cycling, Tour de France

A winding road…

The autumn is coming to a close – in parts of the UK, the winter has begun even… Here in Leicestershire, it’s all gone a bit dark and gloomy, damp and murky… So to cheer up a bit, here’s a reminder of the Tour de France, and one of my favourite subjects, a lovely long peloton following a lovely winding road – all sunshine, trees and peace, what could be better? Have a good weekend, and if you have sunshine and your bike, go out enjoy them while you can! 🙂   Click on the image to see full details…

Watercolour painting, 'Autumn breeze'

Autumn breeze

£275 Original watercolour on paper Image size:  27cm (10.5in) width x height 37cm (14.5in) Available to buy- Click here We’ve had some gorgeous days lately as Autumn comes to a close. The forecast for the weekend promises an icy wind straight from the North Pole – certainly felt a bit colder on my walk just now but the sunshine and blue skies are  beautiful and there’s still warmth in the breeze… at least for today!

'Autumn race' first draft in oil, by Maxine Dodd

Experiments

Hello! It’s a time of year when things are drawing to a close but it’s a time when I like to look back over recent work and experiment with new ideas. I’ve been working on a few things lately with several themes in mind but all linked by the thread of people drawn together to see or witness something in a crowd, either willingly or forced. Not quite sure where these will go but hopefully all lines of enquiry will lead to something worthwhile in time. Here are a few of my experiments:

Pretty in pink

My second post that ties in with the Festival of Flowers blog. A great idea and very inspiring. Find out more – and take part, on http://festivalofflowers.wordpress.com/, (or click the logo below). It was one of those perfect late summer days yesterday, so I took my pens and watercolours into the garden and made some drawings. The two I liked best were of the Japanese anemone, which is so delicate. Unlike the hotter-toned flowers that blaze at this time, the anemone gently leads the garden towards Autumn. Gorgeous! Here are my drawings: