Paintings With Soul

Since October 2006 I've been a daily painter, creating a new pet portrait at least 5 times per week. Over the years I've expanded my offerings to include a variety of animals, pets, race horses, children and other treasured heirlooms. In addition, I accept a limited number of commissions each year.

In 2015 I am honored to be the Kentucky Derby Artist.

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Meanwhile, thanks
so much for your continued support of my artwork.

Wednesday, September 02, 2015

daVinci


"daVinci," 8" x 10", acrylics on copper, a painting of my devil, err, studio, kitty. daVinci's latest portrait is an exploration of my fascination with copper panels. And, I suppose you could add, a parallel fascination with tabby cats and general feline attitude (I still cannot fathom the appeal of eating the tulle underskirt of a dress, but I guess that's why I hold the paintbrush and he uses the litterbox). This piece, which truly is exquisite in person, is $799, which include s&h inside the US. All inquiries may come to me.

Yesterday one of my students blogged about her sadness that more adults didn't embrace play. That's an idea that resonated with me - so easily we get caught up in seriousness and forget about running in the grass barefoot or lying on our backs looking for shapes in the clouds. It's all about paying bills and getting the laundry done and playing it safe.

So my mission today was to find something particularly joyful in my process. And I looked at lots of references, and thought about a journal page vs a painting, and ultimately remembered that piece of copper I failed with earlier this summer.

And in typical OCD fashion, I decided that was what I would solve today, figuring out that whole acrylics meet copper conundrum*, with lots of trial and error, no expectations, so that it could be total fun.

And the conundrum was solved. Not only did I get paint to adhere, but I accidentally discovered a gorgeous effect while trying to forcefully rub the paint off the surface, and I am now looking for a copper panel source.

Plus, umm, you HAVE to walk past this one to fully appreciate it.  I kid you not.

You WILL see more of these.

And you WILL see more playing.

Thanks, as always, for following along with my artwork,
Warmly, Kim 

*copper panels have been used for millenium with oil paints. Everything I've read, and the majority of artists I talked to, use copper with oils and lead based paint. I was determined to figure out a means to use my acrylics with copper - and over time it involved some losses..... and ultimately a key win!
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