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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lynda robinson, nude, 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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  • Linda Ridpath
    Linda Ridpathabout 6 years ago


  • Thanks Linda!

    – Lynda Robinson

  • Mrswillow
    Mrswillowabout 6 years ago

    Beautiful Lynda! Fantastic tonal work on the back muscles!This one reminds me of a Grecian statue.

  • Thanks Sandra. It was fun making up the colours from just observing a black and white photo. Yep – it DOES look a bit Grecian now you come to mention it.

    – Lynda Robinson

  • © Janis Zroback
    © Janis Zrobackabout 6 years ago

    Very effective with the shawl…if you had not said, I would have thought you had a live model..

  • I DID have to use a lot of artistic licence with this one Janis, because I had no colours. Also the left arm was included in the photo with the hand leaning on the wall, and I didn’t like it, so I chopped it off!!!!

    – Lynda Robinson

  • Richard Murch
    Richard Murchabout 6 years ago

    .. Amazing work…

  • Thank you Richard. I do appreciate your comment.

    – Lynda Robinson

  • Gilberte
    Gilberteabout 6 years ago

    You are extremely talented and resourceful Linda.I know we have to be sometimes

  • Hi Gilberte my Belgian friend! How lovely to hear from you again. Thank you very much for your lovely comment. Read the above comments to gain the full extent of my resourcefullness!!!! It was mainly an exercise for me.

    – Lynda Robinson

  • Cathy Amendola
    Cathy Amendolaabout 6 years ago

    I see you have been busy, Lynda…absolutly fantastic…!!!!

  • No I haven’t been busy Cathy – this is an oldie!!! I’m glad you like it though.

    – Lynda Robinson

  • lessmutzart
    lessmutzartabout 6 years ago

    Well done, nice color contrasts in shawl and background, as well as excellent draftsmanship.

  • Thank you very much Les. I really love painting folds in material. I appreciate your very kind comment.

    – Lynda Robinson

    GEORGE SANDERSONabout 6 years ago

    Absolutley stunning work Lynda, The skintones are superb !!!!

  • Thank you kind sir!

    – Lynda Robinson

  • Virginia McGowan
    Virginia McGowanabout 6 years ago

    excellent Lynda ,so hard to do from photos, so turned out well .

  • Thanks Ginny.

    – Lynda Robinson

  • Susan Bergstrom
    Susan Bergstromabout 6 years ago

    Stunning piece…perfection!!!

  • Thank you Susan.

    – Lynda Robinson

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