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 22, 2008

"Miklos," 6" square, and "Markus", 5" x 7". Both vizsla portraits done in acrylic on canvasboard. I have not gotten final approval from my client, so there is the possibility that these will be available for purchase. If you are interested in either of the paintings, please send a note to .


I don't always paint companion pieces side by side, but these boys demanded it. Brothers and regular instigators of trouble, Miklos and Markus needed portraits that showed their similarities, yet also gave each their own spotlight. I kept the color schemes identical, chose complimentary colors to amp up their presence (they are vizslas, after all!), used similar dramatic lighting, but altered the paintings shapes just a bit.

There is a lot of wet-on-wet brushwork in here - both paintings were done with just one brush, a #5 bright. You can see the variety of brushstrokes I was able to get out of just the one brush. Using just the one allowed me to go directly from one passage to another seamlessly. Another perk - it added to my color harmony. I wiped my brush off periodically, but otherwise it never touched water.

These two have to be two of my favorite dog-a-day paintings to date. I am so pleased withhow they turned out! It's wonderful when the end result matches what I initially visualized..

I don't normally put together a late winter newsletter, but I had so much news to share that it seemed to be the best way to keep everyone informed with studio happenings. I published it today - you may view it at If the link does not work, simply visit , and navigate to the archive pages, where you will see a link to the newsletter at the top of the page.

One thing that didn't make it into the newsletter is my new affiliation with the group Art Helping Animals. Member artists (about 2 dozen of us) actively support animal welfare efforts through the sale of artwork. This group has raised over $36,000 to date!! I am delighted to join forces with them. You can learn more about Artists Helping Animals at . (And I promise to get my work up there soon!!)

Thanks, as always, for looking and forwarding these paintings on to your family and friends.
Enjoy your weekend,

Kimberly Kelly Santini
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