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.

Tuesday, December 29, 2015

Avery


"Avery," 12" x 12", acrylics on a museum quality panel, private collection.

Human portraiture continues to challenge me, but I felt pretty confident that I'd nailed Avery's sweet tender profile and that signature bottom lip. But no one was more thrilled with Avery's painting than my sister in law (and brother!), and they are the best judge of their little girl's likeness.

A little girl who's soon to be a big sister AND a big cousin. We celebrated the welcome news of Kelly family expansion on Christmas Day - there will be 2 more at the table this time next year.

Hope your holidays were extra special, too.
Thanks for your interest in my artwork,
Kim

Wednesday, December 16, 2015

Golden


"Golden," 6" x 9-1/2", acrylics on copper, portrait of a golden retriever. This painting has a new home, and I am thrilled to get to deliver it soon. It's not often that I get to actually see the recipient's reaction upon receipt, since the majority of my paintings are shipped. I think The Reveal is one of the best parts!

Thanks for your interest in my artwork,
Kim

Tuesday, December 15, 2015

Apollo, the Sun God of Rabbits




"Apollo, The Sun God of Rabbits," 20" in diameter, acrylics on gallery stretched canvas, depicting the same black lop-eared bunny from yesterday, but this time in all his true splendor. Apollo is $1499 to the first one asking nicely, and that includes complimentary shipping inside the US. (laugh if you must at my Photoshop skills, but I couldn't figure out how to get a clean circular crop, but trust me, this is a clean circular gallery wrapped canvas with a very crisp, non-ratty edge unlike my photograph above)

Again, many thanks to CC from House Rabbit Society for allowing me to paint from her photo of Luna - I am so pleased to have added this rabbit to my portfolio, not once, but twice!

Tomorrow I'll get to working on the giant race horse that's currently in the studio. And maybe I'll bake something, like Starbucks chocolate cinnamon bread. Because let's be honest, painting is always easier with chocolate.

Thanks for your interest in my artwork,
Kim

Monday, December 14, 2015

Luna Lapin, a painting on copper

"Luna Lapin," 6" x 6-1/2", acrylics on copper, portrait of a black lop-eared bunny rabbit, $599 to the first one asking nicely. In process photos are here, and a short video is also over here.

Let me give a shout out to CC from House Rabbit Society for allowing me to paint her Luna today. Thank you for permission to work from your lovely photo!

Ok, I'm back to work. Tonight I teach!

Thanks for your interest in my artwork,
Kim

Friday, December 11, 2015

Black


"The Black," 8" x 10", acrylics on a museum quality panel, commissioned portrait of one very beloved horse. We all know The Black Stallion, right? I grew up reading and re-reading Walter Farley's novels, and The Black was a favorite of mine.

So when I was asked to paint this Black, even though he lives in a modern day barn, my heart journeyed back to my childhood. This Black became THE Black. Because that's what a little imagination can do.

Prints, cell phone cases, tote bags, tshirts, shower curtains - you name it - a whole mess of goodies are available here, each one featuring The Black.


Also, if you are good at procrastinating (I'm a pro), we have a little time left to gift original art - I have the toy paintings for $75, a few intimately sized pieces under $100, ink and paint pieces for $149, and lots of larger works. $50 (or less) can get you a cell phone case, notecards, tote bags or reproductions. And there's always gift certificates - message me for those details.

Thanks for your interest in my artwork,
Kim

Wednesday, December 09, 2015

William


"William," 9" x 12" oval, gallery wrapped canvas (and the image is painted/wrapped around all edges), acrylics and metallics, $549 to the first asking nicely. Inquiries may always come to me.

There's still time to gift original art - I have the toy paintings for $75, a few intimately sized pieces under $100, ink and paint pieces for $149, and lots of larger works. $50 (or less) can get you a cell phone case, notecards, tote bags or reproductions. And there's always gift certificates - message me for those details.

Nothing says "I love you" like a creative and unique gift.

Thanks for your interest in my artwork,
Kim

Tuesday, December 08, 2015

Blackie


We're going to call this one "Blackie," so as to protect those who might know his/her real identity. Because Christmas is on the line here. "Blackie" is a 6" x 8" portrait, obviously a black dog, perhaps a lab mix, done in acrylics on a museum quality panel. And shortly, Blackie will be shipped, then wrapped and tucked away until Christmas morning.

