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.

Monday, February 28, 2011

Raven, Painted Sketch


"Raven," image approximately 5" tall on an 8" x 10" piece of multimedia artboard. Commissioned painted sketch, done in Golden Open Acrylics on Ampersand Gessobord, starring a black Cocker Spaniel. This one is sold, but I'll be happy to paint others - inquiries may come to me.

Every couple of weeks I set up a stack of multimedia artboards, lay out my paints, and make a pile of sketches. Usually they are for my own enjoyment, but this week the sketches were for clients.

Tomorrow nearly 30 of my paintings will be delivered to a venue on the east side of the state. I'm filling the Shelby Community Center with a retrospect of sorts - paintings created during the past few years, including some larger than life sized canvases that haven't been exhibited in several years. It promises to be a fun installation!

Ok, back to the paint!

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


Art Show at the Dog Show

The results are up, along with all of the artwork. If you are a fan of canine art, you will not want to miss taking a peek at this year's 25th Annual Art Show at the Dog Show.

Congratulations to all the artists who entered - it is always an honor to see my work among some of my favorite peers and mentors.

And a special shout out to Susan Grinels who received Best of Show with her FABULOUS pastel "Ms Macy."

Enjoy the show!

Friday, February 25, 2011

Lolly Llama


"Lolly Llama," 6" square, portrait of a llama, done in Golden Open Acrylics on Ampersand Gessobord. The painting can be yours for $299 - inquiries may come to me.

From photos taken at the Michigan State Fair a few years back, I present for your viewing pleasure a lovely llama draped in all the colors of spring. And then some.

Can you tell I'm in denial over the snow continually getting dumped on us? I have threatened to lay astroturf over our front walk and porch, just to add a much needed touch of green to the yard.


Wishing everyone a safe and happy weekend!

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

A demo page from my journal done with watercolor crayons and Ebony pencil

Journal, Baby!

I'm leading my fearless group of young journallers in a class focused on texture and color this weekend.

I'm also organizing a new grownUPs Journalling group that will meet once a month.

If you are interested in any of the above, please let me know!

Thanks!!

Thursday, February 24, 2011

Hippity Hop (A Gratitude Painting)


"Hippity Hop," 5" x 7", portrait of a fat white rabbit, done in Golden Open Acrylics on Ampersand Gessobord. This piece is part of my Gratitude Project, and as such, proceeds from it's sale will support Best Friends Animal Sanctuary (BFAS). The painting can be yours for $289 - inquiries may come to me.

Another critter from last summer's visit to BFAS. I met so many during my visit, and the afterglow of the serenity I absorbed when there still lingers.

You may order notecards of "Hippity Hop" here (wouldn't they make for fun Spring announcements? I've heard a rumor that Spring is coming......), and once the original sells, I will also offer poster quality reproductions (using this same link). Proceeds from these sales will also go to BFAS.

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

Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Itch (A Gratitude Painting)


"Itch," 8" x 8", portrait of a black and white mixed breed puppy, done in Golden Open Acrylics on Ampersand Gessobord. This piece is part of my Gratitude Project, and as such, proceeds from it's sale will support Best Friends Animal Sanctuary (BFAS). The painting can be yours for $399 - inquiries may come to me.

SOLD (thank you!)

This is one of the "G" puppies from a litter I met at BFAS last summer. I volunteered to help out with a puppy kindergarten class, and it was a delight.

The philosophy at BFAS is that a well socialized pup with basic manners will settle more happily into a new home and grow into a well adjusted companion. Myself and about 9 others spent an hour with a litter of wee ones, introducing them to a variety of household noises and things like skateboards and vacuum cleaners, while also walking them on leashes, handling mouths and ears and toes, and giving out treats.

A great photo opportunity, to be sure! You can see my reference pic near the bottom. Not the best photograph, but it carried enough information that, when coupled with my visual memory, allowed for me to paint from months later.

You may order notecards of "Itch" here, and once the original sells, I will also offer poster quality reproductions (using this same link). Proceeds from these sales will also go to BFAS.

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





Daily Painters Bio

Last summer YOU got me voted into the prestigious Daily Painters group. This is a phenomenal group of artists who create daily like myself - getting to know them, bounce ideas around and pick their brains has been a great experience! I recommend a visit to the site - you're bound to find at least one new favorite!

This week they are featuring myself and Barbara Kacicek on their blog.

