Tour de France 2018: Stage 12 – Light in the mountains

Hello! I’m still making work from this year’s Tour – as always such a rich source of inspiration. This image follows the theme of the landscape again. The mountain stages are great favourites and this year, the Alpine stages included a memorable visit to the Alpe d’Huez. I was struck here, by the very decorative streetlamps on the road, but also the intense blue/purple/lilac colour of the mountains behind. The colour was so strong I mistakenly thought it was the sky! I called this picture ‘Light in the mountains’ to capture both these elements, the elegant street light and the exceptional light of the atmosphere.  Have a good Friday and happy holiday weekend!

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Light in the mountains – Tour de France, Stage 12


Light in the mountains – Tour de France, Stage 12

Original watercolour, pen and ink
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Tour de France 2018: Stage 16 – Heading for the High Pyrenees…

Hello! This is another piece reflecting the scenery on this French odyssey. This time the foothills of the Pyrenees – where France meets Spain in spectacular style. I suppose this could be described as the calm before the storm – Stage 16 went well for the riders of the General Classification but today’s stage will be different, explosive and short, but all ups and downs… It will be, arguably, the ultimate test this year – so do enjoy this tranquil scene before it all kicks off later!  🙂Cycling art, Tour de France, Stage 16 - Heading for the high Pyrenees..

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Tour de France 2018: Stage 15 – Carcassonne

Bonjour! I realised that I haven’t posted much in the way of scenery recently. The Tour de France race shows us some wonderful places as it passes through the country. Stage 15 finished in the ancient city of Carcassonne. Described by Google as ‘a hilltop town in southern France’s Languedoc area’ –  It’s an incredible place, with walls, towers and turrets. The TV helicopter gave a bird’s eye view from above, and it struck me that this is a place that would inspire a Cubist painter – perhaps it did? All facets and shadows, dotted with trees. in pinks, greys and greens. Perhaps Picasso and Braque passed through once – I don’t know – but anyway, here is my impression of Carcassonne. with a little nod of respect to them both.

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Tour de France 2018: Stage 11 – Getting close….

Much of the focus of this year’s race has been on these two riders – Chris Froome and, from this stage onwards, Geraint Thomas. Fantastic riding from them both and Thomas took the Yellow Jersey just a few seconds after this… I dare not say anymore as the finish is so close now!

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Stage 11 – Getting close… Thomas and Froome

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Tour de France 2018: Stage 10 – Coming down the mountain

Another reflection from an earlier stage – this time Stage 10 following the riders down the mountain. I made this using my new favourite tool – a twig!  I’m using this with Indian ink, which gives a permanent line. The paint bounces off it – but the twig gives a great bold line, along with the Japanese bamboo pen that I’ve had for many years but haven’t used for a while. The colours in this scene were lovely too – soft greens and mauves.

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Stage 10 – Coming down the mountain

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Tour de France 2018: Stage 9 – Cobbles

Bonjour! The Tour is reaching its climax and the race is fascinatingly poised. The next few days in the Pyrenees will decide!  Meanwhile, here is a reflection from Stage 9 over the cobbles… again highlighting the colour and abstract qualities of the race. This painting made mostly with ochre and purple which set off the colours of the flags, reflecting the fierce heat on the day.

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Stage 9 – Cobbles!

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Tour de France 2018: Julian Alaphilippe – Study in blue, black and yellow

Bonjour! Breaking with the routine a bit – This piece is inspired by the French rider Julian Alaphilippe who put in a storming performance on Stage 10. Left everyone behind! This image is mixed media – combining watercolour, ink with pen, brush and twig – as well as a little gouache.  It’s drying at the moment, so see what you think….

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Julian Alaphilippe, Study in blue, black and yellow 

 

Tour de France 2018: Stage 3 – Cholet to Cholet

Bonjour! Stage three was one of my favourites so far. A team time trial, which I always enjoy. What I love is the grace of the team moving as a unit and I love the repetition of the colour.  I see great abstract qualities in this event – so these first two sketches reflect that interest. One is more literal, I think it’s the Mitchelton-SCOTT team, but I was playing with the colour a bit, so not quite sure!  The other is definitely BMC, as I wrote it on the page! When I work like this, I enter a bit of a trance, so some of the detail of who, what, why and where often escapes me as I’m concentrating on other things!

Anyway, see what you think….

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BMC – Red and grey – £100

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Mitchelton-SCOTT – possibly! – £100

 

 

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Tour de France 2018: Stage 2 – Mouilleron-Saint-Germain to La Roche-sur-Yon

Bonjour! Stage two was another long one, with more tumbles and an exciting win for sprinter, Peter Sagan…. but my picture for this stage, shows one of the Tour’s favourites – Sylvain Chavanel – He rode at the front for much of this stage. It’s his 18th Tour – What an athlete and what a hero!

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Sylvain Chavanel – Stage 2, 17.9km – £250

 

 

 

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Tour de France 2018: Stage 1 – Noirmoutier-en-l’Île to Fontenay-le-Comte

Hello! The 105th Tour de France underway and what a contrast to last year’s rain?  This year, it’s sunshine all the way – most of Europe in the midst of a heatwave that began in June. This year’s course is very much a French affair – little time spent outside the country and Stage 1 began in the Vendée region, by the coast, with its gorgeous light. Sprinters stages, these first few, so hopes all set for the main men. A surprise all round then, when the stage was taken convincingly by Colombian star Fernando Gaviria of Quickstep Floors – A great start and something unexpected – all points to another incredible race.

My first image goes to the beginning, nearly! The Départ réel – So many people out to watch and cheer everyone – very exciting and a perfect start to the big race!

cycling art, tour de france, maxine dodd Tour de France 2018 – Départ réel – 5.1 Km – £250

The people were out in force, every town and village was simply packed!

cycling art, tour de france, maxine dodd Short Shadows – 149.3km – £150

A great bend in the road, meant riders tore past the people, just about missing their toes! Deep breath everyone!

cycling art, tour de france, maxine dodd So close! 91.6km – £250

Finally, to close Stage 1 – Sunflowers – a little picnic by the roadside, jumping up to see the Tour come by!

cycling art, tour de france, maxine dodd Picnic – Sunflowers, 92.3km – £150