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Katrina – watercolor and watercolor pencils

August 23rd, 2012 7 comments

Being a cyclist and an artist, I am often possessed by the desire to paint a bicycle but am frustrated because the perfect circles and straight lines on a bike are not easy to do with watercolors. This was an attempt to combine the transparency of watercolor yet not lose the engineering marvels of the bicycle. This is a loose interpretation of Katrina, my husband’s custom bike. I wanted to show the lines, not the exact colors or details.

This painting measures 11″ x 15″ it is sold!  You can buy a print here

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Made with Extra Love

May 14th, 2012 3 comments


Kent Peterson, one of my favorite people in the blogging world AND one of my favorite people in the bicycling world asked me to illustrate one of his stories. He said this particular story reminded him of Donald and me. I was astonished until I read it; and cried all the way through it. I loved the story and was happy to do the painting. You can read the story here and tell Kent that Mimi sent you. He likes to get comments as well.

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The Old Shop Bike

February 27th, 2012 47 comments

The company where I work is so big that there are fleets of bicycles for employees to get around on. Sadly, in many parts of the company, most of the bikes have been replaced with motor vehicles; but in nooks and crannies and in storage yards bikes can be found in various stages of returning to the elements. This bike, although it is rusty all over, continues to be a beautiful thing. Sitting like a jewel surrounded by all sorts of other industrial doodads, this bike still makes me want to hop on and go for a ride.

This original watercolor painting is SOLD.

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Three Randonneurs

October 11th, 2011 28 comments


Last week I attended a bicycle club meeting. It was hard to not notice the chiseled features of these men, each of whom have bicycled literally thousands of miles just in the last year. The discussion was heated, opinions varied, but still they stood in a row while I wished I could sketch them. With scant moments available, I pulled out my pencil and started to sketch. I had almost captured them when the meeting broke up. I actually had asked my husband to snap a photo so I could finish my sketch later, but it was so dark in there he was unable to get a photo that was not blurred. I took it home and finished it with his blurry photo for shadow reference and my Pitt pens.

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Red Barn in Thorpe

September 13th, 2011 28 comments


One my favorite times of day to ride a bike is right at dawn. Everything takes on a reddish glow, there is hardly any traffic and the air is sweet. The road belongs to the cyclist and the day is filled with possibility. The reference photo for this painting was taken by my talented husband while he was riding his bike.

This is a 10″ x 14″ watercolor on Arches cold press paper.

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