I invite you to take a peek and let me know if you learned something new!

And thanks to Micah Condon and the Powers That Be over on the Daily Painters sites for featuring my work!

Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Neighborhood Watch (Shadow & Charlotte)


"Neighborhood Watch (Shadow & Charlotte)," 8" x 10", portrait of a Cocker Spaniel and a Beagle, done in Golden Open Acrylics on Ampersand Gessobord. This painting is headed to a new home - but if you are interested in something similar, contact me.

My end of year studio purge unearthed the original of this composition, an unfinished 16" x 22" gallery stretched canvas. A few days later, Shadow and Charlotte's Mom emailed me.

"Do you remember that painting you started of my two years ago? you were doing it for an exhibition.... did you ever finish it?" she asked.

"No," I answered, rather sheepishly. "But I'd love to revisit it!"

She was enthusiastic. So was I.

So today they got another turn on my easel. I decided a fresh start would give the painting a brighter outlook. Besides, I really love painting on Ampersand Gessobord. The idea of working on canvas again gave me the heebie-jeebies. I know. Crazy. (I've been called worse).

So here is the painting, done and signed, 4 years later. That's a long time for these two to wait patiently at the window. Maybe I should re-name the painting "Patience"!

Are you interested in commissioning a special portrait? If so, please let me know!

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



Mona Lisa, pretending she's been sunbathing all afternoon and NOT been playing in the toilet.

Such a Stinker!

Aren't cats supposed to steer clear of water? Mona, apparently, did not get that memo. So far today she's:

Been busted on the counter multiple times, "swimming" in the fish bowl (which is now surrounded by 2 circles of packing tape, face side up).

Kept the toilet seat dame with a tell-tale trail of wet paw prints (Finnigan's smart, but he's not smart enough to frame her).

Dumped my paint water all over the taboret, then splashed around with the mucky brushes (this is my fault for not paying better attention to her hunting pattern when I was painting!).

But then the darned little bug comes and sits daintily at my feet, waiting for eye contact before quietly mewing. I scoop her up, she tucks her head in under my chin, and turns on her engine.

And all is forgiven.

I'm off to get dry socks.

Friday, February 18, 2011

Golden Open Acrylics


I get all sorts of process oriented questions. Most recently I've been getting asked a lot about my paints and palette, which made me realize what a nice blog topic this would make!

I use a Masterson Sta-Wet Premier palette box. This is comprised of a box (think Tupperware) with a sponge liner and a slice of palette paper that work together to keep my paints wet. This setup allows me to work with the same palette for about a full week, having the box open for multiple hours every day. You can see what the palette looks like at the beginning of a new session above - below the exact same palette after this week's work.

For the last 25 years I have used Golden brand acrylics, mediums, and varnish. I love the overall quality of these paints and the fact that, when I have a question, their customer service department is made up of artists who actually use the products.

Until last year, I used their Heavy Body paints exclusively. They have a buttery consistency, a little looser than oil paints, but with some heft. The colors are glorious, they stay put on my palette, and because their pigment content is extremely high, the mixtures are extraordinarily wonderful.

Recently, Golden introduced "Open Acrylics." Opens were designed with a slower dry time, allowing the artist to work in a style similar to what painting in oils might allow. Furthermore, Opens can be intermixed with the traditional acrylics, with their open properties carrying across.

I began playing with the Open Acrylics last winter, and quickly fell in love with them. I really enjoy the flexibility they have added to my working process and think they are a tremendous asset to the studio.
  • They are a little "stickier" and cling to the brush more when mixing and applying, but clean up just as easily (just water, no solvents needed!)
  • They are more transparent, especially the white. I've worked around this by using a 50/50 mix of Heavy Body and Opens (with just the titanium white).
  • The colors react/mix the same as with the Heavy Bodies. Meaning, Open Hansa Yellow mixes the same (other than the translucency) as Heavy Body Hansa Yellow.
  • They oddly dry faster than the heavy bodies on the palette, especially noticeable in the winter months. Still a factor in the summer, but not as markedly different.
  • The ability to manipulate the paint for up to a half hour is extraordinary.
  • They dry with a lovely surface comparable to the Heavy Bodies.

I now use a combination of Open Acrylics and Heavy Bodies. You can see in the image below which colors are the opens by the size of their puddles. The Opens tend to stretch and bleed on the palette, whereas the Heavy Body's stay put.

