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Three Randonneurs

October 11th, 2011 Leave a comment Go to 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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  1. geckostone
    October 18th, 2011 at 18:28 | #1

    Wow you did an awesome job, fantastic painting!

  2. October 18th, 2011 at 11:17 | #2

    I am impressed. Very well done for the circumstance you created this under. Great work! Happy PPF to you!

  3. October 17th, 2011 at 19:10 | #3

    WOW. There is such a feeling of tension and energy that you have perfectly captured in this sketch.

  4. October 17th, 2011 at 18:40 | #4

    You captured their chiseled features beautifully – it was the perfect medium for the task!


  5. October 16th, 2011 at 13:13 | #5

    you did a great job with a quick process!

  6. October 15th, 2011 at 21:09 | #6

    nevertheless a lovely output! Great job!

  7. October 15th, 2011 at 19:33 | #7

    I don’t understand why a bicycle club meeting should ever be ‘heated.’ Riding is suppose to be a joy. Your painting is amazing. You really captured the tense nature of the moment. Thanks for sharing.

    • admin
      October 15th, 2011 at 19:38 | #8

      Lesley, cyclists are just as human as anyone else.. The issue was about “Being fair” teehee. Riding for these guys IS a joy. and thanks for the compliments.

  8. Marlene
    October 15th, 2011 at 09:43 | #9

    Great sketch, it is hard to capture things in the moment but you did an amazing job.

  9. October 14th, 2011 at 16:47 | #10

    You have such wonderful skills… and these have been rendered beautifully xx

  10. October 14th, 2011 at 16:46 | #11

    I think you did a good job capturing them! What a fun exercise!

  11. October 14th, 2011 at 15:24 | #12

    Very well captured!

    BTW Mimi – the blog poll issues on either on their end or the internet. Thanks for bringing to our attention but there is little I can do. It seems like the incidents of hacking have increased dramatically this week with the RIM/Blackberry issues etc.

  12. October 14th, 2011 at 15:21 | #13

    Love your style and how you captured what they were doing, so serious looking. They look like they mean business. Thx for sharing.

  13. October 14th, 2011 at 15:02 | #14

    You really caught their focus and intensity. I’m never comfortable sketching people in life like this.

  14. October 14th, 2011 at 13:25 | #15

    great sketch, love your choice of subject. Thanks for your suggestion on openid, I’ve allowed it on my comments now.

  15. October 14th, 2011 at 12:11 | #16

    You captured the moment because I can tell there is tension by their stance and expression. Beautifully done! Thanks for stopping by my blog. Happy PPF.
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  16. October 14th, 2011 at 11:50 | #17

    Mimi, how awesome! I love the way you captured their attitudes with the folded arms and set jaws. Amazing art. So glad you shared this.

  17. October 14th, 2011 at 11:21 | #18

    Very nice job. You caught them well I think.

  18. October 14th, 2011 at 11:15 | #19

    Really a wonderful job catching the character of these fellas! Happy PPF!

  19. October 14th, 2011 at 10:58 | #20

    Awesome! Well done! ~thanks, namaste, Carol (A Creative Harbor) Happy PPF

  20. October 14th, 2011 at 10:26 | #21

    Great work! Sorry you can’t read the text on my blog, but my eyes can’t stand looking at a glary background! Valerie

  21. October 14th, 2011 at 10:11 | #22

    You did a good job capturing the men. They do look formidable….I’m sure they’re very strong if they ride so many miles.

  22. October 14th, 2011 at 08:58 | #23

    Gorgeous work..your art is wonderful! I love it and love your style!

  23. October 14th, 2011 at 07:07 | #24

    The painting is amazing. I feel like I’m there. I agree Pitt pens are very limiting, but sometimes they do the trick like nothing else. . . . Dagnabit. Blessings, Janet

  24. October 13th, 2011 at 10:30 | #25

    I think Pitt pen may be your next medium. I think it would be hard to make them look like art work instead of, well, just markers. You make the light and shadows really work!

    • admin
      October 13th, 2011 at 10:32 | #26

      I like them but they are extremely limiting. And once you’ve gone through a pen point, it needs to be replaced. I will continue to play with them, but I can’t see them replacing watercolors for me.

  25. October 13th, 2011 at 06:10 | #27

    Ditto on your first comment!

  26. October 12th, 2011 at 05:40 | #28

    Gosh Mimi, You really captured their essence. I can just imagine them standing there so serious and unmoving. The position of their arms letting bystanders know that they would not budge. You did a great job on this one.

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