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.

Thursday, April 28, 2011

Nita, Sketched & Painted

FROM TOP: "Nita," paper 7" x 10", image approximately 4" x 6-1/2", done on multimedia artboard, $79; "Nita's ZZZs," 5" x 8", done on a Raymar panel, $299. Both paintings were completed in Golden Open Acrylics, and both paintings are available for purchase. Please indicate in your email which piece you would like.

BOTH SOLD (thank you!).


Nita's baby picture was a finalist in Painting a Dog a Day's Valentine's Giveaway. And when her Mom followed up that pic with this one (scroll down to see my reference photo), how on earth could I resist?

Except that things didn't go so smoothly the first time around.

Working in a gray studio yesterday (the weather just has refused to cooperate as of late, no?) and being a lazy cheapskate, I tried forcing an old palette on the cusp of turning gummy to cooperate. It responded with lots of gray and mud (how fitting, right?).

This is also a difficult pose to draw. I know, because I drew it again and again and again and could not get it right. The sketch has yesterday's poor attempt on it's verso. "Nita's ZZZs" was painted directly overtop my first failure.

So I tossed the old palette paper (well, really, I hung it to dry to be repurposed as collage material) and went in search of inspiration. The library provided several new reads and The Man Child's evening symphonic concert filled me with a new soundtrack.

Here's to perseverance and second chances!

Thanks for sharing my artwork with your friends and family,
Kim
Sketches vs Paintings
I am often asked about the differences between sketches and paintings.

While both are done in paint, sketches are on artists' paper while paintings are on a museum quality panel.

Sketches are loosely rendered with a touch of whimsy, sometimes carrying playful, fantastic colors.

Paintings include multiple layers of paint, more expressive and dense brushwork, and a finer sense of detail while still preserving an impressionistic style.

Sketches need to be archivally framed for preservation.

Paintings can be displayed as is, either on an easel, propped on a shelf, or slipped into a frame. There is no need to put a painting behind glass.

Both are priced by size and complexity - sketches starting at $49 and paintings at $200. This gives me the flexibility to work with your budget while creating the perfect portrait.

Email me and get your project on my calendar!

Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Ewe + Two

"Ewe + Two," 8" square, portrait of an ewe and two lambs, done in Golden Open Acrylics on an Ampersand Gessobord. $399 to the first asking nicely.

What a great springtime addition (ahem, or Mother's Day gift!!) this painting would be to your collection - email meif you are interested.

Nothing says spring like fresh little babies. Which means I should paint some puppies next, right?

Well then, send me your pics!

And big thanks to collector Julie, who responded to my request on Facebook for some painting ideas with a mess of sheep photos she took over the weekend. Julie, I'm popping a little something in the mail for you!!

Thanks for sharing my artwork with your friends and family,
Kim

Studio Happenings

Some bits from this week's To-Do List (you're welcome to come help out!):
  • Order new paintbrushes (HOOray!)
  • Connect with The Man Child's friend to discuss and sketch out her proposed tattoo design (and, yes, her mother knows!)
  • Plan - and experiment - with sewn fabric and paper embellishments in my journal
  • Plant orchid glad and anemone bulbs outside studio window (poor things are left over from last spring)
  • Hit up the library for new studio tunes (Berlioz, Emmylou and Avenged Sevenfold are on my list)
  • Bake lemon squares (I've been craving them!)
  • Read my new book Drawing Lab for Mixed Media Artists
  • Carve new printing plate and hand-color Van Gogh inspired print designs for dance studio
  • Design signage schematic for local retail establishment (also order crackle medium for underpainting)

Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Rainbow Pug

This delightful drawing was left in my classroom - a gift, perhaps?! - during last week's Fine Arts Night at Orion Oaks Elementary School.

I adore kids' artwork. They view and process the world through their own filters.

A lesson I need to remind myself of over and over and over again.

Thanks for sharing my artwork with your friends and family,
Kim
Stuart Shils

His work is radically different from mine, landscapes pared almost to abstraction, atmospheric clouds of color that thrill me to no end. I adore the artwork that Stuart Shils creates.

A recent article I read quoted him as encouraging artists to study at great length - and then respond to - the world with roots set in an emotional, as opposed to a representational, base.

I find regular inspiration and bits of brilliance in his paintings and musings, which can be found on his website.

Monday, April 25, 2011

Listen and Learn

"Listen and Learn," 8" x 10", portrait of three kitties, done in Golden Open Acrylics on a Museumbord, part of "The Gratitude Project." This painting does not need to be framed, and can be added to your collection for $499 - collectors* qualify for a 10% discount. Email me for more information.

