The Blue Shawl

Lynda Robinson

Seymour, Australia

Artist's Description

Pastel on Canson paper (grey)

The reference for this painting was a black & white photo of a pastel by Janet Cumbrae-Stewart (1883 – 1960). She was my husband’s great aunt.. She studied at the National Gallery School under Fred McCubbin and L. Bernard Hall, before winning a scholarship to study at the Paris Salon. She spent most of her life in Europe and her paintings of nudes are much sought after. There is a very good article about her in the book ‘Australian Women Artists’ by Janine Burke, and a number of other books have been written about her. My husband can remember her painting his portrait when he was a child, and we have several of her paintings that have been handed down through the family.

I did this painting quite a few years ago before I had access to a life drawing group! There was no shawl in the photo, so I pinned up a blue table cloth in my studio so I could get the effect of a shawl. Resourceful people sometimes aren’t we?

Featured in the Woman Appreciation Group – February 2009
Featured in the Contemporary Pastel Painters Group – March 2009
Finished in the Top 10 of the Orange/Blue complementary colours challenge in the Painted Ladies group – June 2009
Featured in the Best of group – Sept, 2009
Featured in Feminine Intent – Sept 2009
Featured in Mature Woman – Oct 2009
Featured in Art at It’s Best – Nov 2009
Featured in Solo Exhibition – Jan 2010
Featured in Impressionism Cafe – Feb 2010
Featured in Implied Nude – March 2010
Top 10 in Implied Nude with Blue Challenge – May 2010
Featured in John’s Feature Marathon in Impressionism Cafe – December 2010
Featured in Shameless Self Promotion – September 2011
Featured in Art at it’s Best – January 2012
Featured in Art Universe – January 2012
Featured in Fantastic Mixt Art – February 2012
Featured in This & That – November 2012
Featured in the Virtual Museum – February 2013

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