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, September 30, 2011

Enzo, A Painted Sketch


 
 

 

"Enzo," commissioned sketch portrait of a beautiful orange long-hair cat, image approzimately 6" x 4" and roughly centered on an 8" x 10" piece of multimedia artists paper, done in Golden Open Acrylics.

 
Another holiday gift in the making....... a rather fabulous one, if I do say so myself. Someone's going to feel extra special on Christmas morning. And someone else is going to get some major perks.

 
Thanks, as always, for looking at and sharing my paintings,
Kim

 
PAINTING WORKSHOP, October 8th, Lake Orion Michigan, 10am-4pm. Email me for additional information.


Pinterest
 

Ever found a recipe or a great DIY project online? and then you go back to try and find it and no luck?

 
Yeah, me too.

 
That's why I'm such a huge fan of the new site Pinterest.

 
It allows you to create virtual file folders of all those cool things you see online, complete with site addresses and copyright information.
 
And it's free!!

 
Come on over and check it out!

 
(I'm "ksantini" over there, just in case you want to see some of my favorite things.) 
 
 

Thursday, September 29, 2011

Mr. Waffles


 

"Mr. Waffles," commissioned portrait of a silly gray kitty, 6" square painting done in Golden Open Acrylics on Ampersand Gessobord.

 
Mr. Waffles the painting will be headed off shortly to meet the real Mr. Waffles (and the two boys who named him), but if you would like a portrait of your own Mr. Cheese let's talk. I'd be more than happy to make it happen.

 
On another note, Mr. Waffles the painting was a challenge for me. So much so that I messed up and had to wipe down my first attempt due to some drawing challenges.

 
If the drawing (call it skeleton or composition or whatever you want) isn't solid, no amount of paint can fix it.

 
The "in process" photos of Mr. Waffle's portrait are a perfect demonstration of this!

 
Thanks, as always, for looking at and sharing my paintings,
Kim

 
PAINTING WORKSHOP, October 8th, Lake Orion Michigan, 10am-4pm. Email me for additional information.
 



The Road Ahead
 

This little painting resonated with so many of you. Thanks so much for all the notes and comments - it's great to know when and why a piece connects with a viewer's heart.

 
The original painting has sold (THANK YOU!), which means that this little pup will be travelling to his new home.

 
You may order a reproduction of "The Road Ahead," and bring him into your home, too. There's also notecards available, so you can send this little one into other's homes.

 
Want something similar but with your dog instead? let me know!
 
 
 
 

Wednesday, September 28, 2011

The Road Ahead




 

"The Road Ahead," a 5" square painting done in Golden Open Acrylics on Ampersand Gessobord. Add this gem to your collection for only $239 - email me if interested.

 
No matter how shadowed the path might seem, there is much adventure to be had along the way.

 
This painting and all of today's prayer/karma/jujubes go out to those who's days are difficult. My wish for you today is an unexpected encounter that brings pure, unadulterated joy.

 
Which makes me think that I should go back into this painting and add a tiny speck of light on the wooded horizon......

 
Thanks, as always, for looking at and sharing my paintings with those you care about,
Kim

 
PAINTING WORKSHOP, October 8th, Lake Orion Michigan, 10am-4pm. Email me for additional information.
 

 

Thank You!
 

 
I really appreciate your show of support after declaring yesterday a mental health day. I was showered with emails, messages, and stories of your own.

 
I am most definitely a Type A, OCD, Over Achiever, Perfectionist sort of person. It is very difficult for me to walk away from work that has to be done (unless, that is, the work in question is housework!).

 
I thoroughly enjoyed myself, though.

 
And I'll have to remember not to wait so long for the next one.

Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Mental Health Day


 

Occasionally I discover that I need some down time. Rarely from the easel - it's all the other stuff - even buying art supplies can be stressful, especially when one mistakenly thought they had another tube of cobalt blue paint, and it's nowhere to be found and one's palette is looking all sad and feeling inadequte and stuff because there is no more cobalt blue......
 

Today I had a leisurely coffee with a new friend and fellow artist (waving hi to Laura here!!). It was wonderful to slow down and savor the beginning of the day, time where I'm usually making phone calls, fielding inquiries, and laying out my paints simultaneously.

 
And on my way home, on this gorgeous Indian Summer morning, I decided spontaneously to take today off. Not to do a million errands, but to purely make some fun.

