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11-19-2013, 02:40 PM
Messing around with an old black and white glamour shot of some gorgeous actress. I can't remember who she is; must look her up!

Edit: this thread will now include any portraits I do from now on. :)


11-19-2013, 03:05 PM
I don't know...Ava gardner maybe?
A bit before my time....
Beautifully done!
'Now you have me doing a search!
Great job,

11-19-2013, 04:02 PM
Deana Durbin ? looks lovely, Robyn

11-19-2013, 04:11 PM
I've found out who it is, but might leave it a secret a bit longer. :)

11-19-2013, 04:21 PM
She is a beauty, especially the eyes are so real and alive.... but i do not know her...beautiful portrait copespeak.

11-19-2013, 04:49 PM
How about a hint?......
Give us a Continent?......
'Drawn a blank on my search!......

11-19-2013, 04:52 PM
Gotta be the US! 1930s +....... :)

11-19-2013, 05:14 PM
First name begins with a 'J', last name with a 'R'?...
Well!...'you can tell I got nothing going on tonight...
Come on.......Bored with the 'Food Network' Robyn!

11-19-2013, 05:27 PM
You're very determined Steve! J & R .... no. I will let you know eventually (maybe?). :) :)

What's the Food Network?

11-19-2013, 05:39 PM
Cooking shows on TV....
Switching to Discovey channel now...'whoop yeee!
'Hell of a life!
'Alright...I'll wait!
Have a good day!

*Thought I'd add a few....
Still sticking too my first guess, Ava!
But!....couple more can't hurt?....

Davis, Leigh, Hayworth, Lamour, Hayward, Fleming, Lamarr?
There's 92 left...for gawd sake!
Really going to feel ashamed if none of these are right........

11-19-2013, 08:14 PM
Cooking shows on TV....
Switching to Discovey channel now...'whoop yeee!
'Hell of a life!
'Alright...I'll wait!
Have a good day!

Well,i want to be first and am guessing: Ava Gardner or Jane Crowford..What is the winning price?

11-19-2013, 10:58 PM
Nope!! :) :)

11-19-2013, 11:56 PM
What a powerful drawing style! I'm in awe in front of this sturm und drang of these romantic and dramatic hatching and whirling signs!

11-20-2013, 12:01 AM
Thank you Caesar! It has kind of developed it's own momentum, and is so satisfying once it starts to take shape and build layers. And Art Rage's brilliant brushes help me to forget I am on the computer.

11-20-2013, 03:30 AM
Great, copes ... What was it like going from b&w to color? ....

D Akey
11-20-2013, 05:12 AM
My first guess I thought it might be Rita Hayworth, but it was already guessed and wrong. And you already did Wolverine in a different pic. . .though this one just might have claws too. . .

So my first formal guess, having seen all those other actresses eliminated, is Yvonne de Carlo. There are so many starlets who shared so many features.

Nice picture. Very Hollywood.

11-20-2013, 08:53 AM
Chinapete, it's a bit confusing for a minute, but once you get a base skin colour down and something to build on, it's fine.

Yes, Mr Akey, pure Hollywood, but all that drama and 'bedroom eyes' is great!

11-20-2013, 09:30 AM
Dorothy Lamour? Great portrait whoever she is

11-20-2013, 09:57 AM
Yay for Niloc!!! :) :) :)

11-20-2013, 10:08 AM
Thanks for posting the correct answer at your Facebook page.
'Well at least it was with my add ons...
Waiting for the next one!
Take care,

11-20-2013, 11:36 AM
As soon as I posted it on FB, I went "Woops!"

11-22-2013, 01:46 AM
This is one of your best and I could look at it for ages just to see your brushwork. Well done:)

11-23-2013, 03:07 PM
Nicely done!

12-01-2013, 01:25 PM
Here's the next one.


12-01-2013, 02:02 PM
Lovely! Great hair (favourite part), fabric, proportions, great expression on her face too :]

12-01-2013, 02:18 PM
Last 'Name the Star' game was rigged!
But, there's no hiding the fact its lauren Bacall!
It's the Eyes, that gave it away!
Beautifully done!
Take Care,

12-01-2013, 02:22 PM
Hi. Robbie. Love yuh style. Make her look alive like a good Painting. Not a smooth camera shot

She looks vaguely like. j.R. But my memory is a bit hazy now. No don' tthink she was in thirty's was she in a film with. V .M??? Ok. Faynights. give in :D have to wait. Are U all gurgling Foster's Tonight as your
Boys beat.the A/B's. ;). :D:D:D::D:D

12-01-2013, 02:33 PM
Well done Steve! Lauren Bacall it is. It took ages to get the eyes sort-of right. She's such a cool gal.

Eighty, I don't watch the footy or gurgle too much beer, but sounds like our boys doing such good work might make it a moment to have a champagne! Any excuse! :) :)

Mirithar, thanks. The hair was the fun and relatively easy. If I just scrub stuff in, it sometimes works first up. :)

12-01-2013, 02:47 PM
'Bogie' and I where finishing off our drinks, when your painting pop up!
He almost spilled his! Then, whispered to himself ..' What'a 'Dame'.. she was!
Then went on to remind us what she once said.....
"You know how to whistle, don't you, Steve? You just put your lips together and blow."
Again, Love it!

12-01-2013, 02:51 PM
You make me laugh Steve! :) :)

12-01-2013, 03:57 PM
1st picture is Dorothy Lamour. Beautiful lady indeed:) or I am fishing behind the net? lol

12-01-2013, 04:19 PM
Well done Rondo! Some of those old gals are just stunning! It's nice to revive them for a minute or two.

12-02-2013, 01:33 AM
This is beautiful Robyn, love the way she is looking straight at you.:)

12-02-2013, 06:00 PM
Wonderful painting!

12-02-2013, 09:38 PM
Thanks for stopping by Abbysdad and Katie! :)

12-02-2013, 11:11 PM
WOW! I recognized immediately Lauren Bacall, an actress I liked very much since a kid (not only because of my considerable acting art expertise i suspect).

12-03-2013, 01:17 AM
You nailed her, Robyn :) great painting

12-03-2013, 04:37 AM
Lauren Bacall and Jane Russell never looked better....

12-03-2013, 09:38 AM
Dorothy Lamour Kenmo! :)

12-03-2013, 07:56 PM
This is so addictive! Another 2 hours wasted! :)


12-03-2013, 08:05 PM
These are all excellent!
I'm really enjoying them, Say 'hello', if Robert is still
posing for you!
Take Care,

12-03-2013, 08:23 PM
Eyes, mouth, hair You got him, great painting :)

12-04-2013, 12:21 AM
I am impressed,copespeak..love your style and palette..gorgeous portraits.

12-04-2013, 01:07 AM
Another top hit with Mr. Mitchum! On these portraits Your style too looks wonderfully vintage ...

12-04-2013, 08:36 AM
He was such a cool character! When I am looking at them as I paint, I can picture them sitting for the portrait, with the make up done just right, the lights and the camera man taking all the shots. And that hair with the right amount of what .... Californian Poppy greasy stuff that makes Robert's forelock fall just so. And his shirt looks like it is just a little bit crumpled. Fun! :) :)

12-04-2013, 10:47 AM
How about Joan Crawford?...Who ever it is you did a really nice job. I hope to get to a more expressive, looser style someday. I may be fighting nature though...Very nicely done.

D Akey
12-04-2013, 02:24 PM
Yeah, that's Robert Mitchum alright. Got the sort of sidelong glance just right.

12-05-2013, 09:57 AM
La encuentro muy parecida a R Hayworth, y a Lamar...
En todo caso, es un trabajo muy bien realizado, una lección de cómo hacer un retrato...Felicitaciones!

Very similar to R Hayworth and Lamar ...
In any case, it is a job well done, a lesson in how to make a good portrait ... Congratulations!

12-05-2013, 08:08 PM
super portraits. love the way they look so much like traditional mediums. great drawing skills.

12-05-2013, 09:34 PM
Thank you and thank you!! xx :)

12-06-2013, 01:42 AM
This is brilliant and I really like this style:)

12-06-2013, 10:42 AM
Dear Nelson Mandela is apparently on his 'deathbed' in hospital right now, with his family around him.

When I read this I thought I might make a tribute to him in his cheerier days, and was lucky enough to find a reference photo of him waving. Seems fitting at the moment as he is preparing to leave this world. What a lovely man.


D Akey
12-06-2013, 10:45 AM
Excellent!!!!!!!!!! Well done Copespeak! Beautiful articulation. I assume it looks like him, though I don't know exactly what he looks like. Haven't seen his picture in decades. But the hand, among all else, is, how you say, magnifique!

12-06-2013, 10:54 AM
Thank you Mr Akey! I kinda like the hand too! :)

12-06-2013, 04:09 PM
Hello, Robyn!
To me this is another excellent example of your talent for getting everything right, and a thoughtful and fitting tribute to Nelson Mandela.
I'm Sorry to hear of his
'Patience' is the word I may have been looking for... but from it, comes accomplishment.

