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, January 30, 2009

Sweet Reprieve




FROM TOP: "Lindt Lindor in Red" and "Lindt Lindor in Blue," both 4" x 5", acrylic on canvasboard depictions of Lindt truffles, each painting $184, or both for $349. Inquiries may always come to me via email.
BOTH SOLD.

Can you tell I'm on a diet? I've been painting lots of candy lately, haven't I. And no, I did not eat these. Yet. Painting them is almost as satisfying as eating them. Almost!!
Wouldn't they make a great Valentine's gift for your chocoholic?! There's lots of other paintings at my etsy store, and through Saturday I have 20% off all paintings on canvasboard. This special will only last until Saturday......
I spent this morning tweaking the Chesapeake Bay portrait from earlier this week. As much as I'd like to think that I can nail portraits fairly consistently, there are occasions when I've gotten critical details wrong. I don't beat myself up too much over it, because there is nothing wrong with asking for a do-over. In this case, the dog's color was washed out. So I've laid some golden glazes overtop the fur and deepened shadows. When my client approves a final version, I'll update it here, in case anyone is interested in seeing the changes.
I am doing almost all my work on the iMac now. I installed my last bit of hardware today, and have everything but email transitioned to the new machine. That'll take a little longer because of some data conversion issues with Act! and Daylight, but I'll get to it eventually (I welcome input from anyone who's done the conversion!!).
I do not know how I managed to work in a Windows environment for so long, and continue to be amazed and delighted by all things Mac. Just the simple shift from a laptop monitor to the desktop screen has made photo editing (and book design/layout) so much easier! The whole iWeb package makes classy webdesign a cinch - my goal is to add a new page to the TurtledoveDesigns website every week, until I have the entire site rebuilt. And don't get me started on digital video editing, but it's pretty darned cool too!!
I wish everyone a safe and warm weekend. Thanks for looking at, and sharing, my paintings with your friends and family! See you Monday,
Kim
ksantini@turtledovedesigns.com
www.turtledovedesigns.com

Thursday, January 29, 2009

Black Thoroughbred



FROM TOP:  "Relaxed," 6" x 12", and "Joy," 8" square; commissioned Thoroughbred portraits, both sold (THANK YOU!). Inquiries - including how you may commission your own painting - may still come to me via email .
 
Horses are a favorite subject of mine. I've wanted a horse for as long as I can remember, and only recently stopped asking Santa for one. He clearly wasn't delivering (I can hear you snickering - it was not because I was on his "Bad" list!).
 
Since I never had a horse of my own, as compensation of sorts I turned to drawing (then painting) them.
 
But things didn't work out so badly in the end. I can have all the horses I want right here in the studio, without having to muck stalls or pay any farrier bills. Yeah, you don't have to tell me. I know it's not the same. But I can pretend.
 
A very warm thanks to all my esty shoppers and new Dog-a-Day collectors. We are coming into the final days of my etsy store sale! Stop by my etsy shop and get 20% off all paintings on canvasboard through Saturday. Shop to your hearts content!
 
Thanks as always for looking! Hope you are enjoying this weeks' paintings.
See you tomorrow,
Kim
ksantini@turtledovedesigns.com

Wednesday, January 28, 2009

Chesapeake Bay Retriever


"Shelly (Chesapeake Bay Retriever Study)," 8" square, acrylic on canvasboard, $349. Inquiries may always come to ksantini@turtledovedesigns.com .
 
I've recently become enamored of the square format - I'm reaching for them more so than usual lately. And I've noticed I've begun breaking my compositions down into equal parts - I used to set things off-center most of the time. I'm also consciously choosing complimentary colors whenever possible - as I learn more about the subtleties of color harmony, I'm using compliments instead of saturation to amp things up. Shelly's painting has all three of these packed in!!
 
Thanks for all the great comments on yesterday's painting - I always enjoy hearing your thoughts. Did you know that you can comment directly on the blog itself? You are welcome to start conversations right here using Google's comment feature.
 
