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.

Monday, August 13, 2007



This is my booth from last Saturday’s Dog Days Event. It’s a far cry from the borrowed easels and ratty lawn chair I set up 4 years ago when participating for the first time! And I still see room for improvement, but this year at least my family room drapes were spared, as I had the tent walls!

Each time I do an event like this, I learn something new.

Like not to hang paintings below dog-hip-level unless I want another signature added.

Pack hand sanitizer to deal with the drool and other unmentionables.
Keep the spare dog biscuits sealed in a bin underneath the table – don’t just leave the box tucked beneath the cloth. Otherwise some prankster will make off with the whole mess of them.
Get contact information for everyone who’s dog I photograph. This means shooting photos single handedly while holding a notebook in the other hand and writing with a pencil gripped in my teeth.

What was this year’s lesson?

That the clever seeming duct tape hanging system (dog-a-day panels duct taped to the glass insert in poster size frames) didn’t work so well in 95+ degree weather. Every 10-15 minutes I was reattaching errant paintings to my two panels (I had them hung on opposite walls of the booth).

But, truly, there was so much eye candy outside my booth, I found many distractions and constant entertainment, so the duct tape ordeal was merely an annoyance.

Thank you to everyone who stopped by – I thoroughly enjoyed meeting you, meeting your dogs, hearing your stories, and sharing the beautiful day.

And congratulations to Captain Jack Sparrow, the sweetest little weimie pup ever to serve as Lake Orion’s Doggy Mayor. You will get to meet Jack when I paint his portrait in October.

There are even more wonderful paintings in the works, now, too!!
I promise you one tomorrow, so stay tuned.

Thanks, as always for looking.
And for sharing these postings and paintings with your friends and family,
Kim

Kimberly Kelly Santini
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& 4-legged paintings

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