Tribute to The Auld Yin by Karen  Hull

7×11 inch portrait of The Auld Yin (Alex Gardiner), done with pastels on Pastelmat.

This is my tribute to a wonderful, generous character that many of you may have crossed paths with on RedBubble. He brings tirelesss support, encouragement, a charming wit and humour, to so many artists, myself included. When I stumbled upon his wish to have a portrait done by me about a week ago, I was so touched and humbled, and how could I resist the opportunity to repay, in a little way, some of the kindness he has shown to me and others. I don’t have the way with words that The Auld Yin does, but hopefully, in this case pictures speak much louder than words!!!

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Full time artist and illustrator, specialising in realistic images in a range of mediums, but particularly favouring coloured pencils.

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  • Stephie Butler
    Stephie Butlerabout 5 years ago

    Karen…I was just about to shut down when I saw this, so had to stop & comment…I’m stunned…your work is just amazing, and just gets better and better if that’s possible…….this does speak volumes..You have captured his character wonderfully…..Awesome…..

  • Thank you so much Stephie – such lovely comments. I do hope I have captured him – whilst I’ve never met The Auld Yin, I feel like I know him and poured all my heart into this one. My goal for this year is to try and get better and better, so thank you!!!!

    – Karen Hull

  • Davies
    Daviesabout 5 years ago

    Wow this is a truly amazing and stunning piece of work Karen.An outstanding and fabulous portrait. An instant favourite for me.

  • Thank you so much Noelene. The Auld Yin hasn’t spotted it yet – so I hope he shares your lovely view!!!

    – Karen Hull

  • Irene  Burdell
    Irene Burdellabout 5 years ago

    Absolutely wonderful work, I don’t know him but you can see by the character you have brought out here that he is an extremely pleasant person .Well done.

  • Thank you Irene for your wonderful comments. He is absolutely an extremely pleasant person, I’m so happy this came through!!!

    – Karen Hull

  • Bridie Flanagan
    Bridie Flanaganabout 5 years ago

    this is another stunning work Karen… i immediately recognized him…. so wonderful,, I cant wait for him to see it… an instant favourite.

  • Thank you Bridie – it was probably a bit cheeky of me to post it before he has seen it, but I hope the combination of portrait and lovely warm comments from people who have come to know him would bring a smile to his face!!!!

    – Karen Hull

  • katymckay
    katymckayabout 5 years ago

    Oh Karen are the best…I can’t wait for him to see this…you have done him proud,Bless your heart for this..he is a wonderful friend to all of us and whenever we are ill or in trouble he is always there for us..encouraging..making us laugh…this is so stunning..I am so excited to see what his reaction will be…what a wonderful thing to do karen..wish I could see his face…you have captured his character so well..your work is just wow wow !!!!!!!….XXXXXXXXX

  • I recognise your photo Cathy (or ‘Wee Cathy) from a journal entry I read from The Auld Yin a few days ago and I know you have been feeling poorly with COPD. As a nurse, I know what how horrible this illness can be, (I always knew it as COAD) – by the time I read his journal, you were on the mend (I hope that’s true), so I was too late to log in and wish you my best for your recovery. I do hope you are feeling better now. My thoughts and prayers are with you as you fend off this challenging disease.
    Back to The Auld Yin, and yes he is an absolute darling and I do hope he is happy with it – he deserves it so much.
    Thank you so much for your kind and lovely comments!!!!! xxx

    – Karen Hull

  • Palynn
    Palynnabout 5 years ago

    OH My God This IS The Finest Piece of Art I ever seen You are amazing What a likeness it loks like a Picture Sublime Brilliance Frank x

  • Thank you so much Frank – you must be a mate of the Auld Yin – and I do appreciate you stopping by and for your wonderful comments!!!! xx

    – Karen Hull

  • nishagandhi
    nishagandhiabout 5 years ago

    wow this is awesome

  • Thank you so very much Nisha – it was a joy to do!!!!

    – Karen Hull

  • Jill Tisbury
    Jill Tisburyabout 5 years ago

    Well that’s the doggys doo-dahs Karen! ;0)
    Stunning portrait, love the saturation and luminocity you get in your work, not to mention the detail.
    Jilly xx

  • Thank you so much Jilly – I do appreciate your wonderful, thoughtful comments!!!! xx

    – Karen Hull

  • Kay Kempton Raade
    Kay Kempton Raadeabout 5 years ago

    WOW! The eyes say it all.

  • For me they always do, so that is the best compliment you could give Kay and thank you!!!!

    – Karen Hull

  • FineEtch
    FineEtchabout 5 years ago

    So expressive! I’m sure The Auld Yin will absolutely love this.

  • I so hope so Jo and thank you for your lovely comments!!!

    – Karen Hull

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