Take Care,

12-07-2013, 01:14 AM
Terrific painting Robyn and such a brilliant tribute to the passing of this outstanding man who time will never fade:)

12-07-2013, 09:16 AM
Thank you for stopping by Steve and Katie. :) :) Yes, the news is full of his passing and we watched a tribute/history to him last night. He was certainly exceptional.

12-07-2013, 09:44 AM
Great portraits, love your sketchy style, I think it gives the portraits almost a flow.

12-07-2013, 06:44 PM
Thank you AndreaMG! :)

12-09-2013, 10:13 PM
Wonderful and fortunately I didn't try as well, because it would have been hard not to make a poor figure in front of this portrait and that of Henry Stahle.

12-10-2013, 01:44 AM
There's no competition here Caesar. You are a wonderful artist in your own right, with a truly unique style, and I'd love to see one done by you. :)

12-10-2013, 07:13 AM
Very nice tribute to this great man....

12-11-2013, 05:15 PM
We lost a dear man last week, who was taken far too young. I was asked to scan and restore his photos for the funeral slideshow this coming Saturday.

Of course, I picked the best one and have done a portrait for his mum and dad. I don't know whether I can get it framed in time, but I will try.

Probably not 'practice' this time, but a portrait nevertheless. Maybe all that 'practice' was for this one!


12-11-2013, 07:36 PM
Dear Robyn,
My heartfelt feelings and condolences go out to Dear Matthew's parents, family and friends, and to you, my friend!

This I know and feel!..'This painting Will be an honored tribute of Matthew for his parents'.

Probably not 'practice' this time, but a portrait nevertheless. Maybe all that 'practice' was for this one!

Even in practice, our goal is to achieve excellence! We strive to maintain and strive to enhance our

abilities to achieve it. Then one day we are called upon to deliver what we have practiced and

learned, and effortlessly, never doubting our abilities, nor fearing the outcome... we achieve our end

goal, of Excellence.

Take Care,

12-11-2013, 10:18 PM
Thank you Steve! What a wonderful thing to say!

When my sister died at 36 many years ago, I found the best photo I could of her, blew it up, framed it, and put it on the wall. Looking at it was difficult, but after a while I found it was lovely having her there so I could say hello each day. I hope it will be the same for my friends.

Getting the likeness right is paramount, and I have walked away from it for a time over and over today. Going back, I could see lots of details that weren't quite right.

12-12-2013, 01:23 AM
This last insightful portrait depicts what looks to have been an absolutely wonderful person. It's really a pity that his visible presence cannot be enjoyed anymore by his beloved ones and all the people around him, but for his pictures and this extraordinary portrait of him. May he be blessed forever in Heaven.

12-12-2013, 04:03 AM
A very special portrait Robyn and so well painted. There is laughter in those eyes.:)
Sorry for your lost, my thoughts are with you and all his family

12-12-2013, 08:37 AM
Thank you Katie and Caesar. Yes, the one thing I kept thinking over and over whilst doing the photos was about the smile, which was so wide it always extended right to his back teeth! He actually had cerebral palsy and was confined to a wheelchair, but was such a kind, gracious person with a wicked sense of humour.

Marilyn Anne
12-12-2013, 10:32 PM
He looks like he was indeed a charming man.

12-13-2013, 02:57 AM
Robyn, you are so talented and skilled. These are wonderful works.

12-13-2013, 07:22 AM

I like your style and this particular tone palette.
Great job.



12-13-2013, 09:36 AM
Sorry for the loss. Lovely old style painting. Just beautiful.

12-15-2013, 07:25 PM
I am very sorry to hear about your loss, my condolences.

These portraits though - They are beautiful. I adore the pastel look you've achieved with them, and the likenesses and colour choices are exceptional. Amazing work!

12-15-2013, 07:35 PM
Beautiful portrait of a loved one. Excellent work!

12-15-2013, 09:58 PM
Thank you all so much! I framed it up and presented it yesterday at the most beautiful funeral I have ever been to, and Mum was deeply moved. Mission accomplished. :)

D Akey
12-15-2013, 10:32 PM
Condolences for sure. And it's a brilliant portrait. How you get so much likeness with a rather porous technique is remarkable. It's like it's sorta loose yet tight at the same time. Nice combination. Really fine work, Copespeak.

12-16-2013, 12:46 AM
Thank you Mr Akey, we all develop different processes and this one seems to suit me.

It's made up of many, many layers of dry brush oil. I keep merging them down, and then create a layer underneath, top layer set to multiply and then shade underneath, then more layers on top and so on.

12-16-2013, 07:15 AM
hi copes ... your mention of many layers for this very moving commemorative portrait reminds me of something Robert Henri said, You must not see your subject, but through it ...

12-16-2013, 09:09 AM
I like that Pete! I guess that is true for digital when you can see extra potential underneath, and in between. I love rattling around doing bits within the layers, and if going to natural media I would want to do the same, but can't! :)

12-17-2013, 11:53 AM
Fifteen minutes, killing time. Freehand with pic from the net.

Rough as.... but I'm having fun!


12-17-2013, 04:34 PM
Your killing me with your fifteen minutes!
If I could get that much done in that amount time,
I would be having fun too!
Rough as...... Maybe to you, I really like it!
I think it's very well done, in the amount of time
Take Care,
and Happy Holidays
to ya!

12-17-2013, 08:24 PM
Well, wow. 15 Minutes of time very well spent I'd say. Gorgeous :)

12-17-2013, 09:06 PM
Thanks guys, she's a bit of a mess, and I am fighting the urge to go back in fix things. :)

D Akey
12-17-2013, 10:53 PM
Phenomenal. :):):)

12-18-2013, 01:13 AM
I was enchanted by this face and expression, dear Robyn, and in awe in front of what You may set up in a quarter!:eek::cool:

12-18-2013, 04:29 AM
Love this last one Robyn, it has such a gentle feel to it. Amazing work:)

01-08-2014, 12:37 PM
I have just finished this commissioned portrait of a friend's grandson, and so she can give it as a gift to the mother.

The reference was from a tiny low res pic taken on a smart phone, which required quite a lot of creative licence from me as I'd never met the little fella!

She is very pleased, thank goodness!


01-08-2014, 05:49 PM
Robin, just catching up on your wonderful work, all so beautifully done, such talent you have

01-08-2014, 06:33 PM
Just beautiful, copspeak. I to love your light and sweet colored brush strokes, wonderful painter you are.:-)

01-08-2014, 06:43 PM
I like your 15 minute sketch. Especially the eyes. Very expressive. Proves the old adage...sometimes less is more.

01-08-2014, 06:56 PM
Thank you Pat and AT-TA, yes, I tried to keep it light as he is so cute and blonde. The small version doesn't show the back ground too well, but I have mushroom pink and pale blue, with a white top coat. Just enough background I thought, without being too heavy.


From the tiny photo his eyes looked dark blue, but no, granny said they were a light brown. I was lucky and got the ink pen on 'colour' and just changed them so easily, thanks Art Rage! I quite like his eyes ....


Thank you Jmac, less is often best as you can have random expressive strokes that can say lots. :)

01-08-2014, 09:28 PM
Hi Robyn,
Definitely a cute little fella, and his smile is terrific as well!
I'm sure mom is quite pleased, its a perfect captured moment
that will last forever, and your yearly paintings of him growing up
will last as well.......he he he!
Very well done, I would be
pleased also!

Did you get a chance to see my cat? Its my first little creature I've done.
Hope you like it, not as good as your animal paintings though.

Take Care Friend,

01-08-2014, 09:58 PM
The expressivity is stunning and the style confident and simple-looking as great portraits are. I think You will be submerged by portrait requests now! :D

01-08-2014, 10:16 PM
Hi Steve, thanks for popping by. Yes, I did see your cat but didn't have time to comment at the time. Pretty good effort I thought!

This being formally framed up as a gift, so it will be unlikely I will do him again. I hope mum is pleased when she sees it though.

Caesar, I try to dodge the pressure of commissions, but did enjoy opening up this painting over a few days and doing a bit. Eventually there is no more to do... though I have noticed from the eye close-up that the irises are a slightly different size. Will fix that! :) :)

D Akey
01-08-2014, 11:37 PM
I should hope she would be really pleased. If she wanted a photo she has one -- albeit low rez. Whether this looks like said tot or not yet tho who's not a teetering tot but a tot what's hot for what's up next, I would say it certainly is an appealing look, and you really got bright and cheery. On the exuberant emotion alone you get high marks. And if the mother takes after the kid, she'll just love it. Nice one Copespeak!

01-09-2014, 01:11 AM
Ta, Mr Akey! :)

01-09-2014, 10:35 AM
Cute little fellow! I know how difficult is painting from low-res reference pictures (our common friend Steve does too:)). Great classy job as usual:cool:

01-09-2014, 10:44 AM
Thanks Andrea! She labelled the photo 'Cheeky Monkey', and that's just how he looks. :)

01-09-2014, 07:11 PM
Lovely again. Wonderful happy portrait :)

01-10-2014, 12:01 AM
I do not know much English, because I answer shortly. Loved your portraits. Very!

Marilyn Anne
01-10-2014, 05:33 AM
So lively and sweet. Wonderful skin tones and shadowing. You have kept him young by not over doing it.

