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.

Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Catch!


 
 
 

"Catch!," 9" x 14", portrait of a yellow lab, done in Golden Open Acrylics on an Ampersand Gessobord. Add this painting - and a big grin - to your collection for $599. Inquiries may come to me.

 
Despite a day fraught with interruptions - the phone, carpools, a furiously barking dog, and a myriad of other events trying to draw me astray - I finished my painting. A rather ambitious one to boot. Doesn't matter that it's the nth hour. I'm very pleased with myself.

 
Seems extra fitting that I also was reading something today about unabashedly allowing your happiness to shine. This girl has that part down - we could all take a lesson from her!

 
Meanwhile, I'm off to bed - looks like tomorrow could be a repeat of today.

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

 
COMING UP ~~ PAINTING WORKSHOP "Mixing Color Not Mud": Saturday, October 8th, at the Orion Art Center in Lake Orion MICHIGAN. Email me to get on the early bird list.

 


 

Last winter one of my Dog-a-Day paintings earned first place in a Richeson 75 exhibition. This prize came with a wonderful gift certificate towards Jack Richeson art supplies.

 
My first box arrived today, packed with a huge variety of brushes and other goodies. My fistful (above) represents just a few of my new tools. I think I'm set with brushes for a little bit......

 
Thank you, Jack Richeson & Co for your generousity! 


Tuesday, August 30, 2011

For Her Eyes Only, from The Saratoga Series


"For Her Eyes Only," 5" x 7", the latest addition to my "Saratoga Series" of paintings, portrait of a Thoroughbred Racehorse, done in Golden Open Acrylics on an Ampersand Gessobord (see my reference material below). Add this painting to your collection for $289. Inquiries may come to me.

SOLD

Yesterday, Three Chimneys Farm (a Thoroughbred racehorse breeding facility) shared a photo of a 2 year old filly on their Facebook page. I was immediately struck by her unique markings (see the skull shape in her blaze?), and wanted to paint her.

I did a little research, and discovered she was currently in Saratoga, New York - even handily won her first race yesterday!

I sent a emails to friends who were in the Saratoga area - were they planning on going to the track soon, and if so, could they keep an eye out for her?

Meanwhile, this afternoon, I pulled up my own references (I wanted to paint a gorgeous dark bay wearing a plaid cooling sheet, a horse I photographed during my recent visit to Saratoga), and what did I discover? 

Photos of For Her Eyes Only, being hotwalked after her morning bath, just ahead of that dark bay in the plaid cooling sheet.

Serendipitous, no?

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

PS Might I add that there was no attribution to the photo as originally posted on FB. With that in mind, I opted not to include it by means of anything other than a link to the source, since I had no means of acquiring permission or acknowledging the photographer.
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My (copywritten) photo, taken at Saratoga, in July 2011. 
Copyright Respect

I can hear the questions now - why didn't I just paint from the photo I first saw on Facebook?

Easy.

I didn't take the photo.

Which means I didn't have permission to use it, even if I was only using it for something derivative like a painting.

The photographer automatically owns the copyright, whether said photographer is professional or amateur. (Copyrights don't just apply to authors/artists.)

That said, I can only use photographs as reference material with explicit permission from the photographer.

No matter where I come across those images.

Magazines, blogs, websites, even Facebook, are all off limits. It doesn't need to have a copyright watermark on it to be protected, either - if you didn't take the photo yourself, it belongs to someone else.

So unless you have written permission to use a photo - or even a portion of it - steer clear.

Life is too short to spend time dealing with accusations of copyright infringement.

Monday, August 29, 2011

Dragon on the Lake Festival


 
 
 

It was an incredible weekend to be in Lake Orion, as we celebrated the Dragon who lives in our lake with a huge community wide festival.

 
Over the course of the weekend, there was a lighted boat parade, an old-tyme waterski show, artist demonstrations, dragon boat races, a rock wall, BMX and skateboard ramps/props, vendors, GEOcaching, food, beverages and all sorts of other great times.

 
Including a sidewalk chalk art contest.

 
Which my very own Princess and her friend The Fairy Goddaughter participated in (that's their smurf-blue chalk-covered feet above). They spent a day and a half creating a fabulous piece featuring a dragon of their own creation under full moon. And earned Best of Show for their age division. Color me proud.

 
And do you remember my Lesson Painting Marley vs The Dragon?  (or even the search for my dragon hunting muse?) Well my painting of the fearless Marley was chosen as honorable mention in the Dragons, Myths and Legends Exhibition at the Orion Art Center.

 
There will definitly be more chalk art in our future. And additional Dragon Slayer paintings. 

 
But right now I'm going to enjoy this last week of summer vacation. Starting with a cold beer.


Right now......

