'Sepia Siren' by Lynda Robinson

Pastel on a scrappy piece of brown Canson paper!

This painting was a total fluke from a few years ago! I had bought four new Schminke pastels and I wanted to try them out – there was a pale blue, a pale yellow, a creamy colour and a dark brown. I used a scrappy piece of paper left over from another painting and started doodling! The face just emerged, and I thought she looked sort of ‘aloof’ and ‘Art Deco-ish’ I looked through an old book about fashion, and found some drawings of 1920’s headgear. I just added a bit of light here and a bit of dark there, smudged around a bit and there she was! I thought she needed a dangly earring, so I hung what is actually a pendant on the edge of my easel and used that. Amazing how a bit of scribble can turn into something! I won’t part with it, and my son has claimed this painting when I die!

Featured in1 on 1: The Fine Art of Portraiture and Works On Paper – January 2009
Finished in the Top 10 of the Melbourne & Victoria Group ‘Art Deco Delights’ challenge – May 2009
Featured in the Painted Ladies group – June 2009
Placed 2nd in the Retro Painted Lady challenge in the Painted Ladies group – July 2009
Featured in Impressionist Art – Sept 2009
Featured in Solo Exhibition – Jan 2010
Featured in Impressionism Cafe – March 2010
Featured in Artistic Creative & Very Talented – May 2010
Featured as ‘Pick of the Week’ in Impressionism Cafe group – August 2010
Featured in #1 Artists of Redbubble – August 2010
Top Ten in Avatar Challenge – Painted Ladies – March 2010
Featured in Hats & Hat Boxes – May 2011
Top Ten in the 1 on 1 Fine Art of Human Portraiture Beautiful Women challenge – May 2011
Featured in the Best of the Best of ‘The Best of RedBubble’ – July 2011
Featured in Shameless Self Promotion – August 2011
Featured in First Things – November 2011
Featured in Virtual Museum – December 2011
Featured in Fantastic Mixt Art – December 2011
Featured in Challenge Accepted – December 2011
Featured in Art with Meaning – March 2012
Featured in Moody & Evocative – August 2012
Featured in Women Painters – August 2012
Featured in Strictly Human Faces – November 2012
Featured in Feminine Intent – April 2013
Featured in Painters Academics – May 2013
Featured in Inspired Art Group – October 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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  • Helen Miles
    Helen Milesover 6 years ago

    Wow Robbo – love this to bits! This is some doodle my dear – and you’re right she does look Art Deco-ish and very aloof. Beautiful!

  • Fanks Milesey. At the time I was so infuriated that I had used such a daggy piece of paper, and the frame had to be cut so carefully to actually fit it in without gaps at the sides! My framer did a fantastic job on an art-deco-ish type of frame, which is another reason why I want to keep it.

    – Lynda Robinson

  • Mrswillow
    Mrswillowover 6 years ago

    She is even more beautiful in real life. I am so pleased that you have kept this one in the family!

  • Thank you my fantastic friend! Every time Hugh sees it he says “can I have it now?”

    – Lynda Robinson

  • Lara  Cooper
    Lara Cooperover 6 years ago

    Very lovely…she is intriguing. I immediately began to wonder who she was, and so read the explanation and see that she is completely created! Great story quality and very beautiful work.

  • Lara – I cannot tell you how overjoyed I am that you have commented on my work, particularly because you are an artist whose work I greatly admire.

    – Lynda Robinson

  • thepaintedsoul
    thepaintedsoulover 6 years ago

    WISH my “scrappy pieces” turned out like this Lynda. You are outrageously talented. Have a good day.

  • Fanks Yank! I always look forward to your comments. You never fail to bring a smile to my face!

    – Lynda Robinson

  • Lee Wilde
    Lee Wildeover 6 years ago

  • Thank you very much Lee. I am thrilled to little pieces!

    – Lynda Robinson

  • Susan  Kimball
    Susan Kimballover 6 years ago

    What a wonderful work of art!

  • Thank you so very much Susan.

    – Lynda Robinson

  • Hidemi Tada
    Hidemi Tadaover 6 years ago

    Congrats Lynda again. very fantastic image and color of you.

  • Thanks my friend Hidemi – I am really surprised at the reaction to this piece of paper!

    – Lynda Robinson

  • Tron
    Tronover 6 years ago

    Nice work Lynda!

  • Thank you Mark. I really appreciate your comment.

    – Lynda Robinson

  • Helen Miles
    Helen Milesover 6 years ago

    CONGRATULATIONS ROBBO!!!!!!!!!!!!! :-))

  • Lynda Robinson
    Lynda Robinsonover 6 years ago

    Fanks Milesey darling!

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