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, January 31, 2013

Romeo





"Romeo," 24" x 24", commissioned portrait of a Yorkshire Terrier done in acrylic on museum quality panel. You met Romeo already - today he returned to my easel. He got his hair done and I took care of a couple other changes my clients had requested.


There are a in process photos of Rodeo over on the studio Facebook page - you'll have to scroll back to January 16th to see where it all began!


Want a Santini original of your own? email me. I promise to hook you up!!


I get lots of questions about how the portrait process works.


I start with your photos and a short bio of the animal. We discuss your priorities and a budget, and I build a composition designed to showcase the animal's personality.


I schedule a time frame to work on the painting, and when it's done, shoot you an email with a jpg of the piece.


We identify any necessary changes, work through those, then arrange payment and shipping details.


It's a pretty straightforward process. After all, I want to spend as much time as possible at the easel, painting the faces that you love so much.


A 5x7 custom original starring one face is $289 plus s&h. I am happy to set up payment arrangements. And I also offer gift certificates.


So what's holding you up? Let's talk about getting meaningful artwork into your home!!


Kim

Wednesday, January 30, 2013

Melvin

 
 
 

"Melvin," 6" x 8", commissioned portrait of a black lab done in acrylic on museum quality panel. Melvin's painting has a home (thank you!), but I'm happy to discuss creating something similar for your walls - email me.

 
Of course there are a couple in process photos of Melvin's portrait over on the studio Facebook page - take a peek at them and ask any questions you might have about my process.

 
And let me know if there's something you want to see or learn about, too!!
 


Don't forget about the auction on the heart-shaped dog tag paintings - it ends this evening at 10pm EST.

 
Just about the same time as the cold front comes in and snow starts to fall here in Michigan.

 
Visit the studio Facebook page to place your bid on any one of the four paintings - you bid simply by commenting on the painting you want.

 
Now I'm off to put the finishing touches on a pot of homemade chicken soup,
Toodle loo,
Kim

Tuesday, January 29, 2013

Dog Tag Valentines - Auction

 
 
 

CLOCKWISE FROM TOP LEFT:  "Double Ring Valentine," "S Hook Valentine," "Orange Shadowed Valentine," and "Paperclip Valentine," each 4" square, acrylic on museum quality panel, each available for purchase.

 
These paintings will be auctioned on the studio's Facebook page - bidding will begin at $1 and run through 10pm EST Wednesday, January 30th. 

 
Place your bid via commenting on the painting you want. 

 
Pay via Paypal by Friday, February 1st, 2013, and your painting will ship on Monday.

 
Want to commisison a painting of your own animal's tags? of course I can do that!! shoot an email in my direction.
 
 

It's a one-day auction on these mini paintings! 

 
The auction has already started - click on the title of the painting you want and be directly transported to the correct page!
 

Or visit the studio Facebook page directly.

 
Thanks so much for supporting my artwork and happy bidding!!
Kim
ksantini@turtledovedesigns.com

Monday, January 28, 2013

February Desktop Calendar


There is fresh snow on the ground from last night, yet it's been raining all day - not your typical late January Michigan weather. Although I suppose nothing is quite typical of Michigan weather anyway. 

It IS good napping in a warm spot weather, though!

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!! 
Kim


This painting, "Beauty Rest," has been on a whirlwind exhibition tour the last year. Along the way s
he's made many friends, but has yet to find a home.
The painting is currently in Clare, Michigan, part of a group exhibition at Gallery 515, returning to me in March.
And I'd love to wrap her up and send her to a permanent home. Inquiries can come to me.
Thanks so much for supporting my artwork!!
Kim
PS Here's a link to the beautiful custom frame job Diana from Accent on Art did - she's floating in a silken dark green box wrapped in a luscious dark chocolate and gilt frame. The painting framed and ready to hang is $679.

Friday, January 25, 2013

Dress Rehearsal

 
 

 
"Dress Rehearsal," 8" x 12", acrylic on museum quality panel, depicting The Princess and a few cohorts in costume. This painting is not for sale.
 

I've uploaded plenty of in process pics on the studio's Facebook page.

 
This is quite a diversion from my usual subject matter, I know, but spending a full day with these ladies earlier this week was too inspiring to let linger for long. I plan to do reproductions with this image as a fundraiser for her dance studio, so stay tuned.

 
And just you wait until I paint her "Warrior Princess" costume - a turquoise tutu topped with an embroidered magenta silk kimono.

 
Inquiries are always welcomed - shoot an email in my direction.



The Princess joined a dance team over the summer, and this weekend marks her first competition.

 
So last nite and into the wee hours, instead of packing suitcases and inventorying costume parts, I spent quality time at the easel with a chorus line of "Renegades" (inspired by a photo I took at Monday's dress rehearsal).

