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.

Wednesday, December 31, 2014

Rejuicing



My digital painting inspired by Claude Monet's "Water Lily Pond, Green Harmony." The Monet is currently on loan from the Musee d'Orsay (Paris) and on display at the Detroit Institute of Art through this Sunday. My piece was done on an iPad using ArtRage and a Sensu Brush & Stylus.

I occupied the bench in front of this painting for about 90 minutes. First I listened to people's reactions - they were talking about the painting's place in history (I heard a great variety of stories!) and taking selfies (non flash photos were allowed in the darkened space). Whenever the gallery emptied, I had a quiet conversation with the piece - from across the room and from within inches. Eventually I pulled out my iPad and began sketching. It was cathartic and enlightening.

Today I immersed myself in the Impressionists, first hand. I visited the DIA and hung out with some of the biggest names from the turn of the century - Monet, Manet, Cezanne, Van Gogh, Matisse, Toulouse Lautrec, Vuillard, Bonnard, Renior, Cassatt, Morisot, Degas, Metcalf, Sargent, Redon, Dewing. It was some esteemed company well worth shaving my legs for! (view pics of some of my favs)

Impressionism as a movement is wildly popular today, and perhaps that is because it is, to the modern eye, easy to digest. Beautiful colors, riotous brushwork, everyday sort of models. However, at the time these pieces were created, they were condemned by scholars and critics for being crude and altogether common. It is a testament to the artists' vision that they continued creating and exploring despite the cold reception and biting reviews.

Besides the fact that the work is indeed beautiful, here's why I appreciate Impressionism:

These artists rejected traditional academic art, art that was heavily steeped in realism, symbolism, religious/literary themes and formulaic compositions. Impressionist artists chose a new direction steered by emotion, gesture, the modern world/common man and experimentation. 

And light. Paintings became about light instead of about the subject matter, about an experience, a transient moment.

It's one thing to sit down and paint an apple. It's altogether something else, though, to give that apple a kiss of the evening's sun in a nest of dappled branches, and make the viewer reach into the foliage.

That's what I admire about the Impressionists. They painted more than objects - they invited us to step into their paintings and experience them firsthand.

Which I did today. And I'm feeling all the better for it.

Here's to a New Year full of continued beauty and inspiration, Kim

Monday, December 22, 2014

This is December?


The Caped Crusader (in orange) with his Second Mom and her "boys," as she called them. She loved these kids fiercely, and they stood by her side until the end.

This isn't how things were meant to play out.

December was supposed to be my gift to myself. Lots of unstructured studio time so that I could pursue and paint new ideas. Nothing but painting strictly for me and my galleries and a couple choice exhibitions. 

But that's not what the universe had in mind.

I've been mourning the loss of an absolutely remarkable woman (The Caped Crusader's Second Mom, who passed away from ALS at the beginning of the month), trying to pull off two birthday celebrations in the midst of her funeral details, caring for sick kids (one of whom ended up in the ER Friday morning), and unexpectedly car shopping (in the midst of all this, my van was totaled, but what really matters is that all involved are physically ok). And there's all this other horrible heartache and tragedy in our world, too. It's not just my own little bubble that's suffering.

A wise friend told me we're coloring with all the dark crayons in the box right now. I know there are lots of beautiful colors in my box just waiting. But this time of year, when my heart is not feeling much joy, and it's in such opposition to how I usually embrace the holidays, well, I'm struggling to allow myself permission to accept what I'm feeling despite what society says I should be doing. To be authentic even when it's contrary.

I caught myself subconsciously painting in my head earlier this evening, as I watched the light play on a young lady's face. I used to do that, paint in my head, nonstop. It was kind of a sickness I couldn't turn off, but it's been gone for awhile now. I suppose It'll come back when it's ready. But I welcomed tonight's mental painting with open arms - I'll take it as a sign of progress.

And meanwhile I ask for your patience with my absence - perhaps take it upon yourself to throw a little more holiday cheer out than usual, to make up for my lackluster spirits. I don't doubt that you, too, know someone who is struggling to enjoy their own holiday. 

And hug those you love - we are losing so many for such stupid reasons. Celebrate your families and friends and count those blessings.

And know that, even if you aren't feeling "ho ho ho" ish (yes, that's a word, I just said so), that's ok too. As that same wise friend told me, Christmas is SUPPOSED to be every day of the year. So pick up the pieces and celebrate whenever you feel ready to.

