Painting Inoils

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The Tour de France Arrives Tomorrow

Everyone is buzzing with excitement here in Revel as the massive operation that supports the Tour de France is currently rolling into town to set up everything that goes with one of the world’s greatest sporting events.

This is an oil painting that I have just finished of the last time that the Tour came to our town in 2013 when they cycled down from Lac de Saint Ferreol and past my friend Nicholas’ shop on the Commerce roundabout.

Tour de France Revel by Iain Vellacott

Tomorrow’s finish is going to be even more exciting as the riders will come into Revel from Castelnaudary and then (after passing through this roundabout but going other way to my painting!) head up the steep and long 2km hill to the lake before making a fast and winding descent back down with a final flat 3km to the finishing line in the town.

With the possibility of rain showing on the meteo this could be one of the most challenging and exciting final 10kms of this year’s race.

I have picked myself a spot just up the hill from the roundabout from where, once they have passed, I am planning on dashing round to the finish on the other side of town before they arrive.

Hoping for another Brit victory to help fend off some of the ribbing I have been getting about the football, Brexit, etc!



Back to Winchester

I am back in Winchester again for this year’s Winchester Day on Saturday with a series of new paintings of the College that I have done over the last year.


Just hoping for a little sun like there was in this scene of boys crossing Kingsgate Street going back to their boarding houses.

I have posted my full exhibition on my website at

Humans of Toulouse

I feel very honoured to have been included in the “Humans of Toulouse” project, which you can read here.

And do try to have a look at some of the other stories of far more inspirational and deserving people, all told with great journalistic dexterity and some fabulous photography.



Aldo Balding paints a self portrait

I love this new 3 minute video by In The Pocket Films (aka my youngest son, James) of Aldo Balding painting a self portrait in his studio at Carcassonne, south west France. The music is by Dexter Britain.

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