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, March 29, 2013

Snuggle Bunny, In Process

 
 
 
IN PROCESS:  "Snuggle Bunny," 12" x 16", acrylics on a museum quality panel, depicting the infamous Nita (I've painted her more times than my own dog!) and her beloved bunny, $629 (when finished) to the first one asking nicely.
 

Inquiries via email, please and thank you!
 

In process pics are on the studio's Facebook page. I'll continue working on this one - I hope to have her finished by dinnertime!

 
Then it's Spring Break!! I'll be playing a little harder than usual next week but I won't stray far from the studio. And I've painted a little ahead, so i have a couple pieces I'll share on the days I'm off.

 
Happy Easter to all - and if you don't do Easter, find something wonderful to celebrate in it's stead!

 
Fondly
Kim

Thursday, March 28, 2013

Wooley & We Three

 
 
ABOVE:  "Wooley," 4" x 6", acrylics on a museum quality panel, depicting a fuzzy warm sheep, $239 to the first one asking nicely.
 
BELOW: "We Three," 5" x 8", acrylics on a museum quality panel, depicting three sheep sporting lovely lavender wool coats, $299 to the first one asking nicely.
 
Or if you must, take them both for $500 and I'll cover (domestic) shipping.
 
Inquiries via email, please and thank you!
 
 
 
Still keeping the gray winter duldrums away via playing with color. In process pics can be found on the studio's Facebook page.
 
Fondly, 
Kim

Wednesday, March 27, 2013

Baby Baa

 
 
"Baby Baa," 5" x 6", acrylics on a museum quality panel, depicting a spring-fresh lamb, $239 to the first one asking nicely. Via email please and thank you!

SOLD.
 
 
I'm working on three sheep paintings simultaneously - this one just happened to get finished first. In process pics of my easel and these pieces can be found on the studio's Facebook page.
 
Spring WILL come!
Fondly, 
Kim

Tuesday, March 26, 2013

April Desktop Calendar

 
 
Hard to believe this time last year there was no DaVinci. 
 

And folding laundry wasn't an aerobic exercise in swinging objects through the air outside of a certain kitten's reach. And the trash can sat undisturbed in it's cupboard, along with it's contents. And I slept with my glasses on my nightstand instead of in my sock drawer. And I could leave a sandwich on the counter without second thoughts. And close a door without it getting battered from the opposite side.

 
He's so darned cute!

 
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, here's to the whole "out like a lamb" bit for this month - bring on the sunshine!! 
Kim
 
 

Clementine, A Painted Sketch

 
 
"Clementine," a commissioned painted sketch, image approximately 5" x 6" roughly centered on a 9" x 12" paper, acrylics, depicting an Aussie pup. In process pics of Clem's portrait can be found on the studio's Facebook page.
 
 
 
Oh boy, did it feel good to dig into the paints today! I'm off to run carpools, but will be back later tonite to play some more.
 
Best mental health fix ever!!
Fondly, 
Kim

Thursday, March 21, 2013

Art Heals

 
 
From my journal, an experiment with pan pastels, french curves, stencils, spirograph, glitter gel pens, and washi tape. I'll work further on this at tonite's grownUPs Journaling class (Orion Art Center, 6-8pm, $15 all materials supplied, please rsvp).
 
 

March's been a rough month. Today playing with color and sitting quietly helped. Making mandalas (spirographs) was very meditative.

 
What are your coping mechanisms? I'd love to hear them!

 
Fondly, 
Kim

Wednesday, March 20, 2013

Jockeying

 
 
"Jockeying," from The Saratoga Series, 5" x 20", depicting 5 jockeys and their mounts fighting for position, acrylics on museum quality panel, $599 to the first one asking nicely. Inquiries may come to me. Please and thank you.
 
 

Remember the hot mess from a couple weeks back? Well, I sweated it through and signed off on it today. Feels darned good, too!

 
This painting is part of a new body of work celebrating Saratoga Race Courses' 150th Anniversary. This summer I'm ushering in the track's birthday party with a live painting session at Spa Fine Art on Saturday July 27th. I was honored to be invited and those of you who joined me last year know how much fun we had - so mark your calendars. Let's do it again!

 
There are lots of in process pics on the studio facebook page - you may have to scroll a bit through the Mobile Uploads folder, as progress on this painting stretched out well over a week.

