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
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Friday, November 02, 2007


“Sandy and Shelby,” 8x16, commissioned portrait of two Italian grayhounds, private collection (thank you!).

I’ve broken a couple of my rules with this painting.

The obvious being including two faces on one canvas.
And a second one – working from a reference photo that is purely black and white.

Now the client has provided me with supplemental photos of each of the dogs, so I have a sense of their natural coloring. But I’m working on laying in the colors using supposed knowledge in my head – how a silvery coat turns to blue and lavender in the light, and the various hues apparent in a fawn dog with black points. It’s been a good experience, but one that’s taken me a couple of days. And one, I fear, that has led into a rather exuberant exaggeration of color. But it’s been fun, nevertheless.

This painting is subject to additional changes, based on the clients’ feedback. So I’ll most likely be continuing to pick away at it in the background next week. It promises to be a continued excellent exercise in decision making, though.

A warm thank you, also, to Ellen Gray for her purchase of yesterday’s lighthearted painting of the dragonfly hunt.

And thanks to all of my readers, as always, for your time.
I appreciate you forwarding and sharing my paintings – it’s always a treat to hear from a friend of a friend!!
Enjoy your weekends, and we’ll see you come Monday (it’ll be Paws with a Cause week – stay tuned!!) –
Kim


Kimberly Kelly Santini
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