Blackie is the last of my holiday commissions - which means the pressure is mostly off. I say MOSTLY because I still have "13" to finish - a 30" x 40" exhibition piece that is due December 22nd. 

But meanwhile I'm playing with ink lines and color and curved canvases. Because one of my superpowers is procrastination.

Thanks for your interest in my artwork,
Kim

Monday, December 07, 2015

December Desktop Calendar



I knew my website program was relatively old, but I did not expect this. The operating system upgrade I performed last week rendered my website image management program obsolete. Which means there's no way to reformat images to get them onto my website. 

Which means there is a website overhaul in my very near future.

And which also means there is a new procedure for downloading your desktop calendar.

It is now stored here, and you must go to the first comment, click on the photo, choose the "option" menu, and select the "download" feature.

Every month I will send you a new link. Unless, of course, I am able to wave my website wand and get everything fixed by the end of the year. I'm not going to put any money on that, though - December is cray cray!! However, I am doing my best!

Thanks, as always, for following along with my artwork,
and the Happiest of Holidays to all of you, whatever and however you celebrate, may it be exactly what you desire and need,

Friday, December 04, 2015

Macy's Chicken


"Macy's Chicken," 8" x 10", acrylics on museum quality panel, commissioned portrait of a terrier. One of my last holiday commissions needing shipment! things are all on track, at least for the moment.

Tomorrow night is our town's holiday parade (apparently the largest lighted holiday parade in the country), and both The Caped Crusader and The Princess will be marching, a first for us. The weather promises to be mild, and I'm looking forward to catching a little holiday cheer without risking frostbite like last year. And I won't lie, the best part will be seeing The Caped Crusader in a milkshake costume - he's marching with the Culver's contingent (the local fast food restaurant and his employer).

Hmmm, maybe a pic of that will make our Christmas card this year......

Wishing you a wonderful weekend!
Thanks for your interest in my artwork,
Kim

Thursday, December 03, 2015

Lionhead


"Lionhead," image roughly 6" x 6" on a 9" x 12" foamcore mounted multimedia artboard, ink and acrylics, inspired by The Princess's pet bunny Dorit, $149. Email me if you would like this rabbit for your own - and thank you so much for your interest!

Also, if you are not familiar with Lionhead rabbits, you need to be.  Check them out here and here. And try not to fall in love.

Kim

Wednesday, December 02, 2015

HoHoHo II




"HoHoHo II," 6" x 8", acrylics on museum quality panel, depicting a vintage (unmarked) roly-poly plastic Santa toy, $329 (with complimentary shipping and handling to a US address). In between doing top secret paintings, I'm pulling out older pieces and reworking them. This guy first hit my easel in 2013. I think he's quite a bit more dashing now. Email me if you would like to to own Santa - and thank you so much for your interest!

Kim

Tuesday, December 01, 2015

Crest, a Chestnut horse Painting


"Crest," 3" x 11", acrylics on museum quality panel, depicting a chestnut horse's neckline, $249 (with complimentary shipping and handling to a US address). In the same vein as reworking old paintings with new knowledge, this is a little piece done from a favorite reference photo which I have painted before. Each time I revisit the idea, it turns into something new. Email me if you would like to to own this treasure of a painting - and thank you so much for your interest!

Last year I took the entire month of December off. I'd never done that before. If you recall, in 2014 I encountered far too many goodbyes, and when my daughter's friend got her wings in September (cancer sucks), I decided to focus on family over the holidays instead of taking on extra commission work. I suppose it was a good thing, because in December my minivan got totaled (I had just paid it off!!) and I found myself unexpectedly shopping for a new car. Days later my son's "second mom" passed away (ALS). And then right after Christmas, another dear friend died (have I said how much cancer sucks?). Last December was pretty sucky.

But it's history. 
 
This year I am back to work, painting commissioned portraits (which are all mostly secrets I can't share yet), doing cover art for a specialty magazine (shhh, it's a secret!), creating new works for various exhibitions and taking care of all sorts of other tasks (because when you are a working artist, you have to do it all, from bookkeeping to inventory control to logistics to marketing to IT). 

