The Bard

Robert Burns   –   Since it is nearly time for the annual birthday celebrations for Scotland’s national poet I thought I’d put up something appropriate today. This is my interpretation of a portrait which  Alexander Nasmyth painted of his friend in the eighteenth century, a pencil drawing I did on an impulse, fairly quickly, too, as the copies I could find of the original portrait don’t offer as much in the way of detail as I usually like.

For those of you who live Scottish culture: enjoy your neeps, tatties and haggis, and especially the ceilidh afterwords. Have a good one!

Robert Burns

Robert Burns – Graphite Pencil on A3 smooth water colour paper


10 thoughts on “The Bard

    • Thank you very much, Charles, – no, 37 is no age at all, and I am guessing even back in those days that wouldn’t be considered old. I don’t know how true the likeness is in my drawing as there isn’t much reference material around and most images are copies or interpretations from Alexander Nasmyth’s original painting which everybody knows. I wanted to make Robert Burns a person, rather than a figure, I probably didn’t manage that a well as I would have liked but it is the best I could do with what I had available 🙂

    • Thank you, Lynn! It was just a spur of the moment thing when I read that a friend was looking for Burns related items to decorate the shop window 😉

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