I am delighted with the Open Acrylics, enjoying exploring new horizons in the studio, and plan on working with them for a time to come.

Thanks so very much for your questions about my materials - have a great and colorful weekend!
Kim



Mona Lisa takes her job of quality control seriously.
Working With a Limited Palette

Lots of artists advocate working with a limited palette. What this means is that the artist uses the same selection of colors for every painting they create. It also allows for harmonious color combinations, while all the while the artist is building a better intimacy with their tools.

I fought working this way, but finally caved about 6 years ago in the interest of proving my mentor wrong. She was kind enough not to make me eat my words. :)

So now I always set my palette out the same way, using the same colors. Notice I've intentionally kept my lightest values on the left side, and my darkest paints on the right. If you look at the image of the week old palette, you'll see how this plays into the placement of the different mixtures as well.

When I began working with a limited palette, I used only 10 tubes. Over the years, I have added a few new colors into the mix - if they demonstrated staying power, I kept them.

And periodically I'll add something special in order to create a particular effect, but for the most part, the list below is what I am now painting with, every day.

From the upper left corner, in clockwise direction:

Titanium White
Light Ultramarine Blue
Prussian Blue
Anthraquinone Blue
Pthalo Blue Green
Dioxazine Purple
Terre Haute
Sap Green
Van Dyke Brown
Quinacridone Scarlet
Cadmium Red Dark
Cadmium Red Light
Light Magenta
Raw Ochre
Cadmium Yellow Dark
Cadmium Yellow Medium
Hansen's Yellow

Thursday, February 17, 2011

A Gentle Breeze


NEARLY FINISHED: "Gentle Breeze (Nitro)," from the "Black and Whites" series, 8" x 10", portrait of a horse, done in Golden Open Acrylics on Ampersand Gessoboard. Almost completed - and can be pre-purchased for $469. Please send your inquiries to me.

Those of you who follow the studio on Facebook heard me bragging last week about an ambitious piece I started. Monday had me lamenting about a painting that was giving me problems. They were one and the same, the piece I'm sharing with you today.

First it sunk deep into "The Uglies" - that stage where the artist is still working things out, and nothing quite yet meshes or works visually. Every piece goes through this phase - it's just that some linger longer than others.

And Nitro refused to budge from "The Uglies." And I didn't know how to fix him.

Over multiple days, I studied the piece in a mirror, upside down, and from my periphery. I used red cellophane to work out issues with values (laying a piece of red cellophane overtop a painting reduces it immediately to a value study, enabling you to see any problematic areas). I imported a jpg to Photoshop and experimented with other choices.

I thought a lot about the depth I was hoping to achieve and visualized the color theory and practices that would make it work. I closed my eyes and painted it, over and over, in my head until I had the confidence for another try.

This morning I tackled things immediately. Within 10 minutes there was an incredible shift in the painting, and I had my mojo back!

I thought I was done, but now see some subtle shifts to make that will shift the mane towards translucency and better connect the shadowed barrel to the head.

But that can wait! For now I want to celebrate the completion of this one and bask for a bit in all that I've learned via "Gentle Breeze."

Thanks so very much for following along with my artwork!
Kim

PS I painted Nitro already before - you can see his first painting, "Freedom," on the Painting a Dog a Day blog and onFineArtAmerica.


My winter herb garden, compliments of my sister-in-law, enjoying the sunshine filled kitchen.

Early Spring??

Michigan has been blessed with several gorgeous, entirely unseasonal days this week.

I've never done winter well - I pretty much bundle up and hibernate until May. But this week has been very pleasant.

We've enjoyed long walks, thrown 1000 snowballs for the dog (it sure felt like 1000!), gotten re-acquainted with the sun, and even gone for a bike ride.

The bunny hutch got a good scrape down yesterday, which made Lily and Clover happy. And the crocus-es and wild iris already peeking up got a good feeding of bunny poo, which made them happy as well.

This is February! In Michigan!

I just might have to fire up the Bar-B-Q tonite!

Hoping wherever you live that you are enjoying your days equally as well as the Santinis!

Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Shipping Day


As exciting as it is to get a piece juried into an exhibition, I dread the next step.

Packing and shipping.

It's different than merely sending a painting off to a new home because exhibition pieces are framed and wired for hanging, and the packaging must be such that it accommodates a return trip home.

Today I built boxes to house three pieces headed to Kansas for next month's 25th Annual Art Show at the Dog Show.

