I'm working on a third in this newest series of cyclists during the Amgen Tour of California race held May 15-21st. One of these years I hope to be there in person rather than streaming and photographing live. I guess I am just a cycling fan who admires the tremendous physical and mental training and endurance to be successful in this sport.
It is interesting to decide which of the many photos I've taken to paint. I started with Majka winning Stage 2 because he held the "Yellow Jersey" until the 7th day. He certainly deserved the recognition. They were meant to be quick sketches but if you know me they turned into more than a simple sketch. The 2nd painting speaks to my love of shadows and I've got many cyclist shadows in my files. I thought the design on the diagonal was especially pleasing and yet the painting is simple (I don't do that very often successfully.)
I might do a few more before the Tour de France starts -- any of you cyclists who have photos you would like to have painted -- contact me.
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