karen pittaway

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Artist, specialising in oil paintings of towns, historic buildings, human activity. Grew up in Cambridge, went to London University, moved to Kenilworth in 1984

A belated Birthday present!

By karen, May 24 2016 11:52AM

Seven years ago I started to paint a portrait of Faye, our fox red labrador. My intention was to give it to my husband for his 50th birthday. She is a fully trained working dog, picking up pheasants throughout the shooting season, and she is the love of his life... beats me by a country mile!

However, for one reason or another, the painting never got completed. So, with the renewed creative energy I have discovered working in my new studio, I decided to give it another go... and, only seven years late, I think it is finally finished.

The painting shows Faye standing in front of Agglestone Rock near Studland, my husbands favourite place in Dorset. She is older now than depicted, greying and less finely tuned (I'm talking about the dog remember!), but she still dutifully follows her masters instruction (still talking about the dog... he he he!).

She's a rather serious dog, unlike our black labrador (Spoof) who is more typical of the breed and therefore rather more comical. Spoof will probably be my next animal portrait project and if I am to capture her faithfully she will be lying on her back with her legs akimbo!

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