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.

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Meanwhile, thanks
so much for your continued support of my artwork.

Thursday, January 08, 2015

The Dark Knight (yes, it's Batman!!)

"The Dark Knight," 6" x 18", Golden acrylics on a Raymar panel. This portrait of the original Caped Crusader (not to be confused with my son The Caped Crusader) is inspired by an action figure I snagged at a flea market this summer. You can tuck this masked man somewhere special in your home and never even have to reach for the batphone. The painting is $329, including s&h inside the US. Batphone, Robin, Alfred and the Commissioner not included. Inquiries may come to me.

Oy. Yesterday Was Difficult.

The proof is here. I tried to finish The Princess's dance portrait. And then I tried again. And again. But it just wasn't happening. I struggled with my drawing, her anatomy, and then the value of the background. Nothing was working (and yes, I have these days too!).

I thought I'd tackle her today, but when I stood in front of my easel this morning, honestly, the painting was a hot mess. And I got a little intimidated (and yes, I have that same inner critic you do!).

The painting can be worked out. But I wasn't feeling the love today.

So I reached for something a little more inside my comfort zone than the human figure all twisty and foreshortened and graceful and in movement and stuff (what the <> was I thinking????). I grabbed a toy.

Don't judge me. He's still a human figure, albeit a plastic one.  I added a little torso twist. Got that fan going, too, to billow his cape properly and add a suggestion of movement to the painting.

He's a couple steps down the difficulty scale from my dancer, but he was totally doable. And my painting mojo doesn't feel as bruised today.

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

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