Thank you to all who have been shopping my etsy store the past few days. I appreciate your business, and look forward to shipping your purchases out. For those of you who haven't made it over there yet, you have a few days left to cash in on the 20% Dog-a-Day paintings (on canvasboard).
 
Thanks, as always, for looking at my paintings. Feel free to forward them on, too!
See you tomorrow,
Kim
ksantini@turtledovedesigns.com 

Tuesday, January 27, 2009

Yellow Lab in - GASP! - Water

"Swim (Beau)," 6" x 12", yellow lab portrait, acrylic on canvasboard. I think this one is spoken for - I've been waiting to hear back from my client as to the likeness - but I'm happy to start a list for anyone interested! Inquiries to ksantini@turtledovedesigns.com .
 
This is one of my all-time favorite Dog-a-Day paintings. The brushwork and subtle coloring do not show up well on the monitor, but they are loose and drippy and delightful. If I didn't know better, I would have thought someone else painted in my studio today!! 
 
At the risk of sounding like a broken record, time is running out on my etsy sale! 20% off the Dog-a-Day paintings (pieces done on canvasboard) runs through Saturday, January 31st. Key in "DOGADAY" during your checkout process, and I'll re-invoice you with the discount. There are lots of fun paintings over there, including some that would make excellent Valentines - happy shopping!!
 
Thanks, as always, for looking at my paintings, and sharing them with your friends and family.
See you tomorrow!
Kim
ksantini@turtledovedesigns.com 
www.turtledovedesigns.com 

Monday, January 26, 2009

Lola, Jack Russell Terror


FROM TOP:  "Lola II," 8" square ($349), and "Lola I," 6" x 8" (SOLD). Portraits of a Jack Russell spitfire - err, terrier - done in acrylic on canvasboard. One has already found her home (THANK YOU!). Inquiries to ksantini@turtledovedesigns.com .
 
Our vacation was beautiful - long and lingering walks, mountains of excellent food, a couple of entertaining books, and hours spent just watching the sky. But now I'm back (freezing my butt off, I might add!) and ready to work on some stellar portraits. I've got a few dear dogs like Lola, as well as a horse booked this week, so stay tuned.
 
These are the last days for the DOGADAY sale at my etsy shop - 20% off all the Dog-a-Day paintings listed on etsy. The sale lasts through Saturday, January 31st. In addition to the dog, cat and horse pieces, there are a good number of candy paintings available that would make darling Valentines. To find them, take a peek under the "Tags, Toys & Treasures" section (yes, these are Dog-a-Day paintings, too!). (PSST:  there's also new candy paintings that I posted last week - these are viewable on the Dog-a-Day blog - grab them before they disappear!)
 
I have replenished the studio sugar stash with Hershey's kisses, Dove chocolates, pink lollipops, Oreos and Lindt truffles, and will paint these (and indulge) in the coming days. If there is a particular candy you would like to see, please let me know and I'll squeeze it in before Valentines Day (no pun intended!). Chocolate covered cherries, anyone?!
 
Thanks, as always, for looking at my paintings, and sharing them with your friends and family.
Be back tomorrow,
Kim 
ksantini@turtledovedesigns.com

Saturday, January 17, 2009

VACATION

For those of you who perhaps blinked and missed it, I will be on vacation from January 17th through the 24th. I will reply to emails and inquiries as soon as possible after my return. 

As always, paintings sell on a first come, first served basis. If you are interested in a painting purchase, please send an email to ksantini@turtledovedesigns.com - the date stamp on your email message will act as your request to purchase.

Thank you so much, and have a great week!
See you in a few,
Kim
ksantini@turtledovedesigns.com
www.paintingadogaday.com 

Friday, January 16, 2009

"Brindles & Stripes," 6" x 12", acrylic on canvasboard, depicting a mixed breed dog and her girl, $359. Inquiries to ksantini@turtledovedesigns.com .

