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.

Tuesday, May 25, 2010

Lily and Clover, Sketches


FROM TOP, CLOCKWISE: "Clo (Black Rabbit) Sketch I," 6" square, $49; "Lily (White Rabbit) Sketch I," 6" square, $49; and "Lily (White Rabbit) Sketch II," 3" x 6", $39. All done in watersoluble pencil and watercolor crayons on multimedia artboard.

Inquiries (including booking your own pet portrait, from miniature size [4" x 4"] to larger than life) may always come to me. Sketches (like the above ones) start at $29, finished paintings at $209.

I wasn't feeling well yesterday, and didn't get into the studio today until mid afternoon. However, it was the perfect opportunity to take my materials outside and study the bunnies a bit.

Drawing from life has become a key part of my creative growth. I fought it for a loooong time, preferring to work with photographs (of animals). That stubbornness held me back from really understanding qualities of light and reflection. There are so many nuances my eye sees when my object is in front of me.

Now the bigger challenge is building my visual memory. This basically means learning my subjects so well that I can draw them while they are in motion. I've been doing this with the ballerina sketches (they are posted on the studio's Facebook page), and this summer will work with the bunnies. (If you want to see someone who's visual memory is killer, visit V. Vaughan's "Passing America" blog - she does "drive by" paintings that will blow your mind!)

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

PS Voting for the next Daily Painter & the Mutt Lynch Winery label contest are both ongoing - thank you SO MUCH for your support! I have been floored with the emails and feedback - it's very gratifying to know that you enjoy my work and support my endeavors!

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