Sunday, June 12, 2016

Dauphine, Stage 6: Bardet Attacks!

Romain Bardet and his team, Ag2r La Mondiale, went into the Queen stage of the 68th Criterium du Dauphine with a plan, that this attack was the penultimate step in its realization.  Bardet had used his loyal teammates to perfect and with just 10 kilometers of up hill racing to go, the Frenchman jumped free of his break away companions and went for it all.  Bardet had been telling the press that his chances of the overall were finished, however at this point, he was the Virtual Yellow Jersey on the road.  Desperately trying to cover his countryman's move was the leader of FDJ, Thibaut Pinot.  Behind the two Frenchmen was George Bennett (LottoNL Jumbo) hoping to move himself up on GC using the wheels of those setting the race afire.

If I may speak art for a moment.  I tried something new in this painting, laying in a background of a bright yellow-green before laying in the pine trees over laying the glowing valley.  The technique is similar to Vincent Van Gogh's attempts to capture the light of the south of France and the dawn of Impressionism.  I must admit that I am rather satisfied with the result.

This is a small original watercolor and ink painting that was created using Yarka St. Petersburg watercolors and Steve Quiller brushes from Jack Richeson & Company.  This painting, along with all of my cycling art, is available through my artist website at  While you are on the site, be sure to check out my other works of art and my two cycling books.  To purchase this particular painting, just follow the direct link at the end of this post.  Bear in mind that this is a one of a kind original and once it is gone, it is gone.