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, August 30, 2018

A Rose Among the Thorns

"A Rose Among the Thorns," 15" x 30" x 1", acrylics on a gallery stretched canvas, $649 to the first asking nicely. Inquiries may come directly to me.

Because no matter how stabby life can get, there will eventually be something insanely beautiful that comes from the tangled mess.

Special thanks to Cedar Knoll Farm for sharing their marvelous Dexter as inspiration for this painting.

Thursday, August 23, 2018

The Dregs of Summer

"Battlement," Siren #55, 36" x 24" x 1-1/2", acrylics on cradeled panel, $1599 to the first asking nicely. Yes, I can ship worldwide and yes I will set up a payment plan. Inquiries may come to me.

The summer is nearly over here in Michigan - literally and figuratively. This is The Princess' last one before starting college, and we have tried to make the most of it. She has one full week left before returning to the books and the dance studio. I find myself getting teary unexpectedly - there's so much I still need to teach her. I suppose I will never feel as though I've given any of my kids enough.

That bittersweetness of this time spent on the cusp of independance (both hers and perhaps mine as the boys are also making rumblings about moving) is trickling into my paintings. I find that recent sirens are introspective, meditative and asking for clarity. They are teaching me how to navigate things.

Speaking of learning, I've got my fall classes scheduled - if you are looking to explore your understanding of color or simply want to try your hand out with a paintbrush, please consider spending a few hours with me here in the studio. I've got a full calendar of scheduled programs and also have room for a couple private students. All that information is on my website or Facebook page under Events.

Looking further out into next year, I will be offering online mentoring for those artists wishing to deepen their connection with creativity through in depth modules focused on drawing, color, composition and design. Reach out to me directly for more information.

I'll close this note with a bit of puppy cuteness. Blue Dawg joined us this week - he's an australian shepherd mix who crossed our path unexpectedly. It was love at first sight. He's been settling in well, and I imagine I'll be painting him soon. Speaking of which, it's that time to reserve your holiday portrait spot - there's only one of me, and I can only paint so fast. Portraits make the most fabulous gift, but they take a bit of planning and lead time to make happen. I'm here and ready to start that conversation.
 

Tuesday, August 14, 2018

Fall Class Schedule

Hello hello!! Hope you are having a lovely August - I'm settling into the finishing touches on a number of siren paintings and ramping up for a wonderful fall exhibition schedule. Perhaps I will see you at an opening or two.

Meanwhile I've just released my class schedule through the end of the year. There's lots of opportunities for you to come create with me in Lake Orion (Michigan) or via an internet connection.
  • Art Journaling continues to meet on the 3rd Thursday of each month.
  • I have two Pet Portrait sessions scheduled - one in September, another in October..
  • Several still life options, including one focused on whites, another on value jumps (painting ribboned gifts), and a third on color using donuts as props.
  • And two installments of the Paint Like classes, one with Modigliani styled portraits, another with a Klimpt-ish composition.
Additional information for each class is available via the links above, or you may view the whole calendar here.

These classes are limited to 4 (plus 1 Facetime spot where applicable) and fill up quickly, so if you are interested, reserve your seats now. A $20 non refundable deposit will hold your spot, with the balance due the day of class. Some of the classes also have the added option of a materials fee, so that you don't have to invest in all the art supplies up front.

I look forward to creating with you!
Talk soon, warmly, Kim

PS I can squeeze one pet portrait into September. First one to respond kindly gets it!! Also, now is the time to start conversations about any end-of-year commissions you would like, because my calendar fills fast!
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