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.

You may use the links below right to receive my daily paintings via email or to follow my blog with a feed. I post additional info, including in-process jpgs and other related information, on the studio Facebook page as well.

Meanwhile, thanks
so much for your continued support of my artwork.

Thursday, January 31, 2008


"Spot (Bull Terrier Study)," 4" x 8", bull terrier painting (I hope I got the breed right!), acrylic on canvasboard, $135 to the first buyer. Inquiries to ksantini@turtledovedesigns.com.

The reference photo for this painting was taken last December at the AKC Eukanaba National Championships Dog Show (which will be aired this weekend! check your local listings). This young guy was calmly hanging out ringside, oblivious to the chaos around him, including me jockeying with my camera.

I wanted to introduce a little more color to the painting, so I removed the concrete backdrop and the harsh lighting, and put him outside on an expanse of lawn, with reflected blues and greens on his form. That's one of the beauties of being an artist - I'm never limited to just what's immediately front of me, but can pull things out of my hat, too, periodically.

Thanks again for your time today!I'll be back tomorrow with this week's final installment, and a couple of exciting links, too, I hope.......
Kim


Kimberly Kelly Santini
http://www.turtledovedesigns.com/
distinctive pet portraits
& 4-legged paintings

http://www.paintingadogaday.com/
come. sit. stay.
enjoy the art.

Founding member of the Canine Art Guild
http://www.canineartguild.com/
the gateway to canine art on the web

"Peanut," 8" square, commissioned beagle pet portrait, acrylic on canvasboard, private collection (THANK YOU!).

I love dogs with eyeliner and doe-like eyes. Peanut has all that and more going for him.

In this portrait I used directional brushwork to model Peanut's form. Usually the uppermost layer of brushwork defines the direction of fur growth, but sometimes you can break that rule. Given the scale of this painting, and the dog's markings, I didn't want to end up with so much going on that there was no place for your eyes to rest. So I kept his head as the brightest area, and surrounded those eyes with looser brushwork that caresses the form of his skull.

I'll post another little piece in a few minutes. One of the requests I got was that I include more work available to purchase as part of the dog-a-day blog. I plan on painting a higher number of non-commissioned pieces, and sharing them with the you this year!

I welcome your ideas and feedback - they may come to me at ksantini@turtledovedesigns.com .

Thanks, as always, for looking.
And for sharing these paintings with your friends and family -
Stay warm tonite! There's some fierce weather pummelling the country -
Kim

Kimberly Kelly Santini
http://www.turtledovedesigns.com/
distinctive pet portraits
& 4-legged paintings

http://www.paintingadogaday.com/
come. sit. stay.
enjoy the art.

Founding member of the Canine Art Guild
http://www.canineartguild.com/
the gateway to canine art on the web

Wednesday, January 30, 2008



From the top: "Cosmo" and "Vanilla". Cosmo, 6" square, commissioned mixed breed pet portrait, acrylic on canvasboard. Vanilla, 4" x 8", commissioned chihuahua portrait, acrylic on canvasboard. Both paintings are headed to a private collection (THANK YOU!).

The color is bold and juicy in each of these pieces, although at first glance the dogs themselves might not seem terribly colorful. After all, one painting is of a black dog, and the other dog is practically white. To me, black's resonate with violets and blues. Dogs Vanilla's color come complete with oranges, pinks, greens, and periwinkles. Hence my renditions.

I started another valentine painting this afternoon, and continued working on a larger still life built of vintage fisher price dogs. I also took down my show at the Orion Township Public Library, and spent some time sketching studies for a new large scale mastiff portrait. I'm about ready to settle down with a cup of tea and thumb through some of the art books I was able to pick up at the library - right now I am looking at John Singer Sargent's brushwork, Jamie Wyeth's use of line, and Kevin MacPherson's bold color.

Thank you to new collector Lisa Nelson and returning collector Barb Boyak, each of whom picked up an early valentine with one of yesterday's heart shaped dog tag paintings.

I always appreciate your time, especially when you choose to share the Painting a Dog a Day project with your friends and family.
Take care (and stay warm!!),
Kim

Kimberly Kelly Santini
http://www.turtledovedesigns.com/
distinctive pet portraits
& 4-legged paintings

http://www.paintingadogaday.com/
come. sit. stay.
enjoy the art.

Founding member of the Canine Art Guild
http://www.canineartguild.com/
the gateway to canine art on the web

Tuesday, January 29, 2008


I woke this morning and had been painting these in my dream. So of course I had to try it out for real. Here's the latest installation in my Tags, Toys & Treasures series - so fresh off the easel that they are not even on my website yet.

These are all small paintings, each starring their own heart shaped dog tag. They will make the most perfect Valentines for the most perfect someone (including yourself).

But don't wait - as always, I'm selling them at a set price, and these are one of a kind original paintings. I do not know if I'll get a chance to paint more of them in the coming days..... Shipping will be another $7 within the contiguous United States (and yes, I do combine shipping!).

from left: Valentine I, 4" x 5", gold heart shaped dog tag on yellow ground with red ribbon, SOLD. Valentine II, 4" x 5", yellow heart shaped dog tag on pale green ground with pink ribbon. SOLD.
Valentine III, 4" x 4", red heart shaped dog tag on S hook. SOLD.
Valentine IV, 4" x 4", red heart shaped dog tag with masking tape on easel work surface, nicely framed in custom molding, $259.

Inquiries may always come to me at ksantini@turtledovedesigns.com .

If you would like to contribute dog tags to my collection (yes, yes, please do!), they may be sent to TurtledoveDesigns, 346 N Anderson, Lake Orion, MI 48362. If you wish the tags returned, include a self-addressed, stamped envelope. I acknowledge receipt of all materials.

Thanks, as always, for looking.
And for sharing these paintings with your friends and family.

