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.

Wednesday, November 26, 2008

Mandalyn again

"Green Mandalyn," 4" x 8", kitten portrait in acrylic on board. Proceeds from the sale of Mandalyn's painting will be donated to Best Friends Animal Sanctuary (www.bestfriends.org) .Inquiries to ksantini@turtledovedesigns.com .

Remember Mandalyn (from November 10th - http://tinyurl.com/56s37a)? Here's another painting of her. She is continuing to recover from her wounds, and seems to understand that she must leave them alone. She has won the hearts of the Best Friends staff, and I am certain that once her health issues are resolved, this little one will quickly find a forever home. You can follow Mandalyn's progress on the Best Friends website (listed above), in the Guardian Angel section.

This painting is similar in composition to "Fierce Hunter" (from November 20th - http://tinyurl.com/62rc39 ), but looks entirely different. A combination of softer colors and a variety of edgework keep Mandalyn's portrait from being a simple exercise in shape and color, like "Fierce Hunter."

I wish all my readers a wonderful Thanksgiving (even those outside the US) - I hope you are able to share Thursday with special friends and family, and can spend the day doing things you love.

I'm off to spend the day in the kitchen - something I love almost as much as painting. Thank you, as always, for reading the blog and following along with the stories.

Happy Thanksgiving! Kim
ksantini@turtledovedesigns.com
www.turtledovedesigns.com

Tuesday, November 25, 2008

One Tail at a Time Rescue


"Mastiff Profile," 8" x 16", acrylic mastiff portrait on canvasboard, available for purchase with proceeds benefitting animal welfare. Inquiries may come to ksantini@turtledovedesigns.com .


A portion of the sale of this painting will go to One Tail at a Time in Ohio. Within the last month, a friend had a very positive experience adopting a dear mastiff from their rescue. I had an opportunity to talk to the director of One Tail at a Time, and her energy and dedication was inspiring. I wanted to help support them and other dogs like Henry (aka Memphis) with a painting.


Right now, One Tail at a Time has a litter of special needs puppies, and funds from the sale of this painting will be earmarked for their vet bills. You can read more about the rescue and pups at http://t.ymlp67.com/wjaiaujyafaujwhavausmm/click.php . If the above painting doesn't appeal to you, consider making a donation to One Tail at a Time and helping these pups (and the other dogs in their care) find wonderful homes.


In other news, the books arrived yesterday! My studio is full of stacked boxes, ready to be inscribed, wrapped, and sent on their way next week. I am on track to ship out Painting a Dog a Day - the First Year pre-orders on Monday, December 1st.


If you are interested in purchasing a copy of the book, please send me an email. Softcovers are $39.95 and hardcovers $54.95, plus shipping and handling. Inquiries to ksantini@turtledovedesigns.com .


I've got one more special painting for you before the holiday. Feel free to share this one with your friends and family -

See you tomorrow, Kim


Saturday, November 22, 2008

WHOOPS! Posted to the newsgroup yesterday, but neglected to follow through after dinner and post to the blog. My apologies!!


"Princess Cassandra of the Marigolds (also in Charge of Sweet Potatoes and Petunias)," 4" x 6", mixed breed dog portrait, acrylic on canvasboard, $199 (I'm waiting to hear back - this one might already be sold - but I'll start a waiting list). Inquiries may come to ksantini@turtledovedesigns.com .


This painting, while small in size, carries the longest title of any Dog-a-Day piece to date. That's really her name. But you can call her "Cassie" for short.


I especially love how the painting fades "into" her face - it reminds me of the way a form begins to take shape from a lump of clay. This part was entirely accidental - but a wonderful accident (that's my point of view, at least!).


I've been debating the merits of taking some time off next week. I'd love to linger in the grocery (well, honestly, it'll be so packed with holiday shoppers that rushing through won't be possible), go entirely overboard with food prep (I have occasionally been accused of overkill on occasion), hang out at my library for a bit (get through some of those Battle of the Books reads!), catch a matinee of Twilight (that is if I don't sneak away to see it this weekend), finish knitting a Christmas gift (or two), and maybe even go shoe shopping (if I call it that, instead of the reality which is "momma needs new winter boots shopping," it sounds a little more fun). The kids only have two days of school, and I'm thinking I'll slack off a little, too.

So, that said, I may not check in on Monday. I'll be around at least one day before the holiday, though. How's this - I'll plan on painting while my fudge pecan pies are baking.