01-13-2014, 02:39 AM
What beautiful happy eyes, great painting well done:)

01-13-2014, 05:37 AM
Wow, nice painting and rendering Copespeak.



01-14-2014, 01:26 AM
Excellent work! :)

01-19-2014, 10:47 AM
Here is a half hour scribble of Travis Fimmel, the Australian star of the amazing series 'Vikings'. I love his piercing gaze and blue eyes.


01-19-2014, 11:10 AM
Hello Robyn,
For a half hour scribble, I really like it and also enjoyed 'Vikings', hope it returns
with a new season!
Nicely done, and thank you
for visiting my hideout..
Take care,

01-20-2014, 01:53 AM
This last one is so... Great :)



01-20-2014, 06:16 AM
Perfect use of the blue to complement his eyes. Well done! Keep it going ;)

01-20-2014, 08:13 AM
Wow, from the young to the older both are terrific :)

01-20-2014, 09:36 AM
Thank you all so much! :)

01-20-2014, 10:32 PM
Your appreciation of him and of his glance looks quite evident considering the accuracy and expressivity You achieved in such a quickie. Brava!

D Akey
01-21-2014, 09:48 AM
So which heart throb was it? 6,289,754,197,281? Or was it ...282? You really raised the bar for tell-all autobiographies. Really dished the paint on this one, Copespeak.

Nice and idyllic -- rugged and masculine. I think the style lends itself to this kind of unvarnished, sea-fearin' personage. I like the rather rough hewn painterly character. Might I venture, did you also have a thing for the sea captain ghost in The Ghost and Mrs Muir? There's a little bit of overlap in their appearance.

I love the technique.

01-21-2014, 10:09 AM
Thank you for your kind words Caesar. :)

My Akey, I actually don't accumulate a lot of movie heart throbs; I am quite picky, would you believe? The Ghost and Mrs Muir, yes he was lovely, quiet and gentle. Maybe a bit benign for my list?

Last Tuesday, a girlfriend and I were having a chat about who we thought were pretty lovely men, and I picked out Travis Fimmel, from 'Vikings' as my most recent likes. We looked him up and agreed, yes, he was worthy. Then I said I liked Marton Csokas (next on my list of to-draw-subjects) from the new series 'Falcon'. He's a New Zealander, but plays a Spaniard of sorts in Spain. Very rugged and moody looking.


Next I named Christopher Lambert, who was amazing in 'Greystoke, the Legend of Tarzan' in 1984. Love those heavy brows and burning eyes!

I embarrassed my young daughters all those years ago, coming out of the movie theatre and making lots of monkey noises, which Christopher did so well.

I must look it up and watch again.

Anyways, that's my bestest list. There are more. I guess still mooning over the occasional man means I'm STILL alive! :) :) :)

01-21-2014, 11:21 AM
HI Robyn,
Really like the latest, Christopher Lambert was great in Greystoke, it took me a week
to stop my kids from gesturing, pointing and howling when they wanted something!
I admire your style of 'just enough' to make it your own, works so much better then
throwing everything at it to get it to look like the ref.pic. So it's not what's in the ref,
it's how one interprets and creates a entirely unique painting, thus, making it new and
removing one from instantly thinking of the picture it was based on.
As for me, going to listen to everybody and stop blending the daylights out of stuff.
By the way, my guy has his shirt off,
didn't make him a movie heart throb
Take care friend,

01-21-2014, 01:44 PM
Hi Steve, fancy your kids having watched Greystoke! I thought it was all old fogey stuff from '84.

You don't blend the hell out your work. You have done some wonderful paintings. I think you have created your own unique style that impresses me greatly.

Now, I am burning off some frustrations today because my other half has annoyed the hell out of me.

'The Queen' is my 'calmer-downerer', as she always stays so polite and controlled!

A bit more blending, as I found I wanted to soften her somewhat. She has the most amazing English skin, I guess all those hats helped.


01-21-2014, 07:27 PM
Very good likeness.

01-21-2014, 08:37 PM
Nicely done Robyn...

Steve, listen to me when I say you should listen to yourself more and everyone else less. There is absolutely nothing wrong with the work you're doing unless you want to make a change because it doesn't satisfy your own voice. So listen to me this one time and then listen to yourself from here on. :)

Marilyn Anne
01-21-2014, 09:38 PM
Very nice portrait . I think she would enjoy it!

01-21-2014, 09:55 PM
You're excellent at portraits, dear Robyn! You never miss to paint the essence of a person. Applause!

01-21-2014, 10:50 PM
Thank you all for stopping by. I am really enjoying having a morning time doing faces. I used to do a lot years ago, and these exercises really help.

Good on you jmac, telling Steve... I think his work is great.

01-22-2014, 05:55 AM
"Her Majesty the Queen"
Excellent job Robyn, she's a charmer!
Take care,

*Thank you Jmac.....
You too Robyn!

01-22-2014, 10:13 AM
I really like your portraits, the viking is really awesome, love the limited color palette:)
The queen looks fantastic as well :D You're so good with colour

01-22-2014, 05:08 PM
All impressive work!!

01-24-2014, 04:33 AM
You have captured that twinkle in her eyes and that lovely smilem great portrait of the Queen:)

D Akey
01-24-2014, 11:13 AM
Boy, Copespeak, nice collection of Alphas!

The queen is regal. Really swell likeness and a good looking job.

The Earl of Greystoke is it? Handsome for a primate.

I think your choices for subjects are really amusing considering the personal stuff in your life you were mentioning. So is the queen a self-portrait? And the fella, why 'e's a mere earl, 'e is. . . Queen takes earl. Now direct a proper whack with your septre and be done with the tussle. :rolleyes::D;)


Oh and Steve, don't be afraid to change if you believe it the next step as a developing artist. We're always growing hopefully, and while I agree that listening to ourselves is good, essential to develop really, it doesn't always mean taking an opposing view. There's the camp that believes, "Unless I'm self taught I'm beholding to others, and weakening against the endless assault from the world."

Everybody has their reason for being an artist, and it's like the last line of exercising one's right at being your own person. To some people that's important. And it's valid enough from that consciousness. But there are other ways of looking at learning a skill or craft. And part of being an artist is in learning the skills so one can articulate that which is truly inside. There are levels one can approach specific to essential motivation.

We get our ideas from everywhere, even when someone makes a comment, or fanning the radio, or overhearing a conversation at another table in a restaurant when it has nothing to do with us directly. It filters into our thinking. We're absorbing our environment. We bounce that against what's inside and then put it out into the world as Art of whatever kind. And it is all about what's inside us. This is true.

The big deal is not about the other guy making a comment, good or bad. It's about what happens inside yourself as a result. It could ring true or it could be something you disagree with. But it blasts us into motion one way or other for the purposes of clarifying our own direction. Don't be ashamed to change and don't be proud of it. That's not at the heart of the matter. Where a catalyst comes from is not the most essential point though it can carry weight if appropriate. It's what you decide to do that is. And thinking is a heck of a lot easier than doing sometimes. So there's that path that isn't always direct, where outside comment can be a service.

Embrace or reject, either way the outside world has a place in our personal evolution because it opens us up often to other possibilities. It's good being able to step outside our own routine and same way of approaching things and have the gift of being able to take a gander through other people's eyes. The danger of course is when it leads to confusion. Whichever way you turn, it's a double edge sword. There's value and lack thereof in all courses of action.

It's sometimes a good thing at the beginning of learning something in order to learn it. But as the world opens up to us, as our capacity to handle diverse concepts come into the mix, we naturally expand our awareness and seek more, if for no other reason than to keep from getting bored. Once one is getting everything they want from what they're doing, then fine. Keep at that. It's a matter of what's coming from inside. You'll know when it's time to change and when not.

And tossing all that aside, what we always need to find is the joy in the doing. If we're open, the rest will evolve naturally.

01-24-2014, 12:03 PM
Hi Mr Akey, yes I gave the earl a proper whack with my sceptre, with dire threats of being sent to the Tower, and he is back happily attending to his daily duties with a relieved smile on his face!!! :) :)

Attending to my royal duties can be a bit wearing at times.

Wise words for Steve. I do find now with so much artist's work available on the net, my personal style can be pushed this way and that if I allow it. Once upon a time you could just follow your natural development. These days it's a lot more difficult to stay focused with so many clever people out there doing amazing stuff.

D Akey
01-24-2014, 12:31 PM
Hi Mr Akey, yes I gave the earl a proper whack with my sceptre, with dire threats of being sent to the Tower, and he is back happily attending to his daily duties with a relieved smile on his face!!! :) :)

Attending to my royal duties can be a bit wearing at times.

Wise words for Steve. I do find now with so much artist's work available on the net, my personal style can be pushed this way and that if I allow it. Once upon a time you could just follow your natural development. These days it's a lot more difficult to stay focused with so many clever people out there doing amazing stuff.

You didn't happen to bash 'im senseless for looking at too many other artists? Diffusin' yer focus is it? I can see it. Give 'im a good crack fer me, as well, there's a peach.

An excellent point. There was an old Aladdin movie, in which Aladdin had to go out on his magic carpet to some distant cave. The old geezer watching the door warned him to not loose sight of why he was there. . . to recover the rose of his heart's desire. Aladdin tips him and goes in. Inside there are riches beyond imagining and waaaayyyyy down at the end is the case that has the rose of his heart's desire that will snap the princess out of her ensorclement and save the kingdom yadda yadda.