I've got a treat in store for you tomorrow - two little heart-throbs in their own right - so stay tuned!
Kim



Kimberly Kelly Santini
http://www.turtledovedesigns.com/
distinctive pet portraits
& 4-legged paintings

http://www.paintingadogaday.com/
come. sit. stay.
enjoy the art.

Founding member of the Canine Art Guild
http://www.canineartguild.com/
the gateway to canine art on the web

Monday, January 28, 2008


"Keeping Watch (Meyer)," 8" x 10", commissioned beagle pet portrait, acrylic on canvasboard, private collection (or so I believe - my client is out of email reach until later this evening). Meyer's portrait will be a surprise 20th wedding anniversary gift. A huge round of congratulations to my client and her spouse for reaching this milestone!

Seasoned dog-a-day readers know how appealing I find older canine faces. Meyer's was no exception. As a dog ages (as we all age!), the bone structure becomes more visible, skin gets looser, and subtle changes in the symmetry of the face settle in. Once that graying mask has established itself, the dog becomes as infinitely wise in appearance as any doting grandparent.

I included just enough background to place Meyer within her home, but you'll notice that the color and edges are softer back there, to keep the amount of detail from overwhelming the most important part of the painting - her face. Although also notice that the intersection of the window frame falls just behind her shoulder, which pushes your eyes into her face. Just another trick to enhance the focal point!

I was lucky to have multiple photos of Meyer in her favorite spot - a close up that gave me the detail I needed around her face and shoulders, and a full body shot that illustrated the manner in which the light streamed through this particular window.

At the tail end of last week I completed two new equine paintings, both of which will be shipped off to their new homes in short order. One is a traditionally styled equine portrait starring three gorgeous quarter horses - the painting is lifesize. The other is a contemplative study of age, with gentle lighting and a wintery backdrop to add to the atmosphere. I've added them both to my online portfolio - interested parties may take a peek by clicking here (www.turtledovedesigns.com/animal_art.html) .

I've also listed a couple of the vintage Fisher Price dog figurine paintings on ebay. You can see them (and any subsequent ebay auctions) through my ebay "About Me" page, viewable at http://members.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewUserPage&userid=turtledovedesigns.

Thanks, as always, for looking.
And for sharing these paintings with your friends and family,
Kim



Kimberly Kelly Santini
http://www.turtledovedesigns.com/
distinctive pet portraits
& 4-legged paintings

http://www.paintingadogaday.com/
come. sit. stay.
enjoy the art.

Founding member of the Canine Art Guild
http://www.canineartguild.com/
the gateway to canine art on the web

Friday, January 25, 2008



"Silver Star," 4" x 8", still life painting comprised of dog tags, acrylic on canvasboard, $135. Inquiries may always come to me at ksantini@turtledovedesigns.com .

Dog tags and other dog ephemera are also welcome - I continue to build still lifes from the objects you send in. Submissions may be mailed to 346 N Anderson, Lake Orion, MI 48362. If you would like your materials back, please include return postage. I will acknowledge receipt of all items.

What a varied and thought provoking response I got to my question earlier this week, when I asked your feelings about an article I had read advising artists to maintain a sense of mystery about their creative process.

Overwhelmingly I was told not to change the blog or the dog-a-day project - which isn't going to happen. I wasn't seriously considering it at all - just curious why the dog-a-day project was thriving despite what art marketing experts recommended.

Here are just a few of the ideas I've been mulling over:
Understanding the process enhances the artwork
The more one knows about the intricacies of a piece, the more respect one has for it, the more "life" the painting exhudes
Particular descriptions can cause more serious studying of a passage, even if the overall image itself doesn't attract the viewer
As a community already sensitive to animal welfare, the stories are another means of bonding with the art
The stories help the artist, subject and audience to connect
There is no doubt as to my dedication and love for my subject matter and the painting process, which makes the work more appealing
Sharing personal details is not for everyone, nor is the reciprocal (private) conversations that ensue
Not all artwork needs a narrative, nor should it be implied that all artwork would benefit from one
Some creative souls need that wall between their innermost selves and the public
There is joy to be had in sharing the creative process, and that sharing can spark new ideas and enhance the artists' energy
Reading each posting carries the dog-a-day community along on my journey
Collectors want to understand the artists' committment - blogging the dog-a-day project provides an intimate look at my process, my subject matter, and my world - all within the comfort of their own homes

Thank you so much to everyone who responded - I really have been flooded with your notes, and will work away at answering a few of them each night in the coming weeks.
Talk to you next week,
Kim


Kimberly Kelly Santini
http://www.turtledovedesigns.com/
distinctive pet portraits
& 4-legged paintings

http://www.paintingadogaday.com/
come. sit. stay.
enjoy the art.

Founding member of the Canine Art Guild
http://www.canineartguild.com/
the gateway to canine art on the web



"The Grand Dame (Chloe)," 8" x 10", commissioned pet portrait, Jack Russell terrier, in acrylic on canvasboard, private collection (THANK YOU!).

I saved the best for last.

Chloe is 14, and the one who started it all. Bursting with personality (like all terriers), she carries a great knowledge of how the household operates (like the oven timer going off equalling tasty morsels). As with Scooter's painting yesterday, I wanted a bit of a timeless appearance to Chloe's portrait. I painted her with brighter markings, but a hint of gray. She is The Matriarch, after all.

Here are this week's 5 paintings and the cleaner side of my studio floor (the last stretch of flooring without paint spatters!). It's important to point out that each study was painted individually - I did not approach the project with the idea of making paintings that matched each other - or even worse - a sofa! It is the personality shining in each respective portrait which is what makes them work. When grouped as a collection, that distinctive quality bounces around and becomes amplified.

(As an aside, you can make a painting match your home's interior with careful choices as to display and framing.)

