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 28, 2011

Gypsy Falls



(Almost finished) "Gypsy Falls," 10" x 12", portrait of a Gypsy Vanner mare, done in Golden Open Acrylics on Raymar panel, $529 to the first one asking nicely. (This would be a KILLER Valentine's Day gift!!)

Email me if you are interested.

SOLD.

I've been doing some mid-winter spring cleaning in the studio, and came across this painting, which I had begun - but never finished - over 2 years ago. You can see how she looked this morning in the image below.

That happens to me quite a bit. I get to a point where I can see the potential but don't trust completely in my ability to deliver.

When this happens, I tuck it away until I can look with fresh eyes (and newly honed skills) and have another go.

That's what's happened with this girl.

And I thought she was done an hour ago, but I see now that I want the bottom of her tail pinker, like in the "before" version. I want the light on it to be warm and glowing, and the yellow, while beautiful, doesn't convey that sense. This is an easy fix.

Then, a coat of varnish and she's ready to find a home.

Meanwhile, thanks, as always, for supporting my artwork!
Kim

PS We're in the homestretch here with respect to this month's 10% newly booked commissions. The project has to be booked during this January, but can happen any time during 2011. Shoot me an email if you are interested! I booked 9 new portraits last week - let's see if we can't match that this one!!

Before

This is a mare I met at an equine breed parade in the fall of 2008 - I shot oodles of photos of both her and her little filly. She is a Gypsy Vanner, a breed that I adore painting.

Their dramatic markings, draft confirmation, and heavy feathering makes for fantastical subject matter.

Add in some soft backlighting and it becomes almost too good to be true.

Thursday, January 27, 2011

Still Life and Some Dog Treats


Nestled amongst my kids' artwork and the real dog treats sits my painting "Three Bones." This piece is available in this beautiful custom frame for $309, or if you would prefer just the panel, $269.

Email me if you are interested.

There's more about "Three Bones" on the Painting a Dog a Day blog. In the time since her creation in March 2008, this painting has participated in many exhibitions and events.

Frankly I am surprised she doesn't have a home yet. I'm certain the right one will come about eventually, though. They always do.

She sure would make for a darling Valentine's gift (hint hint).

Meanwhile, thanks, as always, for supporting my artwork!
Kim

PS We're in the homestretch here with respect to this month's 10% newly booked commissions. The project has to be booked during this January, but can happen any time during 2011. Shoot me an email if you are interested! I booked 9 new portraits last week - let's see if we can't match that this one!!

Teaching

Not sure how this happened, but tonite I am teaching a grownUPs Journalling class, on Sunday I'm running Creative Journalling for my horde of kids, and Monday I'll be leading an acrylics painting workshop for adults.

Yikes!

I'll need a break after all this just to simmer with the inspiration and ideas that always spark when I get the chance to work with others.

Guess that mean's I've just raised the bar for myself next week, eh?

Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Andre, In Color


"Andre," 6" x 8", commissioned Boxer portrait, done in Golden Open Acrylics on a Raymar panel, private collection (THANK YOU!). Inquiries regarding booking your own portrait may come to me.

Do you remember Andre from last December? I sketched him (below) unknowingly the same day he crossed the bridge. His family decided they wanted a painted version, and so I was delighted to bring this guy back to my easel this afternoon.

And I'm also thrilled to share that Andre's family adopted a young boxer from their local shelter. Jake has fit in well and still can't believe his luck - he's got his own couch and a brother and sister!

I'm making a donation to my local shelter in honor of Andre. And Jake. Two sweet rescues that got their happily ever afters.

Meanwhile, thanks, as always, for supporting my artwork!
Kim

PS We're in the homestretch here with respect to this month's 10% newly booked commissions. The project has to be booked during this January, but can happen any time during 2011. Shoot me an email if you are interested! I booked 9 new portraits la



Integration

I get asked frequently about how I manage my time, and I think the key concept is integration.

