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, May 29, 2009

Chinook & Xena, Husky Siblings


FROM TOP/LEFT:  "Chinook," 5" x 7" and "Xena," 6" x 8", commissioned Husky portraits, acrylic on canvasboard, both in a private collection (THANK YOU!). Inquiries may come to me.
 
Chinook and Xena are siblings who have been waiting very patiently (almost a year) for their turn to be painted as Dog-a-Days. I would like to thank their family and all my other clients - I sometimes feel ridiculous asking customers to wait this long for a painting, and I am very appreciative of everyone queuing so politely.
 
I'm a couple Dog-a-Day paintings behind and will see what I can get accomplished over the weekend. I'm also busy editing my latest columns for Art Career Experts and continuing work on the second Painting a Dog a Day book representing artwork from 2008. And as you know, there's at least another 10 projects going on in the wings.
 
I've added several memorials to the Dog-a-Days In Memoriam pages in recent weeks and have a few more sitting in my in box. If you haven't had an opportunity to check out the In Memoriam site, I think you'll find it a contemplative space that honors the spirits of these creatures we love so much. Submissions for the pages are always welcome - all I ask is you respect that I am adequately staffed only to publish memorials for Dog-a-Day muses.
 
Thanks as always for sharing these paintings with your friends and family,
Happy weekend!
Kim

Thursday, May 28, 2009

Audrey, Mixed Breed

"Audrey," 6" x 8", commissioned dog portrait of a mixed breed, acrylic paint on canvasboard, private collection (THANK YOU!).
 
This piece is all about texture and depth, both of which were achieved by paying attention to edges. Not just the edges of the dog herself, but the edges of the plains of lights and darks, controlling their crispness or lack thereof.
 
I've got a number of other commissions lined up behind Audrey. Last June, when I booked portraits for this week I didn't realize that Memorial Day fell early this year. Then I slid in the Visiting Artist stint on Friday and yesterday, again not processing that this was already a 4 day work week and that we would be out of town the days in between. Somebody smack me silly - I need to work on my time management skills!!
 
Are you interested in booking a portrait of your own? (hah! after the prior paragraph, you're probably looking for another artist to commission - one who has a realistic idea of what can be accomplished in a 24 hour period). If I haven't scared you off altogether, please send me an email - I have a handful of Holiday 2009 slots still available. Dog-a-Day paintings make extraordinary gifts - set yours up now and then kick back and avoid the malls and holiday crowds. (It's not too early to start thinking about ordering your copy of the second Dog-a-Day book, too. Details are forthcoming.......)
 
Thanks as always for looking at and sharing my paintings with your friends and family,
See you tomorrow,
Kim

Wednesday, May 27, 2009

Visiting Artist & Pet/Animal Collages




Ok, I'll admit that today I am whipped. I spent the whole day with a horde of 4th graders, working on collaged pet portraits and animal paintings. Took a mess of photos, but until I get permission from the school to share the student's faces, you'll have to be appeased with images of their work, which really is exemplary.
 
I visited their classes last week and shared slides of artists who inspired me. We talked about some basic art concepts - positive and negative space, cropping, patterning, tension, emotion, edges, layers, symbolism - and dissected a variety of artwork using those terms. The students were even given homework - to identify an animal, think about the characteristics of that animal, assign colors or patterns that would help to tell that animal's story, and return to the classroom this week ready to build a collage.
 
After 9 straight hours of collaging and clean up**, I can tell you I'm done with scrubbing stamps and brushes. I even had to break out the "Jesus Heals" bandaids to cover my blistered fingers (no joke - the blisters & the bandaids are both for real). But my head is swimming with the delight over the myriad of little victories, the details of their stories, and the depth of their expression.
 
