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 31, 2008


"Peanut," 8" square, commissioned beagle pet portrait, acrylic on canvasboard, private collection (THANK YOU!).

I love dogs with eyeliner and doe-like eyes. Peanut has all that and more going for him.

In this portrait I used directional brushwork to model Peanut's form. Usually the uppermost layer of brushwork defines the direction of fur growth, but sometimes you can break that rule. Given the scale of this painting, and the dog's markings, I didn't want to end up with so much going on that there was no place for your eyes to rest. So I kept his head as the brightest area, and surrounded those eyes with looser brushwork that caresses the form of his skull.

I'll post another little piece in a few minutes. One of the requests I got was that I include more work available to purchase as part of the dog-a-day blog. I plan on painting a higher number of non-commissioned pieces, and sharing them with the you this year!

I welcome your ideas and feedback - they may come to me at ksantini@turtledovedesigns.com .

Thanks, as always, for looking.
And for sharing these paintings with your friends and family -
Stay warm tonite! There's some fierce weather pummelling the country -
Kim

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

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