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, May 22, 2017

Teaching and Learning

My brave crewe of painters from the Louisiana Art and Artists Guild.
I've been in Baton Rouge the past week, painting alongside these lovelies, working on color, brushwork, and what it means to honor one's path as a creative. They were fearless and inspiring, each one tackling their own wish list of lessons and finding ah-ha moments. Including me!
Now I'm in New Orleans with Dianna Reilly (A.K.A. Stella Gray) for a few days. New Orleans is the perfect setting for further discussion about the way creativity weaves itself into our lives, and how we can best feed it.

There are also grits. Lots of grits.

Friday, May 12, 2017

Mum, Happy Mother's Day

Mum, a new selfie in celebration of Mother's Day
16" x 20", acrylics on panel, part of my ongoing series of self portraits. This one is not for sale - I'm going to will it to a kid with specific directions to hang above their eye level, so that I am always looking down at them, just like when they were all shorter than I...... Meanwhile, inquiries may come to me. Please and thank you.
Self portraits are a remarkable exercise. I've been practicing them at least monthly for nearly 2 years. They are an insightful exploration of mood, energy and outlook. Sometimes they aren't terribly flattering, but I'm not painting them to pretend I'm a supermodel. I'm painting them to become a better caretaker of myself.

Friday, May 05, 2017

They got their hats! These chicks are ready for the Kentucky Derby.

They got their hats! These chicks are ready for the Kentucky Derby.



18" x 24", acrylics on panel, starring two heirloom Derby Chicks. These chicks are fairly common in the south, but up here in Michigan, it's rare to sight them. I've included a detail below so that you will recognize one more easily in the future.

This Derby Chicks painting is $799 to the first asking nicely. Inquiries may come to me. Please and thank you.


Two years ago I was feted all week in Louisville as the official Kentucky Derby artist. The final honor was sitting in our box at Churchill Downs' finish line and watching American Pharoah win the first leg of his Triple Crown. History unfolded for me personally and for the sport I passionately grew up with.

Wishing all involved a safe trip tomorrow.

Thursday, May 04, 2017

Squeaker

Squeaker, a Florus Animalum painting

48" x 48 x 1/2"", acrylics on panel, starring a not-so-tiny mouse sprouting a mass of wildflowers. Squeaker is $4599 to the first asking nicely. Payment plans available. Inquiries may come to me. Please and thank you.
This little one has a huge personality. And probably every color in the world is tucked into his floral crown. What a focal point Squeaker will make......

Wednesday, May 03, 2017

David+Austin

David+Austin, a Florus Animalum painting
36" x 48", acrylics on panel, starring two thoroughbreds nuzzling amid a tangle of english roses. David+Austin is $3599 to the first asking nicely. Inquiries may come to me. Please and thank you.
I've included a detail below. This is an incredibly complex piece full of subtlety, and while it looks pretty wonderful (if I do say so myself) on the computer, it's breathtaking in person.

Monday, May 01, 2017

Pink Peony

Pink P(e)ony, a Florus Animalum painting
24" x 48", acrylics on panel featuring a white pony crowned with a luscious bouquet of blooms. She is $1499 to the first asking nicely. Inquiries may come to me. Please and thank you.
I started this one last August, and forget why she got set aside. Today I practiced all the things I've learned in the past 8 months. Lots of drips, bursts of color, delightful drawn edges. Happy Sigh.

Thursday, April 27, 2017

Peter took advantage of Mr McGregor's distraction over world events to raid the cabbages.

Peter took advantage of Mr McGregor's distraction over world events to raid the cabbages.
18" x 24" x 1", acrylics on cradeled panel (with image painted around the sides), featuring an adventurous cottontail's wildest dream. Peter is $849 to the first asking nicely. Inquiries may come to me. Please and thank you.
I wouldn't put it past him, Peter that is, to have orchestrated the whole thing. He's got connections and a rap sheet. I'm just saying.....

 

Wednesday, April 26, 2017

This Dose of Tall Dark and Handsome is Much Stronger Than Xanax, With The Added Bonus of No Nasty Side Effects

This Dose of Tall Dark and Handsome is Much Stronger Than Xanax, With The Added Bonus of No Nasty Side Effects

24" x 36" x 1", acrylics on gallery stretched canvas (with image painted around the sides), featuring a matched pair of Friesian horses, $1699 to the first asking nicely. Inquiries may come to me. Please and thank you.
I got up early this morning, excited to put the finishing touches on this one.

The drips/focus bleed down the canvas, from right to left, creating a mesmerizing curtain which the horses gently part.

Monday, April 24, 2017

Tiny Fearlessly Steps into the Future Because He Lacks Reasoning Skills. His Bowl is Also Always Full of Kibble.

Tiny Fearlessly Steps into the Future Because He Lacks Reasoning Skills. His Bowl is Also Always Full of Kibble.