But along the way there are great diamonds and rubys and treasures beyond imagining. He turns from his path and as he is about to get lured to those gems, he sees there are what he thought were stone statues but in fact they were the others who came this way and got taken off their path and froze into statues -- never to move any closer to their heart's desire.

So he walks past all the glitter and men arrested by the false allure, and finally gets to the rose of his true heart's desire. He goes back to the palace, kicks ass on the evil vizier and his minions, gives the princess a banana and marries the monkey. . .no wait. . . something like that.

So yes, one needs the power of evaluation and we do not need to be the single embodiment of all that is artistic lest we turn to stone from eating too many gemstones, despite the value to include plenty of roughage in your diet.

01-24-2014, 01:04 PM
'Ensorclement', a new word! I love it. Thank you for the story, it illustrates what I am saying beautifully, as always!! :) :)

01-24-2014, 02:43 PM
The Queen looks great :):):)

01-24-2014, 02:55 PM
Thanks Jean!! :) :)

01-24-2014, 04:30 PM
You've both been very kind, and I've always appreciated your replies.
And Robyn..... the Queen still looks great!

Dear Mr. D Akey,
I thank you for taking the time and sharing your thoughts, they have a
message written within them for one to think about and hopefully decide
what direction to pursue. For me it's more of a choice, experimenting and
trying new things with each new painting and then deciding what looks, and more
importantly, what feels good to me.
So eventually, after many tries and errors, 'the learning process',
I will choose and follow my own path... OK! That last line sounded like I'm talking
to Obi Wan kenobi....HUh! Interesting!

Robyn, You've been such a gracious host,
sorry for my intrusion.
Thank you again!

01-25-2014, 07:36 AM
Wonderful portrait of The Queen:)

01-25-2014, 09:26 AM
Thank you Silvy!! :)

01-26-2014, 12:34 AM
I missed a lot of work..
copespeak, I admire the Queen's portrait and a portrait of the actor!
Excellent work! Love!http://www.makesite.ru/happy/000.gif

01-26-2014, 12:37 AM
hi copespeak i like and think this painting is fantastic. Very well done

01-26-2014, 01:05 AM
Nicely done Copespeak. I told you, i love the texture of the skin. :cool:



01-31-2014, 03:18 PM
My partner's grandfather was Campbell Copelin, who was an actor in the 1930's and onwards. Here he is in an Australian movie 'Tall Timbers', where he was a bad guy. He went on to make numerous movies, and then onwards to TV series and stage shows.

I left him black and white, but probably should have coloured him in. Fun to do him though....


D Akey
01-31-2014, 03:34 PM
"Welcomes to da family, copespeak."

Wow. What an intriguing face. Certainly has the look of an underworld heavy. You guys didn't have Prohibition over there did you? So the gangsters would have been celebrated for just being dangerous foils for the hero's agenda I guess.

Great portrait.

01-31-2014, 10:27 PM
So visual art is all over Your family since long time! I'm sorry I know nothing about Australian cinema and actors in the 30ies, but he certainly looked perfect for that time bad guy.
I was caught by this drawing and kept admiring how You rendered the hair accurately combed and greased. But it's not that surprising to admire Your mastery for an amateur like me after all, since You're a truly and sensible artist I'm always eager to look at and learn from.

02-01-2014, 01:39 AM
So visual art is all over Your family since long time! I'm sorry I know nothing about Australian cinema and actors in the 30ies, but he certainly looked perfect for that time bad guy.
I was caught by this drawing and kept admiring how You rendered the hair accurately combed and greased. But it's not that surprising to admire Your mastery for an amateur like me after all, since You're a truly and sensible artist I'm always eager to look at and learn from.

Caesar, you are not an amateur, but a very fine artist. We all enjoy seeing each other's work, that's what is so good about this forum.

Re: the hair, I started with a dark canvas, and set 3 layers above that, with the highlight first on the top, then the darker, and so on. Apart from getting the strokes in the right direction, it was pretty simple.

Mr Akey, we didn't have prohibition, but there were plenty of gangsters around that time, Squizzy Taylor being the biggest rogue.

I have seen Campbell in this movie and he is a cracker of a bad guy! I never met him as he died in 1988, but he was spoiled and complicated. He actually stole a plane and crashed it, broke his back and was finally let off because he 'had suffered enough'! He also stole a policeman's bike, so he was bit light fingered, much to his family's chagrin! I found the actual newspaper articles today, which were really fascinating. :) :)

D Akey
02-01-2014, 05:28 AM
Mr Akey, we didn't have prohibition, but there were plenty of gangsters around that time, Squizzy Taylor being the biggest rogue.

I have seen Campbell in this movie and he is a cracker of a bad guy! I never met him as he died in 1988, but he was spoiled and complicated. He actually stole a plane and crashed it, broke his back and was finally let off because he 'had suffered enough'! He also stole a policeman's bike, so he was bit light fingered, much to his family's chagrin! I found the actual newspaper articles today, which were really fascinating. :) :)

So you're saying he didn't have to really act. He was that role. Type casting in the penal colony. What a scoundrel. . . and I'm talking about the judge what let 'im off. Heh. Can only guess at what he thought fair and balanced.

When I was a young man hitchhiking, I tended to stop in used book stores because they provided cheap, portable entertainment. I picked up a copy of Errol Flynn's autobiography. I found his pre-Hollywood exploits extraordinary. He was one of your native sons and himself, not only the characters he played, full of larger than life antics. It was a thoroughly entertaining read that I still remember. So I can fully understand embracing such a charismatic character.

I'm just wondering about the style of living down under. I now see why you have to keep your partner on a tight leash. Comes with swimming in that gene pool. Love it.

02-01-2014, 05:42 AM
Hi Robyn,
Great job! I like the 'thirties movies' body position and
expression, they were still using ton's of body language
to express the scene.... I guess they were still getting
use to sound?
Nicely done,

02-01-2014, 10:08 AM
"I'm just wondering about the style of living down under. I now see why you have to keep your partner on a tight leash. Comes with swimming in that gene pool."

No, he is honest to a fault. The days of Australia being a penal colony are over, thank heavens. I am always undoing his leash and trying to get him on his Harley for a trip, but I make life too pleasant at home for him to wander far!

I just had a revisit of Errol Flynn at Wikipedia. He was a bad boy! Drinking, thieving, underage sex and rape, venereal diseases, boy he was a bad bunny!

I'm not proud of him being an Aussie at all! He makes Campbell look like a choir boy.

Thanks Steve, for your comments. Yes, you are right, the drama from the old B & W movies is definitely overacted, but rather appealing for its time. :) :)

D Akey
02-01-2014, 10:45 AM
I just had a revisit of Errol Flynn at Wikipedia. He was a bad boy! Drinking, thieving, underage sex and rape, venereal diseases, boy he was a bad bunny!

I'm not proud of him being an Aussie at all! He makes Campbell look like a choir boy.

I'm sure Campbell was a very interesting chap and my tsk tsking is merely razzing you.

About the rape charge, it was dismissed when she was blatantly shown to have fabricated the story. And I don't know if there was a second one with a different woman (I read the book over 40 years ago) or the same, but he was innocent on all charges. He was a very famous womanizer, and with charisma and looks like that there's no doubt that getting women into bed was a snap. And so he was the kind of mark that a blackmailer would think that who could doubt her story with a reputation like he had. And of course all the dirt came up at the very publicized trial.

The court case hit in WWII, and the story was front page news especially among the service men. (Forgive me if I'm unsure about whether there was one case or two but there are details I remember from the book.) But one of the cases was thrown out because in her giving testimony when asked to describe the moment she said "I'm not sayin' I wasn't liking it. . ." And of course the place fell apart with laughter. But the claim was that she was on his sailboat claiming he took her in the shower. When Flynn heard that he got the judge and everyone to go to his sailboat and showed how cramped the space was to where it would have been impossible to have sex in it at all. Needless to say the service men loved the whole thing and came up with the term "In Like Flynn".

But yeah, he stepped over the line on a lot of stuff not just about sex in which he likely deserved his reputation.

He also told the story that when as a lad living with animals that his father, the scientist, kept, Errol couldn't really get into the science thing, but instead when he discovered that if a goose eats animal fat it will go through them and get pooped out very fast. And he got into real trouble when his personal scientific curiosity caused him to tie a long string to a piece of fat and feed it to a goose. . . you guessed it (or probably not) then he fed the same piece to a second goose, and a third to where he finally had a bunch of living geese strung on a line. His dad didn't find the wit in that and caned him or something for his curious mind.

And the stories go on and on. Some in the book and some not.

The book is called "My Wicked, Wicked Ways". I still remember much of it. Was one of the 'finds' in the used book stores of the time. Filled in the dull spots in my travels.

02-01-2014, 11:07 AM
It sounds like an interesting read, so I've just ordered the book. I reckon my fella will enjoy it as well.

Love the goose story! :) :)

02-02-2014, 11:45 AM
How wonderful, love everything about this painting :)

02-02-2014, 12:56 PM
Hard to choose my favourite of these masterpieces...

