A watercolor bike portrait commission

completed watercolor painting of Rachels bike
Watercolor portrait of a Raleigh Revere 1 women’s road bike

A few months ago, after I mentioned that I’m focusing on making more art to my mother-in-law, she asked me to make a portrait of her bike. She lives in the midwest and rides as much as she can in the summer when the weather is nice. So she wanted a drawing of it to look at in the winter, when it’s far too cold and snowy to ride, and imagine a nice summer day out on the trails.

I thought watercolor would be a nice medium for the project because of its translucent nature. I wanted to portray a warm morning light falling on trees. And since it’s really about the bike, I allowed the background and foreground to fade off at the edges. The 5×7 painting is on Arches cold pressed 140 lb watercolor paper.

It was a cool project to work on because the mechanical, perfect contours of the bike contrasted so much with the natural setting. I always like contrasting elements like that to keep things interesting. It was one of the things I worked on during our trip to Zion, so it has a special place in my heart for multiple reasons :)

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