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.

You may use the links below right to receive my daily paintings via email or to follow my blog with a feed. I post additional info, including in-process jpgs and other related information, on the studio Facebook page as well.

Meanwhile, thanks
so much for your continued support of my artwork.

Tuesday, July 31, 2007


“Bullwinkle,” 6”x8”, pointer mix pet portrait in acrylic on canvasboard, private collection (again, thank you!).

Bullwinkle, the partner in crime to yesterday’s Rocky, is another playful soul. I painted him with a toy firmly in his mouth, inviting the viewer to start a game of tug-of-war.

I neglected to mention last night that both yesterday’s and today’s (and Mon-Thur of last week’s) paintings qualified for a contribution to the Best Friends Animal Sanctuary in Kenab, Utah. To date, the Painting a Dog a Day project has raised over $150 for this group, and that amount will continue to climb during the coming weeks as I complete commissioned dog-a-day portraits resulting from the July feature article in Best Friends Magazine. My goal is to ultimately raise $1000 for the shelter – and we are well on track!! Thank you to all the kind souls who are on board!

Best Friends Animal Sanctuary will continue to be the featured shelter throughout August (I’m looking for a few more muses, if you happen to have an animal you’ve adopted from there, let me know!) – any commissioned dog-a-day portraits resulting from the aforementioned feature article will result in 20% of the paintings’ sale price being donated back to BFAS. In September, I will focus on the Oakland County (MI) Animal Control Shelter. Any commissioned dog-a-day portraits booked during September 2007 featuring animals adopted from Oakland County Animal Control will qualify for a 20% donation returned to the shelter.

Setting up a commission is not tough at all – in fact, it’s pretty basic – you submit photos (digitally to ksantini@turtledovedesigns.com, snail mail to 346 N Anderson, Lake Orion, MI 48362), and wait your turn. It requires a bit more patience than in the past – I’m booked through late February 2008. But I do have the occasional slot reserved here and there, and sometimes a client isn’t ready with their photos, and I can slide a quick request in. And if the demand requires, I will “double up” dog a days from November 1st through December 15th, to better accommodate holiday requests. (Just please consider yourself forewarned, because even these doubled slots are going fast).

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



Kimberly Kelly Santini
http://www.turtledovedesigns.com/
distinctive pet portraits
& 4-legged paintings

http://www.paintingadogaday.com/
come. sit. stay.
enjoy the art.

Founding member of the Canine Art Guild
http://www.canineartguild.com/
the gateway to canine art on the web

Monday, July 30, 2007



“Rocky,” 6” x 12”, weimereiner pet portrait in acrylic on canvasboard, private collection (THANK YOU!).

It’s not often that I fit more than head and shoulders into a dog a day painting, but with Rocky, I felt as though I had no choice. As all weimies go, she’s constantly on the go, playful and goofy as all getup. The reference photo of her stopping mid backscratch to taunt the viewer with a little eye contact was just too good to pass up!

Lots of transparent glazes here, to accentuate the blue-pink quality of Rocky’s fur and skin. I used a similar color for the background, just a little yellower of a shade, to separate it from her body but still fall within the general color scheme. And I relied equally on the power of various lines as I did on modeling/shading the dog’s shape.

For me, this painting carries a 5 star “grin” factor, even though I might go back into it tomorrow and throw another wash of pale green overtop the grass, and add some pale blue highlights to the ground. (yes, that’s breaking my rules of leaving the painting alone after posting it, but rules are made to be broken, aren’t they?!). It’s late, and this one is still very wet, and if I want to post by midnight, I need to call a stop to things for now!!

On a sadder note, I wanted to share that Shadow’s remains were found this weekend (the lab mix featured as a dog-a-day on June 27th). He was hit by a car; it is suspected the same night that he disappeared. As sad of an outcome as this is, there is consolation in knowing that he did not suffer (it was, thankfully, quick) or wander, lost and confused, for days at a time. It was touching how many of you emailed over the last month, asking for updates, and sharing your support for his safe journey home. I know that has helped his family through a difficult time.

Thanks, as always, for looking.
And for sharing these paintings with your friends and family,
Will see you tomorrow (with Rocky’s partner in crime, Bullwinkle, in tow),
Kim

Kimberly Kelly Santini
http://www.turtledovedesigns.com/
distinctive pet portraits
& 4-legged paintings

http://www.paintingadogaday.com/
come. sit. stay.
enjoy the art.

Founding member of the Canine Art Guild
http://www.canineartguild.com/
the gateway to canine art on the web

Friday, July 27, 2007


This is a larger canvas, 14” high by 24” wide, and it’s still very much in progress. Not even yet titled (“The Red Collar” and “Black and White” are two possibilities). The inspiration is a gorgeous great dane, “Harley,” who I met back in the spring, when I shot several hundred photos in preparation for a commissioned portrait.

You’ve met Harley already, too, in a couple of dog-a-day portraits, back in April (the 5th and the 20th).

As happens when I’m on these photo shoots, I find myself discovering ideas inspired by the animals’ personality or their surroundings – often completly separate from the client’s portrait wants. (Muses are haunting every corner, it seems, and they don’t always restrain themselves to the current subject or goal – for instance those gray tabby brothers that couldn’t keep their noses off my camera lens and the wheaten colored Scottie with his foot fetish.)

But in his household, Harley ruled my inspiration pool with a gentlemanly manner. It was The Harley Show, made perfectly clear as he stretched himself across the foyer rug during introductions. I had barely gotten in the door when I was already composing in my head – the curve of his body against the circular rug, a study in pattern and texture and harmony between the grays and neutrals.

This piece has come about as a result of that moment. It’s destined for a couple of different exhibitions, if I can get it finished in the next few weeks!

And because I know the questions will be coming – Harley’s more formal gallery stretched portraits (we’re doing both a full body piece and a head and shoulders painting) are in the early concept development stages, where the client and I are sharing ideas and sketches. You can watch the portrait develop at http://www.turtledovedesigns.com/, under “wet paint.”

Thanks, as always, for looking.
And for sharing these paintings with friends and family,
Enjoy your weekend!Kim

Kimberly Kelly Santini
http://www.turtledovedesigns.com/
distinctive pet portraits
& 4-legged paintings

http://www.paintingadogaday.com/
come. sit. stay.
enjoy the art.

Founding member of the Canine Art Guild
http://www.canineartguild.com/
the gateway to canine art on the web

Thursday, July 26, 2007



“Little Jessie,” 4x8, mixed breed pet portrait in acrylic on canvasboard, private collection (thank you!).

This is Jessie, who’s lineage could possibly include lab and a little beagle. She has a smoky quality to her golden fur, and distinctive dark eye liner.

I blocked her in with the typical yellow lab coloring (cadmium yellow dark and cadmium red dark tinted with titanium white and a smidge of green gold), but then added some blue (pthalo) and green (gold) glazes overtop when it was all still wet. Then I drybrushed the entire surface, eliminating all my edges, but leaving her blurry shape. At this point I also make certain that all the little “pockets” in the board are filled with color – that’s one less detail I need to worry about later.

Once that layer dried, I went back in and laid down more generic shapes, starting with a careful redrawing of the edges. I gradually push the shadows deeper and pull the highlights forward, allowing the brushwork to model the form.

And I spend a good amount of time on the eyes next, building color, depth and personality into them. When the painting is able to look back and me, that’s when I hit my groove, and the rest of the details slide right into place.

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



Kimberly Kelly Santini
http://www.turtledovedesigns.com/
distinctive pet portraits
& 4-legged paintings

http://www.paintingadogaday.com/
come. sit. stay.
enjoy the art.

Founding member of the Canine Art Guild
http://www.canineartguild.com/
the gateway to canine art on the web

Wednesday, July 25, 2007



“Love Me (Hayden),” 8” x 8”, lab mix puppy portrait in acrylic on canvasboard, private collection. Another thank you goes out to a Best Friends Magazine reader for commissioning Hayden’s portrait, and sharing her story with me.

Hayden had a rough start to life – at a mere 5 weeks, she was the first of her litter to be thrown out of a moving car onto the highway. Her foster family fell in love (how could anyone resist this face?!), and a year later Hayden leads a happy, healthy and permanent life with them. Still a little timid, she’s not one for car rides, but who can forgive her? Goes to show that with love and understanding, just about anything can be healed.

With respect to commissioning your own dog-a-day portrait, I have a few slots left for the holidays, but essentially am booked through February of 2008.

If you are interested in commissioning a dog-a-day portrait of your own, and want to lock in the current pricing (ranging from $50 to 160), I need your commitment prior to next Tuesday. Due to unprecedented demand and the projects’ popularity, I will be raising the dog-a-day prices as of August 1st. This increase will only impact newly created works – paintings already completed will remain as priced.

I will not be changing my shelter and rescue support policy. If your commission subject hails from one of my partner shelters or rescues (through the end of August 2007 the shelter is Best Friends Animal Sanctuary**) I will continue to donate 20% of the sales back to the shelter/rescue.

I also am looking for 2 muses hailing from Best Friends to round out August’s Shelter & Rescue Week (the week of August 6th). Feel free to spread the word.

Thanks, as always, for looking. And for forwarding these paintings and stories to friends and family.
See you tomorrow,
Kim

**During the first full week of each month, I feature a new group of shelters and rescues. It’s called, strangely enough, Shelter & Rescue Week. Those weeks’ paintings profile animals hailing from the partner shelters/rescues. Proceeds from the sale of those paintings go right back to the host shelters/rescues. Additionally, if you commission a portrait of an animal hailing from a partner shelter/rescue during the month it is featured, 20% of your paintings’ cost is returned to the host shelter/rescue. This policy applies to portraits commissioned during the same month the shelter/rescue is profiled – the commissioned paintings do not necessarily have to be completed during that month.



Kimberly Kelly Santini
http://www.turtledovedesigns.com/
distinctive pet portraits
& 4-legged paintings

http://www.paintingadogaday.com/
come. sit. stay.
enjoy the art.

Founding member of the Canine Art Guild
http://www.canineartguild.com/
the gateway to canine art on the web


“Cowboy,” 6” x 8”, commissioned Pomeranian pet portrait in acrylic on canvasboard, private collection (thank you!). Proceeds from the sale of Cowboy’s portrait will be donated to Best Friends Animal Sanctuary (I believe our BFAS tab is currently somewhere around $100, after just one week!).

Doing this whole dog-a-day thing is incredibly fun, but it can also be a bit sobering. I had every intention of painting Cowboy earlier in the day, but one thing happened after another, and before I knew it, I was in the throes of preparing a dinner party. You see, my favorite aunt and uncle are in town, and it was our turn to entertain. Nothing fancy – just wiffle ball with the kids, some bar-b-qued ribs, a nice bottle of wine and apple pie a la mode.

Of course, there was the high point, when the kids drug out a so-called Elvis Presley signature they found months ago in the attic of my brother’s house, and Uncle George had them going for a bit, thinking the autograph was worth a couple of bills. It was highly entertaining – far more so than the trick nickel that Uncle George used to move around his house when I was a kid – one would think that we would eventually clue in that any loose change on his floor was not as it would appear. In my defense, I was only 10. But I’d probably still fall for it 30+ years later, too. And I wouldn’t put it past him to have planted one tonite somewhere in our house, either!

Anyways, after a night that couldn’t have been any more perfect, we wound things up, waved goodbye to our dinner guests, and tucked some exhausted kids into bed (where they will dream of spending the millions they’ll earn on ebay from selling this autograph).

And it was then that I realized my night was literally just beginning. Cowboy was waiting patiently in the studio.

Thankfully there were some still warm dregs of coffee, and a sliver of pie left.

Not to insinuate that Cowboy got the shaft because I had a busy day (come on, this is the same dog who, when taken into the euthanasia room at the shelter, stood on his hind legs, and clapped his paws together, all the while flashing that famous Pomeranian smile – Cowboy simply will not accept anything close to the shaft!).

He essentially lucked out in the end, because I cranked my ipod and slid into the painting groove (it’s almost like meditation). He practically fell off my brushes. It doesn’t always work this way, but the more miles I get under my brush (I’m coining a favorite expression from one of my mentors), the more often it does happen.

This has to be one of my all time favorite dog-a-days – the abstract composition (squint down and you’ll see it), the expression on his face, the loose brushwork, the edges, the color. It all comes together nicely in a good-sized package that matches Cowboy perfectly.

And while it might technically be darned close to Wednesday in my time zone, it remains Tuesday in other parts of the world. J So I’m still on track with my dog-a-day commitment.

Now I’m off to see if I can slide that new Harry Potter book out from under my 12 year old’s pillow. The coffee’s kicked in, and I might be able to get a chapter or two down before I crash.

Thanks, as always, for looking. And for passing these dog-a-day emails around to interested friends and family.
If your evening was 1/2 as fun as mine, you have a mighty fine life.
See you tomorrow,
Kim

Kimberly Kelly Santini
http://www.turtledovedesigns.com/
distinctive pet portraits
& 4-legged paintings

http://www.paintingadogaday.com/
come. sit. stay.
enjoy the art.

Founding member of the Canine Art Guild
http://www.canineartguild.com/
the gateway to canine art on the web

Monday, July 23, 2007


“Such a Lady (Amy),” 8x10, acrylic mixed breed pet portrait on canvasboard, private collection (thank you!).

This painting was a long time in the making. I kept painting it, then backing away, and not seeing enough contrast. There are all sorts of lovely light blues and lavenders and greens in Amy’s underbelly and chest, and I simply wasn’t building enough contrast into them. And with the humidity today, the glazes took their sweet ole time drying, so that extended everything as well.

But I love the halos in Amy’s spots, and they are a fun treat to paint – doing them up in lighter tones, gradually building to their darker centers. The trick, for me, to painting animals with these sorts of markings, is to paint their basic body shape first, and model that with the shadows, midtones, and highlights, and then go into that with the spots and other markings at the very end. You also need to balance those smaller brush marks between all the values – not just the lightest or the darkest. Pull some darker hairs into the lighter areas and vice versa.

Then a couple of bolder strokes of color, just because.

And our little lady’s portrait is finished.

This painting is a study of sorts for a larger piece. You can always watch my larger canvases develop at http://www.turtledovedesigns.com/, where the works in process are featured on the wet paint page.

I need to thank Danielle Zoladkiewicz, who after some debate, opted to purchase all four of her dog’s portraits from last week (Cookie in the Snow, Lip Smackin’, Husky Eyes and Sniff).

Thanks as always for looking.
And for sharing these paintings with your friends and family.
And for sharing your special dogs with me – I continue to get deluged with photos and stories, and I’m loving reading all of them, and meeting new faces. I cannot wait to bring them back to each of you, the dog-a-day readers!
We’ll see you tomorrow,
Kim

Kimberly Kelly Santini
http://www.turtledovedesigns.com/
distinctive pet portraits
& 4-legged paintings

http://www.paintingadogaday.com/
come. sit. stay.
enjoy the art.

Founding member of the Canine Art Guild
http://www.canineartguild.com/
the gateway to canine art on the web

Friday, July 20, 2007



“Sniff…. (William),” 8” square, pit bull mix pet portrait in acrylic on canvasboard, $80. Inquiries to ksantini@turtledovedesigns.com .
SOLD.

This piece sort of painted itself, which sometimes happens. My reference photo had an eager look to it, and my subconscious picked up on that, lifting William’s chin just a little more, pushing his muzzle gently into the viewers face. When I realized what I had done, I then went back into the rest of the painting with a stiff dry brush, and scrubbed the other edges all away, to further accentuate his gesture.

The sunlit side of his muzzle photographed very flat, but there are some beautiful subtle nuances of apricots and pinks in there. Honest.

Now this painting is the final piece of the four “under consideration” by my client. And it’s eventual sale, like the sales of the other three (Monday’s “Cookie in the Snow,” Wednesday’s “Lip Smackin’,” and yesterday’s “Husky Eyes”) will result in donations made to the Best Friends Animal Sanctuary in Kanab Utah.

Keep in mind that anytime you see a painting you like that has already found a home, I’ll be happy to create something similar, even starring your own dog (or cat or horse or guinea pig or whatever!). Inquiries and photo references can always come to me at ksantini@turtledovedesigns.com .

Also, I feel compelled to mention that the dog-a-day paintings are booked through mid-November 2007. If you are considering commissioning a dog-a-day portrait as a holiday gift (it sounds absurd to me to suggest this in July!) contact me asap to arrange scheduling.

Thanks, as always, for looking, and for sharing these paintings with your friends and family.
Enjoy the weekend,
Kim

Kimberly Kelly Santini
http://www.turtledovedesigns.com/
distinctive pet portraits
& 4-legged paintings

http://www.paintingadogaday.com/
come. sit. stay.
enjoy the art.

Founding member of the Canine Art Guild
http://www.canineartguild.com/
the gateway to canine art on the web

Thursday, July 19, 2007

I have gotten a few private emails lately from Painting a Dog a Day subscribers who haven't been getting their daily messages. Some thought the project had discontinued - absolutely not!!

As Google Groups maintains the subscriber mailing list and sends out those daily emails, I have contacted them and asked for assistance in troubleshooting this problem.