Warmly, Kim

Friday, December 12, 2014

Hot to Trot - Finished!


The finished version, still damp to the touch! "Hot to Trot," 12" x 12", acrylics on a Raymar panel, depicting Marzipan, a Barbie Fairytale plastic horse. "Hot to Trot" is available for $599 - inquiries may come to me. Please and thank you!

Fridays start with yoga class. I've missed it for various reasons for over a month. My instructor had taken to calling me the "Yoga Dropout," it was that bad! I practice at home, but nobody pushes me as hard as her, so getting back on my mat this morning was a wonderful gift to myself. By the end of the class, my head was clear and my muscles all stretched out and quivery.

Yoga was followed up by a massage. The past few weeks have been riddled with stress and I needed to work out the tension I'd been carrying in my back and shoulders. Easy fix - lavender butter, quiet music, and a little snooze. My brain slipped into slo-mo and my muscles were even more quivery by the end of it all.

Then I got to step into the studio to put the finishing touches on Hot to Trot. The painting flowed easier - not sure if it was in part due to my r&r from the morning, but I'm super happy with how this painting has turned out. It is pretty exciting to think about exploring light and shadows with future still lifes - I love facing a challenge!


Thanks, as always, for following along with my artwork!
Happy holidays!
Warmly, Kim

Thursday, December 11, 2014

Hot to Trot


In process detail of "Hot to Trot," 12" x 12", acrylics on a Raymar panel, depicting Marzipan, a Barbie Fairytale plastic horse. "Hot to Trot" is available for $599 - inquiries may come to me. Please and thank you!

Continuing exploring some of the possibilities I discovered in the workshop earlier this week, I played with more plastic ponies today. It took me a good hour before I settled on Marzipan - particularly because her pink plastic really glowed when lit from behind, and she cast a wonderfully colorful shadow. 

Also, her delicate feathery mane and tail provided an opportunity to try and paint an ethereal texture. And some intriguing edge work, too.

There's in process photos here, and a photo of the setup here. And tomorrow I hope to have a finished painting to show off!

Thanks, as always, for following along with my artwork!
Happy holidays!
Warmly, Kim

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Conversations about Halation


"Conversations II," 8" x 10", acrylics on a Raymar panel, depicting two My Little Ponys. This composition has inspired a new series of toy pieces - I am excited to create them! Conversations II is available for $469 - inquiries may come to me. Please and thank you!

Today's Lesson

ha-la-tion - he effect of light spreading and bouncing, pulling reflected color into surrounding objects.


Today I focused on this, paying attention to the temperature of the light and how it bounced about, creating color drenched shadows and licks of brightness.

As always, Vianna provided a multitude of lightbulb moments. Ideas are still percolating, and I can't wait to try some new things out in my own space.

Tomorrow!

Meanwhile, there's a photo essay on the three day workshop on my FB page.

If you are interested in painting with Vianna Szabo, take a peek at her teaching calendar - hands down, she is the best I've had the pleasure of studying with.

Thanks, as always, for following along with my artwork!
Happy holidays!
Warmly, Kim

Tuesday, December 09, 2014


"Corpse," 8" x 10", acrylics on a Raymar panel, depicting a vintage porcelain doll from perhaps the 1940s (??). Study done in class, intended for learning purposes, but decidedly pleased with the end result. This one can be yours for $469 (I'll have a better scan of the painting later in the week) - inquire to me. Please and thank you!


While everyone else is painting fruit and pottery, I'm the one in the corner with a tub of dolls and parts, happily pushing paint.

I always was the proverbial Purple Cow.

Today we learned that the best still life paintings contain:
  • A design concept superseding the objects painted
  • A whole that is much larger than the sum of the parts
  • Light elevating the setup
We talked about the storytelling aspect of a still life, it's symbolic content (whether that's planned or accidental), and how it might read over time (transcendence). We also drew a parallel between a good book and a good painting - each tells you just enough, and your brain fills in the rest.

I laid this one out with the above in mind. And when I titled her "Corpse" I swear I was thinking of the yoga corpse pose and not a murder scene.

I guess I should be grateful the group is eating lunch with me, eh?

Thanks, as always, for following along with my artwork!
Happy holidays!
Warmly, Kim

Monday, December 08, 2014

Conversations


"Conversations," 10" x 12", acrylics on a Raymar panel, depicting a collection of vintage doll heads, complete with sleepy  and not-so-sleepy-eyes. Study done in class, intended for learning purposes only.