These 5 make for a delightful collage, which I imagine echoes the dance that happens daily in this household. (It also includes 2 other terriers, Stella and Lola.)

Perhaps we'll get to visit "Terrier Heaven" again, just for a couple days.....??? (I know, it's not polite to beg.)

Extra thanks must go to my client for supplying me with an extraordinary stack of reference materials. Her photos were focused (you would think that some things were obvious, I know!), included head shots and full body images, were taken in natural lighting (no flash bulbs!), and highlighted the dogs at play, interacting with each other and the camera. That gave me a very distinct sense of their relationship with each other and with their 2-legged alphas. Great reference material leads to stronger painting, and I most certainly have thrived, this week in particular.

Thanks, as always, for looking and sharing the Painting a Dog a Day project with your family and friends.
I'll see you next week!
Kim

Kimberly Kelly Santini
http://www.turtledovedesigns.com/
distinctive pet portraits
& 4-legged paintings

http://www.paintingadogaday.com/
come. sit. stay.
enjoy the art.

Founding member of the Canine Art Guild
http://www.canineartguild.com/
the gateway to canine art on the web

Thursday, January 24, 2008

"Scooter," 6" x 12", commissioned jack russell terrier pet portrait, acrylic on canvasboard, private collection (THANK YOU!).

This is Scooter, a 12 year old "mama's boy." I used a combination of current and older photos so as to paint Scooter in an ageless fashion - his markings still bright with youth, but his eyes a little wiser from age. And that ever present terrier tenacity as well!

At the risk of coming across as shameless, I thought I might share a snippet of a note from this week's Jack Russell lovin' client (with her permission, of course). She had reserved a full week's worth of portraiture last July, and has been patiently in the wings for the past 6 months. She sent me this earlier today.

"....So often in life we plan and look forward to an upcoming experience. The event finally occurs and we sometimes allow ourselves to be let down, as though the anticipation eclipsed the one thing we were looking forward to. I wanted you to know that this was so not the case in regards to these portraits. It was worth the wait...and the wait was worth the end result...."

My wish is that her words will help those of you who are in line for your own dog-a-day paintings. I am booking portraits for December 2008 and beyond, which seems ridiculous in an odd way. But at least there's the entertainment factor of tuning in to the dog-a-day project in the interim.

Inquiries may always come to me at ksantini@turtledovedesigns.com .

Thanks, as always, for looking and reading and appreciating and sharing and simply being in tune with whatever I happen to be humming each day.
See you tomorrow,
Kim

Kimberly Kelly Santini
http://www.turtledovedesigns.com/
distinctive pet portraits
& 4-legged paintings

http://www.paintingadogaday.com/
come. sit. stay.
enjoy the art.

Founding member of the Canine Art Guild
http://www.canineartguild.com/
the gateway to canine art on the web

Wednesday, January 23, 2008



"Naughty Nadia," 6" x 8", commissioned jack russell terrier pet portrait in acrylic on canvasboard, private collection (THANK YOU!).

Nadia is another member of the now infamous terrier family that I'm painting this week. She literally was dropped at my client's place of business by a family headed for vacation. They didn't want to kennel her, and would have her put down if my client (who we've established in a prior posting has a reputation for liking Jack Russells) wouldn't take her. They could not open their hearts or their home fast enough for this little girl.

While the rest of the dogs in her family carry a sense of entitlement, Naughty seems genuinely grateful for all kindnesses that come her way - food, love and shelter. Even after three years of consistant love and care. She's such a dear soul who, like so many others, did not deserve the rough start she got in life. Naughty lucked out, though, in the end, and got the happy ending she deserved.

The story gets even better - something I neglected to mention earlier this week - proceeds from the sale of Naughty Nadia's painting and all the others this week will benefit Best Friends Animal Sanctuary in Utah. Perhaps you've seen the sanctuary on the National Geographic channel, where Dog Town airs. Dog Town is a program highlighting dogs the shelter aids through veterinary care and proper training - you can check your local listings, but around these parts it airs on Fridays at 9pm.

Best Friends Magazine, published by the Best Friends Animal Sanctuary, profiled the Painting a Dog a Day project in their July 2007 issue. Conversations with their editorial staff spurred me into developing Animal Welfare Week, where for the first full week of each month I profile animals from shelters, rescues and service dog organizations. I then donate proceeds from the paintings' sales back to the subjects' respective hosts.

Best Friends Animal Sanctuary will be February's Animal Welfare Week partner.

But in the meanwhile I have been donating proceeds of commissioned portraits stemming from Best Friends Magazine's readership back to the animal sanctuary. To date Best Friends Animal Sanctuary has received almost $1500 in donations from the Painting a Dog a Day project!

That speaks volumes about you, my readers, clients and friends. Thank you on behalf of all the animals who are, and who will, benefit from your support!

Thanks, as always, for looking.
And for sharing these paintings with your friends and family!
Kim

Kimberly Kelly Santini
http://www.turtledovedesigns.com/
distinctive pet portraits
& 4-legged paintings

http://www.paintingadogaday.com/
come. sit. stay.
enjoy the art.

Founding member of the Canine Art Guild
http://www.canineartguild.com/
the gateway to canine art on the web

Tuesday, January 22, 2008


"Buster," 6" x 12", commissioned border collie portrait in acrylic on canvasboard, private collection (THANK YOU!).

Yesterday I mentioned the token border collie who held his own amidst a cloud of jack russells. What better breed to fill those shoes?

Here's today's question: is Buster contemplating how to get the herd of terriers off the woodpile and to the back door as quickly as possible? Or is there a frisbee dangled just outside the picture frame (he has been known to mourn alongside trash cans which hold the remains of old discs).

