Tuesday, May 13, 2014

Giro d'Italia Stage 4: An Italian Bird

Two things here, first an explanation of the title.  In the USA, when one is annoyed, one may "Flip the bird" which is to stick up one's middle finger (the literal translation of the gesture is obscene and not very nice), the gesture that Bernhard Eisel (Team Sky) is making is the Italian equivalent of the American bird.  However, what Eisel was doing was actually calling the referee's motorcycle back to him to get some answers about what was going to be neutralized and what wasn't.  At this point the rain had stopped and the roads were relatively safe.  There was a lot of arguing, debate, and confusion in the peloton and the organizers weren't really being as informative or decisive as they might be.  This is an original watercolor and ink postcard that is available for purchase at my artist website, www.greigleach.com.  For this particular painting you can follow the direct link at the end off this post, but why not browse around of all of the art on offer.