Yellow fields of Whitby, by Maxine Dodd

Getting ready…

Hello!  It’s been a busy Spring time and a bit of a strange one – In the UK we had a heatwave in February, the warmest Easter on record and now we look forward to frosts and possibly snow at the start of May. It is the UK though, so we know to expect the unexpected. Speaking personally, it’s been a time of transition and reflection – I have recently had the urge to paint again – alongside working with favourite pens and watercolour. It’s a much slower process but very good. More on that to come in future posts…but…

Trois villes, Paris-Roubaix, by Maxine Dodd, watercolour, pen and ink

Cobbles, mud and dust: Paris – Roubaix

Hello! The 114th edition of Paris-Roubaix from Compiègne to Roubaix covered a total distance of 257.5 kilometres, with much of the route highlighted by cobblestones. Notoriously difficult to ride, this race didn’t disappoint with tough racing, hard falls and a great win for Matthew Hayman.  A fantastic day’s racing! Here are my drawings:

Cycling Art, Stephen Cummings does it again! Tour of the Basque Country by Maxine Dodd

Welcome Spring

Hello! The 2016 cycling season is well and truly underway, with the climax to the Classic season taking place on the pavés tomorrow with the Paris – Roubaix. I’ve been following the Tours of Catalunya and the Basque Country by way of an artistic warm-up and the races have given an exciting preview of what’s to come. One highlight for me was another startling stage win by the UK’s Stephen Cummings, who has the knack of appearing from nowhere at tremendous pace to steal a win and surprise all the pundits! Here are my drawings: