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, December 30, 2008

NEW! Etsy Store

One of my favorite unsold paintings from 2008, "Lashes & Corkscrews," 5" x 8", acrylic on canvasboard, depicting a tobiano buckskin curly horse, $289. Inquiries to (but read further on how you can get a special deal on this painting!).

Now it's ridiculously easy to browse my painting archives. All you have to do is visit my Etsy store. Etsy has a Shopping Cart (so you can pile it high with purchases from a variety of artists), is integrated with Paypal (although you may still pay by check if you prefer to), and is terribly simple to navigate.

When the week has ended, I will have listed almost 100 of my favorite (UNSOLD!) paintings here, grouped loosely by subject matter. During 2009 I'll update the shop regularly, and add non-Dog-a-Day pieces as a bonus, thus making it easy to search for that perfect gift.

Watch my daily postings for announcements, promotions and discount codes. If you do not receive the Dog-a-Day emails (i.e. my daily postings), visit the project blog for tips on training your email to fetch them.

As a thank you for your past patronage, I'm offering 20% off Etsy Dog-a-Day store purchases made before January 31st, 2009. This offer is valid on Dog-a-Day/paintings on canvasboard both framed and unframed - it does not apply to giclees and gallery stretched canvases and paintings on linen (although I will be happy to combine shipping on all types of items). Use discount code "DOGADAY" during checkout (in the "Message to Seller" section), and wait for a revised invoice that reflects your savings.

Send any questions you might have to me - . I'll be in and out of the studio all week, but I am here, and working my way through your inquiries and emails as I slog through other computer tasks.

Thanks, as always, for looking at - and sharing - my paintings with your friends and family,
Happy New Year!

Kimberly Kelly SantiniTurtledoveDesigns
websites: &
346 N Anderson, Lake Orion, MI 48362, USA

Friday, December 19, 2008

Hunting Pals

FROM TOP: "Blissfully Pink (Bliss)," 6" square, German Shorthaired Pointer dog portrait, acrylic on canvasboard; "Katie," 6" x 8," brittany spaniel dog portrait, acrylic on canvasboard. Inquiries to .

Now that I see her on my computer screen, I realize that Katie isn't quite the right color - her fur was more like a burnished penny. I'll have to correct that, but later. It's been a loooong day, and like the winter gear filled dryer that's run nonstop for hours, I'm tired and need a break.

These paintings will get wrapped and tucked under my tree. I had to delete my parents from the Dog-a-Day distribution so as to hopefully keep them a secret for just a few more days. They'll look great added to my father's Dog-a-Day collection of past and present hunting buddies.

I have one other painting that I am finishing as a (personal) Christmas gift. It's a view of an uncle's backyard in the summer time, flush with ripe tomatoes, sunwarmed bricks, and a bright blue birdhouse. A welcome composition given the foot of fresh snow outside.

Meanwhile I have a mile-long list of studio tasks that I'll tackle in the coming days - website work, closing my books out and prepping income tax information, prep for my next postcard mailing, designing new marketing materials, building an online store for unsold Dog-a-Day paintings, blah blah blah blah blah. I'll return to daily painting come the New Year.

Again, I have to thank each of you for your readership. It's been an amazing year, full of beautiful stories and even better faces!

May your holiday be spent with those you love, doing the things you love, eating, drinking, celebrating, being merry and warm and bright. 

Thursday, December 18, 2008

Mr. Congeniality, Basil

"Basil," 6" square, commissioned golden retriever dog portait, acrylic on canvasboard, private collection (THANK YOU!). Inquiries to .

True confessions: today's painting was really done yesterday. Between tomorrow's forecasted 10" of snow and my complete lack of Christmas preparedness (meaning I'd done zero shopping), I realized I had a 24 hour timeframe to complete all my Christmas lists - and that was today. So I worked into the wee hours last night/this morning, hit the road first thing, and got it all done just in time to greet my oldest son as he got off the schoolbus.

Unbeknownst to him and the other two kids (well, actually, I think Domenic is clued in to Santa's true identity, just too scared to say so), Santa is locked up in the studio closet. Too bad I can't bribe him to do our Christmas cards, too!!

Thanks, as always, for looking at and sharing my paintings with your friends and family.See you tomorrow! ($20 and a shot of whiskey says it's a snow day, even though there will be a pathetic amount on the ground come 8am. I'm guessing the school's are just not going to want to deal with the slush AND candy-cane hyped kids. Which means we are stuck with 6 dozen chocolate-dipped pretzel rods meant for classroom parties. I suppose there are worse things going on in the world.....)]

Wednesday, December 17, 2008


"Shitake," 6" square, mixed breed dog portait, acrylic on canvasboard, private collection (THANK YOU!). Inquiries to .

I'm reading Harley Brown's "Eternal Truths for Every Artist." It's a book that nearly every successful artist I know speaks highly of, but it's also a title that's very difficult to find, and therefore pricey. I snagged one (bargain priced, no less!!) on-line as an early Christmas gift to myself, and have been curling up with it each night for an hour or so. It is sheer brilliance!

One of his many Truths is to start your painting with confidence. Attack the blank canvas with attitude, and carry that momentum through. Your initial attack should be an underpainting, regardless of the color, just as an exercise to "own" the surface and create a middle value upon which you can start your composition.

Shitake has a seafoam green, brilliant teal and cadmium red underneath - you can see bits peeking through here and there. The energy of the underpainting kept my brushes flying, and the process of painting was seamless.

Toning the canvas is something I did frequently. Looking back at my blog, I can see that when I did use a bold underpainting my work had more verve. I'm going to start doing this all the time now!

