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, May 29, 2008

Silhouette, Black Cat


"Silhouette," 8" square, black cat portrait, acrylic on canvasboard. This one is mine.

Although inquiries may still come to me at ksantini@turtledovedesigns.com - I can always paint something special just for you.

You know, I hate this green carpet. It came with our house and is ancient and matted and just plain ugly. But because it was relatively clean, we left it and made other, more pressing, home improvements. (After all, it wasn't nearly as ugly as the copper and silver folied paisley wallpaper in the family room!). By the time we worked our way through all the other rooms and got to replacing the carpet, the cats were sick. It made no sense to put down anything new. Now we're talking about tearing it up, maybe even this weekend. So why am I not excited about getting it out of here?

The green, though, really makes a nice backdrop for Miah. My recent paintings of Miah remind me of ancient Chinese paintings, the ones with elegant ladies or flowers in beautiful lifelike detail set on a flat, glided or decorative surface. Both seem to have a stark beauty to them.

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

Wednesday, May 28, 2008


"Bonnie & Clyde," 8" x 16", commissioned pet portrait starring two bulldogs, acrylic on canvasboard, private collection (THANK YOU!). Inquiries to ksantini@turtledovedesigns.com .

This painting was such a delight to work on! All the folds of skin and the subtle coloring led themselves to lots of wet-on-wet work. Pushing and pulling the paint around, mixing the colors, even on the surface. I had to pay careful attention to the color of the dog's skin (especially fair Bonnie!), and the lay of the fur, as that impacted the saturation of apricot or pink or lavendar or green.

This is the sort of painting that makes me wish I worked in oils, since they stay wet longer and allow for more play time (especially when I mess up, like I did a couple times - hence the later posting). I'm going to try my hand at oil paints with a pleain-air landscape class in June. We'll see how much I like them then!

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

Tuesday, May 27, 2008



FROM TOP: "A Little Glee (Hallie)," 6" x 8", acrylic on canvasboard; and "Glee (Hallie)," 10" x 12", acrylic on panel; both depicting a long-haired daschund. Inquiries to ksantini@turtledovedesigns.com .

I enjoyed painting the two Silas's last Friday so much that I decided to do the same with Hallie. Here she is, both of her(!), in all her glory, romping through the spring grass.

Hallie belongs to Dee Dee Murry, a friend of mine who is an incredibly talented artist in her own right (http://www.deedeemurry.com/). Poor little Hallie has been wrung through the wringer this winter with back issues. Crate rest is a tough prescription for an active little one like Hallie. But all had healed come spring, and Dee Dee sent me photos of Hallie loving life. The joy in the dog's face was simply irresistable, and I begged her to let me paint Hallie this week (I had a client scheduled who hadn't yet gotten me photos).

Of course, as things go, Hallie's back flared up again over the weekend. So Dee Dee has been a little distracted, caring for Hallie and scheduling various vet/specialists appointments, and hasn't yet seen these paintings. One will go to her, and the other will head to an exhibition later this summer.

If you are interested in commissioning your own dog-a-day painting, please send me a note - ksantini@turtledovedesigns.com . I am booking new dog-a-day portraits for May 2009, and have a few 2008 holiday spots remaining for return clients.

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, May 23, 2008

Silas at the Beach



FROM TOP: "Silas on the Beach II," 12" square, and Silas on the Beach I," 8" square, mixed breed commissioned pet portrait, acrylic on canvas. Silas on the Beach II is headed home to Silas's family, and the other will be sent to an exhibition later this summer. Inquiries may come to ksantini@turtledovedesigns.com .

Silas was fondly called a "son of a New Mexican ditch dog" since his mother was found, starving, in a highway ditch. He grew into a gorgeous and wonderful companion, one who continues to be missed dearly by his family.

Earlier this week I returned to the Detroit Institute of Arts to have a second peek at their exhibition of Ashcan School artists. Those interested can read a little more about the Ashcan movement and the Group of Eight at http://www.huntfor.com/arthistory/C20th/ashcanschool.htm . I was completely blown away by the paintings and drawings, even more so the second time through: the confidant brushwork, the simple compositions (even though they are often peopled with crowds) and the controlled use of color.