I can't wait to do this again! Maybe I missed my calling or am just discovering a new passion. Regardless, I am looking forward to becoming a better teacher and introducing another group of students to the power of visual creation. (I've got a number of smaller courses scheduled this summer)
 
Tomorrow it's back to my own palette and easel.
Tonite, however, I will sleep. Very well.
Thanks as always,
Kim
 
**PS Sorry, but have to do a Mom Brag:  The day at school was followed with a soccer game conveniently sandwiched between thunderstorms. Emerging from an angry swarm of starving skeeters (or perhaps hounded by them), my son scored the winning goal with 30 seconds remaining. He deserved this - he's had some tough games lately. Nice work, Domenic!!
 

Tuesday, May 26, 2009

Harley, West Highland Terrier

"Harley (Westie Study), 8" square, commissioned pet portrait, acrylic painting on canvasboard, private collection (THANK YOU!!). Inquiries may come to me.
 
It's been a busy day in the studio. On top of playing catchup from the long weekend, I met with a client to deliver his portrait (he loved it!), visited my framer and chose moldings for some new pieces, followed up with a handful of inquiries re new commissions (here's more info for those who are curious), did some planning work for leading a couple different classes and workshops in the coming year, shipped out copies of my book (do you have yours?), planned entries for several summer exhibitions and packed my materials for tomorrow's stint at an elementary school.
 
All I've got left to do is pack lunches. I might even get some quality time with a new book. If I'm really lucky, the predicted thunderstorms will start to roll in and I can drift off while watching the best of lightshows.
 
Can't wait to share tomorrow's work with you! But meanwhile, enjoy Harley. And don't hesitate to ask how you can get a Dog a Day painting of your own!
 
Thanks as always for sharing my paintings with your friends and family,
Kim

Thursday, May 21, 2009

Gus, Not Just Black & White

"Gus," 5" x 7", commissioned Shihtzu portrait, acrylic on canvasboard, private collection (THANK YOU!). You can get one of these paintings of your own - it's super easy - just email me. I've got a handful of holiday 2009 slots left and am currently booking new customers for March 2010.
 
Gus is a darling little guy, a puppy mill rescue who got the Hollywood ending he deserved. Not all puppy mill dogs do. Please, if you are considering adopting a dog (in no particular order), visit your local shelter, find a rescue group (there are breed specific ones if you have your heart set on a particular breed - google them!), visit Petfinder or work with a reputable breeder. There are a zillion options other than going to a pet store, honest.
 
Ok, off the soapbox.
 
I love this painting because it is a black and white dog who isn't - gasp! - black or white at all. Study black and white objects with your eyes (not via photographs). Marvel at the shadows and how they are rarely jet or inky black but simply darker versions of violets, blues or greens. And those whites? Most likely pastel variations of the colors around them. Take those black and white objects and move them about, into different types of light (outdoors, indoors, diffused, etc) and with different colored surroundings. Study the changes and identify patterns - this will make you better equipped to work from photographs.
 
Thanks as always for looking at and sharing my paintings with your friends and family.
See you tomorrow,
Kim
 
PS Are you an artist? then you might want to read my latest article at Art Career Experts.
PPS Thanks to Moira at Dog Art Today for the great article about my paintings. Hook yourself up to regularly read her blog - it's one of my favorites!

Wednesday, May 20, 2009

Content, a Dog-a-Day Imposter

"Content," 4" x 5", orange tuxedo tabby cat portrait, acrylic on canvasboard, $184 to the first taker. Inquiries may come to me.

SOLD.
 
When you hold this piece in your hands it's almost like having a little one in your arms. The scale is such that it's a little larger than life, but full of comfort and contentment.
 
With this painting I wanted to crop in so tightly that the cat became something else altogether. Besides, that gave me an excuse to dwell on the colors that lay in between the tabby stripes. I almost wish the piece were a little larger, because I ran out of space to include the brilliant orange of the light filtering through her ear and the delightful curls of the cheek whiskers. Guess that's another excuse to try my hand at something similar down the road.
 
Thanks, as always, for looking at and sharing my artwork with your friends and family.
See you tomorrow,
Kim

Tuesday, May 19, 2009

Sophie

"Sophie," 6" square commissioned dog portrait of a mixed breed, acrylic on board, private collection (THANK YOU!).
 
