Cate and Russ wanted a painting that would remind them of their fantastic week spent cycling round Provence. They clocked up a lot of miles, which I used as the main number on the bib as an achievement to be proud to look back on.
They enjoyed the scenery, particularly distant hills and lots of sunflowers, and also vines and olive trees. I wove these into the painting, along with the glasses of red wine and rosé they enjoyed en route.
When you’re on your bike you spend a lot of time looking at signposts. I suggested one to capture the main towns and villages they visited. In France you also see some lovely mile markers, so I painted one of these and used it to record the dates of their trip.
Finally, I thought ‘Le Tour de Provence’ would be a great title for the trip, and did this in the distinctive style of ‘Le Tour de France’.
Congratulations Cate and Russ. Have you recovered and where’s next?!