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, May 05, 2008

Animal Welfare Week - Yellow & Scruffy

We're entering May's Animal Welfare Week, which marks a full year that Painting a Dog a Day has supported animals in need.

For those of you who are new to the Painting a Dog a Day project, the first full week of each month I profile shelter/rescue/service dogs, and proceeds from their paintings' sales are returned to the animal's host shelter/rescue/Paws With a Cause. The project has raised over $3500 to date !! A huge round of applause is due for everyone for contributing to making this happen!

This week all the animals I will paint are from the Oakland Pet Adoption Center on Brown Road in Auburn Hills, Michigan. Proceeds from the sale of these paintings will go directly to the Oakland Pet Fund (, dedicated to making Oakland County Michigan (my stomping grounds) a no more homeless pets community by 2010!!

So, without further ado, let's start the week out with a couple of furry faces.

"Yellow (Lab Mix)," 8" square, labrador retriever mixed breed dog portrait, acrylic on canvasboard, $199. $38 from the sale of this painting will be donated in the purchaser's name to the Oakland Pet Fund ( Inquiries to .


When I visited the shelter last week, "Yellow" grabbed my heart. He was timid, and peered very cautiously at me from the relative safety of his crate. I had been meeting his neighbor, and for all purposes, it appeared that Yellow's crate was empty. He slowly peeked around, and I couldn't help myself, shooting a number of photos as he carefully craned forward to check me out. His tail thumped readily when offered a sniff of my jacket sleeve. He was a sweet boy.

Then I walked around the corner and met his opposite. "Scruffy" bounced around, literally, off all six sides of his crate. He was performing olympic quality gymnastic feats with ease. Picked up by animal control just the day prior, Scruffy seemed none the worse for his adventure, and ready to handle whatever came his way with a grin and a triple cartwheel.

"Scruffy (Terrier Mix)," 6" x 8", terrier mixed breed dog portrait, acrylic on canvasboard, $199. $38 from the sale of this painting will be donated in the purchaser's name to the Oakland Pet Fund ( Inquiries to .


Thanks, as always, for your time in looking at my paintings.
And for sharing the stories and the Painting a Dog a Day project with your friends and family!
And thank you AGAIN for supporting my shelter and rescue partners through your purchases and private donations.
See you tomorrow,

Kimberly Kelly Santini
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