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.

Monday, December 31, 2007

I guess it was rather overambitious to think that I would be able to build - in one day - at least 5 new pages on my website, 5 pages containing dog-a-day paintings that are looking for new homes. ll that while also having a quality day with my family.

Looks like I'll get some help from Mother Nature tomorrow, though. We are under a winter weather advisory tonight, with a projected 8 inches of snow and sleet accumulating by the morning. That boils down to the possibility of some serious sledding weather, and those of you who know me, know I don't do cold.

So there is the distinct possibility that I may have a few uninterrupted hours to myself tomorrow while everyone, the dog included, frolics in the snow.

Then again, the weatherman could be entirely off. :)

I thought I might share one of my new still life paintings, part of an idea I've been simmering here. I've been collecting old dog figurines - plastic, lead, celluloid - along some vintage toys, all dog-related. Part of the Big Studio Reorganization (currently underway) involves the creation of a new corner where I can set up a still life, rework the layout of the objects, finesse the lighting, and then paint a larger scale piece over a series of weeks.

But, being impatient as I am, I cannot wait for the completion of all the sorting and packing and reworking of the space. Instead, I had to have my way with a few old lead dog figurines and an old white pillowcase. Not terriby romantic, I know, but I found the arrangement calming, and the call of my paints irresistable.

So, enjoy this, my last painting shared in 2007. "Dog Figurines I," 6" x 8", acrylic still life painting on canvasboard. Inquiries to ksantini@turtledovedesigns.com .

Thanks, as always, for sharing these paintings with your friends and families,
Happy New Year!
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

Sunday, December 30, 2007

I am continually working behind the scenes here. I am migrating data into a new accounting system, along with the integration of a new mailing list management program. I've also been reorganizing closets and storage space in the studio, and preparing some canvases for a few new paintings, along with trying to tie up all the loose ends that got neglected during this last holiday rush.

Oh yeah - and I finished a couple other pieces for the Art Show at the Dog Show. I will send my entries off tomorrow.

Today I published a new page to my partially re-vamped website that includes all the holiday dog-a-day paintings that I was unable to post because they were surprises. You can view the paintings at http://www.turtledovedesigns.com/paintingadogaday/2007_holiday_surprise_dog_a_day_paintings.html .

Tomorrow I hope to have a new page dedicated to the dog-a-day paintings that remain unsold.

I also will begin planning the layout of a dog-a-day installation that will hang at the Orion Township Public Library throughout the month of January.

I'm working on a couple of different merchandising ideas, too, which I hope to be able to unveil in the coming weeks.

I appreciate your patience while I regroup, recharge, and get myself ready for another year of daily paintings. This project will continue, I promise!

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

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 http://www.artshowatthedogshow.com/. 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 - ksantini@turtledovedesigns.com .

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.

Inquiries, as always, may come to ksantini@turtledovedesigns.com .

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

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
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, December 12, 2007

Today has been unusually productive. I've gotten three stellar little paintings completed, all for the same client, and all as holiday gifts. This leaves me with only two dog-a-day paintings left pre-holiday, and those I am awaiting reference photos on. Oh, and I do have one other large canvas that I have been slowly working on - but he's not due till shortly after the holiday.

Since October 1st I've completed 77 dog-a-day paintings, and 5 larger stretched canvases. That includes a week off for my brother's wedding, and another break for the AKC Eukanaba National Dog Show Championships earlier this month. I guess you could say I've been a little bit crazed.

But this means that starting tomorrow I can actually kick back, take a deep breath, and maybe even get to meet a girlfriend or two for adult conversation and sustenance of some sort. Oh yeah, and I get to do Christmas shopping (and wrapping), start holiday baking (mmmm, homemade biscotti), and catch up on other household tasks that have been piling up around here (like completing that baby blanket I was knitting for my nephew who is now almost a year old!).

I'll be painting every day still, but working on that larger canvas, another even larger triple horse portrait, and a small number of paintings that I want to submit to winter exhibitions. I will not be posting every day, but will do so as the opportunity presents itself.

I'm also planning on building a page on my website that highlights dog-a-day paintings that could not be shared without ruining surprises - I will post an announcement when that is completed.

I will officially return to Painting a Dog a Day on Monday, January 7th, with the first Animal Welfare Week of 2008. I will check in periodically between now and then - after all, you know me - I'm not one to stay quiet for long. :)

But meanwhile, I'll share my favorite of today's paintings with you.


"Burton," 6x12, commissioned shepherd mix, pet portrait acrylic on canvasboard. This one is especially nice to me because of the color temperature shifts - how the darks change from cool to warm as they mold the dog's head, shoulders, and muzzle. What I've been studying in my class is summed up beautifully in this one painting (there's even a hint of flesh tone in Burton's cheeks!!)

Thank you very much to today's collector for giving me three wonderful faces to play with all day.

And thank you to all my readers for doing the same for the last 14 months! I so appreciate your sticking with me all this time - my wish is for all of you to have a season full of blessings and joy and wagging tails and rumbling purrs.
Happy Holidays!
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, December 11, 2007


"Samson," 6x8, commissioned cat portrait, acrylic on canvasboard, private collection (THANK YOU!).

This painting started out being about the background pattern - Klimpt-ish in nature. And then I stretched it into the fur, and allowed it to slowly take over everything but the eyes. And then I took a serious look at the painting, and it was no longer about the cat, but the pattern. Poor Samson had taken a back seat. I couldn't allow that.

So once the glazes dried, I repainted his fur, and Samson was back in all his glory. You can still pick out bits of the pattern if you look really closely.

But now the painting has a strong focal point - those yellow-green eyes. There's no battle going on between them and anything else.

Thanks, as always, for looking.
And for forwarding these messages to your friends and family,
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

Monday, December 10, 2007


"Mop Head (Poiret)," 4x5, commissioned teacup poodle portrait, acrylic on canvasboard, private collection (THANK YOU!).

Talk about having a good time - I really should have photographed this piece as it progressed. The canvas was originally all a dark violet, like what you see between Poiret's eyes, and I gradually built up the layers of paint, adding lavendars, pinks, periwinkle and some teal. I used glazes to push some areas of his fur back, and then went in with looser lighter brushwork to pull bits of his fur forward.

I had even more fun because I was trying out some new brushes, experimenting with their spring and shape. I am really hard on my brushes, so historically have bought cheap ones that don't hold their shape so well. I learned today that proper tools make a world of difference in the sort of brushwork I can lay down, and how quickly I can do it, too. And despite scrubbing to my hearts' content, these brushes have held up and are ready for more abuse tomorrow. I think I might have a new (and dangerous) addiction to good paintbrushes!

Thanks go out to the editors of Horses in Art Magazine for including two of my paintings in their Winter issue - Swish, an equine painting, and The Red Collar, a dalmation piece from earlier this summer (visit http://www.paintingadogaday.blogspot.com/, and go to August 14th, 2007). They also ran a nice bit about my work and some recent honors. It's wonderful to get acknowledgement like this!

Thank you, as always, for your time in looking at my work and sharing it with friends and family.
Take care, stay warm, and we'll talk soon,
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, December 07, 2007



"Tortie Kitten," 4x5, tortoiseshell kitten portrait in acrylic on canvasboard, $105. $21 from the purchase of this painting will go to the Oakland Pet Fund (http://www.oaklandpetfund.org/) - you can read more about their mission to eliminate euthanasia from Oakland County shelters by 2010 at their website. I am proud to support their efforts through the Painting a Dog a Day project - inquiries about purchasing this piece may come to me at ksantini@turtledovedesigns.com .

This is a Spice Girl kitty. Her mother was picked up as a stray along with a litter of kittens, and when we were at the shelter last week, there were 3 babies left and momma. Each kitten was named after a spice, and I cannot remember if this one was Ginger or Clove. But I loved her markings, and how one side of her face was markedly lighter and oranger than the other.


