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.

Friday, February 29, 2008


"Kizzy Kitty," 8" square, commissioned siamese balinese cat portrait, private collection (THANK YOU!).

Had I been really creative and on top of things, I would have painted something leaping today. Boy did I miss that one!! Instead, you get a very serene and proud cat. She is full of gorgeous muted color, if that makes up for my lack of proper planning in any way. (Color always makes me feel better, although I know it doesn't have the same effect on everyone!)

Guess this is one of the downfalls of booking portraits so far in advance. I scheduled dog-a-day commissions for all of this year, and then realized I hadn't taken holidays into consideration, or even a vacation (what's that?!). I did go through my calendar and shuffle things around a little to allow myself time to work on projects, and give me a little r&r every so often.


And this is my latest large scale Tags, Toys & Treasures painting, still in process, but I am so excited that I just had to share. It is 18" x 24", on canvasboard, with a working title of "Recommended Reading." It includes a mohair straw-stuffed terrier (on loan from another artist) perched atop of some of my favorite childhood titles. I'm almost finished painting the books, and then will complete the shadows and background, leaving "Jack" for last. And yes, it's signed already, but only because I wanted to do more of that funky lettering from the spine of the lower book - I couldn't resist! I do plan on issuing prints of this image when it's completed, so don't hesitate to drop me a line if you are interested: ksantini@turtledovedesigns.com . I plan to complete this painting in another two weeks so that I can send it to an exhibition at the end of this month.

New collector Lynne Williams purchased the pomeranian painting from last March 1st - thank you, Lynne, and welcome to the dog-a-day family!

Next week is March's Animal Welfare week, and I'll be profiling service dogs from Paws With a Cause. You can read abotu Paws With a Cause at www.pawswithacause.org .

Thanks for your time and for sharing these paintings with your friends and family. I always appreciate those recommendations!
Take care and have a safe weekend,
Kim

PS Don't forget that I'll be at the Detroit Kennel Club Dog Show both Saturday and Sunday from 1-3 at the AKC booth. Looking forward to seeing you there!

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, February 28, 2008


"Mac Nap," 6" x 8", yellow lab dog portrait, acrylic on canvasboard, $199. Inquiries to ksantini@turtledovedesigns.com .
SOLD.

Mac will celebrate his 15th birthday this year, which is a milestone, as he was hit by a car while sleeping on the sidewalk, and drug several blocks. Mac thinks he's a lap dog (all 80 pounds of him), has to be near his people all the time, loves to eat, enjoys a good nap (who doesn't?!), and has special talent in accomanying the harmonica. Watch out American Idol!

I posted the commissioned great dane portrait, which is almost completed. You can see the painting at http://www.turtledovedesigns.blogspot.com/ (yes, another blog - one I started long before the dog-a-day project was born, where I share the progress of my larger scale portraits).

And I started right in on a new Tags, Toys & Treasures still life today. I can't wait to share it with you - this one has some very special objects I think a number of us cherished in our younger days.

Thank you to returning client Kathy Sebring ner purchase of a dog-a-day painting on my "adoptable" page (http://www.turtledovedesigns.com/paintingadogaday/adoptable_dog_a_day_paintings.html). There's a couple dozen paintings from the first 18 months of the project that remain unsold, and they are available at my old prices (meaning they are much less than my newer work is selling for).

Thanks as always for looking.
And for sharing these paintings with your friends and family.
I'll be back tomorrow,
Kim

PS As you make your weekend plans, don't forget to include the Detroit Kennel Club's Dog Show at Cobo Arena in Detroit. I'll be at the AKC booth Saturday and Sunday from 1-3.

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, February 27, 2008



"Zack's Tongue," 6" x 12", commissioned maltese pet portrait, acrylic on canvasboard, private collection (THANK YOU!).

My client is thrilled with this painting - she says it perfectly captures Zack's smile and his contagious happiness.

I am thrilled with the painting for entirely different reasons (which I'm certain loyal Dog a Day readers can easily guess) - the brushwork, the juicy layers of paint, the edge-work (see how the sharpest edges are only at his nose and eye), the balance of values.

Without knowing Zack personally, I pulled out all the stops I could to make this painting stand tall. And it does so for all involved.

