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 29, 2010

Orange Tabby


"Orange Tabby," 5" x 7", feline portrait in acrylic on canvasboard, only $249 to the first taker - and if you are a Dog-a-Day collector, that converts to just $224!!). Inquiries (including booking your own pet portrait, from miniature size [4" x 4"] to larger than life) may always come to me.


With this painting, I didn't focus on much other than color, starting with a bright orange ground (indian yellow and cadmium red light), using the cat's stripes as an excuse to introduce a variety of hues and joyful brush work. Sometimes you just have to work this way - it takes the pressure off obtaining a specific likeness and creates something entirely different. It's a free-ing and invigorating way to paint.


Today I received notice that two of my three entries for this year's Art Show at the Dog Show were accepted. Tomorrow I'll take the paintings to my framer and have her work her magic on them. It's always a priviledge to have work in this show (the only juried exhibition focused on canine art), and it wasn't that long ago that they sent me regular rejections of everything I submitted......


Thanks, as always, for looking at - and sharing - my artwork with your friends and family. Have a safe and warm weekend,
Kim


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READING MATERIAL: Preview and order each of the Dog a Day books at the publisher's website: The First Year (2006-2007) and That's 14 in Dog Years (2008). If you would like your copy personalized, order them through me.

Thursday, January 28, 2010

Princess Fergie



"Princess Fergie," 12" square, larger than lifesize Chihuahua portrait, done in acrylic on 1-1/2" cradeled Ampersand Gessobord. Inquiries (including booking your own pet portrait) may always come to me.

In November I hung an exhibition of my work at Body Pure, a pilates studio in Birmingham, Michigan. It was a great opportunity to showcase a variety of Dog-a-Day paintings in a contemplative setting - something I don't often get the chance to do, since the majority of my pieces head off to their new homes as soon as they are dry.

Fergie is the studio's official mascot, greeting customers with a trademarked timid little dance. Like any princess worth her weight in gold, she's selective about those she approaches (but just between you and me, a cookie works wonders). I shot a variety of reference photos, and was eager to get started on another "big" piece, knowing that Fergie's personality would simply leap off the panel.

Her portrait will hang in the lobby area of Body Pure for the next few months, that is, after I get it glazed and delivered. You are invited to stop by and compare the real thing to the painted version - after which you are welcome to call me and begin a discussion about how I can do the same thing with your own pet, larger than lifesized or just a wee bit smaller.

(BTW, this cradeled gessobord is an absolute dream to paint on! and it makes for an incredible presentation - the painting is "wrapped" around the sides and sits off the wall so there is no need to frame. It elevates the art to an entirely new level.)

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

SHOP ORIGINALS & LIMITED EDITION GICLEES: at my Etsy shop
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COMMISSION A PET PORTRAIT: contact me
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READING MATERIAL: Preview and order each of the Dog a Day books at the publisher's website: The First Year (2006-2007) and That's 14 in Dog Years (2008). If you would like your copy personalized, order them through me.

Wednesday, January 27, 2010

January 2010 Newsletter

Yesterday I sent out the electronic version of the studio newsletter. In it I shared highlights of last year and outlined some of my plans for 2010. It's going to be a BIG year, not just because the paintings themselves are becoming better and better (practice makes closer to perfect), but because come August I'll be painting Dog-a-Day piece #1000. This is a major milestone.

Painting daily is a grind - I won't lie to you. But it's also the most rewarding thing I could have done for myself on so many different levels. Primarily, though, painting daily has built this Dog a Day community, a group that keeps me going literally every day.

You are all inspiring and nurturing and pretty darned amazing. Thank you for being a part of my life.

Now enough with the teary-stuff.

If you didn't get it in your email and you want to read the newsletter, here it is: http://ymlp.com/z9IhC2

I'm off to set up a still life with kewpie dolls and Fisher Price Little People dogs.

Have a gloriously colored day!
Kim
ksantini@turtledovedesigns.com

Monday, January 25, 2010

Emmie's Beauty Sleep


"Emmie's Beauty Sleep," 6" s 8", acrylic Collie portrait on canvasboard, $324 to the first one asking nicely. Inquiries (including booking your own pet portrait, from miniature size [4" x 4"] to larger than life) may always come to me.

SOLD.