Sophie's portrait is going to hang alongside that of Lucy, a Dog-a-Day painting from about a year ago. It's wonderful to be able to paint additions for my clients as their families grow.
 
Contact me to discuss adding another painting to your collection. Did you know that repeat Dog-a-Day offenders receive 10% off newly booked commissions?
 
Are you already thinking about Father's Day? How about a gift certificates for those Dads who have everything - even if they already have one of my paintings, we can always add to the mix!
 
Thanks as always for looking at and sharing my artwork with your friends and family.
See you tomorrow,
Kim
 
PS I haven't mentioned it in awhile, but don't forget about my Etsy shop, where I add unsold Dog-a-Day paintings to those available for purchase every couple weeks. I'll be adding new ones in the next day or two.

Monday, May 18, 2009

Abby, Golden Retriever

"Abby," 4" square, an intimate commissioned portrait of a Golden Retriever, acrylic on canvasboard, private collection. Inquiries may come to me.
 
I love doing commissions, especially when they are gifts. There's something rewarding about creating an object entirely unique. I know that in this case, Abby's portrait will bring solace and comfort to a family that needs some of that right now, and I am grateful to my client for inviting me to be a part of the process.
 
If you would like information on commissioning a pet portrait of your own, whether for gift giving or yourself, please email me. I'd love to talk about the possibilities, and schedule a day for your dog/cat/horse/guinea pig/whatever to join the Painting a Dog a Day project.
 
Thanks for sharing my artwork with your friends and family -
See you tomorrow!
Kim

Friday, May 15, 2009

Warming Up

"#3 Warming Up," 8" x 16", acrylic on board depicting a chestnut Thoroughbred, from the Virtual pARTy, $529 to the first taker. Inquiries may come to me.

This painting was part of the Preakness pARTy that Linda Shantz and I held today. I need to thank equine photographer Juliet Harrison for allowing us to paint from one of her photos.

What's a pARTy you ask? It's when artists work from the same references within a small window of time (usually a day), creating paintings that uniquely showcase their own style and sensibilities. You can see Linda's sublime painting here.....

And stay tuned for the Belmont pARTy, which, due to popular demand will be opened to any artists wishing to participate. You can watch The Virtual pARTy site for more information. I'll also share the details on Painting a Dog a Day as they develop.

Speaking of details, my painting comes with a mini-art lesson attached on The Virtual pARTy site. Those of you who are artists or interested in my process might enjoy reading about it.

Meanwhile, my wish is for a safe trip for all the horses and a beautiful weekend for each of you.
See you Monday,
Kim

Thursday, May 14, 2009

Cairn Kisses

Yesterday got out of hand rather quickly. We are dogsitting for my brother and Bailey got loose. I spent the afternoon tracking her quite literally over the river and through the woods, around and across the lake, until she finally surrendered. I have a mountain of friends and total strangers to thank - my neighbor who selflessly joined in the hunt (Karen, just name your price!), the recruits who phoned in sightings, and the kids and lab-mix who ultimately herded Bailey into exhaustion after almost 3-1/2 hours.
 
Bailey is the picture of perfect behavior today, but she will not set a foot outside this house without a leash on for the rest of her life. Finnigan also "donated" his collar, so that should she play Houdini again, she'll at least have a local number on her collar.
 
So that's why there was no painting yesterday - I didn't get into the studio at all. I can count on one hand the number of times this has happened, and I apologize.
 
It felt great to get in here today and jump back into the Cairn Terrier painting, although it was not without a battle. As all paintings do, this one went into the uglies. Deep into the uglies. I could not figure out how to bring it back. I ended up "faking" a newly bold ultramarine underpainting in the background area since I had lost the original violet under too many glazes of gray. By "faking" I mean that I just painted the whole background out with paint straight from the tube. While starkly contrasting, it gave the piece the kick it needed to climb out of the ugly stage.


