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.

Monday, March 30, 2015

Available Paintings - March 30, 2015


The following paintings are available for purchase directly from my studio. These original works, unless noted, are acrylic on museum quality panel. All prices include s&h within the US. Multiple paintings can typically be shipped together, returning collectors receive 10% off purchases, and I do accept payment plans (6 month plan with art shipped upon completion of payments). 

Thanks so much for your interest in my artwork! 
Warmly, Kim



"New Year's Queen," 12" x 16", $768. Inquire directly to me.




"Polar," 8" x 8", $399. Inquire directly to me.





"The Dark Knight," 6" x 8", $329. Inquire directly to me.



"Pinscher Butt," 8" x 8", $399. Inquire directly to me.




"Golden Butt," 7" x 16", $588. Inquire directly to me.






"Because He Can," 8" x 10", $469. Inquire directly to me.

Friday, March 27, 2015

Easter Bunny III


From last April, "Easter Bunny III", 10" x 10" (my scanner only grabbed 10" x 9", but the missing sliver is a continuation of the darker ground and whiskers), acrylics on museum quality panel depicting a sweet lop eared rabbit. This painting is yours for $539 and proceeds from this sale will benefit bunny rescue at my local no-kill animal shelter. Inquiries may come directly to me.

SOLD (thank you!)

The pace of the week is carrying into my weekend. We have a lacrosse game and team dinner, a friends and family drumline performance and fundraiser, winter percussion State Championships, and a 3 day dance competition that starts in 2 hours.
I'd best get moving!
Enjoy your weekend!

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

Thursday, March 26, 2015

Colby, Painted Sketch


"Colby", a small painted sketch, done in acrylics on paper, private collection (THANK YOU!). Inquiries may come directly to me

I did a handful of new sketches today, of which Colby is a shining example. Don't you love his goofy face? he's so chill, just hanging out, soaking up the sun.
 
I also did another reverse painting on plexi, and got it scanned and onto FineArtAmerica. I don't think that there's enough unicorn art in the world, do you?
 
Now I'm off to freeze my butt, err, cheer my butt off, at The Caped Crusader's lacrosse game. I'll be the one in the stands zipped into a heavy duty sleeping bag. And I'm packing a cowbell. Yeah, I'm that mom.

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

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Studio Happenings


Just a sampling of some recent creativity, clockwise from upper left, detail of "Charlie"s painted sketch, detail of a racehorse themed contour drawing, and detail of a journal page. Inquiries may come directly to me

A couple days went by and I didn't get a chance to blog/email. I promise I'm not slacking!
 
I've been finishing up the 20 sketches sold in February (my goal was to have them done and shipped by the end of this month - I'm nearly there!), working on 36 new contour drawings (to be revealed at a local Kentucky Derby poster signing event next month), keeping abreast of my homework (remember Year of the Spark?), communicating with my galleries about their Derby Day plans, keeping my desk clean (that means staying on top of paperwork and emails!), continued research about painting on copper (I got my copper panel last week), prepping (6) 16"x20" underpaintings for my Stanka Kordic workshop (I am giddy with anticipation), art journaling (I'm hooked on daily self portraits and no I'm not ready to share them - yet!), and finalizing a fundraiser for the dance studio (there was much rejoicing when the final pizza kits went out the door last night!).

Every so often I share an image of what I'm working on or something inspirational over on the studio FB page. Just in case you miss me, you can go get a full dose of Santini whenever you need it there.

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

Saturday, March 21, 2015

Chestnut, Finished


"Chestnut" 24" x 12", acrylics on a museum quality panel, depicting a chestnut mare with a little bit of flash. And some glare on the far right - my apologies - with the glossy ground, this is a very difficult piece to photograph, and I'll have to get her done professionally! This painting can be yours for $1499, which includes s&h inside the US. There's a mess of in process photos here, including detail shots. Inquiries may come directly to me

This piece is my new all time favorite. Here's why.

The color is a bit flatter in this photograph than it is in person. This painting is vibrant and delicious! That dark ground? It's really a sea of blue to green. And those pinks in her shoulder? I teared up a little over them. Yeah, I'm a color geek.

The movement is true. I can feel her stepping forward, I can see the sun glistening off her muscles, and I can hear her feet hit the ground.

The brushwork looks tight in this email, but trust me, it is the same loose and lively sorts of marks you are used to seeing in my pieces. And it accents her form without overwhelming it (I got scared when working on her mane, thinking I was pushing things too tightly, but I was mistaken).

And my final test as to whether a piece is a fav? If it looks just as I remembered it when I return to the studio in the morning. Chestnut looked even better.

Now to figure out how to top her!

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

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

Smitty, A Painted Sketch


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

Got lots more accomplished on The Road to the Kentucky Derby today! Finalizing details with a couple of my galleries (they are throwing Derby shindigs!), working on tasks related to local poster signings and Derby events that I'm a part of, did a little jewelry shopping for Derby day, worked a smidge on my travel itinerary, made appointments for car, hair and nails, and managed to finish two sketches.