Meanwhile, I apologize for the inconvenience. It's amazing how quickly technology becomes a given, and when it goes haywire, it's suddenly a huge pain in the you know what!

My goal is to get this corrected asap!!

So those subscribers who aren't subscribing, please accept my apologies for having to check the blog daily. I truly hope this is resolved quickly!

Thanks again,
Kim


“Husky Eyes (Sheba),” 5x7, husky pet portrait in acrylic on canvasboard, $60. Inquiries to ksantini@turtledovedesigns.com .

SOLD.

I love the masks that huskys wear, and since I’ll be making a zillion of them today (see below), I thought this image would be a fitting way to start things off!

Now I’m off to our local library, where I’ll be leading two children’s classes. Initially we were going to decorate the sidewalks around the library with an animal parade of sidewalk chalk, but as there apparently will be thunderstorms rolling in, we’ll have to shift to Plan B: A banner depicting an animal parade. And, of course, animal masks for all the participants.

Enjoy your evenings, whatever they might involve, whether it’s a roll or two of thunder or some quiet time with a book.

And thanks, as always, for looking, and sharing these paintings with your friends and family,
Kim

Kimberly Kelly Santini
http://www.turtledovedesigns.com/
distinctive pet portraits
& 4-legged paintings

http://www.paintingadogaday.com/
come. sit. stay.
enjoy the art.

Founding member of the Canine Art Guild
http://www.canineartguild.com/
the gateway to canine art on the web

Wednesday, July 18, 2007


“Lip Smackin’ (Murphy),” 4” x 5”, bichon mix pet portrait in acrylic on canvasboard, $50. Inquiries to ksantini@turtledovedesigns.com .

SOLD.

Yesterday I said today’s piece would be a commission, and in a sense it is. However, my client, who’s sent in multiple candidates for the dog-a-day project, has asked if she could reserve her “first dibs” until all 4 were completed (Monday’s “Cookie in the Snow” is part of the package). It seemed like a reasonable request to me.

But I’m not certain how to handle the logistics, being as I am committed to posting daily, and it’s not fair to post something as available for purchase when it maybe isn’t. So I’ll start a wait list for anyone interested in “Lip Smackin’” or “Cookie in the Snow,” (along with tomorrow and Friday’s paintings) and I’ll let you know by Saturday whether any of these little guys will be coming to live at your house!!

Thanks, as always, for looking,
And for sharing these paintings with your friends and family,
Kim

Kimberly Kelly Santini
http://www.turtledovedesigns.com/
distinctive pet portraits
& 4-legged paintings

http://www.paintingadogaday.com/
come. sit. stay.
enjoy the art.

Founding member of the Canine Art Guild
http://www.canineartguild.com/
the gateway to canine art on the web

Tuesday, July 17, 2007


“In Flight,” 8” x 16”, (my) Australian cattle dog/blue heeler portrait in acrylic on canvasboard, $160. I’m really tempted to keep this piece for myself, but being as I have what seems like two dozen paintings of Finnigan already and can always paint him again when the mood strikes, inquiries may come to ksantini@turtledovedesigns.com .

SOLD.

People always comment on how disciplined and organized I must be in order to pull off the whole Painting a Dog a Day project, but then days like this one roll around, where I am busy scrambling to get various show applications completed by their deadline, and then, “DUH!”, realizing that I haven’t finished my entries for an online show that I’m coordinating. So that’s what you get today – my third and final entry for the Canine Art Guild’s “Dogs Just Wanna Have Fun” online exhibition (scheduled to “open” on August 1st).

Among a few other neuroses, Finnigan has a serious Frisbee disorder. Thankfully there’s a horde of willing neighbor kids who love to toss it for him, and when they tire, we just turn on the sprinkler, and let Finn herd the water droplets. (In the wintertime, exercising him becomes a bit more grueling, as he loves to leap through shovelfuls of wet snow thrown into the air).

I’d been wanting to paint him stretched out and in the air, but until recently, had been unable to capture that moment with my camera. I had no idea which direction his legs went or any of that good stuff without any sort of reference to use as a starting point.

And today there was no raw umber in my palette – I wanted my colors stronger and cleaner. A different sort of tone altogether when you compare yesterday’s painting to today’s – even though both dogs are essentially black, the paintings have entirely different moods because of the colors.

