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, October 31, 2011

Dagan


 

"Dagan," 4" x 6", commissioned portrait of my favorite kind of kitty to paint - calico! -  acrylic on panel, private collection (THANK YOU!).

 
Actually, I can't really say that calicos are my actual favorites, because I also totally dig on painting black cats. And all the stripes in tabbys are so much fun. And white kitties that aren't really white - they are pink and yellows and lavenders. And then there are seal points and tuxedos and multi-toed and manxes (love those tailless butts) and .....

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



Commissions & Inquiries

 
I always accept commissions - it's just a matter of how far out I am scheduled.

 
As of this posting, I am booking daily portraits for early December of this year. My cutoff date for holiday gifts is December 15th. 

 
But never fear! If you want to gift a portrait and my calendar is full, may I suggest a gift certificate?! These go over really well because the recipient can be involved in the process.

 
Meanwhile, just as an FYI (because inquiries are coming in faster than I can respond):

 
Sketches start at $49
Paintings start at $209

 
All work is priced based on complexity of design and overall size.

 
I promise to respond to your emails as quickly as possible, in the order received.

 
Thanks so much for your patience!
 
 
 

Friday, October 28, 2011

Marley




"Marley," 6" square, commissioned black cat painting, acrylic on panel, private collection (THANK YOU!).

Marley is going to make one heck of a Christmas gift!! His painting, that is. The real Marley wouldn't go so well for sitting still under the tree all wrapped up....

What's been going on in the studio?
  • Lots of book work - fact checking, proofing and design
  • Prepping paintings to go to an exhibition
  • Fielding inquiries and emails (see sidebar)
  • Editing an article for publication
  • Breaking into the Halloween candy stash (but don't tell the kids!)

Hope you have a spectacular weekend!!

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



Commissions & Inquiries

I always accept commissions - it's just a matter of how far out I am scheduled.

As of this posting, I am booking daily portraits for early December of this year. My cutoff date for holiday gifts is December 15th. 

But never fear! If you want to gift a portrait and my calendar is full, may I suggest a gift certificate?! These go over really well because the recipient can be involved in the process.

Meanwhile, just as an FYI (because inquiries are coming in faster than I can respond):
Sketches start at $49
Paintings start at $209

All work is priced based on complexity of design and overall size.

I promise to respond to your emails as quickly as possible, in the order received.

Thanks so much for your patience!

Thursday, October 27, 2011

Chanel, A Painted Sketch


 

"Chanel," a commissioned painted sketch, image approximately 3-1/2" x 6" and roughly centered on an 8" x 10" multimedia artboard, acrylics on paper, private collection (THANK YOU!).


It's been a loooong day, and I still have over 100 emails to get through. Tis the season, and I thrive on this sort of stuff!!

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

Wednesday, October 26, 2011

I Never Saw a Purple Cow


 
I never saw a purple cow.
I never hope to see one.
But I can tell you anyhow
I'd rather see than be one. 
-Gelette Burgess

 

"I Never Saw A Purple Cow," acrylic painting on panel, inspired by a photograph taken by Douglas Nelson (and used with his permission, thank you Doug !!), 6" square, $299 to the first one asking nicely.

 
Actually, I totally want to be the purple cow. Because that cow creates wonder and makes others smile. 

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



 
Using Photo References

 
Because the animals I paint rarely hold their poses long enough in the studio and leave a HUGE mess behind, I rely on photographs for the bulk of my work.

 
But that doesn't mean that I copy the photos religiously. Nor does it mean I can't take artistic liberties. I freely move things about, taking the essence of the photograph and turning it into a stronger message.

 
I mean, there's already this way fun photo, so why reproduce it exactly? Why not take it up a level? Or at least try?

 
That's my thinking, at least.

 
REMINDER: Don't use other peeps' pics without permission. That's breaking the law!!

 
 
 

Monday, October 24, 2011

Wrigley, A Painted Sketch


 
 
 

"Wrigley," a commissioned portrait and painted sketch of a Chesapeake Bay Retriever. The image is approximately 5-1/2" x 3", roughly centered on an 8" x 10" piece of multimedia artists paper, and shortly headed out to his new home (THANK YOU!).