And making time for family, too. The Man Child turns 21 next week, and a few days later The Princess will be 15. Sniff.

I also have rituals honoring those who have passed away; they give me peace each day, not just during December.

Hoping your month carries beauty, joy, love and family with it. 
Thanks, as always, for following along with my artwork,
Warmly, Kim 

Monday, November 30, 2015

Jingle (AKA Mona Lisa)


"Jingle," 5" x 11", acrylics on museum quality panel, inspired by studio kitty Mona Lisa, $349. This is a reworked painting, one from a couple years back, that needed a little more oomph. Today it got that, splashes of color and an added jingle bell. Do you want Jingle for yourself? email me then!


Hoping everyone had a wonderful weekend - tomorrow rings in a new month. I'm not ready for December!

Thanks for your interest in my artwork,
Kim

Saturday, November 28, 2015

Small Paintings + Special Pricing = Small Business Saturday


I cleaned out my small painting storage yesterday and found a few pieces that I really loved, which, for whatever reason, have not yet found homes.

Which means that you win, because I decided to mark those pieces with special pricing, in the hopes of them finding good homes.

Adopting a painting is a great way to being love and smiles into your home. And there's no litter box cleaning, poop patrol, or pasture picking involved.

Complete info is here.

Enjoy your weekend and thank you so much for your interest in my artwork,
Kim

Thursday, November 26, 2015

I'm Thankful for Passion

Sitting in the Fox Theater last night (pictured above), I realized how blessed I was with all the extraordinary examples of passion present in my life. The theater itself was built with a passion for beauty and entertainment, and has fulfilled that vision consistently since 1928. A track record we can all aspire to.

And I have been gifted with a circle of friends who repeatedly show me passion for
(in no particular order):

Creating
Authenticity
Grace
Love
Music
Movement
Beauty
Empathy
Kindness
Laughter
Health
Living
Integrity
Peace
.
..I could go on and on. But I'll just summarize by saying how grateful I am for
being able to learn and be inspired to be a better person by my teachers and examples.

Which begs asking - what's your passion? and how can you share that this coming 
year?
Happy Thanksgiving,
Kim

Wednesday, November 25, 2015

Holiday Specials


Two messages from me inside one month - I know, this is a little crazy! 

The holidays are upon us, and can kick and scream all you want, but that doesn't change the calendar. So I thought I'd take a moment and share a few gift ideas for fellow artists, animal lovers, and fans of my artwork to help gets lists started.

But first, we've all seen the meme about small businesses, right? That buying from a small business is buying dance lessons for a young princess (true!), music lessons for an aspiring musician (also true!), and team gear/equipment for an athlete (also true!). And as the owner of that small business, I want to thank you sincerely for your support in keeping my dream (working artist) alive, and furthering the dreams of my kids.

Wishing you a Thanksgiving (or holiday) table full of laughter and light,
Warmly, Kim

Kentucky Derby (& Oaks) Posters



Now that American Pharoah has won the Triple Crown and Grand Slam, I can add extra special inscriptions to Derby posters. A limited number of personalized Kentucky Derby and Oaks posters remain available. Please inquire.




Originals Under $100

You read that right! 

I've created intimately sized candy/holiday themed paintings and kept their prices under $100 (more will be coming in the next couple weeks). Looking for something less seasonal? How about one of my toy paintings, all priced at $75. And yes, I combine shipping. Let me know what you are looking for, and I can help. 


Nutcracker Artwork

I've invited friends and past students to create original art featuring a Nutcracker. These pieces will become available as completed. Check back often, and find the perfect gift for the Nutcracker collector on your list.


Gift Certificates 

Gifting a pet portrait is a pretty fantastic thing. I create full color certificates that can be framed for a spectacular presentation. And the recipient gets to participate in the entire process, from concept development to reference selection to the progress itself. Prices start at $399.



Cell Phones, Tote Bags, Throw Pillows, Duvet Covers (the list goes on)

With prices starting at $20 and over 200 images to choose from, there's so much possibility. 



A Dog Named Blue

This book of color is a perfect gift for toddlers from their pet-loving friends and relatives. Each page contains a full color reproduction of one of my animal paintings, with delightful color-centric puns and activities.