Tomorrow we’re back to commissioned dog-a-days. If you are interested in commissioning your own dog-a-day painting, please send photos via email (ksantini@turtledovedesigns.com) or snail (346 N Anderson, Lake Orion, MI 48362 – note that snailed photos will be returned with painting purchased – if you are not planning on purchasing the painting, please include a SASE).

Thanks, as always, for looking.
And for sharing these paintings with your friends and family.
Now I’m off to play Frisbee for a bit myself!
Kim

Kimberly Kelly Santini
http://www.turtledovedesigns.com/
distinctive pet portraits
& 4-legged paintings

http://www.paintingadogaday.com/
come. sit. stay.
enjoy the art.

Founding member of the Canine Art Guild
http://www.canineartguild.com/
the gateway to canine art on the web

Monday, July 16, 2007


“Cookie in the Snow,” 6x8, lab mix pet portrait in acrylic on canvasboard, private collection (thank you!).

While working late last night on a new canvas, I accidentally discovered a fabulous new palette combination. I thought I’d try it out again in the light of day to see if it was truly as exciting as I thought in the wee hours. And it was.

I introduced raw umber to my palette last night because I wanted my colors on that particular painting to be muted, yet still have a depth to their undertones. One can do this anytime by adding a touch of the colors’ compliment - that pushes your saturation back – but it can also flatten out the density of the color. What I found with the raw umber was that it deadened the saturation without chalking or muddying (yeah, that probably doesn’t make any sense at all to those of you who aren’t painters!). It was an exciting revelation, though.

When mixed with cad yellow dark, the raw umber created a warm and subtle glow. When that combination was tinted with pthalo blue, it became a richly dense shadow. And when glazed overtop with cadmium red, there was that beautiful warmth one sees in a brindled coat.

So there’s the history behind this latest color discovery of mine!

Cookie is the first of many portraits to come in the weeks ahead who’s sale benefits the Best Friends Animal Sanctuary in Kanab, Utah. Proceeds from the sale of Cookie’s painting will further support their efforts at providing quality of life and a second chance to the variety of animals they shelter and rehabilitate. In the weeks to come, I will see if I can’t figure out how to create a space on the Painting a Dog a Day website (www.paintingadogaday.com) as well as the project blog (www.paintingadogaday.blogspot.com) to track the dollars being raised in support of shelter and rescues through Dog a Day sales.

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

Kim

Kimberly Kelly Santini
http://www.turtledovedesigns.com/
distinctive pet portraits
& 4-legged paintings

http://www.paintingadogaday.com/
come. sit. stay.
enjoy the art.

Founding member of the Canine Art Guild
http://www.canineartguild.com/
the gateway to canine art on the web

Friday, July 13, 2007




“Symmetry (Border Collie Study),” 8” square, border collie portrait in acrylic on canvasboard. Inquiries to ksantini@turtledovedesigns.com .

I always enjoying painting subjects that are black and white, because, as I shared earlier this week, black isn’t really black. And therefore, in my skewed world, white isn’t really white, either.

I found inspiration for “Symmetry” from a host of sources, and took various elements from different dogs in my coffer of reference materials to create today’s painting. It practically sings with color – all sorts of blues and greens and oranges. And as a final quirky touch, I repainted one eye pale blue.

I also played with abstractions here – practically splitting the canvas in 1/2 between black and white, but using directional brushwork and contrast within those areas to keep your eye moving and the painting balanced.

Thank you to returning client Judy Kroon, who purchased yesterday’s painting “Incognito.” That little piece could have sold 4 times over – I wish I had the time to whip out a handful of copies for each of you! (But hold on, because there are plans in the works to re-issue some of my favorite dog-a-day paintings as notecards and other items – stay tuned!)

Another thank you to Judy Woodfill, who returned after only a couple of days to add three more pieces to her collection!

And shame on me, but a belated thanks to another returning collector, Anna Hong, who purchased a tortie painting at the beginning of my vacation, which I totally flaked on marking sold.

And thanks, as always, for looking.
And for sharing these paintings with your friends and family,
Kim

Kimberly Kelly Santini
http://www.turtledovedesigns.com/
distinctive pet portraits
& 4-legged paintings

http://www.paintingadogaday.com/
come. sit. stay.
enjoy the art.

