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, July 17, 2007

“In Flight,” 8” x 16”, (my) Australian cattle dog/blue heeler portrait in acrylic on canvasboard, $160. I’m really tempted to keep this piece for myself, but being as I have what seems like two dozen paintings of Finnigan already and can always paint him again when the mood strikes, inquiries may come to .


People always comment on how disciplined and organized I must be in order to pull off the whole Painting a Dog a Day project, but then days like this one roll around, where I am busy scrambling to get various show applications completed by their deadline, and then, “DUH!”, realizing that I haven’t finished my entries for an online show that I’m coordinating. So that’s what you get today – my third and final entry for the Canine Art Guild’s “Dogs Just Wanna Have Fun” online exhibition (scheduled to “open” on August 1st).

Among a few other neuroses, Finnigan has a serious Frisbee disorder. Thankfully there’s a horde of willing neighbor kids who love to toss it for him, and when they tire, we just turn on the sprinkler, and let Finn herd the water droplets. (In the wintertime, exercising him becomes a bit more grueling, as he loves to leap through shovelfuls of wet snow thrown into the air).

I’d been wanting to paint him stretched out and in the air, but until recently, had been unable to capture that moment with my camera. I had no idea which direction his legs went or any of that good stuff without any sort of reference to use as a starting point.

And today there was no raw umber in my palette – I wanted my colors stronger and cleaner. A different sort of tone altogether when you compare yesterday’s painting to today’s – even though both dogs are essentially black, the paintings have entirely different moods because of the colors.

Tomorrow we’re back to commissioned dog-a-days. If you are interested in commissioning your own dog-a-day painting, please send photos via email ( or snail (346 N Anderson, Lake Orion, MI 48362 – note that snailed photos will be returned with painting purchased – if you are not planning on purchasing the painting, please include a SASE).

Thanks, as always, for looking.
And for sharing these paintings with your friends and family.
Now I’m off to play Frisbee for a bit myself!

Kimberly Kelly Santini
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