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.

Wednesday, September 19, 2007



“Sasha’s Smile,” 4x8, shihtzu pet portrait in acrylic on canvasboard. Inquiries to ksantini@turtledovedesigns.com .

In class last night, I learned that relying on photographs as much as I do has been holding me back from capturing the nuances of light. That I need to do more paintings from life, so that I can study light and how it bounces. Well, at least, that was my homework.

Which, in my real life terms, translates to 100 dog a days of couch potatoes and sunbathers.

That would get a little boring, wouldn’t it?

But what you will see is an occasional interjection of dog ephemera. A milkbone, or collar tags, for example. I want to get a couple of these still lives under my belt first, so that I’m a little more comfortable sharing (I do make a lot of bad paintings – you should see this ridiculous still life from last night – it’s embarrassing – and I am not ready to post my still lives quite yet – but I WILL get there, honest.)

So, also in line with last night’s class, my instructor asked me to concentrate on value ranges. I thought I would try my hand at a couple black and white dogs over the next few days. This will force me to study their values (ie grays), and not focus so much on color, as I am apt to do.

Hence Sasha here. I haven’t had a chance to shoot a jpg over to my client yet today, so this painting might be sold. Still, if you are interested, send me a line – I do keep track of people’s interests, and try to connect with them when situations change.

Like with Peyton, the German Shepherd youngster from August 30th, who is back on the market. Somebody contacted me over the summer with an interest in german shepherd paintings, but I’ll be darned if I can find their name in my files…….. I have a tough time with filing. And apparently with still life painting, too. J

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

Kimberly Kelly Santini
http://www.turtledovedesigns.com/
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