Saturday, February 27, 2010

Newspaper for the Descent

14" x 11" Oil on panel.
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Helpful cycling fans have alway hung out at the top of big climbs to hand out newspapers. The racers grab them and stuff them up the front of their jerseys for warmth on the descent. It is a pure moment where the fan and racer are both appreciated; almost unique to cycling, I think.

Wednesday, February 17, 2010

The Bike Throw

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18" x 24" Oil on panel.
On auction at the Marymoor Velodrome Association Auction.

At the end of any bike race, there is often a sprint that can be won by the difference of throwing the bike forward or not. Thrusting the arms forward sends the front wheel over the line sooner and that is the point that counts.

This year Tom Boonen is in the Belgium National Champion jersey and he has a great bike throw even though it sometimes comes up short. Here I used my "artistic license" to put Tom's jersey ironically on someone else. (Tom is a bit taller and leaner...) Maybe we can imagine this is the next Eddy Merckx.

Tuesday, February 09, 2010

Skykomish River below Eagle Falls

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24" x 18" Oil on panel.
$300 - Shipping extra.

I really enjoy the RED of the bushes in Sky valley during the winter. I believe these are the same Scotch Brush that provide wonderful yellow color in spring. The section of river in this painting still holds some of the amazing green to teal color of the water from our mountain streams. This calmer part of the river is just below the tumult of Eagle Falls. You can see the rocky wall on the left here where the river is widening out.

Friday, February 05, 2010

Self Portrait

9" x 12" Oil on canvas.
Not for sale.

This is the first one of these I have done in paint. It looks kind of like me (at least in a mirror.) It may be a bit optimistic on the amount of gray in my hair.

Thursday, February 04, 2010

Checking Behind

18" x 24" Oil on panel.
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There is a moment in a heroic lone breakaway where the rider is in the home straight and just has to make sure he is not overtaken by surprise before he begins his celebration. That last check back over the shoulder is about to happen here. Next comes the victory salute at the line.

Thanks again to Jonathan Devich for permission to paint from his photos. This one is actually part of a slightly different moment than I am imagining. You can see it here.