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.

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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

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Lookback #2: Six Nations 2019 – SOLD

Knock on advantage – Ireland v England

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.

The second lookback is to Six Nations rugby, Ireland v England from 2019 which seemed appropriate as the teams meet again this weekend – Should be a great game!

Have a great Thursday!

Media: Original watercolour with pen and ink and pastel
Dimensions of the framed painting are as follows 56cm w x 47cm h (22in x 18.5in) and the image within is36cm x 26cm (14in x 10in)

This painting has sold and no longer available

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

Iheanacho v Pogba - Leicester City v Man Utd, October 2021, original painting by Maxine Dodd

Leicester City v Manchester Utd – Oct 2021: Iheanacho takes the ball

Iheanacho v Pogba - Leicester City v Man Utd, October 2021, original painting by Maxine Dodd
Iheanacho v Pogba – Leicester City v Man Utd, October 2021 – Leicester Open 32: The People’s Exhibition 2021

The Foxes versus the Red Devils at the King Power Stadium on Saturday promised to be a tasty game… although Leicester has had what you could kindly call a ‘mixed’ start to the season.

Saturday saw an apparently new team come out to play the super squad of Manchester Utd – Mostly the same faces but my word – new attitude, new confidence and new purpose! Absolutely wonderful to see and whilst it must be a painful start to the weekend for fans of Manchester Utd – they have some extraordinary players who are just a joy to watch as well.

My first image shows a little tussle at the start between Paul Pogba and Kelechi Iheanacho, who was not standing for any nonsense and took the ball away. Interesting fashion note with Pogba was that he had blue and white dreadlocks – I was surprised!

Great afternoon and such a wonderful game that will live long in the memory of Leicester City fans! Lovely to see them back! 🙂

Media: Original watercolour with pen and ink
Image size: 26cm x 26cm / 10.25in x 10.25in, image

Update – You can see this painting as part of the Open 32: The People’s Exhibition at Leicester Museum and Art Gallery – 4th December 2021 – 21st January 2022

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

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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.

Tour of Britain 2021: Stage 1 - Cornwall, original watercolour painting Maxine Dodd

Tour of Britain 2021: Stage 1, Cornwall

Tour of Britain 2021: Stage 1 - Cornwall, original watercolour painting Maxine Dodd
Tour of Britain 2021: Stage 1 – Cornwall

The Tour of Britain began today in Cornwall, visiting the county (country?) for the first time. It’s an incredible part of the UK, independent and unruly, characteristics echoed by the course, which ran along impossibly narrow lanes, steep climbs and sudden twists. The crowds were fantastic and the flags of Cornwall out in force along the route. A lovely start to this year’s race.

Media: Original watercolour with pen and ink
Image size: 17.5cm x 17.5cm / 6.75in x 6.75in

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Euros 2021 - England v Germany, Grealish Pass, original watercolour by Maxine Dodd

Euros 2021: England expects…

We are waiting, hoping and praying for more of this…come on England!

Euros 2021 – England v Germany Sterling Strike!
Euros 2021 – England v Germany, Grealish Pass
Euros 2021 – England v Germany, Kane header
Euros 2021 – England v Germany, Kane that header!
Tour de France 2021 - Stage 2, Mathieu van der Poel, original watercolour painting Maxine Dodd

Tour de France 2021: Stage 2 – Matthieu Van der Poel, an emotional win for his Grandad

Tour de France 2021 – Stage 2, Mathieu van der Poel

A phenomenal ride on the Mûr-de-Bretagne for the time bonus on the first pass, followed with an outstanding solo effort to win the stage and take the Yellow Jersey that his grand-father Raymond Poulidor never had in his prestigious career.

Matthieu was beside himself with the emotion and significance of his win, completely understandable and admirable. What a great start to the race by this young man.

Have a great day! 🙂