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.

Friday, June 23, 2017

Prince Leopold

Prince Leopold. 12" x 12" x 1/2", acrylics on canvas, $309. Inquiries may come to me.
In between waiting for layers to dry on a 24" x 36" panel, I continued with my Frog Princes paintings.
Warm thanks to Team Husar Photography for this leopard frog reference.

Thursday, June 22, 2017

The Real Deal

The Real Deal. 12" x 12" x 1/2", acrylics on canvas, $309. Inquiries may come to me.
I'm running out of references - time to go play in the garden and see if Grandpa Toad wants to do a photo shoot!
And there was that little tree frog hanging out around the fountain the other day too.......

Monday, June 19, 2017

Prince Pessimism

Prince Pessimist. 12" x 12" x 1/2", acrylics on canvas, $309. Inquiries may come to me.
I'm loving all the little warts, and having a perfect excuse to sprinkle in lots of color.....

Thursday, June 15, 2017

The Freckled Prince

The Freckled Prince. 12" x 12" x 1/2", acrylics on canvas, $309. Inquiries may come to me.

SOLD (thank you!)
I may have to make a series out of this. There's some crazy wonderful frogs/toads out there, all begging to be painted......

Wednesday, June 14, 2017

Waiting for a Kiss

Waiting for a Kiss. 12" x 12" x 1/2", acrylics on canvas, $309. Inquiries may come to me.
Aren't fairy tales the best? They were one of my favorite things to read as a child - I loved comparing similar tales from differing cultures.
I've had The Frog Prince in my head for over a week now. Finally able to get around to painting him. And I just might do it again.......

Tuesday, June 13, 2017

His Royal Highness and The Crown Prince

The male oriole is rumored to have a penchant for dressup.  Diptych (two panels specifically painted to hang together), His Royal Highness on the left and The Crown Prince on the right. Each painting is 9" x 12" x 1/2", acrylics on canvas, $289 separately or $499 for both. Inquiries may come to me.
Back in the studio, I'm thinking about that space between actual experience and dreams, where bits of reality stick to ethereal possibilities. 
It's a fascinating place, that juncture between imagination and true events. Anything is possible, like royalty among the Orioles. I mean, it makes total sense for every species to have it's own royal family.

Wednesday, June 07, 2017

Unicorns are highly skilled at camoflauging themselves. That's why you have to search very hard to find them.

36" x 48", acrylics on panel, featuring a unicorn hidden inside a rose bush. Don't despair if you can see her right away - just breathe slowly and look closely. This piece is $3599. Inquiries may come to me. Please and thank you.
I usually buy my flowers from the week-old bucket. But not today. This painting was totally worth splurging on the most insanely gorgeous blush roses. Added bonus - they will last a bit longer than I am accustomed to.

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

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