This little black and white kitten was dumped, with his momma and several siblings at a friend's business last winter. He ventured into the music studio and warmed the laps of the instructors and students for a few days before going home with my friend. (The other cats, thankfully, were gathered and re-homed by other people in the area.)

His furry siblings took him under their wings and taught him the ropes.

In light of the many other cats and kittens who are without homes, proceeds from the sale of "Listen and Learn" will be donated to my shelter, the Oakland Pet Adoption Center.

Do you have a rescue story to share? Please send it to me, along with photos of your special little (or big) one. You just might end up being featured on the Painting a Dog a Day blog!! (I'm especially partial now to compositions starring multiple muses, hint hint!!)

Thanks for sharing my artwork with your friends and family,
Kim
*You are a collector if you already own an original painting of mine.

Daily Paintworks
The Color Challenge

Regular readers of my newsletter and blog know I've been trying to participate in the weekly challenges set forth by the group of daily painters on the Daily Paintworks website (not to be confused with the Daily Painters group).

Last week's challenge was especially intriguing, but last week's schedule did not allow me the opportunity to try it out.

But I did so first thing this morning, with today's painting "Listen and Learn."

The idea was that I choose a particular color scheme driven by the color wheel. I opted for a triad - blue, orange and green - three colors from the wheel that are equidistant from each other (meaning they form the corners of an equilateral triangle).

Using a triad color scheme is a great way to anchor your composition in a realm of color harmony and create a stronger dialogue between the colors you choose.

I think if you are an artist wanting to improve, it helps if you focus on one thing - like color, for example - and study and read up and experiment with as many different ideas as possible while you are formulating your own approach.

And participating in regular challenges, regardless of whether they are structured or defined privately, is a great way to measure your progress and hold yourself accountable for growth.

I love that the artists at Daily Paintworks are building weekly lessons in the form of challenges!


Friday, April 22, 2011

No Stopping Her


Please scroll down for a detail
"No Stopping Her," 11" x 14", from "The Gratitude Project," portrait of a Boxer who's looking for a home, done in Golden Open Acrylics on a Raymar panel. Proceeds from the sale of "No Stopping Her" will be donated to Blue Ridge Boxer Rescue (BRBR), the group currently fostering Allie, today's muse. Inquiries about purchasing this painting may come to me.

Abbie is a 1-1/2 yr old brindle. She injured her left hind ACL at 3 months of age, and it was repaired. When she re-injured it, her original family turned her and her vet records into a Virginia shelter.

Rescued by BRBR at 8 months, it was discovered (by the vet who went in to repair her ACL) that she had also fractured her femur 3 times. Her left hind leg was amputated, which turned out to be a blessing, given that she had stopped using it and it was atrophying.

Not long after, Abbie fractured the kneecap on her right hind leg. A pin and spring were inserted, and she healed in a wheelchair donated to BRBR. 10 weeks into healing, she developed a hematoba and the pin had to be removed - yet surprisingly, her knee seems stronger than it did pre-surgery, and Abbie is able to get around wonderfully.

Throughout her ordeals, Abbie has displayed a joie de vivre that is not easily forgotten. She is always happy and tackles whatever life throws her way with zest.

There's no stopping this girl!

If you feel so compelled, I know that Blue Ridge Boxer Rescue would welcome your support. And are you interested in adopting Abbie? the deets are here.

Thanks for sharing my artwork with your friends and family,
Kim
Detail of "No Stopping Her"

In January I began painting shelter animals and particular souls who demonstrated faith and hope, despite (in some cases) the grimmest of circumstances.

I wanted to also spotlight their stories wouldn't ever be written were there not compassionate volunteers - people who sometimes singlehandedly begin the next chapter in these homeless animals' lives.

"We are what we create" is an idea I've been mulling over for the last couple weeks. It's the legacy we leave behind.

And legacies can be far grander than anything measured in a bank account.

"The Gratitude Project" is a small piece of mine that highlights big pieces of others' legacies.

Thursday, April 21, 2011

The Morning News

"The Morning News," 6" x 8", commissioned portrait of a black lab mix, done in Golden Open Acrylics on a Raymar panel.

Nascar's parents have earned the distinction of travelling the furthest to collect their two paintings. They came to Michigan all the way from Sonoma, California for a personal hand-off.

(I should probably also disclose that perhaps the promise of an Easter dinner with Michigan family factored into their decision as well.)

