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, November 30, 2012

Come On In, The Water's Perfect

"Come On In, The Water's Perfect," the newest Water Dog painting, 12" square, depicting a Great Pyranees in a wading pool, acrylics on a museum quality panel, $599 (unframed) to the first one asking nicely.

But you have to ask nicely inside the span of a week, because otherwise I'm shipping this painting to Sheldon Fine Art in Naples, Florida. There it'll get framed up beautifully and snatched up, soon, too, I imagine.

Lots of in-process photos are available on the studio Facebook page.

Kim, who is off to dig out Christmas decorations and start decking her halls

Thursday, November 29, 2012

Repose (Sacha)


"Repose," 5" x 7," depicting a friend's golden retriever lounging in her studio, acrylics on a museum quality panel. Sacha's portrait is headed to an exhibition, so not immediately available for purchase.

However, if you must have him (and I know how that is!) shoot me an emailand I'll put you in touch with the exhibition coordinators.

And if you would like to order notecards or reproductions, you can do so here.

This painting went through some interesting changes - first a striped couch, then a solid pink cushion, before finally settling on a vintage pineapple pattern. After all, pineapples represent hospitality and friendliness, and who's better at making you feel welcome than golden retrievers? You can view photographs of the painting's progress and comment or ask questions on the studio Facebook page.

Kim, who is thinking of sprucing up her front entrance to make it more "pineapple" like as the colder weather creeps in

Wednesday, November 28, 2012



"Dexie," 6" x 8," a chocolate labrador retriever portrait done in acrylics on a museum quality panel, headed to a private collection (THANK YOU!!).
However, let me know if you would like something similar starring your own best friend. It's too late to book a portrait for the year's end, but I can totally hook you up with a gift certificate. Or a killer Valentine's gift - think about THAT!!
You can view in process pics of Dexie's portrait on the studio's Facebook page - I update in process pics of whatever's on my easel at least several days each week.

Discipline is hard this time of year. I am preparing ideas for new works to exhibit in 2013, yet I have to stay focused and work on commissioned pieces and bide my time.
I'm itching to spend a couple days painting my own concepts, though, and it'll be here sooner than we realize.


Kim, who is imagining swirls of color and swaths of light on large, bright surfaces

Tuesday, November 27, 2012



"Phoebe," 9" x 12," a posthumous portrait done in acrylics on a museum quality panel, depicting a beloved companion. Phoebe's painting has a home, thank you, butlet me know if you would like something similar starring your own best friend.

You can view in process pics of Phoebe's portrait on the studio's Facebook page - I started her yesterday afternoon (November 26th, 2012)

While it's no secret that I love saturated color, I also love the challenge of working tonally in softer hues. Phoebe's portrait gave me a perfect excuse to hone my modeling skills using subtle tonal and temperature shifts.

And lots of room for abstracted brushwork, too.

Now I'm off to drive The Princess to ballet class,
Kim, who is remembering the dozens of white-on-white still lifes she painted to learn subtle value shifts and the Color of White 


Photo references are merely a starting point. They do not provide all the information needed to create a lifelike portrait - that is up to the artist! Besides, if we already have this fabulous photo, why try and recreate it meticulously?

When I paint, I use the photos to gather my likeness, then put them away, and complete the painting using my own resources - visual memory (relying on actual real-life scenarios of similar subjects) and creative license (enhancing color and modifying non-likeness specific details to improve upon the composition).

Like that smidge of pink at the bottom edge? Totally intentional. It creates a dramatic triangle stretching across the painting (the ears to the bottom center) that roughly corresponds with the cat's body shape (face and stretched out legs) and perfectly frames her face, underlining the focal point.


Monday, November 26, 2012

December Desktop Calendar


And into the holiday season we rush..... but stop! Wait a minute - get yourself a cup of tea and sit and simmer. Savor all the delights that the end of the year brings - music, tastes, rituals. Enjoy some down time for yourself - make that your gift!

And Nita, well, she'll fetch snowballs anytime!!

To implement this month's desktop calendar, simply download the file directly from my website. I've set up a couple different ways to do this, either via the photo album or a direct link.

