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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Tuesday, April 10, 2007


Today’s painting came from deep in my reference photo stash. I have drawers crammed full of photos, several shoeboxes equally packed, and probably well over 2000 additional shots stored on my computer. It’s a sort of sickness, I think, collecting images that one day might translate into a painting or two. And it’s starting to be a little daunting – I never fail to get entirely distracted when hunting for something particular. But that’s another story altogether……

So today’s painting came from deep in my reference photo stash. This is a tri colored and merled cattle dog, a pup several years back when my Finnigan was brand new, too. For those of you unfamiliar with merled dogs, they have a dense double layers of fur: a shorter coat of dark black or red brown, with a longer sparser overcoat of white. The two colors together create a luminous silvery blue (“blue merle”) or a glowing pink (“red merle”).

Today’s pup has a lopsided mask and tan points anchoring some juicy brushwork. The surface of this painting is gooey, too, full of rich gobs of paint, which play a nice counterpoint to the sleekness of her fur.

“Cattle Dog Pup Study (Moxie), 4x6, dog portrait in acrylic on canvasboard. Moxie belongs to a friend of mine, and this little painting is headed to her home. Enjoy it, Sharon!

Thanks, as always, for looking.
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Kim

Kimberly Kelly Santini
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