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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Tuesday, August 21, 2007

“Katie’s Moustache,” 6x12, pet portrait in acrylic on canvasboard, $90. Inquiries to .

One glimpse of Katie’s face, and I was hooked. Not only did she fall into my beloved “black & white” category, but she came with a full moustache and doe-like eyes.

I first covered the canvas with a variety of blues and purples, using a (mixed) light green and pink for the highlights. (Right now my palette has been expanded to include the following: pthalo blue red, azurite hue, cad red dark, alizarine crimson, cad yellow dark, and then for graying/hazing out I use light green yellow and ultramarine purple.) I lighten with titanium white and darken with one of the blues and a touch of one of the reds.

As a side note, at this time last year I was really struggling with my limited palette (I went from about 60 pots of paint to 3), but I have lived the benefits – I am so much more familiar with what I can mix given just this handful of colors. My paintings are also more harmonious. And it’s easier to pick one up that’s been sitting around for a few weeks, and not have to struggle, trying to remember how I set my palette up for it. So, as much as I fought the whole limited palette concept, I am hooked now. I recommend it hands down – it’ll make you a smarter artist all around. Honest injun.

Last night at a beautiful opening party for the Michigan State Fair Fine Arts division I was honored with second place overall for my equine painting titled “Swish.” I also received recognition for last year’s painting “My Brother’s Keeper,” which earned a People’s Choice award. The Michigan State Fair is such an excellent venue for artists at all levels to share their work. I am even more excited to paint the dog-a-day piece live on Wednesday, August 29th, right there at the State Fair in the Community Arts Pavilion.

And I owe a thank you also to Beverly Beitler, who paid a quick visit today to tidy up all the details surrounding her Harley’s portrait (he modeled for “The Red Collar,” from last Tuesday). She took home the two Great Dane dog-a-day preliminary portrait studies that Harley inspired as well (April 5th and 20th). His Big Painting is going to be something else! I cannot wait to get going on it.

Thanks, as always, for looking.
And for sharing these paintings with your friends and family,
We’ll see you tomorrow!

Kimberly Kelly Santini
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