I am a huge fan of Karin Jurick's work, and her imagery has ruled my subconscious lately. She often paints subjects with their back to the viewer, absorbed in their own pursuits, delicately lit, all handled in a painterly fashion. Today this preoccupation led me to tackle some of my "leashed" references.

The combined brindling of the dog and the striped dress were challenging. The dog was especially demanding, I kept getting her coloring correct, but lost her shape. At one point I actually sketched her skeleton overtop everything in order to pull her form back.

The accident that worked very well in this painting was "discovering" the water's edge in my toned background, and adding the ripples to the pond. Another set of stripes, building a triad, further anchoring the composition.

My vacation starts today at Happy Hour. These sub-zero temps will be history, at least for Rick and I. I'm tempted to pack snowpants alongside my swimsuit, just to relish the sunshine even more. I probably won't need that visual reminder, though, as I'll most likely be sporting a sunburn (despite the 50 SPF sunscreen).

Thanks, as always, for looking at, and sharing my paintings with friends and family.
See you in a week!!
Kim

PS Rest in Peace, Mr. Andrew Wyeth. You were a big reason I dreamed to be an artist.
They are original works of art, and there are just these four to go around. They will go to the first takers, so speak up quickly if you are interested. Inquiries may come to ksantini@turtledovedesigns.com .

Additional "Tags, Toys & Treasures" paintings (that would make excellent Valentines) are available through my etsy store. On etsy I've got heart shaped dog tag paintings and lots of candy pieces (and don't forget all the candy paintings I made just this week, too, that are visible on www.paintingadogaday.com !) Through the end of this month, I'm offering 20% off etsy purchases of unframed paintings on canvasboard. They are moving quickly, so please, if you had a favorite, better grab it while the grabbing is good!!

Thanks, as always, for looking at and sharing my paintings with your friends, family, and sweetheart!!
Take care,
Kim
ksantini@turtledovedesigns.com
http://www.turtledovedesigns.com/

Thursday, January 15, 2009

Call the Dentist!! more candy....



FROM TOP: "Tootsie Roll Pop," 4" x 8," $249; "Bazooka," 4" x 5," $179; "Mini I," 4" x 5," $179; acrylic on canvasboard. Inquiries to ksantini@turtledovedesigns.com .

Yeah, I'm still stuck on candy. Continuing my thoughts from yesterday's museum visit, I wanted to work further with shadows and lighting. The dog portraits I had on my roster simply didn't provide that opportunity. So please allow me this infidelity today, and we'll see what I can come up with tomorrow as restitution.

By the way, I received several emails about painting conversation hearts with specific messages. Ironically, that's what yesterday's unshared paintings were. I'll get them scanned and over to the blog before the end of the weekend.

And just as a heads up (and perhaps because it's starting to sink in and I maybe want to gloat a little), next week I will be on vacation. I am bailing from miserable sub-zero Michigan temps to take a sun-soaked cruise with my hubby. I'll shut email off on Saturday, January 17th, and resume studio operations on Monday, January 26th. I promise to have at least one frou-frou umbrella drink for everyone stranded in a snow drift whilst I tan.

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

PS If you are looking for the perfect Valentine's gift and these paintings aren't quite right, please check out yesterday's post, and then my etsy store. I have several heart shaped dog tag paintings, along with some other candy pieces (including LOTS of chocolates!!), listed under "Tags, Toys & Treasures." And through January 31st, 2009, there's a 20% off DOGADAY coupon for Dog-a-Day purchases made through Etsy. If none of those work, consider purchasing a copy of Painting a Dog a Day - the First Year (my book outlining the initial year of daily painting). Shop to your hearts content!!

Wednesday, January 14, 2009

Sweet Treet - Peppermints & Tootsie Rolls


FROM BOTTOM: "Peppermint" and "Tootsie Roll II", from the "Tags, Toys & Treasures" series, both 4" x 6", acrylic on canvasboard, each $199 to the first taker (HINT: these will make wonderful Valentines). Inquiries to ksantini@turtledovedesigns.com .