And I promised you a bonus painting, too, as this week was a short one (at least for me). Hence the brindled sharpei mix,a tender size at 4x6. This little guy, too, came from the Oakland Pet Adoption Center, so purchasing his painting sale will result in a donation to the Oakland Pet Fund. His control number is 225985. Again, inquiries may come to me at ksantini@turtledovedesigns.com .

I will be happy to combine shipping costs on multiple paintings. There are many dog-a-day pieces available for purchase - search the blog (http://www.paintingadogaday.com/) using the keyword "available" (search option is the white rectangle box in the upper left corner inside the top header bar) to see what I have in stock. I also have a number of gallery stretched canvases available for purchase - these can be viewed on my main website, www.turtledovedesigns.com/available.html .

And just last night I published the Winter 2007 edition of the studio newsletter on my main website. You can view it at www.turtledovedesigns.com/winter2007news.html .

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, December 06, 2007



"Shepherd Mix Pup," 6x12, puppy portrait in acrylic on canvasboard. Proceeds from the sale of this painting will go to the Oakland Pet Fund, dedicated to turning Oakland County (http://www.oaklandpetfund.org/) into a euthanasia free community by 2010.

This pup's tag said she was 2 years old, yet her scrawny build led one to believe she was much younger than that. She had an honest and earnest face, the sort of dog that devotes itself to its family. I hope that she finds one by the year's end.

She was only one of dozens of dogs waiting to be adopted, and twice as many cats. It was so tough going into that shelter, knowing that we couldn't take them all home with us. Not even one. (Well, at least not last week.) You can view her and the other animals in waiting at www.oakgov.com/anmlctrl. .

Adoption isn't the only way you can help out. Consider donating your time. Picking up an extra cat toy or two. Or donating old leashes, collars, and blankets. Together we can all make a difference.

Inquiries on this painting may come to ksantini@turtledovedesigns.com .

On another note altogether, the People's Choice voting is up on the Richeson Landscape & Exteriors exhibition I am a part of. I am not suggesting that you vote for my horse's butt painting, but that you at least visit the show (http://www.richeson75.com/, and choose the landscape tab), jot down the title of your favorite painting, and then use this link - http://survey.constantcontact.com/survey/a07e27agf6wf9j4hxfi/start - to cast your vote. There's a host of other information on the site as well, for you dog-a-day readers who are also artists.

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

Wednesday, December 05, 2007



"Ole Blue Eye," 8" square, mixed breed dog portrait, acrylic on canvasboard, $180. $36 from the sale of this portrait will be donated to the Oakland Pet Fund (http://www.oaklandpetfund.org/), an organization dedicated to turning Oakland County Michigan into a no more homeless pets community by 2010.

This is a sweet lab and border collie mix that was at the Oakland Pet Adoption Center (248-391-4100) last week - his expression was so endearing. Even crated, he appeared gentle, although very energetic. And peering from the depths of his crate, that one blue eye glowed with anticipation. A game of frisbee, perhaps? Or just a good ear scratch.

He got the ear scratching.

And with some luck he'll also get a new forever home for the holidays.

As with my other paintings, this piece is available for purchase to the first buyer. Email inquiries may come to ksantini@turtledovedesigns.com .

Any commissions booked during December 2007 of animals adopted from the Oakland Pet Adoption Center qualify for a 20% donation back to the shelter. I will do the same for any portraits booked of PAWS With a Cause service dogs. To date Painting a Dog a Day has raised over $1800 for shelters, breed rescues, and PAWs With a Cause - I would love to see that figure cap $2000 by the end of the year, which is double the goal I set this last summer. I think we may be able to do it this week......! Commission inquiries may come to ksantini@turtledovedesigns.com .

I realized last night that some of the newer dog-a-day readers may not be aware that the entire project (all 14 months of it!) is available on the project blog - http://www.paintingadogaday.blogspot.com/ . The blog is searchable by keyword too - you may key breed names or other keywords (like "shelter," "available," or "commission") into the white box in the uppoer left corner to see specific paintings.