I'm lucky to have my studio in my home. I am able to duck in here and spend time on a few sketches while waiting for dinner to cook. Or I can take the laptop to the kitchen table and redesign my business cards while helping kids with homework.

I'm also very aware of the things I choose NOT to do. It's a Do-Not-Do list. Being mindful of the things I will not do also helps me to stay on track with those tasks that require my attention.

Tuesday, January 25, 2011

At the Fence, Day 2


This is a big 'un, at 16" x 20" with a 2" cradle (meaning the panel is 2" deep, and I've painted or extended the composition around all four sides), and not the sort of sized painting I would normally tackle in one day. I actually had to purchase larger paint brushes so that I could properly lay down the lower most layers (I work from big, sloppy marks upwards to tinier, tighter ones).

So today I focused mainly on getting my values correct (the measurement of light vs dark spaces). The key part of this composition is that pocket of sunlight on the horses' spine and withers - and if I can't get that right, I might as well pack it in.

I kid you not when I say that this painting dallied in "the uglies" for quite some time.

It took me many hours to get to this point (and I already had a day's worth of work invested, too), but I am finally happy with the density of my darks and the saturation of the lights. And now I can focus on the form of muscles and finessing the edges of the horses' shape. And moving into working with those smaller brushes that I normally paint with.

But I did have to first turn the painting upside down in order to "see" it properly. This is a great trick that fools my eye into seeing just the plains of color instead of the forms themselves. Removed from the object, the horse's neck and shoulder now become something completely different, and I can measure (via squinting down) whether I have properly painted them.

Back to the easel in the morn!

Meanwhile, thanks, as always, for supporting my artwork!
Kim

PS We're in the homestretch here with respect to this month's 10% newly booked commissions. The project has to be booked during this January, but can happen any time during 2011. Shoot me an email if you are interested! I booked 9 new portraits last week - let's see if we can't match that this one!!



Tenacity

Earlier today I had this wonderful insightful essay written about the value of tenacity, and then my browser crashed and I lost it all.

I was trying to express that regardless of the skill one wishes to improve, it is all done with a little bit of elbow grease and some discipline.

Want a promotion? than work your tail off. Perfect that jump shot with many afternoon's spent in the gym. And to learn that new piece of music, one's gotta spend quality time with their instrument.

But there seems to be the perception that artists are exempt from this. That artists are born with their talent, and the artwork flows effortlessly.

I wish!

As a child I might have had a propensity for drawing. Regardless, I do know art was the only thing I was madly passionate about.

But what I create today is the result of years of pushing a pencil, or working every day to get a smidgeon better. It has been finetuned by careful study and sacrifice.

And what I paint tomorrow is leagues beyond what I was making 10 years ago. And, if I'm lucky, I'll be able to say the same thing in another 10 years.

Monday, January 24, 2011

Juggling


I talk a lot about the animals I paint and my process, but I rarely blog about other behind the scenes work. Probably because it's not nearly as exciting as the painting process, but I may be biased in that regard!

Nevertheless, people have the perception that I step into the studio and paint, blissfully, for hours at a time. It couldn't be any further from the truth!

When I do paint, it is (mostly) blissful, but that's only a fraction of how I get to spend my days (or rather, my working hours!).

It's a one woman show here for the most part.

The reality is that I spend the majority of my days solo here in the studio, chipping away at marketing campaigns, dealing with the accounting side of things, staying on top of inventory control, keeping up to date with client communication, building lesson plans and coordinating teaching opportunities, and building an exhibitions and activities calendar.

I also head up hardware management. In a prior life I worked with computers and was very comfortable taking machines apart, reading code, and deciphering technology. Not so much anymore!

I've been feeling creaky these last couple weeks as I work my way through determining new backup configurations and solve my recent data storage issues.

But it remains blissful when I've crossed enough tasks off my to-do list that I can justify moving across the room to the easel. After picking up a paintbrush, the day's stress just melts away.

