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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Friday, September 21, 2007

“Pointer Study (Bullwinkle),” 8” x 10”, pointer portrait in acrylic on canvasboard, private collection (or so I think – am waiting for confirmation from my client).

I did allow myself to venture into color more today than I have all week, but Bully’s portrait is a bit more restrained. I relied on directional brushwork and muted grays (well, I see them as pinks and lavendars and blues) to tell the story. And if you squint down at the painting, it reads dimensionally, which means I got my values correct.

So perhaps this working in black and white while concentrating on values is a good assignment.

It’s tough – I was wanting to put all sorts of reds and oranges into him, and really didn’t allow myself that luxury. Instead, the painting became about the moment Bully caught the scent, and the viewer is left holding their breath, waiting for the bird to get flushed.

I learned this evening that my body of work, three dog a days, which I submitted to the Southeastern Michigan Portrait Show, earned an honorable mention. Given the high quality of the exhibition, and the fact that there was only one other dog painting (the rest were all people), I’m very pleased with this recognition.

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

Kimberly Kelly Santini
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