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, May 09, 2008

Kitten Nest

Currently untitled, kitty portrait depicting a pile of kittens from the Oakland Pet Adoption Center, 12" x 16", acrylic on gallery stretched linen, $559. $110 from the purchase of this painting will be donated in the buyer's name to the Oakland Pet Fund (, a group dedicated to making Oakland County Michigan a no-more-homeless-pets community by 2010. Inquiries may come to me at .

The first thing I saw upon entering the Oakland Pet Adoption Center last week was this pile of kittens in the front lobby. Entranced, I immediately photographed 100 frames or so of the little furballs. I was interested in the play of light against their shapes, and the occasional shape of a paw or ear amongst all the fur. Then this little one pulled her head up and gave me The Eye.

Right away I knew I had a very special larger-than-life painting brewing. I went out the very next day to purchase linen, the rolls-royce of painting surfaces, and some new brushes worthy of the linen.

This painting is a big 'un, for such a little mite of a kitten. But yet it's not so large that it'll take over a room. It has a wonderfully quiet presence, yet the brushwork swims with energy and color (lavendars, blues, oranges and pinks). The kittens are painted from the front of the piece right around the sides to the back (so there is no need to frame) and the sheen riding on the surface is beautiful.

This piece, simply by it's size, scale and makeup, stands alone. I would love to be able to paint one of THESE every day - but the reality is that I have been working on this painting all week, even into the wee hours a couple of nights. That's how I get when an idea consumes me.

Now I'm off to go hide this from my daughter, or else she'll be wanting it for her room!

Thank you to returning collector Mary Hibbs for purchasing yesterdays "Kitty Baroo" painting.

And thanks again to everyone for their support during May's Animal Welfare Week - we raised almost $140 for the Oakland Pet Fund. (psst: there's still 5 paintings left unsold...... )
Enjoy your weekend, and I'll see you on Monday!
Take care,

Kimberly Kelly Santini
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