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, April 19, 2018

Dream


Dream, 15" x 30", acrylics on gallery stretched canvas, $799 plus s&h. Inquiries may come to me.
Another encaustic piece. This time I wanted the horses to melt into the space. Layers of nuanced pours, scrapings, scratching and drawing.

Next comes a BIG one. At least I think so.........

Wednesday, April 18, 2018

Protect

Protect, 15" x 30", acrylics on gallery stretched canvas, $799 plus s&h. Inquiries may come to me.
I've been playing with an acrylic based encaustic-like process - basically suspending my pigments in a translucent, pourable medium sharing many of the same properties as melted wax. This allows me to blend, scratch into, layer, suspend, dribble and do all sorts of delightful things with the paint.

So much to learn!!

Friday, April 13, 2018

And So They Rise

And So They Rise, 24" x 48", acrylics on panel, $1499 each plus s&h. Inquiries may come to me.
Paintings like today's make all the tears, sacrifices, self-doubt, tantrums and paint-overs worth it. This one gives me chills - quite literally. She's extra special - relevant for this perilous moment in time and simultaneously timeless. She carries a bit of my heart and the fortitude and grace of all the women I have loved.
Payment plans available - let's talk if you want her to be flying in your home.
Thanks to Sue Schultz for the title!

Tuesday, April 10, 2018

Parakeets

ABOVE ON TOP, Two (green yellow), BELOW, Two Budgies (turquoise blue). Each original is 8" x 8" x 1/2", acrylics on panel with the image painted around the sides, $159 each plus s&h. Inquiries may come to me.

I am thinking about lines, and how they are far more than just edges. Trying to make each of my brushstrokes line-like. It's turning my brain inside out a bit, although I expect my brain already was a bit inside out to begin with.

Anyways, these would make glorious Mother's Day gifts. With a paypal payment, I can get them to you in time for gifting that first Sunday in May.
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Friday, March 30, 2018

Wonderment

Wonderment, detail above, full painting below, 24" x 30", acrylics on panel, $899 plus s&h. Inquiries may come to me.

I spent today thinking about how children experience the world - everything is new, and much of it is magic. This little one showed up, I suppose to remind me to appreciate that.

It's funny how my paintings give me a place to work through my deepest hurts as well as kisses to make things better.
 
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Marjorie S


Marjorie S, 24" x 48" x 1-1/2", acrylics on gallery wrapped canvas, painted around the sides, $1599 plus s&h. Inquiries may come to me.

I can't help but paint what stirs my heart. This past month, my heart has been stabbed.

I am so afraid for our children. They have a right to FEEL safe in their classrooms. When a fire alarm went off in The Princess's high school - legitimately - two days after the latest school shooting, the students were terrified. Many opted to not leave their classrooms, fearing ambush. Parents and loved ones were phoned or texted while students comforted each other. Staff spent the remainder of the day listening - there was no further instruction..

No amount of safety drills or training can undo what's been allowed to happen in communities across the country. The answer is far more complex than eliminating automatic weapons or improved mental health care or arming faculty or even locking schools down. I am not offering up any answers.

I am, however, moved tremendously by the students of Marjorie Stoneman Douglas High School who are engaging in the sort of dialogue that will lead to positive change. And this painting honors their voices, their hearts, and all those touched by gun violence.

Wrapping you all in love and warmth tonite, and wishing you can do the same with your loved ones.

Friday, March 23, 2018

Carnelian

Carnelian, 24" x 30", acrylics or panel, $899 plus s&h. Inquiries may come to me.

Inspired by a handful of beautiful fossils in my rock collection, Carnelian is a symbol of strength and fortitude. I feel as though I could use an extra dose of that these days.

#neverthelessshepersisted

Wednesday, March 21, 2018

Fossilized, Siren #17

Fossilized (Siren #17)," 24" x 30" x 1-1/2", acrylics on cradeled panel (image painted around sides), $999 plus s&h. Inquiries may come to me.

Somedays the news makes me feel as though humanity has lost every shred of compassion. Yesterday was one of those days. To say that my heart is breaking doesn't even cover the depth of sorrow I feel for our world and, particularly, for our children.

Fossilized is my attempt to paint through the senselessness. Because painting is how I cope when the world seems heavy and cruel.

Wishing you peace.