Additionally, there are 3 titles outlining my initial years as a daily painter (can you believe I'm in year 10?!) - artists and students alike will enjoy learning about the value of daily painting.





I accept Paypal and personal checks.

Gift certificates and payment plans always available.

I want to get my artwork into your hands. Inquire and let's make it happen.


Many thanks to the following galleries for their hard work every single day of the year. You are welcome to visit and see my pieces (and some other fabulous art) in person.

Spa Fine Art, Saratoga Springs, NY
Equis Art Gallery, Red Hook, NY
AKA Stella Gray, New Orleans, LA



I am seeking additional representation, and would particularly love to find a gallery space in Kentucky. I am not opposed to shipping or personally delivering my artwork elsewhere, either. 

Tuesday, November 24, 2015

Family Outing, nearly finished!


In process, "Family Outing," 16" x 24", acrylics on museum quality panel, depicting four sweet Cavalier King Charles Spaniel rescues. This is a commissioned piece started last week. It's getting closer to being finished (I'm hoping tomorrow, but I have a loooooooong to-do list for tomorrow already). You can follow along with it's progression here. Meanwhile, email me if you would like to talk about something equally special for yourself (commissioned portraits start at $399).

Monday, November 23, 2015

Truffle and Peppermint


"Truffle III" and "Peppermint I" each 6" x 6", acrylics on masonite, $99 each. More calorie-free treats. Email me if you would like to to own one of these paintings.

I am working on smaller paintings, all priced under $100. I am SO sick of hearing about Black Friday for the past month, so I won't be hitting your inbox with multiple updates in these final hours before all the best deals in the universe implode together and create an entirely new planet. But I am preparing a few special things for my collector base.

As with all my work, they are originals, so once they are gone, they are gone. I can do something similar, but I take pride in making unique and special paintings for each of my collectors.

Also, if you are an artist interested in taking the Nutcracker Challenge, take a peek here. Or, if you are a Nutcracker collector, take a peek here. And keep coming back - bookmark it for repeat visits. The Nutcrackers will be multiplying like rabbits!

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

Friday, November 20, 2015

Truffles


From left, "Truffle I" and "Truffle II" each 4" x 4", acrylics on museum quality panel, $99 each. The best kind of chocolate is that which doesn't go directly to your thighs. Email me if you would like to to own one - or both for $180 - of these paintings.

We are under a winter weather advisory for 5" of snow tomorrow. Tell me again why I live in Michigan?

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

Thursday, November 19, 2015

Playmobil SuperGirl (or convict with cape, depending upon your point of view)


"Playmobil SuperGirl," Toy #33, 6" x 6," acrylics on masonite, depicting a Playmobil caped figure. She could easily bring her superpowers to your house - $75 includes s&h. Email me to purchase (and thank you!).

I'm playing teacher at the kitchen table. Well, it feels that way at least, like playing. Today I had a private painting lesson with a student who traveled from out of state (technically, she had a couple of meetings in my area, too, so I'm not letting it get entirely to my head). My studio is kinda dinky for two people to work in, so we set up shop in the kitchen. We even put the leaf in the table so there was extra room.

And played with Playmobil.

And now I'm off to my journaling class. We're playing with watercolor and fountain pens and lists of gratitude tonite.

Thanks, as always, for playing with me,
All my best, Kim

Wednesday, November 18, 2015

What's a Little Mud, Reworked


Above, "What's a Little Mud," 18" x 24" x 1-1/2", acrylics on museum quality panel, depicting a golden retriever who had a darned good time, $2299 (includes shipping and handling to a US address). Detail of the dog's face is below - there's so many different marks and touches of color in this! And this is a cradeled panel, so the image wraps around each of the 4 sides - there is no need to frame (unless you want that visual). Email me if you would like to to own this remarkable painting - and thank you so much for your interest!




Sometimes you do the best you can, but that niggling thought that you could do better won't go away. That's what happened with this painting, which I did back in May. Loved it, but after living with it for a month or so, I felt like there was something off. 

Realized after a bit that the muddy legs were too dark and I had some key value jumps that were missing in the composition.

So today I made myself work on those particular areas, intentionally did not pull out my photo reference, and had a conversation only with the painting (and this dog is a silly one, let me say!).

