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.

Monday, February 11, 2008


"Hound Mix," 4" x 8", beagle and hound mixed breed dog painting, acrylic on canvasboard, $135 to the first buyer. Inquiries to ksantini@turtledovedesigns.com .

This painting is from a little bit ago, I just never got the opportunity to share. I love the sweetness of this little guy's expression - he's so full of joy, which you can just tell from the life in his eyes. The energetic brushwork goes along with the impression, and the colors have a nice harmony about them.

Today is a crazy day. The kids are all off school AGAIN, this time around because it was too cold and the buses wouldn't start (I would have gladly delivered several vanloads of children right to the schools' front doors, but guess noone thought to ask me). I think this is snow day #5 in the last 2-1/2 weeks.

Finnigan (my dog) is jumping out of his skin, it's been too cold for him to spend much time outside and he really needs a good run. This last week it's been so nasty, he gets slivers of ice in the pads of his feet just when venturing a few feet off the front porch. And his senseless need to herd the chunks of snow in the yard (usually highly entertaining to watch) now leads to bleeding lips and gums. So he's been playing hide and seek with soft toys in the house - he's got lots of willing accomplices today at least!

Anyways, so I've been trying to paint, and also have three little budding artists working alongside me in the studio, while a host of teenagers are gathered around the TV (not all my children, by the way). I'm having some problems getting my drawing just right on this painting currently on the easel, and think it might have something to do with all the distractions (Finn just dropped his ball at my feet and gently bumped me with his nose - I guess he's ready for another round). I'll sneak back in here after everyone's in bed, and see if I can't fix things with a couple of brushstrokes.

Meanwhile, thanks to new dog-a-day collector Tracy Parent for purchasing "Gentry" from last week. Welcome aboard, Tracy!

And thanks to all of you, as well, for reading and sharing these stories and paintings with your friends and family.
Hope you are staying warm - I sure could go for some unabashed time in the sun right now!
See you tomorrow,
Kim

Kimberly Kelly Santini
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