20" x 24", acrylics on panel, featuring a spunky daschund mix, $799 to the first asking nicely - inquiries may come to me. Please and thank you.
I wish I could be more like Tiny. Satisfied with kibble and chasing butterflies. I suppose starting by appreciating the simple things is a step in the right direction.

Friday, April 21, 2017

From the mists of uncertainty, a beacon arose

From the Mists of Uncertainty, a Beacon Arose

15" x 30" x 1", acrylics on gallery stretched canvas (image painted around the sides, so no need to frame), featuring a white Arabian. $799 to the first asking nicely - inquiries may come to me. Please and thank you.
Angels don't always come with wings attached. Today's angel is Hope - may you find it safely stashed where you left it, and may you hold it tightly to your heart.

Thursday, April 20, 2017

She Bows Her Head and Honors the Light in All of Us

She Bows Her Head and Honors the Light in All of Us

24" x 30", acrylics on panel, featuring a draft mare cloaked in all the color of the world. $899 to the first asking nicely - inquiries may come to me. Please and thank you.
"The light in me honors the light in you." Regardless of the color of your skin, the religion you practice, your sexual/gender orientation, and so many other factors. Always.

Tuesday, April 18, 2017

The Knight in Shining Armor Was No More Than Eye Candy, So She Left Him Behind When She Had Serious Stuff To Do

The Knight in Shining Armor Was No More Than Eye Candy, So She Left Him Behind When She Had Serious Work To Do 

24" x 30", acrylics on panel, featuring a ghostly mare emerging from an enchanted woods. $899 to the first asking nicely - inquiries may come to me. Please and thank you.

SOLD (TY)
This mare is on a quest for equality, dignity, safety, respect and love for all beings. She's got no time for distractions. Unless they are peppermint coated.

Friday, April 14, 2017

Delusions of Grandeur

Delusions of Grandeur

24" x 30", acrylics on panel, featuring a self important feline. I do have a collector interested, but should they choose to pass, Grandeur is $899 (includes s&h inside the US) to the first asking nicely.

SOLD (TY!)
My whole body is sore. I've been painting and dancing at the easel since 10am. Painting can be quite a workout!

Thursday, April 13, 2017

The Only Thing Brighter Than Carmen's Tiara Was Her Sparkling Personality

"The Only Thing Brighter Than Carmen's Tiara Was Her Sparkling Personality," a Bauble Painting, 9" x 12" x 1/2", acrylics on gallery stretched canvas, featuring a finch sporting just a few carats of ice. This painting is $289 (includes s&h inside the US) to the first asking nicely.

Started spring cleaning the studio this weekend. Found a stash of girl scout cookies I'd forgotten about. They expired in 2013. I stuck them in the freezer for 48 hours to kill any bacteria. Can't waste Samoas!

Tuesday, April 11, 2017

Nobody Ever Accused Gertrude of Eating Like a Bird


Nobody Ever Accused Gertrude of Eating Like a Bird

A Bauble Painting, 12" x 12" x 1/2", acrylics on gallery stretched canvas, featuring a rather curvacious finch. This painting is $309 (includes s&h inside the US) to the first asking nicely.  

This week it's been all about drips and stripes and sparkles and modeled vs flat space while trying not to think of current world events. Wishing I could wrap every child in an iridescent magical hug and make them safe and loved and valued.

Wednesday, April 05, 2017

For Me? You Shouldn't Have!


For Me? You Shouldn't Have!

A Bauble Painting, 9" x 12" x 1/2", acrylics on gallery stretched canvas, featuring a bullfinch with a diamond crown (what DO you get a chick who has it all?). This painting is $289 (includes s&h inside the US) to the first asking nicely.  

The Princess drove me to the art supply store, where I bought 25 canvases. They are patiently waiting for the next flock of birds. Or mice. Or whatever I feel like painting next.

I might have also bought a new pair of Converse.

Tuesday, April 04, 2017

Goldie, a Lesser Goldfinch, Bolsters Her Inferiority Complex with a Jeweled Tiara


Goldie, a Lesser Goldfinch, Bolsters Her Inferiority Complex with a Jeweled Tiara

A Bauble Painting, 9" x 12" x 1/2", acrylics on gallery stretched canvas, featuring a goldfinch with a teeny tiny tiara matching her self esteem. This painting is $289 (includes s&h inside the US) to the first asking nicely.  

Work in an obvious series, my friend Robert coached. It'll help you figure things out clearly and in an organized fashion. Little did he know he was unleashing a painting monster......

Monday, April 03, 2017

The Bluebird of Happiness


"I'd Be a Bluebird of Happiness Too With All That Ice,"

A Bauble Painting, 9" x 12" x 1/2", acrylics on gallery stretched canvas, $289 (includes s&h inside the US) to the first asking nicely.  

