Wednesday, May 31, 2017

Just Five Days Left!



All of the artwork is done, and the rough draft is written!  Now it just needs to get funded!  There are only 5 days left to back this project and be a very important part of making Art of Cycling: The 100th Giro d'Italia happen.  There are 156 paintings create live as the race unfolded each day as the peloton wound its way around the islands, coasts, farmlands and mountains of Italy.  There are at least 4 paintings and as many as 27 of each of the 22 teams that formed the Gruppo.  There are at least one painting of 114 of the 197 riders who started the 100th Grio d'Italia.
So if you haven't done it yet, please go to kickstarter and back the project.  There are great rewards that start at just $1.00 and shipping is available anywhere in the world!  Everyone who backs the project regardless of amount will have there name in print in the front of the book.  So don't delay, if this is going to happen, it has to be fully funded by June 5th at 11:59 pm EST.  Thank you to all who have backed the effort, and to all of you who are about to.

Monday, May 29, 2017

Giro, Final Stage: What Can He Do?

"What can he do?" must have been the question on every Italian cycling fans all along the time trial course.  Vincenzo Nibali (Bahrain-Merida), has ridden a brilliant race but has just come up a few seconds short. In fact he is only holding off Thibaut Pinot (FDJ) by just five seconds, five seconds that would leave the defending Giro champion off of the podium.  Naturally, Nibali wasn't going to let that happen.  As it turned out, despite the expressed statements of the eventual winner of the Giro, Tom Dumoulin, that both Nibali and Quintana would be off of the podium.  Instead, it was Dumoulin on the top step, with Quintana holding his second place and Nibali defending his third place.  At least the podium reception was cordial if not out right friendly.

This is a small watercolors and ink painting measuring just 4"x6" and was created using Yarka St. Petersburg watercolors and Steve Quiller brushes from www.richesonart.com.  This painting and all of my Olympics artwork will be available through my artist website at www.greigleach.com.  To purchase this particular painting just follow the direct link at the end of this post.  It is only $75 USD and international shipping is available.

With the racing of the 100th Giro d'Italia, I am crowd funding my third cycling art book through Kickstarter.  I could use your support in helping this book get made, please consider backing the project here: https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1335072134/art-of-cycling-100th-giro-ditalia.  This will be just one of the hundred plus paintings that will be included. With Kickstarter, if there is not a 100% funded, no one is charged a dime, and the project recieves 0% funding.

So this is the final painting of the 100th Giro d'Italia.  I hope you have enjoy this electronic retelling of the story of the race.  And that you will want to support my printed version of this most exciting of Grand Tours.  So the total number of paintings of the racing came to 156 when all was told.

http://www.greigleach.com/large-multi-view/100th-Giro-dItalia/2974399-148-235247/PaintingWhat-Can-He-Do?-G17-156.html

Sunday, May 28, 2017

Giro, Final Stage: As Fast as Possible

Nairo Quintana (Movistar) was going to have the best time trial of his life if he wanted to keep his Maglia Rosa.  While he did ride one of his best ever, it still wasn't enough to withstand the ride of Tom Dumoulin (Sunweb).  Quintana had done his best to open up as big a gap as possible on the last road stage in hopes of doing enough to hold onto the pink today.  I have enjoyed the racing in this Giro and found it interesting that the final stage was a time trial instead of a road stage.  Normally, the final stage is a promenade with champagne toasts along the way winding up with a made sprint for the fastmen of the sport.  Instead, the Maglia Rosa and the Maglia Bianca wouldn't be decided until the last man crossed the line in Milan.

This is a small watercolors and ink painting measuring just 4"x6" and was created using Yarka St. Petersburg watercolors and Steve Quiller brushes from www.richesonart.com.  This painting and all of my Olympics artwork will be available through my artist website at www.greigleach.com.  To purchase this particular painting just follow the direct link at the end of this post.  It is only $75 USD and international shipping is available.

With the racing of the 100th Giro d'Italia, I am crowd funding my third cycling art book through Kickstarter.  I could use your support in helping this book get made, please consider backing the project here: https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1335072134/art-of-cycling-100th-giro-ditalia.  This will be just one of the hundred plus paintings that will be included. With Kickstarter, if there is not a 100% funded, no one is charged a dime, and the project recieves 0% funding.

http://www.greigleach.com/large-multi-view/100th-Giro-dItalia/2974390-147-235247/PaintingFast-as-Possible-G17-155.html

Giro, Final Stage: His Turn

It was widely expected, but that didn't make Tom Dumoulin's (Team Sunweb) ride any less exciting.  The Dutch National Time Trial Champion knew he had to pull back 51 seconds on Nairo Quintana (Movistar) to claim the final Maglia Rosa.  He could take comfort in knowing that he had first taken the jersey off of the shoulders of the Colombian in the first individual time trial.  As he rounded this corner, he knew that he had already come two seconds to the good.  So he also knew that he would be the first Dutchman to win a Grand Tour in decades.  Chapeau, for a race well ridden!

