'The Classics' by Lynda Robinson

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Pastel on Canson paper (brown) – 80cm x 60cm

This dates back several years (I’m thinking about 20) and was sold ages ago. It was the first still life I ever did with pastel. The books are from a set of Dickens which belonged to my mother-in-law and I bought the ‘Venus’ statue at a market! I set them up with the apples and the basket and switched a spotlight on.

Featured in the Pastels, Watercolours & Florals Still Life Group – March 2009
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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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  • adgray
    adgrayalmost 6 years ago

    Aaah Literature!
    Life couldn’t be better!
    Chookas! X♣X

  • Great to hear from you Alyssa. Thanks for the comment, and of course you are right!

    – Lynda Robinson

  • Irene  Burdell
    Irene Burdellalmost 6 years ago

    This is just gorgeous , right up my street . I love it , a fav for sure .

  • hank you so much Irene. I thought it was time I added something else to the ‘still life’ group!!! Unfortunately, it is not the best quality image because it was taken on an old camera and is a scanned photograph.

    – Lynda Robinson

  • Joseph Barbara
    Joseph Barbaraalmost 6 years ago

    An excellent composition of a still life, Lynda. The details are amazing.

  • Composition and details might be O.K. Joseph, but the figurine is a bit out of proportion! (Adgray picked up on this too)! Thanks so much for the lovely comment.

    – Lynda Robinson

  • Joseph Barbara
    Joseph Barbaraalmost 6 years ago

    Lynda, the figurine might be out of proportion, I noticed the first book a bit out of shape, but it’s still an excellent pastel detailed sketch.

  • You are far too kind Joseph! This was actually the first still life I ever did with pastel.

    – Lynda Robinson

  • Kate Eller
    Kate Elleralmost 6 years ago

    .Really beautiful work Lynda. A departure from your usual, but just as lovely and just as stunning

  • I would do it quite differently now Yimusjane. I think this is going back almost 20 years!

    – Lynda Robinson

  • Corinne Pouzet
    Corinne Pouzetalmost 6 years ago

    Oh this is just magnificient, perfect for me !
    the books seem so real and you are very patient
    for drawing ALL the little details…(I would have been fed up wih them all ….)
    This is totaly mind blowing because it’s not easy to do. Very well done Lynda

  • Thanks Corinne. You are very kind to me. I can hardly remember doing it, it was so long ago!!!! I do remember realising that the figure was out of whack and thinking I should have just stuck with the apples. It was a good learning process and my first ever still life using pastel.

    – Lynda Robinson

  • © Linda Callaghan
    © Linda Callaghanalmost 6 years ago

    Wow Lynda this is an amazing pastel…and of course it’s sold! it looks like a photo, everything is perfect. Love the little venus statue and the rosy red apples add a splash of colour!
    Such an interesting composition….now I want to get my pastels out again!

  • Thanks so much Linda.

    – Lynda Robinson

  • Douglas Hunt
    Douglas Huntalmost 6 years ago

    You really are a master at pastels! This is amazing.

  • You are very kind to say that Doug, but I feel a bit embarrassed when I look at it now and see all the ‘annoyances’.

    – Lynda Robinson

  • Brian Towers
    Brian Towersalmost 6 years ago

    Ah, that Lynda magic again.

  • I wish I could wave my magic wand over it and correct all the errors Brian!

    – Lynda Robinson

  • Jim Phillips
    Jim Phillipsalmost 6 years ago

    Excellent still life Lynda. One of your best. I’m impressed.

  • Thanks Jim. You are such a PAL! I’m glad you like this very early piece of my artwork.

    – Lynda Robinson

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