Training Ride | TdF 21 Days of Art

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Day 1 – Tour de France training camp.

I am full speed ahead with my training getting ready for the 2017 Tour de France. Draw, draw, draw. Paint, paint, paint.

Everything I do between now and my 21 Days of Cycling Art TdF is all about getting ready for the biggest art production job I’ve ever taken on.

This 48” x 32” painting I call “Training Ride” is for just that reason – practice my technique, refine the work and look for the best way to capture the Tour de France this summer.



The photos here show the progression of the work that took about three hours to complete. That’s about the same amount of time it takes to do three of my 18×24 inch pen and ink drawings. Three to four hours.



So the question I have to answer is – When I’m in France should I do one big painting each day? Or three smaller Concept pen and ink paintings? Given all the driving we will have to do following the stages, 3 to 4 hours of painting each day will be my goal.


Both directions have benefits and both have draw-backs to work through.


My gut tells me to go “BIG” or don’t go, but how do I carry 21 – 48×32 inch hardwood boards with me across France?



I know there is a lot more work to do working this all out.  But that’s why I’m in training so early, to be ready.

If you have any good ideas, let me know. In the meantime I’ll keep training for the biggest month of my art career life – 21 Days of Cycling Art at the 2017 Tour de France.



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