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'Harbour Lights - Apollo Bay' by Lynda Robinson

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Pastel on Colourfix sanded paper (burgundy) – 50cm x 35cm

Apollo Bay is a beautiful fishing village along the Great Ocean Road in Victoria. We spend a week there each year, and it is nearly time for us to head back there again. The harbour is really beautiful at dusk. I did a couple of colour sketches sitting on the edge of the harbour on this balmy summer evening, just as the lights were starting to come on. I also took some photos for later reference.

ORIGINAL PAINTING SOLD at Kilmore Art Expo – March 2009
Artist of the Day in ART UNIVERSE 17/12/11
Featured in the Realist Paintings About Water Group – January 2009
Finished in the Top 10 of the Painters in Modern Times group challenge ‘The Magic of the Evening’ – January 2009
Featured in the Painters in Modern Times group – January 2009
Featured in the Going Coastal group – Feb 2009
Featured in the Contemporary Pastel Painters group – March 2009
Featured in the Creative Cards group – July 2009
Featured in Hand Painted or Drawn Art of Happiness & Joy – August 2009
2nd Place in the Contemporary Pastel Painters Your Best Pastel Work of 2009 Challenge – Jan 2009
Featured in Solo Exhibition – Jan 2010
Featured in Contemporary Pastel Painters – Jan 2010
Top 10 in the ‘Ships or Boats’ challenge in Impressionism Cafe – Feb 2010
Featured in If It Doesn’t Belong – April 2010
Featured in Photo Realistic Artwork – June 2010
Featured in Beach River & Lake Treasures – July 2010
Featured in Art with Meaning – August 2010
Top Ten in the Painters In Modern Times ‘In the Still of the Night’ Challenge – June 2011
Featured in Feature for a Challenge Group – November 2011
Featured in Painted Nature & Object – November 2011
Featured in ART UNIVERSE – December 2011
Challenge Winner in Painted Nature & Object ‘Transport’ Challenge – May 2012
Top Ten in Boats Challenge in Painters Univers – December 2012
Featured in Women Painters – June 2013
Featured in Bassenthorpe Gallery – June 2013
Challenge Winner – Pastel Challenge, Women Painters – 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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  • Mrswillow
    Mrswillowalmost 6 years ago

    Magnificent! Absolutely stunning! Lynda, you have a magic touch!

  • Thank you Sandra. I feel better about it already! How was your day in the studio??

    – Lynda Robinson

  • thepaintedsoul
    thepaintedsoulalmost 6 years ago

    Hot off the easel and it sizzles. . .glad you were able to finish this piece up.

  • Oh great Michael! It is quite a relief that you think it sizzles! I value your opinion. I was sorta happy half way through, and then by the end I was unhappy! The composition was bothering me. Too much water?

    – Lynda Robinson

  • linda858100
    linda858100almost 6 years ago


  • Yet another L(i)nda on this site! There seem to be quite a lot of us around! Many thanks for your comment. It is greatly appreciated.

    – Lynda Robinson

  • thepaintedsoul
    thepaintedsoulalmost 6 years ago

    No way Lynda.The waterline is approximately 2/3s of the way up the painting and I think that makes the comp really interesting.The boats anchor (no pun intended) the comp, too. Wonderful rhythm throughout the image. RELAX, eh. : >D

  • O.K. – I’m relaxed!

    – Lynda Robinson

  • © Linda Callaghan
    © Linda Callaghanalmost 6 years ago

    this is lovely Lynda – and I agree with Michael the waterline is perfect… it is calming and leads the eye up to the rest of the painting. Also a great warmth to the water with the light hitting it.

  • Thanks Linda. Why do we get so insecure? It is great to get others opinions and I really value yours.

    – Lynda Robinson

  • Hidemi Tada
    Hidemi Tadaalmost 6 years ago

    Congrats for the first painting of this year, Lynda. Its perfect and nothing to worry. Every painting you have done is perfect in any subject. i have many subjects i have not touched yet. i think i have to study lots in this year again. I want to be a almighty artist like you.

  • Thank you very much for a great comment Hidemi.

    – Lynda Robinson

  • Susan Bergstrom
    Susan Bergstromalmost 6 years ago

    Superb! Wonderful movement, color!

  • Thanks Susan.

    – Lynda Robinson

  • Linda Ridpath
    Linda Ridpathalmost 6 years ago

    another wonderful piece of art Lynda…. words fail my admiration for your skill!!!

  • Thank you so much Linda.

    – Lynda Robinson

  • Susan  Kimball
    Susan Kimballalmost 6 years ago

    Beautful piece and a great welcome to the new year!

  • Thanks Susan.

    – Lynda Robinson

  • Douglas Hunt
    Douglas Huntalmost 6 years ago

    Don’t worry about the composition; it is superb just the way it is!

  • Thank you Doug. I am reassured now. I have it propped up in my kitchen and have been assessing it, and feel happier today.

    – Lynda Robinson

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