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
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Tuesday, August 14, 2007

If you could only see my studio - I’m getting caught up in that end-of-summer rush, putting finishing touches on a number of canvases that need to be sent off to their respective venues in the coming weeks. There are literally stacks of them against the walls, up on shelves, precariously perched on every flat surface, spilling out of the studio and into the other rooms of the house. I have the best intentions, starting things early, allowing myself all sorts of time to complete the pieces before they are due. But life happens, and I get sidetracked with a zillion other things, and I’m usually caught delivering my work at the last possible minute, sometimes even wet (which is a huge no-no for those readers who happen to be artists – please don’t live by my example!).

Today’s painting is one that has sat for a little bit too long (although not nearly as long as some of my others!). It’s one of my new works that will be showcased in a group invitational exhibition at Margot’s Gallery in Oxford, Michigan during October 2007. A fire got lit under my butt when I was asked to provide some digital images of the work that will be part of that show, so that the marketing materials can be designed and printed. I couldn’t very well send them jpegs of unfinished paintings!!

If you remember an earlier installment of this same piece (from July 27th), you’ll remember my opinion that black and white is never just black and white. I was even considering titling this piece “Black and White.”

And while my intent had been to strip a little more color from the final version that what I’m giving you here, I just couldn’t do it. And trust me – I’ve spent a good amount of time today glazing overtop of some bright oranges and greens and violets, pushing them back so that the piece has a little more self restraint. It’s a good lesson for me, to work on muted harmonies, but it’s a tough one, as I just love to load my brushes up with saturated colors!

So I present you with “The Red Collar,” (inspired by Harley), 14” x 24”, a harlequin great dane pet portrait in acrylic on gallery stretched canvas, $760. This piece will be available for purchase through Margot’s Gallery come September 29th, 2007. Inquiries may come to Margot at .

Thanks, as always, for looking.
And for sharing these paintings with your friends and family,
See you tomorrow!

Kimberly Kelly Santini
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