'Hot Day at Tarcombe'  by Lynda Robinson


Small (16.4" x 23.2")

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Pastel on terracotta Colourfix sanded paper – 50cm x 70cm (914 views 18/12/09)

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The subject with the painting!

During a painting trip to the Tarcombe area of Victoria I met this chap (Robert Hayes) working sheep in his stockyards. It was a very hot day and the intense Australian light was reflecting the red dirt of the yards onto the khaki shirt. The colours in the shirt and battered terry towelling hat intrigued me, particularly the shadow colours. I was very happy with the resulting painting, and so was he – he bought it when he saw it displayed in a local art show.

CHALLENGE WINNER – Quality Art & Photography ‘Best Featured Work in the Group’ Challenge – December 2012
CHALLENGE WINNER – Drawing & Painting Challenge in the Just Fun Group – August 2012
Top Ten in ‘Men Challenge’ in Just Fun Group – June 2012
CHALLENGE WINNER – Seasons Challenge in 1 on 1 the Fine Art of Human Portraiture – Sept 2011
Top 10 in Featured Farmer challenge in Down on the Farm – January 2011
Top 10 in Artistic, Creative & Talented group challenge – April 2010
2nd Place in ‘Your Best Work’ challenge in Hand Painted or Drawn Art of Happiness & Joy – Sept. 2009
Placed third in the ‘Pastel Perfection’ Challenge in 1 on 1 the Fine Art of Portraiture group (April 2009)
Placed third in the ‘Lets Get Real’ Challenge in the Fine Art of Portraiture group (Feb 2009)

Featured in the Realist Traditional Art group (Dec 2008)
Featured in ‘The Best of’ group – April 2009
Featured in Rural Around the Globe – August 2009
Featured in An Outcast Somewhere – Dec 2009
Featured in Solo Exhibition – Jan 2010
Featured in 50+ Group – December 2010
Featured in Hats and Hat Boxes – June 2011
Featured in Virtual Museum – July 2011
Featured in Painting the Country Life – July 2011
Featured in Painters Academics – July 2011
Featured in The Group – November 2011
Featured in Quality Art & Photography – September 2012
Featured in INspired Art – December 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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  • Gail Bridger
    Gail Bridgerover 6 years ago

    Wow, you are a very talented lady! And, self taught, amazing!

  • Lee Wilde
    Lee Wildeover 6 years ago

  • Thank you Lee. I am very new to Red Bubble, so am only just working out how to navigate my way around and what groups are available. It is wonderful that you have made my work a ‘feature’ and I am very flattered.

    – Lynda Robinson

  • Hidemi Tada
    Hidemi Tadaover 6 years ago

    stunning portraiture Lynda. i have never saw such a detail expression on beard and hair on the arm. And also color is excellent.

  • Thank you Hidemi. (I am a big fan of all your work too). I have a LOT OF FUN doing portraits and there are so many colours in hair and beards. It is very exciting when a ‘likeness’ gradually emerges from the page. I get such a lot of joy from art. Have a lovely day.

    – Lynda Robinson

  • Michael Jones
    Michael Jonesover 6 years ago

    OMG you can feel the heat from here, great work, love it

  • Thanks Fringedweller. It WAS a hot day. I really enjoyed all the colours in the khaki shirt and the sharp light/shade contrasts which I think maybe only occur in this wonderful country. I just had a quick swoop through your work and I can relate to it so well!!! I can see you have also captured the unique Aussie light!

    – Lynda Robinson

  • Michael Jones
    Michael Jonesover 6 years ago

    I think that this is the only country where the light is so laser like, I find that trying to paint northern hemisphere light is very frustrating for me, as I have become accustomed to seeing the colours so vividly now. when I go back to the UK, the colours seem so dull. so when I paint images from my UK pics I really have to ramp up the colour. thanks for looking at my stuff, glad you liked it. cheers…M

  • Marlene Piccolin
    Marlene Piccolinover 6 years ago

    Lynda, this is incredible. It’s very detailed but still looks like a painting. I am in awe of people who can do this with pastel. One of these days, I’m going to get out the pastels I inherited from my late father-in-law and give them a try. But how do you get a painting like this with those stubby chalks?!! I think I’d like this guy.

  • Hello Marlene – thank you very much for your extremely kind comments. Those ‘stubby chalks’ are merely extensions of your fingers. You can use the edges or the sides, or just scribble colours on and then blend them with your fingers or paper stumps! Do have a play with them and you will see the endless potential. Hint: Take the wrapping paper off and break them into smaller pieces!

    – Lynda Robinson

  • BarbBarcikKeith
    BarbBarcikKeithover 6 years ago

    Such life and color! Fantastic work..
    Now, tell me.. do you ever use pastel pencils? I use both the sticks and pencils and it makes quite a difference in the detail (not that you need any help at all in the department!).. just an idea..

  • Thanks for your comments Barb. Yes I DO use pastel pencils in combination with the pastel sticks, but only in portraiture or for fine detail in something like raindrops (in my eucalypt leaf series of paintings). I find them a bit too hard for anything else.

    – Lynda Robinson

  • Linda Ridpath
    Linda Ridpathover 6 years ago

    wonderful image lynda, you are so talented and your capture of classic australians is so good.

  • Günter Maria  Knauth
    Günter Maria ...over 6 years ago

    wonderful portrait!

  • Virginia McGowan
    Virginia McGowanover 6 years ago

    superb art Lynda really talented .

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