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

 
COMING UP ~~ PAINTING WORKSHOP "Mixing Color Not Mud": Saturday, October 8th, at the Orion Art Center in Lake Orion MICHIGAN. Email me to get on the early bird list.
 

Today's Agenda

 
Take The Caped Crusader to 8th grade orientation.

 
Run paperwork up to The Man Child at the high school so that he can complete his scheduling.

 
Shoot across town and take down an exhibition.

 
Head to storage unit for a quick inventory of artwork on hand. Rewrap and store all work carefully and purge items in storage unit.

 
Create list of art headed to exhibition at Seasonings Cafe and pack up.

 
Stop at bank.

 
Stop at post office and send paintings off to new homes.

 
Run dinner up to The Man Child at the high school (Marching Band practice runs until 8pm).

 
Get our dinner in the oven.

 
Race back to middle school for Football Parent Meeting, then run homebound football carpool.

 
Have dinner with the family (sans Man Child) before heading into the studio for a late nite painting session.
 
 

Friday, August 26, 2011

Callie, A Painted Sketch


 
 
 
"Callie," image approximately 6" x 5", roughly centered on an 8" x 10" artists' multimedia board. This one already has a fabulous home, just like it's cute namesake.
 

It's been a busy week here - higher than normal email volumes have kept me busy fielding inquiries (is it possible the holiday rush has already started?). The dog's needed a little extra TLC (see below), there's been football camp and back-to-school shopping, and an oddly elevated amount of laundry, too.

 
One more week of summer vacation before the school year routine commences. While I am sad to see my time with the kids end, I am also looking forward to holing up in the studio with my paints, and digging in to some fabulous new concepts I have brewing.

 
And it's football season!! The (Lake Orion) Dragons have their opening game tonite, a perfect way to usher in our Dragon on the Lake festival this weekend.

 
Hope you have a glorious time doing whatever it is that floats your boat. And if your boat is being floated by Irene, please wear your lifejackets and stay safe.

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

 
 
COMING UP ~~ PAINTING WORKSHOP "Mixing Color Not Mud": Saturday, October 8th, at the Orion Art Center in Lake Orion MICHIGAN. Email me to get on the early bird list.




Poor, Poor Finnigan

 
We think he was stung earlier in the week (we are battling zombie-wasps in our yard - they refuse to die!!). Right on the end of his cute widdle nose.

 
And overnight he rubbed the darned thing raw. And then it got infected. And he rubbed it some more.

 
It was a vicious cycle.

 
Peroxide and some soothing (and non-toxic) rose petal balm just didn't do the trick, so Finni got "coned," which displeased him to no end.

 
He's not used to measuring the width of things he tries to dash through (like between the chairs under the kitchen table), and had to learn to arch his neck in order to pick up a toy from the floor. 

 
And I'm sporting ridiculous curved bruises on the backs of my shins......

 
Meanwhile the kitten has taken advantage of his reduced "reach" to ambush his back end regularly.

 
At least it's entertaining around here!
 
 

Thursday, August 25, 2011

Squared, A Painted Sketch


 
 
 

"Squared," image approximately 3-1/2" square, roughly centered on an 8" x 10" artists' multimedia board. This sketch can be yours for $59 plus s&h. Inquiries may come to me
  
 
Thanks, as always, for looking at and sharing my paintings with your friends and family,
Kim
 
 
COMING UP ~~ PAINTING WORKSHOP "Mixing Color Not Mud": Saturday, October 8th, at the Orion Art Center in Lake Orion MICHIGAN. Email me to get on the early bird list.
 


What's the difference between a painted sketch and a painting?

 
Great question!

 
Painted sketches are done in acrylics on paper, more loosely detailed, a little whimsical. They must be displayed behind glass. Their size (rarely larger than 9" x 12") and complexity depend entirely on your budget. They start at $49.

 
Paintings are done on museum quality panels, carry more detail and density of color (comparatively speaking), and are also priced based on size and complexity. Paintings come with a varnish and are rigid enough to be displayed on a table easel or leaning on a shelf. A 4" square miniature painting starring one animal is $209 - prices go up from there.

 
Visuals usually help, too.

 
See some sketches.

 
And some paintings.

 
Can't make up your mind? Let me do it for you!! Email me for advice on your project.

 
 
 

Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Twilight, A Painted Sketch


 
 
 

"Twilight," image approximately 6" x 7" roughly centered on a 9" x 12" mounted artists' multimedia board. This is a commissioned portrait of two dogs, one in the twilight of his life, the other a sage youngster comparatively speaking. Done in Golden Open Acrylics. A special thank you to my new collector SB, who's been planning and waiting patiently for her painting.

 
Marley (the Beagle) had been scheduled for a single portrait but when his Mom shared a remarkable photo of Marley and little (bigger) sister Billie slowly ambling off together, the concept for his painting changed completely.