I'm stepping outside my comfort zone, learning about lighting and still life setup, along with a little paint pushing, from none other than colorist Vianna Szabo.


Here's today's lightbulbs:

Nothing created in a workshop is intended for a wall. Or an exhibition. Perfect example: I am not terribly pleased with today's painting, but I am delighted with all it taught me. (That little magical spot between all three heads? it makes me giddy!)

Design is of primary significance. The idea should come before the object(s) is/are even placed. (Me thinks this is the difference between a portrait of an object and a still life).

Value takes precedence before color. A big challenge for me. Huge.

The strongest paintings have the fewest values. Thusly one should reduce their concept to a simple 2-toned thumbnail prior to picking up the paintbrush.

Oreo cookies are the best analogies for identifying abutting forms (traditional oreos, chocolate creme ones, and vanillas). And all this talk during class about nothing but Oreo cookies makes my tumbley grumbley.

Thanks, as always, for following along with my artwork!
Happy holidays!
Warmly, Kim

Friday, December 05, 2014

Forthright

"Forthright," 5" x 7", acrylics on an Ampersand gessobord, portrait of a vintage doll, or rather, a vintage doll head. With sleepy eyes. Or are they not-so-sleepy-eyes when they are glued open?Anyway, let me know if you would like a painting featuring a favorite childhood toy (and yes, there's still time to get a gift certificate by the holidays).

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That's what's stamped on the back of this little one's head. She has the most mesmerizing eyes. Coupled with her ratty hair, which at one time appears to have been very fashionably coiffed (I can't imagine dread locks were all the rage in the 50s), she's an interesting face to gaze into.

If you can forget for a moment that that's all she is. A head, balanced on a glass vial.

I bet she was someone's treasured friend many years ago. I'm happy to be her caretaker now. 

Thanks, as always, for following along with my artwork!
Happy holidays!
Warmly, Kim

Wednesday, December 03, 2014

Striped and Soft


"Striped and Soft," 10" x 10", acrylics on a Raymar panel, commissioned portrait of a big boned tabby cat, private collection (thank you!). Let me know if you would like one of these portraits starring your pet (and yes, there's still time to get a gift certificate by the holidays).

A fellow artist used the term "homeschooling" the other day when referring to her own studies. She was spending free time copying master paintings and doing focused work of her own direction. I loved the idea so much that I've coined that phrase for myself.

This is my final holiday commission (or at least the last one I can share), which means that the rest of December is time for me to paint just what I want to. I have obligations (gallery inventory and some pieces for exhibitions), but everything that hits my easel will do so for a distinct learning purpose.

I'm gonna be homeschooled!

Except for the few days next week when I take a still life workshop with non other than Vianna Szabo, the very source of this delightful new homeschooling concept, and a teacher extraordinaire. She's promised to teach me more about still life setups and creative lighting, and I'm bringing a tote of dolls and toys to class for us all to use.

I did a little warm up after finishing Ms Stripey, and I just may continue to push some paint around tonite while the wind howls, since a certain Princess getting braces will keep me out of the studio a good chunk of tomorrow.

Thanks, as always, for following along with my artwork!
Happy holidays!
Warmly, Kim

Tuesday, December 02, 2014

Riley


"Riley," 5" x 7", acrylics on a Raymar panel, commissioned portrait of a pointer, private collection (thank you!). Let me know if you would like one of these portraits starring your pet (and yes, I offer gift certificates which can be delivered in time for holiday gift giving).


It's December, which seems wrong. It should still be, like, August. Not sure where the days went, but they did - and the holidays are upon us!

I have 2-1/2 remaining holiday commissions to paint, but don't despair - if you didn't reach out to me in time, we can still do a gift certificate. There is nothing more appreciated than a custom portrait, which start at $399 - inquire via email.

Meanwhile, I am making plans to create new works for my galleries. And I have a couple of exhibitions in mind. You'll see horse racing scenes, more still lifes starring toy horses and ponies, and some vintage doll paintings, along with my regular mix of animals. 

And apparently I also have press to talk to, something or other about The Kentucky Derby Art (imagine that last sentence typed in a font named "Sarcasm & Joy").

Thanks, as always, for following along with my artwork!
Happy holidays!
Warmly, Kim

Thursday, November 27, 2014

Happy Thanksgiving!