And hopefully I get at least a couple hours of this before the kids come home from school.

Thanks, as always, for supporting my artwork!
Kim

PS We're in the homestretch here with respect to this month's 10% newly booked commissions. The project has to be booked during this January, but can happen any time during 2011. Shoot me an email if you are interested! I booked 9 new portraits last week - let's see if we can't match that this one!!


Above, Tucker(ed Out)

From January 2010, "Tucker(ed Out)" is a 12" x 14" custom portrait of a lab mix.

This painting is currently in a private collection (THANK YOU!), but reproductions and notecards are available.

For those of you new to Painting a Dog a Day (insert big welcome here!!), I share animal artwork at least 4 times each week. The paintings are published initially via this electronic newsletter, then updated to the Painting a Dog a Day blog several hours later. (FYI, the blog is archived and all 4+ years of postings are always available for browsing.)

Some of the Dog a Day paintings are commissions and therefore sold. Others are available for purchase on a first come basis.

Notecards are available as soon as the painting is dry.

Reproductions become available after the original piece has sold.

Both notecards and reproductions can currently be ordered through FAA.

It's as simple as browsing the galleries and choosing the images you like. With over 1000 paintings in the project, I am trying to make things as simple as possible - there's nearly 100 images to shop from on FAA now, with more coming.

Friday, January 21, 2011

Frances


"Frances," 5" x 7", pet portrait of a rescued Boxer (yes, she has a tail!), done in Golden Open Acrylics on Ampersand Gessobord, $ 289 to the first ones asking nicely.

SOLD (thank you!).

Frances came to her family via a Boxer Rescue group who had pulled her from a pound. She was a 40 lb 2 year old with heartworms who had spent the majority of her life tied to a stake and virtually no manners.

But a strong desire to please her new family.

And thankfully her new family understood and was able to provide the training and love that Frances needed.

Thanks, as always, for supporting my artwork!
Kim

PS You haven't forgotten about the 10% off newly booked commissions, have you ?? the project has to be booked during this January, but can happen any time during 2011. Shoot me an email if you are interested! Come on - I've booked 8 portraits this week - I dare you to raise that number!






My Newest Acquisitions

See the two paintings that have me entirely over the moon?

These are by Lisa Daria, a daily painter who inspires me regularly. I am in awe of the way she is able to pare her compositions down to the fewest brushstrokes possible. And she has a fantastic sense of color, too.

What was the last piece of original art you've added to your collection?

Thursday, January 20, 2011

grownUP Journalling

I've been teaching creative journalling to children for several years now, but tonite I took the leap and shared my ideas with adults.

Well, the "adults" part is just between you and me. I know where I firmly stand.

Seriously, though, it was a great time.

Meanwhile, here's a page from grownUP Chris's journal. It includes rubbings and tea staining. Underneath you can see the overhang from a textured page she built with striped tissue paper.

We've got another session next week, Thursday night, if you feel so compelled.

Thanks, as always, for supporting my artwork!
Kim

PS You haven't forgotten about the 10% off newly booked commissions, have you ?? the project has to be booked during this January, but can happen any time during 2011. Shoot me an email if you are interested! Come on - I've booked 8 portraits this week - I dare you to raise that number!


Creative Journalling

Also called Art Journalling, this is a form that combines visuals and text in a book format. It is a great means of personal expression, stress reduction, and cross-generational bonding.

I teach workshops regularly - visit my website and see what's in the works.

Meanwhile, I have an adult journalling class next Thursday (the 27th) and a children's workshop in the spring.

Email me for more info.

Wednesday, January 19, 2011

Symmetry

"Symmetry (Buddy)," 8" x 10", portrait of a black lab mix, another addition to my "Black and White" series of paintings. This painting was done in Golden Open acrylics on an Ampersand Geossobord and is quite possibly sold (I'm awaiting confirmation). Nevertheless, inquiries may always come to me.