Enjoy your weekend!
Kim


Thursday, November 20, 2008

Dog AND Cat - Chloe and Miah




FROM TOP/LEFT: "Fierce Hunter," 4" x 8", $249, SOLD; "Cleo," 4" x 5", $184, SOLD. Both paintings in acrylic on canvasboard. Inquiries to ksantini@turtledovedesigns.com .

I've been in a Shih-tzu groove lately - once I realized that, I had to mix it up with an old standby - the black cat.

I rustled through old photos of Miah, and came up with one where she was hunting Turtle's tail. You know the game - Cat A is quietly lying there, minding her own business, totally oblivious to Cat B, who is stalking and waiting for the right moment to pounce. That was my two. Hard to believe it'll be a year Saturday since Turtle died, and 6 months gone by since Miah. Sigh.

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

See you tomorrow,
Kim

Wednesday, November 19, 2008

Emma & Milo, Shih Tzu Schmit Tzu


FROM TOP: "Milo," 5" x 7"; and "Emma," 6"x8"; both commissioned shih-tzu portraits in acrylic on canvasboard, both headed to a new home (THANK YOU!). Inquiries to ksantini@turtledovedesigns.com .

These two remind me of Muppets. Such lively little faces, with fur and hair everywhere. And a total contrast to today's studio background soundtrack - I started out with The Nutcracker (it WAS snowing this morning), but it wasn't edgy enough, and I shifted gears to Amy Winehouse. What a fun day in the studio!!

You might have noticed the subtle new look to the daily emails. That's because I've changed delivery services. I learned that Google Newsgroups, my old provider, was not reliable. Over the last week, when investigating why some Dog-a-Day subscribers were not receiving their daily painting, I discovered that some email servers block Google generated emails, especially those with attachments or images, as part of their spam reduction efforts. I couldn't have readers missing out on the dailies, so migrated the Google Newsgroup to a new service.

As part of this change, I am now able to offer subscription sign-up to both the Dog-a-Days and my seasonal studio newsletter on the Painting a Dog a Day blog. Check it out at www.paintingadogaday.blogspot.com (or if you are reading this on the blog, scroll your eyes over to the right and check out the sidebar).

Also, you can always let me know if you are not receiving your daily postings (because I AM painting every day, and often weekends!!) or if you are getting multiples.

Thank you to those who participated in the ebay auction which ended last night. I'm considering listing additional paintings in the coming weeks - let me know if you are interested in seeing more auctions, and if so, what you would like to see, and I'll put something together.

And thanks also to all my new collectors - the Dog-a-Days are getting snapped up as quickly as I can paint them!

I appreciate your time, as always. Thanks so much for being part of the Dog-a-Day journey.
See you tomorrow,
Kim

Tuesday, November 18, 2008

Joe, Australian Shepherd


"Joe," 8" square, dog portrait starring an australian shepherd, acrylic on canvasboard, $349 to the first taker. Inquiries may always come to ksantini@turtledovedesigns.com .

SOLD.

This piece looks so blah on the computer. In real life, Joe is all aglow with light, you can see the waves of his fur, and practically hear him panting.

Again, I want to mention the painting I have listed on ebay. The auction ends today around 8pm EST. http://t.ymlp67.com/wsaxaujqacahbwakausue/click.php is the link you need to view and bid!!

Thanks, as always, for looking my paintings and sharing them with your friends and family.

See you tomorrow, Kim


Monday, November 17, 2008

Susie Sheltie


"Susie Sheltie," 6" square, pet portrait of a Sheltie, acrylic on board, $249. Inquiries may come to ksantini@turtledovedesigns.com.

SOLD.

Susie is the other "make-up" portrait that goes along with Bubbles (from Sat). Susie made the cut because of the tremendous effort her current family put forth to rescue her. Susie was starving, matted and terrified, bandoned in an industrial area near an international airport. It took a crew of volunteers several hours in inclement weather to crate Susie, after which she was taken immediately under the wing of one family and whisked into veterinarian care.

Never daunted, the man who instigated all this (ironically, Susie bit him during the dramatic rescue) brought her without hesitation into his home and family, where she is now a beautiful and devoted companion. After Susie joined their family, they also became involved in Sheltie rescue, where they now assist with transports, opened their hearts and home to animals needing foster care, and help their group out with in-home visits.