Thanks, as always, for looking and sharing these paintings with your friends and family!
Now I"m off to try and finish a large canvas starring a gloriously regal harlequin great dane portrait, a project that has been long in the making.......
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

Tuesday, February 26, 2008


"Gunny's Pout," 8" square, commissioned maltese pet portrait, acrylic on canvasboard. I haven't had much luck lately, connecting with clients ahead of posting to see if they do indeed want to purchase their paintings. I believe this one to be spoken for, but as always, if you are interested, send a note, and I'll get a wait list going. Thanks in advance! Emails may come to ksantini@turtledovedesigns.com .

I've recently become enamored of the drape of long fur across a dogs' spine. Under various lighting situations, this "part" can be so interesting. It's the perfect foil for my brushes, too.

That was just one of the areas that I loved working with in today's painting. Another bit I reveled in was the lack of value changes - it's all subtle shifts in color that shape Gunny's little body. And of course I concentrated the strongest color and largest value shifts right in his face, to underline the power of that pout.

Hard to resist this little guy, isn't it?!

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

PS I'll be at the Detroit Kennel Club's Dog Show this week. You can find me at the AKC booth both days, from 1pm-3pm. Please stop by and sey hello!


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, February 25, 2008



"Dorsal Hills," 5" x 7", donkey painting, acrylic on canvasboard, $149 to the first buyer. Inquiries to ksantini@turtledovedesigns.com .

I have long been interested in repositioning objects so that they become something altogether new. That's what I've done with this donkey, and his furry ears, by silhouetting them against a field pushed out of focus. A friend said she wouldn't want to be caught standing behind HER donkey like this, as she'd be seeing the flash of hooves, and have no time to enjoy the wisps on the underside of his ears. That's the beauty of painting, though, as I can safely position my viewer wherever I choose.

Thanks, as always, for looking.
And for forwarding these paintings to 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, February 22, 2008




"Miklos," 6" square, and "Markus", 5" x 7". Both vizsla portraits done in acrylic on canvasboard. I have not gotten final approval from my client, so there is the possibility that these will be available for purchase. If you are interested in either of the paintings, please send a note to ksantini@turtledovedesigns.com .

BOTH SOLD.

I don't always paint companion pieces side by side, but these boys demanded it. Brothers and regular instigators of trouble, Miklos and Markus needed portraits that showed their similarities, yet also gave each their own spotlight. I kept the color schemes identical, chose complimentary colors to amp up their presence (they are vizslas, after all!), used similar dramatic lighting, but altered the paintings shapes just a bit.

There is a lot of wet-on-wet brushwork in here - both paintings were done with just one brush, a #5 bright. You can see the variety of brushstrokes I was able to get out of just the one brush. Using just the one allowed me to go directly from one passage to another seamlessly. Another perk - it added to my color harmony. I wiped my brush off periodically, but otherwise it never touched water.

These two have to be two of my favorite dog-a-day paintings to date. I am so pleased withhow they turned out! It's wonderful when the end result matches what I initially visualized..

I don't normally put together a late winter newsletter, but I had so much news to share that it seemed to be the best way to keep everyone informed with studio happenings. I published it today - you may view it at www.turtledovedesigns.com/late_winter_2008_news.html. If the link does not work, simply visit http://www.turtledovedesigns.com/ , and navigate to the archive pages, where you will see a link to the newsletter at the top of the page.

One thing that didn't make it into the newsletter is my new affiliation with the group Art Helping Animals. Member artists (about 2 dozen of us) actively support animal welfare efforts through the sale of artwork. This group has raised over $36,000 to date!! I am delighted to join forces with them. You can learn more about Artists Helping Animals at http://www.arthelpinganimals.blogspot.com/ . (And I promise to get my work up there soon!!)

Thanks, as always, for looking and forwarding these paintings on to your family and friends.
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, February 21, 2008



"Big, Bigger, Biggest (from the Tags, Toys & Treasures series)," 10" x 12", still life comprised of vintage Fisher Price toys, acrylic on panel, $440. Inquiries to ksantini@turtledovedesigns.com .

I was talking to another artist the other night - he has a beautiful series of old toy still lifes going as well - and we were laughing at how we felt, going into the studio to work on setups like this. It's enough of a treat to spend the day in front of my easel, and even better when I get to paint something as packed with great memories as these toys.