 
Now I'm off to get a couple sketches going.
 

Thanks as always for following along with my artwork!
Kim

The Stick

 
 
"The Stick," one of a dozen older paintings I am auctioning off and probably the very first water dog piece I created. Details on the auction are below and on the studio's Facebook page.
 
 

I've added a dozen older favorites to an auction folder on the studio Facebook page.

 
These are paintings that were exbibited/on tour up until a few years ago, when they were put in storage for one reason or another. Maybe they were stored in my studio or in the back room of a gallery that has since closed, but regardless, they deserve an audience! 

 
These are daily paintings, acrylics done on canvasboard panels, from many moons ago (2007 - 2009).

 
These paintings will be auctioned off on the studio Facebook's page. Place your bid by commenting on the photo of the painting you want to adopt. Bidding will continue until 9pm EST Wednesday evening (that's March 20th).

 
Please note that the winning bidder is responsible for all applicable taxes, shipping and handling fees. I estimate domestic shipping costs of one painting to be $15 and I am happy to combine shipments on multiple purchases.

 
The entire album of available paintings is here

 
Hope you see a treasure you simply can't live without!! And thanks for helping me find these gems a home!
Kim

Monday, March 18, 2013

Remembering

Gompie and I, what seems like a gajillion years ago, on my wedding day.
 

When I was a child, she was my hero.
As I grew up, she became one of my best friends.

 
Last week my grandmother, fondly known as Gompie, passed away peacefully. A testament to her generous heart, she was surrounded by the entire family during her final days.

 
Ironically, The Princess, who bears her name, is Gompie through and through. She loves unconditionally, forgives easily, is a fantastic listener, and isn't afraid to stand her ground despite the odds.

 
Now that I think about it, the boys are the same.

 
I guess the apple doesn't fall far from the tree.

 
Thanks so much for your cards, emails, and notes of support. My family benefitted from all your well wishes.
 

Tomorrow, I paint!
Kim

Monday, March 11, 2013

Taking a Break


Just a quick note to say that I'm taking a few personal days next week to pack in some quality time with my Grandma, who's health has become tenuous.
 
Don't forget about me, just because I'm not showing up in your mailbox each day. 
 
Those of you who are scheduled for portraits, I will be in touch - don't worry, I'm not falling off the face of the earth. This is merely a minor disruption in the larger scheme of things.
 
Meanwhile, thanks for understanding.
 
And for your time and attention!
Kim

Thursday, March 07, 2013

Rough Going

 
Untitled and in process, 5" x 20", a hot mess.
 
 
Today was so not a good painting day. I want to bury my head in the sand and pretend it didn't happen, but I think it's important to be honest.
 

Occasionally I just can't make it work, no matter how hard I try. And that's how it is in the real world - some days we are off and no matter how hard we try or how frustrating it is, we can't change that.

 
I am not defeated, but I am retreating for the night. My brushes are cleaned, my hot mess painting is waiting patiently on my easel.

 
Meanwhile I am regrouping with a hot mug of tea and a good book. 

 
Fingers and toes crossed things go better tomorrow!

 
If you are brave, in process pics are on the studio facebook page.

 
Thanks as always for following along with my artwork!
Kim

Wednesday, March 06, 2013

Slop

 
"Slop," 7" x 15", depicting a field of Thoroughbred race horses nearing the first turn at Saratoga Race Track, done in acrylics on museum quality panel, $529 to the firstasking nicely. Please works well.
 
 
In process pics are on the studio facebook page.
 

I literally stood in the pouring rain to get this reference photo. I was seriously waterlogged, no exaggeration. We're talking plastered hair, damp undergarments and puddles INSIDE my shoes. And while I am disappointed that the painting does not convey exactly HOW wet the conditions were, I do find other redeeming qualities in the piece.

 
"Slop" is headed to Spa Fine Art, my gallery in Saratoga, New York, as part of the track's impressive 150th birthday celebration this summer.

 
Unless you need this painting on your wall Right Now. In which case, email me and I'll make that happen.

 
Thanks as always for following along with my artwork!
Kim

Tuesday, March 05, 2013

Klimted

"Klimted (Sam and Bella),"** 10" x 20", portrait of two Maltese created in the style of Gustav Klimt, done in acrylics on museum quality panel, private collection.

