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, September 17, 2007



"Zoey (Llaso Apso Study)," 8 x 8, commissioned llaso apso pet portrait in acrylic on canvasboard, private collection (thank you!). This painting photographed a little lighter than it is in real life - there is a lot of depth in the right side where the silky fur lies in highlight.

I started my new class last week, and the teacherwas singing the praises of some different colors, so I thought I'd give them an unofficial try-out today. I substituted cadmium red light and cadmium yellow light for my usual dark versions. I wasn't really happy with them at first - change at even the most basic level is hard for me to deal with - but I kept on plugging along. I cheated and went back to my usual palette, just to get the familair depth and darkness in Zoey's eyes. But I kept to it, added some ultramarine blue (another one of my instructor's favorites) and found that once I got used to the cooler tones in the cadmium yellow light, that I was able to make them work in Zoey's fur.

AND I could see immediately how this shift in palette could equate to better flesh tones in my human portraiture, which was one of my main goals with this course!!

Thank you very much to new collector Anita Osborn for her purchase of last Thursday's painting "Ragamuffin."
And thank you also to returning clients JoAnne and Chip Little, who have added Friday's "Pick Me" to their collection.
We had a completely sold out Shelter & Rescue week, with these two final purchases firmly placing Shelter & Rescue donations past $900, in just 5 months time! Think about how many tails are wagging because of that one, and you're bound to retire with a grin tonight!

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

Kimberly Kelly Santini
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