The best part of all about this painting is that it is intended for my clients' son. He is a soldier having weathered 2 tours of duty in Iraq and 1 in Afghanistan. Buster helped this brave man maintain a healthy outlook while overseas, and now he will have a piece of his dog with him at all times, no matter what the conditions.

With a drastic shift of gears, congratulations and welcome to new collector Annie Crow for her purchase of "Corgi Butt" from the tail end of last week (yeah, I know, bad pun!). And Jack's painting (from yesterday) is going to his owners as well.

As to my informal survey about how much of the creative process to share, I received an overwhelming response. Your comments deserve careful consideration - the question was a complex one, and I'm fascinated by the wealth of your ideas. I will continue to ponder, and share my thoughts later this week. Meanwhile, if you haven't yet weighed in, I had asked what your feelings were on the creation process. I had read an article advising artists to maintain an aura of mystique when it came to discussing their work and methods, which seemed contrary to how I operated. Responses can be sent to me at ksantini@turtledovedesigns.com .

Thanks as always for looking.
And for sharing these paintings with your friends and family.


Kimberly Kelly Santini
http://www.turtledovedesigns.com/
distinctive pet portraits
& 4-legged paintings

http://www.paintingadogaday.com/
come. sit. stay.
enjoy the art.

Founding member of the Canine Art Guild
http://www.canineartguild.com/
the gateway to canine art on the web

Monday, January 21, 2008



"Jack," 6" x 8", Jack Russell terrier pet portrait, acrylic on canvasboard. I believe this painting has a home, but as it's late, and I don't expect to hear back from my clents (because it's late!), I don't want to jump to conclusions. If you are interested, as always, drop me an email at ksantini@turtledovedesigns.com , and I'll keep you posted.

But back to Jack.

When you live in a small town, word gets around as to your likes and dislikes. That can work to your advantage. That could be a disadvantage - depends entirely on your point of view. In Jack's case, though, both sides benefitted tremendously.

After Jack was picked up numerous times, the local Animal Protection League called up my clients with the "we hear you like jack russells" line. Turns out Jack wasn't a naughty dog who repeatedly ran away from home - he was deaf, totally unbeknownst to his prior family. Take it as you will, but that family probably wasn't really in tune on multiple levels with what Jack needed.

Irregardless, he is now loved unconditionally, and lives a happy, vibrant life (in spite of his deafness) as one of 6 spoiled terriers and a token non-terrier (a border collie, who holds his own as long as there's a frisbee around). They have an entire farm to roam, and legions of squirrels and other vermin to terrorize (or so they think!). You'll meet 5 of Jack's gang in the coming days, as part of what I proposed to my clients as "Terrier Heaven," but they laughingly renamed "Shark Week."

On another note, I read an interesting article over the weekend. It suggested that artists' should not disclose anything about their process or their personal lives, because that diminished the whole creative process. I thought that was a terribly short-sighted vision - that author-artist, whoever they might be, was missing out horribly on the friendships that evolve from the intimacy that comes when a collector connects with an article that we have painted. I would love to hear your thoughts on this idea, so that I may write an informed note to this author-artist, and begin a debate about the Other Side of creativity. My gut tells me that if I'm painting something special enough that another body connects with enough to purchase (or connects and follows via the internet), that the work has added meaning if you know a little bit about me. Maybe I'm entirely off base here. Maybe I'm egotistical. Let me know, though. I will enjoy reading your thoughts, and thinking more myself, about this topic.

Thanks, as always, for looking.
And for sharing these paintings with your friends and family.

See you tomorrow!
Kim

Kimberly Kelly Santini
http://www.turtledovedesigns.com/
distinctive pet portraits
& 4-legged paintings

http://www.paintingadogaday.com/
come. sit. stay.
enjoy the art.

Founding member of the Canine Art Guild
http://www.canineartguild.com/
the gateway to canine art on the web

Friday, January 18, 2008



"Corgi Butt," 6" square, corgi pet portrait in acrylic on canvasboard, $135 to the first buyer. Inquiries may always come to me at ksantini@turtledovedesigns.com .

SOLD.

Who says a portrait has to be of the animals' face?!

There are layers of glaze and very loose brushwork in this painting. It reads so nicely in person, the juicy surface just saturated with gestural marks and harmonious grays. I was reading yesterday about how one correct brush stroke can relay far more information than the most carefully rendered (ie invisible) blending. This painting is my take on that concept.

Thanks, as always, for looking.

And for forwarding these paintings to your friends and family.
See you Monday,
Kim

Kimberly Kelly Santini
http://www.turtledovedesigns.com/
distinctive pet portraits
& 4-legged paintings

http://www.paintingadogaday.com/
come. sit. stay.
enjoy the art.

Founding member of the Canine Art Guild
http://www.canineartguild.com/
the gateway to canine art on the web

Thursday, January 17, 2008

"LuLu," 8" square, commissioned seal point long haired cat portrait in acrylic on canvasboard. LuLu's painting joins a handful of my other portraits in a private collection - it's so fascinating to see the "families" of dog-a-day paintings that have assembled during the past 16 months. LuLu's is an especially endearing family, containing several of my favorite pieces.

Yes, she is NOT a dog, but once you get over that part, don't you just love the color in her? Even though she is essentially a deep velvety brown and cream, I found all sorts of reds, orange, yellow, blue and violet to exploit too. And those eyes - they were especially important. LuLu is the sort of cat who behaves like a dog, so it was key that I paint her eyes engaging, bright with intelligence, and brimming with personality (not that ALL cats don't have these same traits - it's just that many choose to keep those sorts of things under wraps, so to speak). Making the eyes the brightest spots of color in the painting accents their vitality and truly anchors them as the focal point.

Thanks, as always, for looking. Even at the cats!! (I love cats, but I know there are some die-hard dog-a-day readers who do not love them as much as some of us do!)