Detail from a 10" square portrait of a cake. Yes, this is a portrait (as opposed to a still life) because this cake is far more than a mere cake. It's a special Sweet & Savory cake, chocolate with raspberry filling and buttercream frosting. And nobody warned me that setting this beast under a hot studio light would fill the space with the delectable smell of warmed sugar. I could eat the whole thing myself now. Right now.

This is not a pumpkin pie, I know, but it's a pretty darned good second choice. Trust me on this - and I have a big ole slice with your name on it, as a thank you for just being you.

Nearly 14 years ago, I quit my desk job to be a stay at home mom. I unpacked my studio shortly thereafter, and started painting at the dining room table. Somewhere along the way, you found out about my artwork, decided to check it out, and then decided to stick around. You may be even purchased a painting or told a friend about my work or came to a class.

And for that I am so very thankful!

I'm thankful for you every day, but today I am extra thankful. Because you have made my dream of being a working artist a reality!

Happy Thanksgiving to the best group of fans and collectors an artist could wish for, 
Kim

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Millie


"Millie," 10" x 20", acrylics on a Raymar panel, portrait of an Old English Sheepdog, private collection (thank you!). Let me know if you would like one of these portraits starring your pet (and yes, I offer gift certificates for holiday gift giving).

It's time to make the donuts. Or rather, stuff the turkey! I'm signing out to go play in the kitchen and fill our home with good smells.

Hoping you are able to do the same - and if you don't enjoy cooking, then I hope that you are able to go sit in someone's home who does and benefit from their efforts!!

Happy Thanksgiving!
Warmly, Kim

December Desktop Calendar


Unbelievable, that it's December already. Unreal.

You can 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 not an expert on operating systems, so if you don't know how to change your desktop wallpaper, please don't email me - I will indubitably steer you wrong. Your computer's help files 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!).

Thanks, as always, for following along with my artwork,


Monday, November 24, 2014

A Gift for You (and a gift for others!)



My book of color, "A Dog Named Blue," was released about a year ago. The pages feature full color images of my paintings paired with clever color-centric phrases. You can see inside the book here, and order your own copy (or copies of any of my other publications) here. But keep on reading - you could win a copy, too!

Last week the Warrior Princess got her wings.

Those of you who have been long time subscribers know The Warrior Princess, a friend of my teenage daughter. When The Warrior Princess was diagnosed with leukemia last summer, many of you rallied by donating blood and platelets, purchasing artwork flagged as a fundraiser for her family, donating items for a charity event, and sending notes/cards /prayers of encouragement. You made a difference.

Because of your love and support, she rallied for an extended stay with us. But last week, that time ended, and we said goodbye, fittingly, at a funeral service capped by a community-wide group hug. Because that's what she did - The Warrior Princess brought people together to share love.

I want to keep that spirit alive in her honor. So here's my challenge:

Make a donation to your cause of choice, in whatever amount you can spare. If you don't have a cause of choice, The Warrior Princess's was Leader Dogs for the Blind.

Then comment over here. Tell me what cause you supported. (If you are comfortable sharing why, tell your story, too. There's always the most authentic and beautiful connections between a cause and their supporters.)

Make your donation and comment by 9pm EST on Wednesday, November 26th, 2014.

My daughter will choose a commenter from the pool entirely at random. This person will receive a signed paperback copy of my children's book "A Dog Named Blue."  I will also tuck something special inside - like, perhaps, a gift certificate for a custom portrait.

Please make a note to return here after 9pm EST the 26th to see if you are the lucky winner, because you will need to supply me with shipping information!

Are you up for the challenge?
Hug someone today, Kim

Thursday, November 20, 2014

The 9th Race, On the Turf, In Process


Detail of an in process painting, working title "The 9th Race, On the Turf," 8-1/2" x 24", acrylics on Ampersand gessobord, featuring a field of horses crossing the finish line. Available for $1199, inquiries may come to me.

My head is still at the track, and clearly not paying attention to the snowfall outside, thinking of sunshiney days and bright green grass.

And that First Saturday in May. I'm sure by now you've heard the news that I'm the 2015 Kentucky Derby Artist. I'm still processing what that means, and today I allowed myself to think of nothing but Thoroughbreds, sunshine, and spring like weather.

In process photos are on Facebook - feel free to join in the conversation over there!