I saw entire figures that were mapped with one flick of the brush. Painted in one shape, one color, defined entirely by the stroke and energy. All it took was the suggestion of a figural form for my eye to build the rest of the details.

Masses of people grouped and painted as one simple shape sharing similar values and color. You eye couldn't break them apart until you got closer to the surface.

Masterful compositions where the only color was concentrated in one oddly off-balanced area. Paintings that were 95% neutral colors, with carefully placed splashes of saturated color, pulling focal points far away from the central area, and even away from the figures themselves.

These ideas were very much in my mind when I painted the two versions of Silas. When I grow up, I want to paint like that!!

Thank you to long-time dog-a-day reader and proud new collector Jennifer Brindley for her purchase of two paintings: "Saucer Eyed" from this month's Animal Welfare Week and a gallery stretched canvas titled "Whiskers" (from the studio markdown sale viewable at www.turtledovedesigns.com/studio_cleanup.html).

Thanks, as always, for your time in reading and sharing these paintings with your friends and family.

I wish everyone a happy and safe weekend. As it is a holiday in the States, I will return to the dog-a-days on Tuesday, after lots of bar-b-q-ing, the whiffleball championship of the world, and a little yardwork.
See you then!
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, May 22, 2008

Two Sweets


"Lollipop I" from the "Tags, Toys & Treasures" series, 6" x 12", still life painting depicting an old-fashioned lollipop, $239 to the first buyer. Inquiries to ksantini@turtledovedesigns.com .

My booth at last weekend's Flower Fair was situated directly opposite a candy vendor. Was it sheer coincidance, or did the event coordinator know my weakness for sweets (fess up Reggie!!)? Regardless, after eyeballing glorious mountains of fudge for over 10 hours, I caved. Who wouldn't? I bought a generous cube of orange creme marbled fudge - it will make for a beautiful painting (and yes, I am painting it before eating it!!). I also picked up a handful of these wonderful lollipops, all twisted and bright with colors. My kids are fighting over who gets them when I'm done.....

But back to business, and today's dog:

"Jack," 5x7, commissioned pet portrait, acrylic on board, private collection (THANK YOU!!).

Not to diminish Jack in any way. I'm afraid he might feel like a token dog, playing second fiddle to a lollipop. He IS a very sweet boy.

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

Wednesday, May 21, 2008

Pangi, the Chinese Crested Chihuahua



"Pangi," 6" x 12", commissioned Chinese Crested Chihuahua portrait, acrylic on board, private collection (THANK YOU!).

If you are lucky in life, you will have walked a portion of it with a soul mate. Some are lucky enough to be able to travel through with several.

Pangi was just such a little guy for his mother. Vibrant, affectionate, and tenacious, he is missed. It was an honor to capture his devotion and curiousity in paint.

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

Thanks, as always, for looking.
And for 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

Tuesday, May 20, 2008

"Lucy Brown, Terrier Extraordinaire"


"Lucy Brown," 8" square, commissioned dog portrait of a terrier mix, acrylic on board, private collection (THANK YOU!). Inquiries and comments can come via email at ksantini@turtledovedesigns.com .

Lucy Brown is a one year old little stray with a tremendous appetite. In her new home in just a short window of time she's eaten two lawnchairs, the hallway baseboards, and an upholstered armchair. Not for lack of real food, as she regularly cleans out the cats' food dish along with her own. After she's done something wrong (ie, eaten something she should not have!), she just sits and grins, very pleased with herself, no doubt. I wonder what tricks she'll pick up during obedience training!!

Thanks to everyone who stopped at my booth (aka kite!) at the Flower Fair this past weekend, despite the crazy weather. I had a good time meeting each of you and sharing stories. Welcome to the dog a day family, and thanks for signing up to follow along with my daily paintings.

Yes, you may forward these to your friends and family.
And thanks, as always, for your time!
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

Thursday, May 15, 2008

"Thomas the Terrier"


"Thomas the Terrier," 6" x 12", mixed breed dog portrait, acrylic on canvasboard, private collection (THANK YOU!). Inquiries to ksantini@turtledovedesigns.com .