SOLD (TY!)

I'm off to purchase more canvases. The birds are flying north - my feeders and houses are filling with occupants. So many muses, so little time......

Friday, March 31, 2017

Priscilla Has a Resting Bitch Face

"Priscilla," a Bauble painting, 9" x 12" x 1/2", acrylics on gallery stretched canvas (painted around the sides, so she can hang directly without framing if you choose). Available to the first asking nicely, $289 (includes s&h inside the US). Thank you so much.

Last Saturday I purchased (7) of these panels. I have one left -- my muse has been keeping me busy! Guess it's time to purchase a few more.....

I am currently accepting a couple of pet portrait commissions. Snag one now for Mother's or Father's days, or even a graduation gift. Email me for details - and thanks!

Thanks for supporting my art,
Warmly, Kim

WORKSHOPS: 

May 17-20th, Baton Rouge, Louisiana. Please contact Betty Klenke for more information. 

June 21-23rd, Montague, Michigan. Please contact Korrine Rogers for more information.

Thursday, March 30, 2017

Princess Crabby Pants

"Princess Crabby Pants," another Bauble painting, 9" x 12" x 1/2", acrylics on gallery stretched canvas (painted around the sides, so she can hang directly without framing if you choose). Available to the first asking nicely, $289 (includes s&h inside the US). Thank you so much.

She was grouchy from the get go. But absolutely darling, too.

Also, wanted to mention I have time to accept a couple of pet portrait commissions. Now is the perfect time to snag one for Mother's or Father's days, or even a graduation gift. Email me for details - and thanks!

Thanks for supporting my art,
Warmly, Kim

WORKSHOPS: 

May 17-20th, Baton Rouge, Louisiana. Please contact Betty Klenke for more information. 

June 21-23rd, Montague, Michigan. Please contact Korrine Rogers for more information.

Wednesday, March 29, 2017

Little Missy

"Little Missy," the newest Bauble painting, 9" x 12" x 1/2", acrylics on gallery stretched canvas (painted around the sides, so she can hang directly without framing if you choose). Available to the first asking nicely, $289 (includes s&h inside the US). Thank you so much.

SOLD (TY)

I am deep into exploring the boundaries between painting a realistic form and setting it into a dreamscape, while at the same time pushing my paints to do things I've never tried before.

And creating joyous images.

Best. Job. Ever.

Thanks for supporting my art,
Warmly, Kim

WORKSHOPS: 

May 17-20th, Baton Rouge, Louisiana. Please contact Betty Klenke for more information. 

June 21-23rd, Montague, Michigan. Please contact Korrine Rogers for more information.

Monday, March 27, 2017

Princess Aurora

"Princess Aurora," another Bauble painting, 9" x 12" x 1/2", acrylics on gallery stretched linen (painted around the sides, so she can hang directly without framing if you choose). Available to the first asking nicely, $289 (includes s&h inside the US). Thank you so much.

SOLD (TY)

Make way for ducklings.....

Thanks for supporting my art,
Warmly, Kim

WORKSHOPS: 

May 17-20th, Baton Rouge, Louisiana. Please contact Betty Klenke for more information. 

June 21-23rd, Montague, Michigan. Please contact Korrine Rogers for more information.

Saturday, March 25, 2017

Pip Squeak

"Pip Squeak," from The Bauble paintings, 9" x 12" x 1/2", acrylics on gallery stretched linen (painted around the sides, so she can hang directly without framing if you choose). Available to the first asking nicely, $289 (includes s&h inside the US). Thank you so much.

Seriously, peeps, how can you NOT fall in love with this one?! 

Thanks for supporting my art,
Warmly, Kim

WORKSHOPS: 

May 17-20th, Baton Rouge, Louisiana. Please contact Betty Klenke for more information. 

June 21-23rd, Montague, Michigan. Please contact Korrine Rogers for more information.

Friday, March 24, 2017

Cameo

"Cameo," 12" x 16", acrylics on panel. Available to the first asking nicely, $579 (includes s&h inside the US). Thank you so much.

Thanks for supporting my art,
Warmly, Kim

WORKSHOPS: 

May 17-20th, Baton Rouge, Louisiana. Please contact Betty Klenke for more information. 

June 21-23rd, Montague, Michigan. Please contact Korrine Rogers for more information.

Thursday, March 23, 2017

Pearl

"Pearl," 9" x 12", acrylics on panel. Available to the first asking nicely, $249 (includes s&h inside the US). Thank you so much.

I can't stop painting mices.......I may need an intervention.....

Thanks for supporting my art,
Warmly, Kim

WORKSHOPS: 

May 17-20th, Baton Rouge, Louisiana. Please contact Betty Klenke for more information. 

June 21-23rd, Montague, Michigan. Please contact Korrine Rogers for more information.

Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Fleur

"Fleur," 12" x 12", acrylics on panel. Available to the first asking nicely, $249 (includes s&h inside the US). Thank you so much.
Thanks for supporting my art,
Warmly, Kim

Monday, March 20, 2017

Maybelline Occasionally Over-Accessorizes

"Maybelline Occasionally Over-Accessorizes," 20" x 20" x 2, acrylics on cradeled panel, painted around the edges, so there is no need to frame. Available to the first asking nicely, $799 (includes s&h inside the US). Thank you so much.

We all have friends like Maybelline, don't we? they just don't know when to stop......

Thanks for supporting my art,
Warmly, Kim

Saturday, March 18, 2017

Emerald (aka Emmie)

FINISHED: "Emerald (aka Emmie)," 10" x 24", acrylics on panel. Available to the first asking nicely, $649 (includes s&h inside the US). Thank you so much.

Working a little today, taking advantage of an empty house and a quiet snow falling outside. Looking forward to spending the afternoon with a book and a cat on my lap!

Thanks for supporting my art,
Warmly, Kim

Wednesday, March 15, 2017

Pinkie, Reworked

FINISHED: "Pinkie," from The Beribboned Series, 12" x 16", acrylics on panel. Available (when finished) to the first asking nicely, $579 (includes s&h inside the US). Thank you so much.

Pinkie got a facelift, literally. I put all my references away, including the ribbon setup. I redrew her features from memory, then decided that she needed to be a lighter value than the ribbon. Then I adjusted the bow a bit, too, and tucked her ear behind, so it all perched perfectly on her head.

Because I was able to listen to the painting (instead of being married to my references and original concept), Pinkie's portrait turned out far nicer.

Thanks for supporting my art,
Warmly, Kim

Monday, March 13, 2017

Minnie Loves Playing Dressup

"Minnie Loves Playing Dressup," (yes, that's a bit of glare on this one as it's a gray day and I'm working under studio lights), 16" x 20" x .75", acrylics on cradeled panel (and painted around the sides, so no need to frame!). $699 for this dear little mouse, including s&h inside the US. Inquiries to me, and thank you so much.

Minnie made me laugh all day long. She's got a great sense of humor.


She is also done overtop another piece that had lots of texture, which is delightfully showing through. Harlequin patterning and various scratched in lines/patterns.

Thanks for supporting my art,
Warmly, Kim

Thursday, March 09, 2017

Cheep


ABOVE: "Cheep," a 12" x 9" oval, acrylics on gallery stretched canvas and painted right around that edge (no need to frame!), $249.  BELOW, FROM LEFT: "Chick 1" and "Chick 2", 8" square, acrylics on canvasboard, $75 each. All inquiries may come to me, and thank you so much.

NOTE: Chick 1 has sold, thank you.

Today's goals included befriending yellow (she can be a miserable wench at times) while learning more about chicks, which, as you know, I am newly obsessed with.

These studies aren't as detailed as my other pieces, but they have a certain je ne sais quoi, so I've priced them specially just for you.

Thanks for supporting my art,
Warmly, Kim



Wednesday, March 08, 2017

Catnap

"Catnap," a portrait of studio kitty daVinci, 12" x 12", acrylics on panel. Available to the first daring to invite Vinnie into their home. He's been peeling wallpaper from the walls and taunts the crated puppy ridiculously. Although the painted version should behave far better. $200 will get you a cat. Inquiries to me, and thank you so much.


And yes, I am still doing commissioned pet portraits, starting around $300 for a museum quality painting. A portrait is a fabulous way to honor our four legged family members. Reach out if this is something you are considering - I do a couple of them each month.

Thanks for supporting my art,
Warmly, Kim

Tuesday, March 07, 2017

Peep

 
"Peep," from The Beribboned Series, 16" x 20", acrylics on panel. Available to the first asking nicely, $649 (includes s&h inside the US). Thank you so much.

Can you see Peep and Chickie hanging together (pictured below)? Like in a toddler's room, a nursery, a powder room, a bright hallway...... the possibilities are endless. I would love to see them go together, which means special pricing for one lucky collector - $999. We can put a payment plan together, too (that applies to any purchases of original art) - message me if you are interested.

Thanks for supporting my art,
Warmly, Kim


Monday, March 06, 2017

Chickie

"Chickie," from The Beribboned Series, 16" x 20", acrylics on panel. Available to the first asking nicely, $649 (includes s&h inside the US). Thank you so much.

Nobody paints chicks like Alecia Underhill. They are BIG and soft and full of yummy color. Here's a little print of one of my favs of hers, Grumpy Chick.

I gave my chick a good try, nonetheless, with her blessing. And I had a great time! You can bet there will be more of these.... it IS almost spring, after all!

Thanks for supporting my art,
Warmly, Kim

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