02-02-2014, 01:59 PM
Thank you Medwyn and Jean! :) :)

02-03-2014, 04:26 PM
Hi I'm brand new here and just finding my way around I hope you don't mind my butting in, but I just commented on this painting in your gallery and I couldn't remember her name, but now I remember... it's definitely D.L. For sure. :) Not Ava and not all those others. A lot of them look similar because of the dark b/w photos and those beautiful long locks. :D :)

02-03-2014, 04:45 PM
Jonquil, you are right! Well done! :) :)

02-05-2014, 01:01 AM
Wow that is soooooooooooooooooo good, well done:)

02-07-2014, 01:29 PM
A new play. Pretty rough, but then he is! :)


02-07-2014, 02:33 PM
Definitely got my memories a stirring with this one...
Got me looking for my 'Gimme Shelter' DVD! thanks
for Starting me up!
Really like it,
Nicely done!

02-07-2014, 10:09 PM
He looks alike, but far more handsome than he actually is in Your excellent portrait! Well done!

02-08-2014, 11:24 AM
Great portrait. I Like the hair highlights. Just a few whisps is all it took.

02-08-2014, 11:53 PM
Fab :cool:

02-09-2014, 01:33 AM
Thank you all! :) :)

02-09-2014, 02:02 AM
Hi Robbie yes I always like your Portraits as they always look like painted portraits not photos ;) ;) :D :D :D :D :D :D and as they say in Ireland SLAINTE

D Akey
02-09-2014, 09:14 AM
I was always wondering what one's 'ya-ya's' were that he was encouraging people to get out. . . I always hoped it was the lady bits considering the anatomical bi-lateral symmetry. Not quite a palindrome, more an onomatopoeia. But there was a decided possibility that with Mick it could have been any ya's at all.

Well, I actually bought that album way back when it came out. May even still have the vinyl. They rolled around in mystique that group. You captured it well. The rather muted colors give it a little feel of an old pair of tattered jeans that I did in fact treasure back in those hippie-fied days of yore. Especially since I went to a school that had a dress code. Donning those pants was a statement of 'Hey, I'm one of you guys, despite my disgusting clean cut appearance. . .Now crack on with the free love and music and all. Hey. . . HEY! What you mean my draft number is 17?!?!?!?!? CAN'T YOU SEE MY UNIFORM? TATTERED JEANS BABY! Oh, right. My talisman means nothing at all to your establishment kind. . . bugger. . .'

So ya ya. . . I love it! Nice painting!!!!!!!!

02-09-2014, 09:41 AM
Thanks Eighty, I am delighted to hear you up and giving cheek again.

Yes, I have found my style in Art Rage, where I can scrub my colours on and get the effects I want. I just love doing it, so there will be rushes of portraits when I have free time. I am even getting some commissions, which I don't really want, as they can be a bit nerve wracking. The last lady was nearly in tears of joy with the little toddler, so that's great.

Mr Akey, you've used my absolute favourite word ... onomatopoeia! Such a long and sophisticated word for such simple bangs, whams and buzzes. I love it! Ya Ya? Maybe....... :) :)

I just loved the Stones as a teenager. The Beatles .... no, too clean for me. I liked the scruffiness and the growly lyrics. And what a stayer old Mick has turned out to be, still leaping around the stage like a young fella! His poor old face shows the ravages of time, but then he was never a beautiful man anyways. And the other lads are looking a bit rough as well. Great fun!

02-09-2014, 02:55 PM
Robyn, what a super thread, I really envy your marvelous talent with portraits, these are all extremely well done and done with your great style and color :):):)

02-09-2014, 09:06 PM
Hi Gary, I missed your gorgeous abstracts. You been under the radar for a while, and I hope you will post some more beautiful paintings soon.

Thanks for the compliments, yes, I've been having great fun. :) :)

02-09-2014, 09:52 PM
WoW:cool: love Mick and love the style of your great portrait:)

02-10-2014, 12:58 AM
Thats brilliant Robyn, you have captured the expression perfectly:)

06-18-2014, 01:16 AM
Back into it again. Silent movie star: love the sultry, kinda sad look. It's so lovely painting portraits with Art Rage! :)


D Akey
06-18-2014, 07:54 AM
Gotta love the old actresses where they were so bent on expressing emotions visually. Nice one! Half expect her to raise a fan to her mouth, what with that wrapping her hair. Very demure.

06-18-2014, 08:32 AM
wow what a great effort, love all the professional level details, ( eye catchs, shine on nose and upper lip etc ) a beautiful face and great treatment of color and background... I get so much from seeing how you choose color and texture to create a very harmonious overall effect....:cool::cool::cool:

06-18-2014, 10:52 AM
Robyn what a wonderful tribute,really like the soft look you have going in your latest portrait,well done !:cool::cool::cool:

06-18-2014, 07:43 PM
I hope she's not going to silently faint ... fine vintage look

06-18-2014, 10:53 PM
I love this one and its so artistic. That look in her eyes tells a great story. Excellent work again:)

06-19-2014, 07:33 PM
Thank you, thank you and thank you. I found a beautiful portrait by Tom Roberts, a superb Australian artist, and was taken by the soft colours and edges.

My painting departed his style pretty quickly, but I hope I captured the feel.

06-20-2014, 01:15 AM
Excellent portrait....

06-20-2014, 05:35 AM
Hi ROBBIE How are You now feeling any better as I noticed that you've put your computer on auto

After that Chicken Hope you haven't caught a bug at the chicken Farm ok wave the flag so we know your Ok

:D:D:D:D:D:D:D:D:D:D:D:D:D KIA ORA Regards 8+

06-20-2014, 06:48 AM
So enjoyed re browsing all your great portraits Robyn and the last couple fit right in :D

06-20-2014, 07:11 AM
Hi Eighty, I've been in hospital since Wednesday having lots of tests. Looks like I have an auto-immune condition which has disturbing neurological symptoms. Been battling it for a while, but hopefully a definitive diagnosis very soon, and then treatment for some relief. I've got my little laptop here, but not my big pooter, so will check in and out and see what everyone's up to.

Boy oh boy, MRI's are fun!

06-20-2014, 07:39 AM
I had a tranq for my MRI on my head (and they discovered that it was empty) and I wasn't wearing my hearing aids so time flew and it just sounded like low volume washing machine :D

06-20-2014, 10:54 AM
I actually really wanted to experience it again ... my third one. I lay in there and dreamed about how I would describe it, and came up with this (which I posted on Facebook)

"Consider being pinned down in the spin cycle of your washing machine. Throw in a big Boom Box pounding out bass at full strength. Then merge in a Jack Hammer ... and last of all a roaring tradesman's BIG floor sander. Mix 'em all up, and then get the loudest car horn you can imagine going blah, blah, blah, alongside the Soweto Gumboot Stompers, and Tap Dogs vying to be the loudest. Boompa, Boompa, Boompa, Crash. Then in the quieter moments, the teensiest strains of Vivaldi's 'Spring'.

Noice! Somewhere in there I felt some saliva pooling in my throat, and thought, 'Do I swallow, or drown?' I chose to swallow and heard the pulse lessen for a moment while the technician paused for me to stabilse.

Half way through I thought it must still be over, and then he said, 'Robyn, you're doing really well! We're about half way through, just four more scans to go.' ... "

06-20-2014, 01:23 PM
For once I'm glad I'm old and hard of hearing :), The first one I had (not on my head :D ) they started and then they paused and a voice said to me Mrs Earl we have lost one of your kidneys, I laughed and said it had been removed and that made me relax :)

D Akey
06-20-2014, 03:29 PM
Ladies, ladies, ladies! You poor, yet cavalier, things. . .
I feel like I'm on board the Orca in the movie Jaws, with you all comparing scars and near misses with Robert Shaw and Richard Dreyfus.

Carumba! Ms Copespeak, sounds like you took a wrong turn and ended up driving in rush hour through downtown Los Angeles. Next time, you should order a burrito and it would save you the 14 hour plane flight. I eat at least one a day. Greatest food invention ever, and you're encouraged to chew AND swallow whenever you like. Really though, my thoughts and prayers go out to you. May you manage your health well. I'm sure if anyone is adept at that, it's someone such as yourself who expresses the ol' joie de vivre, as you certainly do. And it comes across in your Art.

Your description of the MRI experience is about right as I recall. The urge to swallow and scratch your nose is always the challenge. Not quite a sensory deprivation tank experience, for you, through perhaps for Just Jean it could have been.

And JustJean! Sheesh. . . You're a hoot. . . except for the part about the missing kidney, which might have been humorous in context of the distraught technician who probably never had anyone lose anything more than a hair band, let alone a major organ. You sound like a real trooper, a proper descendant of the super tough frontiersmen who braved the cold and made a life in the wilderness. Prayers and well wishes to you as well. I would play my guitar to make you feel better, but mercifully for you, you probably couldn't hear it.

Be well you two!

06-20-2014, 03:38 PM
:) :) :) :) :) :) Mr Akey! The consultant has just come in and poked, prodded and pricked with pins, and ordered an MRI of the spine now!!

So I get to do it all over again! :) I could get addicted to this thrill-seeking and might book it out for the full week ..... or maybe not......