 
I was up far too early today making up for lost time. And making sure we had all those costume parts.

 
I have my sketchbook and journal supplies packed, though!

 
Hoping your weekend includes a little dance and beauty,
Kim
 

Thursday, January 24, 2013

Henry

 
 
 

"Henry," 6" square, acrylics on museum quality panel, a commissioned portrait of, well, of Henry. Private collection (THANK YOU!).

 
Henry's in process here on the studio's Facebook page.

 
Inquiries are always welcomed - yes, I can do something similar for you - shoot an email in my direction.
 
 


Henry's Grandma has two favorite animal painters and couldn't choose who she wanted to paint his likeness, so she extended an invitation to the both of us.

 
I was pleased to hear that Karen Mathison Schmidt was the other artist. I'm an admirer of her work, and this gave me an excuse to introduce myseld and ask to be her friend.

 
She said yes, BTW.

 
And, she'll be sharing her version of Henry later today on her blog, too.
 

I can't wait to see what she did with his cute little face,
Kim
 

Wednesday, January 23, 2013

Sunshine



 
 
 

"Sunshine," 6" square, acrylics on museum quality panel, depicting a Pomeranian with a large and sunny personality, private collection (THANK YOU!).

 
There are a couple of in process pics of Sunshine here on the studio's Facebook page.

 
Inquiries are welcomed - shoot an email in my direction.

 
 
It is still bitterly cold here. Many of you asked yesterday where "here" was - I'm in Michigan, mid-Thumb area. And regretting ever leaving Southern California (we moved 15 years ago this month).

 
Hoping all remain warm today,
Kim
ksantini@turtledovedesigns.com
 

Tuesday, January 22, 2013

Rodeo



 
 
 
"Rodeo," 6" square, acrylics on museum quality panel, depicting one very special Daschund, private collection (THANK YOU!).
 
There are in process pics of Rodeo here on the studio's Facebook page.
 
Inquiries are welcomed in my direction.
Kim Santini
ksantini@turtledovedesigns.com
 
 
 

Monday, January 21, 2013

Lewis, Finished

 
 
 
"Lewis," 18 x 24", acrylics on museum quality cradeled panel, depicting a very beloved Golden Retriever.
 
I worked over the weekend on Lewis' portrait, getting final approval from my client on Saturday evening. It will be especially rewarding to get this piece into their home.
 
In process pics of Lewis are here on the studio's Facebook page.
 
And honestly, if you want to commission something extra special and extra large (Lewis is larger than life) - email me. Let's talk.
 
And if you aren't yet convinced, stay tuned - I have a lifesized equine portrait waiting on the sidelines.
 
 

It promises to be a busy week in the Santini household. We've got two days off school, drumline practices, lacrosse conditioning, dance team dress rehearsal and a dance convention and competition.
 
Somewhere in-between all this I will complete four portraits and do some self-study.
 
It looks like Kiki Kelly will be joining me at the convention, too, which means I'll have more of her work to share next week!
 
Stay warm,
Kim
ksantini@turtledovedesigns.com
 

Friday, January 18, 2013

Lewis, In Process

 
 
 
IN PROCESS:  "Lewis," 18 x 24", acrylics on museum quality cradeled panel, depicting a very beloved Golden Retriever. This commissioned portrait will be headed to it's new home very soon - but first, I have to finish it!
 

In process pics of Lewis are here.

 
If you want to talk about commissioning something extra special and extra large (Lewis is larger than life) - email me. Let's talk.
 
 

I'm not very patient, and it's been since the New Year that I have been waiting for this panel to be delivered. Within minutes of cracking the box open, I had the panel on the easel and was slinging paint.

 
I have plans to go out tonite (gasp!!), so I'm going to clean my brushes and pick up tomorrow.


Stay tuned,
Kim, who's looking forward to wild shenanigans like only a herd of moms can whip up
 

Thursday, January 17, 2013

Romeo

 
 
 
"Romeo," 24" square, acrylics on museum quality panel, depicting a very personable Yorkshire Terrier. This is a commissioned portrait, and as such, has a home already, thank you very much.

 
In process pics of Romeo are here.

 
If you want to talk about commissioning something extra special and extra large - email me. I love to talk about this sort of stuff!
 
 

Romeo's painting is so large (the periwinkle underpainting was done with a house painting brush) that I made a special trip this morning to purchase bigger paint brushes.

 
Go big or go home, right?


Fondly,
Kim
 

 

Wednesday, January 16, 2013

Do Not Disturb



 
 
 
"Do Not Disturb," 6" x 12", acrylics on museum quality panel, depicting the tiniest Santini, da Vinci. This painting will go to the first one asking nicely - $369. You can say "pretty please" via email.
 