Last week I got the nicest note from an old collector (old meaning pre-Dog a Day) with photos of her newest family members. The pictures of Emmie owning the couch were too good to pass up, and when I got her blessing, I rushed to the easel.

Well, it didn't happen quite that easily. Well, in a way it did. You see, I had kept this week free of commission work in order to lead a pet portrait workshop at an elementary school. The workshop was rescheduled, so I happened to be easy peasy to slip Emmie in.

I will, of course, hold Emmie and give my collector an opportunity to add this Dog a Day painting to her walls. But should she pass, I guarantee there will be a line forming!

Meanwhile, I have begun planning my next solo exhibition. It will focus entirely on rescued pets - which means I need some models! I plan on creating at least 20 new paintings for an August show to be held at a Very Special Venue. The paintings will be accompanied with the animals' stories - lots of "happily ever afters." The paintings must be for sale at the exhibition (ie you are under no obligation to purchase anything but are welcome to do so during the show with proceeds going to a Special Animal Welfare Cause). Participation requires sharing quality reference photos with me in a timely enough manner for painting creation. Send me an email if you are interested in nominating your companion for inclusion in this show. (And I'll fess up right now that I'm a couple days behind in emails - but I will acknowledge everything I receive as soon as I can!)

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

SHOP ORIGINALS & LIMITED EDITION GICLEES: at my Etsy shop
ORDER CUSTOMIZED NOTECARDS & REPRODUCTIONS: at Imagekind
COMMISSION A PET PORTRAIT: contact me
GIFT CERTIFICATES AVAILABLE: contact me
READING MATERIAL: Preview and order each of the Dog a Day books at the publisher's website: The First Year (2006-2007) and That's 14 in Dog Years (2008). If you would like your copy personalized, order them through me.

Friday, January 22, 2010

The Dance

"The Dance," 5" square, portrait of a heeler mixed breed dog with two children, acrylic on Ampersand Gessobord, not for sale. Inquiries (including booking your own pet portrait, from miniature size [4" x 4"] to larger than life) may always come to me.

This tiny little painting is of Finnigan and my two youngest. I don't think I could part with it, but I do plan on exhibiting it in a couple events coming up. I suppose that's always provided the piece gets juried into the show in the first place.

I can paint large no problem, but when the painting gets smaller I get claustrophobic. The brushes seem oddly tiny and my gestures are tight and stunted - I really have to concentrate to get it right. On top of the whole scale challenge, with this portrait I've got two human likenesses to capture along with the landscape - more things I'm not familiar with.

However I think it's critically important to shake things up periodically and step outside your comfort zone every so often. I know it keeps me sharp(er)!

I'm still making additional changes to this one - it'll take another week or so till I have it 100% to my satisfaction. But I was excited enough about today's progress to share - besides, it's the perfect image to lead into a weekend, is it not?

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

SHOP ORIGINALS & LIMITED EDITION GICLEES: at my Etsy shop
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COMMISSION A PET PORTRAIT: contact me
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READING MATERIAL: Preview and order each of the Dog a Day books at the publisher's website: The First Year (2006-2007) and That's 14 in Dog Years (2008). If you would like your copy personalized, order them through me.

Thursday, January 21, 2010

The R-Man Cometh



"The R-Man Cometh," 8" square, acrylic on canvasboard, commissioned equine painting, private collection (THANK YOU!). Inquiries (including booking your own pet portrait, from miniature size [4" x 4"] to larger than life) may always come to me.

Rhett's painting has some fantastical color, but I like that. It matches his larger than life personality just fine.

Today I got the most imaginative book ever through PaperbackBookSwap (the premise is that you "list" the books you no longer want on their site, other members choose titles from your listing, and for each book you send off to a member (at media postal rates) you earn a credit allowing you to choose a book of your own from those listed). Gnomes by Wil Huygen and Rien Poortvliet is delightful and inspiring and just the sort of title I like to have in the studio on days when I am not painting someone as wonderful as Rhett and struggling with what to do.

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

SHOP ORIGINALS & LIMITED EDITION GICLEES: at my Etsy shop
ORDER CUSTOMIZED NOTECARDS & REPRODUCTIONS: at Imagekind
COMMISSION A PET PORTRAIT: contact me
GIFT CERTIFICATES AVAILABLE: contact me
READING MATERIAL: Preview and order each of the Dog a Day books at the publisher's website: The First Year (2006-2007) and That's 14 in Dog Years (2008). If you would like your copy personalized, order them through me.