Thanks, as always, for looking at and sharing my paintings with your friends and family.
See you tomorrow!

Tuesday, December 16, 2008

"Pure Joy," Ozzie, a Yorkie mix

"Pure Joy (Ozzie)," 8" square, commissioned pet portrait depicting Ozzie, a yorkie-maltese mix, acrylic on canvasboard, private collection (THANK YOU!). Inquiries may come to .

There's been so much gloom and doom in the news lately, especially around Detroit. In 2009 I will focus on beauty and laughter more often. Not that I plan to turn my back on the hardship - I simply want to set time aside daily where I am consciously grateful for the wonderful things in my life. I want to wrap my joy in a smile or hug, and pass it on - happiness is something that has gone missing in many lives lately. And we all deserve at least a glimmer of it each day, regardless of our circumstances.

Here's a bit of a serendipitous poem that a friend shared this morning. From Solitude, by Ella Wheeler Wilcox -

"LAUGH, and the world laughs with you;
Weep, and you weep alone.
For the sad old earth must borrow it's mirth,
But has trouble enough of it's own.
Sing, and the hills will answer;
Sigh, it is lost on the air.
The echoes bound to a joyful sound,
But shrink from voicing care. ...."

Thanks, as always, for looking at and sharing my paintings with friends and family.
See you tomorrow - now I'm off to see what sorts of echoes I can create -

Monday, December 15, 2008

Roxy, Red Merle

"Roxy (Cattle Dog)," 4" x 5", red heeler pet portrait, acrylic on board. Roxy's painting has a sale pending, but interested parties may email me - . (And that includes anyone considering booking their own Dog-a-Day portrait - I'm currently scheduling for January 2010.)

Cattle dogs are an acquired taste, but, like steamed clams, they are delightfully slippery and delicious, with larger than life personalities. Being owned by one myself, I have a small bit of experience in that area (and I love steamers).

From all I've heard, Roxy was no exception. Even blindness (at age 9) didn't slow her down. She's crossed the bridge now, but I know she's waiting to heartily greet only those she knows. And she'll "herd" them in the right direction when they do show.

Speaking of herds, thanks to you, I've shipped close to 100 Painting a Dog a Day - the First Year books! I'll be putting together a second press run later this week. Orders may continue to come direct to me - send an email to . I am so grateful for your patronage - it's been a wonderful year!

Thanks, as always, for looking at, and sharing, my paintings with your friends and family.
See you tomorrow,

Friday, December 12, 2008

Three Goldens

FROM TOP: "Golden Grin," 4" x 8"; "Golden Laughter," 8" x 10", $449, SOLD; "Golden Gaze," 8" x 10", $449, SOLD; all acrylic on board. Inquiries to .

My client gets her choice of the above paintings. After she takes pick of the litter, the remaining ones are up for grabs. Please send me an email if you are interested in any of these portraits - a paypal payment and priority shipping should get the painting(s) in your hands by the holiday.

Thanks, as always, for sharing my artwork with your friends and family.
Enjoy your weekend,

Thursday, December 11, 2008

I Love Lucy

"I Love Lucy (Andy and Lucy)," 6" x 12", pug portrait, acrylic on board, private collection. Inquiries to .

This piece has been on my easel for three days. More than twice the time of the typical Dog-a-Day painting. I justified that because of the double portrait bit, but really I think I spent a lot more time than usual relishing in the pugs' folds. It was worth it, though.

And it'll be even better when this one gets unwrapped. This painting is going to someone special, someone I've been looking forward to painting for for a long time, someone especially appreciative of all things pug. It's been a long time coming, but Happy (belated) Birthday & Merry Christmas, Claire!!

If you are considering gifting a Dog-a-Day portrait, please send me a note ( I have a few spaces reserved during the 2009 holiday season for repeat clients. Paintings make great birthday and anniversary gifts, too (I can book your actual day for an extra-special touch). I am currently scheduling non-holiday portraits for January 2010 and beyond.

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

Wednesday, December 10, 2008

Happy Holidays

Thank you for spending a small piece of your 2008 following along with my paintings and artistic journey. I'll be toasting you come New Year's Eve (and whatever other evenings between now and then that find me with a little bubbly in my glass - it is the holidays, after all!). I'm looking forward to sharing another year of tail wags and saturated color with old and new friends alike.

Kimberly Kelly Santini

website: &
346 N Anderson, Lake Orion, Michigan, 48362, USA

Tuesday, December 09, 2008

"Tia," 6" square, commissioned cat portrait, acrylic on board, private collection (THANK YOU!). Inquiries (including how you can commission your own portrait) may come to .

This painting seems to be all about contrast - anchored with a few basic shapes and carefully chosen edges around her face. As straightforward as it might look, it is not a painting I could have pulled off a few months ago. It's harder (at least for me) to say more with less. But it's also so much more satisfying!

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

See you tomorrow!
PS Yes, I am feeling better. Thank you to all who asked!

Monday, December 08, 2008

Lopsided Grirn (Boston Terrier)

"Lopsided (Boston Terrier)," 4" square, Boston Terrier dog portrait, acrylic on boar. Inquiries to .

