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.

Thursday, November 30, 2017

Angels II


"Angel I1," 24" x 30", acrylics on panel, originally $899, special 12 Days of Christmas pricing $799 plus s&h with holiday delivery inside the US. Inquiries may come to me.

I can't stop looking at her. She's desolate, yet digging deeper. She is ready to breathe grace, love and acceptance into our world. Peek at the detail below - the entire surface is packed with nuance.
 
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Over the next 8 days I'll be sharing some paintings that would make most excellent gifts. These pieces will carry special holiday pricing thru December 15th, 2017. They are one-of-a-kind originals, and once they are gone, they are gone - so please, if you are interested in something, let me know in the timeliest manner possible.
Additionally, if you are in southeastern lower Michigan, I'm hosting a studio Open House in my new space. I've cleaned out my home studio (mostly) of inventory, and there will be lots to see, going back 10 years and more! I'd love to share some holiday cheer, so please, stop by if you can.


Wednesday, November 29, 2017

Angels

"Angel I," 20" x 24", acrylics on panel, originally $699, special 12 Days of Christmas pricing $609 plus s&h with holiday delivery inside the US. Inquiries may come to me.

Angels are emerging in the same vein as the Sirens I've been painting. I think that, like the Sirens, these Angels come to those who need them most. They hear us......
 
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Over the next 12 days I'll be sharing some paintings that would make most excellent gifts. These pieces will carry special holiday pricing thru December 15th, 2017. They are one-of-a-kind originals, and once they are gone, they are gone - so please, if you are interested in something, let me know in the timeliest manner possible.
Additionally, if you are in southeastern lower Michigan, I'm hosting a studio Open House in my new space. I've cleaned out my home studio (mostly) of inventory, and there will be lots to see, going back 10 years and more! I'd love to share some holiday cheer, so please, stop by if you can.

Tuesday, November 28, 2017

Candy Cane

"Candy Cane," 10" x 10", acrylics on panel, custom mounted in silk lined shadowbox, originally $519, special 12 Days of Christmas pricing $459 plus s&h with holiday delivery inside the US. Inquiries may come to me.

This is one of the first paintings Mona Lisa inspired and it's traveled to many an exhibition. I'm still surprised she's not yet found a home - but perhaps it's because she's been waiting for the right one.
 
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Over the next 12 days I'll be sharing some paintings that would make most excellent gifts. These pieces will carry special holiday pricing thru December 15th, 2017. They are one-of-a-kind originals, and once they are gone, they are gone - so please, if you are interested in something, let me know in the timeliest manner possible.
Additionally, if you are in southeastern lower Michigan, I'm hosting a studio Open House in my new space. I've cleaned out my home studio (mostly) of inventory, and there will be lots to see, going back 10 years and more! I'd love to share some holiday cheer, so please, stop by if you can.

Monday, November 27, 2017

Put a Bow on It

"Whiskers," 16" x 20", acrylics on panel, originally $749, special 12 Days of Christmas pricing $649 with holiday delivery inside the US. Inquiries may come to me.
 
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Over the next 12 days I'll be sharing some paintings that would make most excellent gifts. These pieces will carry special holiday pricing thru December 15th, 2017. They are one-of-a-kind originals, and once they are gone, they are gone - so please, if you are interested in something, let me know in the timeliest manner possible.
Additionally, if you are in southeastern lower Michigan, I'm hosting a studio Open House in my new space. I've cleaned out my home studio (mostly) of inventory, and there will be lots to see, going back 10 years and more! I'd love to share some holiday cheer, so please, stop by if you can.

Friday, November 24, 2017

Holiday Gift Guide

"Minx," 24" x 30", acrylics on panel, $899 plus s&h. From the Beribboned Series, Minx features a lovely thoroughbred reminiscent of The Black Stallion's daughter Black Minx. Inquiries may come to me.
 