This is a small watercolors and ink painting measuring just 4"x6" and was created using Yarka St. Petersburg watercolors and Steve Quiller brushes from www.richesonart.com.  This painting and all of my Olympics artwork will be available through my artist website at www.greigleach.com.  To purchase this particular painting just follow the direct link at the end of this post.  It is only $75 USD and international shipping is available.

With the racing of the 100th Giro d'Italia, I am crowd funding my third cycling art book through Kickstarter.  I could use your support in helping this book get made, please consider backing the project here: https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1335072134/art-of-cycling-100th-giro-ditalia.  This will be just one of the hundred plus paintings that will be included. With Kickstarter, if there is not a 100% funded, no one is charged a dime, and the project recieves 0% funding.

http://www.greigleach.com/large-multi-view/100th-Giro-dItalia/2974365-146-235247/PaintingHis-Turn-G17-154.html

Giro, Final Stage: Well, That's Done

Tejay van Garderen (BMC) had neither the race, nor the time trials that he had hoped for in the Giro.  He as able to get a stage win, which did quite a bit to ease the pain of the disappointment.  BMC didn't exactly get what they were looking for either, it went wrong when their strongman Rohan Dennis was forced to abandon the race after a crash early on.  I hadn't seen the crash, nor did I catch when he withdrew.  I have been watching the race in Italian, a language I do not speak, so I have missed some of the details that occured off camera.

This is a small watercolors and ink painting measuring just 4"x6" and was created using Yarka St. Petersburg watercolors and Steve Quiller brushes from www.richesonart.com.  This painting and all of my Olympics artwork will be available through my artist website at www.greigleach.com.  To purchase this particular painting just follow the direct link at the end of this post.  It is only $75 USD and international shipping is available.

With the racing of the 100th Giro d'Italia, I am crowd funding my third cycling art book through Kickstarter.  I could use your support in helping this book get made, please consider backing the project here: https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1335072134/art-of-cycling-100th-giro-ditalia.  This will be just one of the hundred plus paintings that will be included. With Kickstarter, if there is not a 100% funded, no one is charged a dime, and the project recieves 0% funding.

http://www.greigleach.com/large-multi-view/100th-Giro-dItalia/2974360-145-235247/PaintingWell,-That's-Done-G17-153.html

Giro, Final Stage: Racing Along

The final stage of this Giro d'Italia began on the formula one race course in Milan.  It seemed a fitting gesture as the time trial specialist would be zooming around the 29 kilometer of the individual time trial.  I was taken with the rather clever paint job on the warning track of the raceway.  Normally the markings are red and white, but I guess they couldn't resist the opportunity to fly the Italian flag (as it were).  Andrey Amador (Movistar) use the same strength he has employed in the serivce of his captain to post a respectable time.

This is a small watercolors and ink painting measuring just 4"x6" and was created using Yarka St. Petersburg watercolors and Steve Quiller brushes from www.richesonart.com.  This painting and all of my Olympics artwork will be available through my artist website at www.greigleach.com.  To purchase this particular painting just follow the direct link at the end of this post.  It is only $75 USD and international shipping is available.

With the racing of the 100th Giro d'Italia, I am crowd funding my third cycling art book through Kickstarter.  I could use your support in helping this book get made, please consider backing the project here: https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1335072134/art-of-cycling-100th-giro-ditalia.  This will be just one of the hundred plus paintings that will be included. With Kickstarter, if there is not a 100% funded, no one is charged a dime, and the project recieves 0% funding.

http://www.greigleach.com/large-multi-view/100th-Giro-dItalia/2974358-144-235247/PaintingRacing-Along-G17-152.html

Giro, Final Stage: Rolling

Pierre Rolland (Cannondale-Drapac) rolled down the ramp on his way to a less than stellar individual time trial.  He need not worry, he has raced a brilliant Giro that included a stage victory.  I will admit that I am a fan of the Frenchman and have enjoyed his agressive racing.  I imagine that today's performance was due partly to the aggression he has exhibited in the final week of the race.

This is a small watercolors and ink painting measuring just 4"x6" and was created using Yarka St. Petersburg watercolors and Steve Quiller brushes from www.richesonart.com.  This painting and all of my Olympics artwork will be available through my artist website at www.greigleach.com.  To purchase this particular painting just follow the direct link at the end of this post.  It is only $75 USD and international shipping is available.

With the racing of the 100th Giro d'Italia, I am crowd funding my third cycling art book through Kickstarter.  I could use your support in helping this book get made, please consider backing the project here: https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1335072134/art-of-cycling-100th-giro-ditalia.  This will be just one of the hundred plus paintings that will be included. With Kickstarter, if there is not a 100% funded, no one is charged a dime, and the project recieves 0% funding.

http://www.greigleach.com/large-multi-view/100th-Giro-dItalia/2974356-143-235247/PaintingRolling-G17-151.html

Giro, Final Stage: On a Real Flyer

Jos Van Emden (LottoNL-Jumbo) had been flying well under my radar, in fact I don't think I have encounter him in a race ever before.  He started the day 120 riders behind the Maglia Rosa of Nairo Quintana.  He was also four hours and nearly twenty minutes behind the time of the race leader.  But today, today he was posting the best time at each and every time check, including the most important, the final one.  Now with a time trial, the rider with the best time will sit in the "hot seat" until someone comes along and betters his time.  Van Emden would be waiting a long time for the masters of the discipline to start, let alone finish.  At the end of the day, no one was able to take his seat away from him.