I remain surprised at how much enjoyment I've gathered working with still lifes. When I took last fall's class I expected to learn new approaches to painting, but I didn't expect the sort of revolution it brought along. I'm working my way through the syllabus a third time now, reviewing my notes and repeating each lesson. The lessons are starting to blur together, as I become more comfortable with the various challenges. That is exactly my goal!

This painting represents working with objects that are high in contrast, while also incorporateing a lot of white surfaces. This forced me to model and shape forms with brushwork and color temperature shifts. It involved a lot of studied looking, squinting down at the objects, stepping back often from my canvas and the setup, and meticulously careful markmaking.

I also indulged in some very loud music - I love that with my ipod I can create a playlist that compliments the days' activities.

I know I posted about this show a few weeks back, but it's worth another mention. Hosted by the Canine Art Guild, an international fellowship of dog-loving artists, it's a very strong collection of canine art. The show can be viewed at www.canineartguild.com/gallery . There's three pages of the artists' interpretation of the show's theme "Black and White," and you can vote for People's Choice. If you haven't visited yet, take a minute to do so.

Thanks, as always, for looking. And for sharing these paintings with your friends and family.
Tomorrow it will be a return to the Painting a Dog a Day roots, with two commissioned portraits, juicy in color and bursting with personality.
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, February 20, 2008

Enough of you asked, so I put it together!

I now have giclee prints available for "Wanna go for a walk?," the still life painting depicting a vintage Fisher Price Little Snoopy pull toy. The giclees are approximately 8" x 11," printed in archival inks on a beautiful artists paper, with ample white margins on all sides. Each piece will be signed in pencil in the margin. I will also personalize the giclees for free with any message you wish. Remarks are available for an additional fee (remarks would include original sketches or drawings made in the margin, thus making your giclee unique).

Giclees are $50 each, with shipping costing $12. As always, I will combine shipping on multiple purchases.

I will get these listed on my website later this week, but for now they are available directly through email inquiries - ksantini@turtledovedesigns.com .

Thanks, as always, for your ideas (I do try to listen!!), and for sharing the Painting a Dog a Day journey with your friends and family.
Kim

PS The original painting is available for purchase: 12" x 16" on gallery stretched linen, $560 plus shipping & handling and any applicable Michigan sales tax. Inquiries to ksantini@turtledovedesigns.com .


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, February 19, 2008






FROM TOP: "Zak V," 8" x 10", $249 SOLD; "Zak IV," 6" x 12", $219; "Zak III," 6" x 8", $149 SOLD; "Zak II," 6" square, $149 SOLD; "Zak I," 4" x 8", $149 SOLD. Borzoi dog portraits in acrylic on canvasboard, available for purchase. Inquiries to ksantini@turtledovedesigns.com .

Sometimes my job is so hard. Like when I have SO many gorgeous photos, and I have to paint just one piece from them. It's nearly impossible.

And when I sat down last night with all of Zak's photos, I couldn't choose. Then my husband innocently asked why just one. And it suddenly became very simple. I didn't have to choose - I'd ask my clients to!

I grabbed 5 canvasboards and got to work. It became a Zak-Fest.

Zak at play, Zak at rest, Zak in the snow, Zak in the sunshine, a younger, sillier Zak, and an older Zak, silver with knowledge.

There's high contrast paintings that are all about the abstraction of the shapes, and there are pieces more softly lit, with subtle gradations and brushwork that takes centerstage. There's thick, gloppy paint dragged across the surface and there's thin layers of translucent glazes and color. There's tonal paintings and pieces built on complimentary colors.

Like I said, it's a Zak-fest. And it was a blast!

As always, inquiries may come to me at ksantini@turtledovedesigns.com. Please identify which Zak piece you would like in your email, and I will connect with you asap.

And I must not forget to thank returning collector Joanie Howard for purchasing another dog tag painting ("Green Tags #1) to add to her growing collection. Congratulations, Joanie - you chose one of my favorite pieces from that series.

Thanks as always for looking at my art and sharing the paintings with your friends and family.
I'll be back tomorrow with more faces!
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, February 18, 2008


"Finnigan's Collar (from the Tags, Toys and Treasures series)," 8" square, still life painting of dog collar with tags, $199 to the first buyer. Inquiries to ksantini@turtledovedesigns.com .
SOLD.

