Paintings With Soul

Since October 2006 I've been a daily painter, creating a new pet portrait at least 5 times per week. Over the years I've expanded my offerings to include a variety of animals, pets, race horses, children and other treasured heirlooms. In addition, I accept a limited number of commissions each year.

In 2015 I am honored to be the Kentucky Derby Artist.

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Monday, January 28, 2008

"Keeping Watch (Meyer)," 8" x 10", commissioned beagle pet portrait, acrylic on canvasboard, private collection (or so I believe - my client is out of email reach until later this evening). Meyer's portrait will be a surprise 20th wedding anniversary gift. A huge round of congratulations to my client and her spouse for reaching this milestone!

Seasoned dog-a-day readers know how appealing I find older canine faces. Meyer's was no exception. As a dog ages (as we all age!), the bone structure becomes more visible, skin gets looser, and subtle changes in the symmetry of the face settle in. Once that graying mask has established itself, the dog becomes as infinitely wise in appearance as any doting grandparent.

I included just enough background to place Meyer within her home, but you'll notice that the color and edges are softer back there, to keep the amount of detail from overwhelming the most important part of the painting - her face. Although also notice that the intersection of the window frame falls just behind her shoulder, which pushes your eyes into her face. Just another trick to enhance the focal point!

I was lucky to have multiple photos of Meyer in her favorite spot - a close up that gave me the detail I needed around her face and shoulders, and a full body shot that illustrated the manner in which the light streamed through this particular window.

At the tail end of last week I completed two new equine paintings, both of which will be shipped off to their new homes in short order. One is a traditionally styled equine portrait starring three gorgeous quarter horses - the painting is lifesize. The other is a contemplative study of age, with gentle lighting and a wintery backdrop to add to the atmosphere. I've added them both to my online portfolio - interested parties may take a peek by clicking here ( .

I've also listed a couple of the vintage Fisher Price dog figurine paintings on ebay. You can see them (and any subsequent ebay auctions) through my ebay "About Me" page, viewable at

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

Kimberly Kelly Santini
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