Jean, I love that he 'lost' your kidney! Gorgeous!

Forgive us for comparing scars Mr Akey. I'm a long way away from home and so no visitors. Kinda like my own company, but it might pall after a time, as I'm in for a goodly time yet.

D Akey
06-22-2014, 04:05 AM
Too bad you can't take your laptop into the MRI with you.

The good news is you're getting lots of personal attention. Well, hope the jello's decent, at least.

You keep us posted, young lady! And sketch us some nurses. Just keep pressing your button. Models on call. Love it.

06-22-2014, 05:19 AM
Back into it again. Silent movie star: love the sultry, kinda sad look. It's so lovely painting portraits with Art Rage! :)


WOW! Wonderful portrait

06-26-2014, 11:30 AM
Wonderful work on your portraits Robyn, all so beautifully done

D Akey
06-27-2014, 04:41 AM
So how's it going in hospital then? You getting things sorted, Robyn? Learning to love jello?

06-27-2014, 04:51 AM
Hi Robyn, what an adventure, one to try your nerves and patience....your descriptions of the MRI process brought a big smile... say if you don't want the lime jello pass it over !.. :cool::cool::rolleyes::rolleyes::rolleyes:

06-27-2014, 09:48 AM
Hi guys ... only one serve of jelly (your 'jello'), I was trying to stay healthy. The hospital tried to put all sorts of interesting exotic names on the most appalling deserts.

I am out after a week, but have 'nerve conduction' test on Monday, which everyone loves to tell me can be quite uncomfortable! It's been pretty awful with no answers, but the intensive tests show there is not some of the more dire possibilities. Neurological issues are hard to diagnose, so I was told, and I might just have to live with this one, with conservative management. Let's just hope it doesn't get any worse! :) :)

On the bright side, the spasming muscles on my face have given me a subtle facelift on one side! If we could just get it to go to the other........

I am a bit of a watcher of people and there was a parade of interesting patients roll past my bedside of the four bed ward.

I had a very nice engineer with cancer issues (intelligent man who didn't stay long enough), a 40 y.o. fellow with appalling mental issues, who would burst into tears all the time rambling about his childhood and how his dad punched his puppy to death on front of him when he was four. The tears would erupt so regularly, I would fix him with a baleful stare, point and say, "Don't you cry", and he wouldn't. I was moved to the neuro ward, much to his dismay, and he said he would come and visit me. I pointed again and said, "No, you won't!", and he didn't. :)

Then my internet went down and a lovely Indian man got onto Telstra, who he worked for (at executive level) and my provider, and got it sorted in a flash, and 2 gig free to keep me going while I was in there. He had similar symptoms to mine and didn't stay long, but long enough to sit and chat extensively about India and other things.

George was a Greek who had fallen and cracked his skull and needed it opened to release the pressure. He was pretty quiet, but his big family was so rowdy and thought it was party time, and I had to complain over three nights to get it quieted down.

Next a quiet and once beautiful Greek woman came in with a stroke down the right side. She was so fearful and close to tears, it was heartbreaking. I spent a lot of time trying to find heartening things to say, putting things close to her good arm, and propping her back up when she slipped sideways. She went off to rehab and sailed by, blowing me kisses. Lovely but tiring.

Wayne was 51 and broke his back while dirt biking. A quietly spoken, intelligent man with a nice quiet family, they didn't want me for anything! He is going to surgery today. His spinal cord was intact and everything worked, which was a miracle as his friends pulled him out of the bushland and carted him back to civilisation in a 4WD.

The last one was a young woman who stayed behind her curtain most of the day. Relief! I was suffering from 'new person syndrome' by then!

No new art work yet, but I am looking forward to getting back to the big screen. I did do a little one, but must transfer it from my notepad across, so I can post it here. :rolleyes:

D Akey
06-27-2014, 12:42 PM
You sure you weren't sharing space in the subway station to cut costs? Sounds stage managed like an episode of the Twilight Zone to get you to want to leave off for Walkabout straight away. Gotta be tough, lass. I'm with you and General George Patton -- Smack them malingerers and get them back to the front lines, sez I. :rolleyes::D:D:D

Probably the greatest kindness was the lack of jello (jelly to you). I hear that desert in hospital can be coveted like cigarettes in prison and may be why that one lad was trying to cozy up to ye. Figured since you didn't eat yours you could give it to him if you felt sorry for him enough. . . not unlike mealtime with the family pooch. Your animal karma was still in high form apparently.

Phew! Now I know why people I know more or less demand private rooms when they can swing it. Sorry you found it so annoying. But thoroughly understandable.

Well hang in there and know we're rooting for ya. However it goes, you've got your artist's creativity and that ain't just on the canvas -- it shows in how we live as well. You seem particularly skilled and creative in that department.

Get better, Robyn! Hugs. Bet the doggies were happy to see you back. :cool::cool::cool::):):):):)

06-27-2014, 01:22 PM
Dear Robyn....
Glad to hear you're back home, in comfortable surroundings, I know it feels so good after a stay in the hospital to get home.
Just wanted to let you know I'am thinking about you and sending my best wishes, and as DA said "Well hang in there and know we're rooting for ya".
Take care friend,

06-27-2014, 01:40 PM
Ha ha Mr Akey! I didn't find so much annoying as exhausting, sort of people on a conveyer belt rolling past, and they all needed input from the one stationary person there.

Deserts? Some were OK, but some were sooooo bad. There was one memorable with reconstituted apricots and some leathery stuff masquerading as pastry. I thought, 'Why am I eating this?" Answer was .... boredom and a long time until the next meal. :) :)

Thanks for your kind words Steve. :) Lots of others in there far worse off than me. If only we knew what it was.......

06-27-2014, 03:58 PM
Wow Robyn. These are REALLY very good. Wonderful.

06-27-2014, 05:34 PM
Thank you Byron! Lovely to hear from you. :)

06-29-2014, 07:38 AM
Hope you'll get better soon Dear Robyn, keep your spirits up

06-29-2014, 11:29 AM
Thank you so much Andrea. My Art Rage friends helped to keep me entertained during a long week in hospital.

D Akey
06-29-2014, 05:17 PM
So are you and your partner going to do a tag team sort of thing that when you head out, he taps your hand and jumps in for a new hip?

06-29-2014, 07:14 PM
:) :) Mr Akey! He's not allowed to get anything done for a long time as he's got the easy end of the stick this time. Lots of visitors in our local hospital, chocolates, hampers, get well cards, and fuss, fuss, fuss.

Me, miles away from everyone, and doing it all on my own! .... not that I minded as it was very peaceful. :)

I'm doing Nerve Conduction tests tomorrow, which those in the know tell me with glee, can be quite painful ... done with wires and electricity! He'll be home in his jamies in front of the TV .......

D Akey
06-30-2014, 05:32 AM
:) :) Mr Akey! He's not allowed to get anything done for a long time as he's got the easy end of the stick this time. Lots of visitors in our local hospital, chocolates, hampers, get well cards, and fuss, fuss, fuss.

Me, miles away from everyone, and doing it all on my own! .... not that I minded as it was very peaceful. :)

I'm doing Nerve Conduction tests tomorrow, which those in the know tell me with glee, can be quite painful ... done with wires and electricity! He'll be home in his jamies in front of the TV .......

Well then, strategy: While you're all wired up, you'll just have to scramble his reception, won't ya. I mean, if you're streaming live into the electronic matrix, just pop onto the screen, and divert his programming to the in-house Colonoscopy Parade, and then come on, and tell him to throw his underwear into the hamper instead of onto the floor. He'll splutter his Fosters out his nose, all over his bunny slippers, he will. Get his attention, I'll bet. He's got it way too soft and cushy.

Well, please let us know how you do. We're holding our collective breaths.

06-30-2014, 08:01 AM
Robyn, I am so sorry that you have been sick. I agree with all of our dear friends, keep on the sunny side dear lady.
I will write you a funny story, and maybe it will leave you with a chuckle.
When I fell and injured in my neck and shoulder, I was sent for MRI tests too.
They put ear phones on me and put a movie on for me. They said don't move at all.
The movie they put on for me was "The Burbs" with Tom Hanks. I am lying there trying to be good and then it comes to the part where Bruce Dern slips on the neighbors doggy doo and I could not help myself, but laughed out loud.
Thankfully I did not disturb the image. I could have used this movie after my surgery or during the physical therapy though. Now that wasn't funny at all.:p
Again, best wishes Robyn.

06-30-2014, 11:32 AM
You're a scream Mr Akey! I just read that out to the bunny-slippered patient, and he sounded vaguely wounded! :) :) Then he began laughing. Gotta laugh at all this, and the wired up process will certainly need some humour.

Alexandra, your story is a treat. There was a young boy doing movies through a very long MRI process while I was waiting and he was watching a movie. I think he jiggled a bit, but they were very patient with him. Very confronting for a small child. We used to say "Health is Wealth!". So true!

07-02-2014, 06:59 AM
Nerve Conduction tests are pretty confronting, but fascinating.

The Doctor was an American who thought he was pretty clever and grandstanded for the first ten minutes while he grilled me about my symptoms. He had a student doctor, so the performance was not just for me but for him as well!