Having Finn back home has been wonderful. While he remains a little weathered looking, his honest and saucy nature has returned. It has been reassuring to hear him take an interest again in household activities - announcing the arrival of the garbage truck (in case I hadn't already heard it), dashing to the kitchen whenever the fridge gets opened (like he's EVER getting table scraps again!), and whining to go out and play with the neighbor dog when she's come to visit. If it weren't so icy today, I would have indulged in a short game of snow frisbee, but he'll just have to wait for that another day or so.

This painting was a bear. I'm not supposed to admit when something is particularly difficult (said tongue in cheek - remember that survey I did last month about disclosure?!), but greens are notoriously hard to paint. The base color was a tough one to match, and the values didn't shift all that much, so I mostly was playing with pushing the color temperature one way or another.

And that particular shade of metallic blue on his tag was another tough one to match.

It started to mesh when I dropped the orange reflections into the buckle and shadow - that gave life to the violets and greens, and countered the blue tag nicely.

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, February 15, 2008


"Airedale (from the Tags, Toys and Treasures series)," 4" x 5", acrylic on canvasboard depicting a vintage metal Airedale Terrier figurine. Inquiries may always come to ksantini@turtledovedesigns.com .

This is another figure from the box of treasures my friend sent. I love the heft of this guy - he has a solid feel, and the metal warms nicely in your hand. There is great texture in the curls that you can trace with your fingernail, and the surface warmly reflects its environment. And there is a hint of paint around the face that still remains.

It's odd painting something so very tiny - this figurine wasn't more than 1-1/2" at the shoulder - and trying to transform it into a larger scale painting that carries interest and reads conformationally correct. Sometimes these figurines carry conformation deformities or mold lines that look painful when enlarged..... but this guy "grew up" with some character, even though he looks very un-animated.

Thank you and welcome to new dog-a-day collector Patricia Kane, who has added yesterday's painting "Forgotten" to her family, a family that has been enriched by the love of 15 castaways. Very serendipitous that this painting found her home.

Thanks as always for looking at my artwork and sharing the paintings and stories 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, February 14, 2008


"Forgotton" (from the Tags, Toys & Treasures series), 4" square still life painting, acrylic on canvasboard, depicting a vintage lead puppy figurine, $99 to the first buyer. Inquiries to ksantini@turtledovedesigns.com .

SOLD.

A package arrived recently from a good friend, and it was full of treasures. Little vintage figurines she had discovered during the years at flea markets, tag sales, where ever. A very loved collar from an old dog and past soulmate. And a solid collection of playmobil animals courtesy of her teenage son. I put the objects away so as to stay focused on the other pieces I had in process.

This morning when I was putting some other props away with my still life objects, this little puppy cried out to me. I had planned on painting something else today, but this guy was mighty persistant. There really is quite a bit of history in his chipped paint and patient stance. He was very loved at one point, I am certain. How could I say no to that face?

So I tossed discipline out the window entirely, and let him suck me into his little world for a bit. I'm glad that I did. I got this sweet little piece out of it.

And I also have two happy endings for you today.

Hutch, one of last week's dog-a-day portraits, has been adopted! I'd like to welcome Lisa Kennedy to the dog-a-day readership, and extend a good belly rub to Hutch, who's found his new forever home. Hutch has been adjusting well to life as an only (and soon to be terribly spoiled) dog - he's a 65 lb lap dog enjoying all the newness of family life, including walks and car rides and playing fetch in the snow.

Also, Finnigan has been released from veterinary care. He's home, getting lots of love himself, along with quite a few pills, a special diet, and instructions for limited activity through the weekend. Not quite himself yet, but there are signs of my dear friend slowly returning. Meanwhile we are enjoying quick jaunts around the block, and lots of quality snuggle time.

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

Wednesday, February 13, 2008


"Casara Ann," 6" x 12", commissioned dog portrait depicting a Chesapeake Bay Retriever, acrylic on canvasboard, private collection (THANK YOU!).

I was drawn to Casara's eyes - their intense coloration and the way they changed based on the angle - how the the foreground eye was a deep gold, and the furthest eye read almost as a pink or violet, because of the angle of her face and the lights' reflection.