I started this one yesterday, but many interruptions stretched things out over two days. Not the most ideal situation - I like to get into a groove and just let the paint flow until I'm done - but I always say it's important to step out of one's comfort zone and persevere.
 
In process pics of Vinnie's latest painting are here.
 
And a special shout out to Facebook fan Bernadette Leigh who came up with the perfect title for this one.
 
If you want to talk about commissioning something extra special - email me. I love to talk about this sort of stuff.

Fondly,
Kim
ksantini@turtledovedesigns.com
 
 

Tuesday, January 15, 2013

A Not-So-Silent Auction

 
 
 
"Valentine IV," 4" square, acrylics on panel, gorgeously framed and wired, ready to hang.
 

This painting is being auctioned off RIGHT NOW via Facebook** with half the proceeds going to my favorite shelter, the Oakland Pet Adoption Center. (Actually, I'll tell you a secret - all I want to do is cover my framing costs, and then the rest is going to go to the shelter.)

 
Place your bids here. But hurry, because bidding ends at 6pm EST tomorrow, January 16th, 2013.

 
Thanks for playing along.

 
And if you want to talk about commissioning something extra special - email me and we can talk.

 
 
**You DO NOT have to have a Facebook account to view the auction, but you do need to have one in order to place a bid.
 


I cleaned out my painting storage this morning and found the little treasure above. It seemed serendipitous to unearth a heart shaped dog tag this close to Valentines Day.


The universe was telling me to do something special with this one.

 
So here you go - bid on this gem, support animals in need, and possibly get the best Valentines gift ever.

 
Thank you in advance!
Kim, who's already had to pinkie promise Her Better Half that she won't bring home a kitten with this donation, too
 

 
 
 
Don't forget to order your 2013 planner 
featuring Painting a Dog a Day images!!

Monday, January 14, 2013

Pom Pride

 
 

 
"Pom Pride," 6" square, acrylics on a museum quality panel, portrait of a Pomeranian, $299 to the first one asking nicely.
 

Just as whites are not truely white, blacks are not truly black. At least not in my world!


Inspired by a sassy little guy I met in Frankenmuth Michigan over the summer. 

 
In process views of "Pride" were shared on the studio Facebook page. You can find them inside the Mobile Uploads folder. And by the way, you do not need to have a Facebook account to view either of those links.

 
I'd love to talk about creating spectacular original art for you - email me and we can talk.

 
Fondly,
Kim
ksantini@turtledovedesigns.com

Friday, January 11, 2013

Pippa

 
 
 

"Pippa," roughly 6" square on a 9" x 12" paper, commissioned portrait of a Brittany Spaniel, not for sale.

 
I grew up with Brittanys, and spent today remembering Beau, my first dog. Every so often I feel his head at my knee, nudging me forward when I'm most afraid. Even though he's been gone for 22 years, he knows when I need him.

 
In process views of "Pippa" were shared on the studio Facebook page. You can find them inside the Mobile Uploads folder. And by the way, you do not need to have a Facebook account to view either of those links.

 
I'd love to talk about creating spectacular original art for you - email me and we can talk.

Kim
ksantini@turtledovedesigns.com 
 
 

Thursday, January 10, 2013

Guppies I

 
 
 
"Guppies I," 8" x 10", a not-very-still-at-all-still-life painting done in acrylics on museum quality panel, worked up from an actual fishbowl and non-floating guppies. Not for sale.
 

I'm working out some ideas for a new series of fish pieces - lots of glass and water and reflections punctuated by boldly colored swimmers.
 
In process views of "Guppies I" were shared on the studio Facebook page yesterday. You can find them inside the Mobile Uploads folder. And by the way, you do not need to have a Facebook account to view either of those links.
 
I'd love to talk about creating spectacular original art for you - email me and we can talk.
 
da Vinci and Mona Lisa pretty much ignore the fish bowl when it's on the coffee table because the mouth of it is stuffed with rooting houseplants and herbs, making the guppies not as obvious. But when I moved itinto the studio, suddenly it became The Kitty Holy Grail. 
 

 
So I ended up painting with a brush in my right hand and a squirt bottle in my left. Several times I accidentally squirt the painting. Yeah, I'm that coordinated.
 
Thanks for following along with my artwork,
Kim, who's now mopping up the studio

Wednesday, January 09, 2013

Telling Secrets

 
 
 

"Telling Secrets," 12" x 12", portrait of two kitties in the sunlight, done in acrylic on a museum quality panel, available for $599. Interested parties may email me for more information.

 
In process views of "Telling Secrets" were shared on thestudio Facebook page yesterday. You can find them insidethe Mobile Uploads folder. And by the way, you do not need to have a Facebook account to view either of those links.

 
I'd love to talk about creating spectacular original art for you - email me and we can talk.
 