I love hearing stories like this. Stories where incidents have spurred people into action, allowing them to reach out and make a difference. There are so many inspiring stories out there, and I especially love being able to bring them to the Painting a Dog a Day project. Thank you to Susie and her family for sharing their tale!

Just a reminder, I have an original painting on canvas that is listed on ebay right now. Ebay's also running a coupon for 10% off a purchase, up to $100 off (enter code CHOLIDAYNOV2008 at checkout). ( The auction ends tomorrow evening. This is my Dog-a-Day piece from October 10th - it's now available for purchase. "Fifty-Two Vignettes" is a painting on canvas inspired by 52 dog-a-day portraits - you can see it at http://tinyurl.com/6dxn9x. The current price is a steal for one of my gallery stretched canvas originals (this is NOT a reproduction!).

Consider the opportunity for this sort of a deal my holiday gift to you - take a peek (item number 330285879451, seller id "turtledovedesigns", the tinyurl link above will take you right to the ebay listing), place a bid, and hold your breath!!

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

Lona Kitty


"Lona," 4" x 6", commissioned cat portrait, acrylic on canvasboard, private collection (THANK YOU!). Inquiries may come to ksantini@turtledovedesigns.com .

I love the color in Lona's portrait, and how the pink of her body bleeds into the orange background, which is also a mirror of the shadows in her eyes.

I've placed a tag on my blog that will link you directly to blurb.com, where you can preview the first 15 pages of my book Painting a Dog a Day - the First Year. You may also place an order through this site. If you would like an inscribed copy of the book, however, your order must come through me. Send an email to ksantini@turtledovedesigns.com if you are interested. Softcovers are $39.95 and hardcovers with a dustjackets are $54.95; shipping and handling will be an additional $4.95.

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

Saturday, November 15, 2008

Bubbles the Pug


"Bubbles the Pug," 4" x 5", pug portrait in acrylic on canvasboard, $184. Inquiries to ksantini@turtledovedesigns.com .
SOLD.

A few weeks back I had two portraits cancel with short notice. I asked Dog-a-Day readers to submit their stories, and from the group I chose a couple faces to paint. It was a tough choice, but Little Miss Bubbles was one of them.

Can you see why? That face!! I just love it.

And her story, too, of course. When she came into the rescue group, young Bubbles had a mysteriously broken hip. She had it corrected surgically, worked her little curly tail off in rehab, and was fostered for a year until she found her now forever home. Happy endings. That's what I love.

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

Thursday, November 13, 2008

Lucy and Desi



FROM TOP: "Lucy" and "Desi," each 5" x 7", commissioned Westhighland Terrier portraits, private collection (THANK YOU!!). Inquiries to ksantini@turtledovedesigns.com .

Another busy day today. Finalized details on the first press run of Painting a Dog a Day - The First Year, proofed printed ephemera that one of my paintings is in, volunteered at my children's elementary school, and got these two paintings completed. I'm ready to call it a day!

Not sure if I'll get to paint tomorrow - the kids are off school, and we all have dental appointments. Later in the day I have an interview with a local newspaper, and my oldest son has an away soccer game in the evening. If I don't get in the studio tomorrow, I will be showing up over the weekend, as there's still a few faces I would like to paint this week and some other details to tie up.

I've heard rumors that the Google servers haven't been reliably delivering the dog-a-day emails. If you find yourself without your dog-a-day daily fix, you can always check out the blog to see what's up: http://www.paintingadogaday.blogspot.com/.

Thanks, as always, for looking.
And for sharing these paintings with your friends and family.
See you at some point in the next couple days!
Kim

Wednesday, November 12, 2008

Harley, a long haired chihuahua



FROM TOP: "All Squared Up," 6" square, and "In Profile," 4" x 8", $249; both chihuahua portraits in acrylic on canvasboard. Inquiries may come to ksantini@turtledovedesigns.com .
BOTH SOLD

I tried something interesting with these two. The long and skinny canvas I toned a bright pumpkin orange, the square canvas I toned in a peachy flesh color. Then I laid the paintings down overtop the wet underpainting. Consequently, the smaller painting seems bolder - those snippets of orange add a firey glow to the piece. The square painting carries more softness, I think because of the lighter ground.