With hindsight, it would have been fun to add some of those curls underneath her cheek. I'll have to keep that in mind the next time I paint one of these dogs.....

Thank you to everyone who emailed me about Finnigan, too. He came in the door last night, did a head count to make sure everyone was accounted for, then settled in for some serious napping. We all loved having him home for a few hours - the kids even tiptoed to his crate multiple times during the wee hours to whisper in his ear. He returned to the vet for more cocktails today. I'll learn if a third day of treatment is necessary when I pick him up later tonight. I do really appreciate your concern, and learned a lot from all the shared pancreatitis stories - who knew dogs could get so sick so quickly?! All signs point to a good game of snow frisbee perhaps as soon as the weekend, and we are sincerely grateful for your support. :)

I will be back tomorrow with some neat faces - if you could see the piles of inspiration I have around me, it's a wonder I can even make a choice anymore as to which to paint first!
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

Tuesday, February 12, 2008

It's been another wild day here in the Santini household. The kids all got on their respective buses (albeit one was 1/2 hour late, and my son insisted that school had been cancelled and everyone at the busstop just didn't know it), which was a true blessing. Because the dog got sick.

He threw up mountains of yech in his crate during the night, and this morning was curled up in one corner, trying to avoid it all. At first I just thought he ate something that didn't agree with him. Spent the entire morning cleaning up - I'd let him outside and he'd throw up, come back in all shivery, go to his crate, get sick, go back outside, get sick again - it was a never ending cycle. He was just miserable, and I was feeling rather helpless in my inability to make things better.

Shortly after lunchtime there were traces of blood in his vomit and he had bloody diareah. So it was off to the vet with a couple ziplock baggies full of stained snow and a dog who now was clearly in distress.

She's diagnosed Finnigan with acute pancreatitis, and started an aggressive treatment. I left him there comfortable, drifting off to sleep, curled up in one of the kids' blankets from the car. We get to bring him home overnight, and then he goes back for additional meds and care all day tomorrow, and again on Thursday.

So here it is, midafternoon, I haven't picked a brush up all day, the dog crate could use another serious hose down, and I should go scrape off the frozen bits of dog vomit from the front porch before the kids track it in. In light of all that, I've opted to share a recently completed lifesize portrait with you today. I'm sure you'll forgive me the deviation from the dog-a-day routine!!


So this is a commissioned pet portrait, "Madison,", 12" x 14", acrylic on gallery wrapped canvas, of a doberman mix. The painting was commissioned posthumously, which meant working from a number of less than optimal photographs. My client dug through boxes of ephemera, locating the best images she could, and even taking apart scrapbook pages. I am awaiting final approval, but I do think that we managed to build a nicely scaled portrait shining with Maddie's personality. I look forward to delivering the piece to her family. Projects like this one are so heartwarming.

Thanks, as always, for looking.
And for sharing these paintings with your friends and family,
I'll be back 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

Monday, February 11, 2008


"Hound Mix," 4" x 8", beagle and hound mixed breed dog painting, acrylic on canvasboard, $135 to the first buyer. Inquiries to ksantini@turtledovedesigns.com .

This painting is from a little bit ago, I just never got the opportunity to share. I love the sweetness of this little guy's expression - he's so full of joy, which you can just tell from the life in his eyes. The energetic brushwork goes along with the impression, and the colors have a nice harmony about them.

Today is a crazy day. The kids are all off school AGAIN, this time around because it was too cold and the buses wouldn't start (I would have gladly delivered several vanloads of children right to the schools' front doors, but guess noone thought to ask me). I think this is snow day #5 in the last 2-1/2 weeks.

Finnigan (my dog) is jumping out of his skin, it's been too cold for him to spend much time outside and he really needs a good run. This last week it's been so nasty, he gets slivers of ice in the pads of his feet just when venturing a few feet off the front porch. And his senseless need to herd the chunks of snow in the yard (usually highly entertaining to watch) now leads to bleeding lips and gums. So he's been playing hide and seek with soft toys in the house - he's got lots of willing accomplices today at least!

Anyways, so I've been trying to paint, and also have three little budding artists working alongside me in the studio, while a host of teenagers are gathered around the TV (not all my children, by the way). I'm having some problems getting my drawing just right on this painting currently on the easel, and think it might have something to do with all the distractions (Finn just dropped his ball at my feet and gently bumped me with his nose - I guess he's ready for another round). I'll sneak back in here after everyone's in bed, and see if I can't fix things with a couple of brushstrokes.