I am by no means an expert on the variety of operating systems, so I highly recommend that if you don't know how to change your desktop wallpaper, don't email me for advice. Instead consult your computer's help files - they will be more concise, more knowledgeable and more responsive than I could ever hope to be. 

I've sized this to fit a standard screen height of 768 - I realize there are lots of variables that could impact how the file displays on your screen. Let me know if, once you get the file installed, there are display quality issues (keep in mind, too, that options such as "stretching to fit," "tiling" and "cropping" will impact your display, so check those first!).

Meanwhile, enjoy that mug of tea and whatever this month brings you, celebrate with your whole heart!! 

Friday, November 23, 2012

Revised and Completed

The last week I both revised and completed paintings I had previously shared, so I thought I would provide updates.

"Poppy," 8" x 12", got a patterned blanket as opposed to the plain one I originally included. This painting is available for $529 - interested parties can email me.

"Bear," 11" x 15," got a fine spray of water droplets and reflections added to his composition. Bear's painting has a home - stay tuned for reproductions and notecards, which I will make available next week.

I'm signing off for the week to maximize my family time. I hope you are able to enjoy the things you cherish this weekend as well.

Happy Thanksgiving,
Kim, who is salivating right now over the promise of corn bread and sausage stuffing

Tuesday, November 20, 2012


IN PROCESS:  "Bear," from the "Water Dogs" series, 11" x 15," done in acrylics on a museum quality panel, depicting a golden retriever. A very wet golden retriever. This painting is already spoken for, but let's talk about doing more water dogs - email me.

You can view in process pics of Bear's portrait on the studio's Facebook page.

I will finish Bear later tonite (and you can follow that on FBtonite as it unfolds, too, so pour a glass of wine for yourself and join me) - but I'm dashing off shortly for carpool (this is hopefully my last school carpool for a bit as The Caped Crusader potentially gets a walking boot/cast on Friday!!) and post office (am sending three paintings to new homes) and ballet (sigh. I love that The Princess dances and I adore the group of young ladies that she dances with). 

Toodle Loo,
Kim, who compromised by listening to Swan Lake AND The Nutcracker in the studio today..... 

PS Fast forward 7 hours and you have the final version.....

Monday, November 19, 2012

Nikki and Yori

"Nikki and Yori," 12" x 16," done in acrylics on a museum quality panel, depicting a chow mix and a German Shepherd Dog. This is a commissioned portrait, and as such, is heading to a new home next week. However, inquiries on how you can get something similar may cometo me.

I started this one a little before 11 am (and that doesn't count the groundwork done prior to picking up the brushes, learning about the animals' personalities, reviewing photos, and putting a composition together) and just signed it a little bit ago. Granted, there was a break to pick the kids up from school and to inhale some dinner, but for the most part, this painting was done in one sitting.

One nearly 11 hour sitting.

Add the 2 hours of computer work I did earlier, and that's an honest day's work!!

I LOVE days like this, and have enough adrenaline to start another painting tonite, but think I'll punch out and spend some time with a cup of tea and a good book. Just as insurance that I won't be entirely crabby and miserable tomorrow.

Kim, who is wondering if it's too soon to start playing The Nutcracker in the studio..... 

Friday, November 16, 2012


"Poppy," 8" x 12," done in acrylics on a museum quality panel, depiting a yellow lab, dreaming of no-place-like-home. This painting is available for $529 to the first one asking nicely. 

And if nobody snags this painting as is, I may change that drape to green......

In process pics - lots of them - are on the studio's Facebook page. Feel free to comment - ask about my process (arbitratray and unpremeditated) or what sort of music I was listening to (Rickie Lee Jones) or whatever you wish (coconut macaroons).

Happy weekend,
Kim, who is already cheering the LOHS Dragon football team on, even though the state semi-finals game is tomorrow afternoon

PS I woke up on Saturday (the day after I posted this) and decided I wasn't happy with the drape being the same color scheme (roughly) as Poppy, so I repainted it. I also modified the front of the couch so that it wasn't in such a flat shadow zone. I am MUCH happier with the painting - what do you think?

Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Yoshi, A Painted Sketch


"Yoshi," a painted sketch, roughly 4" x 5" on a 9" x 12" sheet of bristol board, done in acrylics, blood, sweat and tears. This piece is in a private collection - thank you very much!