On the top or to the left is the completed painting "Cairn Kisses," detail of same painting on the right, 12" square, acrylic on canvasboard, depicting four terriers, $599. Proceeds from the sale of this painting will be donated to Col. Potter Cairn Rescue, the national parent of Calliope Cairn Rescue. Inquiries may come to me.

I will also be releasing a limited edition of 25 giclees of "Cairn Kisses" benefitting the same rescue. A giclee is a computer generated image that has been color matched to the painting, and is printed in archival inks on artists paper with a generous blank margin. The giclee images will be approximately 10" wide and signed in pencil. 
 
In the giclee the painting image will be cropped, which gives it an exciting and dynamic energy that is fitting to these bright little dogs. The cropped image will be similar to the detail illustrated above.
 
Once these 25 have sold, there will be no more. Giclees will be $49 plus $13 shipping & handling within the United States. Giclee orders can come to me.
 
Tomorrow is another pARTy, this time to celebrate the Preakness Stakes. Details will be shared on the Virtual pARTy blog later today, with updates periodically posted throughout tomorrow. Acclaimed equine photographer Juliet Harrison has granted one-time usage of one of her racing photos to Linda Shantz and I, a gesture we are very grateful of.
 
And this time around I'll document my process and create a mini-art lesson.
 
Thanks, as always, for sharing my paintings.
Have a great evening,
Kim

Tuesday, May 12, 2009

Cairn Kisses (in process)

WORK IN PROCESS:  "Cairn Kisses," 12" square, terrier portrait of four waggy Cairn Terriers, acrylic on canvasboard. This is a special painting and I don't think I'll have it for very long. Inquiries may come to me.
 
The days don't get much better than this - glorious sunshine streaming in, nuthatches busily flitting through the studio garden, the dog contented at my feet, and an exciting canvas on the easel.
 
These happy little critters are all rescued dogs from Calliope Cairn Terrier Rescue. This painting is about half completed - you can see that I've established the form of the four dogs (although one needs a little more work as she's melting off the edge) and begun to model them with broad shapes and strokes of color. I will continue to work in this way, from general to more specific, adjusting and refining and correcting, as the layers of paint build up.
 
Proceeds from the sale of this painting will help Calliope continue to re-home their dogs. Provided I don't mess the painting up entirely tomorrow, I will also release a limited edition giclee (computer generated print), again with the sales supporting Calliope. Watch this site for more details (I've got to first get the painting into my print guy so that he can scan it and color match his output to the original, so it'll take a few days).
 
Meanwhile, thanks as always for looking at and sharing my paintings with your friends and family.
See you tomorrow,
Kim

Monday, May 11, 2009

South African Boerboel Pooh


"Gentle Giant I (Pooh with Downward Gaze)" and "Gentle Giant II (Pooh in Profile)," both 6" square, commissioned pet portraits of a South African Boerboel, acrylic on canvasboard. My client will choose one painting and the other can go home with the first taker. (Don't you love Pooh's beauty mark?!) Proceeds from the sale of both pieces will go to Best Friends Animal Sanctuary in Utah. Inquiries may come to me - including how you can commission your own pet's portrait and have the proceeds benefit animal welfare.

The Boerboel is a breed new to me, but I am already enamored. You can learn more about them here. They are wonderfully expressive dogs, and would make quite a picture bounding to greet you, wouldn't they?
Here's a few other bits of studio news:
  • I am now a contributing editor to Art Career Experts. This is a new site that has evolved to meet the needs of emerging and established artists who want to learn business practices that are well suited to the creative industry. Please, if you are an artist or creative soul, take a minute to check out their site. My articles will be included in the free newsletter and blog. Here's my first entry.
  • If you don't already have a copy of Painting a Dog a Day - the First Year, shoot me an email so that we can get one into your hands. I have a few remaining books from the third press run (sales have been wonderfully strong - thank you!) and I'll be happy to inscribe a book for someone special. These books also make beautiful donations - I've had several clients purchase copies for auctions and other fundraising events. If you mention your cause at the time of purchase, I'll add a breed-specific sketch inside or some sort of appropriate personalization at no extra charge. There's more information on ordering the book Painting a Dog a Day - the First Year here.
  • I was amazed at the response generated by last Thursday's dog, Suzy Q. Apparently a number of Dog-a-Day readers were compelled to make donations of their own to the Amsale Gessesse Memorial Foundation. Thank you very much for taking that step and supporting animals around the world - the size of your hearts always amazes me.
  • And Friday's unveiling of In Memoriam, the website I've established where the Dog-a-Day community may share their losses, was received with open arms. Several contributions were sent in over the weekend, which I hope to edit and publish in the next day or so. There's information on submitting your own memorials on the Painting a Dog a Day blog and also the In Memoriam site.