Meanwhile, thanks to new dog-a-day collector Tracy Parent for purchasing "Gentry" from last week. Welcome aboard, Tracy!

And thanks to all of you, as well, for reading and sharing these stories and paintings with your friends and family.
Hope you are staying warm - I sure could go for some unabashed time in the sun right now!
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, February 08, 2008


"Gentry," 6" square, mixed breed dog portrait, acrylic on canvasboard, $135 to the first interested buyer. $26 of the purchase of Gentry's painting will be donated to Best Friends Animal Sanctuary in the buyers' name. Inquiries may come to ksantini@turtledovedesigns.com .
SOLD.

Gentry adores people, can't get enough of them, and doesn't let anything slow him down, despite getting about on 3 legs. He was hit by a car last August, and has had surgery since (including pins, screws and a metal plate in his hip), but still carries one leg around like a dead weight. He's in line for additional testing and xrays to determine the extent of the injury, and what type of care will be required to get him back on all fours.


"Brady," 4" x 5", mixed breed dog portrait, acrylic on canvasboard, $105 to the first interested buyer. $20 of the purchase of Brady's portrait will be donated to Best Friends Animal Sanctuary in the buyers' name. Inquiries may always come to ksantini@turtledovedesigns.com .

Everyone knows a dog like Brady, who's smile reaches deep into their eyes. Yet this dog's history belies his affable grin - he has bitten, multiple times, and takes a while to warm up to new people. Although once he knows you, he's a huge lap hog.

Gentry and Brady tie up February's Animal Welfare Week. Again, I need to thank the staff at Best Friends Animal Sanctuary for their assistance in procuring reference materials and supplying the details about the dogs' lives.

A peek ahead: March's Animal Welfare Week will profile Paws With a Cause service dogs - there are some incredibly special stories and faces scheduled for that week. ....not to diminish the faces and stories that will come in between now and then, though.....

And a big thank you again to my clients who made purchases this week. In addition to Gentry and Brady from today, there are three other Best Friends Animal Sancuary dog paintings that are still available - Hutch from Monday, Freckles from Tuesday, and Simba from yesterday. 20% of the sales from each of these paintings will get donated to the animal sanctuary to further their remarkable efforts. And don't forget to catch the National Geographic channel's Dog Town this evening.

Also, I still have a few heart shaped dog tag paintings available - you may view those on the blog under January 29th - http://www.paintingadogaday.blogspot.com/ . With paypal and priority shipping, they could arrive in time to surprise your Valentine.

Thanks, as always, for looking at my artwork and sharing it with your friends and family.
I appreciate it immensely,
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, February 07, 2008


"Nino," 4" x 6", husky mix pet portrait, acrylic on canvasboard, $115. $22 from the sale of Nino's portrait will be donated to Best Friends Animal Sanctuary in Kenab Utah. Inquiries may come to ksantini@turtledovedesigns.com .


SOLD.

Nino has been at Best Friends 10 years now. He shows aggression towards other dogs and did bite someone, although he loves people. I love his deep fur and the smoky whiskers - he has the knowledge of a kindly old gentleman in his eyes.


"Simba," 4" x 8", beagle mix dog portrait, acrylic on canvasboard. $26 from the sale of Simba's portrait will be donated to Best Friends Animal Sanctuary in Kenab Utah. Inquiries again may come to me at ksantini@turtledovedesigns.com .

Simba came to Best Friends from an overcrowded and understaffed shelter in New York, where circumstances provided very little contact with humans or other dogs. Since her arrival she has been busy learning socialization skills, and is starting to comprehend trust. All this after just about a month of proper care and attention.

A special thank you to Best Friends staff photographers Gary Kalpakoff and Sarah Ause for sharing their photographs and allowing me to create portraits from them.

Those of you searching for a last minute Valentine, don't forget that I have several heart shaped dog tag paintings available for purchase. You can view them on the Painting a Dog a Day blog (http://www.paintingadogaday.blogspot.com/) from January 29th.

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

Wednesday, February 06, 2008


"Thank You (Poncho)," 4" x 6", cattle dog pet portrait, acrylic on canvasboard, not for sale.