 
Not bad given that Wednesdays are my short days in the studio! Every Wednesday I have a late breakfast with The Caped Crusader before driving him into school, and then just 4 hours later I collect The Princess directly from her school for a volunteer gig. I love that my job allows me to be a hands on Mom.

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

Tuesday, March 17, 2015

Harold, Painted Sketch


"Harold," a painted sketch, roughly 5-1/2" x 6-1/2" centered on a 9" x 12" mixed media paper, acrylics, private collection (THANK YOU!). As always, inquires may always come directly to me

Yesterday I made a list of all the things that needed to happen before The Kentucky Derby. It was a daunting list, and it scares me. But it's also nice to have everything identified that needs to happen.
 
Things like finding shoes, creating new marketing materials, doing a large scale mailing, shipping fresh inventory to my galleries, freshening up my website, building a slideshow presentation of my experience, finalizing various poster signing/appearance details, picking up my Derby dress from the seamstress, finishing up the sketches sold last month, creating more racing scene contours, taking care of final details on the new painting process video, connect with a couple mentors to mentally prepare for the week, completing two big pieces with big Derby-related plans.
 
Today I marked 4 things off that list - and it's only 4pm! After carpool duty, I may be able to mark something else off.
 
Or I may just tuck in to an old fashioned Irish dinner!

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

Monday, March 16, 2015

Chestnut, In Process


"Chestnut" 24" x 12", acrylics on a museum quality panel, depicting a chestnut mare with a little bit of flash. This painting can be yours for $1499, which includes s&h inside the US. There's a mess of in process photos  here, including some detail shots. Inquires may come directly to me

You may have noticed I'm sharing more in process paintings lately. This is because I have made a conscious choice to work in a larger scale, and that means I can't always finish a painting in one day.

This is an important piece of my growth as an artist, but I know it's not nearly as fun to see unfinished works all the time, too. Please bear with me as I work through some kinks and figure out the best way to handle this.

Would you rather I posted less frequently, but only shared completed works? or do you prefer the regular updates, even if some of the paintings are unresolved?

Thanks for weighing in!

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

Sunday, March 15, 2015

The King


"The King (Elvis)," 6" x 8", acrylics on a Raymar panel, a portrait of none other than The King Himself, still life done from a vintage doll (stamped "1984 E.P.E" on the back!), $329 to the first one raising their hand. Inquires may come directly to me. In process pics are here

Today started with a little extra sleep (can never go wrong with that!), then a private art lesson with one of my favorite young ladies, then some loud music and dancing solo at my easel.

Now I'm off to deliver a pre-lacrosse practice snack to one kid, collect another from a volunteering gig, and get in a powerwalk all before the sun sets.

Hope your day has been just as excellent!

Thank you, thank you very much!

 Happy Weekend, Kim 

Thursday, March 12, 2015

Spring, in Process


"Spring," 9" x 30", mixed media, reverse painted, on museum ULVS plexiglass. This piece will go to the first one asking nicely for $699. As always, inquires may always come directly to me.

SOLD (TY VERY MUCH!)

I started painting on plexiglass last month, and after a little adjustment (one has to assemble their painting in reverse, from tiny marks to bigger ones), fell totally in love with the process.

Here is my latest, not quite finished, with nods to Van Gogh, Klimt and Matisse, along with other personal imagery and symbols. It began innocently enough as a doodle on the back of someone's homework, started while breakfasting with The Princess one morning. She challenged me to run with the idea (giant daffodils chasing a rabbit), and run I did!

Close up details of the progression are here and a few more here.

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

Wednesday, March 11, 2015

Harry, Painted Sketch


"Harry," a painted sketch, roughly 4" x 5" centered on a 9" x 12" mixed media paper, acrylics, private collection (THANK YOU!). As always, inquires may always come directly to me

As if it's not enough pressure, having to paint something pretty much every day AND share it via my email blast and blog, tomorrow I have raised the bar on myself. Yes, I am a glutton for punishment.

I will be joined in the studio by a videographer. Her assignment? To film the creation, start to finish, of a painting.

God I hope I sleep tonite.

Nobody wants to see me with major bags under my eyes, all crabbing out at the easel, because I can't make the paint go where it's supposed to.

Let's hope things don't play out that way!

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

Tuesday, March 10, 2015

Jack


"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 

Friday, March 06, 2015

Poofus (Best Dog Name EVER!)


"Poofus," a contour doodle, 9" x 12", ink and paint on bristol board, private collection (THANK YOU!). As always, inquires may always come directly to me

Another busy day, but this one I anticipated, which somehow makes things better! Yoga-ed, grocered, lunched with The Man Child, ran an errand for The Caped Crusader and helped The Princess pack and ready for this weekend's dance competition.