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

See you tomorrow!

Kim

ksantini@turtledovedesigns.com

PS: Happy Birthday Grandma Kelly!!

Friday, May 08, 2009

In Memoriam

I'm guessing I've painted close to 700 different animals during the last 3-1/2 years. So it's bound to start happening more frequently - the emails and letters sharing the sad news of the passing of one of my muses. I got two of them just this last week.
 
I can't get over is how little time we actually have with our pets. We're lucky we get a decade, and even more time is like winning the lottery, but there is no guarantee we'll even get a year. Yet we willingly jump in with both feet. Over and over and over again.
 
Last year when I lost Miah, the original black cat and studio muse (pictured above), it was devastating. I was still struggling with Turtledove's (her sidekick, also pictured above) death a few months earlier, and the entire house seemed like a shell.
 
It was the community of Dog a Day readers - you! - who gathered around and shored me up with tears, stories, and hope. I wasn't alone, it would get easier, and wasn't I blessed to have loved so strongly. Yes, yes and yes!
 
So it is with that in mind that I am introducing Painting a Dog a Day's In Memoriam pages on the one year anniversary of Miah crossing the bridge.
 
In Memoriam is a site where members of the Dog-a-Day community can share losses and stories, a place where we can revel in the joy of pet ownership alongside the sadness.
 
Those who are comfortable may send stories and one picture to me. I will publish to the site in a timely fashion (remember, I'm still painting daily too!!). Stories do not have to be novella length - they can be as simple as a sentence or two. The postings will remain archived and accessible, each pet to their own page, with commenting enabled. You may share your pet's eulogy with whomever you choose and visit the site as often as you wish.
 
Pets included must have been part of the Painting a Dog a Day project (I simply do not have the resources to include others at this time) but they do not have to have passed away recently. Please understand that submissions may also be edited for content or length, but that I will make every effort to preserve your tone and intent.
 
Like everything else Dog-a-Day related, I'll ask you to let me know of links and ideas I should add. I added several that I had personal experience with. I expect that I'll learn quickly of other bereavement resources and publications that should be a part of the website. Thank you in advance for your contributions.
 
I can hear my girls purring - this is a regular thing, hearing them when I feel calm and content. They like this idea. I hope that you do too.
 
Wishing everyone a beautiful weekend spent with or remembering your Mother.
See you Monday,
Kim

Thursday, May 07, 2009

Suzy Q

"Suzy Q," 4" square, commissioned portrait of a mixed breed dog, acrylic on canvasboard, private collection (THANK YOU!). 
 
This is one of those great rescue stories - straight from Suzy Q's new Mom (I added the hyperlinks):
 
"Suzy Q still resides in Ethiopia. Dr. Anteneh Roba is a doctor for humans but also a HUGE animal lover..... originally from Ethiopia. He has co-founded an organization to help those in need in Ethiopia - both human and non-human - called The Amsale Gessesse Memorial Foundation. Animals are not treated well over there. They are often abused and sometimes thrown into pits or deep caves and left to die. Most dogs, as you can imagine, have a distinct fear of humans and will avoid them at all cost. Suzy Q is different. She is very friendly and extremely forgiving..... and ..... Dr. Roba [fears for her safety. He has arranged for foster care until he can]..... go get her and bring her home to me [her new forever home]. Under most circumstances Dr. Roba tries to find homes in Ethiopia for the dogs, but this dog really touched his heart and he feels that she needs to be brought here to be kept safe....."
 