I cannot always share what I paint these days because many are holiday gifts. Today I had to paint an extra face because the first two were surprises for Dog-a-Day readers.
Which reminds me - I have a few remaining spaces for commissioned pet portraits for 2009's holiday gift giving - I am reserving them for repeat clients. Send me a note if you are interested, so I can pencil you in and lock down my current prices: .
We have miserable weather creeping in - 2" of snow, some sleet, and all topped off with a predicted 1" of rain. Sounds like a possible snow day tomorrow. And on top of that I feel a cold creeping in - my brain is waterlogged and sluggish. I refuse to get sick - I have no time for this. Darn germs - why can't the kids keep them to themselves?!!
Thanks, as always, for looking at, and sharing, my paintings with your family and friends. I'm off for some vitamin C!!
See you tomorrow,

Friday, December 05, 2008

Chihuahua Portrait, Harley

"In Profile II (Harley)," 4" x 5", commissioned chihuahua portrait, acrylic on board, private collection (or so I think - don't be afraid to ask if you love her little face). Inquiries to .

This little gem of a painting came about because my client wanted a holiday gift for Harley's breeder. I love doing little pieces like this, especially when I get to work with a face like Harley's, who I have painted before (
And it gave me the perfect excuse to start another painting of her (a 4th one!), aimed for the Art Show at the Dog Show (
This weekend promises to be busy - Annie and I go see the Nutcracker tomorrow (our annual tradition), and our town hosts their holiday lighted parade tomorrow night. We'll decorate the tree and watch the Red Wings game after warming up with huge bowls of steaming chili. And you know what's happening Sunday - the book signing at Margot's Gallery (248-628-5398). The weekend will be over with in a blur, and I will be back in the studio Monday morning trying to sort out all that happened.
Thanks, as always. Feel free to share these paintings with friends and family.
Enjoy your weekend, and I'll see you Monday!


Thursday, December 04, 2008

Gypsy Vanner Mare, part II

Work in process, 10" x 12", depicting a Gypsy Vanner mare, acrylic on archival artists' panel. Inquiries to .

In the version I posted earlier this week, I had beautiful color happening amidst drawing errors. Correcting these were complicated by porr photo references and my lack of intimate equine anatomical knowledge. I allowed the piece to simmer until today, when I felt a little bit of confidance going back into it. Nevertheless, I still ended up painting the whole thing out and starting over.
In order to finish the painting true to my vision, it was easiest to start over. Which is exactly what I did (that doesn't mean the "painting out" bit was painless, though. Or that the second time around wasn't also challenging.).
She's not finished yet, but more solidly on the road to being done. There is a sense of mass, movement, and light which personifies the ideas I wanted this painting to express. Another day and she should be done. Then I'll have to come up with a title.
Meanwhile I have been inundated with positive responses to the Painting a Dog a Day - the First Year book. Thank you so much for letting me know your copies have arrived and how much you are enjoying them. Your reactions make the work worthwhile. I plan to respond personally to each of your notes in the coming days.
In answer to your most commonly asked question: there will be at least two additional Painting a Dog a Day volumes - one for 2008, and another for 2009. I have already started working on book #2, and should have it released earlier in the fall next year (sooner than Thanksgiving, at least!)
If you are interested in a copy of Painting a Dog a Day - the First Year, please let me know - . (Do I sound like a broken record yet?). I'm having a book signing party at Margot's Gallery in Oxford Michigan this coming Sunday (the 7th) from noon until 4pm - call 248-628-5398 for directions.
Thank you to everyone else for following along and providing incentive and motivation to keep me painting.
Take care and I'll see you tomorrow,

Wednesday, December 03, 2008

Yorkie in the Grass, second time 'round

"Yorkie in the Grass," 12" square, Yorkshire Terrier dog portrait, acrylic on canvasboard, box framed, $599. She's already been exhibited (and won an award) here in Michigan, and therefore will be one of my entries to next year's Art Show at the Dog Show (in Kansas). That is, if she doesn't find a home first, which in all honesty I would rather see. I can always paint another piece for the show. Inquiries to .
Yes I am recycling a painting from earlier in the year, but it's justifiable (at least in my mind). My daughter has been sick for almost a week, and today it's been difficult for me to concentrate at the easel. I'm whipped. Therefore, I've decided to give myself a little break, sneak some chocolate from the freezer stash, and challenge Annie to a game of checkers.
Are you following me on twitter? not that I share anything more earth shattering than what music is currently cranked in the studio or the particular palette issues I'm conquering or what's for dinner in the Santini household (or who's home sick from school!!), but at the very least it's mildly entertaining (ok, so I might be flattering myself). will get you hooked in.
Better yet, tweet about the Painting a Dog a Day project ( Send me your twitter profile after you tweet and I'll put you in the running for your own little Dog-a-Day painting at no cost.
Have a great afternoon!

PS Don't forget about Sunday's booksigning at Margot's Gallery in Oxford Michigan (248-628-5398). If you cannot make it but want a book, let me know - .

Tuesday, December 02, 2008

"Droopy," the 8th Dwarf

"Droopy," 4" x 5", basset hound mix dog portrait, acrylic on board. Won't he look darling framed and tucked into a special place? Inquiries may come to .

After painting Droopy, I got the idea to paint the dwarfs from Snow White. Don't ask me how I made that connection - I'm not certain myself. But can't you see it? A bulldog as Grumpy, a golden retriever as Happy, a sheepdog as Sneezy, a mastiff as Sleepy - ahh, this could be really fun. Now all I have to do is carve out the time to paint them!!
And to paint the foil wrapped holiday chocolates I picked up, too - truffles, Santas, and other great shapes. Gotta paint those before I eat them.
So many ideas, so little time.

But first it's off to make dinner. I've decided to grill a steak (in the falling snow, no less). Sweet potatos are in the oven and we'll have a big salad. Thinking of doing all these paintings works up a good appetite!

Thanks, as always, for your time in looking at, and sharing these paintings with your friends and family.

See you tomorrow!

