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Pastel on Mi Teinte Tex Paper (Cobalt Blue) 75cm x 55cm approx.

I visited this place last November, where I made some sketches and took some reference photos. It is located close to Whitfield in the North of Victoria, Australia and overlooks the King Valley – a prominent wine area of the state.

“Power’s Look Out” is named after one of Victoria’s most infamous bushrangers, Harry Power, and this location provides a comprehensive view of the properties below. Power, also known as Henry Johnstone used the various outcrops in this location to watch over the Valley and any approaching police patrols.

During his bushranging career he committed over 30 crimes and was also known to have taught the teenage Ned Kelly how to conduct his robberies and to elude the police in the bush. Power was born in 1819 in Ireland and was transported to Tasmania in 1840 for stealing a pair of shoes. When he was released he travelled to Victoria where he built on his career. He spent a total of 30 years, during his lifetime of 72 years, in gaol.

Here are a couple of links to information……

Featured in Superbly Visual – May 2013
Featured in No. 1 Favourites – May 2013
Featured in Bassenthorpe Gallery – May 2013

I am a pastel artist living in country Victoria, Australia. My subjects vary, ranging from landscapes, portraiture, animal studies, figurative, life drawing, still life and I find the challenge of painting water particularly enjoyable.

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  • Maree  Clarkson
    Maree Clarksonover 1 year ago

    Truly beautiful Lynda, and I can just see Power keeping an eye out for the police!

  • Thank you so much Maree. Yes, it was an ideal spot to look out for Police coming to get you!!! Apparently he lived in the hills here for several years before they caught up with him.

    – Lynda Robinson

  • George Petrovsky
    George Petrovskyover 1 year ago

    Beautiful colour and depth, Lynda, from the lichen covered rock and flannel flowers, through the valley and into the gentle peaks beyond. The additional history adds to the overall presentation – a Favourite! :) george

  • Hiya George. Thanks so much for the great comment.
    By the way, I checked your profile and had to laugh out loud at your description of your “female” camera! Wonderful work!!!!

    – Lynda Robinson

  • Luca Massone  disegni
    Luca Massone ...over 1 year ago

    Sempre un piacere vedere i tuoi lavori!!

  • È sempre un piacere ricevere i vostri commenti Luca! Grazie mille!

    – Lynda Robinson

  • Terri Maddock
    Terri Maddockover 1 year ago

    Wonderful work again Lynda!

  • Thanks heaps Terri.

    – Lynda Robinson

  • scallyart
    scallyartover 1 year ago


  • Thank you so much Scallywag! xx

    – Lynda Robinson

  • F.A. Moore
    F.A. Mooreover 1 year ago

    Impressive work, Lynda. I love the bird’s eye view of the valley, and the rugged terrain above.

  • Thank you very much for the lovely comment Frannie.

    – Lynda Robinson

  • Susan Bergstrom
    Susan Bergstromover 1 year ago

    Goodness! Look at the color, detail! This is just magnificent! Such depth!

  • Thank you dear Susan! It is a big, full sheet, piece of work, and it has taken me quite awhile to finish it. I wanted to get that look of shafts of sunlight hitting the valley and the hills. That was quite tricky!!!! The effect of the sunlight looks much better in the original work than in this image.

    – Lynda Robinson

  • Renate  Dartois
    Renate Dartoisover 1 year ago

    Fabulous creation Lynda can imagine standing on top looking down to the valley…..

  • Thank you Renate. It is a spectacular view in several directions.

    – Lynda Robinson

    GEORGE SANDERSONover 1 year ago

    Another beaut, Lynda !!!
    I love the perspective and the way you have created great distance.
    Harry Power must have been a fool to prefer jail to this magnificent scenery !

  • Thank you so much Georgie.
    You are right about young Harry! He tried to evade the law for several years apparently, and he lived here for quite awhile, so I guess he did his best.

    – Lynda Robinson

  • Hilary Robinson
    Hilary Robinsonover 1 year ago

    Beautiful work, Lynda

  • Thanks so much Hilary.

    – Lynda Robinson

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