And for sharing these paintings with your friends - the dog-a-day family continues to grow, and I love the community we have become!

See you tomorrow,
Kim


Kimberly Kelly Santini
http://www.turtledovedesigns.com/
distinctive pet portraits
& 4-legged paintings

http://www.paintingadogaday.com/
come. sit. stay.
enjoy the art.

Founding member of the Canine Art Guild
http://www.canineartguild.com/
the gateway to canine art on the web

Wednesday, January 16, 2008


"Inseparable: Keva and Sadie," 8" x 16", commissioned labrador retriever portraits, acrylic on canvasboard, private collection (THANK YOU!).

My client adopted Keva and Sadie from a lab rescue group. It was estimated that they were about 7 years old, and suspected littermates. Now closing in on 14, these two girls remain constantly together, loving life and all it brings their way.

When my client commissioned their portraits, I suggested the possibility of breaking one of my rules (that being only one dog per painting) in order to best accommodate their togetherness. She was very enthusiastic about the idea. And when I unveiled the painting to her, coincidentally Keva and Sadie were in the exact same positions as I had painted them, curled up together on a favorite rag rug. An example of life imitating art!

Besides painting, I am planning other activities behind the scenes. For one, I am thrilled to announce that I am a member of the exclusive creation team for the "Glory of Horses" project. This is a large mural that will be collectively worked on by a group of 170 international artists. The mural will touring horse events around the world for approximately three years. I will keep you posted as to where it will be and when, so that you may have a chance to view this spectacular artwork. Complete information about the project is available at its site: http://www.gloryofhorses.com/ - and rest assured that I will share my panel design with you in the coming weeks through the Painting a Dog a Day postings.

Thanks, as always, for your time in looking at and forwarding these paintings to friends and family,

Kim

Kimberly Kelly Santini
http://www.turtledovedesigns.com/
distinctive pet portraits
& 4-legged paintings

http://www.paintingadogaday.com/
come. sit. stay.
enjoy the art.

Founding member of the Canine Art Guild
http://www.canineartguild.com/
the gateway to canine art on the web

Tuesday, January 15, 2008



"Follow the Leader I," 8" x 16", acrylic on canvasboard, still life comprised of vintage Fisher Price dog figurines, $300 to the first interested buyer. As always, direct any inquiries directly to me at ksantini@turtledovedesigns.com .

I've been setting my little dogs up in various patterns, lines, and designs. My son walked into the studio over the weekend and picked up a couple dogs from the still life table - "NO!" I yelped, as the other dogs did the domino effect thing (I had quite the train-line-up going on). He didn't know I was painting them! But I totally understood his intent, as I feel like a child myself when painting these.

In this composition I intentionally turned the last dog in line towards the viewer. His face, albeit plastic, engages the viewer, and pulls you into the painting far more so than if he were right in step behind the others. Will he follow them or take off in his own direction?

There will be many more Fisher Price dog paintings to come, so please stay tuned. I promise a flesh and blood dog for tomorrow, though. Well, rather, a painted version.

Thanks, as always, for your time,
Kim

Kimberly Kelly Santini
http://www.turtledovedesigns.com/
distinctive pet portraits
& 4-legged paintings

http://www.paintingadogaday.com/
come. sit. stay.
enjoy the art.

Founding member of the Canine Art Guild
http://www.canineartguild.com/
the gateway to canine art on the web

Monday, January 14, 2008



"Portuguese Water Spaniel," 4" square, spaniel pet portrait in acrylic on canvasboard, $90, available to the first buyer. As always, inquiries should be sent to me at ksantini@turtledovedesigns.com .

SOLD.

This little guy captivated me at the AKC Eukanaba National Championships Dog Show. Those eyes were full of mischief as they peered from underneath a mountain of curly bangs. His fur kinked in every direction, yet remained velvety to the touch. He had those big ole' floopy fuzzy lips, and just rested his muzzle in my palm for a good chin scratch - can you tell I fell in love?

I especially like the way this painting becomes an abstraction. If you squint down at it, is dissolves into bands of color. Composition at its simplest.

Thanks are due to a new dog-a-day collector, Mary Lynn Doyle, for her purchase of "Grin, Ziggy, Grin." Ziggy's painting will join her two boston terriers, and hold it's own very well, I think, against their live-wire antics.

Thanks also to Mike Fry and Beth Hogan for a really fun conversation on their Animal Wise program yesterday. The show aired live in the Minneapolis/St. Paul area from 12-2 central time on KDWA AM1460. I always welcome the opportunity to talk about my work and it's progression, especially to an audience equally focused on animal advocacy and responsible pet ownership. I am very appreciative to Mike and Beth for granting me a forum to share my experiences.

If you didn't get a chance to hear the program, you can download it at http://www.animalwiseradio.com/. I found the story about dog poop footprints leading police to their drunk driving suspect highly entertaining, but there were a variety of more serious discussions about animal welfare as well. The Animal Wise program consistantly highlights issues that are close to many of our hearts, so if you are interested in staying in tune with current animal related news topics, I suggest you check out a few of their broadcasts, and maybe even subscribe to their podcasts (I have).

And finally, thank YOU for your time in looking and reading and following along with the Painting a Dog a Day project.

I'll see you tomorrow,
Kim


Kimberly Kelly Santini
http://www.turtledovedesigns.com/
distinctive pet portraits
& 4-legged paintings

http://www.paintingadogaday.com/
come. sit. stay.
enjoy the art.

Founding member of the Canine Art Guild
http://www.canineartguild.com/
the gateway to canine art on the web

Sunday, January 13, 2008

My website revamp is finally nearing completion. There are still links I would like to code in and some other details that need to be fine-tuned, but overall, I've completed the restructuring.