Tuesday, March 13, 2018

Siren #15

Ok, so I THOUGHT she was done, but now that I'm looking at her on screen, I see some things to adjust. Here is "Siren #15," 16" x 20", acrylics on panel, when finished this one will be $679 to the first asking nicely.

Inquiries may come to me.

It was a rough day in the studio - started out wonderfully with Vianna Szabo, who brought warm pastries over. But afterwards I could not find my groove. Ruined one painting completely, pushed another a decent ways towards it's death, and it looked like this fair lady was heading in the same direction. I persisted, got some good marks on this one and things started looking up. 

And I thought she was done. But now that I'm looking at her, I'm no longer certain. Good thing tomorrow will be a new day!

Friday, March 09, 2018

Where is Spring?

From the top, "Surprise," 6x6x1-1/2"; Flemish Bun, 8x8x1-1/2"; and "Dotted Bun," 8x8x1-1/2. Each acrylic on a gallery stretched canvas, image painted around the sides so no need to frame. These will sit on their own or can be hung directly on the wall. The chick is $99 and the buns are each $149 to the first asking nicely. Inquiries may come to me.

Tuesday, February 27, 2018

BUNNIES!

In front of "Rosie" (portrait of The Princess and not for sale), from left, "Pink Bunny," "Dotted Bun" and "Flemish Bun,"each 8"x8"x2", acrylics on gallery stretched canvas with image painted around the sides (so no need to frame). These will sit on their own or can be hung directly on the wall. Each is $149 to the first asking nicely. Inquiries may come to me.

Monday, February 26, 2018

SPRING!

Kimberly Kelly Santini 
paintings with soul
because our world needs more beauty
 
"Oval Chick," 9" x 12", acrylics on gallery stretched canvas, oval, with painted sdes (so no need to frame). Because I am SO HAPPY we have sunshine today and the snow is melted (I might have just cursed us, so sorry Michigan) I'm going to let her go for $150 to the first asking nicely. Inquiries may come to me.
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Wednesday, February 21, 2018

OKeefe

"O'Keefe," 12" x 14", acrylics on museum quality panel, $499 to the first asking nicely. Inquiries may come to me.

I needed to paint something silly and lighthearted, so O'Keefe, my hamster, became my muse. Originally I was going to have her flying (sort of siren-ish), but I couldn't pull it off. So instead I placed her firmly on the ground, sitting on an O'Keefe painting. Which was an absolute delight to create.

Thursday, February 15, 2018

Tragic

"Tragic," a Siren painting, 24" x 48", acrylics on panel, $1499 to the first asking nicely. Inquiries may come to me.

I used color to work through my tears today. I have no words. There are none. But there's so many feels.

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Wishing love, peace and strength to all who are hurting, today and always. I see you.

Monday, February 12, 2018

Leap of Faith, a Siren painting

"Leap of Faith," a Siren painting, 24" x 30", acrylics on panel, $699 plus s&h to the first asking nicely. Inquiries may come to me.

The second generation of Sirens (you can see the first ones here) has me thinking about the challenges of life. I can't paint these things without first visualizing them, and therein lies the challenge, because we typically cannot "see" an individual's struggle. I've spent lots of time imagining fear, conflict, faith, hope, grace as I jump into these new paintings.

I welcome your thoughts - is this one successful? what else would you like to see me tackle?

Thanks so very much!

Monday, February 05, 2018

Alice Honeybuns

"Alice Honeybuns," 12" x 12" x 3/4", acrylics on cradeled birch panel, $529 plus s&h to the first asking nicely. Inquiries may come to me - ksantini@turtledovedesigns.com .

I love the story of Alice in Wonderland, especially the conflict between reality/dream/imagination that some feel they should debate. To me, the answer to that doesn't matter in the least. It's a delightfully imaginative story.

What I have been thinking about, though, is what emotions Alice might have been feeling as the story unwound. I chose to paint her this time as a precocious and curious girl, stepping into the story with her stuffed bunny (The Velveteen Rabbit is another love of mine).

There's more Alice's in the works - I have 4 of these little panels and plan to make a series of them.