I met Buddy when I attended the Mutt Lynch Dog Days event last August. It was the best weekend - on top of being feted by Brenda and Chris Lynch (wine makers and hosts' extraordinaire), I had the opportunity to mingle with guests at their winery during a wine tasting par-tay.

And Buddy was there with his little sister Bridget. And I met a mess of other dogs, too, many of whom I have painted or have plans to paint in the coming months.

And mirroring Mutt Lynch's support of the San Francisco SPCA, I will also be donating proceeds from the sales of these paintings back to the SPCA.

But meanwhile, here's Buddy, sitting all proud and proper, looking as handsome as ever.

Thanks, as always, for supporting my artwork!
Kim

PS You haven't forgotten about the 10% off newly booked commissions, have you ?? the project has to be booked during this January, but can happen any time


Breaking the Rules

There's all sorts of unspoken rules in art.

Like you should never center your subject in the middle of your panel.

Or have your focal point (ie subject) be symmetrical.

Or allow that same subject to run off the edges of the painting.

Do you see where I'm going with this?

Rules exist for a reason, but sometimes they are also meant to be broken.

Just please don't tell my teenager, k?

Tuesday, January 18, 2011

Tsiko's Eyes


"Tsiko's Eyes," 5" x 7", portrait of a rescued Husky mix, the latest addition to my "Black and White" series of paintings. This painting was done in Golden Open acrylics on an Ampersand Gessobord and could be yours for $289. Inquiries may always come to me.

SOLD (thank you!)

Tsiko (pronounced See-ko) is an Isabella white husky, estimated to be about 5 years old, and he was adopted from the humane society. He was found by animal control wandering at age 3 months - why anyone would let a 12 week old pup out and not try to find them is beyond me.

But his family knows they lucked out! And perhaps Tsiko got lucky too - he escorts the kids to the busstop, baseball and soccer games and even vacations with them. He takes his job as family dog very seriously.

The "Black and White" paintings depict animals that are black or white or black and white. But the painted versions are anything but black and white. This series allows me the opportunity to explore the variety of color apparent in dark and light values while also playing with reflection and transparency.

You can see more of the "Black and White" paintings in my FineArtAmerica portfolio (they aren't all there yet, but I am adding more every day), where notecards and reproductions can be ordered, if you feel so inclined.

Thanks, as always, for supporting my artwork!
Kim

PS You haven't forgotten about the 10% off newly booked commissions, have you ?? the project has to be booked during this January, but can happen any time during 2011. Shoot me an email if you are interested!


Ongoing Series

Many artists choose to work in series. This helps them to focus on a concept from a variety of angles, giving them the opportunity to experiment and learn. I am no exception.

While the Painting a Dog a Day project is itself a series, I have several others that I'm currently working on and looking for inspiring muses:

SUNDAY DRIVERS: images of vehicles and canines

BLACK AND WHITE: paintings of black and/or white animals, like Tsiko here

THE GRATITUDE PROJECT: portraits of rescue animals done in partnership with shelters across the US

You are welcome to nominate an animal for possible inclusion in either of the above groups. Please do so via email to myself, and include several non-flash photos you have taken, along with information about the animal and what makes him/her so wonderful.

Thanks in advance for sharing your special critters with me and the Painting a Dog a Day family!

Friday, January 14, 2011

Miri's Memory


"Miri's Memory," 8" x 10", portrait of a rescued Cairn Terrier from Col. Potter Cairn Rescue, from The Gratitude Project. This painting was done in Golden Open acrylics on an Ampersand Geossobord and could be yours for $ 469.

As with all the paintings from The Gratitude Project, proceeds from the sale of Miri's painting will be donated to Col. Potter. It's just my way of saying thanks for all the dogs - and people - who's lives are better!

I had painted Miri before - she's the lucky Cairn getting all the kisses in this painting from a couple years back. Miri was a puppy mill momma rescue with such a bright spark. She arrived at Col. Potters 2/3rds of a way through a pregnancy, in such poor health that the lives of herself and her litter were endangered. Immediate surgery saved her and 5 of her 6 pups.