Part of the remodelling included adding a section to the website highlighting unsold dog-a-day paintings from 2007 and 2006. You can view unsold dog-a-day paintings at www.turtledovedesigns.com/paintingadogaday/adoptable_dog_a_day_paintings.html .

I've also created a page for the Memories: Tags, Toys and Things paintings (the still lifes fetauring dog tag and vintage toys) - at www.turtledovedesigns.com/dog_tags_toys_things.html .

I've highlighted the commission process - how you can go about getting your own dog featured in the Painting a Dog a Day project - at www.turtledovedesigns.com/paintingadogaday/commissiondog_a_day.html .

I have built a full page on how you can purchase a (completed) painting for your own: www.turtledovedesigns.com/paintingadogaday/bringhimhome.html .

And I've designated webspace detailing how you can set your email up to fetch the dog-a-day paintings: www.turtledovedesigns.com/paintingadogaday/emailfetch.html .

Meanwhile, I always welcome your questions and comments. Inquiries may come to ksantini@turtledovedesigns.com .
Thanks, as always, for checking in.
I'll see you tomorrow, with a new face!
Kim


Kimberly Kelly Santini
www.turtledovedesigns.com
distinctive pet portraits
& 4-legged paintings

www.paintingadogaday.com
come. sit. stay.
enjoy the art.

Founding member of the Canine Art Guild
www.canineartguild.com
the gateway to canine art on the web

Friday, January 11, 2008

"Elsie," 5" x 7", young Boston Terrier portrait in acrylic on canvasboard, $135. Proceeds from the sale of this painting will be donated to the Midwest Boston Terrier Rescue, the rescue that is currently fostering Elsie until she finds a new home. Inquiries may come to ksantini@turtledovedesigns.com .

SOLD.

Elsie is a puppy mill dog, one who spent the first years of her life producing litters while entirely crate bound. She has some health concerns that will need monitoring as she grows older, but she remains a happy, playful, bright soul. You can read more about Elsie at http://search.petfinder.com/petnote/displaypet.cgi?petid=9569118.

You can read more about the Midwest Boston Terrier Rescue at http://www.midwestbtrescue.org/.

And just to shamelessly toot my horn some more, I'd like to repeat yesterday's information about my participation in Animal Wise Radio's programming this weekend.

Sunday, January 13th, to be exact. The show airs live in the Minneapolis/St. Paul area from 12-2 central time on KDWA AM1460. Alternately, you can listen to the live, streaming, internet broadcast at http://www.kdwa.com/. The program will be available nationally on http://www.allpetsradio.com/ and regionally via Premier Productions Network affiliates. And it gets even easier if you find yourself with plans on Sunday - a podcast will be published Monday at http://www.animalwiseradio.com/ .

Thanks, as always, for looking.
And for sharing these paintings with your friends and family.
Enjoy your weekend,
Kim

Kimberly Kelly Santini
http://www.turtledovedesigns.com/
distinctive pet portraits
& 4-legged paintings

http://www.paintingadogaday.com/
come. sit. stay.
enjoy the art.

Founding member of the Canine Art Guild
http://www.canineartguild.com/
the gateway to canine art on the web

Thursday, January 10, 2008


"Grin, Ziggy, Grin," 6" x 8", Boston Terrier dog portrait in acrylic on canvasboard, $180. Proceeds from the sale of this painting will go to the Midwest Boston Terrier Rescue in Kent, Michigan. Inquiries, as always, may come to me at ksantini@turtledovedesigns.com .

There is a wealth of knowledge in the face of an older dog, and Ziggy is no exception. I love the graying around his muzzle that stretches up through his mask - it anchors the focal point (Ziggy's face) simply by nature of being the lightest value in the painting. Ziggy's face is further offset by an "X" shaped composition, the crosspoint of which intersects his face. Another daily painter, Elin Pendleton (http://www.elinpendleton.blogspot.com/), has been recently talking about the importance of composition and design. That made me recognize that Ziggy's painting has a relatively basic structure, but one that could easily work with a variety of subject matter.

And, yes, Ziggy himself is available for adoption. You can read his PetFinder profile at http://search.petfinder.com/petnote/displaypet.cgi?petid=8928389 . And learn more about Midwest Boston Terrier Rescue's efforts (and see all of the Boston Terriers currently in their care) at http://www.midwestbtrescue.org/ . It is an honor to paint in support of their efforts again - their dogs just radiate happiness, despite the traumas or tribulations of their earlier years.

On another front, I want to share details with you about an upcoming interview I'll be having on Animal Wise Radio this Sunday, January 13th. The show airs live in the Minneapolis/St. Paul area from 12-2 central time on KDWA AM1460. Alternately, you can listen to the live, streaming, internet broadcast at http://www.kdwa.com/. The program will also be available nationally on http://www.allpetsradio.com/, and regionally via Premier Productions Network affiliates. And it gets even easier if you find yourself with plans on Sunday - a podcast will be published on Monday at http://www.animalwiseradio.com/ .

Thanks, as always, for looking at my art.
And for those times when you forward the post or web address.
I truly appreciate it,
Kim

Kimberly Kelly Santini
http://www.turtledovedesigns.com/
distinctive pet portraits
& 4-legged paintings

http://www.paintingadogaday.com/
come. sit. stay.
enjoy the art.

Founding member of the Canine Art Guild
http://www.canineartguild.com/
the gateway to canine art on the web

Wednesday, January 09, 2008

ARTISTS NOTE: Giclees are available of this painting. Inquiries may come to ksantini@turtledovedesigns.com .

"Wanna go for a walk?," 12" x 16", acrylic on gallery stretched linen, $560. This piece will be added to my website soon, but I'm giving you, the dog-a-day readers, a sneak peek.