PS Don't forget that I'll be doing a book signing at Margot's Gallery in Oxford Michigan this Sunday from noon until 4pm (call for directions: 248-628-5398). Stop by to pick up your own copy of Painting a Dog a Day - the First Year, browse through Dog-a-Day paintings available for purchase, and share stories/pictures of your own pets with me. I'm looking forward to spending some time with you.

Monday, December 01, 2008

Painting a Dog - err, Horse - a Day

Untitled work in process ("Fading Light"?), depicting a Gypsy Vanner mare, acrylic on archival artists' panel, 10" x 12". Inquiries to .

The year is winding down, and that means I have several juried competition deadlines sneaking up. I've had this same mare on my studio wall for several years now - a huge stretched canvas that is at least 40" high - a canvas that I didn't take much further than an initial block in. I've loved the backlighting that tickles her fetlocks, and thought I'd give it a try on a smaller scale, conquer the fear of messing up, and see if I can't get a solid little painting for one of the exhibitions in my radar.

I started with toning the panel a pepto bismol pink - it's easier (and way more fun) to paint on a colored ground than a white one. I then began massing in the areas of light and dark. I'll continue to refine the shapes and get her drawn in properly as I lay additional colors down. In these earlier stages I'm not so worried about the edges or anatomy, but more so in balancing the values and creating a dynamic composition. Some people I know would call this stage "the uglies" - but trust me, she'll pull out of them! Just wait and see.

It was a busy weekend around these parts, readying the Painting a Dog a Day - the First Year books to ship out today. But ready them we did, and they have officially been mailed. Everything went out via US Priority Mail today, and with the exception of the international orders, all should be in new homes by Wednesday or Thursday.

I have a book signing at Margot's Gallery on Sunday (in Oxford, Michigan - call for directions - 248-628-5398), and will continue filling orders next week. Softcovers are $39.95, hardbound copies are $54.95. Shipping and handling is now $9.99 (the books, when sealed in padded envelopes, do not fit inside the flat rate priority pouches - guess I should have checked that out first, huh?). Please send your orders to - we are running out of time to get these into your hands by the holiday.

Thanks, as always for looking at and sharing my paintings with your friends and family.
I'll see you tomorrow, Kim

Wednesday, November 26, 2008

Mandalyn again

"Green Mandalyn," 4" x 8", kitten portrait in acrylic on board. Proceeds from the sale of Mandalyn's painting will be donated to Best Friends Animal Sanctuary ( .Inquiries to .

Remember Mandalyn (from November 10th - Here's another painting of her. She is continuing to recover from her wounds, and seems to understand that she must leave them alone. She has won the hearts of the Best Friends staff, and I am certain that once her health issues are resolved, this little one will quickly find a forever home. You can follow Mandalyn's progress on the Best Friends website (listed above), in the Guardian Angel section.

This painting is similar in composition to "Fierce Hunter" (from November 20th - ), but looks entirely different. A combination of softer colors and a variety of edgework keep Mandalyn's portrait from being a simple exercise in shape and color, like "Fierce Hunter."

I wish all my readers a wonderful Thanksgiving (even those outside the US) - I hope you are able to share Thursday with special friends and family, and can spend the day doing things you love.

I'm off to spend the day in the kitchen - something I love almost as much as painting. Thank you, as always, for reading the blog and following along with the stories.

Happy Thanksgiving! Kim

Tuesday, November 25, 2008

One Tail at a Time Rescue

"Mastiff Profile," 8" x 16", acrylic mastiff portrait on canvasboard, available for purchase with proceeds benefitting animal welfare. Inquiries may come to .

A portion of the sale of this painting will go to One Tail at a Time in Ohio. Within the last month, a friend had a very positive experience adopting a dear mastiff from their rescue. I had an opportunity to talk to the director of One Tail at a Time, and her energy and dedication was inspiring. I wanted to help support them and other dogs like Henry (aka Memphis) with a painting.

Right now, One Tail at a Time has a litter of special needs puppies, and funds from the sale of this painting will be earmarked for their vet bills. You can read more about the rescue and pups at . If the above painting doesn't appeal to you, consider making a donation to One Tail at a Time and helping these pups (and the other dogs in their care) find wonderful homes.

In other news, the books arrived yesterday! My studio is full of stacked boxes, ready to be inscribed, wrapped, and sent on their way next week. I am on track to ship out Painting a Dog a Day - the First Year pre-orders on Monday, December 1st.

If you are interested in purchasing a copy of the book, please send me an email. Softcovers are $39.95 and hardcovers $54.95, plus shipping and handling. Inquiries to .

I've got one more special painting for you before the holiday. Feel free to share this one with your friends and family -

See you tomorrow, Kim

Saturday, November 22, 2008

WHOOPS! Posted to the newsgroup yesterday, but neglected to follow through after dinner and post to the blog. My apologies!!

"Princess Cassandra of the Marigolds (also in Charge of Sweet Potatoes and Petunias)," 4" x 6", mixed breed dog portrait, acrylic on canvasboard, $199 (I'm waiting to hear back - this one might already be sold - but I'll start a waiting list). Inquiries may come to .

This painting, while small in size, carries the longest title of any Dog-a-Day piece to date. That's really her name. But you can call her "Cassie" for short.

I especially love how the painting fades "into" her face - it reminds me of the way a form begins to take shape from a lump of clay. This part was entirely accidental - but a wonderful accident (that's my point of view, at least!).

