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.

Monday, August 31, 2009

Zonked (Bailey, aka The Escapee)

FROM TOP: "Zonked I," 6" x 8", and "Zonked II," 4" x 8", both portraits of a mixed breed dog, done in acrylic on canvasboard, both in a private collection. Inquiries may come to me.

Remember Bailey? She's my brother's dog, the one I babysat in May, the one who promptly escaped and spent her day sightseeing around Lake Orion. Suffice it to say that the remainder of her stay was spent sound asleep (and on a very short leash when awake). I got a gazillion references of all the positions she slept in, in a variety of light sources. Just the sort of stuff to create nice paintings from, once the bitterness of spending a panicked afternoon hunting her down had somewhat faded.

Tonight I got to move a temporary studio into the Orion Township Public Library, where I gave a brief presentation on being a working artist, followed by a Dog-a-Day demo and a booksigning of Painting a Dog a Day - the First Year (you can order your own copy here). ONTV, our local cable channel, filmed the discussion, so those of you who couldn't make it will get the opportunity to view the program at a later date (I'll keep you posted).

I'd like to thank the staff of the library for including me in so many of their summer programs this year. It is always a pleasure to be a part of your events.

I also owe a special thanks to tonight's participants, who came with great questions and observations. I'll try to finish up the demo painting later this week and share it with you all.

Thanks, as always, for looking at - and sharing - my artwork with your friends and family.

Thursday, August 27, 2009

Ponied (Saratoga)

"Ponied," from the Saratoga series, 4" x 8", acrylic Thoroughbred portrait on canvasboard, $249 to the first taker. Inquiries may come to me.

I painted this piece a couple weeks ago on one of those rare days that I wasn't herding kids around town. Inspired by my trip to Saratoga opening weekend, it seemed fitting to share in this week's countdown to the Travers Stakes, which will be run at Saratoga this coming Saturday.
I'm itching to get back into the studio and get some painting done. It seems, however, that there are other plans in the works. I will most definately get to paint next Monday evening, though, as part of a live demo, presentation and book-signing hosted by the Orion Township Public Library. I haven't chosen my references yet, but will spend some time in the coming days pouring over files, deciding which face is best suited for the limelight.

Meanwhile, I want to take a moment to wish my niece Tiffany (a longtime fan of Painting a Dog a Day and an excellent horsewoman to boot) and her groom-to-be Justin the most perfect of wedding days. We can't wait to send you off to enjoy the rest of your lives together.

Here's a group toast to Happily Ever Afters!

Thanks, as always, for looking at - and sharing - my artwork with your friends and family.

Monday, August 24, 2009

Winter Sunlight III

"Winter Sunlight III (Miah)," 5" x 7", black cat portrait in acrylic on canvasboard, my personal collection. Inquiries may come to me.

It's been a while since I last painted Miah, my original studio muse. This new painting came from the photos I took during her final days. I couldn't decide if I wanted to depict her frail like she was in the pictures, or if I should add a little flesh to her silhouette and clean up the fur.

I ended up somewhere in between. This painting has some beautiful passages, and because it doesn't have to strictly represent any particular cat or age, I have the freedom to leave it as is.
A special thanks to the new collectors I met at the Addison Oaks event this last weekend. I ended up staying 1-1/2 hours after my scheduled end time in order to sketch portraits for those who were in line, and I am so appreciative of your patience and perseverance. It was a beautiful day, and I enjoyed meeting all of you!

Thanks, as always, for looking at - and sharing - my artwork with your friends and family.

Thursday, August 20, 2009

Morning Commute

"Morning Commute," from the Saratoga 2009 series, also my entry for the August Virtual pARTy, 6" x 8", acrylic on Raymar panel, from a photo taken by Linda Shantz, $349. Inquiries may come to me.


Early mornings at Saratoga Race Track (or any racetrack for that matter) are delightful. You get a much stronger sense, watching the Thoroughbreds make their way to the training surface, of personalities and attitudes. The riders take pride in their mounts, and the horses have one thing on their mind - getting to that track and running.

This painting is my entry for the August Virtual pARTy. You may see other artists' take on the same reference photo I've used here over the next few days. Artists have until Saturday to complete their pieces, so if you check it out today, make a point to come back again.

On Saturday, I'll be sketching pet portraits at Addision Oaks (in Leonard, Mi) from 10am till about noon. If you have no plans, bring your four legged pal out to a gorgeous park and let me try my hand at capturing their likeness in pencil.

Thanks, as always, for looking at - and sharing - my artwork with your friends and family.

Wednesday, August 19, 2009

Nano (Great Dane Study)

"Nano (Great Dane Study)," 8" x 10", Great Dane dog portrait in acrylic on canvasboard, $449. Inquiries may come to me.