I am especially excited to share this new painting with you. It is a combination of all the paintings I've done prior, influenced by a select group of artists and mentors (you know who you are, and THANK YOU!), hours of careful study, and a nice indicator of the sort of direction my work will be taking in 2008.

I will continue to paint objects that sing to me, and throw my soul into their creation. I will be making paintings that, hopefully, touch your heart and tug at a memory or two.

(And before I get 100 emails asking, yes, these will be in addition to the dog-a-day paintings - I am committed to Painting a Dog a Day through at least the end of 2008.)

Thanks for coming along on this journey!
Inquiries about this painting may come to me at ksantini@turtledovedesigns.com .
Have a beautiful evening,
Kim

Kimberly Kelly Santini
http://www.turtledovedesigns.com/
distinctive pet portraits
& 4-legged paintings

http://www.paintingadogaday.com/
come. sit. stay.
enjoy the art.

Founding member of the Canine Art Guild
http://www.canineartguild.com/
the gateway to canine art on the web

"Winston," 4" x 8", a Shih Tzu dog portrait in acrylic on canvasboard. Proceeds from the sale of this painting will go to Peke A Tzu Rescue. Send inquiries to ksantini@turtledovedesigns.com .

First, I must apologize for consistently misspelling my rescues' name, along with typo-ing their website in yesterday's posting. The group has kindly forgiven my error, and I hope you will as well. The correct spelling of the rescue is Peke A Tzu, and their website is http://www.pekeatzurescue.com/ .

As I mentioned yesterday, Peke A Tzu Rescue focuses on toy and small breeds. They are based in Michigan, with foster homes also in Indiana, Ohio and Florida specializing in special needs dogs, like Winston, the star of today's painting.

Winston was rescued in 2004, completely flea infested, with unclipped toenails growing into the pads of his feet, and horrible eye and ear infections. Today he is a happy, contented boy who loves being loved on. He does have special dietary needs to counteract an immune deficiency problem, and he continues with eye medication. But he also remains hopeful that the right home will come along. It will - it's bound to!

A thank you and welcome aboard to new dog-a-day collector Sandy Olsen, who purchased Ruger's portrait from Monday. A donation will be made to Best Friends Animal Sanctuary on her behalf.

And a special thanks to returning client and fellow artist Judy Wood for adopting "Fisher Price Dog III," and adding him to her collection.

Later tonite I'll also be posting yet another new piece........ the paint is flying around these parts!

Thanks, as always, for looking.
And for sharing these paintings with your friends and family.
Kim

Kimberly Kelly Santini
http://www.turtledovedesigns.com/
distinctive pet portraits
& 4-legged paintings

http://www.paintingadogaday.com/
come. sit. stay.
enjoy the art.

Tuesday, January 08, 2008






from top: "Fisher Price Dog I," "Fisher Price Dog II," "Fisher Price Dog III," each 4" x 6", still life painting of plastic Fisher Price dog figurines/toys, acrylic on board, $135 each. Inquiries to ksantini@turtledovedesigns.com .
"Fisher Price Dog III" is sold.

I'm having a little too much fun in the studio lately. Can you tell? I've been painting toys - it started with the vintage dog figurines last year, and now I've graduated to Fisher Price dogs. I have a nice little collection of these guys. It is surprising to me that each dog bears a unique expression, despite the fact that they were all pressed from the same mold. And how their color has changed over the years, depending on their circumstances - some faces are blue, others white, orange or yellow. Some faces are even blank, or the dogs have lost an ear - or horrors - both!

How cute will these be, framed together in a nursery or child's room? Or tucked into a corner of your home, someplace that will be certain to deliver you a smile and a childhood memory.

Thanks doubly today - I've bothered you twice now with my drivel!
Talk to you tomorrow!
Kim

Kimberly Kelly Santini
http://www.turtledovedesigns.com/
distinctive pet portraits
& 4-legged paintings

http://www.paintingadogaday.com/
come. sit. stay.
enjoy the art.

Founding member of the Canine Art Guild
http://www.canineartguild.com/
the gateway to canine art on the web

"Chinese Crested Study (Harlan), 6" square, chinese crested hairless dog portrait in acrylic on canvasboard. Proceeds from the sale of this painting will go to the Peke-a-Tzu Rescue. Inquiries may come to ksantini@turtledovedesigns.com .

First, I'll introduce you to Harlan. Chinese Cresteds are new to this particular rescue, but who can resist those eyes? Or this little guy's sweet temperment. Harlan is an 11 year old Chinese Crested, always happy, dancing, tail wagging, and a HUGE cuddler.

The Peke-a-Tzu Rescue focuses on toy and small breeds. They are based in Michigan, with foster homes also in Indiana, Ohio and Florida. They specialize in senior dogs as well as those with physical or mental challenges. They rescue dogs from shelters, animal control facilities, and private owners. They provide a nurturing foster home for these little ones, along with proper veterinary care, until a new forever home is found. The rescues' operations are entirely supported by volunteer efforts. You can learn more about the Peke-a-Tzu Rescue and their adoptable dogs at http://www.pekeatzurescue.com/ .

Peke-a-Tzu Rescue is new to the Painting a Dog a Day project, and I'd like to thank their director Jan Collins, as well as a a client of mine who put the two of us together. As many of you know, the first week of each month is Animal Welfare Week. During that week I profile animals from shelters, rescues, or service dog organizations, and donate proceeds in return to the host shelter/rescue/organization. During 2007 the dog-a-day project raised nearly $2000 for these groups - I would love to see that figure double in 2008!

We'll continue tomorrow with another dog from Peke-a-Tzu Rescue, and finish the week off with two from the Midwest Boston Terrier Rescue. As with the regular dog-a-day paintings, these will be sold to the first buyer. Again, inquiries about Harlan's painting may come to ksantini@turtledovedesigns.com .

