September – Coming soon

Northamptonshire Open Studios, Art Windows, Group Show

There’s plenty to discover and enjoy for art fans and collectors in the Northamptonshire and South Leicestershire region throughout September. I am delighted to be part of this exciting event which runs across the county. I am delighted to show my work, alongside my friends and artists, Derek Brittan and Greta Paradine Palmer at Pippins Nook Studio in Great Bowden on the first weekend, 2nd and 3rd. Great Bowden is a lovely village just outside Harborough with two cafes and a post office, not to mention a popular pub! Plenty to enjoy if you like art or not! Bowden is a hub for local cyclists so I am looking forward to seeing you over the weekend.

Derek, Greta and I are longstanding members of Harborough Artists Cluster, which is an informal collective of about 30 artists working in Harborough and its nearby villages.

Open Studios

On Saturday and Sunday September 17th and 18th, from 10am/5pm, the group will welcome visitors to the Market Harborough Theatre to view the wide range of their inspiring, artworks, including paintings, glass, textiles, mosaic, photographs, collage and more.

Admission is free. Refreshments will be available.
All of the high quality art work on display will be available to purchase

This year,many of the artists exhibiting work at the theatre, will also be taking part in Northamptonshire Open Studios from the 2nd to the 25th of September.

Brochures, with a map will be available in the Harborough Library to enable people to plan their visit to artists working in their studios in South Leicestershire and venues across Northamptonshire.

Pop-up show – Art in the bike room – Rockingham Forest Wheelers open days

Celebrating 50 years in the clubhouse

Sat 16th – Sun 17th July 2022

11 Ashley Road, Middleton, Market Harborough, Leicestershire, LE16 8YP, 9am – 4pm

Hello and welcome to Summer!

I am delighted to invite you to the clubhouse of Rockingham Forest Wheelers cycling club where I am showing paintings and drawings in the bike room as part of the club’s anniversary weekend celebrations. The club has a proud history of achievement in cycle racing and in the organisation of cycle racing. Many of its members regularly compete in time trial racing, road, cyclo-cross, mountain bike and track races. For many members though it’s all about the regular weekly social club riding and social nights in the clubhouse throughout the year. There’s something for everyone.

The clubhouse has been home to RFW since 1971. It has great, newly refurbished facilities, including a cafe, the static bike room, club rooms and a super collection of cycling memorabilia, which you can enjoy and discover over the weekend.

It’s a privilege to be part of this anniversary event and very exciting! I am so looking forward to meeting you and learning more about this longstanding club. You can read more about the weekend’s events, including rides, children’s activities and more on the club website here.

If you want to enquire about any pictures or have any queries in advance, please do get in touch, email is easiest

Here is a preview of some of the paintings on show… See you there!

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!

Poster for Maxine Dodd exhibition at Oundle

Solo Exhibition – Cycling, Oundle

Celebrating ten years of drawing and painting Tour de France

23rd – 29th April 2022 – Canon Gallery, Oundle, nr Peterborough

Hello and welcome to Spring! I am delighted to invite you to my exhibition, ‘Cycling‘ which opens at the Canon Gallery in the lovely town of Oundle, near Peterborough this weekend. Believe it or not, I am celebrating my tenth year of drawing and painting the Tour de France, which I did for the first time in 2012 – what a fantastic year 2012 was? It has been a wonderful time to see the sport develop and grow in popularity in the UK and I have enjoyed watching from the sidelines with my pen and watercolours, recording these great races and emerging cycling stars.

It will be great to have work on show in a gallery once more, especially after the hiatus forced upon us all by the pandemic. Oundle is a popular destination for local cycling clubs and groups, so a great location for this show. The Canon Gallery is in the heart of the town and will be open from 10am – 5pm every day – Sunday, 10am – 4pm and I will be in the gallery every day to welcome you. There will be around 25 framed pictures plus mounted and portfolio pieces which are fresh off the drawing board. All the paintings and drawings are available to buy.

I am so looking forward to meeting you, talking cycling and art and hearing your stories, as it’s been such a long time! If you want to enquire about any pictures or have any queries in advance, please do get in touch, email is easiest

See you there!

Here is a preview of some of the work you will see… some old and some new but all favourites!

The meeting of the shirts, watercolour, pen and ink by Maxine Dodd

The Meeting of the shirts

I really enjoy making pictures of the iconic four Jerseys of the Tour de France and this is one of my favourites.

Usually, the best time to do this is before the start or during the rollout. Stage 19 of 2020 race had some great views of the four of them waiting and chatting before the day’s work began.

So here they are, the four best riders in each class at this point of the race, from left to right, Richard Carapaz, (Ineos Grenadiers), King of the Mountains, Primož Roglič, (Jumbo Visma), Yellow Jersey, Tadej Pogačar, (UAE), Best Young Rider, Sam Bennett, Deceuninck–Quick-Step, Best Sprinter.

Bennett went on to win in Paris and retained his Green Jersey, while Tadej Pogačar took the rest, a feat he repeated this year in remarkable style.

The meeting of the shirts, watercolour, pen and ink by Maxine Dodd
The meeting of the shirts

Have a good day today.. 🙂

Picture information: Original, pen and ink and watercolour, on paper

Format: Large square: 28cm x 28cm (11in x 11in) Framed size 45cm x 45cm