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.

Thursday, January 10, 2008


"Grin, Ziggy, Grin," 6" x 8", Boston Terrier dog portrait in acrylic on canvasboard, $180. Proceeds from the sale of this painting will go to the Midwest Boston Terrier Rescue in Kent, Michigan. Inquiries, as always, may come to me at ksantini@turtledovedesigns.com .

There is a wealth of knowledge in the face of an older dog, and Ziggy is no exception. I love the graying around his muzzle that stretches up through his mask - it anchors the focal point (Ziggy's face) simply by nature of being the lightest value in the painting. Ziggy's face is further offset by an "X" shaped composition, the crosspoint of which intersects his face. Another daily painter, Elin Pendleton (http://www.elinpendleton.blogspot.com/), has been recently talking about the importance of composition and design. That made me recognize that Ziggy's painting has a relatively basic structure, but one that could easily work with a variety of subject matter.

And, yes, Ziggy himself is available for adoption. You can read his PetFinder profile at http://search.petfinder.com/petnote/displaypet.cgi?petid=8928389 . And learn more about Midwest Boston Terrier Rescue's efforts (and see all of the Boston Terriers currently in their care) at http://www.midwestbtrescue.org/ . It is an honor to paint in support of their efforts again - their dogs just radiate happiness, despite the traumas or tribulations of their earlier years.

On another front, I want to share details with you about an upcoming interview I'll be having on Animal Wise Radio this Sunday, January 13th. The show airs live in the Minneapolis/St. Paul area from 12-2 central time on KDWA AM1460. Alternately, you can listen to the live, streaming, internet broadcast at http://www.kdwa.com/. The program will also be available nationally on http://www.allpetsradio.com/, and regionally via Premier Productions Network affiliates. And it gets even easier if you find yourself with plans on Sunday - a podcast will be published on Monday at http://www.animalwiseradio.com/ .

Thanks, as always, for looking at my art.
And for those times when you forward the post or web address.
I truly appreciate it,
Kim

Kimberly Kelly Santini
http://www.turtledovedesigns.com/
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