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
so much for your continued support of my artwork.

Saturday, February 02, 2008



"Faux-hawk," 8" x 16", poodle pet portrait, acrylic on canvasboard, $300 to the first buyer. Inquiries may always come to ksantini@turtledovedesigns.com .

I did this painting at the tail end of last year but didn't get the chance to post him. I wasn't terribly worried, because there were plenty of dog-a-day paintings flying off the easel that month. I knew this guy was special, and didn't want him to get lost in the crowd.

This painting was inspired by the poodle primping I observed at the AKC Eukanaba National Championship Dog Show last December. I loved the carefully sectioned row of pony-tails that lined the napes of their neck and topknots. The dogs loved the back-combing and powdering - they reveled in the attention, and pranced around like nobility when finished.

I took some liberties with the color in his fur, and enjoyed layering the glazes, using juicy brushmarks. This is a piece that glows when you hold it in your hands. I love having it here in the studio with me, but he deserves a home where he will be the center of attention.

Next week will be a return to Best Friends Animal Sanctuary, as I profile dogs from their shelter all week long. Perhaps you are following along with National Geographic's Dog Town program, which has focused on this shelters efforts to provide a quality of life to dogs that have been neglected, abused, or encounter serious health issues. Proceeds of each of the paintings next week will benefit the organizations efforts, which are monumental. None of the works have been commissioned, each will be available for purchase to the first buyer, and I will do my best to complete at least 5. Working with Best Friends Animal Sanctuary is always a treat.

Thanks, as always, for looking.
And for sharing these paintings with your friends and family,
Now I'm really signing off for the weekend!
Kim



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

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come. sit. stay.
enjoy the art.

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the gateway to canine art on the web

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