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, December 24, 2010

A New Year, A New Beginning


a new year, a new beginning
no matter how you celebrate, may you do so with exhuberance and peace
wishing a very happy holiday season to each of you and your loved ones

Kim

Wednesday, December 22, 2010


Hi. It's me again, Anna. My Mom went off to play Santa, or so she says. She's just delivering cheesecakes and wine and cookies and cards and stuff in regular clothes, but she's acting like it's a big deal and she's running about with flying reindeer.

Mom, you drive a minivan. That's what I say.

So I'm in charge of the blog again today. In honor of flying reindeer, I chose a page from my journal where I collaged birds.

There's torn papers and cut edges, and some of the shapes were pieced from lots of little bits of tissue while the one bird was cut with a stencil I made and is just one big piece.

This is a page that I did in one of Mom's Creative Journalling classes. Sometimes I go as her helper, and sometimes I go as a student. I like doing both for different reasons. I like getting to journal because you never know what will show up on your page when you are done.

So that is it for today. I don't know if Mom will let me blog again tomorrow, but I want to come back again some time.

Thank you for reading and being our friends. And can I say Merry Christmas and Happy Hanukah to all of you too.
Sincerely, Anna Santini

PS My Mom says I can't give my email out, but if you send her a note, she'll make sure that I get it.




Me? on countertops? Please, don't listen to her. I couldn't be bothered to get on those stinking countertops. I'd much rather unravel the toilet paper roll and drag it through the house - now that's real fun, right monkey?

End of Year Celebrations

We've got a guest blogger again! My 10 year old daughter will be sharing pages from her journal while I'm taking care of the business side of things. Thanks to everyone who wrote Anna after her post yesterday - she feels special indeed after all the positive feedback!

And I'm a dervish here in the background. I'm getting images prepped for reproduction as notecards, adding new paintings to Etsy, working on another book (!!) and lining up fresh new faces for 2011 paintings.

(If you want on the 2011 calendar for a portrait, please let me know!)

And we made a mess of homemade biscotti yesterday, too. Yum.

I am hoping that your homes are full of love and light and laughter.

Have a wonderful holiday!
Fondly, Kim

PS Kitten Mona Lisa's mastered the aloof "I didn't do it" part, even when caught red handed. Like when she's nonchalantly cleaning herself in the midst of 50 paint brushes scattered all over the studio floor. Maybe she IS innocent. Maybe it's Monkey.

Tuesday, December 21, 2010

Toy Dog


Hi. I'm Anna Santini. Sometimes my mom calls me "The Princess" but I'm not really one. Mom can be delusional at times. But I don't really mind. It can make things a little more exciting.

I wanted to help her out this week. Because I'm not in school, I asked if there was any studio work. She said I could be her guest blogger. Then she got a big grin. Probably because this would give her all sorts of extra time to bake cookies for me and my brothers.

So this is a sketch from my journal. I will tell you a little bit about it. It is a toy dog from the bins of old toys my Mom has in the studio. There's more in her closet and the garage. And some others in storage, too. We like to hunt for fun things to draw and paint when we go to the flea market.

This page has colored pencils and drawing pencil and pen on it. I like to mix materials up like this.

So that is it for today.

Thank you for reading and being our friends.
Sincerely, Anna Santini

PS My Mom says I can't share my own email here, but if you send her a note, she'll make sure that I get it.


End of Year Celebrations

As you've seen above, we've got a guest blogger this week. The Princess (my 10 year old daughter) will be sharing pages from her journal while I'm taking care of the business side of things.

And, apparently, also baking cookies.

I'll be in the studio off and on throughout the end of the year. I'll return emails and phone calls as soon as possible, and commence with my daily paintings once the holidays have been duly celebrated.

I have a couple paintings in process, too, which I might blog about. We shall see what happens.

But meanwhile, enjoy yourselves! May your homes be full of love and light and laughter.

Have a wonderful holiday!
Fondly, Kim

Thursday, December 16, 2010

Othello


"Othello," 6" x 8", Golden Open Acrylics on Raymar panel, commissioned equine portrait, private collection (THANK YOU!), and the last of my commissioned holiday pieces.