Finally, many thanks to those of you who wished me well last week. I don't usually get sick, and dang, this flu was some serious stuff. I am slowly returning to reality - it felt great to paint for a bit this afternoon.
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Monday, January 29, 2018

Sirens


I've been rather obsessively painting these girls, my Sirens, for 4 months now. Collectively, they line my studio walls, keeping me company, chatting away to each other. We have serious conversations about what color compassion is, how deeply would one's feet sink into clouds, and if it is wrong to consume an entire bag of Hostess chocolate donuts in one sitting.

I would jump back and forth from painting to painting (there's over 40 of them now), making adjustments and revisions as I discovered, or rather, understood, what needed to be changed.

And now it's time to share the first generation of Sirens with you. There's 17 in this round, each distinctively carrying their own message. More remain in my studio, inspiring new girls and continuing our daily chats.

They are each pillars of strength, courage, compassion and dignity. Unapologetically feminine and fierce, they live inside us, some more loudly than others, enveloping our own insecurities with the warmth of their convictions, if only we allow ourselves to hear their voices.

Please enjoy the finished girls on my website. Detailed images of each painting are available upon request, as well as special pricing for those wishing to welcome multiple sirens into their collection. I welcome your response and feedback, as always. 

Thursday, January 25, 2018

Alice

"Alice," 24" x 48", acrylics on panel, $1499 plus s&h to the first asking nicely. Detail below. Inquiries may come to me. (yes, I would be delighted to put together a payment plan for you - please ask!)

I actually signed a painting today! Not that I haven't been painting, mind you, but only a small handful of my girls are truly finished. Even though I've been working on them since September.....

Alice is an homage to Alice in Wonderland (one of my favorites!). I imagine this is what exiting the rabbit hole first looked like. And then the mist cleared......
 

Wednesday, January 24, 2018

I'm Figuring Things Out

(2) in process Siren paintings, each 24" x 48", acrylics on panel Inquiries may come to me.

I'm figuring things out through all sorts of trial and error.
  • My figures must be rooted in the atmosphere of their painting(s).
  • Their movement and gesture are key.
  • Color harmony is all the more elemental given the simplified compositions.
  • Drawn line vs modeled form fascinates me (via the computer you cannot see the delicate drawings woven into the layers of paint).
  • The vertical format highlights the power and strength of these figures.
  • I absolutely love my job.

Wednesday, January 17, 2018

Tiny Dancer

Tiny Dancer I, 24" x 48", acrylics on panel, $1499 plus s&h. Inquiries may come to me.

I have no idea what I'm doing in the studio anymore. I mean, I know I am painting, and obviously I'm painting figures, but other than that, it's a crap shot. I start with a certain idea in my head, like a little girl in a white tutu, and the rest of the composition reveals itself as I go along.

This is entirely different than painting portraits and working directly with clients who expect a certain thing. When I'm painting a commission, the end result is predetermined and my progress (including knowing when the piece is done) is measurable.

With my girls, it's not so obvious. I take them so far, and then wait to see what they have to say about it. Often it takes weeks before I realize, aha!, there isn't enough contrast/my color is too saturated/the ground and figure need to be more fully integrated/something else altogether.

I'm learning to be ok with that. It makes every day a magical adventure.

And who doesn't want a little magic in their life?

Tuesday, January 09, 2018

daVinci Study

Monday, January 01, 2018

Happy New Year!


Finnigan, singing Auld Lang Syne. He was a bit off key. At 14, his hearing's not what it used to be.

This is the first time EVER that I've taken a break between the holidays and mostly unplugged. I cannot tell you what a surprising gift that was - my head is clear and my energy levels are replenished, at least for the moment. And best of all are the memories of time spent with family and friends the past weeks.

My wish for each of you is lots of the same - special times spent with special hearts. Each day is a gift - let's make the most of those we have left!

In that vein, I invite you to take a peek at my class and workshop schedule - the next 6 months have been published on my website. Space is limited - my studio will hold a handful of students in an intimately delightful setting - so please reach out if you are interested. There's monthly art journaling groups, basic painting instruction, and a year long mentoring program. If nothing on the calendar matches your schedule, I can also do individual instruction or skype/facetime consulting by appointment.

And yes, I KNOW there's many of you who want online content - stay tuned! I'm working out the details of a subscription based program that will provide video lessons, self-paced exercises and more!

But now I'm returning to my kids, my couch, and my knitting.
Wishing you a warm evening -
HAPPY NEW YEAR! Kim
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