This is a small watercolors and ink painting measuring just 4"x6" and was created using Yarka St. Petersburg watercolors and Steve Quiller brushes from www.richesonart.com.  This painting and all of my Olympics artwork will be available through my artist website at www.greigleach.com.  To purchase this particular painting just follow the direct link at the end of this post.  It is only $75 USD and international shipping is available.

With the racing of the 100th Giro d'Italia, I am crowd funding my third cycling art book through Kickstarter.  I could use your support in helping this book get made, please consider backing the project here: https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1335072134/art-of-cycling-100th-giro-ditalia.  This will be just one of the hundred plus paintings that will be included. With Kickstarter, if there is not a 100% funded, no one is charged a dime, and the project recieves 0% funding.

http://www.greigleach.com/large-multi-view/100th-Giro-dItalia/2974354-142-235247/PaintingOn-a-Real-Flyer-G17-150.html

Giro, Stage 20: Excited!


Thibaut Pinot (FDJ) had finished in the top five on four previous stages, so he was beyond excited to win the final road stage of the Giro.  Over his shoulder, Vincenzo Niblai (Bahrain-Merida) looked over to make sure he had place in the top three.  He needed the bonus seconds to offset the 10 seconds Pinot's stage win earned the Frenchman.  Grabbing second on the stage was Ilnur Zakarin (Katusha-Alpecin) who had worked hard to keep himself and Pinot away from the chasing group the included, Nibali, Quintana and Pozzovivo.  Rounding out the top five on the day, where Domenico Pozzovivo (Ag2r La Mondiale) and Nairo Quintana (Movistar).  Sorry, Quintana, didn't make it into frame, but his ride moved him to a 53 second lead over Tom Dumoulin.

Now Thibaut only trails Nibali by two seconds, leaving just 39 seconds separating first through third.  Dumoulin has now dropped to fourth overall (remember Nibali's remarks about karma?) but is still well within striking distance of the win tomorrow and retaking the Maglia Rosa.  If you are wondering, Jungels did not gain anytime on Adam Yates in the race for the Maglia Bianca.

This is a small watercolors and ink painting measuring just 4"x6" and was created using Yarka St. Petersburg watercolors and Steve Quiller brushes from www.richesonart.com.  This painting and all of my Olympics artwork will be available through my artist website at www.greigleach.com.  To purchase this particular painting just follow the direct link at the end of this post.  It is only $75 USD and international shipping is available.

With the racing of the 100th Giro d'Italia, I am crowd funding my third cycling art book through Kickstarter.  I could use your support in helping this book get made, please consider backing the project here: https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1335072134/art-of-cycling-100th-giro-ditalia.  This will be just one of the hundred plus paintings that will be included. With Kickstarter, if there is not a 100% funded, no one is charged a dime, and the project recieves 0% funding.

http://www.greigleach.com/large-multi-view/100th-Giro-dItalia/2974159-141-235247/PaintingExcited!-G170149.html

Giro, Stage 20: They Want Their Jerseys Back

The duo of Tom Dumoulin (Sunweb) and Bob Jungels (Quickstep) had reason to work together in the cashing group.  Both were hoping to reclaim their previous leaders' jerseys.  For Dumoulin, his goal of the Maglia Rosa, was up the road on Nairo Quintana's shoulders.  And for Jungels, his Maglia Bianca, was just behind him, watching his every move, on the shoulders of Adam Yates (Orica-Scott).  Both of these guys have a reputation for being stronger at the individual time trial than those wearing their respective jerseys. So depending on the finish today, their will be a lot riding on the very specialized bikes of the time trial tomorrow.

This is a small watercolors and ink painting measuring just 4"x6" and was created using Yarka St. Petersburg watercolors and Steve Quiller brushes from www.richesonart.com.  This painting and all of my Olympics artwork will be available through my artist website at www.greigleach.com.  To purchase this particular painting just follow the direct link at the end of this post.  It is only $75 USD and international shipping is available.

With the racing of the 100th Giro d'Italia, I am crowd funding my third cycling art book through Kickstarter.  I could use your support in helping this book get made, please consider backing the project here: https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1335072134/art-of-cycling-100th-giro-ditalia.  This will be just one of the hundred plus paintings that will be included. With Kickstarter, if there is not a 100% funded, no one is charged a dime, and the project recieves 0% funding.

http://www.greigleach.com/large-multi-view/100th-Giro-dItalia/2974156-140-235247/PaintingThey-Want-Their-Jerseys-Back-G17-148.html