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High Country Giant by Lynda Robinson

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Pastel on Colourfix paper (burgundy) – 70cm x 50cm

In this country (Australia) the trees lose their bark instead of their leaves! Weird eh? As the bark peels away it reveals beautiful patterns and exposes amazing colours in the trunks of many varieties of eucalypt. This is a Red Gum. I found this beautiful tree during a trip to the Howqua River, which is near Mansfield, Northern Victoria (a mountainous area known as the High Country) when my husband took me on a hair raising 4-wheel drive excursion into the bush! It is obviously a very ancient tree and I enjoyed this painting very much.

Featured in the Melbourne& Victoria group – March 2009
Featured in the Painter’s in Modern Times group – May 2009
Featured in Hand Painted Art of Happiness or Joy- July 2009
Featured in the Rural Around the Globe group – July 2009
Featured in Creative Cards – August 2009
Top 10 in the Avatar challenge in the Painted Nature group – March 2010
Featured in Painting the Country Life – February 2011
Featured in Works on Paper – September 2011
Featured in Trees Beautiful Trees – July 2013

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high, country, gum, eucalypt, australia, victoria, lynda robinson

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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Comments

  • Pat Yager
    Pat Yagerover 5 years ago

    What a gift you have, Lynda!! Your detail is incredible and your colors are perfect! You are such an example to me of how to paint! It’s beautiful!!! – Pat xoxo

  • Thank you my very good and dear and lovely friend who always says nice things!!!! XO

    – Lynda Robinson

  • lessmutzart
    lessmutzartover 5 years ago

    (Bow, scrape with plumed hat-sweep) If there be any puddles, I shall cast my cloak that thou dost not wet thy shoes, Queen of chalky things.

  • You are always good for a laugh Lord S! You would look good in a plumed hat, but I might struggle to find a puddle here, so you are safe!

    – Lynda Robinson

  • Paul Starkey
    Paul Starkeyover 5 years ago

    Hi Lynda, this is just fantastic. The colour you bring out is just amazingly real. Great work as usual.

  • Great to hear from you Paul. Howz life been treating you? Thanks for a wonderful comment.

    – Lynda Robinson

  • adgray
    adgrayover 5 years ago

    I know the track he took you on lol Up from the Howqua river to the Slate mine & down to Mitchell Flats I bet! lol We did that trip too in the middle weekend of January! Fancy them going all the way up there for slate & carting it all the way back down and in the days of Horse & Cart too! They were nuts!!!!

    Awesome artwork again!
    Chookas! X♥X

  • Do you know Alyssa, I think you are RIGHT! Mitchell Flats is sounding familiar! We got stuck behind a 4WD group because someone had done something to their ‘axle’ (secret men’s business to me)! We got around them, over rocks and bumps and sheer drops into nowhere on my side! I just covered my eyes and prayed in the end! They were nuts!

    – Lynda Robinson

  • adgray
    adgrayover 5 years ago

    PS I got a new camera and have finally been able to photograph & thus upload my old pictures that I painted 20 years ago! Please have a look and tell me what you think I would be so honoured! Thank you! ♥

  • Absolutely fantastic – I left you a comment. Have you got the paints out again yet???? XO

    – Lynda Robinson

  • Jim Phillips
    Jim Phillipsover 5 years ago

    Lynda, I am so impressed with your pastels. This is just gorgeous, both color and composition are excellent.

  • Many thanks Jim. The skies are really that blue too! When some friends visited from Europe they could not BELIEVE our skies! Thanks for a great comment. XO

    – Lynda Robinson

  • © Linda Callaghan
    © Linda Callaghanover 5 years ago

    wow Lynda this is fabulous again! really trying hard to study all the pastel work in this one and the tree detail is amazing…sounds like your hubby and mine have one thing in common..4 wheel driving! used to get bounced around soooo many times in the old Jackaroo (it is now sitting up the back like an ancient relic)! not used for a looong time and no bush bashing for a while now. love this pastel painting!

  • Thanks Linda – It was great fun doing those little nooks and crannies that were catching the light on the tree trunk! Just little light touches with the edge of a very soft pastel! I still owe you an email – I haven’t forgotten!

    – Lynda Robinson

  • Blended
    Blendedover 5 years ago

    Oh another wonderful pastel…Your trees and colors used make your images so beautiful.

  • Thanks for a lovely comment Blended – You legend!

    – Lynda Robinson

  • whitehawk60
    whitehawk60over 5 years ago
    Lynda this a wonderful pastel the tree is detail nicely
  • Many thanks whitehawk. Over the years I have done many tree paintings. Some of the old gum trees have such character.

    – Lynda Robinson

  • Josh Bowe
    Josh Boweover 5 years ago

    Absolutely magnificent Lynda, have you approached any publications with this kind of work Lynda?

  • Thanks Josh – that is a great comment coming from someone whose work I admire so much! No – I haven’t done anything like that. Wouldn’t know where to start!

    – Lynda Robinson

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