Can you see the pockets of saturated crimson peeking out from behind everything? I toned (meaning painted the entirety of) the board with a mixture of alizarine crimson and quinacridone scarlet, allowing that to dry before sketching my composition overtop.

I chose the red-orange underpainting because I wanted to dog to have a blueish tone to him, coupled with the green background, and the particular shades of red, blue and green that I chose are compliments (meaning they sit opposite each other on the color wheel). Compliments, when placed together, make each other vibrate or shimmer.

Tomorrow's Dog-a-Day painting will be my entry for the August Virtual pARTy, using a photo taken at Saratoga Race Track by fellow artist Linda Shantz. If you wish to participate in the pARTy, you have until Saturday of this week to complete your entry (additional details are available here). Spectators are welcome, too - this is a great opportunity to look at the reference materials artists' use, and see how their individual vision and style comes into play.

Thanks, as always, for looking at - and sharing - my artwork with your friends and family.

Tuesday, August 18, 2009


"Butt....", 6" x 8", acrylic portrait of a young man and his dog, $324. Inquiries may come to me.

Another painting worked up from photos taken at a previous Dog Days of Lake Orion event. This year's Dog Day's was rained out and has been rescheduled for August 28th. Unfortunately I have a prior committment and will be unable to attend. It is always a good time, especially for me and my camera. But that doesn't mean that you can't attend and have a blast yourself - perhaps even walk away with the grand prize of Lake Orion's newest Doggy Mayor and a Painting a Dog a Day portrait!
Meanwhile, I'm on the hunt for other dog-related events that will provide me with the opportunity to shoot some references and feed me painting ideas through the coming year. Know of any in the Southeastern Michigan area? Please email me!

Of course, you also are always welcome to send your photos in for consideration, without any obligation on your part to purchase subsequent artwork. I am looking to develop paintings for upcoming exhibitions, and need muses such as:
  • dogs in or around cars/trucks (for the Sunday Driver series)
  • black cats or dark colored animals (including those with black&white markings)
  • images of animals playing together or interacting, not necessarily facing the camera
  • dogs and cats in and around barns/horses
Images can be emailed; I will acknowledge receipt of all materials. Thanks in advance!

Thanks, as always, for looking at - and sharing - my artwork with your friends and family.

Monday, August 17, 2009

Pom Cloud

"Pom Cloud," 6" square, Pomeranian pet portrait in acrylic on canvasboard, $249 to the first taker. Inquiries may always come to me.

I was so crabby when I came into the studio tonite, and I spent a good amount of time searching for an appropriatly grouchy face to paint, all to no avail. Surprisingly (to me), I settled on this little one, a Pomeranian from the 2007 Lake Orion Dog Days event. Just looking at the series of photos I took of her floating at the end of her leash made me feel better.

Tomorrow I will have a rare quiet afternoon in the studio. I plan to get through this big ole' mess of emails requiring responses, and also do some serious editing on Volume Two of the Painting a Dog a Day book, which isn't nearly as far along as it should be. I think both tasks will be accompanied by healthy servings of freshly baked zucchini bread.

For those of you who are looking for something to do this weekend, I'll be sketching pet portraits at Addison Oaks Campground on Saturday. It even looks like the weather will cooperate - so bring your furred one on out!! Zucchini bread optional.

Thanks, as always, for looking at - and sharing - my artwork with your friends and family.

Thursday, August 13, 2009


"Nuzzling," 8" x 10", portrait of a young girl and kitten, acrylic on canvasboard, $449 to the first to raise their hand and ask nicely. Inquiries may come to me.

I got the idea for this painting last summer, and tried my hand at it with no success. Today I was cleaning out some files and came across my failed attempt. Maybe it was a sugar high from too many chocolate cupcakes, but I was confidant I could now pull it off.

And while the painting lingered, and I mean it took it's sweet ole time, deep in "the uglies," and I was just about to give up, suddenly it pulled through, and began to work.

This piece is a nice step in the direction of painting people and their pets, something that has been a longtime goal of mine. I'm not there yet, but getting closer.

FYI, there will be a new Virtual pARTy next week, for those of you who are interested in participating or following along. Information has been posted to the pARTy blog, and I encourage participants to register on the pARTy forum if they have not already. We'll be working from an image shot during opening weekend at Saratoga, so it is full of promise.

And I have an inkling to paint some black cats. I want to experiment with my palette and add some more blues to it, and black cats would provide the perfect opportunity to play. For that matter, black dogs or horses would work just as well too. If you have someone you'd like to nominate, I would love to see your photos - non-flash, please! You can send them to me, and I promise to acknowledge receipt of your materials.

Thanks, as always, for looking at - and sharing - my artwork with your friends and family.

Wednesday, August 12, 2009


"Checkered," the newest installment in the Saratoga 2009 series of paintings, 8" square, acrylic on canvasboard depicting a Thoroughbred racehorse, $349 to the first taker. Inquiries may come to me.

