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Seymour Show Demonstration by Lynda Robinson

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Was rummaging around looking for some other photos, when I found this one which I thought might be of interest. This was a demonstration at the Seymour Show a couple of years ago. I did the pastel, and my friend Liz did a watercolour.

Incidentally, the tomato at the base of the page is where I allowed a little girl to have a go at pastelling. Her mother came along and was horrified, thinking that she was wrecking my painting!

Featured in Classic Artistic Still Life – August 2013


lynda robinson, pastel

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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  • Virginia McGowan
    Virginia McGowanabout 1 year ago

    Pure perfection and delightful, stunning ..Lynda……… funny I was going to B.M. you this morning and ask what you’re up to! too quiet..

  • Hi Gini! Yes, I have been busy doing lots of everything, except painting. Well – I have been painting occasionally, but nothing that I have felt really happy with! Have a huge pile of Colourfix, in colours that I would not usually select, because I got it cheap, but I wish I could just use it all up and go back to my beloved Mi Teinte burgundy! LOL! It was really funny about the tomato, because the mum came back, and didn’t see me standing to the side. All she saw was her little girl pastelling away on the paper, and she really thought she had done it without me allowing her to! Poor little kid got told off, until I stepped in and said it was OK! LOL!

    – Lynda Robinson

  • Virginia McGowan
    Virginia McGowanabout 1 year ago

    hahah about the tomato!

  • Virginia McGowan
    Virginia McGowanabout 1 year ago

    oh shame about the colourfix, I couldn’t use burgundy ! but I use most of the others blue, green , white, cream, and I am out, apart from pale grey,[,Mi.Tiens ] and it’s a bit big for my frames ,wish you could email me some…;-)

  • Wish I could email you some too Gini. I have given some away to our Art Society members, but I still have heaps!

    – Lynda Robinson

  • Linda Ridpath
    Linda Ridpathabout 1 year ago

    Really interesting Lynda, poor little soul could be traumatised for ever… It’s fun working in a public place sometimes tho.. Interesting, my best pastels have been done on a burgundy paper. Good photo. I’m hoping to take some snaps to work on when we go away next week to the coast again . X

  • Ha Ha! No – I think she was pleased that I leapt to her defence when her mum saw what she was doing! It is fun working in public, but I do find it a bit stressful! I never did complete this painting, but it was fun, and I liked the red/green complementaries.

    – Lynda Robinson

  • Norah Jones
    Norah Jonesabout 1 year ago

    Love that set up Lynda and how fabulous the pastel looks compared to the subject. That’s the joy of being an artist !

  • Thanks so much Norah! Yes, it was a lot of fun doing this demo, and the biggest challenge was getting the transparency of that piece of onion skin on the left. It always amazes me how many colours there are in the simplest of ‘objects’! (The tomatoes were a bit squishy after having that light on them for so long – LOL)!

    – Lynda Robinson

  • Terri Maddock
    Terri Maddockabout 1 year ago

    The painting looks far better than the setup Lynda! The little girl did a really good job on the tomato too!

  • Hi Terri. You are so right – that little girl was fascinated by what you can do with pastel. She initially did a red round ‘blob’ but then I pointed out that there was light and shade, and she was enthralled how just a few touches here and there can bring something to life!

    – Lynda Robinson

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

    You were so sweet to let the child have a turn at the easel on your pastel. Looks like she did a pretty good job too! I guess you can call it the “Tomato that got away”. :)) This is neat to see the watercolor and pastel side by side. I bet everyone was thrilled to see you work! Thanks for sharing this, Lynda.

  • Thanks for the lovely comment. She did a wonderful job Frannie, and she was fascinated by what you can do with pastel. At one stage we would have had at least 30 people standing behind us watching! It was a great day.

    – Lynda Robinson

  • Gordon Stead
    Gordon Steadabout 1 year ago

    Always a great pleasure to see behind the scenes at Lyndas place !

  • Thanks heaps Gordy!

    – Lynda Robinson

    GEORGE SANDERSONabout 1 year ago

    Great photo Lynda, I would love to attend your demonstrations !!!

  • I don’t do very many George! I usually find it quite stressful, but this one was enjoyable!

    – Lynda Robinson

  • © Bob Hall
    © Bob Hallabout 1 year ago

    Quite interesting Linda. It looks like your demonstration went well … and discovered a budding artist at the same time.

  • Thanks for the great comment Bob.

    – Lynda Robinson

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