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.

Tuesday, March 27, 2007


Due to an area power outage and a dead computer battery, I was unable to post yesterday’s daily painting. I also missed out on a quiet evening in the studio – I had wanted to continue working on this painting. But the plus side is that we got power during the night, and the kids were able to go to school today (much to their dismay!)

This is the first installment of several, as this portrait is substantially larger than the studies I’ve been completing. Also I am gearing it towards an exhibition, so it will demand more scrutiny than the usual dog-a-day studies.

The working title is “Granny Squares.” The painting is 16x20. It stars my dog, Finnigan, doing the next best thing to Frisbee, which is snoozing someplace he’s not supposed to (like on my great grandmother’s afghan). Actually, I’m piecing photographs of Finn with a live setup of the blanket (he would be in BIG trouble if he really curled up on this one!) – but he does like to sneak onto the big couch cushions when he thinks nobody is looking.

You can see how I’ve begun to define the basic shapes of the dog’s profile and his legs. I’m also playing with the design of the afghan, trying to identify the proper placement of the drapes and the patterned crochet blocks. My goal with this painting is contrast – fur with yarn - and highlight the simple geometry of his markings with the squares in the blanket.

So there you have it. More to follow.
Meanwhile I’ve got to make up for lost time! I’m grabbing some more coffee, cranking up some good tunes, and laying back into this painting. Right now.

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

Kimberly Kelly Santini
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