She enjoyed 4 years with her forever home, years that were far too short but fully lived. She succombed to Cushings last fall, shortly after I started a painting of her.

Miri was my muse at the live painting session I did for the Shelby Artists' Group. As can happen when I start painting and talking at the same time, the piece got a little bit off track. And when I heard the news of her passing the very next day, it took the wind out of my sails. I had little desire to fight with the painting and bring it back.

But today the sun was shining and I imagined her taking a nap in the warm patch on the floor here in the studio (I often have my models over for a visit, even if it is an imaginary one - it helps me to "see" them better). I decided the time was right to have another go at Miri's portrait.

She looks happy, doesn't she? I'd like to think she's pleased with how her life - and portrait - turned out. I hope that her family is, too.

Enjoy your weekend!
Thanks, as always, for supporting my artwork!
Kim

PS You haven't forgotten about the 10% off newly booked commissions, have you ?? the project has to be booked during this January, but can happen any time during 2011. Shoot me an email if you are interested!

Journaliste's
Sunday, January 16th, 3-4pm
Lake Orion, Michigan

Please join myself and the most fabulous Creative Journalists ever, as we in share imagery captured during the last 6 months of Creative Journalling workshops.

Photographs clearly demonstrate the student's brilliance as they embrace the idea of personal expression, no holds barred.

The exhibition will remain on display through February, so if you cannot make the opening celebration, please make a point to stop by and enjoy the creativity.

And feed your child within - consider taking something special from the store home as well. Little Monsters stocks a phenomenal variety of books and toys and carries some of our most favoritest art supplies, too.

Thursday, January 13, 2011

Book Smarts

I have just returned home from a fabulously inspiring day spent doing all sorts of things, but, oddly enough, NOT including any time at the easel.

The photo above includes my spoils from a Book Making class I took today. It was led by the miraculous Pat McGraw (how I WISH this woman had a website, becaue you all need to know her). I learned all sorts of techniques and bindings, as amply demonstrated by the 8 samples I brought home.

My book binding diploma came in the form of 2 Twix bars, which I immediately knew were lonely. They made fast friends with a glass of red wine, and the night turned even better (if that's at all possible!).

All of which is much inspiration for my workshops that start up in a few days.

Now it's my turn to create some most excellent lesson plans - my Children's Creative Journalling workshop begins on Sunday, and the grownUP Journalist's get their turn to play on Thursday. (The children's winter sessions are full, I'm accepting enrollment for the children's spring classes, and there are a few seats remaining in the grownUP Journalling sessions.)

Meanwhile I'm off to try some new techniques on some of these new books.

Thanks, as always, for supporting my artwork!
Kim

PS You haven't forgotten about the 10% off newly booked commissions, have you ?? the project has to be booked during this January, but can happen any time during 2011. Shoot me an email if you are interested!


Journaliste's
Sunday, January 16th, 3-4pm
Lake Orion, Michigan

Please join myself and the most fabulous Creative Journalists ever, as we in share imagery captured during the last 6 months of Creative Journalling workshops.

Photographs clearly demonstrate the student's brilliance as they embrace the idea of personal expression, no holds barred.

The exhibition will remain on display through February, so if you cannot make the opening celebration, please make a point to stop by and enjoy the creativity.

And feed your child within - consider taking something special from the store home as well. Little Monsters stocks a phenomenal variety of books and toys and carries some of our most favoritest art supplies, too.

Wednesday, January 12, 2011

Brie as Odalisque

"Brie as Odalisque," 8" x 10", portrait of a huge and shaggy Venus (aka gorgeous dog), done in Golden Open acrylics on an Ampersand Gessobord, not for sale.

Brie belongs to artist Lisa Daria and takes her job as studio assistant seriously. So seriously, in fact, that she insisted on a historically inspired composition for her Dog a Day portrait.