Today was a day of eye candy on all sorts of levels. You see, I played hookie from the studio and went to the Detroit Institute of the Arts. In typical haphazard, spontaneous fashion, I had tried multiple times over the past few months to see the show "Monet to Dali." Today I was finally successful.

Monet's "Wheat Fields" literally moved me to tears. I could not get enough of Manet's portrait of Berthe Morisot. Van Gogh, well, Van Gogh will never have a comparison. I fell in love with Mondrian's floral paintings (who knew?!). Denis is (expletive) brilliant. Renoir, Fantin-Latour, Jongkind, Degas, Courbet, Cezanne, Tissot, Pissaro, Seurat, Redon, Magritte, Dali, Modigliani, Matisse, Ernst, Vuillard and Bonnard - it was a parade of my favorites, and I was beside myself. (Actually, I was beside my friend Margot, but we both were pretty darned happy.)

I came home and couldn't dig into the paints quickly enough. I did 6 boards, of which I am sharing the two best (in my opinion) with you tonight. Consider them your treat, just like the exhibition was a treat to me.

Tonight I'll sleep with the exhibition catalog under my pillow, to see what can be learned through osmosis. And tomorrow I'll come back into the studio ready to follow humbly in the footsteps of these brilliant visionaries.

Thanks, as always, for looking at - and sharing - my paintings with your friends and family,
See you tomorrow!
Kim
ksantini@turtledovedesigns.com
www.turtledovedesigns.com

PS If you are looking for the perfect Valentine's gift and these two paintings aren't quite right, check out my etsy store. I have several heart shaped dog tag paintings, along with some other candy pieces, listed under "Tags, Toys & Treasures." And through January 31st, 2009, there's a 20% off DOGADAY coupon for Dog-a-Day purchases made through Etsy. So shop to your hearts content!!

Tuesday, January 13, 2009

Red, White & Blue


"Red, White & Blue," 20" x 8", acrylic on gallery stretched canvas, complete with painted image stretching around the sides, thus eliminating the need to frame. This triple Labrador Retriever painting was inspired by prior Dog-a-Day portraits, and is available for $699. Inquiries may come to ksantini@turtledovedesigns.com .

How do I build these montages? I basically "digitally scrapbook," using jpegs of my own paintings. I alter the jpegs with my computer, changing their value ranges, cropping the images or photoshopping them in some capacity. I love this process where I build relationships between individual portraits, "composing" stories. When I'm happy with the composition, my giclee guy archivally prints the design on canvas. Many, many hours and layers and layers of paint later (I paint over the entire surface multiple times, changing many details - this is not a stroke-for-stroke sort of copy of the prior portraits) I have an entirely new painting.**

I'm working on a couple similar montages (one starring felines, for those of you patiently waiting). I'm also thinking along the lines of breed specific pieces as fundraisers for rescues and the such. At this point I've got over 400 smaller portraits to work from, so my possibilities seem endless!

I started this one way back in August 2008. It looks a little flat, color-wise, on my monitor. There are layers upon layers of similar values, stacked hash-marks, and pockets of bold color peeping out. It simply doesn't photograph the same way one's eye processes.

Thank you, as always, for looking at and sharing my paintings with your friends and family.
See you tomorrow - and please stay warm! it's nasty here with whipping winds and drifting snow - brrr!!
Kim
ksantini@turtledovedesigns.com
www.turtledovedesigns.com

**Please note that this process is acceptable only when one owns the copyright to all the images being used. If you have questions regarding copyright law, please visit www.copyright.org

Monday, January 12, 2009

Lucy


"Lucy," 5" x 7", commissioned pet portrait of a mixed breed dog, acrylic on canvasboard, private collection (I think this one has sold - I'm still waiting to hear back from my client as to final approval). Inquiries may come to ksantini@turtledovedesigns.com .