Poncho is an extremely special dog, with an equally amazing story. Of course his life intersected with Best Friends Animal Sanctuary, where he received expert care for numerous injuries. One of those injuries required multiple surgeries followed up with quiet recouperative care.

Those of you who know cattle dogs know that they do not do anything quietly. Yet the staff at BFAS were able to limit Poncho's activity levels without the little guy going insane from lack of exercise. The story of his recouperation was highly entertaining - the things he would try as an outlet for his energy and the counter-actions the staff used to help curb his behavior made for great reading (although I perhaps enjoyed it more so because I have a cattle dog of my own).

What warmed me the most about Poncho's story, though, was how he made it to the sanctuary in the first place. Poncho was literally collected off the streets, seriously injured and near death, by a couple who spared no expense in getting him immediate and proper veterinary care. They fell in love with him, but also realized that they were not in a position to meet the dog's needs from an activity standpoint. Being as Poncho needed continued long term care to repair his injuries, they were able to get him into Best Friends.

The staff at Best Friends say that there was not a dry eye when the couple left Poncho at the sanctuary. Even the dog howled pathetically as they left.

Poncho has since healed beautifully and found a forever home.

But I often wondered about the couple who cared enough to pull over on a dark night and welcome a stray dog into their lives, no questions asked. I decided to paint Poncho, as a small token of appreciation for their kindness. The staff at Best Friends Animal Sanctuary will forward the painting onto Poncho's original rescuers on my behalf.

There needs to be more folks like these in the world. Lord knows, there are far too many dogs like Poncho.

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

PS Credit is due to Molly Wald, staff photographer at Best Friends Animal Sanctuary, again for sharing her photos and granting permission for me to paint from them.

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, February 05, 2008


"Freckles (Wycheck)," 5" x 7", border collie mix pet portrait, acrylic on canvasboard, $135 to the first buyer. $26 from the sale of this painting will be donated to Best Friends Animal Sanctuary in the purchasers name. Inquiries to ksantini@turtledovedesigns.com . (If you like "Freckles," you might also like another painting I have for sale: "Turlington," an 18" x 24" much larger than lifesize border collie mix dog portrait in a similar pose. You can view "Turlington" at http://www.turtledovedesigns.com/canvases_available_for_purchase.html)

Freckles has sold.




"Tousled (Xena)," 6" x 12", terrier mix pet portrait, acrylic on canvasboard, $200 to the first buyer. $40 from the sale of this painting will be donated to Best Friends Animal Sanctuary in the purchasers name. Inquiries to ksantini@turtledovedesigns.com .

SOLD.

Both Wycheck and Xena are chronicled on Best Friends Animal Snctuary's website. You can read their entire story, and stay up to date on their progress, by visiting the Guardian Angel page: https://www.bestfriends.org/guardianangel/. Consider yourself cautioned, though - prepare to get caught up in their diaries (and those of a few other animals, too!). The caregivers of Wycheck, Xena and all the others on this page do an excellent and thorough job detailing the care and progress of each animal, straight through to adoption.

Thanks again to Molly Wald, photographer extraordinaire at Best Friends Animal Sanctuary, for sharing her photos with me in the development of these paintings.

And a special thank you to Kim Hendrickson, who purchased "Good Ole Boy (Grover)" yesterday about 2 minutes after I posted him to the group. Kim you are to be commended for your quick reaction !!

Thanks, as always, for looking and sharing these paintings 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

Monday, February 04, 2008

This is the first full week of February, which, as the first full week of any month, means the dog-a-day paintings will profile special needs animals (or animals who provide special needs). This week the Painting a Dog a Day project will be focused entirely on dogs housed by Best Friends Animal Sanctuary (http://www.bestfriends.org/) in Kenab Utah. Each of the paintings sold this week will result in donations made to the animal sanctuary in the purchaser's name. To date, the Painting a Dog a Day project has raised over $1500 for Best Friends alone - a feat I am terribly proud of.

That said, let's get to two of this week's faces.


"Good Old Boy (Grover)," 4" x 6", mixed breed (lab?) portrait, acrylic on canvasboard, $115 to the first buyer. Inquiries may always come to ksantini@turtledovedesigns.com .

SOLD.

