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…

Cycling, Yorkshire, art,

Le Tour de Yorkshire

Hello!  I love this race in Yorkshire – It’s now in its third year and really attracting fans who line the route throughout its dramatic landscape. This image from the first stage, shows the riders heading for the Dales, passing through the crowds. Interesting to see hands holding mobile phones these days to capture the action. I always love the flags that line the route of a race, these turquoise blue and white ones represent the county of Yorkshire. The helicopter dancing between them was quite spectacular as well! I had to capture that – great flying! ALL IMAGES COPYRIGHT MAXINE DODD

Crowds on the Hill, Cote de Cow and Calf, by Maxine Dodd

Le Tour de Yorkshire

The success of the visit of the Tour de France to Yorkshire in 2014 took everyone by surprise. The course was challenging, the people came out in droves, villages, towns, even the sheep turned yellow and the wider TV audience saw how stunningly beautiful Yorkshire is. It was no surprise that the Tour de France organisers wished to repeat the experience, so in May, the inaugural Tour de Yorkshire took place. The weather was a little cooler but the yellow was abundant in the fields and the spring skies just added to the drama. It was a fantastic weekend of cycling, the first…