I can't decide which I like more in this piece - the bold pattern, the rampant color, or that eye smack dab in the middle of the canvas (which is supposed to be a no-no). Time permitting, I would like to do another one like this, but larger than lifesize, perhaps 20" square. What do you think?

Thanks, as always, for looking at - and sharing - my artwork with your friends and family.

Tuesday, August 11, 2009

Solo Exhibition

FROM LEFT: (starting upper left, continuing clockwise) "Swish," "Stretch," "Many Faces (the 2007 AKC Eukanuba Championship Poster)," "Turlington," "Patience," "The Purple Collar," "Sisters (Turtledove and Miah)," and in the center "The Red Collar." ON THE RIGHT: (top) "V is for Vanner," and "Follow the Leader." All paintings with the exception of "Sisters" and the AKC Eukanuba Poster are available for purchase; inquiries may come to me.

At the tail of last week I hung a collection of paintings at the Orion Township Public Library (pictured above). At the tail of this month, I will give a short presentation, demo a Dog-a-Day painting, and close with a book signing (Monday, August 31st @ 7pm). It would be great to have you swing by the library to take in some of the art or hang with me on the evening of the 31st (no reservations required for either).

Thanks, as always, for sharing my art with your family and friends.

Friday, August 07, 2009

Lucy as a Pup

"Lucy as a Pup," 6" x 8", Golden Retriever portrait in acrylic on canvasboard, not for sale.

Meet Lucy, the latest addition to my extended family. Lucy belongs to my nephew Patrick, who happens to be turning 12 today. I painted Lucy for you, Patrick, so that you can remember how tiny she was, just like you were not so long ago.

Happy Birthday big guy!! Make sure Lucy gets a birthday treat, too!
Love you, Aunt Kim

Thursday, August 06, 2009

Bella at the Wheel

"Bella at the Wheel," from the "Sunday Driver" series of paintings, 4" x 5", Maltese portrait in acrylic on board, not for sale. Inquiries may come to me.
A few years back I fell in love with a painting that was part of an art scavenger hunt and festival. I was working my own booth at the street fair, but called around to learn who the artist was - I wanted to own this piece with every ounce of my being. I phoned her that morning from my booth and she promised to return my call later. Later that day, a woman came into my booth with her daughter and mother. She was at the street fair specifically to see my work. We got to talking and discovered all sorts of things in common, along with the fact that she was the artist I had phoned earlier. I felt as though I had known her my whole life, and an easy friendship was struck up immediately.
I have visiting priviledges for the painting (it wasn't for sale), but if I show up at Kirsten's with an art book and some wine, I can enjoy it in her home.
And she recently came to my rescue. Kirsten donated her stash of the anaglypta wallpaper I was coveting, saving me from having to order it for my studio remodel. I thought a small token of my appreciation was in order for which Bella's painting might suffice.
So, Kirsten, here's a formal thank you! You're the bestest!
PS Speaking of street fairs, I'll have a booth at the Lake Orion Dog Days event this Saturday. I'll be set up near the Orion Art Center at the south end of Anderson Street from 10am-2pm. There will be a Blessing of the Dogs, a pet parade, the crowning of the new Doggy Mayor (who gets their portrait painted by moi), pet adoptions, and all sorts of events, including prizes for various categories like Best Trick (which my son and Finnigan won last year when they sang the Happy Birthday song together). Stop on by to book your portrait, browse paintings available for purchase, and enjoy the day.

Tuesday, August 04, 2009

Blinkered I

"Blinkered I," 6" x 12", portrait of a Thoroughbred bay racehorse at the clubhouse turn on Saratoga, acrylic on canvasboard, $359 to the first taker. Inquiries may come to me.
The weekend at Saratoga Race Track was incredible. I have so many new ideas swimming in my head, jockeying for position. I posted a few of the 1000 photos+ I shot to my Facebook page, so you can get a sense of what the weekend entailed. You can see additional shots that my friends Linda Shantz and Juliet Harrison took on Facebook as well. Lotsa purdy horses, dramatic light, some equally dramatic weather, and the company of great friends.
So this is the first from my new series titled simply "Saratoga 2009." This horse was training on the main track Saturday morning. Such a joy to watch him interact with the other horses - there really is nothing like a running horse, reaching, stretching, fluid strides, blowing comfortably, all the while asking for a little more rein, wanting to hook up and give another a serious run.
Along with the equine behavior, I found myself fascinated by hoods and blinkers and other various trappings/gear. There was a parade of different bits of leather and sorts that I got to see up close and personal, both through the camera lens and with the naked eye, all of it oozing promise in painted form.
The next Saratoga piece is already on the easel, "Blinkered II," and I hope to work on her more later this evening. Meanwhile, I am delighted to share this piece with you.
Thanks, as always, for looking at and sharing my paintings with your friends and family.

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