Wednesday, September 23, 2015

Richmond 2015 UCI Worlds: Topping the Hill

It was a treat to watch Kathryn Bertine (St. Kitts and Nevis) top the Governor's Street hill and turn onto the finishing straight on E. Broad Street.  I have been a big fan of hers since seeing her documentary, "Half the Road" and reading her book.  She is a forceful advocate for equity in cycling.  The average professional woman earns considerably less than half the salaries of the average professional man.  To be honest the few women's races that I have been able to watch (there is even a wider inequality in TV coverage), I find their races to be more exciting and unpredictable.  Will know today if that holds true for the Elite Men's Time Trial versus the Elite Women.

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.  What is unusual about this race for me is that I am painting it live at the Fanfest area, sitting directly across form the podium and the hot seats where the well placed finishers await the final verdict of the clock.  You can come watch me paint there, or watch it on a live stream at www.richmond.com.  The works are available as originals or two different size prints at Fanfest, or later at www.richmond.com.