Yesterday was my shipping deadline for the holiday, after which the studio slides into a more indulgent frame of mine. This week I shipped out 14 paintings to new homes (including Othello, above). I'm more than ready to kick back.

I have several weeks without commissions ahead of me, my reward for sticking it through the year. Now I'm painting purely for myself, working out ideas that have been simmering all year and trying out new things.

It'll set the stage for a new year and new beginnings.

But meanwhile, if you want to get on the bus and commission something for 2011, please let me know. I'm getting plans made and the route planned and would love you and your pet to be a part of it!

Thanks for looking at, and sharing, my artwork with your friends and family -
Happy holidays -
Kim



Tuck a Gift Certificate Under The Tree

Looking for a last minute gift? A certificate for a pet portrait is a great idea that will give the recipient the opportunity to participate in the portrait process, resulting in a painting they will cherish for years to come.

Paintings start at $200, sketches $29.

Email me for more information.

Wednesday, December 15, 2010

Open Up and Say......


"Open Up.......," 4" x 6", Golden Open Acrylics on Raymar panel, portrait of a wee Brittany Spaniel pup, $239 to the first taker. Inquiries (including how you may commission something extraordinary for yourself) may always come to me.

This little guy showed up at one of my son's football games this past fall. I loved watching him bounce around and trip over his own feet, then slowly get boneless as his energy wore out. He finally tucked his chin overtop his girl's arms and gave it up.

I'm sorta feeling that way, too. This week was shepherded in by a snowstorm that kept the entire family home for 2 days. I loved having them around, but the activity level was tiring, and I was already running on empty. :)

All are at work/school today, and the quiet house (or is it the purring kitten?) is lulling me to curl up and take a break.

But there's lots to do still - I'm taking another half dozen paintings to the Post Office, for one, and regaling The Princess (my now 10 year old daughter) with a special birthday lunch at her school. Then I have some paintings to deliver and a mess of computer work waiting for me.

And while my holiday commissions are all done, there remains some painting concepts and exhibition pieces that I need to spend time on.

And I've got the winter journalling sessions - both children and adult - to prepare lesson plans for.

But I just might find time to curl up with Mona on my lap and Finnigan warming my toes and have a cuppa something. Tis the season, after all!!

Thanks for looking at, and sharing, my artwork with your friends and family -
Happy holidays -
Kim


Update on Andre


It was an emotional day for Andre's family - I unveiled his sketch, unknowingly just hours after they made the crushing decision to let him go.

He went comfortably, snoring his way across the bridge, surrounded by those who loved him.

Meanwhile, Andre's family asked if they could "trade up" the sketch to a full-blown color portrait. Of course I said yes - who wouldn't want to paint this handsome guy?

Which means that the ink drawing above is now available. I can even get it to you by the holidays if we act quickly.

The drawing is approximately 5" by 8" on artists' board sized approximately 7" x 10". It'll go for $100 to the first one raising their hand (err, sending an email).

Thanks to the returning collector who quickly raised her hand and snagged this piece for herself. :)

Email me for more information.
And keep Andre's family in your thoughts. I know they'll appreciate it.

Tuesday, December 14, 2010

Ziggy


"Ziggy," 6" x 8", Golden Open Acrylics on Raymar panel, commissioned rescued Havanese portrait, private collection (THANK YOU!).

Ziggy has recently found his forever home, and his portrait will join that of his siblings Milo and Emma, who I painted a few years back.

Ziggy's family fosters for a group that's new to my radar,Mill Dog Rescue. They've recently saved dog #4001 - can you imagine?! What a dedicated group they must be - I'm looking forward to getting to know this group and learning more about the personalities behind the scenes.

There's so many people who go above and beyond every single day. And I'm blessed to have many of them within my circle - thank you!

Thanks for looking at, and sharing, my artwork with your friends and family -
Happy holidays -
Kim


Tuck a Gift Certificate Under The Tree

Looking for a last minute gift? A certificate for a pet portrait is a great idea that will give the recipient the opportunity to participate in the portrait process, resulting in a painting they will cherish for years to come.