Lucy, a Beagle-English Pointer mix, was a dear, gentle soul. She's long since crossed the bridge, but left her pawprint firmly on her family's hearts. It's so rewarding to paint departed companions, and give my clients something tangible from the years shared with their dog (or cat). This piece was no exception, and perhaps even more special because Lucy will be joining several Dog-a-Day paintings already on my client's walls.

I spent this afternoon adding new paintings to my etsy store. I've added a number of pieces that previously have been hung in galleries and various exhibitions, most of which I haven't yet shared with the Dog-a-Day group. Take a peek at the store under "Gallery Wrapped Paintings" and enjoy! And don't forget that I have a 20% off discount running right now for the Dog-a-Day paintings that are listed on Etsy!!

If you don't see what you want, send me an email. I would love to create a painting just for you. Inquiries can come to ksantini@turtledovedesigns.com .

Thanks as always for looking at my work.
Thanks, too, for sharing it with your friends and family.
See you tomorrow,
Kim
ksantini@turtledovedesigns.com
www.turtledovedesigns.com

Friday, January 09, 2009

"Nellie," Terrier Painting


"Terrier Pup (Nellie)," 5" x 7", JRT puppy portrait, acrylic on canvasboard, $249. Inquiries to ksantini@turtledovedesigns.com .

SOLD.

This puppy belongs to a friend of mine, who like everyone with a new puppy, feeds my frenzy by showering me with photos.

My original plan was to paint Nellie as the New Year's Baby, but at the end of December there weren't enough quality references for me to build a painting from. You see, Nellie, being a busy little terrier, isn't the most perfect model. I have many blurred shots of her in motion, including several of her bum as she dashed out of the camera's range.

Shift to Plan B, which was just to paint the portrait on her timetable. Then fast forward to today. Your 2009 New Year's Baby!

Recently I've gotten several requests: "is it ok if I forward your emails or information onto a friend?" YES! Please do - referrals are the best sorts of compliments. Feel free to share Painting a Dog a Day with your family, friends, groomer, veterinarian, and Bark Park buddies. Shout it out to the world if you feel so inclined. I will always be grateful for your recommendations.

And to prove my thanks, I'd like to offer a 10% discount on newly booked commissions for any returning clients. This applies only to commissions that are not currently on my calendar. If you have recently acquired a puppy or new family member, or simply want to memorialize one that's already a part of your life, shoot me an email (ksantini@turtledovedesigns.com) and let's get it scheduled. I'm currently booking commissions for January 2010, with a few 2009 Holiday slots left for repeat customers.

Thanks, as always, for your time! Enjoy the weekend, and I'll see you come Monday,
Kim
ksantini@turtledovedesigns.com
www.turtledovedesigns.com

Thursday, January 08, 2009

Sweet Dreams, a portrait of my son

"Sweet Dreams," 8" square, acrylic on canvasboard, collection of the artist. Inquiries may always come to ksantini@turtledovedesigns.com .

We really got our dog Finnigan for our son Evan. Evan's first word was "dog." My feelings were hurt, but only for a minute, because I realized I had a dog-loving soulmate.

BF (Before Finnigan), we were a cat household. As much as I loved dogs, I had been unable to convince my husband of the same. All he saw was poop getting tracked into the house by little shoes, those tell-tale yellow spots in the lawn, and a housesitter (or kennel) each time we went away.

But Evan persisted. And persisted. And persisted.

Finni (a blue heeler cattle dog mix) has been around for years now, but from the very beginning, he knew Evan was his partner in crime. He herded Evan and his buddies around the yard, then graduated to accompanying him on hikes and bike rides. Evan's taught him to play tag football (Finni is a great cornerback) and to "sing" along with the Michigan State fight song. Together they create all sorts of mischief that only a boy and his dog can. But there is a softer side to their relationship as well.

When I went to tuck Evan into bed last night, I was greeted with two warm snuggly faces - they were happily spooning under the covers. It reminded me of Finni's puppy days, when Evan would nap on the dog's bed and Finnigan would curl into him. I brought that image into the studio this morning.