I also used the exact same structure of colors, painting these side by side and simultaneously. I primarily used blues and oranges (compliments), yet the saturation is very different in each. The bolder underpainting demanded similar points of equal intensity. The softer underpainting allowed for a density and variety of edgework.

Oddly (not sure this was intentional or subconscious), the less confrontational profile design has brushwork that is dominant and pulls your eye around the painting, while the more confrontational head-on composition demands your eye via the dog's gaze and the brushwork becomes secondary.

I'm pleased with my mini lesson for the day. Now I'm back to the easel to play with these ideas some more.

Thanks, as always, for looking.
And for sharing these paintings with your friends and family.
See you tomorrow,
Kim
ksantini@turtledovedesigns.com


Tuesday, November 11, 2008

FIfty-Two Vignettes - available via Ebay


"Fifty-Two Vignettes," 18" x 22", original painting, acrylic on gallery stretched canvas, depicting the top breeds as registered by the American Kennel Club in 2007.

This was one of my entries for the 2008 American Kennel Club-Eukanuba Poster Competition. (The design that won was delightfully clever (and sadly not mine) - a child gazing at a sky filled with dog-shaped clouds.) When I shared "Fifty-Two Vignettes" with Dog-a-Day readers last month there were a number of you who asked for the opportunity to purchase this piece when I decided to put it on the market. Well, I've decided. It needs a good home.

I'm trying something new - this painting will be auctioned off on ebay - you can see the listing at http://tinyurl.com/6dxn9x. The auction will go live at 6pm PST today (November 11th, 2008) and run for 7 days. Starting price is a mere $99!!

This painting was created using over 50 portraits from the Painting a Dog a Day project. It is done on gallery stretched canvas, so the painted details wrap around the sides and there is no need to frame. AND it is remarkably larger than my typical Dog-a-Day pieces - it has bits from 52 portraits in it! Details from these portraits were collaged together and painted so as to create an entirely new original work of art.

Inquiries may come to me at ksantini@turtledovedesigns.com. My ebay seller id is turtledovedesigns. The painting is ebay item number 330285879451. Happy bidding!

Thanks, as always, for looking and sharing my artwork with your friends and family.
See you tomorrow!
Kim

Monday, November 10, 2008

Mandalyn, Tuxedo Cat


"Blue Mandalyn", 6" x 12", tuxedo kitten portrait, acrylic on board, $359. Inquiries to ksantini@turtledovedesigns.com .

This is Mandalyn, a kitten I will be painting and blogging about regularly over the next few months. Mandalyn is under verterinarian care at Best Friends Animal Sanctuary (Kenab, Utah) for a variety of serious injuries. Her little body may be encased in plaster, but that hasn't dampened her spirit. You can read more about Mandalyn on the Best Friends Animal Sanctuary website - http://www.bestfriends.org/ - under the Guardian Angels section.

I don't know what it was about this kitten that spoke to me, but she spoke up loudly and clearly across the miles. And within a very short period of time, I was able to iron out a partnership with the staff at Best Friends, who welcomed my idea of painting Mandalyn regularly through her recovery. Every couple of weeks I'll share a new painting with you, and provide a little update on her progress as her body heals and she gets closer to finding a forever home.

Meanwhile, proceeds from all of the Mandalyn-inspired paintings will go to Best Friends. Perhaps you have seen their staff in motion via the National Geographic television program "Dog Town." Their website contains a host of testamonials about the quality of care and life altering support they consistantly provide for rescues, shelters and pet owners around the globe. I am hopeful that Mandalyn's paintings will touch a chord with the Dog-a-Day readers and allow me to continue to support and learn from this esteemed group.

Thanks, as always, for your time in looking at, and sharing, my paintings.
I'll be back tomorrow with a dog for you,
Kim


Friday, November 07, 2008

Paco the Chihuahua

It's Dog-a-Day happy hour! 2 for 1!!



FROM TOP: "You are Getting Verrry Sleepy.....,", 8" square, $349, and "Glow in the Dark Ears," 6" square, $249. Both pieces depicting a tri-colored Chihuahua in acrylic on board. My client will take one (she's making up her mind) - who wants the other? Takers can email me at ksantini@turtledovedesigns.com .
Both pieces SOLD.

This is a nice example of how the same photo inspires multiple paintings that are entirely different moods. Keep in mind that on the computer you are viewing these paintings the same size, but the full body piece is 150% larger then the little guy. The sweeps of color are beautiful - and you should see my palette, all full of the same lavendars, apricots and blues!