I've been debating the merits of taking some time off next week. I'd love to linger in the grocery (well, honestly, it'll be so packed with holiday shoppers that rushing through won't be possible), go entirely overboard with food prep (I have occasionally been accused of overkill on occasion), hang out at my library for a bit (get through some of those Battle of the Books reads!), catch a matinee of Twilight (that is if I don't sneak away to see it this weekend), finish knitting a Christmas gift (or two), and maybe even go shoe shopping (if I call it that, instead of the reality which is "momma needs new winter boots shopping," it sounds a little more fun). The kids only have two days of school, and I'm thinking I'll slack off a little, too.

So, that said, I may not check in on Monday. I'll be around at least one day before the holiday, though. How's this - I'll plan on painting while my fudge pecan pies are baking.

Enjoy your weekend!

Thursday, November 20, 2008

Dog AND Cat - Chloe and Miah

FROM TOP/LEFT: "Fierce Hunter," 4" x 8", $249, SOLD; "Cleo," 4" x 5", $184, SOLD. Both paintings in acrylic on canvasboard. Inquiries to .

I've been in a Shih-tzu groove lately - once I realized that, I had to mix it up with an old standby - the black cat.

I rustled through old photos of Miah, and came up with one where she was hunting Turtle's tail. You know the game - Cat A is quietly lying there, minding her own business, totally oblivious to Cat B, who is stalking and waiting for the right moment to pounce. That was my two. Hard to believe it'll be a year Saturday since Turtle died, and 6 months gone by since Miah. Sigh.

Thanks, as always, for your time in looking at and sharing these paintings with your friends and family.

See you tomorrow,

Wednesday, November 19, 2008

Emma & Milo, Shih Tzu Schmit Tzu

FROM TOP: "Milo," 5" x 7"; and "Emma," 6"x8"; both commissioned shih-tzu portraits in acrylic on canvasboard, both headed to a new home (THANK YOU!). Inquiries to .

These two remind me of Muppets. Such lively little faces, with fur and hair everywhere. And a total contrast to today's studio background soundtrack - I started out with The Nutcracker (it WAS snowing this morning), but it wasn't edgy enough, and I shifted gears to Amy Winehouse. What a fun day in the studio!!

You might have noticed the subtle new look to the daily emails. That's because I've changed delivery services. I learned that Google Newsgroups, my old provider, was not reliable. Over the last week, when investigating why some Dog-a-Day subscribers were not receiving their daily painting, I discovered that some email servers block Google generated emails, especially those with attachments or images, as part of their spam reduction efforts. I couldn't have readers missing out on the dailies, so migrated the Google Newsgroup to a new service.

As part of this change, I am now able to offer subscription sign-up to both the Dog-a-Days and my seasonal studio newsletter on the Painting a Dog a Day blog. Check it out at (or if you are reading this on the blog, scroll your eyes over to the right and check out the sidebar).

Also, you can always let me know if you are not receiving your daily postings (because I AM painting every day, and often weekends!!) or if you are getting multiples.

Thank you to those who participated in the ebay auction which ended last night. I'm considering listing additional paintings in the coming weeks - let me know if you are interested in seeing more auctions, and if so, what you would like to see, and I'll put something together.

And thanks also to all my new collectors - the Dog-a-Days are getting snapped up as quickly as I can paint them!

I appreciate your time, as always. Thanks so much for being part of the Dog-a-Day journey.
See you tomorrow,

Tuesday, November 18, 2008

Joe, Australian Shepherd

"Joe," 8" square, dog portrait starring an australian shepherd, acrylic on canvasboard, $349 to the first taker. Inquiries may always come to .


This piece looks so blah on the computer. In real life, Joe is all aglow with light, you can see the waves of his fur, and practically hear him panting.

Again, I want to mention the painting I have listed on ebay. The auction ends today around 8pm EST. is the link you need to view and bid!!

Thanks, as always, for looking my paintings and sharing them with your friends and family.

See you tomorrow, Kim

Monday, November 17, 2008

Susie Sheltie

"Susie Sheltie," 6" square, pet portrait of a Sheltie, acrylic on board, $249. Inquiries may come to


Susie is the other "make-up" portrait that goes along with Bubbles (from Sat). Susie made the cut because of the tremendous effort her current family put forth to rescue her. Susie was starving, matted and terrified, bandoned in an industrial area near an international airport. It took a crew of volunteers several hours in inclement weather to crate Susie, after which she was taken immediately under the wing of one family and whisked into veterinarian care.

Never daunted, the man who instigated all this (ironically, Susie bit him during the dramatic rescue) brought her without hesitation into his home and family, where she is now a beautiful and devoted companion. After Susie joined their family, they also became involved in Sheltie rescue, where they now assist with transports, opened their hearts and home to animals needing foster care, and help their group out with in-home visits.

I love hearing stories like this. Stories where incidents have spurred people into action, allowing them to reach out and make a difference. There are so many inspiring stories out there, and I especially love being able to bring them to the Painting a Dog a Day project. Thank you to Susie and her family for sharing their tale!

Just a reminder, I have an original painting on canvas that is listed on ebay right now. Ebay's also running a coupon for 10% off a purchase, up to $100 off (enter code CHOLIDAYNOV2008 at checkout). ( The auction ends tomorrow evening. This is my Dog-a-Day piece from October 10th - it's now available for purchase. "Fifty-Two Vignettes" is a painting on canvas inspired by 52 dog-a-day portraits - you can see it at The current price is a steal for one of my gallery stretched canvas originals (this is NOT a reproduction!).

Consider the opportunity for this sort of a deal my holiday gift to you - take a peek (item number 330285879451, seller id "turtledovedesigns", the tinyurl link above will take you right to the ebay listing), place a bid, and hold your breath!!