Email me for more information.

Monday, December 13, 2010

Andre, An Ink Sketch


"Andre," 7" x 10", ink on multimedia artboard, commissioned Boxer portrait, private collection (THANK YOU!). This is another holiday gift that will be headed home shortly.

Andre's health took an unexpected turn for the worst last week, and my collector asked if I could put together a portrait in time for the holidays. We got to talking about the concept and this sweet lug of a boy, and I realized that an ink drawing would be the perfect touch.

I used to do these ink drawings all the time when I was a teenager. They are such a great exercise in reducing your subject to values - darks and lights - and are a nice way to deliver an intimate depiction. I hadn't done one in years, and thoroughly enjoyed myself this morning.

I like the contrast between the delicate lines and the big ole dog, too.

Let's hope that Andre remains comfortable through the next few weeks and blesses his family with one more holiday. My fingers and toes are crossed for them all.

Thanks for looking at, and sharing, my artwork with your friends and family -
Happy holidays -
Kim


PS I received a sad note from Andre's family that today was his last day with them. Please keep them, and all others who have said goodbye to loved family members, in your thoughts.



Tuck a Gift Certificate Under The Tree

Looking for a last minute gift? A certificate for a pet portrait is a great idea that will give the recipient the opportunity to participate in the portrait process, resulting in a painting they will cherish for years to come.


Email me for more information.

Friday, December 10, 2010

Penny


"Penny," 8" x 10", Golden Open Acrylics on Ampersand Gessobord, commissioned Yorkshire Terrier portrait, private collection (THANK YOU!).

I painted an earlier version of Penny a few weeks back, but afterwards we decided that portrait, while beautiful, was a bit too pensive.** My client wanted to remember her as a bright little spark, and the first painting was a bit too quiet.

I was happy to give Penny another shot, and this version has gotten the two thumbs up. It'll get shipped home on Monday, and then carefully wrapped and held till Christmas.

It's fascinating how color choice and body language can completely change a painting. These two pieces aren't quite so subtle, but sometimes it boils down to my minutely changing something and the expression is entirely transformed.

So this little one ties up the Yorkie portraits for a bit. I've got a Havanese and a Boxer and a German Shorthaired Pointer and an equine and a few other faces lined up for this weekend and early next week.

And then I get to do my own wrapping, baking, decorating, mailing and celebrating.

Thank YOU for looking at, and sharing, my artwork with your friends and family -
Wishing you a very happy holiday season -
Kim

**I still haven't had a chance to download and edit the video footage I shot of Penny's first painting. Perhaps I'll have a chance to do that over the holiday break!

However, if you are interested in purchasing the earlier version, let me know! I can get it to you in time for the holiday.

Thursday, December 09, 2010

Jojo & Tuffy


ABOVE: "Jojo," 8" square.
BELOW: "Tuffy," 8" x 10".
Both done in Golden Open Acrylics on Ampersand Gessobord, both commissioned portraits of a Yorkshire Terriers, private collection (THANK YOU!)

These two are companions to "Couch Potato (Sophia)" (from Tuesday). I worked on Jojo and Tuffy simultaneously yesterday, with Sophia's portrait in my peripheral, so that there was a continuity to the works.

They will make an excellent grouping, don't you think?

Now I'm off to put a dent in the few remaining commissions I have due prior to the holidays. My own ship date and deadline is next Monday - I've already got 7 paintings heading out. Let's see how many more I can add to that mix.

Wish me luck!

Thank YOU for looking at, and sharing, my artwork with your friends and family -
Wishing you a very happy holiday season -
Kim

Tuck a Gift Certificate Under The Tree

Looking for a last minute gift? A certificate for a pet portrait is a great idea that will give the recipient the opportunity to participate in the portrait process, resulting in a painting they will cherish for years to come.

Email me for more information.