Please do share these paintings with your friends and family, and have a great weekend!
Kim

Thursday, November 06, 2008

Dazzle, golden retriever


"Dazzle," 6" square, Paws with a Cause service dog portrait, acrylic on board, $249 to the first buyer. Proceeds from the sale of this painting will be donated to Paws with a Cause. Inquiries may come to ksantini@turtledovedesigns.com .

SOLD.

Paws with a Cause is a national group dedicated to providing assistance dogs for people with disabilities. They also provide a lifetime of support, fostering independance. I took this from their mission statement - read more for yourself at http://www.pawswithacause.org/.

In the beginning of the Painting a Dog a Day project I met UKON, a Paws service dog. Shortly after that, I got to paint Madison and Sirius, and the list goes on and on. Each Paws dog I meet is uniquely special, and to personally witness the bond they share with their person is humbling. To support the efforts of Paws with a Cause through my painting sales is phenomenal.
I met Dazzle last winter at the Detroit Kennel Club dog show. She was all too eager to go through her paces and make a new friend, but her mind was on work the whole time as well. Dazzle helps her person do just about everything, although I've been warned that she doesn't sort laundry that well.

Thanks, as always, for your time in following the Dog-a-Day paintings.
Please do share these with your friends and family.
See you tomorrow - I've got a dear little chihuahua in the works!
Kim

Wednesday, November 05, 2008


"A Long Night (Emma and Marcy)," 8" x 16", commissioned golden retriever portrait in acrylic on board, private collection (THANK YOU!). Inquiries (including how you can commission your own Dog-a-Day portrait) may come to ksantini@turtledovedesigns.com .

"A Long Night" is a special holiday gift for my clients' parents, who lost both dogs this last year. Although there is a new generation of goldens in the household now, there is no denying the special place Emma and Marcy held.

And yes, the title is a nod in part to how late I stayed up following election results. The piece isn't entirely done (maybe 90%) - it's scale and intricacy is far more than what I normally tackle in one day, even with a full eight hours of sleep. So I'll live with Emma and Marcy for a couple days, identifying what should be finessed. But in the meanwhile, I wanted to share their painting with you.

Sleep well tonight!

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

Tuesday, November 04, 2008

Kimo, Dalmation


"Kimo," 8" square, commissioned dalmation portrait, acrylic on board, private collection (Kimo's painting is a holiday gift). Inquiries to ksantini@turtledovedesigns.com.

I love painting black and white dogs. The fun for me is trying to imagine them without any spots, and I build the architecture of their face using soft flesh and pastel tones. Then I punch up the painting by finishing off the eyes, and the final touch is laying the spots down. I go from a generic, ghost-like face, to one bursting with personality, just in a matter of minutes.

Thanks, as always, for your time in looking at, and sharing, these paintings.
See you tomorrow,
Kim


Monday, November 03, 2008

Sunbather (Roxy)


"Sunbather I (Roxy)," 8" square, terrier mixed breed dog portrait, acrylic on board, collection of the artist. Inquiries to ksantini@turtledovedesigns.com .

Thanks, as always, for your time in looking at, and sharing these paintings, with your friends and family. Please do forward the images - it'll help Roxy's painting find a home, and in return, help who knows how many other shelter animals find forever homes too.

I am feeling brave - I enabled comments here on the Dog-a-Day blog. Feel free to share your thoughts!!

See you tomorrow!
Kim


Sunday, November 02, 2008

Gray and White Tuxedo (Kitty)


"Gray and White Tuxedo," 5" x 7", long haired cat portrait, acrylic on board, $249 to the first buyer. Inquiries to ksantini@turtledovedesigns.com .

SOLD.

I've been in the studio a good chunk of the weekend and was so thrilled with this new little painting that I simply couldn't wait to share it with you. Hence, a Sunday Bonus Dog-a-Day.

This is a cat who was at my local shelter a few weeks back. Such wonderfully soft fur, like angora, with a silent purr that tickled my bones. Proceeds from the sale of this painting will go to the Oakland Pet Fund (http://www.oaklandpetfund.org/) to help this cat and hundreds others like him find forever homes.

This painting would make a beautiful holiday gift, and in turn, would give also back to the critters at my shelter.
Thanks, as always, for looking at and sharing these paintings with your friends and family.
See you tomorrow,
Kim


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