TDF2022 - Fans at High Altitude - Detail

Tour de France 2022: Fans at High Altitude

Another panorama – I love this format! It really gives a sense of time and progression… and great for telling stories too. The Bayeux Tapestry is my favourite example and I believe, the best panorama you could imagine! I digress! This scene happened yesterday, I was watching Warren Barguil leading the Tour, when I noticed fans lining the mountain side, way up in the far distance. They seemed so high up, and yet clearly on the route waiting for the race to arrive and cheer on. It’s extraordinary, not only what the cyclists do but the fans as well. They love this race! So, I felt they were all kings and queens of the mountains. A timely flag finished the picture.

Wishing a Happy Bastille Day to our friends in France!

 TDF2022 - Stage 11 - Fans at High Altitude, a painting by Maxine Dodd
TDF2022 – Fans at High Altitude

It’s really shaping up to be quite a memorable Tour… 🙂

Picture information

Mixed media original – watercolour, pen and ink

Size: Panorama 8cm x 36cm

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TDF2022 - Stage10 - A Bright Road- Detail

Tour de France 2022: Bright Road

Stage 10 in the Alps – what more could you ask? Phenomenal scenery – lovely sunshine, for spectators and the roads that make you gasp – not only because of the engineering behind them, but also for the condition of them – they are immaculate. I made this image as the peloton snaked round a dramatic bend. The green sections disguise the long drop down.

I love the panorama format – this is quite small really, only 8cm high but 36cm long, so there’s concentration on the action and movement of the group. I kept the palette quite limited too because the green of the foliage was really electric, being backlit by the sun. It’s nearly the same colour as the Green Jersey, very bright!

Painting by Maxine Dodd TDF2022 - Stage10 - A Bright Road
TDF2022 – Stage10 – A Bright Road

It’s really shaping up to be quite a memorable Tour… 🙂

Picture information

Mixed media original – watercolour, pen and ink

Size: Panorama 8cm x 36cm

Price: £195 mounted ready for framing – or £255 fully framed

The size of the image is 8cm x 36cm, with frame and mount approx 28cm x 56cm

Carriage to a UK address would be £12 mount only, £25 fully framed. For other destinations, I can quote separately.

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Tour de France 2022: Take it to the bridge

Stage 2 of the Tour de France 2022 is a 202km flat road stage from Roskilde to Nyborg. It finished with an 18km crossing of the Great Belt Bridge – an extraordinary construction over the sea.

I loved this scene of the peloton crossing the bridge – the normally huge convoy looked almost small on this vast sea road. I have lingered over this one – but it was a compelling scene.

Tour de France 2022 - Take it to the bridge
Tour de France 2022 – Take it to the bridge

Lovers of soul music might just hear James Brown in the title… Have a wonderful Friday 🙂

Picture information

Mixed media original – watercolour, pen and ink, gouache, watersoluble pastel

Size: 26cm x 36cm

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Tour de France 2022: Wet, wet, wet!

Stage 1 was very, very wet! Really quite hazardous at times, with nerve wracking wobbles for some and a fall or two for others. The speed other riders achieved later in the day as the road dried was quite astonishing.

I wanted to share something of my process today as the beauty of an individual time trial, for me, is that you can really see the technique of each rider and their position on the bike.

I began with line drawings on larger paper, just one after the other while the riders made their way round. Not worrying about who was who really, just getting the attitude and position on the bike where I could. These scribbly, fast studies get my hand to move a bit faster!

The next step is colour, again, practising at this point, nothing finished really and one rider merges with another, so you get a bit of Roglic, with a bit of Bardet or whoever, it’s about movement and flow really. These began with watercolour with pen and ink but I worked over them with pastel to bring the colour out. There’s pastel dust all over the place now, so I need to sweep up before Stage 2!

Tour de France 2021 - Stage 5, Pogačar waits, original watercolour painting Maxine Dodd

Tour de France 2022: Wonderful, wonderful!

The great race starts in Copenhagen – and the song is in my head! I am so looking forward to seeing the Tour start in Denmark – I have family connections, my grandfather being Danish born. The first stage is an individual time-trial, so here are a few images from TTs I’ve made in the past. Tadej Pogačar features here – and seems to be favourite again. Time will tell. The only thing you can predict surely, is that this race is undpredictable! Allez allez!