I photographed them in their finest (see above, below, and a little further beyond that), labeled them according to the event's instructions, and delivered them to the shipper.

Now I'd like to get to the easel and distract myself from thinking about their road trip, but there's a few days worth of emails that deserve my attention first.

And I've got to start a pot of chili.

It probably wouldn't hurt, either, to get out (with the kids) and spend some time deep cleaning the bunny hutch, since the temperature is above freezing. I'm sure they'd appreciate that (Lily and Clover, that is, not necessarily the kids!).

If you are interested, notecards can be ordered of any or all of my 2011 Art Show at the Dog Show pieces here. I'll make prints available once the originals sell.

Thanks so very much for following along with my artwork!
Kim




Going Green

I am very lucky to have a framer who builds my frames from scrap moldings. Because my paintings are typically 8" x 10" or smaller, she is able to use the leftovers from other projects when framing mine.

This has also eased the guilt that happens when a collector wants to replace the frame in order to match a particular decor.

I hate waste!

We are big, very big, on recycling. It's important to us that we respect the Earth.

So it makes me happy to discover ways to make the studio even greener.

If you want to locate a framer who can do the same, call around and learn who builds frames in-house. Ask if they are able to use their scraps to complete your project.

Apologies

There was an error in yesterday's link to the notecards for "What a Lady," the painted sketch of the chestnut mare. The correct link is here. So sorry about this!

Tuesday, February 15, 2011

What a Lady


"What a Lady," image approximately 6" x 8", paper size 8" x 10", a special commission from a group of friends depicting a certain birthday girl's beautiful chestnut mare "Lady." This piece was done in Golden Open Acrylics on multimedia artboard, a fabulous surface that I enjoy using for sketches.

Reproductions and notecards of "What a Lady" can be ordered via my FineArtAmerica storefront.

I offer what I call "Painted Sketches" as a lower cost alternative to my traditional Dog a Day portraits. Painted Sketches are still done in color, with my Golden paints, but they are on paper (acid free, museum quality still - only the best will do in these parts!!) instead of a panel. These can be sized to match your budget (or a standard frame), take less time to prep (and finish!), and are easy to mail - yet they remain just as charming and delightful as the Dog a Day paintings.

So if the cost of a commissioned Dog a Day has been holding you back, ask me about a Painted Sketch. They now start at $49US plus shipping and handling and will get you onto everyone's A List.

Thanks so very much for following along with my artwork!
Kim


Richeson 75: Small Works 2011

I am always delighted when one of my daily pieces makes it into a juried event. It's even better when said event is not animal-centric. And even better when it's an international collection of talent.


Such was the case when "Pup-illion"got juried in this year's Richeson 75: Small Works, an exhibition that highlighted 75 pieces smaller than 144 square inches.

I did the happy dance when learning that this little painting would make the journey to Wisconsin and represent Painting a Dog a Day.

I did cartwheels and handstands when learning that "Pup-illion" won 1st place for Non-Oils.

The awards aren't all up on the site yet, but please take a moment to go visit the fabulous collection of artwork Richeson has collected.

And my warm thanks to all involved who helped make this happen!

Monday, February 14, 2011

You WILL Be Mine


"You WILL Be Mine (Pearl and Arty)," 6" x 8", a special Valentine's Day portrait depicting a yellow lab and a black standard poodle. This piece was done in Golden Open Acrylics on a Raymar Panel, and is the first ever Dog a Day Valentine GiveAway portrait!

Reproductions and notecards of "You WILL Be Mine" can be ordered via my FineArtAmerica storefront.

Doesn't this remind you of the whole elementary school playground bit?

Today's painting belongs to Lisa Stahlberg, who last week submitted the hysterical photo (scroll down, please) of Pearl and Arty playing in the snow. Little did I know, but Arty is a PAWS With a Cause service pup in training, and Pearl is a face I painted many years ago. Congratulations to Lisa and her two sidekicks for inspiring this year's Valentine!

And thank you to all who so graciously sent in photos of your loved companions - I'll be responding personally to everyone. It was beyond rewarding to see the response to the contest, and I am thoroughly enjoying lingering (now that the decision has been made!) with the stories and faces. I wish I could have painted them all !!

I hope, though, to bring some of them to my easel, and therefore to you, during the coming months.

