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, March 10, 2015


"Jack," a painted sketch, roughly 5" x 8" centered on a 9" x 12" mixed media paper, acrylics, private collection (THANK YOU!). As always, inquires may always come directly to me

What's a Painted Sketch?

I offer these once a year or so, in limited quantities. The price point is lower than one of my commissioned panels, but honestly they take nearly as much work, with the same prep and lead in tasks and the larger investment of time mounting, wrapping and shipping. But I love the freedom that comes with being able to sit and draw and really connect with my materials. And I know many in my collector base appreciate the opportunity to get an original work of art at a perfect price for gift giving.

I start with a non flash, copyright free photo, measure out a small space in the center of my page, and start a contour drawing in pencil (with panels, I jump straight to the paint). A box/frame gets added around the face, and I usually have a snippet of something hanging over the edge. I paint loosely, with a few different mixtures of color (not as many as with a panel painting), focusing more on gesture. I take advantage of the while of the paper and often leave spots untouched, which is something I do not do with panels. And I make one pass over the page, so only one layer of color (with the panels, there can be 10+ layers). I erase any remaining pencil lines, inventory the piece, scan it, watermark it, send it to my client for approval, and then hold my breath.

Right now, I'm holding my breath, waiting to hear from Jack's Mom.

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

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