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Portrait of Graeme by Lynda Robinson

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Pastel on Colourfix sanded paper (burgundy) – 50cm x 35cm

When I was working on this painting I was full of doubt as to whether it was working! When I thought I was almost finished I left my studio feeling quite despondent, and ready to throw it in the bin, but when I looked at it with fresh eyes the next day it didn’t look so bad after all, so I soldiered on! I was pleased with the end result.

The Subject and the Painting – ‘Portrait of Graeme’
by Lynda Robinson

This is the chap that does the statistics during my son’s footy matches, and I promised his wife I would do his portrait one day, and the day has come! The leather hat and the Drizabone coat had to be included. I hope he likes the final result. I’m happy with it.

Featured in ‘1 on 1: The Fine Art of Portraiture’ – July 2009
Featured in ‘Live & Let Live’ – August 2009
Featured in Mature Men group – August 2009
Featured in ‘Real’ Life Artwork – September 2009
3rd Place in ‘Your Best Real Life Artwork’ challenge in the ‘Real’ Life Artwork group – September 2009
Finished in Top 10 of the ‘Your Masterpiece Art’ challenge in Painters in Modern Times – Sept. 2009
Featured in Buyer’s Club – Oct 2009
Featured in Pastel Portraits, Florals and Still Life – November 2009
Featured in No. 1 Artists of RedBubble – Dec 2009
Featured in Solo Exhibition – Jan 2010
Top 10 in the ‘Faces’ challenge in Photo Realistic Artwork – Feb 2010
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Top Ten in "My Most Favourited Painting’ challenge in Impressionism Cafe – April 2010
Featured in Artistic, Creative & Very Talented – May 2010
Top 10 in ‘People’ Challenge in Contemporary Pastel Painters – June 2010
Featured in Contemporary Pastel Painters – June 2010
Featured in Exquisition – August 2010
Top Ten in the Avatar challenge in the Oz Talent group – Oct 2010
Best Pastel for 2010 Challenge Winner in Contemporary Pastel Painters – Oct 2010
Top Ten in Anything Goes Challenge in The Sisterhood – Dec 2010
Featured in the 50+ Group – January 2011
2nd Place in the Human Portraits challenge in Fine Arts – January 2011
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Featured in Everyday Women – May 2014
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Top Ten in Male Portrait Challenge in Everyday Women – June 2014
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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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  • sundawg7
    sundawg7over 5 years ago

    What a superb portrait Lynda. I can see this being featured before too long. This chap has a rugged appearance with a lot of character, and you portrayed him superbly. I raise a toast to you dear. Warm regards, Ron

  • Many thanks Ron. I just sent you a bmail.

    – Lynda Robinson

  • Fred Mitchell
    Fred Mitchellover 5 years ago

    You would have to be good to get a photograph as good as this, for detail or personality.

  • I will try to get a photo of him with the painting when I give it to him next weekend! What is your real name FailingMemory? (Or have you forgotten it LOL)!

    – Lynda Robinson

  • Jim Phillips
    Jim Phillipsover 5 years ago

    I know he’ll be happy with it. This is perfection Lynda. The details in the beard alone are fantastic. Excellent work.

  • The BEST part was the beard Jim! I just had to use a few different colours of pastels and squiggle them around on their edge! Thanks for a great comment, and you are a good friend too!

    – Lynda Robinson

  • mikebov
    mikebovover 5 years ago

    stunning detail again here Lynda
    The eyes are amazing, He is sure to be pleased.
    Love the detail in the beard, Are you using Bill’s technique of an old toenail clipping

  • Thanks Daisy! I have a better technique than Bill’s toenail clippings! I get Mervyn in a head lock and scrape his claws over the freshly applied pastel!!!!

    – Lynda Robinson

  • Edzie
    Edzieover 5 years ago

    This is perfect Lynda! Isn’t it funny how we will look at a work and think “this is cra@!” and want to tear it up, (the ultimate win!) but soldiering on usualy gives terrific results.
    He looks like a real character. Yeah, we need to see a photo of him being presented with himself!

  • Hiya Wayne – Will definitely get a photo of him with himself! Watch this space!!!!!!

    – Lynda Robinson

  • Mrswillow
    Mrswillowover 5 years ago

    What can I say? I think Jim has said it all…this is perfection! I love the way you have his eyes engaging directly with the viewer.
    This is truly wonderful Lynda!

  • Thank you very much my wondrous friend! If you are home on Wednesday I could bring him round for a visit and you can have a closer inspection!

    – Lynda Robinson

  • Edzie
    Edzieover 5 years ago

    P.S. Love Mervs story!

  • Yes, he is a very artistically inclined bird! At times I would like to convert him into a feather duster!

    – Lynda Robinson

  • shapiro
    shapiroover 5 years ago

    Lynda, sit down and have a rest! This is wonderful, there is something so amazing about this portrait I am actually lost for words. I feel like I know this man and his whole essence is so absorbing. Wonderful work and I shall come to view this again…..Really beautiful work! Congratulations! Wishing you a wonderfully creative week!Sx

  • Oh thank you Sophie! I needed someone to tell me to sit down and have a rest! I am feeling quite exhausted! I have walked a million steps backwards and forwards over the past three days, and my back aches! Thanks for a fantastic comment. It is greatly appreciated.

    – Lynda Robinson

  • Simon Aberle
    Simon Aberleover 5 years ago

    Its fantastic Lynda!
    The colours and expression on his face is divine!

  • Thank you for a great comment Simon. My resident critic (Pete) told me he was too fat in the face at one stage, but I didn’t believe him at the time. However, he was (infuriatingly) right, so I gave him a bit of a facelift and suddenly there he was!

    – Lynda Robinson

  • Paul Starkey
    Paul Starkeyover 5 years ago

    Well, I am truely gob smacked, Lynda. Absolutely stunning. Thats all I can say.

  • Well! You don’t need to say anymore for me to realise that this is a GREAT compliment! Thanks Paul.

    – Lynda Robinson

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