Then up on the bed and all sorts of measurements made on my leg while he found the nerves he wanted to test. Little conductive stickers went on and then a probe pressed on the chosen spot. Tic, tic, tic was heard as he turned up the voltage, and you could feel the power surging down the line of your nerve until it branched into the foot and branched again into my toes. At one point, my foot was seriously jerking with each tic! Just fascinating!

After playing around with that, and keeping up a steady patter to a trainee doctor, he inserted a fine needle, connected to his machine, into a muscle and the sound that muscle made could be heard as static, which changed as the needle probed deeper. Fortunately no voltage was used. Then I had to use the muscles as he instructed while he noted the readings.

I remember some years back we had horses and an electric fence. I would climb through the wire and forget it was on, usually copping a charge in the head. Very refreshing! Maybe that's the answer! :) :)

Woooo, I was fully charged when it was over, and stayed that way as I made my way home!!

07-02-2014, 07:19 AM
Robyn, what a fascinating story... sounds like the doctor knew his stuff even if he was grandstanding a bit. or quite a bit...:rolleyes::cool:. do you glow in the dark now?...:cool::cool::cool:

07-02-2014, 07:28 AM
Thanks for keeping us posted Robyn. Keep your chin up! Your will power will go a long way.xo

07-02-2014, 07:35 AM
Hang on, I'll switch the light off.......... Yep, I think I do!!! :cool:

07-08-2014, 10:39 PM
I just read through all this thread and I have to say it was a hoot. Hope that both you and your hubby as getting well one with recovery. ((((HUGS)))):)

D Akey
07-09-2014, 05:09 AM
Yeah, Ms Copespeak. . . how you doing?

07-09-2014, 06:14 AM
Ok...who is the actress???? :):):):):)

07-09-2014, 09:55 AM
Kenmo, it is Barbara La Mar!

Thank you Coops, I am trying to make light of this boring business and I'm glad you are enjoying my efforts. :) :)

Mr Akey, back to the neurologist yesterday, who says with a heart attack or suchlike you can go in and do a bypass, or what ever is needed. With neurology, it's a process of elimination/exclusion, so more blood tests..... and a fine muscle fibre test .... so more shocks to come. Woopee!

I've just got a big box of new paints arrived in the mail, and I'm off out to the studio ... with a bit of Art Rage in between! :) :)

07-09-2014, 10:02 AM
dear Robyn, glad to hear you got a big box of new paints!... oils? acrylics? watercolors? all of the above, getting ready to do a new Borzoi painting. with all the juice you have been getting I think West Gippsland must be suffering a brown out by now :rolleyes::cool:... hopefully the painting will keep your mind off the doctor visits...

D Akey
07-09-2014, 10:13 AM
Mr Akey, back to the neurologist yesterday, who says with a heart attack or suchlike you can go in and do a bypass, or what ever is needed. With neurology, it's a process of elimination/exclusion, so more blood tests..... and a fine muscle fibre test .... so more shocks to come. Woopee!

Well, you're tough and you have great spirit, lass. . . we're in your corner. I couldn't say, but one way to look at it might be that if you're still baffling them, since they would have tested for the big stuff first maybe and eliminated those possibilities it's probably none of those, hoping here.

Now would be the time to give you a good luck hug. . . that is since your big hulking motorcycle partner is pinned to the sofa while his hip is healing. Might be the only chance any of us would get to circumvent his keen scrutiny as a professional guardian of the dairy and maybe sneak through a larcenous ice cream cone in the bargain.

Stay fit, and paint paint paint!

07-09-2014, 10:21 AM
Hang in there Robyn,all the best and happy painting !:)

07-09-2014, 10:22 AM
Big hugs back to all of you!

Yes, I'm trying to make the best of a time consuming, uncomfortably worrying situation. Only worrying because it's affected my throat ... breathing, speaking and swallowing, and we've got to keep doing that! .... maybe not the speaking so much... :)

My new paints are Atelier Free Flow Acrylics, which are supposedly beautiful to splash around. I have bought all my favourite colours and haven't even unpacked them yet.... kinda like a present to myself!

07-09-2014, 08:29 PM
Dear Robyn, I realize from what I'm reading, as well as from my past experience, that it's hard sometimes to squeeze fun and pleasure and blessings from any situation of life and that our resources seem weak in front of certain challenges.
We don't know each other personally, but somehow we do and if it may be of any help, either psychologically, spiritually, magically or whatever, as easy for me as it may sound, be sure that within my soul and mind I think of You, care of you, I'm with You and pray for your recovery as soon as possible just like all other mates.
I believe that, beyond any appearance, mutual love may eventually keep us alive together and forever; the present mortal body, after all, is a wonderful, contingent, accidental case and tool to manage, to love and care to achieve our mission, the scope of our existence on earth. Certainly a fundamental part of us, we're not angels, even fortunately I'd say, a component of our essence which I believe we will recover in all its glorious splendour one day and forever. Keep creative, grateful and joyful in each moment You can and remember Your art is a gift to us all!
Forgive me if I expressed myself poorly in English and i may sound a little naif in what I say ...

07-09-2014, 09:15 PM
Caesar, you are such a dear man, and thank you so much for that.

It has been a great comfort to have my Art Rage friends caring as you all have, and when in hospital, I have had my little notepad on my lap keeping up with you all.

This forum is such a warm and friendly one. Very special! xxx

07-09-2014, 10:41 PM
Hi Robyn, just caught up with this and thought I could offer a some empathy. I had weird neurological symptoms for years that were variously misdiagnosed as carpal tunnel, arthritis and stress, had the nerve conductivity tests too.
When I started falling over and stopping breathing in my sleep they sent me to a neurologist, who sent me for an MRI, turned out to be a tumour on my spine.
I'm with you on the MRI machines, absolutely hate them. I'm into double figures now. My longest one was 2 and a half hours they had to sedate me a bit for that one, lying still for that long with random muscle spasms is tricky. Anyway they managed to remove most of it, successfully getting it away from my spine, it was right at the top of my neck and was a very risky operation.
All my symptoms have gone and I'm slowly getting my fitness back. However last MRI showed some tumour regrowth, the good news is that it isn't in my spine anymore. The bad news is that it is wrapped around one of the two arteries to my brain. Which apparently is a lot less dangerous. The surgeon cheerfully said "Oh if it starts getting bigger we can just go in and take it all out, you should be ok with just the one artery." Next MRI to see how fast it is growing is in September.

Hang on in there mate, it is scary and the waiting is the worst, once they figure out what is going on it's amazing what they can do. And if you do have something unusual all the doctors queue up to have a look and help.

07-10-2014, 01:31 AM
You've had a difficult road, along with some scary moments it seems, you poor man! Good health is everything, we learn as we get older.

I've just been watching Billy Connolly doing a program on death and dying. He has newly diagnosed Parkinsons and prostate cancer, and looks like he has aged a lot. At 71, he's lost that wonderfully cheeky, vibrant bounce he always had. The show was very interesting and came up with the end result, which is to live your life well, do no harm, and leave the world a little richer then before you arrived. :) :)

But anyhow, enough of that! Tomorrow I'm getting a new (slightly used) car, and Friday I'm trying my new paints out! I'll post a photo of one of my more presentable efforts. :) :)

D Akey
07-10-2014, 04:18 AM
Well if you're getting a car upgrade, and you're getting a new, not slightly used paint set. . . well. . . being that you're a courageous artist living down under in Oz, I can only envision a car painted over with lots of borzois and poodles and pooches, oh my!
Borzois and poodles and pooches, oh my!
Borzois and poodles and pooches, oh my!

Just be sure to keep the [Undo] paint tube handy. It's almost my favorite pigment.

I still remember Billy Connolly doing a routine about the preparation for his colonoscopy right after my own um. . . evacuation. . . I thought to myself -- now why didn't I think of that routine? And I was surprised that he was covering such a topic. But I suppose it makes sense to tell their story, speak from personal experience as it were. . . a wee bit shite jokes tho. . . with some cheek or two. . .:rolleyes::eek::D:D:D:D:D:p:p:p:p:p

07-10-2014, 09:56 AM
More giggles from you Mr Akey :) :)

We are getting a 2010 Ford Station Wagon, and it's absolutely necessary to get that year, as it's the last one Ford makes of that model. Dova the Borzoi is so tall (32" at the shoulder) and she can just stand up in the back without touching the top with her spine. I can find no other car that fits her and the SUVs are not deep enough to take 2 big dogs comfortably.

The Ford is a big comfy car and the fourth of its type I've had. Paint it with Borzois and poodles? Now that's a thought! :) :)

When I think about painting on real paper, I yearn for the 'Undo tool' too! You have to plan more carefully.

07-10-2014, 07:13 PM
Dear Ms Copespeak I've been following this thread and I'm so sorry that you are having such unpleasant health problems and the tests you have undergone. I've only had one MRI and even then I had medication to calm me and was encouraged to bring my favourite CD to be played back thru the headphones.

I think Mr. Akey has a great idea about the painting of your new vehicle. I've told my husband I want my next car to be animal print! I have a little Hyundai Getz and can just imagine it with a cat's face on the bonnet. ;)

Enjoy your new paints and I hope playing with them will take your mind off your discomfort. Wishing you a speedy diagnosis and recovery.