Wednesday, January 20, 2010

Life Lessons, Step I


"Life Lessons," a new painting in process, 8" x 10," Golden Open Acrylics on 3/4" Ampersand Museum Panel. Inquiries (including booking your own pet portrait, from miniature size [4" x 4"] to larger than life) may always come to me.

Today was full of business and planning and did NOT include easel time, much to my dismay - I simply ran out of minutes! But the painting above is one I blocked in a few weeks back, so I figured what better time to share it than tonite?

What did I work on today?

Well, planning has begun for the 1000th Dog a Day painting - there will be a fitting celebration for the creation of this milestone piece.

I also worked on my lesson plan for a Visiting Artist stint at an elementary school next month (collaged multi-media pet portraits!), and began the organization and coordinating involved in my next solo show (at least 20 new paintings created specifically for this exhibit).

I cleared off my desk and caught up on email correspondance (neither of these tasks no small feat!), drafted out my Winter Newsletter, participated in a fascinating tele-conference about blending creativity and business, and managed to squeeze in a few minutes of lingering in the art section of Borders during the Princess's ballet class.

Now I'm off to sip a kalua while enjoying a few more chapters of Joe Fig's Inside the Painter's Studio (I highly recommend this book for all working artists!!).

Tomorrow, I paint! (I've got to choose between a harlequin Great Dane, a wonderful Husky, and a goofy and loveable chestnut horse, all of which should be finished by the end of this week. And then there's this painting, which beckons me to finish it. And my piece from yesterday, which I now have a plan for correcting thanks to a mentor's guidance. Ah, so many choices, so little time!!)

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

SHOP ORIGINALS & LIMITED EDITION GICLEES: at my Etsy shop
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COMMISSION A PET PORTRAIT: contact me
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READING MATERIAL: Preview and order each of the Dog a Day books at the publisher's website: The First Year (2006-2007) and That's 14 in Dog Years (2008). If you would like your copy personalized, order them through me.

Tuesday, January 19, 2010

Pastural




"Pastural," 4" x 16", acrylic on Raymar panel, my entry for this month's Virtual pARTy, photo courtesy of Linda Shantz. This painting can be added to your collection for $429 - let me know if you are interested.

What's a Virtual pARTy? It's when a group of artists create work from the same reference material. In this one, the reference photo contained 4 horses and much more landscape - and I had 24 hours to complete my painting. (For those interested there's still time to participate - the pARTy goes on until the 23rd of this month - complete rules are on the site.)

While I'm not convinced it's quite done yet (I want more separation between the landscape and horses), I am out of time. So I'll submit the painting as is, and go back into it once I've had a couple days to study my contrasts and value ranges. When it's completed to my satisfaction I'll share a complete step-by-step breakdown on thePainting a Dog a Day blog.

Speaking of which, I have been fielding lots of emails about Haitian animal rescue and researching which groups are making which promises, and trying to decide who is best equipped to deliver. I've chosen to send my donation to Best Friends Animal Sanctuary (BFAS) who have partnered with the Animal Relief Coalition for Haiti. BFAS has extensive experience in these types of situations and are able to offer guidance, training, and leadership along with the other partners. I've added a button to my blog that links directly to the BFAS site, simplifying the process for those of you so inclined to contribute as well.

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

SHOP ORIGINALS & LIMITED EDITION GICLEES: at my Etsy shop
ORDER CUSTOMIZED NOTECARDS & REPRODUCTIONS: at Imagekind
COMMISSION A PET PORTRAIT: contact me
GIFT CERTIFICATES AVAILABLE: contact me
READING MATERIAL: Preview and order each of the Dog a Day books at the publisher's website: The First Year (2006-2007) and That's 14 in Dog Years (2008). If you would like your copy personalized, order them through me.

Alice


PLEASE NOTE: Last night I experienced technical difficulties that precluded my sharing jpgs of Alice's paintings. I did, however, post an update to the newsgroup both last night and then again this morning once I had images to share. This blog posting is an edited combination of what went to the Dog a Day Newsgroup subscribers. Thanks so much!! - Kim


FROM THE TOP: "Dear Alice," 6" square and "Storytime," 6" x 8", both portraits of a mixed breed sweetheart, done in acrylic on canvasboard. My client wanted a square painting and I wanted the Curious George books (I have far too many memories of reading George to my boy), so I painted a compromise. Ok, not a compromise at all, technically. But everyone is happy, and isn't that all that matters when the lights go down?