Capturing a person's likeness is still new terrain for me. This is a pretty solid portrait of Evan, and I'm pleased with myself. Of course, it is easiest to do with the faces I know and love, but they still are difficult. To think that I did this one in a matter of a few hours is a great accomplishment. I can't wait to give it to him when he comes home from school today.

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

PS Thank you for all the suggested titles for yesterday's painting. I decided on Carroll Hebert's "Little Britches," which perfectly described the suggested relationship between the pup and his boy. Thanks, Carroll!!

Wednesday, January 07, 2009

Little Britches, Boxer Pup


"Little Britches," 6" x 12", acrylic on canvasboard, $359 to the first taker. Inquiries to ksantini@turtledovedesigns.com .

I've just finished re-reading Harley Brown's Eternal Truths and Richard Schmid's Alla Prima (has anyone read Richard Schmid's new book yet? I'm curious....). These books are Bibles for the aspiring artist, and can be tough to find. Try to get them through an interlibrary loan, or if you can swing the purchase, look for used copies on Ebay/Alibris/Amazon. Owning these books is totally worth it - I try to read them each at least once per year, although I have been known to get lost in the pages more often than that. Consider them an investment similar to a workshop, and that makes their price much easier to swallow.

This painting carries many hallmarks of Brown's & Scnmid's style - loose, juicy brushstrokes and a variety of edgework, with the detail concentrated in the focal point.

One thing I especially enjoy when working like this is that it takes all the pressure away from creating something spectacular - you simply tone your surface with a scribble of color and have at it, just like a sketch. No detailed preparatory drawings excepting a quick thumbnail to determine the 3-4 main values. Easy peasy!

Now the hardest part - coming up with a title. Suggestions?

Thanks, as always, for looking at and sharing my paintings with friends and family.
See you tomorrow!
Kim
ksantini@turtledovedesigns.com
http://www.turtledovedesigns.com/

Tuesday, January 06, 2009

Tribute (Augie's Collar), from the Tags, Toys & Treasures Series

"Tribute," from the "Tags, Toys & Treasures" series, 12" square, acrylic on canvasboard, still life depicting dog collar and tags, exquisitely framed, $749 to the first taker. Proceeds from the sale of this painting will be donated to my local shelter, the Oakland Pet Adoption Center. Inquiries may always come to ksantini@turtledovedesigns.com .

I have a similar painting hanging here in my studio. It's a favorite because it reminds me of what I had, what I have, and what will come to me. The proverbial circle of life.

Today's piece is a tribute to all who have crossed the bridge. I know the Dog-a-Day family lost quite a few over the holidays. I have friends and family who's lives are emptier now, too. My heart goes out to all of you.

This collar belonged to a friend's dog (thank you, Juliet). I tried to light it evenly, but you can actually see traces of my easel lamp along with a paler shadow cast from the window. I need to figure out a way to properly light still lifes - feel free to send me your suggestions (also, if you have objects you think I would be interested in painting, please email me! ksantini@turtledovedesigns.com).

And dang but it feels good to be painting again! I finally got to try out the fistful of new brushes I splurged on right before the holiday, and they are yummy (Utrecht mixed synthetics, brights, filberts and flats, along with a few oddballs). There's no substitute for good tools and materials. That's the honest truth.

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

PS At the risk of sounding like a broken record, have you ordered your copy of Painting a Dog a Day - the First Year yet? or checked out the paintings for sale at my Etsy store? come on - what's holding you up?!

Monday, January 05, 2009

Day One, Golden Retriever portraits


"Day One," 11" x 14", original acrylic painting, depicting Paws With a Cause Golden Retriever mother and her new baby, private collection. Limited edition giclees on artists' paper remain available, image size approximately 8" x 10" with a generous white margin, priced at $50 each plus $15 s&h. $10 from the sale of each giclee will be donated to Paws With a Cause. Inquiries may come to ksantini@turtledovedesigns.com .