Founding member of the Canine Art Guild
http://www.canineartguild.com/
the gateway to canine art on the web

Thursday, July 12, 2007


“Incognito,” 4” x 5”, mixed breed pet portrait in acrylic on canvasboard, $50. Inquiries to ksantini@turtledovedesigns.com .
SOLD.

This seemed like an appropo image for a summer’s day. The trickiest part for me was painting the glasses with just the right shade of polarization. First I had them too orange, then they were too blue and dark and not transparent at all. I just kept rubbing them out, and giving it another try. Eventually they worked out well, and then I was able to do the rest of the painting – the nose and the fringey hair.

(Just a note – This is a tiny little painting, and those white specks are the actual weave of the canvasboard.)

Hope everyone is enjoying these longer days, and getting to kick back just a little bit themselves. This dog seems to have it nailed!

Thank you to returning collector Kelly Dally for purchasing yesterday’s Shar-pei painting.

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

Kimberly Kelly Santini
http://www.turtledovedesigns.com/
distinctive pet portraits
& 4-legged paintings

http://www.paintingadogaday.com/
come. sit. stay.
enjoy the art.

Founding member of the Canine Art Guild
http://www.canineartguild.com/
the gateway to canine art on the web


“Sleeping Shar-pei (Raisin),” 6” x 12”, Shar-pei puppy portrait in acrylic on canvasboard, $80. Inquiries to ksantini@turtledovedesigns.com .
SOLD.

I thought of titling this one “Squished,” which is a bit how Raisin looks painted, although in reality he was all relaxed while snoozing. I loved this pose and angle, especially the contrast between those tender puppy pads and that big ole’ wet pink nose (which I understand is NOT a desired trait on these dogs, but that’s how Raisin’s is, and it IS terribly winsome). I may paint this particular pose again, but longer still, and not as tightly cropped. But for today, this is what you get!!

On another note, the Dog-a-Day collectors’ ranks grew just a little bit yesterday. (I have never had a day quite like yesterday!)

Ø Thank you to Kory Lowe for her purchase of the Cairn Terrier Study from June 15th, and the painting titled “Rapt” from June 27th.

Ø Thank you to Mary Hibbs for her purchase of “Tabby Cat Wink” and “Tortoiseshell Study,” both from June’s Shelter & Rescue Week. Donations will be made to 2nd Chances Pit Bull Rescue in Charlotte Michigan and to the Friends of Michigan Animal Shelter in Bellevue in Mary’s name.

Ø Thank you to Diane Chesko for her purchase of yesterday’s Vizsla.

Ø Thank you to Judy Woodfill for purchasing May 24th’s sweet little black Pomeranian painting.

Ø Thank you to Sharon Paradis-Sharp for purchasing three dog a day pieces – a pug painting from last December, and two Jack Russells, March 19th and Dec 20th.

And again, to my new readers, a warm welcome.

FYI for the Dog-a-Day newbies - The entire project is viewable on the blog (if you happen to be reading this via the newsgroup) – http://www.paintingadogaday.blogspot.com/ . The blog is also searchable by keyword, so you can pinpoint particular breeds (“doxie,” “hound,” etc), shelter and rescue week dogs (“shelter,” “rescue”), or even just the paintings available for purchase (“available”). (Hmm…. I should figure out how to program a little floater/pop-up box on my blog with these instructions, shouldn’t I? Any html wizards out there care to share their expertise? Drop me a line at ksantini@turtledovedesigns.com )

A final thank you, as always, for looking.
And for sharing these paintings with your friends and family. What a pack we are making here!!
Take care,
Kim


Kimberly Kelly Santini
http://www.turtledovedesigns.com/
distinctive pet portraits
& 4-legged paintings

http://www.paintingadogaday.com/
come. sit. stay.
enjoy the art.

Founding member of the Canine Art Guild
http://www.canineartguild.com/
the gateway to canine art on the web

Tuesday, July 10, 2007



“Something in the Air (Vizsla Study),” 4’ x 8”, acrylic Vizsla portrait on canvasboard, $60. Inquiries to ksantini@turtledovedesigns.com .
SOLD.

This painting is a return to two of my favorites – one being complimentary colors. I never tire of partnering opposites together, and the blues and oranges in this painting, even though soft, are just such a pairing.

My second favorite (or one of them) – Vizslas. There’s something about their bone structure, their svelte bodies, and all that glorious color. Like molten gold.