So she'll choose one painting, and the other will go up to the first taker - you'de better let me know if you're interested!! Inquiries (including booking your own pet portrait, from miniature size [4" x 4"] to larger than life) may always come to me.

Alice shares her mis-matched eyes with one of her boys. It was a characteristic that initially attracted my clients, and her dear temperment sealed the bid. In Alice's honor and on behalf of all the rescued dogs out there, I will make a donation to my shelter as each of these paintings sell.

And now I'm back to the easel to get cracking on today's painting - my Virtual pARTy entry. Yes, it's that time again - if any Dog a Day readers and artists are interested in joining up, the info and pARTy image is on the website.


FROM LAST NITE: How I wanted to share the two paintings I finished this evening with you- but my scanner is acting all squirrely, saying it needs several hours to scan one painting and frankly I am just too whippped to argue with it tonight.

I had also hoped today to be able to add a link to my websites representing a fully researched Haitian animal rescue group - but it will happen tomorrow! Today I am a victim of poor time-management (and time wasted trying to placate an unhappy computer).

Well, really, it wasn't so much poor time-management as being guilty of over scheduling. After all, I did take down a solo exhibition an hour across town, re-allocate the 20+ paintings to galleries/storage, complete a photo shoot (you will LOVE this newest kitty), hit the opthamologist, get my son to his guitar lesson, teach a Creative Journalling class, and still manage to complete two paintings.

All with the kids at home and at each other's throats.

So the day wasn't a total wash.

The pressure's on for tomorrow - we shall see what I can accomplish with only the sounds of Zoe Keating's cello to egg me on. That is, assuming the computer will compy and allow me to run itunes...... I may be working to the soundtrack of the dog's snoring otherwise.

Meanwhile, you are invited to peek at my newly revamped website (completed prior to the computer's "vacation"). Feel free to share it with a friend. Or just bookmark and keep it to yourself (I won't tell!!).

And watch for a newsletter, hopefully later this week.

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

SHOP ORIGINALS & LIMITED EDITION GICLEES: at my Etsy shop
ORDER CUSTOMIZED NOTECARDS & REPRODUCTIONS: at Imagekind
COMMISSION A PET PORTRAIT: contact me
GIFT CERTIFICATES AVAILABLE: contact me
READING MATERIAL: Preview and order each of the Dog a Day books at the publisher's website: The First Year (2006-2007) and That's 14 in Dog Years (2008). If you would like your copy personalized, order them through me.

Friday, January 15, 2010

The Stacks


ABOVE: "The Stacks (in process)" and BELOW, "The Stacks (finished)." 10" x 14", acrylic on canvasboard, depicting a calico cat among the inventory of a used book store, $599. Inquiries (including booking pet portraits, from miniature size [4" x 4"] to larger than life) may always come to me.


If you recall yesterday's post, I was concerned that the rear shelves of books detracted from the cat. The first thing I did was paint them over, using a wide brush and muted versions of the foreground colors. Then continuing with a wide brush, I added vaguer suggestions of titles and shadows, leaving all the detail work in the immediate foreground. I was careful, too, not to paint the shadows in the shelving as dark as the cat's markings - this creates some depth to the shelves and allows the cat to sit in a different plane that appears as though it is closer to the viewer.

Several readers asked about placing the focal point in the center of the painting, reminding me of the unspoken rule: Never put anything smack dab in the middle of your composition. Well, yes, that is usually true, but like any rule, there are instances when it can be broken successfully. In this case, there are enough verticals and horizontals and overall patterning that allows me to carry it off. It doesn't always work that way!

I also received numerous creative and wonderful title suggestions, including one for my next "cat in bookstore" painting. The overall consensus was for "The Stacks," however, so "The Stacks" it is. Thank you to everyone who took the time to share their thoughts with me.

I would be remiss if I didn't mention that my prayers are with all touched by the earthquakes in Haiti. Earlier this week our community also suffered the tragic loss of three teens in a car accident. Real tragedy is everywhere, unfortunately within easy reach. Compassion abounds at these moments, but the true test will be sustaining it once the shock wears off.

