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“Gus,” 6x12”, commissioned pet portrait in acrylic on canvasboard, private collection (thank you!). This is another portrait who’s proceeds are benefiting Best Friends Animal Society (http://www.bestfriends.org/) .

Gus has such a solid look about him – I loved his substance, that confidant stance, his gentle but insistent gaze. And all that color – I’ve said it before, but brindles are just SO FUN to paint, with the blues and oranges and violets.

Originally I had Gus smaller on the board, to show off his lovely tuxedo marked chest. But that splash of white kept tearing my eyes away from his face. So I rubbed the whole thing out, and had at it again, positioning Gus and the composition so that all my marks would lead your eye to his face (see that line of pink highlight across his back? And the little light blue collar cradling his chin? And the dashes of orange strategically placed?).

Thanks, as always, for looking.
And for sharing these paintings with your friends and family.
I so enjoy meeting each and every one of you, and hearing your stories about what makes your dog or cat so very special.

Now I’m off for a little more painting on a larger canvas, and then I’ve gotta get myself cleaned up for a show opening this evening.
Talk to you tomorrow,
Kim

Kimberly Kelly Santini
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