An update on the missing dog, Shadow (June 28th’s profile): He’s still out and about. Local papers have run Shadow’s picture, and the town is plastered with flyers. A $500 reward has been offered, no questions asked, for his return. In addition, an offer has been extended to pay adoption costs if the family finding Shadow wishes for a dog of their own. I know I have readers who are outside Oakland County here in Michigan, but for those of you who reading this who are in Shadow’s possible range, please note these numbers: 248-693-8391, 248-391-0867, or 248-391-6817. There’s a lot of us rooting for his safe return home.

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

Kimberly Kelly Santini
http://www.turtledovedesigns.com/
distinctive pet portraits
& 4-legged paintings

http://www.paintingadogaday.com/
come. sit. stay.
enjoy the art.

Founding member of the Canine Art Guild
http://www.canineartguild.com/
the gateway to canine art on the web

Monday, July 09, 2007


“Scottie Study (Marley Jo),” 6” x 12”, Scottish terrier portrait in acrylic on canvasboard, $80. Inquiries to ksantini@turtledovedesigns.com .

SOLD.

As I often do, when prepping for a larger painting, I find myself working certain issues out on a smaller scale. The dog-a-days are the perfect platform for just such exercises, which is what today’s painting is.

Meet Marley Jo, a delightfully sassy bundle, despite having had surgery a week prior to our meeting. While my client is considering whether a simple portrait of Marley Jo will suffice, or to add a second grinning face to her painting, I’m busy “simmering” ideas here in the background. (By the way, she does get first dibs on this painting, but being as I haven’t heard back from her yet today….. not everyone is as attached to their computers as I am!!)

So today I wanted to work out my palette. Marley has black fur, but if I painted just with tube black I’d get a flat and terribly uninteresting surface. (Here’s a quick exercise – the next time you see a black object, really stop and study it, and see if you can’t pick out all sorts of violets and blues masquerading there).

Instead I mixed a dense and deep dark with raw umber, pthalo blue and alizarine crimson. By increasing the amount of blue and red as I tinted the base mixture, I was able to build all those interesting middle values. I had fun playing the with the texture of her fur, too, and laying in the fringes silhouetted against the ground.

On another note, thank you very much to returning client Connie Ciak for purchasing last Friday’s “Goin’ for a Swim.” And welcome to new collector Beth Gordon, who purchased the pit bull study of Dana. Dana was featured in June’s Shelter & Rescue Week, and a donation to the Second Chances Pit Bull Rescue will be made in Beth’s name.

Also I’d like to extend another warm welcome to all the new dog-a-day readers.
Thanks, as always, for looking.
And for sharing these paintings with your friends and family,
Kim



Kimberly Kelly Santini

www.turtledovedesigns.com
distinctive pet portraits
& 4-legged paintings

www.paintingadogaday.com
come. sit. stay.
enjoy the art.

Founding member of the Canine Art Guild
www.canineartguild.com
the gateway to canine art on the web

Sunday, July 08, 2007

Best Friends Magazine did a beautiful feature article on the Painting a Dog a Day project in their July issue, and I need to extend a HUGE thank you to their staff for doing such a marvelous job.

I also need to thank all their readers who have responded so enthusiastically to the project.

Ironically the magazine came out when I was on vacation (Murphy's law!!), but I am looking forward to returning tomorrow to my daily canines. Trust me, I DID paint last week - I worked on some larger commissions and canvases. I also was able to get to some organizational tasks completed for the Canine Art Guild and a couple other exhibition committees I sit on. I didn't get the studio walls re-painted like I wanted, but there were only so many hours!!

Some of you are receiving "full mailbox" error messages when trying to send me your photos. Please be patient - I am checking my email as often as possible, and responding to your messages as soon as I can.

I'd also like to point out (since I've gotten a number of inquiries) that the Painting a Dog a Day blog is searchable. There is a white box in the uppermost left hand corner where you may enter your keywords ("mixed breed," "lab," "terrier," etc).

I've done my best to keep the blog up-to-date as far as which paintings are still available for purchase. If you have questions, of course, please email and let me know - ksantini@turtledovedesigns.com .

And I'd also like to announce that for any commissioned dog-a-day portrait sales resulting from the Best Friends Magazine article will qualify for a 20% donation back to the Best Friends Animal Sanctuary. This organization has a stellar history of going above and beyond consistantly, and I am proud to be able to help them out.

Thanks, again, as always, for looking.
And for sharing the paintings and project with your family and friends.
I'll be back tomorrow!
Kim
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