Who am I to argue when clearly this girl knows her stuff?

You can see the progression of this painting in the images below.

I started with a bright underpainting, using a rough approximation of the composition as a guideline. I then followed up by loosely blocking in the placement of the main forms and starting to build up my values. I used large 1" wide brushes to begin with, gradually ending the painting with smaller filberts.

I can't wait to hear what Brie thinks of it! and Lisa, too.

Thanks, as always, for supporting my artwork!
Kim

PS You haven't forgotten about the 10% off newly booked commissions, have you ?? the project has to be booked during this January, but can happen any time during 2011. Shoot me an email if you are interested!


Tuesday, January 11, 2011

The Princess and the Pea

(Working Title) "The Princess and the Pea," 12" x 14", yet another painting inspired by Mona Lisa, very much in process, and from last night's live demonstration at the Anchor Bay Artist's Guild. My reference photo is included at the left.

I brought my panel (a Raymar one, in case anyone's interested) already primed a saturated and lilting Manganese Blue, and began laying this composition down as I shared some ideas about painting.

As you can see, my mouth did more work than my brushes, but that's the beauty of watching an artist work. You can pick their brains and share their processes while the piece is coming to life.

So what did we talk about? all sorts of things!

  • the difference between what a photograph will tell you and what your eyes really see
  • how to work with a color wheel to choose colors best suited to your subject/composition
  • the benefits of working with a limited palette
  • particulars about the types of tools I use (panels, paints, palette, computer) and how/why they work
  • value vs local color
  • layering marks to achieve impressionistic design

And it was decided that I will be returning to New Baltimore and leading an evening painting workshop on January 15th. Take a peek at the sidebar if you are interested, and let me know because the class is nearly full already.

It was a great time - many thanks go out to the members of the Anchor Bay Artist Guild! I appreciate your time and energy and am really looking forward to working with you again!

Oh - and please stay warm and safe if you are in the path of this nasty weather!

Thanks, as always, for supporting my artwork!
Kim

PS You haven't forgotten about the 10% off newly booked commissions, have you ?? the project has to be booked during this January, but can happen any time during 2011. Shoot me an email if you are interested!




Painting Santini-Style, Mixing Color, NOT Mud!

Monday, January 31st, 6:45-9:45
Lighthouse Elementary School
New Baltimore, MI

Come spend an evening learning how to paint colorful, personality packed animal portraits in acrylics, with moi and some other uber fun and talented artists.

This class will focus on:
  • selecting photo references, using the camera as a tool vs a crutch
  • determining the best color for your underpainting and color scheme
  • loose, carefree brushwork that sculpts form

I will bring selected titles from my personal library for attendee's perusal during class. Students will also receive a packet of materials to further encourage exploration and experimentation with the techniques covered.

This workshop is graciously hosted by the Anchor Bay Artists Guild. Many, many thanks to them for making it possible!

Any questions? By all means, let me know!

Monday, January 10, 2011

Sammy Sumner


"Sammy Sumner," 6" square, commissioned portrait of a much loved and dearly missed Pug, done in Golden Open Acrylics on Ampersand Gessobord, private collection (THANK YOU!). In appreciation for my getting to paint Sammy, a donation will be made in his name to my local shelter.

Tonight I'm giving a presentation and demonstrating my painting technique at the Anchor Bay Artist's Group monthly meeting in New Baltimore, Michigan. It's always a treat to get to talk shop with a group of like minds, and I am thoroughly looking forward to it. Thankfully, the weather is cooperating as well - one never knows what to expect during Michigan January's!

There are tentative plans for tonight's presentation to be followed up by a one night painting workshop on Monday, January 31st (also in New Baltimore, Michigan). Please let me know if you are interested in attending the workshop and I'll pass your information on to those responsible for coordinating the event.

Ok, off to pack up my supplies! Have a great evening!