I'd love to lay my head down now, like Poofus, and take a quick nap.

Thanks, as always, for following along with my artwork!
Enjoy your weekend, warmly, Kim 

Thursday, March 05, 2015

Racehorse I, Contour Drawing


"Racehorse I," a contour drawing, roughly 5" x 9", ballpoint pen on paper, available for $75, including s&h inside the US. As always, inquires may always come directly to me. SOLD (TY!).

A similar styled piece, with paint added, is available via auction benefitting the Equis Gallery Relocation Fund is also available - learn more and bid here

It seems as though every day this week has taken an unexpected turn or been consumed with meetings, phone calls and various appointments. I miss my quiet days in the studio with my paints.

But that doesn't mean I'm not creating!

It used to be that I refused to touch any art supplies if I didn't have 3-4 hours to work uninterrupted. Three kids and a busy household taught me that no amount of meticulous planning or patient waiting would ever guarantee that.

Compromising hurt my pride for a little - but, in the long run, it enabled me to embrace the moments I do have to create. Even if those moments are limited to doodling in between other tasks.

My new love affair with contour drawing is perfect for days like today, split between meetings, multiple phone consults, parent-teacher conferences, and a bit of email work.

I'll have a quiet household tonight (presumably), and I envision more of these, coupled with spinach tortellinis and pesto, a dry red and Zoe Keating.

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

Wednesday, March 04, 2015

Silly Old Dog, pARTy-ing it Up!!


"Silly Old Dog," 11" x 14", acrylics on panel, depicting Gracie, our neighbor's lab mix. This painting is done in Golden acrylics on an Ampersand gessobord and can be yours for $599, including s&h within the contiguous US. In process photos are on the Studio FB page. pARTy details are here. Inquires may come directly to me

Let's Make a Habit of pARTy-ing

Zevon's pARTy was well attended (and is still ongoing until the end of this month!). I got so many great compliments about the opportunity, that I decided to host another!

If you are new to the concept, it's simple - someone shares the rights to one of their photographs, and challenges creatives to make artwork inspired by the photo. All of the work is then displayed collectively, for the whole world to see the variety of interpretations and possibilities resulting from the one image.

I've chosen my neighbor's dog Gracie as our next pARTy guest. The reference photograph is here. Please respect that this photo is being shared purely for the creation of artwork, and is not to be repurposed in any other way.

You are now free to create your own interpretation of her. Please respect each artists' creations and do not copy any of the other art being displayed (because that would be violating copyright law). And if you are sharing your work online, it sure would be nice to give photo and pARTy credit where due!

Send jpgs of your finished work, watermarked with your name/website, to me. Include in your email any text you would like to appear in the caption.

I will add all artwork created by April 30th, 2015, to a photo album on my Facebook page created specifically for this purpose.

Ready? set? paint!!

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

Tuesday, March 03, 2015

Silly Old Girl, In Process


"Silly Old Girl" 11" x 14", acrylics on a museum quality panel, depicting a my neighbor's sweet old girl, Gracie May. This painting can be yours for $599, which includes s&h inside the US. And in case you didn't see them, in process photos are here . Inquires may come directly to me

'll admit it, I spent a good amount of this morning sitting on the couch, mesmerized by the falling snow. Not sure it it was because of it's insane beauty, or because I couldn't believe it's STILL snowing, but it is what it is, and i will own that.

Meanwhile, later in the day, after catching up on email (which may or may not have been done in pajamas, via my ipad, from the couch, while the snow fell), I started this new piece, inspired by Gracie, a muse of 10+ years. You see, after having coffee and other goodies yesterday morning at her house, she played this coy game when I got up to leave. She didn't want to have to get up herself. And honestly, I would have loved to stay and play at a lot longer, but the real world called.

And now the snow has stopped falling, the sun is set, and it's time to wind down. I'll finish Gracie tomorrow. Unless the snow starts falling again.....

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

Monday, March 02, 2015

Tabby Kit


"Tabby Kit," 5" x 7", acrylics on a museum quality panel, depicting a tiny little orange striped guy from Morgue File. This painting can be yours for $289, which includes s&h inside the US. And in case you didn't see it, a little doodle of him is also available for sale here. Inquires may come directly to me

Although it certainly doesn't FEEL like spring here (snow and ice and wind chills, brr!), I can tell that spring is coming. The mercury is rising a wee bit each day and the days are getting longer and brighter. Over the weekend we drove with the moonroof open just to feel the sun's meager and oh-so-very-welcome warmth (although the heat in the car was cranked, too, in the interest of full disclosure!).

I wanted to work with spring-like colors today, and this little guy was still on my mind, so I grabbed a small panel and got to work.

Of course, I also have Poppy to finish and some changes to make to another portrait and a pile of panels to varnish and a week's worth of class assignments to catch up on, so I really should have been working on things other than starting a new piece.

But that was my present to myself today - playing hookey of sorts, from my to-do list!

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