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Rosanna Chittenden
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UK based artist specialising in oil or pastel portraits of adults, children, families and animals
UK based artist specialising in oil or pastel portraits of adults, children, families and animals

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This beautiful woman was not keen to have her portrait painted! Her husband commissioned me to paint her but didn't inform me of her reluctance until I was about 10 minutes away from their house.

With some trepidation as to how I was going to handle this scenario, I arrived laden with all my kit and was greeted by her slightly apologetic husband. It appeared my subject had gone out. I wondered if she had taken to the hills and might not actually return. And, should she return, would I be met with a stony faced and uncooperative sitter? Fortunately, all fears were dismissed when she bounced back into the house with such a warm smile that it was hard to believe that she was indeed such an unwilling subject. 

Small, vital, beautiful, warm and completely delightful. I loved her immediately.

Read more about the making of this portrait on https://www.rchittenden.co.uk/hetta-at-home/
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OIL PORTRAITS OF 2 BROTHERS (not forgetting Daisy the obliging black lab).
Despite the early start and forewarned reluctance of the subjects, James, 15, and Sammy, 8, were an absolute delight from start to finish. They entered into the spirit of the sitting wholeheartedly.
These two brothers have such a lovely, easy and close relationship, despite the large age gap. And I hope that although the portraits are separate, this is somehow conveyed through the unity of palette, and the openness of the poses and the way the two portraits relate to each other.
I thoroughly enjoyed every stage of this commission. Please read more about it on my website: http://www.rchittenden.co.uk/portraits-of-two-brothers/
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04/09/2017
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When Roddy came to pick up the portrait of his wife, Sian, there was a general consensus that really it was only right and fitting that he should have a portrait painted of himself.

But rather than have a matching “his ‘n hers”, he felt that his portrait should be completely different. Where her portrait was a half-length, Roddy felt a head and shoulders was more appropriate.

You can read more about it's development here: http://www.rchittenden.co.uk/informal-portrait-ex-military/
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This is an oil portrait of Scrumpy - the Artist’s Dog
Now 10 and getting a little matronly, Scrumpy has quite a sense of entitlement which is growing exponentially with age. Breakfast is expected to be served first thing in the morning and tea absolutely no later than on the dot of 4pm (although she is usually ramping up the big eyes for a good hour beforehand). If you are on the sofa, she expects to be cradled and have all 9 teats stroked simultaneously. Should you stop for a moment she wakens, fixes you with her beady eye and grabs your momentarily stationary hand with her paw and moves it until you accede to her demands.

You can read more about the dog and the portrait on my website blog page:
https://www.rchittenden.co.uk/scrumpy-the-artists-dog/
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This was a fascinating and surprisingly challenging commission completed in March 2017. Two individual portraits of twins. When painting siblings, I always try and ensure that the paintings work both separately and collectively. This means choosing poses that work together so that the children aren’t all facing the same way (like sitting on a bus). With twins, and the added closeness that this brings, these considerations are that much more important. The poses should reflect both the personality of each child and their relationship.

Read about the challenges I encountered here: http://www.rchittenden.co.uk/portraits-of-twins/
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20/06/2017
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Sian de Normann burst into my life when she turned up for a head and shoulders sitting, bringing her devoted border terrier, Dolly, along for the ride. Sian is one of the most fun and energetic women I have met in years and we hit it off famously and felt like old friends within minutes..

Read more about it's making on
http://www.rchittenden.co.uk/portrait-of-a-lady-with-her-dog/
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Various projects in the past very busy year but this was one I painted summer of 2016 of the wonderful William: http://www.rchittenden.co.uk/oil-portrait-of-a-young-man-william-a-m/
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The extraordinarily serene and poised Catriona A-M. Oil head and shoulders. A little literary nod to her heroine Jane Austen through the slightly upright pose with the empire line shirt. Read all about the making of the portrait on http://www.rchittenden.co.uk/oil-portrait-of-a-young-woman/
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Big commission, recently finished. Family of four children - individual oil paintings of them which work separately, showing their very individual characters, and together as a four. Challenging, to say the least. And a long and winding journey to get there. But very pleased with the result.
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Pastel portrait of a young girl in her favourite outfit.
Pastel portrait of the delicious Bella. Having done head and shoulders of both her brothers, we were planning to do the same with Bella. But when she walked into my studio in her carefully chosen outfit bedecked from top to toe in sparkles, netting and bling, it seemed inconceivable to draw her in any other way. Fortunately Alex, her mother, was happy to go along with the plan.  Quirky, articulate and utterly irresistible, Bella is a girl who knows exactly who she is. What fun I had drawing her. Read more about it at: http://www.rchittenden.co.uk/pastel-portrait-of-a-young-girl-in-party-outfit/
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