Panda painting on show

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ONE OF only three paintings of the Edinburgh Zoo pandas created for the Chinese government is to be on display at Kinblethmont Gallery from tomorrow (Saturday).

Kirsten Harris was commissioned by the zoo to paint three pictures of its famous new inhabitants as a way of saying thank you to China.

One is displayed at the Chinese embassy in Edinburgh and the other is in London.

The third was intended to go to Beijing, but can now be seen at Kinblethmont Gallery near Arbroath until Sunday, November 18, in their autumn mixed exhibition and is also for sale.

The artist, Kirsten specialises in painting wildlife and animal pieces and believes her unique style was developed during her visits to Japan.

And she explained the way she went about her panda paintings.

She said: “The painting was a great challenge. I did not want to do ‘cute’ and I wanted to avoid black and white; this was a very important event that required months of concentrated work.”

The exhibition is open daily from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. with various other artists’ work on display.

These include Pat Donachie, John Johnstone, Regine Lafaye, William Philp, Rebecca Westguard and Susan Winton.