 


Last night at my Art Guild meeting we hosted a critique. It's one of the best attended meetings of the year.

 
There's nothing like a well run critique to get your creative juices going.  Analyzing the artwork and discussing elements like compositional plays, palette choices, methods of markmaking - it's all a great learning experience, even when the pieces are not your own.

 
I brought the kitties along - they didn't feel quite right to me. Sure enough, it was pointed out that I did not build enough contrast into the left kitty's face - there should have been a soft shadow cast by the other cat.

 
Once I slipped that in, the entire painting changed dramatically.

 
Thanks for following along with my artwork!
Kim, who's head is still spinning from all the sheer brilliance I took in last night

Tuesday, January 08, 2013

Reilly

 
 
 

"Reilly," 11" x 14", commissioned portrait of a chocolate lab, done in acrylic on a museum quality panel, in a private collection (THANK YOU!).

 
In process views of Reilly's portrait as it unfolded were shared on the studio Facebook page yesterday. You can find them inside the Mobile Uploads folder. And by the way, you do not need to have a Facebook account to view either of those links.

 
I'd love to talk about creating something just as spectacular as Reilly's portrait for you - email me and we'll begin that conversation!!
 
 


It's scarey, allowing my clients and the general public to watch my work unfold (because during my work day I post in-process pics of paintings to the studio Facebook page).

 
I'm opening myself up to criticism - what if I am having a bad day in the studio? what if the client totally hates the early stages of their painting? what if I can't deliver what my followers/fans are hoping for?

 
I try not to think of that - I try just to slip into my zone, feel the day's soundtrack, and let the painting itself tell me where it's going.

 
But yesterday's painting, well, it encapsulated why I share despite those insecurities. My client's enthusiasm from the very first and very ambiguous underpainting stage was contagious.

 
It reminded me of why I find the process of putting paint down simply magical.


Kim, who hopes you find some magic in your day today

Monday, January 07, 2013

Always a Student

 
 

The Odilon Redon inspired page spread from my sketchbook**, approximately 14" x 24" overall, mixed media (metallic and pearlescent ink and acrylic paint), not for sale.

 
Part of my studies this year include an analysis of Odilon Redon's work. This page identifies the details and processes he used which I find especially effective. Notes are complimented by my own exercises in paint, trying to recreate some of his patterning, edgework, color palettes and compositional devices.
 
 
 
**My Sketchbook is a textbook repurposed with gesso and acrylics. I am pleased with the idea that my simple thoughts on painting lie overtop a survey of the history of art.
 



I spent a large chunk of this weekend filling my visual memory banks.

 
I was treated to several hours of dance and musical theater courtesy of The Princess's dance studio. We spent a gray afternoon being transported to Middle Earth. We de-Christmas'ed, which meant carefully wrapping our collection of vintage and handblown glass ornaments. The Man Child practiced music for Solo and Ensemble and college auditions, filling the house with rich melodies. The Princess and I got started on our long-planned hand-woven rug, much to the pleasure of Mona Lisa and daVinci, who enjoye dplaying in the yarns. And I spent several hours perusing art books - with a warm kitten on my lap, of course - before taking the inspiration to my sketchbook.

 
I hope your weekend was just as fulfilling!
Kim

Friday, January 04, 2013

Barry and 2013 Planner

 
 

"Barry," 8" square, commissioned portrait of a beloved Chihuahua, done in acrylics on a museum quailty panel. This painting is sold (THANK YOU!), but email me and we can talk about creating one for you.

 
Additional views are posted inside the Mobile Uploads folder on the studio Facebook page.



 
 
Due to popular demand I created a yearly planner peppered with Painting a Dog a Day images, some of my favorites from the last 18 months. It's available here, along with a complete preview (in case you are wondering if your favorite painting is included).
 
Thanks for following along with my artwork!
Kim

Thursday, January 03, 2013

Daydream

 
 

"Daydream," roughly 9" x 14-1/2", done in acrylics on a museum quailty panel, portrait of Bear, one of my most popular muses - I don't think I'll ever get tired of painting him or his sister Nita (thank you, LH, for sharing them with me!!).

 
This painting is not currently on the market, but will be in several months. Interested parties, please shoot me an email for updates on "Daydream"s availability.

 
Additional views are posted inside the Mobile Uploadsfolder on the studio Facebook page.

 

My first challenge for this year is 30 days of painting focused on light - I've joined ranks with several hundred other creatives spurred on by artist Leslie Saeta. Our goal is 30 paintings in 30 days. This is #3 for me.

 
Yesterday Finnigan's portrait was an experiment of patterning in shadow - Bear's is just the opposite. What fun these are - I have literally been tingley when at the easel the past couple days (although that could also be attributed to the cold meds).

 
Thanks for following along with my artwork!
Kim, who refuses to get sick
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