Monday, July 20, 2009

It is Finished. And it is Varnished!

It's official

The mural for Carmichael Training Systems in Colorado Springs is complete. Here are the photos and text supplied by Marian Hunting of Women's cycling Magazine. They have put the article on their site with an interview they did with me when I began the project. I will edit this post more after I have had some sleep but couldn't wait to share.

The WHOLE thing

El Diablo terrorizes the leader up Alpe D'Huez

Kathleen King’s Tour de France Mural

Courtesy of Marian Hunting, Women's Cycling Magazine

July 19th, 2009

Kathleen King is a cyclist and an artist who began her career as a muralist in 1983 in San Diego, California. More recently, Kathleen was commissioned by Chris Carmichael to paint an indoor mural for the new Carmichael Training Systems facility. Kathleen began researching her latest project, an 8 foot by 13 foot indoor mural, in January of this year and began painting in March.

Kathleen’s painting is visual representation of the history of the Tour de France with a timeline composed of sunflowers, one for each year of the Tour since it began in 1903, and a peloton composed of all of the 56 Tour winners done in Kathleen’s distinctive scribble style.

At the head of the peloton she painted 8 of the stars of the Tour de France history: Lance Armstrong (1999, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, & 2005), Miguel Indurain (1991, 1992, 1993, 1994, & 1995) Eddy Merckx (1969, 1970, 1971, 1972, & 1974), Bernard Hinault (1978, 1979, 1981, 1982 & 1985) , Jacques Anquetil (1957, 1961, 1962, 1963, & 1964) Fausto Coppi (1949 & 1952), Gino Bartali (1938 & 1948), and Maurice Garin (1903). Kathleen has also depicted 8 of the popular climbs that are often featured in the Tour (including the Alpe d’Huez), the popular El Diablo, and the celebrated Lanterne Rouge.

Kathleen will be unveiling her latest project at the Grand Opening of the new Carmichael Training Systems facility today. You can follow Kathleen on twitter here, follow her on her blog here, and purchase some of her wearable art here.


Reva said...

Wow! Kathleen, that is fantastic! Many, many congrations to you!!

Donna Tocci said...

Kathleeen - Phenomenal! Congratulations!

Granny's 30 said...

Brilliant Kathleen...oh the stories that mural could tell.

Bill said...

Very cool!

Kk said...

Thank you everyone for tuning in and following the process. I'm on the road to Cortez today so will be out of comms for awhile. Will respond more soon.

Jamie said...

Its a shame that the personal animosity that Armstrong and his trainer Carmichael harbor towards Greg Lemond should result in the three-time winner of the Tour de France being omitted from the mural. It shows a remarkable lapse of judgment and a good deal of pettiness. Greg Lemonds career speaks for itself and any true fan of the Tour de France will be outraged by this blatant oversight.

Tim Jackson- Masi Guy said...

Though I can hardly remember which section of the painting is "mine", it is still an incredible piece and I am thrilled for you that it is done and that you gone through the process of the work itself. It is my sincere hope (of course) that this work and the attention it gets will be the spotlight to shine on your work that you deserve.

Enjoy the peace of the finished work and allow the recharging of the soul to begin.

Kk said...

Tim, from your keyboard to God's inbox! Thanks Brother. 'Your' colors are the carmine, vermilion and magenta in the frame at the very top of the post, background for the scribble cyclists in white.