 
He left this world peacefully in July, at the ripe old age of 15.

 
I just love how this composition sums up his relationship with his family. Always at their side.
 

Thanks, as always, for looking at and sharing my paintings with your friends and family,
Kim
 
 
COMING UP ~~ PAINTING WORKSHOP "Mixing Color Not Mud": Saturday, October 8th, at the Orion Art Center in Lake Orion MICHIGAN. Email me to get on the early bird list.
 

 

What's the difference between a painted sketch and a painting?

 
Great question!

 
Painted sketches are done in acrylics on paper, more loosely detailed, a little whimsical. They must be displayed behind glass. Their size (rarely larger than 9" x 12") and complexity depend entirely on your budget. They start at $49.

 
Paintings are done on museum quality panels, carry more detail and density of color (comparatively speaking), and are also priced based on size and complexity. Paintings come with a varnish and are rigid enough to be displayed on a table easel or leaning on a shelf. A 4" square miniature painting starring one animal is $209 - prices go up from there.

 
Visuals usually help, too.

 
See some sketches.

 
And some paintings.

 
Can't make up your mind? Let me do it for you!! Email me for advice on your project.
 
 
 

Tuesday, August 23, 2011

Family Portrait


 
 
 

"Family Portrait," 12" x 12", commissioned portrait of two Jack Russell Terriers, done in Golden Open Acrylics on an Ampersand Gessobord. This one's not for sale - it's already headed to a new home.

 
And I'm not really sure how much of a background story I can share about these two. Let's just say that one of the parents is deployed, and the portrait will be a huge birthday surprise for the other stateside parent.

 
Please help keep this a secret if you think you know the two muses. And thank you!

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

 
 
COMING UP ~~ PAINTING WORKSHOP "Mixing Color Not Mud": Saturday, October 8th, at the Orion Art Center in Lake Orion MICHIGAN. Email me to get on the early bird list.
 

 

Finnigan says "OMG, YES!! she does one of these
 every day..... I'm so over this. Why can't we just play
 frisbee 24/7? Now THAT would be epic....."

 
Some days I paint to my own drum, and some days I paint commissioned pieces. I try to keep an even balance during the year.
 

But as the holidays approach, there are more commissions and less "my own drum" sorts of paintings.


Just because of the demand.

 
Which starts up about now.

 
So, if you are thinking about commissioning a portrait or ordering a gift certificate as a holiday gift, let's start that conversation now.

 
Because right now I can say yes.

 
Who knows what that answer will be in a couple of weeks.

 
 
 

Monday, August 22, 2011

Roxy


 

"Roxy," 8" x 10", portrait of a little black French Bulldog, done in Golden Open Acrylics on an Ampersand Gessobord. This one's not for sale - she's already got a most excellent home.

 
However, I know there will be those wanting something similar, so just email me and we'll put together a killer project just for you.

 
This is the live demonstration painting I did on Saturday atRaining Cats and Dogs in Frankenmuth, Michigan. I moved a good hunk of my studio onto their front porch, and set up for an idyllic day of pushing color about and chatting it up with passers-by.

 
For the record, I am so pleased that they invited me to hang my artwork in their store AND allowed me to come work with them for a day. I can't wait to do it again. 
 

If you didn't make it up this weekend, that's ok - my work is there indefinately, and I will regularly bring up new paintings, too. 10% of all sales (including commissioned portraits!) made through them will be donated to animal shelters/rescue groups in the Frankenmuth area, too. 

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

 
OH YEAH - "Ladybugs" has sold (thanks to collector AT!!), which means reproductions are now available on FineArtAmerica. And the same goes with "Whiskery Clyde" (welcome to new collector BK!!) - get your repros here.

 
COMING UP ~~ PAINTING WORKSHOP "Mixing Color Not Mud": Saturday, October 8th, at the Orion Art Center in Lake Orion MICHIGAN. Email me to get on the early bird list.
 
 

 

Just a few pics from the weekend.....

 

At first I set up on the porch, but it was literally raining cats and dogs, and they kindly brought me inside (ironically next to the Thundershirts).......

 

 

Where I was teased with displays of colorful leashes and great gifts for nearly everyone I knew......
 

Friday, August 19, 2011

Kittyscape


 

"Kittyscape," 6" x 12", another Gratitude Painting, a portrait of my little Mona Lisa, done in Golden Open Acrylics on an Ampersand Gessobord. Proceeds from this painting (and all Mona's others) will be donated to my local shelter (from whence she hailed). Inquiries may come to me.

 
In order to keep the emails short but sweet (that reminds me I have a Whatchamacallit candy bar tucked in my desk... yum!), I'm moving Lesson Paintings onto the studio FB page. There's multiple images of this one in process, along with some random notes of mine, over there.

 
Let me know what you think about this arrangement - it's all about keeping you happy!! 