 
Why not? My boss owes me plenty of comp time!!
 

I have a phone interview in 1/2 an hour with Deborah Wolfe of Animal Magnet Radio. But after that, I'm punching out and heading for the hills.

 
You hear me, Finnigan? Get off the couch - we're going to play frisbee. In the leaves!!

 
You have my permission to take the rest of the day off as well!! Go on, get outta here!!
Kim

 
PAINTING WORKSHOP, October 8th, Lake Orion Michigan, 10am-4pm. Email me for additional information.
 

Monday, September 26, 2011

Bathtime (Harrison's Reflection)


In Process views are on the studio Facebook page

"Bathtime (Harrison's Reflection), from the Saratoga Series, " 5" x 7", done in Golden Open Acrylics on ampersand gessobord. This original painting can be added to your collection for $289 - just ask me how!

SOLD

It seems like photographer Juliet Harrison's imagery has always turned me on. I have several of her silver gelatin prints in the studio and scattered throughout my house, and that has nothing to do with the fact that she is also a cherished friend.

The way she sees the world through her viewfinder is brilliant - and usually causes me to do a double take and look again. I mean really look. 

And when I shot the reference for this painting, she happened to be standing alongside me, taking a similar one.

I'd like to say that great minds think alike, but I'm not taking any credit for this. It's all Juliet's inspiration.

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


Mona Lisa
(aka Mo-Bug/
Buggie/Bugga-Boo)


How is it possible that 6 pounds of fur adds so much warmth and laughter to our home?

A year ago this week, we adopted a teeny tiny tabby kitten from our local shelter. It's like she's always been here.....

I just love her "sweet spot." And everything else about her.
Thanks for picking us, Mo!

Friday, September 23, 2011

Jell-O


 
 

"Jell-O," 5" x 7", commissioned portrait of a wonderful black lab mix, done in Golden Open Acrylics on ampersand gessobord.

 
I'm always saying black dogs aren't really black - and here's an example of that. Jell-Os coat is sleek and healthy and reflects color from his surroundings.

 
I could have painted him with just tubes of black and white paint, but that would have been a little boring in comparison, no?

 
Here's a secret to painting luminous shadows - don't ever use black paint.

 
Here's another tip - the lightest light in your painting is never pure white, either.

 
In Process pics (of both Jell-O and his brother Bacchus) are on the studio Facebook page inside the Mobile Uploads folder.

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

 
HAPPY WEEKEND!!
Kim
 
PAINTING WORKSHOP, October 8th, Lake Orion Michigan, 10am-4pm. Email me for additional information.
 

 
 

Journalling Classes
 
The fall Creative Journalling sessions begin this weeekend!
 
  • Kids Journalling is on specific Sundays from 2-3pm.
 
  • grownUPs Journalling meets the 3rd Thursday of each month.
 
Both classes meet at Little Monsters Toy Store in downtown Lake Orion (by the way, construction is completed, so three "WHOOPS" of joy for no detours and easy parking!).

 
Please reserve your spot by emailing in advance. This assures that I have sufficient materials and space for all wanting to attend.
 

Thanks so much!!
 

Thursday, September 22, 2011

Bacchus


 
 

"Bacchus," 5" x 7", commissioned portrait of a wonderful hound, done in Golden Open Acrylics on ampersand gessobord.

 
Bacchus and his brother Jell-O (who you'll get to meet tomorrow) were on my easel yesterday (sometimes I am on the ball enough to paint a few pieces ahead!!). 

 
I worked on the two paintings simultaneously, which assured similarities in color and mood so that the paintings, while starring two very different faces, would work well together.

 
In Process pics are on the studio Facebook page inside theMobile Uploads folder.

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

 

 
In Process

 
Every other day or so, I've begun updating thestudio's Facebook pagewith in process images of paintings on my easel.

 
The photos are shot with my smartphone at various points of progression throughout the day, and uploaded directly to Facebook in live-time without any editing/manipulation.

 
I hope that these images prompt discussion and Q&As that will help to better understand my process and all the work that goes into making the paintings.

 
For what it's worth, this "In Process" bit is meant to supplement the information shared via the Lesson Paintings. So don't worry - Lesson Paintings are not going anywhere!

 
Enjoy!
 