Nevertheless, it was heartwarming to meet - and thank - them for supporting my artwork. The vast majority of my business is done via the internet, so it's always a treat to match faces to voices to emails.

Thanks in advance for sharing my artwork with your friends and family.

Wishing you a blessed weekend,
Kim

Continuing Education


My kids are still pretty young and therefore I don't get the luxury of attending too many workshops for myself.

So yesterday's Golden Artists Workshop led by Valerie Allen was an extra special treat!

I go to spend nearly the whole day playing with various Golden Paints, mediums, and surfaces, learning all sorts of techniques. Techniques that will help me make smart and clever adjustments to my own paintings.

I even learned how to paint like the old masters - see my 8" x 10" panel above?

I'm no Rembrandt, but there is some promise, right?!

Tuesday, April 19, 2011

A Dog Named Nascar


"Nascar," 6" x 6", commissioned portrait of a black lab mix, done in Golden Open Acrylics on Ampersand Gessobord. While Nascar's painting is headed to a new home (THANK YOU!!), I would be more than happy to create a portrait of your special companion animal - shoot me an email so that we can begin discussing your project.

This is one of two portraits Nascar's family will be taking home with them. And I get the added delight of delivering them in person - especially sweet since her family is visiting Michigan from California this week.

Tomorrow I'll share her second painting, "The Morning News."

Meanwhile, I could squeeze in a sketch or portrait prior to Mother's Day, if you are looking for that extra amazing gift. Email me.

Thanks in advance for sharing my artwork with your friends and family,
Kim


A "Mini Minni" Update
Warm thanks to everyone who took the time to weigh in with their opinion on how Minni's portrait could be improved.

After much deliberation (and some time in photoshop), I opted to remove the pink halo. As much as I loved the color, I found it to be a distracting element.

"Mini Minni" is now off to be framed, after which she will be subjected to yet another opinion (ie a juried exhibition).


Stay tuned!


Monday, April 18, 2011

Title Pages

One of my journal spreads in process featuring decorative text, stamps (prefab and homemade), collage, poured paint, and glitter gel pens

It was another great Sunday spent journalling with some of my favorite young artiste's. We worked on title pages, playing with the balance between text and visuals. Some kids used their names, some chose messages, some did initial pages, and some created symbols. As always, I was impressed with their range of ideas and focus on the concept, including 2 new 4 year old journallers and a precocious set of 5 year old twin boys.
Wanna join us? A few spots are left in the spring workshops! Reservations need to come through me.

Creative Journalling for Kids - Sundays, May 1st, May 15th, May 22nd and June 5th - 2 sessions, 11-12:30 and 1-2:30, all at Little Monsters Toy Store in Downtown Lake Orion. Classes are $15 each, space allowing. Fees include all supplies but your child's journal.
grownUP Journalling - Third Thursdays of each month (so April 21st will be our next meeting) - 6-8pm, also at Little Monsters Toy Store. Classes are $15 each, including all supplies but your journal.
  • Our April class will focus on the concept of art journalling, with an introduction to both planned and random patterning through the use of zentangles, spirographs and monoprints. We'll also be using water-based media, so if you like to "get into your art," bring a paint shirt.
Reservations for all classes come directly through me. There is limited space in our classroom, so please verify ahead of time - with me - that there is room for your child to make the most of their class time.
Thanks in advance for sharing my artwork with your friends and family,
Kim
Ethan B made a page just oozing with "E Power" using markers and stamps.
It's Going to Be a Busy Week
Here's a few of the bolded items on this week's agenda:

Attending a Golden Acrylics Workshop (taught by the paint manufacturer, with a special focus on learning Open Acrylics) with some good friends
Orion Oaks Fine Arts Night, an evening spent with the students at Orion Oaks Elementary, sharing and teaching pet portraiture
grownUP Journaling Class
Ordering the proof of my newest book, this one for children, titled "A Dog Named Blue."
Completing 3 commissions and aDaily Paintworks Challenge painting (perhaps I can combine the challenge piece with a commissioned work!)
Shipping 3 paintings to an exhibition and sending 3 others off to their new homes
Enjoying the long weekend with family and friends.

Friday, April 15, 2011

Creative Journalling!

One of my journal spreads featuring positive and negative zentangle imagery done with gouache, micron and souffle pens.

Journalling is back!