Thanks, as always, for looking, and sharing and forwarding.
Happy holidays,
Back 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

Tuesday, December 04, 2007

ARTIST'S NOTE: I framed this piece up exquisitely, and sent it to the Starkweather Gallery for their Members Show. The painting was one of the first sales of the show. I wish the purchasers many years of enjoyment with this kitty.

"Calico," 8"x16" (this is a small painting, yet is larger than lifesize!), $300. $60 from the purchase price of this piece will go to the Oakland Pet Fund, an organization dedicated to making Oakland County Michigan euthanasia free by 2010. Learn more about their mission at http://www.oaklandpetfund.org/ .

SOLD.

I wanted to give this dear little cat a better title, given the healing that she supplied me with last week (read November 28th's post on this blog, the one with the brittany portrait), but nothing came to me that didn't sound hokey or fake. So I decided to keep it simple, and titled it for both the background and her markings.

Yes, this is the calico who, in her own way, helped my son and I come to better terms with the recent loss of our Turtledove. (I have to mention, again, how grateful I am for your kindness these last few weeks - the emails and cards continue to roll in, and each is touching and so very appreciated. Your words have helped our family immeasurably, and I have learned what excellent company Turtle now keeps - for we all have dear animals who have crossed the bridge.)

Back to today's painting, though. This is a cat who loves people, with the dearest little hum of a purr, and has no problem coming right on over and politely insisting on some love. She is available for adoption through the Oakland Pet Adoption Center in Auburn Hills Michigan - one of many cats searching for their forever homes at the shelter. Her control number is 226604. The shelter's phone number is (248)391-4100.

Many of us are not in a position to adopt an animal, but we can still make a difference. Dare I suggest considering volunteering at a shelter or making a donation (food, blankets, toys, etc)? I even had a client several months ago who could not adopt, but sponsored one of the dogs profiled until it found a new home (hugs to you for being so very generous!).

As with my other paintings, this piece is available for purchase to the first buyer. Email inquiries may come to ksantini@turtledovedesigns.com .

Any commissions booked during December 2007 of animals adopted from the Oakland Pet Adoption Center qualify for a 20% donation back to the shelter. I will do the same for any portraits booked of PAWS With a Cause service dogs. To date Painting a Dog a Day has raised over $1800 for shelters, breed rescues, and PAWs With a Cause - I would love to see that figure cap $2000 by the end of the year, which is double the goal I set this last summer. I think we may be able to do it this week......! Commission inquiries may come to ksantini@turtledovedesigns.com .

May I also extend a special welcome to my new dog-a-day readers, all of whom I was delighted to meet personally at the AKC Eukanaba Dog Show this past weekend. Welcome to the family of dog-a-day readers - I hope that you enjoy this week's shelter focus, and look forward to sharing many, many more faces with you.

Thanks, as always, for looking.
And for sharing these paintings with your friends and family,
See you tomorrow with another adorable, adoptable face.
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

I cannot begin to tell you what a fantastic weekend it was. I left early Friday morning and boarded a plane to California for the AKC Eukanaba National Championships Dog Show, returning lat last night. The entire weekend was phenomenal.

The dogs were stellar, all primped and primed for their moment, and the AKC staff went out of their way to make me comfortable (thank you!). The show participants generously allowed me to take as many photos as I liked (well over 500!), and the public who stopped by for their own signed copy of the commemmorative poster were eager to share their own stories. I even met several dog-a-day readers, which was a wonderful treat!

And, for those of you who have been patiently waiting, signed posters are available for purchase online, through the American Kennel Club website. Posters are $25 (which includes shipping), and those funds go directly to Take the Lead, a non-profit benefitting those 2-legged folk at the other end of the leash. I am especially pleased to be a part of this fundraiser.

You may order the posters at http://www.akc.org - proceed to the store, then look for "AKC Collectibles."

I'll post today's dog later in the day - meanwhile I have some suitcases to unpack and a pot of coffee to work on.
Talk soon,
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
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