07-11-2014, 01:55 AM
Hopefully the car and the paints will be a big boost for you Robyn. (((((((((((((hugs)))))))))))):)

07-11-2014, 08:19 AM
Such a great thread Robyn.

Meanwhile, following your health challenges, just a note, shared here with other friends, all best thoughts for continued improvement. You are an inspiration in this forum, a warm hand and heart always extended to all of us. Just a note of thanks, and continued well wishes.

07-11-2014, 08:45 AM
Hope you get well soon and congrats for the new car, your pets will sure be grateful ;) Cheers

07-11-2014, 10:03 AM
Thank Andrea, my pets should be grateful every day, as they are included in almost every facet of daily life! But they put back in fun and unconditional love!

Byron, that's such a lovely thing to say, and I thank you for it. :)

Thanks Katie, the paints will be unveiled today. I have a friend coming who loves to experiment, and we're going to have a 'red hot' go!

Thank you to June as well! :) :)

D Akey
07-11-2014, 12:43 PM
Thank you to June as well! :) :)

You might want to be thanking July, even though it's only half way through the month. Don't want to stir up any rivalry among the months. The weather gets screwy when that happens.

So you should have gotten your new slightly used car by now? You got it yet? Has the dog tried it on for a fitting?

07-11-2014, 07:27 PM
You might want to be thanking July

Dear Mr. Akey with your sense of humour I never know when you're jesting but I think Ms.Copespeak may have been referring to me, June aka Enug (maybe you knew that) - of course thanking July could help too. ;)

D Akey
07-11-2014, 07:36 PM
Dear Mr. Akey with your sense of humour I never know when you're jesting but I think Ms.Copespeak may have been referring to me, June aka Enug (maybe you knew that) - of course thanking July could help too. ;)

Heh. Well, truth to tell, I did not know that Enug was a scramble for Gune. I must fix my puzzle games hat on. Shouldn't it be Enuj? :p;):rolleyes: But yeah, I figured someone was named June, but I didn't know it to be your building leaping, travelin' tourist self. Enchanté, madame. . . oh wait, you're going to Yorkshire. . . Eyauuup, lass!

07-11-2014, 11:24 PM
Actually the way that came about was 100yrs ago when I was taking computer classes it was suggested that our names spelled backwards for our class email addy would be a good idea. My fingers hit the G instead of J and I thought 'why not?' easy to pronounce. Enug rather than Enuj. :D;)

Giving away another snippet about me (is nothing sacred?) I left England as a 10yr old - also about 100yrs ago and I hail from Bristol. How good are you with a Bristolian accent? :p

D Akey
07-12-2014, 05:11 AM
A Bristol accent? Why I believe every male on the planet can speak a little Bristol, yaaahaarrr. Fer it's cuz it be the lingo o' tha pirate folk, followin' on tha coat tails o' Robert Newton what created Blackbeard and Long John Silver fer the cinemaaar. . .yahar!

So if ye be blamin' the fate o' yer name on them distant computer pirates o' tha long ago, 'tis an venerable tradition. Ye can also thank our very own denizen Mr Fraiser-Paice fer bringin' that there detail to tha fore in the forums, oh yahar. . . an' certainly explains 'ow ye come ta be in the down under. . . as ye've admitted the error, ye come clean an ye did the right thing too. Ye went an' blamed the crime on yer tools as is the custom.

Twas only a mere slip up o' one solitary key, an' ye woke up, shipped in chains on yer way to tha "the colony".

So when yer gets ta Bristol on this 'ere trip, best break out tha grog an' kill that there fatted calf for the 'ole crew ta celebrate yer prodigal return. Oh yahaaaaaaarrrrrr. . .

07-12-2014, 05:50 AM
Mr. Akey you are so funny! Sorry Ms.Copespeak for hijacking the thread. :(

I've gone back to my Poppies thread to add a comment on the subject for Mr. Akey - just to add to his education.:p

D Akey
07-12-2014, 06:44 AM
I believe this 'er thread be therapeutic fer Lady Copespeak. . . For 'twas 'erself what sayed she needn't talk so much, so best consider it a point of etiquette and good mannaaars that we do the talkin' for 'er until such time what she jumps in again. . .

But I suspicion it be more like she's out playin' chauffeur to the borzois in tha band in 'er new set o' wheels. I suppose she's got the ol' pooch in the crows nest spottin' rabbits and she be tearin up the countryside seein' what that there jalopy's made of. . .

But for the education of it, I'll allow meself ta be drawn in ta tha poppies, which is a sad comment and 'as been tha undoin' of so many. . . yahaaarrrr. . .

07-12-2014, 10:10 AM
Fantastic thread Robyn and I find my self clicking forth and back, so many great paintings in here. I am particular fascinated by that viking portrait and that of lauren bacall. Bravo. Great work!!:o:):):):):)

I hope your doctors will find the reason soon. Thinking of you. Take care and get well soon!

07-12-2014, 12:27 PM
Hello Robyn, sorry to hear about your illness and hope your recouping rapidly, I am also on the mend from a potassium drop and had to get injections, love your latest, just keep painting and things will get better, wish you all the best for recovery

09-02-2014, 12:11 PM
I started this a while ago and just finished it.

Practice portrait from a black and white photo of a silent movie actress. I just love those sultry ladies, and the photos are so dramatic!



09-02-2014, 12:26 PM
Hi Robyn......Glad you finished it, wonderfully done and yes the old photo's are so dramatic, making them very special and fun inspiration for paintings like this....Now....Lights, action and camera!
Take care friend,

09-03-2014, 06:19 AM
What a beautiful pose! Spendid outcome :cool:

09-03-2014, 07:10 AM
The eyes of this actress just tell a story all on their own, lovely painting, well done:cool:

09-03-2014, 09:28 AM
Thank you Nilloc, Steve and Andrea. I did not choose the pose, or take the photo, I just stole that wonderfully sultry look.

I won't tell you who she was as I think it is spoiled by looking it up and comparing, but she was quite the comedian, so they say.

09-03-2014, 07:52 PM
with such talent that i saw in you you are not so far from perpetuation of yourself .

09-03-2014, 10:19 PM
Congrats. What a lovely picture copespeak .

D Akey
09-04-2014, 03:36 AM
Gotta love a good toga party. . . where the dress code is 'Come as you were.' With that pose, it's difficult to tell is she was a proper flapper or not. But I digress. . .

Lovely painting. Really fun and evocative and I think you've really come up with a vintage look even though the painting's not in a traditional technique. It's really very pleasing as an image, between the subject and the style you've brought to it. It's got a lovely balance between rough technique and yet has the ability to show graceful details as in the fingers and face.

I can't wait to see more. Really cool, CopeSpeak!

Go Go Go!!!!!! :):):):):):):):):):):):):)

Marilyn Anne
09-04-2014, 08:55 AM
Another fascinating challenge to capture all those personalities.

09-04-2014, 09:03 AM
Yes, it's fun to get a vintage photo and dress it up in a modern style Mr Akey, and I find this style really satisfying.

Shekofte, Bertude and Marilyn Anne, thanks for popping by. I'm a sucker for a compliment! :) :) :)

09-06-2014, 05:14 AM
Great pastel portrait, dear Robyn!

09-06-2014, 09:58 AM
Great to hear from you Caesar! :)

09-06-2014, 02:18 PM
Brett was here :-)

09-06-2014, 02:30 PM
I didn't spot you asking for a hint Steve! Pardon me! I like posing puzzles. :) :) :)

She was apparently quite a character Brett.

09-06-2014, 02:51 PM
Wasn't me?????? Not on this one, I did on Dorothy Lamour, but that was last year......
I see Brett has a edit two minutes before your post, he may have asked?
Anyway take care and have a great weekend.....

09-07-2014, 04:25 AM
Robyn, truly a wonderful painting, love the sensuous figure and flowing lines , and the dry brush texture and color of the background.. people, dogs, horses,cupcakes, your talent knows no bounds ! :cool::cool::cool:

10-23-2014, 07:57 PM
A quick hour waiting for my beloved to return from work. This photo came on my Facebook feed, and was begging to be done.

You know who this is!!


10-23-2014, 09:34 PM
Great portrait of G.M. ! I love the brushstrokes. :)

10-23-2014, 09:54 PM
Excellent Mr. Groucho Marx!:eek::cool: (Don't tell me You knew him personally! :eek:;)LOL:p )
He became famous again recently here in Italy as the assistant of a mystery and horror detective called Dylan Dog, a most popular and successful comix of the last three decades around here. Quite a number of characters of new Bonelli's comix series (the editor), see also another comics heroine, Julia, resemble to famous movie stars, either recent and old times ones and the drawings authors are really good and highly professional in that.

D Akey
10-23-2014, 11:24 PM
Hooray for Captain Spalding! You nailed him with a cigar right in the ol' kisser, Copespeak. Hooray Hooray Hooray!

Probably one of the most recognizable faces in film history. Really well done. I'd like to call it the silliest painting I ever hoid. . . er, heard. . . I mean seen. But it's actually too well done to say it.