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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Friday, May 25, 2007

ARTIST'S NOTE Oct 8th, 2007: This painting has been beautifully mounted and framed to a perfect 12" square. It is available for purchase directly from the artist. Inquiries to .
“Great Expectations (Pomeranian Study),” 6” square, Pomeranian portrait in acrylic on canvasboard.

Today I played hookey from the studio and pretended to be a housewife for a bit. Did the grocery thing, some laundry, even picked up and did a little cleaning. But as soon as the kids all got tucked into bed, I ducked into the studio for a little of what I fondly refer to as my “mental health time.”

I got some Rossini going on the ipod, and laid out my palette with some new colors. I’d been talking to a number of artists who relied on yellow ochre instead of cadmium yellow, so I figured I would give it a try. Often when there’s little room or time for experimentation, that’s the best opportunity to take chances. I wouldn’t have the luxury of many second guesses tonight.

I chose a Pomeranian because of the warm flesh tones in her fur, anticipating that the yellow ochre would lend itself to some nice hues. I wasn’t disappointed. Lots of juicy brushwork later, I found myself eye to eye with a nice little canvas singing with gestural marks, sporting a nice sense of light, and a bare smidge of cadmium yellow (I simply couldn’t resist my old standby).

I’m holding onto this painting for an upcoming show. If you are interested in this piece, please let me know, and I’ll put you in touch with the show organizers, so that you may purchase it from them (assuming, of course, that she gets juried into the show in the first place!). Inquiries, as always, can come to me via .

Thanks, as always, for looking.
And for sharing these paintings with friends and family,
Enjoy your holiday weekend and I’ll see you on Tuesday!

Kimberly Kelly Santini
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