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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Friday, April 25, 2008

FROM LEFT: "Paratrooper Puppy I," 6" x 12"; "Paratrooper Puppy II," 8" x 10"; "Paratrooper Puppy III," 12" square. All in acrylic on board. Each painting depicts a vintage Fisher Price Little People dog with a Fisher Price Adventure Family parachute (there's also actually a zip-tied involved, too, but I used artistic license and painted that out). Inquiries, including requests for higher resolution images, may come to .

Yet another installment in the "Tags, Toys & Treasures" series of paintings. These were done for my client who is decorating her nursery with vintage toys and my paintings. Her most recent additions to the decor include one of these Paratroopers along with "Shooting the Rapids," which I posted on Monday. (Thank you, Kelly! I can't wait for you to unwrap these most recent two!! )

You should have seen this photo shoot - my 13 year old was getting into the challenge of hurling the paratrooper high enough that there would be enough ballast in the chute. Domenic tried launching from the treehouse (not high enough), with a slingshot (too fast), and from the top of a ladder (which sunk into wet ground and became dangerously unstable). Next he wanted to try the rooftop, but Mean Mom drew the line. He protested, "But this is for Art!" A very good argument, but I still didn't cave. At least he has his priorities straight, even if he has absolutely no sense of personal safety.

Meanwhile, I'm lying on the ground with my camera, scooting around, trying to shoot up into the parachute as it falls, giving him direction - "That one fell too twisted.... I really want the red section in the front.... try to throw it so there are trees in the background.... that better not have been dog poop I just scooted through...." (it was).

If our neighbors didn't think we were odd before, they definately do now!

If you are in the Detroit area, I'll have a booth at next month's Flower Fair and Art Show in downtown Lake Orion the weekend of May 17th-18th. You can stop by and grab a paratrooper painting for yourself (if any are left!), and go through a stash of other dog-a-day pieces, gallery stretched canvas paintings, limited edition giclees and notecards. I've been working like a mad woman, building inventory for several spring-time events coming up. Inquiries or questions can always come to me at .

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

PS It's Derby Week next! Stay tuned - I'll be squeezing some equine works into the dog-a-day mix.

Kimberly Kelly Santini
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