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.

Tuesday, May 06, 2008

Animal Welfare Week - Tick Hound and Creed



"Tickhound," 5" x 7", tick hound mixed breed painting, featuring a dog from the Oakland Pet Adoption Center, acrylic on board, $149 to the first buyer. $28 from the sale of this painting will go to the Oakland Pet Fund (http://www.oaklandpetfund.org/) in support of their efforts to make Oakland County a no-more-homeless-pets community by 2010. Inquiries to ksantini@turtledovedesigns.com .
SOLD.

The markings on this dog were extraordinary. A tri colored mask, followed up with a body full of ticking and freckled feet the size of saucers. I would have loved to watch this dog at liberty, following the trail of a scent, ears flapping along the ground, tail flagging everyone behind to come follow. "Come on! Look what I've found!!"




FROM TOP: "Creed I", 4" x 5", mixed breed (lab and pit bull?) dog portrait, featuring a dog from the Oakland Pet Adoption Center, acrylic on board, $115 to the first buyer; "Creed II," 4" x 8", mixed breed (lab and pit bull?) dog portrait, featuring a dog from the Oakland Pet Adoption Center, acrylic on board, $149 to the first buyer. 20% of the purchase of both paintings will be donated in the buyer's name to the Oakland Pet Fund (http://www.oaklandpetfund.org/) in support of their efforts to make Oakland County a no-more-homeless-pets community by 2010. Inquiries to ksantini@turtledovedesigns.com .

This little man just leaned into his crate door, closed his eyes, and willed me to touch him. When I gently scratched his cheek, he groaned. Creed was an owner turn in. His clipboard read like a straight As report card - housebroken, perfect manners, walks well on leash, loves children. It made me wonder what had happened. Did an elderly owner move into nursing care? Did his family have to relocate and didn't have the means to bring him along? Or is he a casualty of the economy and his owners simply couldn't afford his care any longer? Creed is just one of many family pets in Michigan (and all over the country) who are being turned into shelters by families overwhelmed with other crises.

I wish I could have brought Creed home. I wish I could have found homes for all the animals at the Oakland Pet Adoption Center last week. I took solace in the shelter's preparations for an adoption event over the weekend. Creed and the tick hound and all the others still had a chance to find a new family.

Thank you to returning collector Anita Thomas for her purchase of yesterday's "Yellow."
And thanks to all of you for your time in following the Painting a Dog a Day project.
See you tomorrow, with some fur balls in tow......
Kim

Kimberly Kelly Santini
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