 
HOWEVER - this one is an intended Christmas gift - there can't be that many CBRs names Wrigley, so if you know him/his family, "mums" the word, ok? Otherwise, you'll get me in big trouble!!

 
There are a few pre-holiday commissioned spots left - if you act quickly, I can schedule your gift giving on my calendar. Just let me know, as I am not a mind-reader!!


I love to paint friendly, gregarious dogs as though they are dripping with color. It suites their likenesses very well, don't you think?

 
Last week I added a few new colors to my palette,** and Wrigley's luscious, wet coat gave me the perfect excuse to play with all of them. My new favorite has to be Medium Magenta - it's a great warm pink that adds life to browns and reds.

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

 
**I work with what is called a Limited Palette, which means I set the same colors out every day for each of my paintings. I've written about the value of working in a limited palette previously on my blog.



Ebooks Now Available!

 
Every year I publish a volume highlighting my daily paintings and other studio events. To date, I have authored three:

 

 
These books can be ordered in traditional bound volumes or inNEW!! (and very affordable) ebook formats. 

 
They are only $9.99 each - yes, it's much lower than the printed volumes, but the information is entirely the same. 

 
Also.....

 
I'm continuing to edit and put finishing touches on the newest book of daily pet portraits, titled simply Cheers (2010).

 
And I'm fine tuning a children's book of color, titled A Dog Named Blue.

 
It is my goal to get both of these books out - via printed volumes AND ebook formats - in time for holiday gift giving.

 
Watch this blog for publishing date announcements!
 
 
 
 

Friday, October 21, 2011

Little Man Mirk, A Painted Sketch


 
 
 

"Little Man Mirk," a painted sketch, of a rescued corgi mix. This image is approximately 4" or so, roughly centered on a piece of multimedia artists paper. I think this piece is sold, but if you are interested, let me know!!

 
I've got lots of emails to answer today, so will keep this post short and sweet, just like our little man above.

 
Happy weekend!!

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

Thursday, October 20, 2011

Sigh, A Gratitude Painting


 
 
 

"Sigh," from "The Gratitude Series,"** 10" x 6-1/2", portrait of a silvery Great Dane Pup, done in Golden Open Acrylics on a Raymar panel, $449. And since the muse for this painting hailed from Ohio Great Dane Rescue, proceeds from the sale of this painting will benefit them. Inquiries may come to moi.

 
I had an entirely different concept when I set up to paint today. I wanted the pup smaller on the canvas, with her entire body draped sveltly across the painting. But each time I blocked her in, she wanted to be bigger. I'd rub her out and start over, and every time she returned, she was flowing over the edges.

 
So I stopped fighting, and just let her be.
 

This will be another of my entries for this year's Canine Art Guild's "Helping Paws: All Creatures Great and Small" exhibition. This is an online show that supports animal welfare through the artists' philanthropy (each piece's sale benefits a specific animal welfare group) and awards (cash prizes go not to the artist, but to the animal welfare groups).

 
The online show will go live in December, but meanwhile I am getting my entries ready. I'm looking for one more muse; they have to be a rescued pet hailing from a 501c rescue group that is still functioning. You may email non-flash photos to me for consideration - and THANK YOU!!

 
Meanwhile, don't forget - grownUPs Journalling class tonite at Little Monsters in downtown Lake Orion, 6-8pm.

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

 
PS In-process shots of "Sigh" are on the studio's Facebook page.

 
**"The Gratitude Series" of paintings stars rescued animals who have found new homes. Proceeds from the sale of these paintings (including reproductions) are earmarked to support the groups that gave the animals a second - sometimes a third - chance at life.
 
 


In Memory of K9 Cade

 
Last summer, Burton (Michigan) police dogCade was killed in an accident. In his memory, multiple groups in this community have rallied together, hosting a fundraiser tomorrow evening.
 

Their goal? To raise $10,000 through the sale of sloppy joes and raffle tickets - just enough money to bring a new police dog to town.

 
I am proud to support this effort (my sister-in-law works for one of the organizations involved) by donating a Painting a Dog a Day gift certificate valued at $250.

 
If you are in the Flint area, you are invited tostop by and help a community help itself.