It warms my heart to hear of people with compassion that stretches across borders. Kudos to Dr. Roba and his foundation, which is effectively practicing and teaching humane and responsible means of controlling animal populations. These are the sorts of heros deserving of recognition, and Painting a Dog a Day is delighted to do so. There is information on the foundation's website about making a donation and furthering their mission, if you are so inspired.
 
And if you have a special rescue story I'd love to hear it. Stories and/or requests for pet portrait commissions can come to me via email.  (You can submit a story without committing to a portrait)
 
Thanks, as always, for sharing the dog paintings with me!
See you tomorrow,
Kim
 
PS We did have permission from the BFAS photographer to use the photo of Suzy Q on their website as a reference for her painting. Please respect the copyrights of other artists - including photographers - and do not use their imagery without permission. Just because you see it on the internet does not mean it is free for the taking.

Wednesday, May 06, 2009

Her Majesty

"Her Majesty (Nellie)," 8" square, terrier portrait in acrylic on canvasboard, not for sale. Want a Dog-a-Day portrait of your own pet? it's super easy - inquiries may come to me.
 
I've been creating artwork to send to a new (to me) gallery in Alabama. As per my usual arrangement with galleries and special events, I try to send paintings representative of their particular area or clientele's likes.  In this case I was asked to provide them with a few terriers.
 
This is Nellie, who belongs to mentor, friend and fellow artist Kathi Peters. I've painted Nellie before (most recently yesterday and in January 2009), and you will see lots more of Nellie on Kathi's blog, along with some beautiful paintings and insightful musings (By the way, if you are in the Lexington, Kentucky area, Kathi has a solo show opening at Gallery B this Friday evening).
 
My new paintings will be in transit to the new gallery next week. I am very excited about the clients and faces I'll meet as a result of this partnership - and I promise to share links and other information as the details get firmed up. Wouldn't it be great if a roadtrip resulted from this, too?! Keep fingers, toes and paws crossed.....
 
Did you see the changes I made to yesterday's painting? I am so much happier with it now - I've added a little mini-art lesson to the blog as a means of explaining my dissatisfaction, and what I did to correct that.
 
So now I'm off to glaze some paintings, conquer a slippery stack of paperwork and enforce some kind of basic organization in the studio. Probably will all go more smoothly with some chocolate. I can take care of that!!
 
Thanks for sharing my paintings with your friends and family,
See you tomorrow,
Kim

Adjustments


I know the images are small, but hopefully you will be able to see the shifts I made.
  1. The sky was lovely in the first painting, but too dark. It distracted from the dog's face, and seemed almost foreboding, which contradicted the dog's mood. Lightening it up also allowed the slanted horizon, intentionally angled to build a little contra-action to the implied motion of the dog, to better play it's part.
  2. The dog's face was not drawn properly. The eye sat too low, and the nose was twisted and not grabbing the light properly.
  3. My poor girl had a scrawny neck that was impossibly thin, and her chest and shoulders were not properly illuminated.
It is so key that your subject be drawn properly to begin with, otherwise all the masterful handling of paint in the world cannot do it justice. Use a mirror to study the drawing in reverse or flip the piece on it's side/upside down to more handily see draftmanship mistakes.

It's also imperative that your focal point is first and foremost. All other details must pay homage to the focal point, else your viewer will not know where to rest their eyes.

No matter how well a portion of the piece is, it will not make a poorly drawn or mistake riddled painting any better. Best to swallow your pride, and sacrifice that well-executed bit for the well-being of the entire painting.


NOW this painting works - it is drawn properly, and everything else bows down to the focal point - the gesture of uplifted muzzle and the sensation of taking a deep drag of the air while enjoying the sun, the light tickle of whiskers and hair being combed by the wind - these all come front and center. 