I'm not so good at keeping secrets, but somehow I managed to keep this one under wraps. I began working on the piece surreptitiously last month - you see, it was for Elizabeth, who's favorite artist in all the world (next to me) is Klimt. I intended to surprise her with it when I visited last week, which I did, but it didn't get finished and came home with me. However, I signed off on it today and shortly "Klimted" will be sent on it's merry little way back to sunny Florida.

The portrait is difficult to photograph, packed as it is with metallic and pearlescent paints, but even without those elements visible, it oozes delight.

Thanks as always for following along with my artwork!
Kim
 
PS I am happy to do a special portrait for you, Santini-style. Shoot me a line so we can talk about your project!!
 
**Klimted is a word coined by artist Robin Maria Pedrero, and I titled this painting with her permission.


Inspiration
 
Each month Elizabeth SHNelson and I study the work of a master artist. It is our 2013 challenge - to indulge and wallow in artistic brilliance and see if by chance a little of it might rub off on us.
 
I study elements that are especially appealing to my own aesthetic. Brushwork, patterning, color, and other compositional tricks. I then create a journal spread packed with notes on technique and other supporting details (Vinnie's checking out my Rodin pages below). Then I intentionally incorporate those things into a painting of my own design.
 
 
In January you saw Finnigan's Odilon Redon inspired portrait. Elizabeth created an homage to his butterflies (which I cannot find a link too.....).
 
February is this Klimted** version of Sam and Bella. Elizabeth is currently working on a self-portrait styled after Klimt's Adele Bloch Bauer.
 
March will bring an Arts & Crafts styled painting a la The Glasgow Girls.
 
Meanwhile, our idea has inspired contemporaries, too! Painter Robin Pedrero visited Elizabeth and I, and subsequently created her "Tea Party With Klimt" painting. Collage artist Alyson Champ said our Klimting influenced her recent Raven piece. And mixed media artist Laura Locke is furtively working on a Klimted piece of her own.
 
Do you dare pick up the challenge? It's a lot of fun...... share links to your Klimted art project in the comments section below.
 
And paint on!!
 

Monday, March 04, 2013

Spotlight

 
 
"Spotlight," 6" x 8", portrait of a young dancer, done in acrylics on museum quality panel, collection of the model.
 
 

This is Elizabeth's daughter - you remember Elizabeth? the one who drug me all over central Florida last week? - Well, her daughter Emilie is an accomplished and exquisite dancer. She turned out to be quite the muse as well.

 
While I was staying with them last week, Emilie, a freshman in high school, successfully auditioned for an apprenticeship in a professional dance troupe. She also invited me to her dance studio, where I met a few of her teammates and got to watch them perform. 

 
Breathtaking.

 
Sadly, I left my camera back home. So the lovely photo inspiring this painting was provided courtesy of Douglas Nelson Photography. I say this all the time, but please make sure you have the photographer's explicit permission to create derivative art from their work. Thanks for granting me permission, Doug!

 
And thank YOU for following along with my artwork!
Kim

Saturday, March 02, 2013

St Patty's Dog Tags @ Auction

 
 
 

FROM LEFT:  "Green Heart Tag," "Gold Star Tag," and "Green Flower Tag," each 4" square, acrylic on museum quality panel, and all being sold at auction now on the studio Facebook page.

 
Bidding starts at $20US. Winning bidder responsible for shipping and handling costs.

 
Bid via commenting on the painting you desire. Highest bid at 10pm EST tomorrow March 3rd, 2013 is the lucky dog!

 
One can never have enough green in one's life!
  
Thanks so much for supporting my artwork!
Kim
 
PS  In process pictures of the tags are on the studio's Facebook page.
 

Friday, March 01, 2013

March Desktop Calendar

 
 

Another cozy image for a winter month - guess I have napping on my mind!

 
Sorry for the delay in sharing the March calendar - I jetted off to Florida and neglected to add the file to my website, something I can only do from home.

 
I had sunshine on the brain!!!

 
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!).



The image inspiring this painting came from friend and fellow artist Fran Dellaporta. She regularly sends me some pretty remarkable photos to work from.
 

This is her own goofball Curl, and his portrait was part of ArtPrize 2012 and a number of other exhibitions during the past year.
 

The painting has a gorgeous custom floating/box frame and is available for $399 + s&h.Email me if you are interested.


Thanks so much for supporting my artwork!!
Kim
 
 
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