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If you are shopping for an artist's gift this season, here are a few can't-go-wrong suggestions:
 
  • A museum membership allows the recipient to enjoy a year's worth of programming with family and friends, while also supporting a key element of their cultural community.
  • Blank books come in all sorts of bindings and sizes. Choose one with a heavier paper weight for artists that work in paint.
  • "Color, A Natural History of the Palette" by Victoria Findley is a marvelous recounting of the discovery of pigments by various cultures and the resulting meaning or use of color inside their history.
  • The Koi watercolor travel pan is a fantastic gift for a painter on the go. Pair it with a Niji waterbrush and the possibilities are endless.
  • Reproductions come on many things other than the traditional canvas or paper. Pixels.comoffers shower curtains, cell phone cases, tote bags, towels and more. Of course my work is there - but there's thousands of other artists to choose from too.
  • How's about a learning experience? Art centers offer classes. So do many private artists like myself.
  • Original art is a gift the recipient will enjoy for years to come. If you are uncertain when it comes to selecting a particular piece, ask the artist or gallery space for a gift certificate.
I am happy to help you choose a gift for the art lover/creator on your list. Please reach out!

And happy shopping!

Wednesday, November 22, 2017

Thankful

My new studio space was the perfect setting for a mandala crafted from treasures by my art journaling group.
 
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It's hard to believe that (American) Thanksgiving is tomorrow. Thanksgiving heralds in two birthdays (in this household), holidays split between two families (one in Michigan, the other in Canada) and a quiet us-only end of year celebration. After tomorrow the days will become a blur of preparation, anticipation and celebration.
I am so lucky to be in this moment, surrounded by family and loved ones. We have a warm and dry home, clean running water and plenty of food. I do not take any of that for granted.

I am also lucky to have your support enabling me to paint. For 17 years now YOU have supported my family through the purchase of my paintings. We thank you for that, and wish many blessings and love for all.

Monday, November 20, 2017

Christmas Magic (or Santa snorts reindeer dust)

Christmas Magic (Santa snorts some reindeer dust!), 16" x 16" x 2", acrylics on cradeled museum quality panel (sides painted dark blue), $699 to the first asking nicely. Inquiries may come to ksantini@turtledovedesigns.com .
 
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This year's 12 Days of Christmas will feature holiday themed artwork, of which the above is a preview.. A tease, I suppose, of what's to come. Joyful original paintings to gift a loved one or decorate your home with.
In order to guarantee holiday delivery, I will start my 12 days on Monday, November 27th, which will end them on December 8th, leaving us a good cushion of time for shipping.

Monday, November 13, 2017

Painted Sketches are back!


I offer them once a year! Painted sketches are loosely painted, colorful studies of your furry family member. They carry all the hallmarks of a Santini original with a lower price point.
DETAILS: Sketches are done in acrylic on artists’ paper.  The image is roughly centered with generous margins on a 9” x 12” page (each painting is typically a minimum of 4” wide). Individual sizes will vary. Animal will be placed within a painted framework with potentially an ear/bit of fur popping over the edge. Portraits are colorful, loose, personality packed treasures that should be framed and protected behind glass.



MORE DETAILS: Price includes a single likeness. Clients submit their own copyright-free non-flash photographs. Artist retains creative license to compose sketch, choose background colors, etc. Domestic shipping included in purchase price. International shipping varies. Projects must be confirmed by the artist and ready to go (suitable photos in the artist’s possession and project paid in full) by November 15, 2017. Holiday delivery guaranteed.
Reserve your spot via email: ksantini@turtledovedesigns.com 

Wednesday, November 08, 2017

Fresh Snow

First Snow, 14" x 18", acrylics on museum quality panel, $699 to the first asking nicely. Inquiries may come to ksantini@turtledovedesigns.com .

Want something similar starring your dog? I work from your photos to create an image that is uniquely your pet. Museum quality panels start at $399 - inquire now for holiday delivery. 
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It's been a crazy couple of weeks, between unexpectedly having to purchase a new car, moving into my out-side-the-house-studio, planning an open studio event, shipping work to a new gallery, diving headfirst into an exciting new series of paintings and feeling a bit under the weather. But I'm persisting and learning every day.
Today I learned how to check a head gasket in an engine, took in an exhibition that didn't thrill me much at all (but it's still important to look!), read up on the election results (which were exciting to say the least), played in the leaves with the dogs, and ate my spinach. Now I'm ready for jammies and a book.
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