Exciting Things Brewing in 2016

cycling art print

Last Saturday, after a fun, sunny, late January ride on the Ridgeline trail in the Tortolita Mountains (this is Tucson after all), Rudi and I had the pleasure of stopping by Catalina Brewing Company and visiting with Hank and Brian. The brewery is not open yet, but they plan to open later in February, i.e. this month. What a great place! Cyclists are going to love the decor, the atmosphere, and the brew. Hank and Brian have gone to great lengths for you to discover cycling items everywhere you look, e.g. the epoxied counter with all sorts of bike parts entombed within, shelves supported by cut bike rims, a bike route sign, and so much more. What more could a cycling enthusiast ask for? Beer. Glorious beer.

Bike stuff all around + Beer = Fun.

Part of our excitement, at Rudi Cycling Art, is that Hank and Brian want Rudi’s images to be a significant part of what they are hanging on the walls at Catalina Brewing Company. What a great gesture by Hank and Brian. With the allure of empty walls, we’ve been off making our plans and hoping to break some new ground along the way. This is an opportunity to show Rudi’s work, up close and personal, to a larger audience. I’ve always thought that when you are seeing an image on the internet, that it’s difficult to imagine what it would look like framed and on your wall. But if you see it at a street fair (or maybe a brewery), there’s a better connection. The Brewery will also act as a place we can experiment and learn, so that we can offer all of you more items on our Rudi Cycling Art site.

So if you wish, keep some tabs on Catalina Brewing Company to find out when they are opening or having events. All you Facers can look them up by name on Facebook. And start to think about an old friend you don’t see much anymore and how you can entice them to come have a beer with you at this neat, new place.


Telluride art print

Last Thursday, when Jay and I headed out of Tucson to meet up with a community of bluegrass festival friends, I was mostly looking forward to the mountain bike riding. I’d never been to Telluride, so this was an adventure into an unknown for me. Jay had filled me in a bit about the people and the environs, but even with that knowledge, there was a lot to learn and experience.

There’s a truth about the company you keep, and the bluegrass group that Jay and Lori are part of have a shared soul of music and nature full of love and creativity. Even those who were absent were still so much a part of this event.

We came to ride – or that’s what I thought. I know what happened is much larger. It’s hard thinking about Telluride without feeling tears well up in my eyes.

It’s impossible to describe how fertile this experience was. It’s like they say “you had to be there.” The best I can do is share some of what I painted and drew in Telluride to give a feel of our time there. The view might be the same but then nothing ever stays where it is. The clouds, sun and earth are all in motion.

I know the origin of the universe is thirteen something light years away, but for this weekend, it felt like it was right here.

Here’s to you and all your “Tellurides.”

first veiw of Ingram falls

breakfast view

black pencil

Ingram painting1

Ingram painting 2

Wednesday morning ingram falls




Rudi and Jay