Something about terriers - they are so very full of life. Thomas's fur just crackles with electricity. The complimentary colors add to that effect.

Tomorrow there will be no dog-a-day painting, as I'll be prepping and packing up for the Lake Orion Flower Fair. If you are going to be in the area, please stop by and say hello. My booth will be just south of the Broadway and Flint Street intersection, on Broadway near the Sagebrush Cantina. In my tent I'll have original gallery stretched canvases, paintings on canvasboard, giclees, and notecards. Even better - bring a friend in tow - I'll have my camera on hand, and will be able to shoot reference photos and book your dog-a-day commission on the spot. I'll be there both Saturday and Sunday, returning to the studio and painting daily portraits after I catch my breath, which should be on Tuesday.

Thanks also for sharing these paintings with your friends and family.
Have a great 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

Wednesday, May 14, 2008

"Going Places," from the Tags, Toys & Treasures series

"Going Places" from the "Tags, Toys & Treasures" series, 4" x 8", still life painting depicting vintage Fisher Price Little People dalmation on tricycle, acrylic on board, private collection (THANK YOU!).

Look out Pooh - here comes the Fisher Price dog!! This is the latest piece headed towards one lucky child's room. My client has scooped up a number of paintings from the "Tags, Toys and Treasures" series to decorate her nursery.

You can see more work from this series at http://www.turtledovedesigns.com/dog_tags_toys_treasuress.html . I'll also have a number of pieces with me at this weekend's Lake Orion Flower Fair, in downtown Lake Orion, at my booth on South Broadway. Please stop by, say hello, and dig through my stash of paintings to see if you can't find a treasure of your own.

Inquiries may always come to ksantini@turtledovedesigns.com . Props too - if you have a special memento from your childhood that you would like to see translated to paint, drop me a line.

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

Tuesday, May 13, 2008

Dakota (Beagle Study)


"Dakota (Beagle Study)," 6" x 8", beagle pet portrait, acrylic on board, private collection (THANK YOU!). Inquiries to ksantini@turtledovedesigns.com .

Beagles always look like puppies to me, with their doe eyes, long ears, and expressive faces. Dakota also carries a little bit of worldliness about her, and that combination is very appealing.

Dakota is a rescue with an unknown past that involved cruelty (perhaps those sorts of details are best left unknown). After 12 years of love and care, she's gained self-confidance and turned into a sweetheart. Proceeds from the sale of Dakota's portrait will go to Best Friends Animal Sanctuary in Utah (http://www.bestfriends.org/).

Thanks, as always, for your time in looking at and sharing my paintings and the dog's stories with your family and friends.
And thank you, also, for your support and condolances about Miah. You have no idea how much they help.
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

Monday, May 12, 2008


My apologies in advance to all you dog fans out there - I know you've seen quite a few cats lately. I promise to get back to canines starting tomorrow.

"Winter Sunlight," 14" x 20", portrait of my Miah, acrylic on gallery wrapped canvas. I'm keeping this one for myself.

Miah took a turn for the worse over the weekend. This morning it was time to let her go. I held he while she crossed the bridge, and shed what felt like the millionth tear.

I didn't feel much like doing anything but lingering with her memories most of the morning, so I indulged myself. When I wandered into the studio to sort through the mail, this half-finished canvas was staring at me. I had blocked it in immediately after painting two dog-a-day paintings of Miah earlier this year (posted on March 11th, 2008). I found myself pulling the canvas down and setting my palette up with the greens.

As a kitten Miah rode on my shoulders when I painted. What I wouldn't give to feel her warmth one more time. She was the sort of cat who thought she was a person, and was my constant companion until arthritis made the stairs an obstacle. We moved the litterbox up 2 flights, and Miah and Turtle took up residence in "the penthouse." Miah studiously tracked the path of the sun during the day, tormented the boys' frogs (in tanks in their bedroom), and enjoyed her treetop squirrel watching post (aka the windowseat). In the evenings she took bedtime very seriously, up until Saturday helping tuck each child in and purring them to sleep.