Thanks, as always, for looking at my art!
Kim

Tuesday, May 05, 2009

Breathe In - Terrier

"Breathe In,"8" x 10", terrier puppy portrait in acrylic on canvasboard, available for purchase. Inquiries may come to me.
 
I hate it when this happens. I work all day on a painting, think it's done, allow it to dry, photograph or scan it, and then see problems when I view it on the monitor.
 
Want to tell me what you think needs tweaking? Practice your critical eye, and watch for an update.
 
I'll make corrections to this one tomorrow. Meanwhile enjoy her expression, and know that this painting will rock your socks off with a couple minor shifts.
 
Have a great evening,
Kim

Monday, May 04, 2009

Black Cat

Yes, I know you were regalled with equines last week, and I promised some dogs, but today belonged to cats. The sun was warm and strong, the best kind for basking, and I got to thinking that it's been nearly a year since I helped my Miah cross the bridge, so a black cat seemed to be in order.


FROM TOP: "Black Cat, Green Eyes," 6" x 8", $324 and "Glancing Sunlight," 4" x 8"; both acrylic on canvasboard, depicting a black cat in the sunlight. Inquiries may always come to me.

Both SOLD.
This is Sing-Song, who belongs to a friend of mine, who, surprise!, is another artist. "Glancing Sunlight" is my gift to Donna as a thank you for the use of her black cat photos, which translated so very nicely to paint. (There's another one which I will take on at a future date).
What else is up? Hmm. let's see....
  • I am the guest blogger on Horse Artist Carrie Lewis's painting blog this week.
  • My painting "Black" was honored with 3rd place at Dancing Horse Farm's 3rd Annual Equine Art Show opening this past weekend.
  • The Equinest featured a recap of last week's Derby Paintings on Saturday.
  • Similar to the Kentucky Derby pARTY on last Friday, Carrie Lewis and I will be launching a virtual pARTy for the Preakness - this one being open to any artists' wishing to participate. Stay tuned to The Virtual pARTy for details.
  • I've eaten close to a 1/2 pound of old Easter egg Whoppers that an unfortunate child stashed in the studio. Silly rabbit thought their candy would be safe in here?! not!
  • My son came home from today's track meet with a low grade fever, general aches and pains, and lots of snot. We're thinking this is payback for the swine flu jokes we've been cracking (and I give him HUGE kudos for running despite feeling like yech - he's a truly neat kid.)
Is that enough? If not, I'm sure I'll come up with something tomorrow.....
Until then, THANK YOU for sharing my artwork with your friends and family.
I promise a dog tomorrow,
Kim

Friday, May 01, 2009

Snow Greetings

"Snowy Greetings," 12" square, chestnut Thoroughbred filly portrait, acrylic on canvasboard, $529 to the first taker. This is a tough piece to photograph - with the amped contrast and saturated complimentary colors, my camera didn't know what to do.  I may try to scan portions of the painting and piece it together in photoshop, but meanwhile inquiries may come to me.

This little lady was half of today's Kentucky Derby pARTy - Linda Shantz will be presenting the other half later today. This is what a "pARTy" is - we are both painting from the same reference photo.

I didn't think to take progress shots of my painting, but will do so next time. Linda's painting is here and you can view her process as it unfolds. I'll add my image to the site later today.

How did this piece come together? Well I started out with a violet underpainting (the compliment of orange), and pretty much had the drifts and swaths of snow painted in the first pass. Then I sketched in the rough shape of the filly, and working from general to specific, gradually laid down smaller and smaller layers of paint.

We are having so much fun with this pARTy that we are considering doing this regularly and opening it up to any artists who wish to participate. Stay tuned....

Thanks for sharing Derby Week with me - I hope you enjoyed our venture into all things equine. I promise dogs next week, and maybe a cat, too, just for good measure.

Enjoy your weekend - hope it includes a couple minutes watching the Run for the Roses!

See you Monday, Kim

ksantini@turtledovedesigns.com

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