Fabulous date last nite with My Better Half and the Amazing Amanda Palmer. And tonite we have another date, this time with the Lake Orion High School Drumline Parent Corps (in other words, the parent volunteers).

Tomorrow I'm filming an interview at a local cable channel and delivering a couple paintings for an in-home audition before leading my wonderful group of grownUP Journallers in our last gathering of the year.

Wild and crazy stuff happening around these parts!!

Kim, who is nearly finished with the book Gone Girl and isn't quite sure how to follow it up

Tuesday, November 13, 2012

Hard at Work


I didn't make it to the easel today. Sometimes days just work out that way, despite good intentions. But instead of pining for what I didn't get done, here's what I DID get accomplished:

  • Packed three paintings off to new homes and shipped a half dozen to gallerys in New York and Naples
  • Invoiced sales and booked new commissions
  • Fielded inquiries for new projects
  • Draftied an outline for Thursday's cable show interview (I will be on a local cable show which is filming in 2 days)
  • Began collecting materials and reviewing my lesson plan for Thursday evening's grownUPs journaling workshop
  • Placed a supplies order
  • Got a much needed haircut - I've had a ponytail for the last 6 months!!
  • Actually took a lunch break and spent an hour reading - gasp! - a non-art book (Gone Girl, for those who must know, and a title I simply cannot put down)

So tomorrow I get to paint all day long. That is, if I can get through enough paperwork tonite. And that might be a stretch, because My Better Half and I are off on a date. And I may have to finish Gone Girl and learn what happens to Amy and Nick......

Kim, who is trying to get used to having bangs

Monday, November 12, 2012

Leia and The General, A Painted Sketch

"Leia and The General," image approximately 12" x 7" roughly centered on a 17" x 14" piece of bristol board, done in acrylics. This special commission will be headed soon to a new home (thank you so very much!).

It's not every Monday I get to paint Princess Leia and The General. I'm just saying.

Kim, who is grateful for her little Star Wars jaunt today, but also for the sacrifices of the millions of men and women who put their lives on hold to protect my freedoms. And the freedoms of my family. There is no compensation for that, but my heart is trying.

Friday, November 09, 2012

Maggie Kitten, A Painted Sketch

"Maggie Kitten," image approximately 10" x 5" roughly centered on a 12" x 9" piece of bristol board, done in acrylics, depicting little Maggie and her spotted belly, Private collection.

I suspect Maggie's painting will quickly become a favorite, so I loaded her up onto FineArtAmerica, where you can order reproductions and notecards.

There's lots of other paintings there, too (I have well over 200). I recently added a gallery exclusively for images new to the site, to make it easier for regular visitors to see what's changed.

And if you don't see what you want, let me know - I'll be happy to add it if I can!

Enjoy your weekend,
Kim, who is grateful to have another opportunity this evening to hear the Lake Orion Marching Band play (did you hear they placed 2nd in the State last weekend?!!). Oh yeah, and to watch some excellent high school football before and after their show, too - how lucky am I?

Thursday, November 08, 2012

Incoming, Finished

"Incoming," 11" x 14", acrylics on a museum quality panel, depicting two labrador retriever pups, black and yellow, available for $599 to the first one asking nicely. Inquiries may come to me.


Lots of in process pics and a conversation about the painting are here, on the studio Facebook page.

I'm looking for more water dog muses - Sheldon will be needing fresh paintings in the new year! You can email your photos to me with absolutely no obligation to make a purchase.

Now I'm off to work on the two commissioned sketches I should have started yesterday.

Kim, who is becoming far too good at procrastination

Water Dogs

I couldn't be more thrilled to share that Sheldon Fine Arts in Naples Florida will be representing my artwork beginning in December 2012.

Sheldon will be exhibiting a sampling of my Water Dogs paintings, similar to "Incoming," pictured at right. They also can discuss commissioned portraits, paintings that go beyond a mere likeness.

If you are in the southern Florida area, please stop by Sheldon Fine Arts, thank them again on my behalf, and welcome them to the fold.

Wednesday, November 07, 2012

Incoming, In Process


"Incoming," 11" x 14", acrylics on a museum quality panel, depicting two labrador retriever pups, black and yellow, available for $599 to the first one asking nicely. Inquiries may come to me.

