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.

Saturday, December 22, 2007

I haven't posted in the last week, but I have been busy in the studio. I installed a new accounting program, have been slowly revamping my websites, got through the stack of paperwork on my desk (which was quite a feat, if you could have seen my desk!), finished a larger portrait, and got considerable work done on two others. And I've also been working on my entries for next years' Art Show at the Dog Show in Wichita, Kansas.

For those of you unfamiliar with this exhibition, it is the only juried art show in the United States that is devoted exclusively to canine art. You can see several years' history of the award winning pieces on line at And while I have had work in the exhibition, I have not won a prize. To date. I remain an optimist.

So one of my goals this last week has been to develop new pieces for this show, and I have plenty of beautiful source material thanks to the dog-a-day project. I've gotten two paintings completed, a third one that I still need to tweak a little bit, and a fourth concept that I haven't gotten to - yet.

Here's one of the paintings. Titled "Flirt," it is a little terrier named Flirt who I met at the AKC Eukanaba National Dog Show Championships in California earlier this month. I was immediately drawn to her expression (along with her partner in crime, Boss), and shot a huge variety of photos of the two of them. This painting is 6x8, acrylic on canvasboard.

I especially like the abstract patterning in this composition, and the circular design. To solidify those elements, I chose a triad of color - orange, violet, and cyan. (I can remember a lesson from one of my mentors several years ago, where she talked about particular color theories and how the proper selection of color will accentuate the composition, and I could not process it - I was not learned enough to understand the concept.)

So the next step is that I submit slides of my work to the show committee, and they choose from the pool of artsts' the strongest works. After I receive the jury's results, I will either place the painting on the market (if she doesn't make the show), or I will ship her off to Wichita, where she will be available for purchase through the Art Show at the Dog Show. Either way, I promise to keep you up-to-date. And if you are interested in purchasing "Flirt," drop me a line - .

And meanwhile, I've got to get going on my other 4th idea, to see how it translates to paint. I can send 4 entries for the price of 1, so I might as well maximize my opportunity here.

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Thanks, as always, for looking. And for sharing these paintings with your family and friends.
Have a wonderful holiday!!

PS The Painting a Dog a Day project will remain on vacation until January 7th, 2008. I will be posting intermittantly between now and then, but will continue to check my email daily, and respond to any requests.

Kimberly Kelly Santini
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