Lest we Forget by Lynda Robinson

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Charcoal and Pastel on cartridge paper.

25th April is ‘Anzac Day’ in Australia when we commemorate all those wonderful people who fought and died for this amazing country we are fortunate enough to live in. I did this drawing in 1995 – the 50th anniversary of the outbreak of World War II, when there were several commemorative events held around the country, one of which was an art show in the Federal Electorate of McEwen called ‘Australia Remembers’. This drawing won an award. It depicts Stan Selleck (who has since passed away) a war veteran and a stalwart of the local Returned Services League (RSL). He was a wonderful man who typified the ‘Anzac’ spirit, and I tried to capture that spirit by giving him a ‘thoughtful’ expression. Stan would never have missed a dawn service on Anzac Day! He posed for this drawing and when it was finished I added the poppy.

Finished in the Top Ten of the ‘Time Passages’ Challenge in the Painters in Modern Times group – May 2009
Top 10 in the Lest we Forget challenge in the Australia! You’re Standing in it! group – July 2009
Featured in 50+ Group – November 2011
Featured in Art With Meaning – February 2012
Featured in First Things – April 2012
Featured in Vavoom – April 2013


australia, portrait, charcoal, pastel, anzac day, poppy, 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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  • Paul Starkey
    Paul Starkeyover 5 years ago

    Hey Lynda, this is just fantastic. Great work.

  • Well it is probably not all that great artistically, as it was a fairly quick sketch, but I thought it was appropriate with Anzac Day coming up. I also did a painting of him but the photo I have of it is not good enough to upload. Thanks for the comment though!

    – Lynda Robinson

  • Mrswillow
    Mrswillowover 5 years ago

    A great drawing Lynda…and the poppy is so appropriate.

  • I’m pretty sure you would have something in your collection from this exhibition too Sandra! I’d forgotten about it until I started going through some photos, so I had to scan it and the quality is a bit ordinary.

    – Lynda Robinson

  • Ken Tregoning
    Ken Tregoningover 5 years ago

    We shall remember them, nice sentiment, SLICK DRAWING!

  • Thanks Ken – great to hear from you.

    – Lynda Robinson

  • © Linda Callaghan
    © Linda Callaghanover 5 years ago

    great portrait Lynda….the look on his face says it all…such a moving drawing and so worthy of an award.

  • Many thanks Linda.

    – Lynda Robinson

  • Esther's Art and Photography
    Esther's Art a...over 5 years ago

    First I looked at the fantastic drawing then I read your beautiful writing about the history of your drawing and the Anzac"s . I am very moved by it all. What a great work of art. Cheers Esther

  • Thanks Esther – that is a lovely comment.

    – Lynda Robinson

  • Susan  Kimball
    Susan Kimballover 5 years ago

    what an awesome drawing and tribute Lynda!!

  • Thanks Susan.

    – Lynda Robinson

  • Linda Ridpath
    Linda Ridpathover 5 years ago

    beautiful drawing, the red poppy is so strong in colour and emotion xxx

  • Thanks Linda. The poppy was a complete afterthought, and I just thought the drawing needed ‘something’. I was going to draw the poppy with charcoal too, but I was glad I thought of doing it with some red pastels!

    – Lynda Robinson

  • Edzie
    Edzieover 5 years ago


  • Many thanks Edzie – great to hear from you.

    – Lynda Robinson

  • Davies
    Daviesover 5 years ago

    Fantastic and amazing portrait Lynda.

  • Thanks so much Noelene.

    – Lynda Robinson

  • Michael Scholl
    Michael Schollover 5 years ago

    Beautiful, Lynda.

  • Thanks Mike. Great to hear from you.

    – Lynda Robinson

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