Thanks for following along with my artwork,
Warmly, Kim

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Ursula and Daisy



"Ursula and Daisy," 18" x 24", acrylics on cradeled Ampersand gessobord, commissioned portrait of canine sisters, private collection (Thank  you!). Ask nicely if you would like one of these portraits starring your pet (and yes, I offer gift certificates for holiday gift giving).

I've Been Working on These Two For a Couple Days

You can see in process photos here.

I am especially fond of the soft edge work. It amplifies the tenderness between the dogs. And despite the lack of variety in values, there is plenty of interest in the planes.

Many thanks to those who have joined in celebrating my Derby Artist gig! I am delighted to share this honor with all of you - I'll share more info tomorrow on how you can follow along with my journey to the first Saturday in May.

Thanks for following along with my artwork,
Warmly, Kim

Monday, November 17, 2014

Enormously Huge News



Remember The Big Secret Painting From This Summer?

It was the artwork for this coming year's Kentucky Derby.

You can see my finished painting here, order a signed poster here, and read the official press release here.

Saying this is an honor is an understatement. It is more tremendous than anything I ever could have imagined.

And I would not ever have even been a candidate were it not for the love and support of an incredible network of friends and family. I've had a fan club from the very beginning and mentors who were always generous with ideas and inspiration. Add in a little old fashioned elbow grease, and something marvelous was bound to happen eventually.

I still can't believe I'm going to The Kentucky Derby! As the artist! Pinch me! 

Thanks, as always, for following along with my artwork,
Warmly, Kim

Friday, November 14, 2014

A Mystery Trip



My Suitcase is Packed....

....and I'm off!

Wanna guess where I'm going?

I will share photo updates as my weekend unfolds. You can follow along with the beginning of a grand adventure on my Facebook page.

Thanks, as always, for following along with my artwork,
Warmly, Kim

Thursday, November 13, 2014

Hidalgo, FInished



Finished, complete with studio light glare in upper left, "Hidalgo," 16" x 20", acrylics on museum quality panel, commissioned equine portrait of a stunning paint horse, acrylics on a museum quality panel. Ask nicely if you would like one of these portraits starring your pet.

So? is this one of my best ever?

It could be the adrenaline, but I'm feeling that way.

And now it's on to the next painting adventure. Just you wait!

Thanks for following along with my artwork,
Warmly, Kim

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

What's That Smell?


"Sniff," 18" x 21", tissue paper and acrylics collage on Ampersand gessobord, featuring canine noses representing 12 different breed groups. This mixed media piece was created six(?) years back for a poster contest and went into storage afterwards. I think it deserves a home, don't you? So I'll let it go to the first one asking nicely - for an "adoption fee" of $99, including shipping within the US. Excerpt below is truer to color and shows the patterning and detail in each of the noses.

SOLD.


An antique secretery desk is storage for my unsold daily paintings. It's perfect - all the little cubbies are great for nesting panels. And if a piece is too large for the cubbies, it goes into a portfolio behind my wall-to-ceiling bookshelves.

Which means the paintings are out of sight.

Which means I sometimes forget what's on hand.

Which means that occasionally I need to revisit the out-of-sight-out-of-mind-storage.

Which means that this morning I did just that.

I discovered (and then properly stored away) some of my kids' art from elementary school, found a couple of my paintings that should never have originally seen the light of day, and fell in love all over again with most of the others.

And this one? Well, it spoke to me. It said it wanted a home. Let me know if that's your place.

Thanks, as always, for following along with my artwork,
Warmly, Kim

Hidalgo, In Process


In Process, "Hidalgo," 16" x 20", acrylics on museum quality panel, commissioned equine portrait of a stunning paint horse, acrylics on a museum quality panel. Ask nicely if you would like one of these portraits starring your pet.



Hidalgo is picking up where they left off, in a gloriously sized way.

I swear I can hear him blowing and snuffing around the easel when my back is turned. And he's not even finished yet.

I may FINALLY have the pony I've always wanted!

Thanks for following along with my artwork,
Warmly, Kim

Monday, November 10, 2014

Still Waters (Bear), Finished!


"Still Waters (Bear)," 16" x 20", acrylics on museum quality panel, commissioned portrait of a Golden Retriever I've painted more often than my own dog (and hope to paint many, many more times), acrylics on a museum quality panel. Ask nicely if you would like one of these portraits starring your pet.

Some faces are so timeless, I could never tire of painting them. Such is Bear's - I hope to get to create many more pieces inspired by him.

