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, July 27, 2010

Chopin

"Chopin," 6" x 8", Golden Open acrylics on canvasboard, commissioned pet portrait of a Cairn Terrier, private collection (THANK YOU!). This sweet girl is another Col. Potter Cairn Rescue from a puppy mill. At 5 months of age and only 4 lbs, she was the same size as her five pups. Gravely ill along with with eyes so infected they were sealed shut, it is a testament to Chopin's rescuers that she even survived. During her recovery, Chopin was diagnosed with Chiari malformation - a life threatening condition that causes hydroencephalitis, kidney issues, and other neurological problems. Of course this is something a responsible breeder would have caught had they allowed Chopin to mature prior to breeding her. But I think we all know that puppy mills shirk at responsibility of any kind.

On another note altogether, apparently I didn't do a good enough job touting the results of June's Daily Painter's Contest - I've been asked several times in the last couple weeks what happened.

Thanks to your support, I came in a second place. The Daily Painters Group recognized the fact that Jonathan Aller and I had earned almost double the votes of anyone else, and decided that while he did resoundingly win, they wanted to create a runner up prize for me.

They offered me a membership in their group, which was what I had been coveting in the first place!

And YOU made it happen, with your continual votes during the various stages of the selection process.

I am really humbled and so very grateful for your support.

And want to extend a warm welcome to our newest Dog a Day community members, however you have found your way to the project. I'm delighted you are here and look forward to sharing more dear faces like Chopin's with you in the future.

Inquiries (including booking your own pet portrait, from miniature size [4" x 4"] to larger than life) may always come to me.

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

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