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.

Wednesday, June 10, 2015

The Twin Spires (Churchill Downs)


"The Twin Spires (Churchill Downs)," 10" square, depicting the famed roofline of Churchill Downs as I saw it in the early morning sunrise during my visit in April. This painting is available for purchase only (no reproductions or other items will be made of it) - $499 gets it to your door. Inquiries may always come my way, and in process photos are here.

The Story Behind This Painting

Well, there's two of them, really.
 
First one:  JettStream Productions (the Official Licensee/Art of the Kentucky Derby) was taken with the colors and style of my June desktop calendar, and asked if I would paint the Town Spires for a "Thank You " card. There was a little arm twisting involved. Ok, I lie.
 
Second one: When The Princess and I visited Kentucky in April, it was her spring break. And I made her get out of bed at an ungodly hour to teenagers just to see morning workouts at Churchill Downs (NOTE: She is not a horse crazy kid, either, although I tried my best). Adding insult to injury, it was in the low 40s that morning, and she had packed for a, well, she had packed for a trip south. To warmer weather. She was a great sport, though, and put up with my drooling over the light and the horses and the architecture and didn't complain about numb fingers until we were done and heading for coffee and pastries. Although payback was hell - she played it well, and negotiated a good 90 minutes inside Forever 21 later in our trip.

This painting was compiled from my sunrise photos of the spires. (I am effectively blocking out memories of that 2 story Forever 21 - I get the heebies just thinking about it!!)

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