Thursday, August 19, 2010

George and the Dragon

A Frank Patterson drawing from Phil Van Valkenberg. A rural pub named George and the Dragon! We know the rider is not mounting his bicycle to ride away. He's looking at the pub door, ready to make a dash for it. We cyclists are a perennially thirsty lot. Looking at the picture I want a pint in a friendly pub right now. The Patterson drawings are evocative of the best of rural cycle touring. You look at them and you can just picture Frank under a tree with his pencils, capturing a special moment on a beautiful ride. Alas, I was crushed to read that he spent most of his time at home sketching from photographs. So ..... do you want facts or truth?  Me, I'm siding with truth. 

4 comments:

reverend dick said...

eh. While I certainly appreciate the sentiment, our pictured hero isn't THAT thirsty. He dismounted outside the gate.

Gunnar Berg said...

True. While it does look like a running cyclocross dismount, he could have kicked in the door and rode his horse into the saloon.

Echelon 133 said...

I am missing something here. He must be a local the gate is already open. They must have seen him coming a mile away.

Gunnar Berg said...

I've been there, the gate is always open. Nothing more welcoming than a light in the window and an open gate.