Monday, September 28, 2015

Richmond 2015 UCI Worlds: Looking for Their Sprinter

I quickly lost count of how many laps the peloton had made, but I never lost sight of just how strong these men are.  As the German lead peloton crested the cobbles of  Libby Hill, Tony Martin swung his head around to make sure he still had the two German sprinters, John Degenkolb and Andre Greipel.  It should be interesting to see who the team has designated for the sprint, the duo spent the Tour de France contesting all of the sprint stages against each other.  Degenkolb rides for Giant Alpecin and Greipel for Lotto Soudal.  The Germans had brought an incredible strong group of riders to Richmond, and the fans were thrilled to see them.

Since I was painting all of these works publicly, Bettina Martin was sitting next to me watching as I painted this of her son.  Needless to say, she left Richmond with the original and a number of prints in her suitcase.  Plus, she is an incredible kind and charming woman.

This is a small original watercolor and ink painting that was created using Yarka St. Petersburg watercolors and Steve Quiller brushes from www.richesonart.com.  The works were done live in the middle of the Fanfest area across from the awards podium as the racing was going on.  Prints and the originals will be available before very long at www.richmond.com (the website of the Richmond Times Dispatch newspaper).