Thursday, December 3, 2009

Dante's View Climb

16"x20" oil on canvas
A recent commission
I recently finished this commission of a cycling team making their way on a road in Death Valley toward Dante's View. The painting will be auctioned off to raise money for the team who are called "Tieni Doro" (it is a phrase shouted by cycling fans in Italy to encourage their favorite riders... it basically means "stay strong").
If you want to see a master of cycling paintings (as well as race cars and beautiful countryside paintings), you have to check out the work of Rob Ijbema at his blog, Painting le Tour. Rob's paintings really capture the sense of speed and the excitement of the race.

19 comments:

Mona said...

Great job on the perspective and challenging subject matter Ed, and I like the color in this one too.

Olga Wagner said...

How cool! Looks great..

Dana Cooper Fine Art said...

This is wonderful Edward, I like how you kept the riders in the back with less detail and the riders in the front with more...it should raise a lot for the team!

Manon Doyle said...

Congrats on this piece Edward!! It's absolutely stunning!! Looks like it was super hard my friend.... at least hard for me...lol!

Tammy Hext said...

Wow Edward, this is a really impressive painting. How long did it take you?

Sheila said...

Wow!!! What a wonderful painting with all those figures in motion and the long stretch of road. I bet it exceeded their expectations!

Art with Liz said...

Great painting Ed, the way you've caught that long line of cyclists so beautifully - and I do so agree with you about Rob's Tour de France paintings!

AutumnLeaves said...

This is beautiful Ed. I am truly at a loss for words.

Judy P. said...

Love the painting, and it's great how you used the perspective, the vibrant color, and even the cloud formations to instill that sense of directed energy from the athletes!

dominique eichi said...

wow........... You had patience. I love your sky how it adds to that linear look

Nancy Medina said...

Ed this is awesome, is there any subject you cannot paint well?

Kelley Carey MacDonald said...

I'm EXHAUSTED just looking at these people working out! What a challenge, Edward, and you met it head on and won! You made what could be a nightmare of figures/proportions/perspective look easy. Nice job!

sam said...

Very good job Edward, so life like and lovely colours)

Terri Buchholz said...

I'm so glad I stopped by to see your latest work! I love the detail and personality in your lead riders faces. Wonderful figurative work and overall terrific painting. The client had to be thrilled.

Catherine Jeffrey said...

Very well done painting. So much detail and work involved, but it all comes together. Great perspective and color. They should raise a lot of money!

Cathyann said...

How did I miss this post? Wonderful work with difficult subject matter. The perspective is terrific!Congrats on the ocmmission and exposure!
Thanks for the Sorolla link, and your multiple generous comments on my site, Edward.

James Parker said...

Rob's work is very good, but I think I'm looking at a master's work when I'm looking at this painting of yours. Great job, Ed. Oh...and stop by blog for some eggnog.

Paintings by Irit Bourla said...

What a great job on this challenging subject.
I can feel the wind I love this painting.

rob ijbema said...

right up my street edward,wonderful job!