And in process pics are here, on the studio Facebook page.

It was a wonderfully rich day, starting with breakfast with my boys (Wednesdays are late starts at our high school, and our ritual is going out to breakfast), and ending with a revelry of music (we started with a guitar lesson and tied things up over flute practice). 

And I chose a marvelously complex painting to complete today - I may not finish till after midnite, but I haven't felt this alive in a long time.

Was it starting my day with the asiago bagel warm from the oven and a hazelnut coffee? getting serenaded with astounding gee-tar picking skills? packing lunches while the kids debated chocolate chip pancakes vs peanut butter cookies?

Who knows? I'm loving it, though.

Kim, who's vote is solidly peanut butter cookies. The warm, soft ones, of course.

Tuesday, November 06, 2012



In case you've been living in a cave, it's Election Day here in the US.

It doesn't matter who or what you vote for - what matters is that you vote.

Our country is far from perfect, but we are lucky enough to have a say in choosing our leadership and helping steer the future.

Don't waste your shot! Getcher butt to the polls before they close,
Kim, who is looking forward to no more automated political phone calls starting tomorrow

Monday, November 05, 2012

Toby, Sketched

"Toby," sketch done in acrylic on bristol board, approximately 4" x 6" roughly centered on a 9" x 12" page, depiciting a Sheltie, commissioned and in a private collection (THANK YOU!).

I came into the studio in my jammies this morning and started sketching. It's been productive, going directly to the easel instead of the computer. My brain wasn't yet weighed down with a to do list - maybe this is the new routine I'm searching for.

If you want a commissioned sketch like Toby's, they are only available until the end of this year.

Don't know what the difference is between a sketch and a portrait?

A sketch is a small study, done with very loose brushwork, often enclosed in a rectangular form like the above piece. It is done on paper, and carries a generous margin on all sides.

A portrait comes in a variety of sizes and are done on museum quality panels. Portraits carry far more detail, realm of color, and complexity, like Toby's portrait below (from last week, an 8" x 10" painting on panel, this one's also sold).


Let me know if you would like either - but keep in mind that the sketch option will be gone before you know it.

Kim, who enjoyed a football and marching band and family filled weekend - hope you had a good one, too!!

Friday, November 02, 2012

Mazie Lou, A Painted Sketch

"Mazie Lou," sketch done in acrylic on bristol board, approximately 5" square roughly centered on a 9" x 12" page, depiciting a Cavalier King Charles-Cocker Spaniel mix, commissioned and in a private collection (THANK YOU!).

I did lots more sketching today, along with delivering three works to a new show, planning several future exhibitions, readying a solid stack of paintings for shipping next week, and working up concepts for new portraits.

And now I'm off to watch some high school playoffs football.

Go Dragons!!

Thursday, November 01, 2012

Two Rosies


"Rosie 1" and "Rosie II," sketches done in acrylic on bristol board, each image approximately 5" square roughly centered on a 9" x 12" page, commissioned images and, as such, in a private collection (THANK YOU!).

Both these sketches are fulfillment for a gift certificate, a gift certificate given last year at the holidays (or maybe it was Father's Day?).

Gift certificates are a great way to get the recipient involved in the portrait process, from sharing their memories of the dog's personality to choosing (or shooting!) reference photos to building a composition.

Each certificate is custom created with a breed specific image and a face value you determine. When slipped into a frame, they make for a gorgeous presentation as well.

Email me if you are interested in gifting a certificate this holiday season!

Kim, who is very close to od-ing on fun-sized chocolates


Earlier today one of my paintings was shared on a group's Facebook page. I don't know where the image came from, as it had no watermark and was very small, but it was clearly one of my paintings.

I was thrilled that the individual who posted the image connected with the painting - and happy to see that thousands of people inside that Facebook group liked, commented, shared and wanted to buy it as well - but I was crushed that it went out to this audience without any sort of attribution.

And I had no way of getting my contact info or purchase details to them.

So I'm asking you to please pay attention when you share an image using social media or your blog or any other form of communication - include in your description proper attribution and credit, and if possible, tag the image with a website or creator's name.

You'll get some awesome karma in return.


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