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!

Six Nations, Rugby art, Wales v Ireland, Red sky

Wales v Ireland, Red sky

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.

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Wales v Ireland – abstract

Rugby art, Six Nations, Wales v Ireland, pushing on

Wales v Ireland, pushing on

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 jaws of victory… Scotland turned the match around in the second half in style.  The final score was a draw but it feels very much like a victory for Scotland… Hey ho!

I tried some new larger paper sizes for some of these which are a bit tricky to scan but nice to make. They equate roughly to A3 size on textured watercolour paper, which gives a texture if the paint is applied dry-ish and almost dragged over the surface with a flat brush.

Six Nations, Rugby art, England v Scotland - Pause

England v Scotland – Pause

Six Nations, Rugby art, England v Scotland - Storming

England v Scotland – Storming blues

The others are the usual 8 x 8in size on a lovely sturdy watercolour paper, smooth finish. I used a pen brush by Staedtler, with ink that reacts fantastically well when sprayed with water.

Six Nations, Rugby art, Italy v France - Felix

Italy v France – Felix

Available to buy – hot off the press, so to speak – The sizes are the unframed image. Click this link for the picture enquiry form. Or please email me at maxine@maxinedodd.com, it’s always lovely to hear from you.

Rugby art, Six Nations, Wales: Standing strong

Wales: Standing strong

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.

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Tebaldi

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.

 

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Wales v England – Quick breath

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.

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Wales v England

This gives gestural marks which suggest the flow of the action. The colour comes next where I do look at the drawing in front of me. They are all made in real time, live while the match takes place. I like the raw energy of these, see what you think…

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Scotland try!

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Tackle

All of them are approximately 8 x 8in / 18 x 18 cm in size. Made with my favourite pens and watercolours. I feel that there is scope for development into further work, which I’ll try, but often find that the image ‘dies’ a little for being more ‘finished’.

If I manage to get the balance right, I’ll publish, so let’s see what happens!

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Big red boot

Meqnwhile, I hope you like these and that they remind you of a great weekend 🙂

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French sleeves

 

Available to buy – hot off the press, so to speak – Click this link for the picture enquiry form. Or please email me at maxine@maxinedodd.com, it’s lovely to hear from you.

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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France v Wales Sketch 1

Rugby, art, Six Nations, France v Wales, sketch

France v Wales, Sketch 2

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France v Wales, Sketch 3

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Scotland v Italy, sketch 1

Rugby, Six Nations, Scotland v Italy, sketch 1

Scotland v Italy, sketch 2

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Ireland v England, sketch 1

Rugby, Six Nations, Ireland v England

Ireland v England, sketch 2

Rugby, Six Nations, sketch 3

Ireland v England, sketch 3

Rugby, Six Nations, sketch 4

Ireland v England, sketch 4

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Ireland v England, sketch 5

Rugby, Six Nations, Ireland v England

Ireland v England, sketch 6

Rugby, Six Nations, Ireland v England

Ireland v England, sketch 7

Rugby, Six Nations, Ireland v England

Ireland v England, sketch 8, Cian Healy try

Knock on advantage – Ireland v England

Crunch time!

Hello!

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Tumult

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.

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Scotland v Ireland (2017) – A win for Scotland

It’s great subject to draw, so fast and energetic, with good colour – it has it all

Six Nations - England vs Wales, Pushing on, by Maxine Dodd

Six Nations – England vs Wales, Pushing on

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!

Rugby Art, Six Nations - England vs Wales, Itoje breaks by Maxine Dodd

Six Nations – England vs Wales, Itoje breaks

Six Nations: France v Ireland by Maxine Dodd

Six Nations: France v Ireland

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Italy v Wales (2017) Crunch time! Getting stuck in!

Impossible roads

Hello! I love this image inspired by the ribbons of roads that cling to the mountainsides beside the Mediterranean sea. I wonder just how were they built? I ponder the difficulties such an endeavour poses! Yet, they seem to last for centuries, updated with the best new surfaces of each generation. Amazing and impossibly beautiful, just like the sea beyond… if you dare look down!

Cycling, south of France, Mediterranean sea

Impossible roads!

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Six Nations – Impressions

Hello! A last look at this year’s Six Nations tournament and welcome to Spring…  Time seems to be flying this year. There was a bittersweet end for England fans, their team won the tournament but failed to achieve the Grand Slam as they made a very convincing loss against Ireland – who played them off the park! The images here are a mixture of colour and grisaille (grey tones) which is something I’ve been exploring the past few weeks. There’ll be more of these but this was the start… Here are my drawings:

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Six Nations –

Hello! The first week of the 2017 Rugby Six Nations contest began last weekend with three good matches and some unexpected results. Italy began well against Wales only to see their hopes fade away – Scotland took a great win over Ireland… and England were truly put to the test by France. A nice start and all poised interestingly for the next round at the weekend. Here are my drawings :

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Let the heartbreak begin…

Bonjour!  The European Football Championships began in Paris on Friday amid great excitement, anxiety and tension. The opening match between France and Romania saw possibly the goal of the tournament from Dimitri Payet to secure victory for France – a fantastic start. Joy too for Wales with the grace and power of Gareth Bale’s free kick earning victory placing them at top of their group. England began their campaign as always… sparks of brilliance but falling short at the last… Here we go again everyone, fasten your seatbelts and get your tissues ready, there will be tears! Meanwhile, here are a few impressions, have a wonderful weekend:

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To Wembley, together

To Wembley, together

To Wembley, together

A poppy for Paris

For Paris, for France

For Paris, for France

‘Racing Lines: Le Tour’ nearly there!

Hello! Welcome to a final preview of work that will appear in my exhibition at the Alfred East Art Gallery, Sheep Street, Kettering. (For fans of the Women’s Tour, this was the setting of the finish line for yesterday’s stage – which was wonderful!) My exhibition opens next Saturday, 27th June and if you are able to come between 1pm and 3pm, I will be at the gallery and delighted to welcome you and show you round. Of course, a week later on 4th July, the Tour de France 2015 begins. Personally, I can’t wait – it is such a phenomenal race. If you’ve never seen it before, or are new to procycling, do give it a try – even if you’re not a sports fan, you’ll be reminded just how beautiful France is. This final selection of pictures reflects this by showing some of the landscapes which the race passes through. Roll on July! Here are my drawings:

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Six Nations – Super Saturday

Hello! The 2015 Six Nations Rugby Union came to an amazing climax in three very high-scoring matches. In the end, Ireland came out on top in of one of the tightest tournaments in recent memory, but Wales and England were so close! Here are my drawings:

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