I remain committed to supporting animal welfare, and will spend time in the coming days researching an appropriate cause for Haitian (animal) relief. I've also made appointments for my husband and I to donate blood, and am encouraging friends and family to do the same (you can visit the Red Cross' website and find a blood drive in your area). And like everyone else, I am praying for the healing to begin.

It sounds trivial under these circumstances, but thanks, as always, for looking at - and sharing - my artwork. Wishing you a SAFE weekend counting your many blessings,
Kim

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READING MATERIAL: Preview and order each of the Dog a Day books at the publisher's website: The First Year (2006-2007) and That's 14 in Dog Years (2008). If you would like your copy personalized, order them through me.

Thursday, January 14, 2010

Calico Lesson Painting


This is what's currently on my easel, an untitled 10" x 14" canvasboard that I've been working on for several days - another lesson painting!

The subject matter is a cat absorbed in a wee bit of grooming; the setting is a used book store. You can see how I initially structured the composition - the rectangular shapes in the background represent the shelves of books, and there is a stack of books in the immediate foreground alongside the cat. Notice how everything intersects at her face? That is intentional, so there is no question about the focal point.


Here she is a little further along. I've roughly masked in the various shapes and refined my drawing. At this point, I became concerned that the shelves of books might be a little overpowering - today I played with the background values and color saturation and devised a solution.

Which I will share tomorrow!

I welcome your title suggerstions, though. I'm tossing around "Casual Reading," "Reading List," and "In the Stacks." Ideas (including inquires regarding booking your own pet portrait, from miniature size [4" x 4"] to larger than life) may always cometo me.
Thanks, as always, for looking at - and sharing - my artwork with your friends and family.
Kim

SHOP ORIGINALS & LIMITED EDITION GICLEES: at my Etsy shop
ORDER CUSTOMIZED NOTECARDS & REPRODUCTIONS: at Imagekind
COMMISSION A PET PORTRAIT: contact me
GIFT CERTIFICATES AVAILABLE: contact me
READING MATERIAL: Preview and order each of the Dog a Day books at the publisher's website: The First Year (2006-2007) and That's 14 in Dog Years (2008). If you would like your copy personalized, order them through me.

Tuesday, January 12, 2010

Down Time


"Down Time (Johnny & Abby)," 6" x 8", double dog portrait depicting a Boxer and a mixed breed (hound), acrylic on canvasboard, $324. Inquiries (including booking your own pet portrait, from miniature size [4" x 4"] to larger than life) may always come to me.

SALE PENDING.


I didn't get to the easel early enough today to start the complex larger painting I'm planning, so reached for a little board and Johnny & Abby's photos. Another artist sent me these snuggling pics of her dogs after she saw "Little Brother," the Boxer puppy painting I completed last week.

So tomorrow I've got big plans to start a storytelling painting, the first in a new direction that I have much hope for. I'm tempted to get it started tonite, but have some paperwork that needs attention. We'll see how much discipline I have, though. Stay tuned....

And stay warm! Geez, but it's cold out there!

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

SHOP ORIGINALS & LIMITED EDITION GICLEES: at my Etsy shop
ORDER CUSTOMIZED NOTECARDS & REPRODUCTIONS: at Imagekind
COMMISSION A PET PORTRAIT: contact me
GIFT CERTIFICATES AVAILABLE: contact me
READING MATERIAL: Preview and order each of the Dog a Day books at the publisher's website: The First Year (2006-2007) and That's 14 in Dog Years (2008). If you would like your copy personalized, order them through me.

Monday, January 11, 2010

Mohawk Jack



"Mohawk Jack," 6" x 12", acrylic portrait on canvasboard of a mixed breed (wolfhound) dog, $359. Inquiries (including booking your own pet portrait, from miniature size [4" x 4"] to larger than life) may always come to me.

SOLD.

This painting is interesting (to me) in that the values are all very close - it's the push and pull of the purples and blues that model the actual shape of the dog. Up close the surface is flecked with painted fringe and wispy hair, and Jack's head seems as though to rise from the canvas. A nice effect overall.