Thanks, as always, for looking.
And for sharing these paintings with your friends and family.
Stay tuned for a bonus posting later this afternoon!
Kim

Kimberly Kelly Santini
http://www.turtledovedesigns.com/
distinctive pet portraits
& 4-legged paintings

http://www.paintingadogaday.com/
come. sit. stay.
enjoy the art.

Founding member of the Canine Art Guild
http://www.canineartguild.com/
the gateway to canine art on the web

Monday, January 07, 2008


"Say What?! (Ruger)," 6" x 8", hound portrait in acrylic on canvasboard, from August 10th, 2007, $120. Proceeds from the sale of Ruger's portrait will benefit Best Friends Animal Sanctuary in Utah.
SOLD.

Were you able to watch the first episode of Dog Town on the National Geographic channel? If you did, you saw Ruger's story. I painted Ruger last summer, and just like the hound himself, inexplicably this painting finds itself looking for a home. In light of his new reality tv stardom, I thought I would showcase Ruger's painting again. Inquiries may come to me at ksantini@turtledovedesigns.com .

I enjoyed watching Dog Town, and I'm not one to sit and watch TV. It was great seeing the faces of the people who make such a difference in the lives of these animals.

And what a surprise to see Ruger among the mix of dogs they profiled - like coming across an old friend!

You can learn more about Best Friends Animal Sanctuary at http://www.bestfriends.org/ . I also realized after sending out Friday's email, that I forgot to plug in the 2007 year to date Painting a Dog a Day contribution amount for Best Friends Animal Sanctuary - over $1100!!

Thanks, as always, for looking.
And for sharing these paintings and stories with your friends and family,
See you tomorrow!
Kim

Kimberly Kelly Santini
http://www.turtledovedesigns.com/
distinctive pet portraits
& 4-legged paintings

http://www.paintingadogaday.com/
come. sit. stay.
enjoy the art.

Founding member of the Canine Art Guild
http://www.canineartguild.com/
the gateway to canine art on the web

Friday, January 04, 2008

The National Geographic channel is airing a new series tonite. The program is called "Dog Town," and it has been filmed at Best Friends Animal Sanctuary. BFAS is one of the shelters that the Painting a Dog a Day project supports - in 2007, dog-a-day sales resulted in donations of over $1100 to this shelter alone!



I have a small dog-a-day painting hanging in Dog Town. It depicts a mixed breed dog wearing a bandanna. Mr. Bones' portrait (pictured above) was commissioned by a BFAS volunteer, a woman who lives on the East Coast, but spends her vacation in southern Utah volunteering at the shelter. She asked me to paint Mr. Bones, one of Dog Town's long time residents, and send the painting to the shelter. It will go with Mr. Bones, when he finds his forever home.

If you can, try to catch the program, or set your DVR/Tevo to record it, and see what your dog-a-day dollars are doing to help animals in dire circumstances.

It's always refreshing to hear about The Good that is happening in our world, every day, by regular people, consistantly.

THANK YOU!
Take care,
Kim

Kimberly Kelly Santini
http://www.turtledovedesigns.com/
distinctive pet portraits
& 4-legged paintings

http://www.paintingadogaday.com/
come. sit. stay.
enjoy the art.

Founding member of the Canine Art Guild
http://www.canineartguild.com/
the gateway to canine art on the web

Thursday, January 03, 2008



"Red Gray Red Gray Red," 6" x 12", dog toy still life painting in acrylic on canvasboard, $200 to the first buyer. Inquiries to ksantini@turtledovedesigns.com .

You know I am supposed to be on vacation from the daily paintings, yet when I set myself up to work on a larger canvas today, I had a tough time getting into the groove. So I cranked John Lennon on my ipod, I set the bigger painting aside for a little bit, and put my new still life area to work.

I am so pleased with this little piece - it's a great example of what I've been working towards all of 2007. The harmonious use of color, and taking advantage of those grays as a nice foil for the bolder strokes of color I love so much, and building a sense of light on the objects.

I would like to do a few others in similar sorts of configurations, and think the idea might even translate well into a larger canvas or make for an interesting grouping. Patterns with other colors, textures, or even body shapes/positions.

But for now these little dog figurines are getting put away so that I can get my big brushes out, and get going on this other wonderfully large painting.

Thanks for looking. And for sharing these with your friends and family,
Take care,
Kim

Kimberly Kelly Santini
http://www.turtledovedesigns.com/
distinctive pet portraits
& 4-legged paintings

http://www.paintingadogaday.com/
come. sit. stay.
enjoy the art.

Founding member of the Canine Art Guild
http://www.canineartguild.com/
the gateway to canine art on the web

Wednesday, January 02, 2008


"Yum III," 6" x 8", cattle dog mixed breed painting in acrylic on canvasboard, $180. Inquiries to ksantini@turtledovedesigns.com .

I painted this piece a couple weeks back, and while the client didn't fall in love with it (the tongue covered a bit too much face, I think), I sure did. I debated keeping the painting for myself, but I already have so many paintings at home that I cannot display properly, that I felt guilty. This guy, he deserves a place of honor.

So consider this sweet ole' mug my New Year's gift to you all. May 2008 be full of delights, both culinary and otherwise!

Thanks, as always, for looking.
And for sharing these paintings with your friends and family,
Kim

PS I hung my show today at the Orion Township Public Library - an entire wall of framed dog-a-days, with a few dog tag paintings and one painfully larger than life chihuahua in there for added effect. The show will be up through the end of this month, so if you are in the area, do stop by and take a peek!

Kimberly Kelly Santini
http://www.turtledovedesigns.com/
distinctive pet portraits
& 4-legged paintings

http://www.paintingadogaday.com/
come. sit. stay.
enjoy the art.

Founding member of the Canine Art Guild
http://www.canineartguild.com/
the gateway to canine art on the web
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