I figure as long as any painting remains in my possession, it's a candidate for revision when those niggling voices speak up (they are silenced for the moment!). So, if you like this guy now, better take him home! (and yes, I do payment plans, just ask!)

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

Tuesday, November 17, 2015

In Process Detail, Family Outing


An in process detail of "Family Outing," 16" x 24", acrylics on museum quality panel, depicting four sweet little Cavalier King Charles Spaniel rescues (you didn't read that wrong - the painting has 4 faces, but this detail shows 3 of them). This is a commissioned piece, still very much in process, and you can follow along with it's progression here.  Meanwhile, email me if you would like to talk about something equally special for yourself.

Monday, November 16, 2015

Lying in Wait


"Lying in Wait," 5" x 10", acrylics on museum quality panel, depicting a kitten looking for a little adventure, $329 (includes shipping and handling to a US address). Email me if you would like to to own this little guy - and thank you so much for your interest!

SOLD (to the first one asking nicely!)

Something else is lying in wait. The holidays are just around the corner. Yikes. I am so not ready for them!

(PSST - portraits make great gifts, and I do gift certificates. Also, custom cell phone cases and other goodies with my artwork on them. Just saying....)

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

Win This Painting


"Shelter Tabby," 5" x 7", acrylics on museum quality panel, depicting a lovely gray tabby (of course, those who have painted with me will know that gray is never really gray - there's lots of color there!). This painting is being given away to support my local shelter - please read below for details.

The Princess and I visited our shelter last week to drop off a donation.

We were saddened to learn that they were at full capacity with cats. And there were so many wonderful kitties there, all ages, colors and sizes, happy to be played with and loved on. There was a crew of regular volunteers grooming and nurturing and letting us know about personalities/etc, and we enjoyed ourselves for over an hour.

Of course we fell in love with a couple residents. It's impossible NOT to. We can't bring any more pets into our household (we are at capacity here too) but we decided we could still help out by sponsoring a couple cats and raising money. Which leads me to my next point.

See the painting above? She's a colorful and content tabby cat, 5" x 7", which is a standard size that will fit into a simple frame (or look quite wonderful tucked into something custom) and bring a sense of calm where ever you might tuck it. She also would be an insanely wonderful gift for that cat lover on your list. She's ready to take up a quiet residence some place special. It might be your home...... it could be your home - read on!

For every $5 donation made to the Oakland Pet Adoption Center using their online portal, I will put your name in for a chance to win this painting. Yup, you read that right - every $5 you donate will get you a chance to win. Donate $5, get a chance. Donate $20, get 4 chances. See where I'm going?

I'm gonna raise the bar, though, and make it even better. For every $50 donation made to the Oakland Pet Adoption Center using their online portal, I will put your name in for a chance to win a custom 5" x 7" pet portrait valued at $399. Donate $50, get a chance at a custom portrait. ($50 donations earn one chance at the custom portrait, so if you are donating $50 but prefer (10)$5 chances for the kitty painting, please send your email receipt with the subject line of $5 OPAC donation).

So it's pretty simple - make a donation online by next Friday at midnight (that's the 20th) using the specified links. VERY IMPORTANT - Forward a copy of your donation receipt to me at ksantini@turtledovedesigns.com with the appropriate subject line - either "$5 OPAC donation" or "$50 OPAC donation." I will acknowledge that I have gotten your email, and my response will include how many chances you have and for which prize. Winners will be announced on Monday the 23rd.

More official rules: By entering, you acknowledge that you are at least 18 years old and you agree to pay any applicable taxes/shipping costs. Unlimited entries per household. Chances of winning entirely dependent upon total number of entries received. Each entry will be acknowledged as detailed above via email sent from ksantini@turtledovedesigns.com. Sponsor is not responsible for lost or undelivered emails. All entries due by midnight EST Friday, November 20th, 2015. Winners announced on Monday, November 23rd, 2015.

If you aren't comfortable supporting my shelter, I do understand. Or if you are unable to make a donation, I get that too. I do encourage you all, though, to reach out to your local shelter and see what they might need. It's easy to make a difference without breaking the bank. Old towels/blankets? toys? collars/leashes? volunteers? Whatever you can spare will make a difference.

Thanks for helping out homeless pets.

And thanks, as always, for following along with my artwork,
Warmly, Kim 
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