it’s lovely to see star riders from your own country alongside top teams and riders from across the world. When they come past your own front door almost – it’s a great feeling and spectacle. The race has a long history and always marks the start of autumn for me – so the light is great and scenery beautiful.

Here then, is one for cycling fans from Wrexham – which I made the last time the Tour came by in 2015. This picture is a favourite – I love making panoramas, the perfect shape for a wide view of the peloton.

The 2021 race starts tomorrow and will travel to Wales, so it will be great to see scenes like this once more.

Olympics 2021 - Gymnastics: Vault, original watercolour painting Maxine Dodd

Olympic Games 2021 – Vault

Olympics 2021 - Gymnastics: Vault, original watercolour painting Maxine Dodd
Olympics 2021 – Gymnastics: Vault

Hello! The Olympic Games began in Tokyo last weekend – I confess that I have just been watching so far – taking it all in and resting after the work around the Tour de France.

For the first few days, it almost feels like a bombardment of sport, I rather enjoy the first week, because there is so much variety to see and enjoy. I like the different locations both indoor and outside and it’s these early events that give the viewer at home a feel for the location and how these special games are going to be.

So having taken a breath, I found that I soon wanted to start making pictures so I will post selected things that catch my eye and interest – from the point of view of making art and not necessarily illustrating performances.

Here is the first of these images – which I loved making – The challenge was the men’s gymnastic team event, where one discipline is followed by another so quickly. I made the pictures with several sketchbooks and papers on the go at the same time and moved between them – It was great!

Work setup, including the vault

This one of the vault discipline – which was just exhilarating! Lovely to watch and lovely to make – it’s a return to a more abstract approach, which I like. I used the fan brush to indicate the twists and turns as he flew through the air and the watercolour paint helped the image by flowing just beautifully – sometimes, it feels as though I’m there as a bystander almost, just guiding the paint and letting it do its ‘thing’!

I hope you like it too!

Tour de France 2021 - Stage 21 - The Arc, original watercolour by Maxine Dodd

Tour de France 2021: Stage 21 – The Arc

Tour de France 2021 - Stage 21 - The Arc, original watercolour by Maxine Dodd
Tour de France 2021 – Stage 21 – The Arc

Stage 21, Paris. The flag that flies suspended from the arch of the Arc du Triomphe, is a favourite element of the Paris stage, as is the monument at the top of the Champs Elysee itself. It’s great to see the peloton hurtling round this iconic landmark. It’s been a heck of a race this time, so much to take from it, as ever. The only sad sight to see this year for me, a final podium with two riders and two mannequins wearing the jerseys that Pogacar had won but couldn’t put on. Is that a worry? I hope not… I shall be back again next year to find out!

Picture info: Original watercolour with pen and ink on paper

Image size: 20cm x 20cm (8in x 8in)

Tour de France 2021 - Stage 21 - On Wout's wheels, original watercolour by Maxine Dodd

Tour de France 2021: Stage 21 – Wout’s wheels

Tour de France 2021 - Stage 21 - On Wout's wheels, original watercolour by Maxine Dodd
Tour de France 2021 – Stage 21 – On Wout’s wheels

Stage 21 – Paris, and the one where Mark Cavendish breaks Merckx’s record and wins 35 stages….but sadly the fairytale finish wasn’t to be. The stage began well, but towards the climax, Cavendish became separated from his lead out man, and instead took up position on the wheels of Wout Van Aert. He was side by side with Jasper Philipsen and couldn’t get past. Van Aert took his third stage win with phenomenal strength and Cavendish slapped his bike in frustration, knowing he just missed out.

I was very sorry about it but it was still an outstanding race for them both. Van Aert crossed the line with three fingers aloft. Cavendish can hold three fingers on one hand and four on the other if he chooses, which is wonderful. He won his second Green Jersey, a great souvenir of his outstanding Tour performance. He is the greatest sprinter of all time, it’s official!

Tour de France 2021 - Stage 20, Tadej waits, original watercolour painting Maxine Dodd

Tour de France 2021: Stage 20 – Tadej waits

Tour de France 2021 - Stage 20, Tadej waits, original watercolour painting Maxine Dodd
Tour de France 2021 – Stage 20, Tadej waits

Stage 20 – Tadej waits to start his time trial. He is in yellow and has been for so much of the race. He has made a remarkable start to his career, raced two Tours de France and won them both, not to mention his other achievements. This view shows just how young he is, but at just 22, he should have the prospect of a great career ahead.
The great thing for me as a fan, is that he isn’t the only one. The performances of Wout van Aert alone, show great strength, Jonas Vingegaard has been a revelation too. There seems to be a new generation coming through who are extraordinarily talented and young with it.
Exciting times ahead…

Tour de France 2021 - Stage 20, Tadej waits, original watercolour painting Maxine Dodd
Tour de France 2021 – Stage 20, Tadej waits

STAGE 20 – TADEJ WAITS

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Original watercolour, with pen and ink
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Tour de France 2021 - Stage18 - Pretty town, Original watercolour painting Maxine Dodd

Tour de France 2021: Stage 18 – Pretty Town

Tour de France 2021 - Stage18 - Pretty town, Original watercolour painting Maxine Dodd
Tour de France 2021 – Stage18 – Pretty town

Another little study from Stage 18 that I like because of the peloton taking a bend, always love to see it and draw it – This town was attractive too, very French even down to the ‘Tabac’ sign – beautiful!

Tour de France 2021 - Stage18 - Pretty town, Original watercolour painting Maxine Dodd
Tour de France 2021 – Stage18 – Pretty town

Stage 18, Pretty town

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Original watercolour with pen and ink

Original watercolour, with pen and ink

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Tour de France 2021 - Stage18 - Little study, Original watercolour painting Maxine Dodd

Tour de France 2021: Stage 18 – A little study

Tour de France 2021 - Stage18 - Little study, Original watercolour painting Maxine Dodd
Tour de France 2021 – Stage18 – A Little study

Stage 18 – A little study from Stage 18 that I like because of the flag – It shows a breakaway with riders from B & B Hotels, with a glimpse of Julian Alaphilippe behind

Tour de France 2021 - Stage18 - Little study, Original watercolour painting Maxine Dodd
Tour de France 2021 – Stage18 – Little study

Stage 18, A little study

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Tour de France 2021 - Stage18 - Wout, original watercolour painting Maxine Dodd

Tour de France 2021: Stage 18 – Wout

Tour de France 2021 - Stage18 - Wout, original watercolour painting Maxine Dodd
Tour de France 2021 – Stage18 – Wout

Stage 18 – and a view, (finally!) of Wout Van Aert, who is such an accomplished cyclist – he can do anything – with his sights also set on the Olympics soon, but he seems to be able to do anything, from climbing to sprinting and of course, time trialling, this multi-talented Belgian rider is a joy to watch!

Tour de France 2021 - Stage18 - Wout, original watercolour painting Maxine Dodd
Tour de France 2021 – Stage18 – Wout

Stage 18, Wout

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Original watercolour, with pen and ink
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