Creative Journalling for Kids - Sundays, April 17th, May 1st, May 15th, May 22nd and June 5th - 2 sessions, 11-12:30 and 1-2:30, all at Little Monsters Toy Store in Downtown Lake Orion. Sign up now and get all 5 sessions for $60, or take them individually (space allowing) for $15 each. Fees include all supplies but your child's journal.
  • This week we will introduce the concept of journalling, talk about the parts of a book, and spend some time with decorative text and symbols. We'll also discuss spatial relationships - real vs imaginary - and how we can manipulate them on our pages.

grownUP Journalling - Third Thursdays of each month (so April 21st will be our next meeting) - 6-8pm, also at Little Monsters Toy Store. Classes are $15 each, including all supplies but your journal.
  • Our April class will focus on the concept of art journalling, with an introduction to both planned and random patterning through the use of zentangles, spirographs and monoprints. We'll also be using water-based media, so if you like to "get into your art," bring a paint shirt.

Reservations for all classes come directly through me. There is limited space in our classroom, so please verify ahead of time - with me - that there is room for your child to make the most of their class time.

Thanks in advance for sharing my artwork with your friends and family,
Kim

Pages from my journal often include sketches done from life complimented with random lines of text. Nearly every page is also paint splattered - not always intentionally, I might add.....

You don't have to have an artistically inclined hair on your head in order to enjoy journalling.

My classes are an excuse to pick up the crayons and remember - without stress - what it was like to imagine the possibilities within a blank page.

And then you'll rediscover the joy of self expression - all in a private space where you make the rules. Including who you share your voice with.

(and yes, I do parties, for both kids and grownUPs)

Thursday, April 14, 2011

Mini Minni


"Mini Minni," 9" x 12", portrait of a special little Vizsla pup, done in Golden Open Acrylics on a Raymar panel. Proceeds from the sale of "Mini Minni" will be donated to the Vizsla Welfare Foundation. Inquiries may come to me.

Warm thanks go to Dog a Day collector Holly for sharing her photo of Minni with me. I've painted her dogs many times in the past, and today's portrait was as much of a joy to work on as the others. We have a long standing agreement that sales resulting from her photos will support the breed that she (and I) love so much.

My original concept was to treat the background here like portrait paintings done by Richard Schmid, but I took it too far and then just left it out of indecision.

What do you think about the pink halo (the remnants of the underpainting)? is it distracting?

I'm also considering adding another loop of leash behind her butt. I had it in there yesterday, but wiped it out.....

Thanks in advance for sharing my artwork with your friends and family,
Kim


"It is all very well to copy what you see; it is much better to draw what you only see in memory. There is a transformation during which the imagination works in conjunction with the memory. You only put down what made an impression on you, that is to say the essential. Then your memory and your invention are freed from the dominating influence of nature. That is why pictures made by a man with a trained memory are almost always remarkable works."
Degas

Wednesday, April 13, 2011

Snickers

"Snickers," 6" x 8", commissioned portrait of an Alpaca Llama, done in Golden Open Acrylics on a Raymar panel, private collection (THANK YOU!).

I definitely need to paint more llamas, but don't know anyone who owns them (other than Snicker's family!). Feel free to send me introductions and/or llama muse nominations via email.

I know, I've strayed from the Dog a Day path. I promise a dog painting tomorrow.

Thanks in advance for sharing my artwork with your friends and family,
Kim


"Mug Shots" is now live !!

Another hat I wear is Director of the Canine Art Guild.

The CAG is an international group of 134 artists dedicated to painting/sculpting/drawing/
photographing or otherwise creating artwork featuring dogs (no surprises there regarding my affiliation, eh?!).

And we've recently "opened" our latest online exhibition, titled "Mug Shots." Over 70 pieces celebrating faces of infamy.



And cast your vote for the People's Choice.

Tuesday, April 12, 2011

Updo II, Painted Sketch


"Updo II," painted sketch on multimedia artboard, 8" x 10", part of the Daily Paintworks Weekly Challenge.

SOLD.

So I learned that these are Polish Hens, and apparently they are a popular favorite among chicken afficianados. Thanks to all who shared their avian knowledge!

Hang this sketch on your wall for $99 - or take both ladies(Updo I and II) for $169.

I wonder if there's a future in Painting a Chicken a Day.....

Thanks in advance for sharing my artwork with your friends and family,
Kim
The Chick Queen

Alecia Underhill and I corresponded last night, and so now I am able to share - with her blessings - one of her chick paintings that I love so very much.

"Glamour Chick," the above oil painting, is 30" x 40" - talk about a wicked fun focal point for a room!!

And if you have smaller walls (or crowded ones like mine!), Alecia offers reproductions in a variety of sizes (including a whopping 36" x 48"!!).

You are invited to hang with Alecia at her website and fall in love with some of her other paintings.

thanks!!
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