 
Also, getcher Mona-Bug fix here - where you can view all the paintings of the Buglet to date.
 

Thanks, as always, for looking at and sharing my paintings with your friends and family,
Kim
 
 
COMING UP ~~ PAINTING WORKSHOP "Mixing Color Not Mud": Saturday, October 8th, at the Orion Art Center in Lake Orion MICHIGAN. Email me to get on the early bird list.
 


 
Corrections
 

There were some anatomical problems with one of the horses in my painting from last week titled "Morning Banter." I've corrected this and made a few other adjustments to the painting, and I am so much happier with it!
 

The original is available for purchase - click here to see a larger jpg of the painting and get additional information.

 
You can also order notecards (of this painting and a mess of others - take a peek at the site!!).

 
THANKS!!

 
ALSO A REMINDER: I'll be painting live tomorrow at Raining Cats and Dogs on Main Street in Frankenmuth from 1-5. Stop on by and introduce yourself!
 
 
 
 

Thursday, August 18, 2011

Ladybugs


Once this original painting sells, I'll make reproductions (notecards and giclees) available in my FineArtAmerica storefront.


"Ladybugs," 12" square, a portrait of two Great Dane little ladies, done in Golden Open Acrylics on an Ampersand Gessobord. These pups hail from a recent litter rescued by Ohio Great Dane Rescue (OGDR) and the painting is the latest addition to my Gratitude series.

There is a short wait list for "Ladybugs," and I am working through those in the order received. If you would like an option to purchase them, please send me an email. I have a feeling that this painting, like the puppies, will find a wonderful home in no time at all.

SOLD.

If you didn't see them yesterday, some in process pics are on the studio Facebook page.

I'm off to lead my grownUP journallers in tonite's workshop - we are playing with graphite and watercolors, which should be a good time.

Meanwhile, who to paint tomorrow? decisions, decisions.....

Thanks, as always, for looking at and sharing my paintings with your friends and family,
Kim
COMING UP ~~ PAINTING WORKSHOP "Mixing Color Not Mud": Saturday, October 8th, at the Orion Art Center in Lake Orion MICHIGAN. Email me to get on the early bird list.






So you blew off my opening last Saturday night, and look what you missed.......

Gallery 194 invited the Romeo Guild of Art to hang a group show this month.

If you get a chance, please swing by  - it is a fabulous exhibit deep with talent from some of my favorite Michigan artists like (we're in no particular order, guys, so don't even think about giving me grief!) Ken Taylor, Barb and Don Clay, Sharon Will, Sue Kwolek, Don Wieland, Jan Filarski, Janet Almstead-Davison, Robert Fionda and Laura Gabriel. Just to name a few.

There was live music, most excellent food and drinks and Mother Nature even provided a spectacular thunderstorm.

And I learned that "A Gentle Breeze", pictured above, earned 2nd Place. On top of that, another of my pieces sold (thank you very much to new collector EW).

My sincerest thanks to the staff at Gallery 194 for this opportunity.

And next time, peeps, come on out to the party!! You're always invited!!

Wednesday, August 17, 2011

Ladybugs, In Process


   


"Ladybugs," an in process painting of two Great Dane pups from Ohio Great Dane Rescue (OGDR), and the latest addition to my Gratitude Paintings series. This piece is 12" square, and will be available for purchase when completed (tomorrow?), with the proceeds going to OGDR.

If you are interested in purchasing "Ladybugs," I suggest you get in line now by sending me an email. I have this feeling that these girlies won't be around for long.


SOLD.

And yes, I know that the general idea is that I complete a painting each day.

HOW-EV (said with attitude - my kids are teaching ME stuff these days!), some paintings demand more than a day's effort, and these two darlings asked nicely for extra time. How could I say no? they are behaving so well in the studio. The ladybugs, on the other hand.....

A few in process pics are on the studio Facebook page, if you are interested.

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

COMING UP ~~ PAINTING WORKSHOP "Mixing Color Not Mud": Saturday, October 8th, at the Orion Art Center in Lake Orion MICHIGAN. Email me to get on the early bird list.


Just a few of the things happening around these parts:

THURS: grownUPs Journalling at Little Monsters in Lake Orion, Michigan, 6-8pm

SAT: Live paint demonstration at Raining Cats and Dogs in Frankenmuth, Michigan, 1-5pm

SUN: The Man Child leaves for camp, which means I'm down 1 kid for the week

NEXT TUES: final kids journalling class of the summer at Little Monsters in Lake Orion, 6-7:30

NEXT WED: Football Camp begins for The Caped Crusader - another kid gone!

NEXT THURS: Wild celebrations scheduled as The Princess and I take over the house

Email me to reserve a spot at either of the journalling classes. Next Thursday's wild celebration, however, is a private party.
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