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

Lona Kitty

"Lona," 4" x 6", commissioned cat portrait, acrylic on canvasboard, private collection (THANK YOU!). Inquiries may come to .

I love the color in Lona's portrait, and how the pink of her body bleeds into the orange background, which is also a mirror of the shadows in her eyes.

I've placed a tag on my blog that will link you directly to, where you can preview the first 15 pages of my book Painting a Dog a Day - the First Year. You may also place an order through this site. If you would like an inscribed copy of the book, however, your order must come through me. Send an email to if you are interested. Softcovers are $39.95 and hardcovers with a dustjackets are $54.95; shipping and handling will be an additional $4.95.

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

Saturday, November 15, 2008

Bubbles the Pug

"Bubbles the Pug," 4" x 5", pug portrait in acrylic on canvasboard, $184. Inquiries to .

A few weeks back I had two portraits cancel with short notice. I asked Dog-a-Day readers to submit their stories, and from the group I chose a couple faces to paint. It was a tough choice, but Little Miss Bubbles was one of them.

Can you see why? That face!! I just love it.

And her story, too, of course. When she came into the rescue group, young Bubbles had a mysteriously broken hip. She had it corrected surgically, worked her little curly tail off in rehab, and was fostered for a year until she found her now forever home. Happy endings. That's what I love.

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

Thursday, November 13, 2008

Lucy and Desi

FROM TOP: "Lucy" and "Desi," each 5" x 7", commissioned Westhighland Terrier portraits, private collection (THANK YOU!!). Inquiries to .

Another busy day today. Finalized details on the first press run of Painting a Dog a Day - The First Year, proofed printed ephemera that one of my paintings is in, volunteered at my children's elementary school, and got these two paintings completed. I'm ready to call it a day!

Not sure if I'll get to paint tomorrow - the kids are off school, and we all have dental appointments. Later in the day I have an interview with a local newspaper, and my oldest son has an away soccer game in the evening. If I don't get in the studio tomorrow, I will be showing up over the weekend, as there's still a few faces I would like to paint this week and some other details to tie up.

I've heard rumors that the Google servers haven't been reliably delivering the dog-a-day emails. If you find yourself without your dog-a-day daily fix, you can always check out the blog to see what's up:

Thanks, as always, for looking.
And for sharing these paintings with your friends and family.
See you at some point in the next couple days!

Wednesday, November 12, 2008

Harley, a long haired chihuahua

FROM TOP: "All Squared Up," 6" square, and "In Profile," 4" x 8", $249; both chihuahua portraits in acrylic on canvasboard. Inquiries may come to .

I tried something interesting with these two. The long and skinny canvas I toned a bright pumpkin orange, the square canvas I toned in a peachy flesh color. Then I laid the paintings down overtop the wet underpainting. Consequently, the smaller painting seems bolder - those snippets of orange add a firey glow to the piece. The square painting carries more softness, I think because of the lighter ground.

I also used the exact same structure of colors, painting these side by side and simultaneously. I primarily used blues and oranges (compliments), yet the saturation is very different in each. The bolder underpainting demanded similar points of equal intensity. The softer underpainting allowed for a density and variety of edgework.

Oddly (not sure this was intentional or subconscious), the less confrontational profile design has brushwork that is dominant and pulls your eye around the painting, while the more confrontational head-on composition demands your eye via the dog's gaze and the brushwork becomes secondary.

I'm pleased with my mini lesson for the day. Now I'm back to the easel to play with these ideas some more.

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

Tuesday, November 11, 2008

FIfty-Two Vignettes - available via Ebay

"Fifty-Two Vignettes," 18" x 22", original painting, acrylic on gallery stretched canvas, depicting the top breeds as registered by the American Kennel Club in 2007.

This was one of my entries for the 2008 American Kennel Club-Eukanuba Poster Competition. (The design that won was delightfully clever (and sadly not mine) - a child gazing at a sky filled with dog-shaped clouds.) When I shared "Fifty-Two Vignettes" with Dog-a-Day readers last month there were a number of you who asked for the opportunity to purchase this piece when I decided to put it on the market. Well, I've decided. It needs a good home.

I'm trying something new - this painting will be auctioned off on ebay - you can see the listing at The auction will go live at 6pm PST today (November 11th, 2008) and run for 7 days. Starting price is a mere $99!!

This painting was created using over 50 portraits from the Painting a Dog a Day project. It is done on gallery stretched canvas, so the painted details wrap around the sides and there is no need to frame. AND it is remarkably larger than my typical Dog-a-Day pieces - it has bits from 52 portraits in it! Details from these portraits were collaged together and painted so as to create an entirely new original work of art.

Inquiries may come to me at My ebay seller id is turtledovedesigns. The painting is ebay item number 330285879451. Happy bidding!

Thanks, as always, for looking and sharing my artwork with your friends and family.
See you tomorrow!

Monday, November 10, 2008

Mandalyn, Tuxedo Cat

"Blue Mandalyn", 6" x 12", tuxedo kitten portrait, acrylic on board, $359. Inquiries to .

This is Mandalyn, a kitten I will be painting and blogging about regularly over the next few months. Mandalyn is under verterinarian care at Best Friends Animal Sanctuary (Kenab, Utah) for a variety of serious injuries. Her little body may be encased in plaster, but that hasn't dampened her spirit. You can read more about Mandalyn on the Best Friends Animal Sanctuary website - - under the Guardian Angels section.

I don't know what it was about this kitten that spoke to me, but she spoke up loudly and clearly across the miles. And within a very short period of time, I was able to iron out a partnership with the staff at Best Friends, who welcomed my idea of painting Mandalyn regularly through her recovery. Every couple of weeks I'll share a new painting with you, and provide a little update on her progress as her body heals and she gets closer to finding a forever home.