 
Thanks so much!

 


Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Journalling, Kid Style


 
 
 

I've been teaching journalling classes to kids for about 5 years now. We meet on alternate weekends in the back room at Little Monsters Toy Store (in downtown Lake Orion).

 
Not every child is comfortable expressing themselves with strict verbage or writing a la old fashioned diary-style. And many others, while interested in art, are intimidated by the idea of keeping a sketchbook.

 
But give them a blank book, some basic supplies and take all the rules away: ask them to create pages that include what they see in their head and what they experience around them, introduce basic art concepts and theory disguised as experimentation, and just get out of their way. Quickly.

 
The above is a spread from our last creative journalling session, where we painted with markers. We experimented with a variety of brands and worked on wet, dry and damp pages. We dribbled with paintbrushes, slopped and splattered, and even pushed the color about with a blow dryer.

 
This student started her page with stripes/decoration in the margins (a zentangling technique), pulling a story out of the puddled colors that ultimately developed (she saw ruby slippers and a meandering sidewalk, and then spun her own version of The Wizard of Oz).

 
In the meanwhile, she learned basic color mixing, fully embraced the idea of working in layers and was pleasantly surprised by the art of accidental markmaking.

 
My next kids' class (aged 5-15) is this Sunday, from 2-3.Let me know if you have a student who would be interested.
 

And I've got a grownUPs class this Thursday, same place, 6-8pm.

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



On Line Classes

 
I am asked nearly every day if I have considered putting journalling class content online. The answer is a resounding yes.

 
It's just a matter of working out the logistics.

 
Which sounds like a great project for the winter months.

 
Meanwhile, I encourage you to visit Dawn Devries Sokol's** website - she's gearing up for NaNoJouMo in November (National Nonstop Journalling Month) and will offer a month's worth of prompts to get you started. And I believe she's also got a class that will carry you journalling through the holidays, too.

 
And if you are interested in doing more journalling research, I have an entire bookshelf of recommendations over on GoodReads.com .

 
**Dawn's one of those artists responsible for getting me hooked on journalling. I've taken a number of her classes and always had a good time!
 
 
 
 
 

Monday, October 17, 2011

Peek and Boo, Finished


 
 
 
 

"Peek and Boo," 10" square, portrait of two paint mares, done in Golden Open Acrylics on a Raymar panel, $489 to the first one asking nicely. Polite inquiries may come to me.

 
I blocked this painting in a couple weeks ago, but then got sidetracked with some other commissions. I had wanted to finish the horses for an exhibition, but the deadline came and went and there just wasn't enough hours in the day. (That's the risk one takes when practicing only the best sort of procrastination.)

 
The painting got set aside until this morning when I re-discovered it inside my in-box. I have a number of canine sketches on the docket for this week, but I wanted to work on something rather challenging for today, and these two fit the bill.

 
And a challenge I got! 1/2 way through my painting session, I realized some major drawing issues, and had to resketch and re-paint the majority of the canvas. Oh, I hate it when that happens.

 
No amount of paint-pushing can ever fix a badly drawn composition. I've stopped trying to fool myself.

 
There's in process photos on the studio's facebook page - inside the Mobile Uploads folder.

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



Anonymous

 
It's happening on more and more blogs. Someone checks in, leaves an anonymous message, and then runs away.

 
Well, the running away doesn't really happen. But seriously that's what I visualize whenever I see an anonymous comment - the fact that the individual don't believe in themselves enough to sign a name undermines their message.

 
And at the same time they completely eliminate the possibility of any sort of dialogue.

 
Isn't that one of the best parts of the internet? the conversations that play out because idea sharing occurs over blurred geographic and cultural boundaries?
 
 
 

Thursday, October 13, 2011

Snowball




 

The pressure was on. After Monday's "Ready for Her Closeup" and yesterday's "Well, Hello, Gorgeous," I felt the pressure when planning today's painting.
 

And it wasn't easy, but any means. This little lady gave me a run for my money.
 

I'm still not 100% thrilled with the results, but this was a lot to tackle in one day. High key, a nearly impossible angle, and lots of motion. Not to mention, the painting was substantially larger than those I typically try to complete in one sitting.