Surprisingly I found great solace in painting her today. She was - and will continue to be - a powerful muse.

This portrait will hang in a place of honor, and we will proudly carry a bit of her with us. She's left a terrible emptiness in this household, where she reigned for 19 years.

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

Friday, May 09, 2008

Kitten Nest


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

And thanks again to everyone for their support during May's Animal Welfare Week - we raised almost $140 for the Oakland Pet Fund. (psst: there's still 5 paintings left unsold...... )
Enjoy your weekend, and I'll see you on Monday!
Take care,
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, May 08, 2008


"Kitty Baroo," 6" x 8", tortoiseshell tabby cat portrait, featuring a cat from the Oakland Pet Adoption Center, acrylic on board, $199 to the first buyer. $38 from the sale of this painting will be donated to the Oakland Pet Fund (http://www.oaklandpetfund.org/) in support of their efforts to make Oakland County Michigan a no-more-homeless-pets community by 2010. Inquiries may come to me at ksantini@turtledovedesigns.com .
SOLD.

This beautiful cat was in a crate with what I presumed to be her daughter, a slender, younger and careful shadow. Entranced by their matching markings, I aimed my camera. At the first click of the shutter, the older cat twisted her head around sideways, doing a perfect Baroo. She held her head at this ridiculous angle and then squinted her eyes down and smiled (no joke, I have the photos to prove it!). She kept leaning over, further and further, until she flopped on her side, stretching her front paws out towards me. She eagerly batted at the camera strap and told me the story of her life while the younger cat began purring behind her.

I was asked yesterday how I can go into the shelter regularly. It is so difficult, I don't want to undermine that aspect. You look into these animals eyes and you see they are lost, some are hurt, there is confusion. But I also see resiliance, determination, and forgiveness. Readiness to start again, a clean slate. Having a second chance isn't so bad. Yes, there are those who's second chance doesn't come, and for them my heart cries. It makes me want to work a little harder, share my resources a little better, and hope that things will be different one day. So I'll continue to go into the shelter, and I'll continue to paint in support of animal welfare and rescues. And I'll also remain grateful to all of you, the dog-a-day community, for your generous support of the project.

On that note, a very warm thank you to new collectors Ellen Gray and Rhodora Black for their purchases of "Tickhound" and "Hope," respectively.

Thanks as always for your time. Your notes make my day, and I love that the Painting a Dog a Day project has resonated with so many of you. Please continue to share the paintings and stories with your friends and family, and together we'll be able to make a few more tails wag!

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

Wednesday, May 07, 2008

Animal Welfare Week - Two Kittens


"Saucer Eyed," 4" x 8", tabby cat portrait, featuring a resident of the Oakland Pet Adoption Center, acrylic on board, $149 to the first buyer. $28 from the sale of this painting will be donated to the Oakland Pet Fund (http://www.oaklandpetfund.org/) in support of their goal to make Oakland County Michigan a no-more-homeless-pets-community by 2010. Inquires to ksantini@turtledovedesigns.com .
SOLD.

This painting makes me feel warm all over. The oranges radiate the heat of a fire, and the bright eyes lock you into the glow. This little kitten was very interested in all that I did, and demanded a painting that oozed with her curiousity and precociousness.


"Hope," 6" square, marmalade cat portrait, featuring a resident of the Oakland Pet Adoption Center, acrylic on board, $149 to the first buyer. $28 from the sale of this painting will be donated to the Oakland Pet Fund (http://www.oaklandpetfund.org/) in support of their goal to make Oakland County Michigan a no-more-homeless-pets-community by 2010. Inquiries to ksantini@turtledovedesigns.com .

SOLD.

This cat was determined to tug the camera bag off my shoulder. He kept swatting and stretching and contorting himself, especially when I had my back to him. He'd hook his claws into the strap webbing and give it a solid tug, leveraging himself against the face of his crate. The kennel staff said he was constantly having a go at their keys and clothing. He would be a pro at scaling drapes, and great entertainment racing up and down the backside of upholstered furniture.