Provided fate continues to allow that. While running errands today, I was delayed by a feral pregnant kitty. I tried unsuccessfully to lure her close enough for a good look (or a quick drive to a warm bed in my garage), but she outwiled me. After a fruitless 45 minutes, I left her a chicken breast, messaged my friend who's an animal control officer, and went on my way.

Only to discover emergency crews caring for the injured at a serious car accident which occurred exactly at the point I would have been sitting, waiting to turn into my next errand, had I not been delayed.

Karma came in the form of this wild little tabby today. I am so grateful for her intervention.

Hug those you love, including your senior dogs. And throw some good out into the world, because you never know when you'll need it to come trickling back your way.

Thanks for following along with my artwork,
Warmly, Kim

Monday, November 03, 2014

Still Waters (Bear), In Process


In process, "Still Waters (Bear)," 16" x 20", acrylics on museum quality panel, commissioned portrait of Bear, a Golden Retriever I've painted more often than my own dog, acrylics on a museum quality panel. Ask nicely if you would like one of these portraits starring your pet.


I've been working on Bear's wet coat, the reflections of light, and the contrast balance for most of the day. Doesn't he look absolutely wonderful?! The end is in sight, very very close, but I'm starting to get cross eyed.

While I am eager to sign this painting, I am also very aware of the dangers of pressing forward when my head isn't totally clear. Which was one of the toughest things for me to learn - when I need to fully embrace patience, and when it is necessary to power through a difficult passage.

So I am going to set him aside for a little this afternoon. Perhaps I'll do some journaling or work on a smaller portrait, but I'm going to give my eyeballs a break and work on something entirely different. 

That way, when I return to Bear (either later tonite or tomorrow), I will be able to clearly see - and paint! - exactly what he needs.

Thanks for everything!
Warmly, Kim

Thursday, October 30, 2014

Still Waters, In Process


In process detail of "Still Waters (Bear)," 16" x 20", acrylics on museum quality panel, commissioned portrait of a Golden Retriever I've painted more often than my own dog, acrylics on a museum quality panel. Ask nicely if you would like one of these portraits starring your pet.

In some ways, it's shockingly wonderful. There are people who care enough about my artwork to pay me. It's crazy! (THANKS!!)

And some of them care enough to buy multiples - I am shipping 5 pieces off next week to a home that already holds far more than that. How lucky am I? (THANK YOU!!)

And there are those who interact regularly via emails and messages, feeding my muse with their questions, ideas, and generosity. You keep my brain dancing with the possibilities. Again, how lucky am I? (and THANK YOU TOO!)

And then there are those, who, for whatever reason, shift from fan to collector to friend. Bear's portrait is going to someone who's done just that, rather gracefully (yes, an intentional play on words, as her "gracefulness" earned her some golden crutches). She does so much more than merely hang my art in her home, and it is ALWAYS a treat to get to paint one of her goldens.

As November looms, a month spent celebrating thanks, I thought I would kick things off early with a special thanks to all of you, for your support, your patronage, and your friendships. You have enabled me to keep my studio doors open for nearly 14 years.  

Thanks for everything!
Warmly, Kim

Sadie


"Sadie," 6" x 8", acrylics on museum quality panel, commissioned portrait of another beagle, also rescued and very beloved, acrylics on a museum quality panel. Ask nicely if you would like one of these portraits starring your pet.

The nice thing about working in a series (like this recent collection of beagles) is that once momentum happens, it's easy to keep moving. My palette is full of rich velvety beagle-y colors, the paintings look wonderful as a grouping, and my client (so far) is very happy.

It'll be a total change of gears tomorrow when I hit the studio. I'll be working on a water dog commission - for those who aren't familiar with my water dog paintings, well, I suppose you will get an introduction tomorrow.

Thanks, as always, for following along with my artwork,
Warmly, Kim

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Beagle Simon


"Simon," 6" x 8", acrylics on museum quality panel, commissioned portrait of a beloved rescued beagle, acrylics on a museum quality panel. This painting has a home, but I can fit just a few more pre-holiday commissions. Ask nicely.

Number 2 of 4 beagle commissions, this is Simon.

I painted ahead a little bit (I had planned on being out of the studio later this week, but that fell through) - you can see in process pics of all 4 over on Facebook.

Which means I may be able to start a water dog portrait this week, as opposed to next...... my brain and fingers are tingley at the opportunity!