It's Here :: The Third Book

Have you ordered your copy of "Come Sit Stay" yet? This volume summarizes Dog a Day paintings from 2009 and has lots of other extras. If you want it (or either of my other two titles) by Christmas, the order deadline is coming up.

Place your order viaBlurb. The Blurb website also has additional information about ship dates and order deadlines. Last I peeked there were some coupon codes, too, that will help out with the ship costs.

FYI, the costs are the same as last year - this is a great value!
Softcover, $44.95
Hardcover, $59.95
Image wrapped hardcover, $64.95

Thanks so very much!

Wednesday, December 08, 2010

Ho Ho Ho


It's hard work, decorating for the Holly-Days. Tires a sweet little kitten plumb out.

So while Mona Bug (and Finni too!) catches up on her beauty sleep, I'm working on two other portraits, companion pieces to yesterday's "Couch Potato (Sophia)."

Meanwhile, enjoy the "Siblings" slideshow of Finnigan and Mona Lisa.

Thank YOU for looking at, and sharing, my artwork with your friends and family -
Wishing you a very happy holiday season -
Kim

Finnigan: "hmmm, I don't think I've thoroughly smelled this end yet....."
"Yum, she's got nasty smelling fish breath!"
"But now, what's she doing, what's she doing...?! OH NO!!"
"MOM! Mona's touching me!!"

The Third Book!!

Over the weekend I completed - and published - my newest book, "Come Sit Stay." This volume summarizes all the Dog a Day paintings from 2009 and has lots of other extras.

I've gotten many requests about ordering personalized copies of the book. I do regret that my workload precludes the offering of signed copies this year - I can barely stay current with email!!

In past years, the inscribing, wrapping and shipping of well over 100 personalized copies took up 3-4 full days. This December I needed that time for painting and planning a January exhibition (and staying on top of my emails)!

However, I CAN inscribe a card which you may tuck into the book. Let me know if this is something you would be interested in - and of course, with holiday gift giving, time is of the essence.

Meanwhile, you may order your copies directly from Blurb. (and I have a coupon code for free shipping on 3 or more copies to the same address - email me your destination and I'll get the code to you!)

Softcover, $44.95
Hardcover, $59.95
Image wrapped hardcover, $64.95

I also kept last year's price structure, just to make it a little bit easier for you.


Thanks so very much!

Tuesday, December 07, 2010

Couch Potato (Sophia)


"Couch Potato (Sophia)," 12" x 7", Golden Open Acrylics on an Ampersand Gessobord, commissioned Yorkshire Terrier portrait, one of 4 Yorkies I'll be painting this week.

I've added some new colors to my palette. For those of you new to the Dog a Day project and my artwork, I paint with what's referred to as a limited palette. This means I set the exact same colors out for every single painting.

One of the benefits of working this way is that because I am always working with the same ones, I become more intimate with the properties of specific colors, leading to a better understanding of mixing.

It also ensures perfect color harmony every time. I'm continually using a balanced selection of pigments that compliment each other, and never introducing a new color that might throw that harmony off.

And now, after working this way for 4+ years, I can almost mix color without having to look at my palette.

However, I found myself wanting to improve my understanding of darker shadows and deeper colors. So I decided to mix things up and add some new colors (darker pigments/values) to what I laid out.

This week I'm working with (the asterisked colors are the new ones):
Titanium White
Ultramarine Light*
Prussian Blue*
Anthro Blue
Pthalo Blue Green
Dioxazine Violet
Jenkins Green*
Terra Verte*
Green Gold*
Van Dyke Brown*
Quinacridone Scarlet
Cadmium Red Dark
Cadmium Red Light
Light Magenta
Raw Sienna*
Cad Yellow Dark
Cad Yellow Medium
Hansa Yellow

Can you see the difference in the colors from this week's paintings and ones I did over the summer?

Now I won't necessarily keep all these paints in my palette, but I will work with them over the coming weeks and decide which (if any) are my favorites and which (if any) are worth keeping.

Thank YOU for looking at, and sharing, my artwork with your friends and family -
Wishing you a very happy holiday season -
Kim

The Third Book!!