 
The above is detail of "Snowball," a 9" x 12" portrait of a Golden Retriever (it's a detail because my scanner is 8" x 11-1/2", so there is just a fringe of margin eliminated). The painting was done in Golden Open Acrylics on Ampersand Gessobord, and will be available for purchase after I make a few more adjustments and tweaks. Email me if you are interested in purchasing Miss Snowball.

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

Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Well, Hello, Gorgeous


 
 
 

"Well, Hello, Gorgeous," 8" x 15", portrait of a mixed breed dog adopted from the Michigan Humane Society by a friend of a friend. Ruby now leads a charmed life, glowing and beautiful from the inside out.

 
Done in Golden Open Acrylics on Ampersand Gessobord, I shared multiple in process photos inside the Mobile Uploads folder on my studio's Facebook page.

 
This painting is headed to the Canine Art Guild's "Helping Paws: All Creatures Great and Small" exhibition next month. In this annual show, all the paintings feature animals that were, at one point in their lives, homeless. Proceeds from the sale of all the artwork benefits animal welfare groups around the world, and the People's Choice award goes to animal welfare as well. When Ruby's painting sells, a generous donation will be made to the Michigan Humane Society.

 
I'll share updates on the exhibition as the show dates approach, but meanwhile, enjoy Ms. Ruby!!
 
Thanks, as always, for looking at and sharing my artwork,
Kim
 
 

 
 
The Value of Daily Creativity
 
 
Tomorrow I'm giving an informal presentation on inviting creativity into your life at ArtCapsule (formerly Margot's Gallery) in Oxford, Michigan.
 

I'll be talking about the many facets of creativity - not just daily painting - and share some of the wonderful side effects of adding creativity and imagination to your life.
 

We'll also discuss structuring a regular committment in the most positive way, so that you are ensured success.

 
Come join us at 7pm at ArtCapsule (on M24, next to Sweet and Savory Bakery). I hope to see you there!

 
PS For those of you asking, this talk will eventually be published - I'm talking to editors and promise to keep you posted on the when - and where - it runs. Thanks!!
 

Tuesday, October 11, 2011

It's a Boy!!


 

"It's A Boy!! and we recovered the onsides kick, too!!"

 
 
The phone rang close to 1am today. It was my sister in law from Texas, telling me that she and my brother were coming home with their newly adopted baby boy. It had been an emotional weekend, as the birth mother took a couple days to say her goodbye. I am so grateful for this young woman's courage, and will be reminded of her bravery and depth of character every time I hear the baby's voice.

 
It doesn't feel like I got much sleep, but apparently some happened right around when my alarm was supposed to go off. The Caped Crusader woke me up - we'de all slept in, and he had 10 minutes to catch the bus.

 
So much for the leisurely french toast breakfast I was planning - today was the first day of MEAP testing. We'll see how high the kids' MEAP scores are with a plain bagel in their stomachs and the joy of a new cousin in their hearts.

 
After that sort of beginning to my day, I decided that all deadlines were off - today was going to be all about celebrating family. I cooked a killer dinner, baked for The Caped Crusader's football team, made homemade applesauce, putzed around the yard, and kept returning to the computer and the baby's photos, all before loading everyone up to go cheer on the Crusader's football team in their first away game, played under the lights.

 
Tomorrow I'll get to the paint!

 
Meanwhile, welcome to the Kelly Family, Dylan!

 
Thanks, as always, for your time,
Kim


 

The Value of Daily Creativity

 
At the risk of sounding like a complete hypocrit (after all, I did not paint today), I'd like to invite you to my talk on the value of daily creativity.

 
This coming Thursday I'll give an informal presentation on inviting creativity into your life at ArtCapsule (formerly Margot's Gallery) in Oxford, Michigan.

 
I'll be talking about the many facets of creativity - not just daily painting - and share some of the wonderful side effects of adding creativity and imagination to your life.

 
We'll also discuss structuring a regular committment in the most positive way, so that you are ensured success.

 
Come join us at 7pm at ArtCapsule (on M24, next to Sweet and Savory Bakery). I hope to see you there!
 
 
 
 

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