Description 14.5 x 21.5 Watercolor on 300 lb Fabriano.unframed.The 2020 Tour de France didn't disappoint the fans. Each day the pace was faster than expected and the drama was high. This painting was especially intriguing to me because of the shadows and it captured the movement of the riders on the corner on the outskirts of town. It was a favorite of my husband so even though there were more riders than I usually like to paint, I liked how they were in 'twos' The 6 cyclists were in the breakaway until 25 miles to the finish and worked well with one another the entire race, earning points on the climbs and sprints. Perez, one of the riders here, became high points for the polka dot jersey in Stage 3 but he crashed after the peloton caught them and had to leave the Tour with a broken collarbone. This painting is in part a tribute to his effort and I felt his disappointment.I liked the saying, 'You can't win the Tour today, but you can lose it!'
Diana Nadal, Portland Member Since March 2014 Artist Statement I am a native Oregonian, mother of 3, grandmother of 3 and wife of 50 years who had found creative outlets as an interior designer and business owner before focusing my creative energy to being a full-time artist 13 years ago.
My inspiration comes from family travels, wine, reflections and shadows on water and other surfaces, scenes with people doing ordinary but interesting things and portraits. I can't resist painting an interesting face! I prefer to paint realistically but lately my emphasis has been on more expressionistic and abstract subjects.
I taught my first workshop on Exploring Liquid Watercolors Using webbing, textures and other techniques--"Making It Your Own," and am interested in teaching artists how to start their own critique groups.