Over the weekend I completed - and published - my newest book, "Come Sit Stay." This volume summarizes all the Dog a Day paintings from 2009 and has lots of other extras.

I've gotten many requests about ordering personalized copies of the book. I do regret that my workload precludes the offering of signed copies this year - I can barely stay current with email!!

In past years, the inscribing, wrapping and shipping of well over 100 personalized copies took up 3-4 full days. This December I needed that time for painting and planning a January exhibition (and staying on top of my emails)!

However, I CAN inscribe a card which you may tuck into the book. Let me know if this is something you would be interested in - and of course, with holiday gift giving, time is of the essence.

Meanwhile, you may order your copies directly from Blurb. (and I have a coupon code for free shipping on 3 or more copies to the same address - email me your destination and I'll get the code to you!)

Softcover, $44.95
Hardcover, $59.95
Image wrapped hardcover, $64.95

I also kept last year's price structure, just to make it a little bit easier for you.


Thanks so very much!

Monday, December 06, 2010

Marc Anthony


"Marc Anthony," 6" square, Golden Open Acrylics on an Ampersand Gessobord, commissioned Bulldog portrait that was SUPPOSED to be a surprise but someone started reading someone else's emails and the cat (or Bulldog, as the case may be) is out of the bag!

I've been painting holiday commissions since September, but it's finally starting to feel a bit like Christmas.

Was it freezing our pa-tooties off at our Holiday Lighted Parade (GO DRAGONS!! our State Football Champs, wahoo!!)?

Was it putting up the (mostly naked) tree (because we were a-feared that Mona would run haywire inside it)?

Was it designing the Santini holiday card?

Was it starting holiday baking (mmm, chocolate turnovers.....)?

Was it placing the first (and homemade) gift under the tree?

It might have been those things.

But I think the clincher was the fresh snowfall we got this morning. It made everything look like a winter wonderland. So to celebrate, I splurged on a steaming hot gingerbread latte. And painted to The Nutcracker under the glow of Christmas lights.

Thank YOU for looking at, and sharing, my artwork with your friends and family -
Wishing you a very happy holiday season -
Kim
PS As you probably already know, the internet was riddled with problems over the weekend. I had limited connectivity, and am therefore STILL working on getting emails out to those collectors with paintings in the new book. Thanks for bearing with me!!



The Third Book!!

Over the weekend I completed - and published - my newest book, "Come Sit Stay." This volume summarizes all the Dog a Day paintings from 2009 and has lots of other extras.

I've gotten many requests about ordering personalized copies of the book. I do regret that my workload precludes the offering of signed copies this year - I can barely stay current with email!!

In past years, the inscribing, wrapping and shipping of well over 100 personalized copies took up 3-4 full days. This December I needed that time for painting and planning a January exhibition (and staying on top of my emails)!

However, I CAN inscribe a card which you may tuck into the book. Let me know if this is something you would be interested in - and of course, with holiday gift giving, time is of the essence.

Meanwhile, you may order your copies directly from Blurb. (and I have a coupon code for free shipping on 3 or more copies to the same address - email me your destination and I'll get the code to you!)

Softcover, $44.95
Hardcover, $59.95
Image wrapped hardcover, $64.95

I also kept last year's price structure, just to make it a little bit easier for you.


Thanks so very much!

The Third Book !!


Congratulations to our cover boy - Cosmo from November 2009! He graces the third Painting a Dog a Day catalogue, this one covering the artwork from 2009.

It's been literally almost 2 years in the making, so you can imagine the overwhelming relief I feel announcing that my latest book is available!

"Come Sit Stay" is the third volume dedicated to the Painting a Dog a Day project. It joins my two prior publications "The First Year" and "That's 14 in Dog Years."Each book chronicles the details of one year's worth of daily paintings from Painting a Dog a Day.

"Come Sit Stay" focuses on 2009's artwork, a year that included over 230 new paintings, the advent of creative journalling and Virtual pARTys, a trip to upstate New York, and a studio remodel.

