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, January 31, 2007


This is my Finnigan, who takes snowflake chasing very seriously. So much so that he often comes in from even the briefest jaunt literally caked with the stuff. This winter the snow shovel has become as great a toy as the Frisbee. Finn’s usually intense “throw it for me NOW” face changes completely when his eyebrows have furred with snow and he’s grown icicle whiskers.

Here is “Cattle (Snow) Dog,” 6x8, acrylic on canvasboard.

Finn’s merled coloring is always a challenge to paint, and combined with the falling flakes and chunks of ice, there’s a lot of surface activity here. To simplify that aspect, I restricted the background to layers of blue and lavender, with the strongest and purest color concentrated in his eyes and nose. Much of the brushwork was done with a #1 liner, in transparent glazes. It’s a great piece to let your eyes travel across.

This painting is going directly on my wall, so sorry, but it’s not for sale.

But I could paint your dog playing in the snow. It’s as easy as sending digital pictures to ksantini@turtledovedesigns.com.

If I get enough photos, I will do an entire series of snow paintings…….

Meanwhile, stay tuned for the next few dog-a-days, which technically will not be dog-a-days at all, but cat-a-days. In conjunction with tomorrow’s opening of The Cat Show at the Carriage Factory Art Gallery (in which I have 2 paintings) – http://www.carriagefactoryartgallery.com/ – and in response to the 2 sulking Santini kitties, I’ll take a short break from dogs to paint some felines.

Thanks, as always, for looking.
And for sharing these paintings with your friends and family.
Stay warm,
Kim

Kimberly Kelly Santini
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