Meanwhile, proceeds from all of the Mandalyn-inspired paintings will go to Best Friends. Perhaps you have seen their staff in motion via the National Geographic television program "Dog Town." Their website contains a host of testamonials about the quality of care and life altering support they consistantly provide for rescues, shelters and pet owners around the globe. I am hopeful that Mandalyn's paintings will touch a chord with the Dog-a-Day readers and allow me to continue to support and learn from this esteemed group.

Thanks, as always, for your time in looking at, and sharing, my paintings.
I'll be back tomorrow with a dog for you,

Friday, November 07, 2008

Paco the Chihuahua

It's Dog-a-Day happy hour! 2 for 1!!

FROM TOP: "You are Getting Verrry Sleepy.....,", 8" square, $349, and "Glow in the Dark Ears," 6" square, $249. Both pieces depicting a tri-colored Chihuahua in acrylic on board. My client will take one (she's making up her mind) - who wants the other? Takers can email me at .
Both pieces SOLD.

This is a nice example of how the same photo inspires multiple paintings that are entirely different moods. Keep in mind that on the computer you are viewing these paintings the same size, but the full body piece is 150% larger then the little guy. The sweeps of color are beautiful - and you should see my palette, all full of the same lavendars, apricots and blues!

Please do share these paintings with your friends and family, and have a great weekend!

Thursday, November 06, 2008

Dazzle, golden retriever

"Dazzle," 6" square, Paws with a Cause service dog portrait, acrylic on board, $249 to the first buyer. Proceeds from the sale of this painting will be donated to Paws with a Cause. Inquiries may come to .


Paws with a Cause is a national group dedicated to providing assistance dogs for people with disabilities. They also provide a lifetime of support, fostering independance. I took this from their mission statement - read more for yourself at

In the beginning of the Painting a Dog a Day project I met UKON, a Paws service dog. Shortly after that, I got to paint Madison and Sirius, and the list goes on and on. Each Paws dog I meet is uniquely special, and to personally witness the bond they share with their person is humbling. To support the efforts of Paws with a Cause through my painting sales is phenomenal.
I met Dazzle last winter at the Detroit Kennel Club dog show. She was all too eager to go through her paces and make a new friend, but her mind was on work the whole time as well. Dazzle helps her person do just about everything, although I've been warned that she doesn't sort laundry that well.

Thanks, as always, for your time in following the Dog-a-Day paintings.
Please do share these with your friends and family.
See you tomorrow - I've got a dear little chihuahua in the works!

Wednesday, November 05, 2008

"A Long Night (Emma and Marcy)," 8" x 16", commissioned golden retriever portrait in acrylic on board, private collection (THANK YOU!). Inquiries (including how you can commission your own Dog-a-Day portrait) may come to .

"A Long Night" is a special holiday gift for my clients' parents, who lost both dogs this last year. Although there is a new generation of goldens in the household now, there is no denying the special place Emma and Marcy held.

And yes, the title is a nod in part to how late I stayed up following election results. The piece isn't entirely done (maybe 90%) - it's scale and intricacy is far more than what I normally tackle in one day, even with a full eight hours of sleep. So I'll live with Emma and Marcy for a couple days, identifying what should be finessed. But in the meanwhile, I wanted to share their painting with you.

Sleep well tonight!

Thanks, as always, for looking at, and for sharing, these paintings with your friends and family.
See you tomorrow!

Tuesday, November 04, 2008

Kimo, Dalmation

"Kimo," 8" square, commissioned dalmation portrait, acrylic on board, private collection (Kimo's painting is a holiday gift). Inquiries to

I love painting black and white dogs. The fun for me is trying to imagine them without any spots, and I build the architecture of their face using soft flesh and pastel tones. Then I punch up the painting by finishing off the eyes, and the final touch is laying the spots down. I go from a generic, ghost-like face, to one bursting with personality, just in a matter of minutes.

Thanks, as always, for your time in looking at, and sharing, these paintings.
See you tomorrow,

Monday, November 03, 2008

Sunbather (Roxy)

"Sunbather I (Roxy)," 8" square, terrier mixed breed dog portrait, acrylic on board, collection of the artist. Inquiries to .

Thanks, as always, for your time in looking at, and sharing these paintings, with your friends and family. Please do forward the images - it'll help Roxy's painting find a home, and in return, help who knows how many other shelter animals find forever homes too.

I am feeling brave - I enabled comments here on the Dog-a-Day blog. Feel free to share your thoughts!!

See you tomorrow!

Sunday, November 02, 2008

Gray and White Tuxedo (Kitty)

"Gray and White Tuxedo," 5" x 7", long haired cat portrait, acrylic on board, $249 to the first buyer. Inquiries to .


I've been in the studio a good chunk of the weekend and was so thrilled with this new little painting that I simply couldn't wait to share it with you. Hence, a Sunday Bonus Dog-a-Day.

This is a cat who was at my local shelter a few weeks back. Such wonderfully soft fur, like angora, with a silent purr that tickled my bones. Proceeds from the sale of this painting will go to the Oakland Pet Fund ( to help this cat and hundreds others like him find forever homes.

This painting would make a beautiful holiday gift, and in turn, would give also back to the critters at my shelter.
Thanks, as always, for looking at and sharing these paintings with your friends and family.
See you tomorrow,

Friday, October 31, 2008

Lashes and Corkscrews, Buckskin Horse

"Lashes and Corkscrews," 5" x 8", buckskin tobiano curly horse portrait, acrylic on board, $289 to the first taker. Do I see any hands? Inquires to .