HAPPY NEW YEAR! I hope this finds you well into a year of great promise. The Santini family enjoyed a wonderful holiday together, sharing and building memories regularly into the wee hours. I am back in the studio a little wider and a little wearier (gotta get my body used to only 3 meals a day & an earlier bedtime!!), but ready to take on all that comes my way in 2009!
I had not planned properly for the sheer quantity of emails - inquiries, requests, orders - that would face me on my first official day back in the studio after the year-end breather. And the "reveal" emails - retellings of special gifts given, surprise paintings received - they are all so wonderful - THANK YOU!! I will answer everything, and have been sorting, organizing, typing, and filing all morning.

As eager as I am to paint today, it's become obvious that I will not get over to the easel. I know I won't do my best work with this correspondence hanging over my head. I am going to continue onwards at the computer, and play catchup at the easel tomorrow.

So instead I'll post a favorite painting from March of last year, and take this opportunity to announce my new Etsy store. Etsy is a virtual storefront for artists or all kinds. If you were able to check emails last week, you already know that I opened my own Etsy store, packed full of unsold Dog-a-Day paintings and a couple of gallery stretched canvases. Now you can view available paintings from 2006-2008 on Etsy, instead of having to browse through 3+ years on the Painting a Dog a Day blog.

Through the end of this month I'm offering a 20% discount on all Etsy store Dog-a-Day purchases to the Dog-a-Day readers - just type in DOGADAY at checkout, and wait for me to send your updated invoice.

A warm thanks to those clients who have already purchased from the Etsy store! And a reminder that I will be adding images regularly (perhaps as soon as this afternoon!!), including some gallery stretched larger paintings that are looking for new homes and paintings that even the loyal-est Dog-a-Day readers have not seen before. So bookmark the site and check in often.

Thanks, as always, for looking at and sharing my artwork with your friends and family.
Here's to 2009!
Kim
ksantini@turtledovedesigns.com

Thursday, January 01, 2009



Many of you purchased my book Painting a Dog a Day - the First Year as a holiday gift. It was crazy in the studio, getting 100 copies of the book mailed in time for Christmas, but we did it!! The past few days I have been overwhelmed with the notes and emails of gratitude - seriously, though, I should be thanking YOU for your business!

The consensus it that the book was overwhelmingly appreciated and passed around - and the second press run has almost sold out in 10 days!! There will be a third run processed in January - I'll keep the copies coming for as long as you continue to order them!

Painting a Dog a Day - the First Year is available in both soft and hardcover. It is over 100 pages, with well over 100 full color reproductions of the paintings. It also includes an essay outlining the artistic journey I took in the first 15 months of daily painting. You may order the book directly from the publisher Blurb, using the link on the Dog-a-Day blog, or you may opt to order the book from me. Same cost in both places, but in return for ordering from me, you'll receive an inscribed copy.

Softcovers are $39.95 plus 9.95 s&h and any applicable Michigan sales tax.
Hardcovers are $54.95 plus 9.95 s&h and any applicable Michigan sales tax.

Orders can be placed via email - ksantini@turtledovedesigns.com . I'll confirm receipt of your order and send an invoice, after which we will outline shipping details.

And I will be happy to combine book orders with painting shipments. Paintings are selling quickly off my new Etsy store - take a peek when you get a chance before that piece you've been wanting goes to someone else! Here's even more incentive - 20% off all canvasboard purchases with the checkout code "DOGADAY" through January 31st, 2009.

Want to commission your own Dog-a-Day? Send me an email - ksantini@turtledovedesigns.com . I'm booking new clients for January 2010, and have a few remaining holiday 2009 spaces for returning customers. Portraits booked now will also be locked into my 2008 prices, which is a nice bonus.

Thanks again for all your support this past year. You travelled with me through the ups and downs, and are still around to celebrate what the new year will bring! I am so very grateful!

Happy New Year,
Kim
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