(and thanks for your time and attention!)
 

Tootsie


 
 

"Tootsie," 6" x 6", commissioned portrait of a dear little terrier, done in Golden Open Acrylics on ampersand gessobord.

 
Tootsie is going to a long time Dog a Day collector, a woman who found me because the prior owners of her house were also collectors of mine. JL intercepted a note to them shortly after moving in, and not soon thereafter commissioned portraits of her brood.  I've lost track of how many we've done to date, which is shameless of me, I know.

 
Meanwhile, she's been busy celebrating a milestone birthday. And getting a jump start on her holiday shopping.

 
Wanna have your cake and eat it too, while I paint for those on your shopping list? let me know!

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



 
Come Paint with Moi

 
Bring your brushes and spend the day finessing your color mixing and painting skills.

 
Our day will be broken up into a variety of exercises specifically designed to help loosen brushwork and paint with fresh color.

 
The afternoon session will provide a larger block of time to work more intensely on a pet portrait of your choosing.

 
Saturday, October 8th
Orion Art Center (Lake Orion, MI)
10am-4pm, lunch included
 

Contact me for additional details!!

Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Turquoise Calico



"Turquoise Calico," 4" x 6", done in Golden Open Acrylics on a Raymar panel, depicting a calico baby girl, $239 to the first one asking nicely.

SOLD.

I'm readying for a day-long intensive painting workshop in October, which means I am reviewing my own processes and revising the syllabus accordingly.

This will be one of the new exercises I'll share. This painting was created using only 2 paintbrushes - a 1/4" flat and a small round.

Which means the image starts out one large pool of color, slowly getting sculpted as the marks build up, creating more detailed shape and form.


Wanna learn how to paint this way, along with some other tips on mixing fresh color and keeping your brushwork lively?

Than please join me October 8th at the Orion Art Center for my "Mixing Color Not Mud" workshop. There's only a few spots left, so email for further information.

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


The Value of Daily Creativity

Next month marks the beginning of my 6th year as a daily painter. It's not been an easy road, by any means, but it's been a wonderfully rewarding one.

In conjunction with my own daily painting anniversary, I will be giving a talk here locally (meaning in Oxford, Michigan) on the value of daily creativity.

However, in the interest of not boring the audience to tears, I'd like to incorporate other disciplines into my presentation. You know, writing, singing, dancing, cooking, journalling, sewing - those sorts of things.

I encourage you to share your thoughts with me via email. Are you a daily creator? what drives 
you to make things? and what do you get from the process?

I look forward to expanding my own horizons and understanding more about the entire realm of disciplined creativity.

Please send your thoughts and ideas to me. And thanks, as always!!

Monday, September 19, 2011

Nuzzling Hope




"Nuzzling Hope," 6" x 8", done in Golden Open Acrylics on a Raymar panel. Commissioned portrait of a paint mare and foal, the latest painting in my Gratitude Series (paintings of animals who were once homeless).

Hope (the mare above) and Lucky Star (the foal) were 2 of a dozen horses rescued in Arizona this summer. Abandoned, malnourished, some injured, most suffering from foot problems/abcesses/serious infections, the horses were in rough shape.

They were moved to a clean and safe facility, Hoofbeats With Heart, where they received proper veterinary care and nourishment, among other things like feet trimmings, baths, and TLC (You can see photos on a Facebook page dedicated to the 12 horses' recovery).

All 12 have all been adopted out - what a fabulously happy ending to the story, right? Yeah, I agree!

My client, who was involved in the rescue, commissioned Hope and Lucky Star's portrait. She is donating this original painting to Hoofbeats With Heart, where the piece will be auctioned off as part of their Charity Horse Show the weekend of October 1st.

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

PS This painting sold at auction for over $3500 cash plus $1600 worth of alfalfa for the horses - how cool is that? Congratulations to the organization for recruiting such passionate bidders!!



Holiday Cards

This year I have a reliable vendor who can deliver custom notecards bearing the image of your favorite Dog a Day painting.

Whether you are mailing or gifting, these notecards will bring smiles and warm hugs to the recipient.

Order "Holiday Lights" (above), Mona Lisa's first Christmas portrait, here.

Or browse the nearly 200 images I have available here.

Don't see what you want? Shoot me an email and I'll dig it out for you!!

Thanks so much!




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