I really DID intend to paint today, but things got out of hand quickly. I think it was the Snickers bar breakfast that me going in the wrong direction right off the bat. Then the mid-morning helping of caramel corn followed by a Kit-Kat lunch.... straight downhill from there.

For the last hour I have had my palette open and the brushes out, but trick-or-treaters are coming thick and heavy, and it's becoming very clear that I will NOT be finishing the sheltie paintings tonight (so sorry JB - they are coming, though!!).

Instead I'll share with you a piece I did last week for an art competition. I won't find out about the juror's decision until December, but in the meanwhile, please enjoy Percy, my friend's new gelding. Isn't he a dear?!

Be sure to make some time for a few chocolate bars this weekendll!!
I wish everyone a safe and enjoyable evening,

PS You know I'll be raiding the kids' Halloween stash next week and creating some candy paintings. If you have any favorites you would like to see, shoot me a note: .

Thursday, October 30, 2008

Amadeus, tiny boy, big name

"Amadeus," 6" square, Chihuahua portrait, acrylic on canvasboard, private collection (THANK YOU!). Inquiries to .

Amadeus is brother to Arwen, model for the first Dog-a-Day painting ever. You can see Arwen's painting at . Ami's painting will be joining his sister's and their busy household.

Thank you to everyone who helped locate my client yesterday. The problem wasn't her email after all - it was my fat-fingering her email into my address book. Silly me. I should know by now that I am the root of my worst problems.

And thank you, as always, for your time in looking at and sharing these paintings with friends and family.
See you tomorrow,

PS Another final plug for Painting a Dog-a-Day - the First Year. Please get your orders in by Saturday, November 1st, to guarantee holiday delivery. Softcovers are $39.95 and hardcovers are $54.95. Orders may come to .

Wednesday, October 29, 2008

Hannah, terrier mix

"Say Cheese (Hannah)," 6" square, commissioned terrier portrait, acrylic on board, private collection (THANK YOU!!). Inquiries may come to .

Had a blast at the zoo yesterday with Annie's class - we spent a good amount of time in the butterfly house, watching them "hatch" from their chrysalises. It was very peaceful compared to the bus ride. I actually worked today without music (very rare), just to enjoy the solitude.

Am off to start a pot of soup for dinner. Lemon rice sounds good, with roasted chicken and homemade pita bread. mmmmmm.......

Thanks, as always, for your time in looking at and sharing my paintings with friends and family,
See you tomorrow,

Monday, October 27, 2008

Sadie, Beagle Portrait

"Sadie," 6" x 8", commissioned beagle portrait, acrylic on board, private collection (THANK YOU!). Inquiries may come to .

My favorite part of this painting is Sadie's ears. They are loose and goey paint , simple layers of color, and perfectly frame her doe-like eyes. If I had painted the ears crisp and detailed, then Sadie's eyes would not lock you in like this. Notice how the collar and her mask, the only other harder edges in the whole painting, complete that frame around her face.

If you are interested in booking your own Dog-a-Day portrait, I have a limited number of holiday 2009 spots remaining. I know it's crazy to be thinking about next year before this one's even come up, but that's the way it is these days. Send an email to me - - and I'll get you pencilled in.

Thanks, as always, for your time in looking at, and sharing, these paintings with your friends and family.

I'll be back Wednesday - tomorrow I am chaperoning a zoo field trip with my daughter's 2nd grade class.


PS If you want one of the Dog-a-Day books, "Painting a Dog a Day - the First Year," for a holiday gift I must have your order by November 1st (that's this Saturday). Softcovers are $39.95 and hardcovers are $54.95. Please send an email to .

Friday, October 24, 2008

FROM TOP: "Cody," and "Samson", both 5" x 7", acrylic on board, commissioned portraits (THANK YOU!). Inquiries may come to .

I used to hardly ever use white, tinting my paints with yellow, pink, or a soft green. I still don't use a whole lot of white, but the point I'm getting at here is that I am recognizing (or rather now Seeing) the softer variations in those lighter values. I see color saturation so easily, and it wasn't so tough to see deeper variations of purples, blues, greens and reds in the dark values of my paintings. But it was a huge challenge for me to linger over the areas of light. I think I'm starting to get it though!!

Thanks, as always, for following along. Yes, please forward these paintings to friends and family.
Enjoy your weekend - stay warm, dry, and safe.
See you Monday,

Thursday, October 23, 2008

Harry, terrier mix

"Harry," 5" x 7", commissioned mixed breed pet portrait, acrylic on board, private collection (THANK YOU!). Inquiries may always come to

I wish you could all hold Harry's painting in your hands, and see the layers of paint. Lots of wet-on-wet and really fun brushwork - this painting was a party!

I am especially enjoying the very nice gray I can get with ultramarine and cad red light. One of those mixtures that shifts warm-cold easily, and seems especially reactive to it's surroundings.

I've been told my domain name ( will be mine again within 24 hours. It sure will be nice to ditch webmail and get a couple pages of data up on the web. Thanks again for your patience during this transition.

And thanks, as always, for your time in looking at and sharing these paintings with your friends and family.
And a huge happy birthday to my Evan, who turns 11 today!! WAHOO!!
See you tomorrow,

PS Yet again I will push the new book ("will she ever shut up over this?" most likely not for a while still!). Painting a Dog a Day - the First Year is available, and it is GORGEOUS!. It features over 200 paintings from the first 15 months of my daily work (October 2006-December 2007). Softcovers are $39.95 and hardcovers are $54.95. You may place your order by emailing .

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