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, October 08, 2007

ARTIST'S NOTE OCTOBER 17th, 2007: “Many Faces” has earned 1st place in the American Kennel Club Eukanaba National Championship Commemorative Poster Contest. The original has been purchased by the American Kennel Club, and will remain in their collection. Reproductions will be available for purchase at the AKC/Eukanaba National Championship Dog Show in Long Beach, California. For those of you unable to attend the event, purchases can also be made through the AKC online store. I’ll publish details as availability approaches.

Proceeds from the poster sales promote Take the Lead, a non profit foundation dedicated to providing direct services, support and care for all qualified participants in the sport of dogs who suffer from life threatening or terminal illnesses. This part is very serendipitous to me, as the dog-a-day project has always focused on and supported animal welfare and advocacy. To see it come full circle, now, and benefit those at the other end of the leash, well, it’s a good feeling.

Such an apropos honor for the Painting a Dog a Day’s 1st year…..

“Many Faces,” 18” x 22”, acrylic painting overtop giclee print on gallery wrapped canvas. This piece was created specifically for a national poster contest.

I built the underlying collage first in Adobe using jpgs of some of my favorite dog-a-day images from the past year (hard to believe it’s been one year!). I then had the collage printed on canvas (essentially a giclee print), which I sealed with several coats of fixative. Then I went back in over almost the entirety of the surface, repainting areas, and adding details or gestural brushwork to each face. Finally, a slightly textured layer of varnish was applied to seal and protect the surface.

The original will be available for purchase pending the jurying of the competition. Additionally, this collage will be available as a poster – if not through this competition (keep your fingers crossed for me), then through my website. I’ll let you know in a few weeks what the status is. As always, inquiries may come to me at .

Meanwhile, I am very pleased to announce the availability of note cards. I have two designs – the two most popular dog-a-day paintings – Jackpot, the square black lab face from September 28th, and Love Me, the silver tabby painting from September 12th.

Each design is available in packs of 10 5-1/2” x 4-1/4” cards with blank interiors. The cost is $12 plus shipping. I will offer a 10% discount on orders of 5 packs or more. Send inquiries and orders to .

Also, I cleaned out the studio this weekend, and decided for the first time ever to mark down canvases that I’ve had around for a bit. There is nothing wrong with these paintings – they simply haven’t found the right forever home yet. All of them have been exhibited, some even winning awards. You can view them here: . Please note, though, that they will only be available at these prices till the end of the year.

Thank you to new collector Darbye Stewert for her purchase of Kizzy’s portrait from the tail end of last week. When all the funds have come in, the dog-a-day project will have raised $1137 for animal welfare in just 6 months!! Thank you to everyone for keeping that number ever-growing.

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

Kimberly Kelly Santini
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