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 maxine@maxinedodd.com

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

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!

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 maxine@maxinedodd.com

See you there!

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

Lookback #3: Tour de France 2014 – Poor visibility

Tour de France painting, cyclists in the rain, Stage 15, 2014 by Maxine Dodd
Poor visibility!

Hello! I have looking back lately, as next year sees the tenth anniversary of launching my blog and website, ‘Racing Lines’. I want to celebrate this milestone and invite you to join me to look back over my archive of paintings and drawings made with watercolour, pen and ink, with the occasional dab of pastel – all of them inspired by sport, movement and fleeting moments. They will be selected at random – just finding pictures I like and sharing again for fun! I am going to categorise them as ‘Racing Lines Lookback’ so they are easy to find.

This look back goes to the Tour de France 2014, Stage 15, Tallard to Nîmes, a long transition stage with challenging weather and crosswinds. Heartbreak for Jack Bauer who thought he would take his first stage win for Garmin but sprinters hunted down caught and passed him after he had been at the front most of the way. The scene shows the peloton progressing along in the rain – you can see umbrellas in the crowd at the side. I loved the straight road and dark clouds.

View the original post here…

Have a great Thursday!

Media: Original watercolour with pen and ink on paper

Tour de France 2014, Stage 15, Poor visibility - cycling in the rain, by Maxine Dodd
Poor visibility!

Panorama – Framed size 32cm x 46cm / 12.75in x18in

Purchase enquiry

Andratx, Almonds and olives - two original watercolour paintings by Maxine Dodd from the Mallorca Challenge cycle race, May 2021

Andratx – Almonds and olives

Just as January really starts to bite and feels like SUCH a long month, the Mallorca Challenge cycle race pops up over the last weekend and brightens the new year, heralding a new cycling season and the promise of Spring.

Loving Andratx - Challenge Mallorca 2021, original watercolour with pen and ink painting by Maxine Dodd
Loving Andratx – Challenge Mallorca 2021

This year’s race takes place over five days for the first time but last year’s was moved to May because of the continuing Covid-19 crisis. January was the longest of all last year!

The series of races coming in May was still a treat and here are two paintings I made from the TV coverage, in the countryside around Andratx. The pictures were made together – as you can see from the colours – the olives in the title could easily refer to the colour of my paint, as well as the trees themselves. I think this is the UAE team because of the flashes of red but don’t take my word and please feel free to correct me!

Almonds and olives - Challenge Mallorca 2021, original watercolour with pen and ink painting by Maxine Dodd
Almonds and olives – Challenge Mallorca 2021

I like them together as a pair – and I am showing them here arranged horizontally but they look good stacked vertically too – Ideal for one of those awkward spaces! What do you think?

Andratx, Almonds and Olives

Meanwhile, this year’s series is on just now, so I am looking forward to sharing some new paintings with you soon – Have a great weekend!

Just remember, it’s nearly February! Spring on its way 🙂


Picture information: Original watercolour with pen and ink on paper
Size: 17.5cm x 17.5cm – image only
Status: Available, presently unframed – can be purchased in protective mount or fully framed either singly or as a pair – horizontal or vertical alignment.
Price: £325 fully framed or £375 framed as a pair in one frame. £150 each mount only

Racing Lines Lookback: Paris Roubaix 211.4km, original watercolour by Maxine Dodd

Lookback #1: Paris Roubaix 211.4km

Racing Lines Lookback: Paris Roubaix 211.4km, original watercolour by Maxine Dodd
Racing Lines Lookback: Paris Roubaix 211.4km

Hello! I have looking back lately, as next year sees the tenth anniversary of launching my blog and website, ‘Racing Lines’. I want to celebrate this milestone and invite you to join me to look back over my archive of paintings and drawings made with watercolour, pen and ink, with the occasional dab of pastel – all of them inspired by sport, movement and fleeting moments. They will be selected at random – just finding pictures I like and sharing again for fun! I am going to categorise them as ‘Racing Lines Lookback’ so they are easy to find.

This first picture is was made during a Paris Roubaix race, I think around 2016 or 2017 – I hadn’t scanned it, so the year wasn’t noted. If you recognise it, let me know! I really liked the colours and the big foot of the rider at the front. I shall seek out more Paris Roubaix as the great Spring Classic will be held in October! A topsy turvy world still!

Have a great Thursday!

Media: Original watercolour with pen and ink and pastel
Image size: 12cm x 26.5cm – (framed size approx 42cm x 46.5cm)

Price: £275 framed/ £225 mount only

Purchase enquiry

Deep Shadows - Detail

Tour of Britain 2021: Stage 2, Deep shadows – SOLD

The Tour of Britain crossed the border to Devon in glorious autumn sunshine. A real scorcher! Very beautiful course, especially through Dartmouth and finishing in Exeter. Just to remind us how lovely the UK is when the sun shines! I loved making this image, as the shadows were so deep, almost black, against the olive green trees and somewhat Mediterranean sky – Artistic licence? You decide!

Sold -Tour of Britain 2021: Stage 2 - Deep shadows
Tour of Britain 2021: Stage 2 – Deep shadows, SOLD

Media: Original watercolour with pen and ink and pastel
This painting has SOLD.