Saturday, December 5, 2009

Celebrating the Tour de France



There it is - The Arc de Triomphe. I feel like I'm in a dream - this is where the famed Tour de France race ends. I can imagine crowds are everywhere! Everyone wants to be here to see the exciting finish of the annual bicycle race that covers approximately 2,200 miles over a period of about 3 weeks. Cyclists flock from around the world to compete in this famous race. The race is broken into individual 'stages' each of which represents a day on the tour. Although the course changes every year, the finish is always in Paris along the Champs-Elysees.

The scene is so clear in my mind -- Its a hot day in July, and I can hear all the yelling and excitement in the air. Its been 3 weeks of excitement as the racers have traveled all over. I can see the colorful display of cycling 'kits' (outfits) in my mind as they approach the finish. What a thrill it is to be in this famous place where the cyclists approach the Arc de Triomphe and celebrate the end of an amazing race- the Tour de France !!


<<< from my continuing adventures in Laure Ferlita's An Imaginary Trip to Paris class >>>

6 comments:

AutumnLeaves said...

Second blog in the past few days that celebrated the cyclists and I love your painting as well as those of the other artist. Isn't it amazing that our imaginations let us "see" things in our minds? One reason I so love to read. The best books are those that have my own movies running in my head! Beautiful colors and L'Arc de Triomphe!

Krista Meister said...

Claire, this is absolutely one of my favorite Paris sketches that you did! Such ingenuity!

Are you taking Laure's Beach class? I've just signed up. I'm going through withdrawal already - can't wait until February for another class!

Kathy A. Johnson said...

I love your Arc de Triomphe and crowd! Very nice colors and softness. Thanks for sharing.

lori vliegen said...

i love the way you've interpreted this, claire.....i feel as if i'm really there! you did a beautiful job!! and we LOVE to watch the tour de france....i don't know HOW those guys ride a bike up those mountains the way they do!! hugs, :))

Ryan McFeely said...

Mom... frame this with a matte background and I'll hang it up next to the wine rack I built in my living room and it'll keep me focused and inspired on my racing dreams!

Mary Paquet said...

Claire, what a wonderful piece and I know it will mean a lot to your son, a bicycle racer. You really captured the feel. Imagination is a wonderful thing!