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

SHOP ORIGINALS & LIMITED EDITION GICLEES: at my Etsy shop
ORDER CUSTOMIZED NOTECARDS & REPRODUCTIONS: at Imagekind
COMMISSION A PET PORTRAIT: contact me
GIFT CERTIFICATES AVAILABLE: contact me
READING MATERIAL: Preview and order each of the Dog a Day books at the publisher's website: The First Year (2006-2007) and That's 14 in Dog Years (2008). If you would like your copy personalized, order them through me.

Friday, January 08, 2010

Little Brother, Step II & Finished


"Little Brother," 9" x 12," portrait of a Boxer puppy sunbathing with an adult Boxer, done in acrylic paints on Ampersand Gessobord, $529. Inquiries (including booking your own pet portrait, from miniature size [4" x 4"] to larger than life) may always come to me.

Yesterday I shared the beginning stages of this painting. I didn't mention that I had tried rather unsuccessfully in previous years to pull this concept off. A perfect example of try, try again - I'm glad I had the patience to keep going!

Should this painting remain unsold by the tail end of the weekend, it'll get entered in this year's Art Show at the Dog Show. In the coming days I've got to get that entry squared away along with my entry for the Richeson Small Works show and a couple other local juried events.

Thanks, as always, for looking at - and sharing - my artwork with your friends and family.
Hoping you have a colorful weekend!
Kim

SHOP ORIGINALS & LIMITED EDITION GICLEES: at my Etsy shop
ORDER CUSTOMIZED NOTECARDS & REPRODUCTIONS: at Imagekind
COMMISSION A PET PORTRAIT: contact me
GIFT CERTIFICATES AVAILABLE: contact me
READING MATERIAL: Preview and order each of the Dog a Day books at the publisher's website: The First Year (2006-2007) and That's 14 in Dog Years (2008). If you would like your copy personalized, order them through me.

Thursday, January 07, 2010

Little Brother, Step I


"Little Brother (in process, immediately above after a full day's work, image at top after about an hour's work)," 9" x 12", acrylic on Ampersand Gessobord, portrait of a Boxer brindled pup snuggling with a larger fawn Boxer, $529 to the first collector asking nicely. Inquiries (including booking your own pet portrait, from miniature size [4" x 4"] to larger than life) may always come to me.
It seems like the lesson paintings have been popular as of late, so I thought I would share another. This particular reference I've had for years (thanks to my friend and uber talented fellow artist Judy Wood). It's a funny angle, with the pup's hind end tucked underneath and his head thrust forward, while the larger dog remains a sun drenched lump. But I love the triangular shape of the two dogs, and the weight distribution of the pup, with those huge white-tipped paws. I'm also excited to try my hand at painting an oriental rug in the sunlight......
I started out with a green gold underpainting, and roughly blocked the dogs in, using a large brush and large marks to define their forms, working with a rough approximation of value so as to create a sense of light from the onset. Can you see the pockets of the underpainting that peek through still in the most current image? Periodically I would redraw the dogs to make sure everything was aligned properly, and you can see some of my drawing "lines" in the image above (the blue and red) - these will also peek out in places when I am finished.
I'll pick up with this painting either later tonite or tomorrow. There's a storm moving through Michigan now, and if it starts to look like the kids may have a snow day tomorrow, I'll get back in here tonite and see how much I can get done whilst they sleep.
Thanks, as always, for looking at - and sharing - my artwork with your friends and family.
Kim
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COMMISSION A PET PORTRAIT: contact me
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READING MATERIAL: Preview and order each of the Dog a Day books at the publisher's website: The First Year (2006-2007) and That's 14 in Dog Years (2008). If you would like your copy personalized, order them through me.

Wednesday, January 06, 2010

Saratoga Stripes, #2


"Saratoga Stripes, #2," from the Saratoga Series, 6" x 8", acrylic equine painting on canvasboard depicting a racehorse in the paddock at Saratoga Race Track in New York, $349 to the first one under the wire. Inquiries may always come to me.

SOLD.
Last summer I was able to visit Saratoga with two great friends and fellow artists. We hung at the track, gallery hopped, and had a genuinely delightful weekend. They were reminescing last night, and it got me thinking about the energy we were a part of for those few days. The challenge I set for myself was to capture the excitement in a relatively static composition.

I'm pleased to no end with the results of this painting, which represents another breakthrough in my neverending search to better understanding of color and distance. I'm handicapped in this due to my heavy reliance on reference photos (because I prefer to paint animals, uncooperative as they may be). The camera treats everything in the viewfinder with an equal balance of color saturation and value assignment - but the human eye sees life very differently. Painting from life has helped me to add truer color and value ranges to my paintings, even when I'm working primarily from photographs.