Please visit the studio's Facebook page for a peek at the finalists' photos, too. Better yet, become a fan of the page, and the next time I announce a contest, you'll be one of the first to hear! It'll also be one of the first places I post a link to the short film I made of "You WILL Be Mine's" painting process......

Thanks so very much for following along with my artwork!
May your day be full of joy and your heart bursting with love,
Kim


Decisions, Decisions
(or rather, How I Chose)

With 95 little (and big) muses entered in my 1st ever Valentine Dog a Day GiveAway, I had a difficult time selecting the subject of today's painting.

How to choose?

First I hid the sender's identity to further preserve anonymity.

Then I scrolled through each email, looking just at photos (I didn't ask for stories, and not everyone submitted them, so I needed to keep the playing field even).

The photos that looked the most fun to paint, I saved to a separate folder, using numeric names.

I thought it would be easy - that there would be one image that clearly stood out. But there were many that stood out, all for different reasons. Even after reviewing multiple times during the day, my choice was not clear.

I called in reinforcements. The whole family reviewed the same folder and ranked their top 4. The two clowns pictured above were on everyone's list!

Friday, February 11, 2011

Ike


"Ike," 5" square, portrait of a Black Lab service dog. This piece was done in Golden Open Acrylics on Ampersand Gessobord, and is not for sale. Inquiries may always come to me.

I'm going to leave it to Ike's person to introduce him:

"Right from the day I picked him up from PAWS HQ ... he decided I was the one he had to take care of. There was no bonding time... he just decided I was his and he would do whatever I needed whenever I needed it.

"We never had to work hard on anything .. we just blended as a team.... He was always ready and almost anticipating my next move before I even knew what it was. He was my heart, my soul, my everything.

"I was his world and he opened mine."

Ike's crossed the Rainbow Bridge for a while now. It was my extreme honor to give her a little slice of him, this time to stay for good.

Thanks so very much for following along with my artwork!
Kim

Will U B My Valentine?

I am painting a special Valentine this coming Monday.

Interested?

If so, send 2-3 clear,non-flash photos of your pet to me, using the subject line of "Valentine." All entries must be received by midnight EST on Saturday, February 12th.

You can submit more than one pet, but please do them in separate emails.

I'll peruse the photos Sunday afternoon and choose the one who sings to me the loudest.

Said crooner will then star as Monday's Dog a Day painting.

And you'll be singing "Hallelujah's", too, because once it's dry, I'll ship the painting off your way!

So, will you be mine?!!

Thursday, February 10, 2011

Billie's Sweater


"Billie's Sweater," 5" x 7", portrait of a French Bulldog, yet another installment in the "Black and Whites" series. This piece was done in Golden Open Acrylics on Ampersand Gessobord, and is looking for a new home. The painting is $289 plus applicable shipping and handling. Inquiries may always come to me.

Guess I've been on a roll lately with all the black and white paintings. Sometimes I get obsessed with a particular idea and just can't let go; I've been having a jolly good time painting these, so why should I?!

I'm also learning a lot. Working in series' is a great way to explore a concept in greater depth. And based on all the muses you've been emailing me about, I'll have plenty of material to keep this series going strong.

Thanks so very much for following along with my artwork!
Kim

PS Here's another "Black and Whites" painting! My goal with these pieces is to demonstrate the wealth of color apparent in objects that are seemingly straightforward.

If you have a four legged friend (or even a 3 legged - I don't want to discriminate here) that might qualify as a "Black and Whites" muse, please let me know!


Will U B My Valentine?

Yesterday I announced on my Facebook pagethat I would be painting one special Valentine this coming Monday.

Interested?

Then send 2-3 clear, non-flash photos of your pet to me, using the subject line of "Valentine" (this will help my email to filter all the entries straight into the appropriate folder). All entries must be received by midnight EST on Saturday, February 12th.

You can submit more than one pet, but please do them in separate emails.

I'll peruse the photos Sunday afternoon and choose the one who sings to me the loudest.

Said crooner will then star as Monday's Dog a Day painting.

And you'll be singing "Hallelujah's", too, because once it's dry, I'll ship the painting off your way!

So, will you be mine?!!

Wednesday, February 09, 2011

Here Comes Meatball!!


"Here Comes Meatball!," 5" x 7", commissioned portrait of a mixed breed stinker (Rat Terrier mix?), done in Golden Open Acrylics on Ampersand Gessobord, private collection (THANK YOU!). Inquiries may always come to me.