Thanks, as always, for supporting my artwork!
Kim

PS You haven't forgotten about the 10% off newly booked commissions, have you ?? the project has to be booked during this January, but can happen any time during 2011. Shoot me an email if you are interested!



Cosmo

Sammy's brother Cosmo is the cover model for my latest book, "Come Sit Stay, Painting a Dog a Day - Year Three." This book (along with it's two siblings) can be ordered directly from Blurb.

Each of the books include an essay outlining one year of the Painting a Dog a Day project, along with a substantial number of full color reproductions of the paintings from that same year.

And there's extras, too, like previously unpublished comments and stories about the work, photos of my studio, and other goodies.

You can preview each of the books, too, prior to ordering.

They make great gifts for animal lovers and artists alike, and are also beautiful donations for fundraisers and the such.

Any questions? By all means, let me know!

Friday, January 07, 2011

Partners in Crime

"Partners in Crime (Mona Lisa)," 6" x 8", painting of my studio kitten, done in Golden Open Acrylics on a Raymar panel, $329 to the first one asking nicely. A donation will also be made to the Oakland Pet Adoption Center when Mona's painting sells.

For those of you new to Painting a Dog a Day, we adopted a teeny 2 lb Mona Lisa in early September from our local shelter. She had been dumped somewhere, all alone, and was picked up by an animal control officer before she got herself into trouble.

She's quite a little spark in our household, keeping us all on our toes, even in the dark of night. She's mastered snuggling under covers, purring at your feet, playing blanket monster, and hogging the pillow.

Someone tucked a sock monkey into the basket where she lounges during the day (my reference photo is near the bottom of today's blog). She scoops her body right in between Monkey's arms and legs and builds quite a nest for herself.

It's wonderful having a kitten in the house again.

Wanna see the other Mona paintings? They have sold, but you can order reproductions or notecards from myFineArtAmerica site. I'll be adding "Partners in Crime" to the site later today.

Go off now and enjoy your weekend!
Thanks, as always, for supporting my artwork!
Kim

PS Are you thinking about 10% off newly booked commissions ?? the commission has to be booked during January, but can happen at any time of this year. Shoot me an email if you are interested!



2011 = Savor

Every year I choose a word that represents the goals I've set for myself. This is an idea I borrowed from art quilter Lisa Call (if you are an artist, regardless of your media, and you don't read her blog, you are missing out big time!).

I've been pondering much the last few weeks about what word would work best for me. Past years included "Focus" and "Listen," reminders of how much I want to learn and grown.

Not that I'm done with learning or growing, but I am guilty of getting too caught up in it all. I have to remember to slow down and take things in properly. If I can master this, in turn I'll gather even more from my days.

Hence my choice for this year. Savor.

(I'd be lying if I didn't also mention how appealing the connection was between my word and a favorite activity - cooking and eating!)

Thursday, January 06, 2011

Paperwork

"Drip Dry," 9" x 12", painting of a German Shorthaired Pointer, done in Golden Open Acrylics on an Ampersand Gessobord, from September 2010's Painting a Dog a Day project.

Been doing paperwork all morning - paying bills, projecting operating expenses for the new year, planning marketing campaigns, and archiving computer files.

It's becoming obvious that I won't have time to paint today - between a PTA meeting, basketball carpool, two music lessons, and a drumline carpool - my afternoon and evening is pretty well already consumed.

Meanwhile I thought I'd at least share a few images with you, paintings I'm considering sending out into the world of juried exhibitions. I'll let you know which ones end up going where, but meanwhile enjoy the eyecandy!

Oh, and if you haven't already visited the Canine Art Guild's new online exhibition, please do. This one features all shelter and rescue dogs with cash prizes going to the shelters affiliated with the paintings receiving the most popular votes.

Thanks, as always, for supporting my artwork!
Happy New Year, Kim

PS Are you thinking about 10% off newly booked commissions ?? the commission has to be booked during January, but can happen at any time of this year. Shoot me an email if you are interested!


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