This title is a natural extension of my daily blog, where I chronicle details of each animal crossing my easel. The book includes insights to my process that the blog does not, it summarizes a year's worth of production into a neat package, and includes portraits that were not originally published. It is a great title for anyone interested in daily painting or defining their own artistic voice, and is especially enjoyable to those interested in animals and painting.

The 116 pg book includes over 200 full color reproductions and several essays outlining the project and the year's challenges.

Softcover volumes are $44.95, hardcovers with a dust jacket are $59.95, and image wrapped hardcovers are $64.95.

Order by December 12th in the Continental US to have your copies delivered via ground in time for the holiday; December 19th for holiday delivery by Next Day Air.

I have promotional coupons that will cover ground shipping for 3 or more copies delivered to the same address and ordered by December 10th - email me for the specifics.

All orders can be placed on Blurb's website, right here.

Thank YOU for looking at, and sharing, my artwork with your friends and family -
Kim

Is My Painting in the Book ?

There's over 200 paintings included in the new book, and over the next few days I'll be sending emails to those of you owning a piece that's reproduced.

I'm trying my best to get the notices out as quickly as I can. I know that you are eager to find out what's up. And I am just as excited to share the book with you!

Inquiries can always come to me.

Thanks so very much!

Friday, December 03, 2010

Artist Q&A Day

Today's the day - been saving up your questions for me? A few months ago I started up Q&A Days (actually, I "borrowed" the idea from another artist, Karin Jurick).

They seemed like a great way to address the volume of emails I receive asking about various elements of my process. So, the last Friday of each month I set aside as a Q&A Day, a sort of informal way for you to visit my studio and hang for a bit (don't panic - today is NOT the last Friday of the month, but is actually November's Q&A that got pushed back because of the US holiday last Friday).

So, go ahead and post your art related questions as comments to this, and I'll respond to them in the order received. Because of those annoying spammers, I've had to activate comment moderation, but don't worry - I'll get them reviewed and published for you!

Today I'm also finalizing my third book, "Come Sit Stay," for publication, so it looks like it'll be a day spent at the 'puter. This means lots of hot tea to keep my fingers (and brain) warmed up!

Thanks so much for following along, and caring enough to even have questions! Let's hope that, today at least, I have the answers!
All the best, Kim

Thursday, December 02, 2010

Balto


"Balto," 8" x 10", done in Golden Open Acrylics on Ampersand Gessobord, private collection (THANK YOU!).

I painted Balto at the end of October for one of my collectors' families. It was a birthday gift intended for Balto's Mom, especially important because Balto had crossed the bridge a few months prior.

Balto's reference photos were accompanied with letters from the kids who grew up with him, sharing fond memories of what made this guy so very special to their family. I felt like I knew, I mean really knew, this dog.

And that showed, I think, when it came down to the painting process.

I am so touched to have been asked to memorialize this guy for a family that's begun to feel as though they are an extension of mine.

Thank YOU for looking at, and sharing, my artwork with your friends and family -
Kim

PS Don't forget!! Tomorrow will be Artist Q&A Day on theblog - ask any art related questions over there, all day long, via the comments field, and I'll do my best to answer them!!

PPS The proof of the new book has arrived! My goal is to have all tweaks completed and the ordering activated by tomorrow!! Emails to all collectors with artwork included in the book will start going out tomorrow as well.


Rosie !!

"Violet Rosie," from November 2009, 4" x 5", acrylic on canvasboard, available for $189.

Last year I painted Rosie, a yellow lab diagnosed with Evan's Syndrome. 50% of dogs pass away within 2 weeks after being diagnosed. Good ole Rosie is showing them who's boss!

Evan's Syndrome, an autoimmune disorder, is a mysterious disease, one that attacks humans as well. Proceeds from the sale of Rosie's paintings (of which there were two - the other has found a home) will be donated to Meisha's Hope Fund, set up specifically for canine health studies of autoimmune/immune mediated hemolytic anemia, like Evan's Syndrome.

Inquiries about Rosie's painting can come to me.

If you want to know more about Evan's Syndrome, however, please visit Meisha's site.
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