Both these cats reminded me of one we had years ago. As a kitten, Bailey would race into the room, leap onto a rocking chair, use the upholstered back as a ramp, and vault onto the valence above the bay window. Then she would hang there and cry till someone came and got her down. Only to do it all over agin five minutes later. She wasn't blessed with much gray matter, but she was tenacious, persistant, and terribly loved.

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

Tuesday, May 06, 2008

Animal Welfare Week - Tick Hound and Creed



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

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




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

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

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

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

Kimberly Kelly Santini
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, May 05, 2008

Animal Welfare Week - Yellow & Scruffy

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

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

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

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




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

SOLD.

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

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



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

SOLD.

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

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

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Friday, May 02, 2008

Two Horses



FROM TOP: "Hey, You!," 6" x 8", equine portrait in acrylic on canvasboard, custom framed in beautifully detailed wood molding, $279; "Buckskin," 4" x 5", equine portrait in acrylic on canvasboard, not for sale. Inquiries to ksantini@turtledovedesigns.com .

"Hey, You!" is from a photo my then 8 year old son took while accompanying me on a photo shoot. I do like the perspective, which was his literal point of view while this stallion towered above and zoomed in to lip the camera lens. It must've smelled of peppermints! My son negotiated a pint of ice cream as payment for copyright permission to paint from his photo. He's a kid after my own heart! And it never hurts to learn copyright respect at an early age!

"Buckskin" is an early birthday gift for a dear friend, Juliet Harrison. She's a brilliant equine photographer (you can see her work at http://www.lechevalthehorse.com/) , generous with her ideas, always willing to hear mine, and never hesitates to set me straight. This is a portrait of her Doc, from photos she sent me years ago. She was shocked that I still had them. Hhmmm.... does that mean she thinks my studio is a disaster area?!

Thank you to returning clients Liz Yeats and Molly Landers, each of whom added one of yesterday's paintings to their collections.

Next week I'll be painting dogs and cats from the Oakland Pet Adoption Center, my local shelter here in the northern Detroit area. Proceeds from the sale of these paintings will go to the Oakland Pet Fund, a nonprofit group dedicated to making Oakland County an euthanasia free and no more homeless pets community by 2010. They provide free and low-cost spay and neuter clinics, affordable quality pet care, and offer training assistance to help families control pets' behavior. You can learn more about them at http://www.oaklandpetfund.org/ .

Thanks, as always, for sharing these 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, May 01, 2008



FROM TOP: "Soul," 4" x 5", bay horse painting in acrylic on canvasboard, $115, SOLD; "Mama's Boy," 6" x 8", mare and foal equine portrait in acrylic on canvasboard, $199, SOLD. Inquiries to ksantini@turtledovedesigns.com .

With "Soul," my original intent was not to focus on the eye, but rather the white blaze between the planes of his face and the sky. I chose the wrong shaped board, though, which essentially forced my hand in designing the composition. I got distracted in the reflections and color around the eye, and it wormed it's way into becoming the focal point. I'll paint from this photo again, but use a taller board, and see if I can't get the effect I had wanted, of a white "outline" along the horse's profile. So yes, "Soul" is a little cliche in that it is a painting of a horse's eye, but I do like the piece - it has great planes of color.

"Mama's Boy" is a photo that I have wanted to paint for an eternity, in grand scale. I compromised scale drastically with this little board, but am so happy to have the painting out of my system after all these years!! The scan does little justice to the glow in the little foal's face. He has so much character, his nostrils all aflutter while batting those eyelashes. I found fascination with the pure geometry of this painting (really, both pieces), and again played with that 'no-no' rule of not placing your focal point in the center of the canvas. "Mama's Boy" can get away with it.

A big thank you to returning collector Andrea Melliadis for her purchase of both palomino paintings from yesterday.

And thank you also to all the dog-a-day readers for indulging me in my Derby Week equine fest of sorts. Painting horses is such a love of mine, and it's wonderful to get a little break and work on something entirely different every so often. From the comments I've gotten so far, you seem to be enjoying the break, too!

Please do share these paintings and stories 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
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