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, January 14, 2008

"Portuguese Water Spaniel," 4" square, spaniel pet portrait in acrylic on canvasboard, $90, available to the first buyer. As always, inquiries should be sent to me at .


This little guy captivated me at the AKC Eukanaba National Championships Dog Show. Those eyes were full of mischief as they peered from underneath a mountain of curly bangs. His fur kinked in every direction, yet remained velvety to the touch. He had those big ole' floopy fuzzy lips, and just rested his muzzle in my palm for a good chin scratch - can you tell I fell in love?

I especially like the way this painting becomes an abstraction. If you squint down at it, is dissolves into bands of color. Composition at its simplest.

Thanks are due to a new dog-a-day collector, Mary Lynn Doyle, for her purchase of "Grin, Ziggy, Grin." Ziggy's painting will join her two boston terriers, and hold it's own very well, I think, against their live-wire antics.

Thanks also to Mike Fry and Beth Hogan for a really fun conversation on their Animal Wise program yesterday. The show aired live in the Minneapolis/St. Paul area from 12-2 central time on KDWA AM1460. I always welcome the opportunity to talk about my work and it's progression, especially to an audience equally focused on animal advocacy and responsible pet ownership. I am very appreciative to Mike and Beth for granting me a forum to share my experiences.

If you didn't get a chance to hear the program, you can download it at I found the story about dog poop footprints leading police to their drunk driving suspect highly entertaining, but there were a variety of more serious discussions about animal welfare as well. The Animal Wise program consistantly highlights issues that are close to many of our hearts, so if you are interested in staying in tune with current animal related news topics, I suggest you check out a few of their broadcasts, and maybe even subscribe to their podcasts (I have).

And finally, thank YOU for your time in looking and reading and following along with the Painting a Dog a Day project.

I'll see you tomorrow,

Kimberly Kelly Santini
distinctive pet portraits
& 4-legged paintings
come. sit. stay.
enjoy the art.

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