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.

Friday, July 20, 2007

“Sniff…. (William),” 8” square, pit bull mix pet portrait in acrylic on canvasboard, $80. Inquiries to .

This piece sort of painted itself, which sometimes happens. My reference photo had an eager look to it, and my subconscious picked up on that, lifting William’s chin just a little more, pushing his muzzle gently into the viewers face. When I realized what I had done, I then went back into the rest of the painting with a stiff dry brush, and scrubbed the other edges all away, to further accentuate his gesture.

The sunlit side of his muzzle photographed very flat, but there are some beautiful subtle nuances of apricots and pinks in there. Honest.

Now this painting is the final piece of the four “under consideration” by my client. And it’s eventual sale, like the sales of the other three (Monday’s “Cookie in the Snow,” Wednesday’s “Lip Smackin’,” and yesterday’s “Husky Eyes”) will result in donations made to the Best Friends Animal Sanctuary in Kanab Utah.

Keep in mind that anytime you see a painting you like that has already found a home, I’ll be happy to create something similar, even starring your own dog (or cat or horse or guinea pig or whatever!). Inquiries and photo references can always come to me at .

Also, I feel compelled to mention that the dog-a-day paintings are booked through mid-November 2007. If you are considering commissioning a dog-a-day portrait as a holiday gift (it sounds absurd to me to suggest this in July!) contact me asap to arrange scheduling.

Thanks, as always, for looking, and for sharing these paintings with your friends and family.
Enjoy the weekend,

Kimberly Kelly Santini
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& 4-legged paintings
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