Thanks, as always, for following along with my artwork,
Warmly, Kim

November's Desktop Calendar


You can 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 not an expert on operating systems, so if you don't know how to change your desktop wallpaper, please don't email me - I will indubitably steer you wrong. Your computer's help files 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!).

Thanks, as always, for following along with my artwork,


Friday, October 24, 2014

Oliver


"Simon," 6" x 8", acrylics on museum quality panel, commissioned portrait of a rescued beagle with the dearest eyes, done in acrylics on a museum quality panel. This one already has a home, but I can take on a couple more pre-holiday commissions. Just ask me nicely.

Back to the dogs. And back to my regular palette, too - while I loved working with the grays all week, there was something super reassuring about having the opportunity to make decisions today.

Like lime green. And pthalo blue. And cadmium orange.

Those colors make me so happy.

But I know it's all about finding a balance. I'm working in that direction!

Meanwhile, Oliver starts of a pack of beagle faces. You can keep up with them all over on Facebook.

Thanks, as always, for following along with my artwork,
Warmly, Kim

Thursday, October 23, 2014

Obsessed With Plastic Ponies


"Grey III," 6" x 8", acrylics on museum quality panel, depicting a dark bay Schleich model draft horse, $329 to the first asking nicely.

There's a lot to be said for working in a series - it really gives you the opportunity to lose yourself in an idea. This week, my challenge has been using a limited number of colors (5 tubes of paint), mixing harmonious yet colorful grays, while working up simple still lifes inspired by model horses.

I can't stop. I have to - I have some commissions to get to - but I can't stop. I may squeeze another one in later tonite.

So far there's three paintings in this series - Gray I and Gray II remain available. All three of these will look gorgeous grouped together and I will give preferential pricing to any collector who wishes to purchase the collection. Message me!

Pics of all the Gray paintings, including in process ones, are here.

Thanks, as always, for following along with my artwork,
Warmly, Kim

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Painting More Plastic Ponies



"Grey II," 6" x 8", acrylics on museum quality panel, depicting a gray Schleich model pony, $329 to the first asking nicely.

I told you I couldn't wait to get back into the studio last nite. And this is what I painted, while dinner was roasting. Another model/toy horse, a Schleich dappled gray.

Here's the tubes of paint I used:

Titanium White
Cadmium Yellow Dark
Alizarine Hue
Ultramarine Blue
Carbon Black

Been doing computer and paperwork all day, but I've got another one set up, which perhaps I will get to later tonite after a handful of meetings. Fingers and toes crossed it'll work out that way!

Thanks, as always, for following along with my artwork,
Warmly, Kim

Monday, October 20, 2014

Painting Model Horses



"Grey I," 6" x 8", acrylics on museum quality panel, depicting a gray Schleich model pony, $329 to the first asking nicely.

The light is grim in Michigan today, which meant I could set up a still life in the studio and not have much ambient light change affect my setup.

I pulled out this Schleich pony, on loan from a fan who happens to live in my neighborhood AND her daughter dances with mine (go figure! we didn't even know that!), and set out a limited palette.

Titanium White
Cadmium Yellow Dark
Alizarine Hue
Ultramarine Blue
Carbon Black

There is such luminosity here and delicate transitions to my planes - I enjoyed carving this painting out immensely!

So much so that I grabbed another pony and got him all lit dramatically. And then realized it was time to start shuttling kids to and fro. But, once we all are home again, I want to have another go at this. Maybe after dinner and homework.

In process pics (including Gray II) are here.

Who will join me in working with this palette and discovering all the beauty in gray?

Thanks, as always, for following along with my artwork,
Warmly, Kim

Thursday, October 16, 2014

To Do List


Very much in process, "Fall," 12" x 16", acrylics on museum quality panel, depicting a golden retriever frolicking in autumn leaves, $629 to the first asking nicely.

In process photos can be viewed here.


A Typical Day

Check voice mail.
Check and prioritize emails.
Check the studio Facebook page.
Return phone calls.
Touch base with Art Center and relay tonite's class size.
Review needed materials for class and pack.
Tweak lesson plan to include last minute ideas.
Schedule private lesson (this is a gift certificate winner from fundraiser).
Review materials list for my workshop in December. Order what I need.
Photograph paintings and archive.
Send photos to clients.
Connect with new collector to discuss project.
Check and respond to email.
Paint for 90 mins.
Write and schedule blog post.
Touch base with two galleries.
Review open commission inquiries - follow up on lost details.
Brainstorm new workshop on intuitive painting.
Varnish and prep two paintings for shipment.
Post office and bank.
Teach grownUPs Journal class.
Upload to Facebook and comment on class photos.
Pour a glass of wine.
Check and prioritize email.
Respond to remaining hot issues.
Prepare tomorrow's task list.
Make sure brushes are clean.
Lights out. Hopefully brain off.