Grover has been a resident of BFAS for 6 years. He lost his original home due to severe nervous anxiety. Medication has helped, but he still suffers from separation anxiety and cannot be left alone for too long. He loves attention, long walks, and is terribly affectionate with an expressive face (he works it, too!).

"Hutch," 4" x 5", mixed breed dog portrait, acrylic on canvasboard, $105 to the first buyer. Inquiries again may come to ksantini@turtledovedesigns.com .

SOLD.

Hutch, only 5, has been at the shelter for 4 of those years. He is aggressive towards other dogs, but great with people. Who wouldn't want that sweet little face jogging alongside them?

Special thanks also to Molly Wald and Gary Kalpakoff, both from Best Friends Animal Sanctuary, for generously sharing their photographs and allowing me to paint from them.

Thanks, as always, for looking.
And for supporting groups like Best Friends Animal Sanctuary. Every little bit makes a difference - one life changed is one life changed.
See you tomorrow,
Kim

PS Don't forget to catch the National Geographic Channel's "Dog Town" series that focuses entirely on the dogs rehabilitated at Best Friends Animal Sanctuary.

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

Saturday, February 02, 2008



"Faux-hawk," 8" x 16", poodle pet portrait, acrylic on canvasboard, $300 to the first buyer. Inquiries may always come to ksantini@turtledovedesigns.com .

I did this painting at the tail end of last year but didn't get the chance to post him. I wasn't terribly worried, because there were plenty of dog-a-day paintings flying off the easel that month. I knew this guy was special, and didn't want him to get lost in the crowd.

This painting was inspired by the poodle primping I observed at the AKC Eukanaba National Championship Dog Show last December. I loved the carefully sectioned row of pony-tails that lined the napes of their neck and topknots. The dogs loved the back-combing and powdering - they reveled in the attention, and pranced around like nobility when finished.

I took some liberties with the color in his fur, and enjoyed layering the glazes, using juicy brushmarks. This is a piece that glows when you hold it in your hands. I love having it here in the studio with me, but he deserves a home where he will be the center of attention.

Next week will be a return to Best Friends Animal Sanctuary, as I profile dogs from their shelter all week long. Perhaps you are following along with National Geographic's Dog Town program, which has focused on this shelters efforts to provide a quality of life to dogs that have been neglected, abused, or encounter serious health issues. Proceeds of each of the paintings next week will benefit the organizations efforts, which are monumental. None of the works have been commissioned, each will be available for purchase to the first buyer, and I will do my best to complete at least 5. Working with Best Friends Animal Sanctuary is always a treat.

Thanks, as always, for looking.
And for sharing these paintings with your friends and family,
Now I'm really signing off for the 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

Friday, February 01, 2008


"Black & White (Millie)," 8x10, tuxedo kitty portrait, acrylic on canvasboard, private collection (THANK YOU!).

It's pretty obvious - Millie is a black and white cat, and as such, her painting becomes a mere study in value and line (although I think her precocious personality plays into the equation somewhat too).

In order to properly convey an essentially black and white portrait, one has to understand the finer points of drawing, and reducing one's subject matter to a simplified value range. There is little else for the eye to get lost in when the palette is restricted in this way, and errant shapes or incorrect values will seem even more glaringly wrong.

Quality draftsmanship, the ability to draw and recognize basic values, is essential when it comes to translating those same concerns into color. One cannot be crummy at drawing and expect to be able to excel at painting.

One artist who is exemplary in the art of drawing is artist Sheona Hamilton-Grant from Germany. Not only does she correctly reduce her subject matter to that ever important value range (translating a color photograph to black & white), but she does so with meticulous detailing. I never cease to find inspiration in her work. Her website is http://www.sheonahamiltongrant.com/ .

"Black and white really allows me to get to the essence, to show emotion, it doesn’t sidetrack in the way colour can." Sheona Hamilton-Grant

Sheona has a piece in the Canine Art Guild's new online exhibition, titled Black & White. I have some work in it too - but the show is full of some wonderful canine art from a great cross-section of artists who specialize in painting dogs. You may see the exhibition at http://www.canineartguild.com/ - scroll down the page a little bit to find the banner announcing the show, and click on that. (And if you do visit, make sure to cast your vote for the People's Choice award!)

Thanks, as always, for looking and sharing!
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
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