It's starting to all come together. A wonderful way to start the New Year!

There are a few minor adjustments I will make to this piece - it never fails, once the painting is dry and scanned, I see something I want to tweek. The edge on the far haunch is a wee bit too sharp, that gate has to go back further and I want to soften the shadow on the breeches.

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

SHOP ORIGINALS & LIMITED EDITION GICLEES: at my Etsy shop
ORDER CUSTOMIZED NOTECARDS & REPRODUCTIONS: at Imagekind
COMMISSION A PET PORTRAIT: contact me
GIFT CERTIFICATES AVAILABLE: contact me
READING MATERIAL: Preview and order each of the Dog a Day books at the publisher's website: The First Year (2006-2007) and That's 14 in Dog Years (2008). If you would like your copy personalized, order them through me.

Tuesday, January 05, 2010

Tucker(ed Out), Almost Finished


"Tucker(ed Out)," almost finished, 12" x 16" (so he's larger than life), acrylic on Raymar panel, commissioned pet portrait of a black lab mix, private collection (THANK YOU!). Inquiries (including booking your own pet portrait, from miniature size [4" x 4"] to larger than life) may always come to me.

Well, if it looks like I made a lot of progress on Tucker's painting, I did. I was motivated and inspired to paint like the wind today, and went to the easel as soon as the sleep was out of my eyes. I put in quite a marathon, consequently skipping all paperwork and computer tasks this morning! My muse had shown up, and I wasn't letting her leave without proof of her visit.

My favorite part of this painting? Tucker's paw and leg carry a hint of green from romping in freshly mown grass, the face reflects the warmth of the decking, while the top of his head carries a hint of blue reflected from the sky.

Now this image is off to my clients for their approval. I'll also spend more time with Tucker (upsidedown and through a mirror), looking for minor tweaks and adjustments, before varnishing and sending him homeward.

I'm looking for some models - black and white, or all black or all white. If you think your furred friend would look good in paint, shoot me an email and we'll talk about it!

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

SHOP ORIGINALS & LIMITED EDITION GICLEES: at my Etsy shop
ORDER CUSTOMIZED NOTECARDS & REPRODUCTIONS: at Imagekind
COMMISSION A PET PORTRAIT: contact me
GIFT CERTIFICATES AVAILABLE: contact me
READING MATERIAL: Preview and order each of the Dog a Day books at the publisher's website: The First Year (2006-2007) and That's 14 in Dog Years (2008). If you would like your copy personalized, order them through me.

Monday, January 04, 2010

Tucker(ed Out)


"Tucker(ed Out)," work in process, 12" x 16", acrylic on Raymar panel, commissioned pet portrait of a black lab mixed breed, private collection (THANK YOU!). Inquiries (including booking your own pet portrait, from miniature size [4" x 4"] to larger than life) may always come to me.

I don't usually like paintings with exaggerated foreshortening, but Tucker's state of total relaxation seemed to accent the stretched out paw quite nicely, so I made an exception this time around.

This is the first layer of paint on the canvas (you can see the pink underpainting showing through in places). I will continue laying down loose shapes and building a stronger sense of depth before I start on any details.

Meanwhile, I finished Henirich's painting, which comprised my last three posts. I'll share him with you once my clients give me the thumbs up.

And just as an extra bonus, I'd like to share a link that sums up why animal rescue efforts, even the smallest, are so important. Watch the "Just One Dog" video clip and be prepared - you might need a tissue. Many different people working together cansave a life. Don't think that your donation, whether it's time, talent or hand-me-down towels and other sundries, goes unappreciated. (And a big warm hug to the Dog a Day reader who sent me the Camp Cocker link!)

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

SHOP ORIGINALS & LIMITED EDITION GICLEES: at my Etsy shop
ORDER CUSTOMIZED NOTECARDS & REPRODUCTIONS: at Imagekind
COMMISSION A PET PORTRAIT: contact me
GIFT CERTIFICATES AVAILABLE: contact me
READING MATERIAL: Preview and order each of the Dog a Day books at the publisher's website: The First Year (2006-2007) and That's 14 in Dog Years (2008). If you would like your copy personalized, order them through me.
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