I didn't get much time at the easel today. Hoping tomorrow will be different!

Thanks, as always, for following along with my artwork,
Warmly, Kim

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Ballerina, Finished



From the Emerging Series, "Ballerina," 11" x 14", acrylics on museum quality panel, depicting a beautiful buckskin filly, $599 to the first asking nicely.

I started this piece two months ago, then got caught up in other projects with deadlines, and set her aside. Until now.

Because today she spoke up, and asked for me to spend some time with her.

I was more than happy to do so. 

And I am thrilled with the way she turned out!

Thank you to Lisa from Team Husar Photography for the rights to Ballerina's inspiration photo - Lisa shares the best inspiration with me, and it's always super fun to work from her photographs (remember photos are not free for your taking, whether you find them on the internet or elsewhere - you must ask the photographer for permission to work from them).

The painting's progression is right here - there are lots and lots of photos!

Thanks, as always, for following along with my artwork,
Warmly, Kim

Monday, October 13, 2014

Hayley, All Finished


"Hayley," 18" x 24", a memorial portrait of a beloved Cavalier King Charles Spaniel, acrylics on museum quality panel, private collection (THANK YOU!). I do have a few spots left for holiday portraits - speak now or forever hold your peace!

Hayley got lots of attention this weekend and today, and I think she may be finished. I just sent jpgs over to my collector and am holding my breath...... 

I am especially happy with the detail and color in her ears, and how they frame her beautiful and tender little face.

In process photos are here.

Thanks for following along with my artwork,

Look at those eyes.....




IN PROCESS, "Hayley," 18" x 24", a memorial portrait of a beloved Cavalier King Charles Spaniel, acrylics on museum quality panel, private collection (THANK YOU!). And yes, I have just a few spots left for holiday portraits - speak now or forever hold your peace!

Here is Hayley's portrait after a few days of work - slow and steady progress is being made. I adore her soulful eyes and those long, silky ears. 

This painting will sing with color and gorgeous, deliberate, brush strokes.

Thanks for following along with my artwork,

Wednesday, October 08, 2014

Bad Dogs




"Bad Dog I" and "Bad Dog II," which I suppose are from the "Emerging" series since they are on darker grounds, each 4" x 6" but completed on one 8" x 6" panel (so they are one painting that includes 2 images), acrylics on museum quality panel, inspired by an old wooden vintage Fisher Price Little People dog, $329 to the first asking nicely. And if you would like, I will cut these two apart so that you will have two separate paintings, all for the price of one. Just ask here!

Yesterday sneaked past when I wasn't looking. Today's doing the same thing.

But meanwhile, I was able to come into the studio last nite for a little quiet time with my brushes and easel, and I eeked out this little panel featuring two versions of a bad dog - one who grins and lies to your face, and another who averts his eyes and pretends he/she didn't do it (we all know both those looks well, don't we!?).

This afternoon I've got a couple appointments piggy backed onto some carpooling, but I'm hoping to get to the paint again late tonite, as I have a big 18" x 24" larger than life commission to make some progress on!

Thanks for following along with my artwork,

Tuesday, October 07, 2014

Feeding My Muse - Two "Sketches"



"Rainbow Fresian I" (above), "Rainbow Fresian II" (below) and the Breyer horse inspiring them, who I'm just now realizing is most likely an Andalusian. Each piece is 19" x 24" acrylics on bristol board, entirely original artwork. They will need to be framed and displayed behind glass. Available via FB auction - Click here for purchase information. 

My Muse Spoke Up......

... and she asked for the artists' equivalent of Girl Scout cookies. She wanted to play with color and line.

So I indulged her by pulling down a Breyer model horse from the top of my bookcase and having fun.

Both of these pieces started as contour drawings, then became embellished with more and more paint. It was a great exercise in less-is-more and it reminded me of the joy I have for my materials.

And then I got super excited thinking about these hanging in a horse crazy little girl's bedroom. What a perfect gift that'll get you to the top of The A List.

Each painting is being auctioned over on the studio Facebook page. Starting bid of $50, complete rules over there.

Thanks for following along with my artwork,

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