Meatball won the lottery. Not only did he get a great family after being adopted from a local shelter, but he also won Best Dog Name Ever.

What color do you think his underpainting (the very first layer of paint I covered the canvas with) was?

Thanks so very much for following along with my artwork!
Kim

PS Here's another "Black and Whites" painting! My goal with these pieces is to demonstrate the wealth of color apparent in objects that are seemingly straightforward.

Is a black dog really black? you tell me......

And if you have a four legged friend (or even a 3 legged - I don't want to discriminate here) that might qualify as a "Black and Whites" muse, please let me know!


Be My Valentine

Earlier this morning I announced on my Facebook page that I would be painting one special Valentine this coming Monday.

Interested?

Then send 2-3 clear, non-flash photos of your pet to me, using the subject line of "Valentine" (this will help my email to filter all the entries straight into the appropriate folder). All entries must be received by midnight EST on Saturday, February 12th.

You can submit more than one pet, but please do them in separate emails.

I'll peruse the photos Sunday afternoon and choose the one who sings to me the loudest.

Said crooner will then star as Monday's Dog a Day painting.

And you'll be signing "Hallelujah's", too, because once it's dry, I'll ship the painting off your way!

Happy Valentines!!

Tuesday, February 08, 2011

Comfortable With His Masculinity (Solomon)


"Comfortable With His Masculinity (Solomon)," 8" square, commissioned portrait of a Samoyed, done in Golden Open Acrylics on Ampersand Gessobord, private collection (THANK YOU!). Inquiries may always come to me.

Like it or not, Solomon is following in his big brother Rudy's footprints. Solomon's painting had to also measure up to Rudy's. Ah, the curse of the middle child, eh?

Thanks so very much for following along with my artwork!
Kim

PS Yes, Solomon's painting is part of my ongoing "Black and Whites" series. My goal with these pieces is to demonstrate the wealth of color apparent in objects that are seemingly straightforward.

For example, a white dog.

Solomon isn't really white to my eyes - the pinkness of his skin glows from underneath that crown of fur, and all sorts of beautiful violets and blues can be seen in the shadows.

Feel free to browse through other pieces in the "Black and Whites" series and lose yourself in the varied color. Then look around you - you will be surprised at the density of color in seemingly simple white or black objects.

And if you have a four legged friend (or even a 3 legged - I don't want to discriminate here) that might qualify as a "Black and Whites" muse, please let me know!


Current Exhibitions

The Orion Art Center (Lake Orion, Michigan) has the opening for their All Media Show this coming Thursday evening. I've submitted two pieces from the Painting a Dog a Day project to this juried exhibition.

The Jack Richeson School of Art (Kimberly, Wisconsin) opens their Small Works Exhibition this coming Friday evening. I have one piece in this international exhibition and two paintings in the catalogue.

I received notice that three of my paintings were also juried into this year's 25th AnnualArt Show at the Dog Show (Wichita, Kansas). This exhibition will happen March-April.

And I've also been invited to participate in "The Horse in Art," which will run April-June at the Seippel Homestead and Center for the Arts (Beaver Dam, Wisconsin).

For further exhibition information please visit the link above (titled "Exhibitions").

Monday, February 07, 2011

Stretched (Amelia)


"Stretched (Amelia)," 6" square, commissioned portrait of a rescued black lab, done in Golden Open Acrylics on Ampersand Gessobord, private collection (THANK YOU!).

Amelia's portrait was done using photos her family shared - would you like to commission a custom painting of your dog (or cat or horse or guinea pig or bunny or.......)? I've made it as simple as possible. Sketches start at $29, paintings at $200 - and inquiries may always come to me.**

Some families I never tire working with, and Amelia's is no exception. I think Amelia's painting is number 6 for them...... and painting her soulful face was even more rewarding, knowing the other portraits (also all rescues) she would eventually be joining.

Painting a Dog a Day has brought some rather amazing people into my life, one of the many blessings I am grateful for daily. Please consider yourself hugged and appreciated today!

Thanks so very much for following along with my artwork!
Kim

**I am especially interested in all black, all white, or black and white animals for my series titled "Black and Whites". If you know of a potential black and white muse, pleasesend me a note - I'd love to "meet" them!


Thank You

Two recent paintings are headed to new homes. Warm thanks to both my returning collector and to my newest client for choosing to add a Dog a Day piece into their homes.

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