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.

Thursday, August 16, 2007

“(Not So) Spaz,” 6x8, mixed breed pet portrait in acrylic on canvasboard, private collection (thank you!).

Spaz is a husky-border collie (?) mix who has finally, at 14 years of age, outgrown her well-earned name.

I was excited to paint her fur – the combination of the shorter hairs that lay tightly against her muzzle and eyes and then graduated out to the longer wispier edges that frame her face. I mixed three pools of glazes in various shades of red-violet, blue, and blue violet, and used multiple brushes to layer the strokes and color. Adding a bit of orange and red into the eyes was the final touch.

I need to send out a belated thank you to Barbara Pope, who found two dog-a-day paintings in the archives to add to her purchase of “Pasha’s Eyes” from the other week. What a nice package you’ll get next week, Barbara!

The Painting a Dog a Day blog ( is searchable by keywords. I tried to make it simple by using breed names and designations like “mixed breed” or “available”. The search tool is in the uppermost left edge of the gray frame of the blog window.

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

Kimberly Kelly Santini
distinctive pet portraits
& 4-legged paintings
come. sit. stay.
enjoy the art.

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