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.

Tuesday, October 23, 2007

“Naboo,” 5x7, commissioned pet portrait in acrylic on canvasboard. I believe Naboo is sold, but I haven’t yet received confirmation from my client. Any inquiries, as always, may come to me at .


Yes, today’s painting is another poodle, this time an apricot color, shyly peeking from the depths of a strawberry patch. Edges are all important here. For a small scale piece, there is a lot of contrast and varied brushwork happening. Keeping the edges crisp and tight around the eyes and nose keep the viewer from getting overwhelmed.

This painting was done with the same palette as yesterdays. I’m using much more white than I used to, tinting my colors with that instead of yellow (if you look at my pieces 2+ years ago, I was working only in glazes, and tinted with lemon yellow instead of white). I think that using the white allows me to achieve a nice variety of softer values, whereas the yellow was hyping saturation and minimizing the perception of value. To the non artist, this means more realistic depth, and a higher quality of nuance between similar shades/colors.

It’s always fascinating to me, to look back at my older work. I usually find something I would do differently, even though I thought the piece was spot on when I finished it. Guess that means I’m growing and learning all the time.

My thoughts and prayers are with all of my readers who are experiencing Mother Nature at her worst. I hope that you, your family, friends, and furred companions remain safe and secure until this mess of flooding, drought, and wildfires sorts itself out.

Thanks, as always, for looking.
And for sharing these paintings with your friends and family.
See you tomorrow. With yet another poodle – this one white.

Kimberly Kelly Santini
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