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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Meanwhile, thanks
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Friday, February 15, 2008


"Airedale (from the Tags, Toys and Treasures series)," 4" x 5", acrylic on canvasboard depicting a vintage metal Airedale Terrier figurine. Inquiries may always come to ksantini@turtledovedesigns.com .

This is another figure from the box of treasures my friend sent. I love the heft of this guy - he has a solid feel, and the metal warms nicely in your hand. There is great texture in the curls that you can trace with your fingernail, and the surface warmly reflects its environment. And there is a hint of paint around the face that still remains.

It's odd painting something so very tiny - this figurine wasn't more than 1-1/2" at the shoulder - and trying to transform it into a larger scale painting that carries interest and reads conformationally correct. Sometimes these figurines carry conformation deformities or mold lines that look painful when enlarged..... but this guy "grew up" with some character, even though he looks very un-animated.

Thank you and welcome to new dog-a-day collector Patricia Kane, who has added yesterday's painting "Forgotten" to her family, a family that has been enriched by the love of 15 castaways. Very serendipitous that this painting found her home.

Thanks as always for looking at my artwork and sharing the paintings and stories with your friends and family.
Enjoy your weekend,
Kim

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