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Blue

"Blue," an 8x10 acrylic painting done on museum quality cradeled birch. Blue is going directly into my own collection, but I can create something similar starring your own pet. Inquiries may cometo me- thank you!

Continuing to think about how gesture impacts brushwork, and how brushwork can both carve and interrupt form. Learning that the essence of an object exists in energy that is not contained by neat and clean edges.

Going to tackle a new piece today and see how far I can push these ideas.

Thanks, as always, for following along with my art journey,
Warmly, Kim

Red Shevlino

Inspired by the work of David Shevlino, done overtop a sketch completed in Aprils 30Dogs30Days. This is "red Shevlino," an 8x10 acrylic painting done on canvasboard. He is $199 plus s&hto the first asking nicely. I take paypal, venmo, personal checks and payment plans. Inquiries may cometo me- thank you!

Artists pull inspiration from a variety of sources. A revisit to The Little Prince firmly lodged the fox's words in my head:  "One sees clearly only with the heart. Anything essential is invisible to the eye." And that got me thinking, how the heck do I paint things that are essential and therefore intangible?

It got me googling last night - I started out with an exploration of edges and how various treatments achieve different results. I got distracted byGregory Manchess'spaintings, and ultimately ended up onDavid Shevlino'swebsite (and of course I had gloriously colored, fractured, blurrey edged dreams!).

This morning I thought I would give it a try,…

The Elephant Sanctuary

Pictured above, from the left, "Forgiveness," "Love," and "Innocence," original paintings commissioned as reflection on a once-in-a-lifetime trip toThe Elephant Nature Park, an elephant sanctuary in Thailand. 100% of the proceeds from the sale of reproductions of this special project will be donated toThe Elephant Nature Parkto help continue their legacy - please read more below.

Each commission project is a deeply personal journey shared between myself and my client, as they communicate their unique relationship with the subject matter, and I capture the physical and emotional likeness in paint. A recent commission involving elephants went entirely beyond the realm of what I typically learn and experience while collaborating with my collector.

As usual, the project began with an explanation of why - why did my collector want these paintings? "V" told me about her lifelong fascination with these animals, and then invited me to travel virtually as …

Studio News June 2019

Rare documentation of the Santini family, from left, The Caped Crusader, Salvador Doggie, My Better Half, The Princess, myself, Blue Dog and The Man Child. Finnigan slept through this photo opp, as nearly blind and mostly deaf dogs tend to do.Studio Newsletter, June 2019 So spring has been coming, and going, the last month. As someone who abhores winter, this is a rather daunting turn of events. I'm adapting with flannels and Birkenstocks, and hoping that things will warm up SOON.

May was an emotional month. On top of the whole weather teetering bit and a rather disappointing Kentucky Derby there were no winners this year, particularly not the sport itself), my youngest graduated from high school. She also finished a lifetime of competitive dance, having shared the stage with some of her teammates since preschool. There were many ceremonies, performances, banquets, celebrations and tears. And I know there will be more to come as she readies to fly the nest this fall. I took some ti…

Studio Newsletter, June 2018

Rare documentation of the Santini family, from left, The Caped Crusader, Salvador Doggie, My Better Half, The Princess, myself, Blue Dog and The Man Child. Finnigan slept through this photo opp, as nearly blind and mostly deaf dogs tend to do.Studio Newsletter, June 2019 So spring has been coming, and going, the last month. As someone who abhores winter, this is a rather daunting turn of events. I'm adapting with flannels and Birkenstocks, and hoping that things will warm up SOON.

May was an emotional month. On top of the whole weather teetering bit and a rather disappointing Kentucky Derby there were no winners this year, particularly not the sport itself), my youngest graduated from high school. She also finished a lifetime of competitive dance, having shared the stage with some of her teammates since preschool. There were many ceremonies, performances, banquets, celebrations and tears. And I know there will be more to come as she readies to fly the nest this fall. I took some ti…

IN PROCESS, Aflutter (Medicine Hat #20)

IN PROCESS "Aflutter (Medicine Hat #20)," 36" x 48" x 2", acrylic on museum quality panel. Pictured below is the inspiration piece behind this painting, "The Rebirth of Wonder," a 16" x 20" gallery wrap canvas (which is $649 plus s&h). Aflutter may be for sale when finished (I'm still making up my mind), and The Rebirth of Wonder is currently available -please inquire directly to me about either painting. I accept paypal, venmo, personal checks and payment plans.

I used to dive straight into my paintings with very little preliminary work. I loved the spontaneity such an approach provided, and did all my decision making right on the final surface. Lately, though, I have found myself doing a study (or two) prior to jumping in - perhaps it's because I'm taking things much larger than usual (this one is 4 feet high!), and having a bit of a gameplan makes me less nervous about wasting paint. However, this very elemental shift in …

The Torch Bearer (Medicine Hat #18)

"The Torch Bearer (Medicine Hat #18)," 16" x 20" x 1/2", acrylic on museum quality panel, $649 plus s&h tothe first asking nicely. (Detail image at bottom - please scroll) I accept paypal, venmo, personal checks and payment plans.

I've been overwhelmed as of late, with The Princess's last year of high school and all the bells and whistles that come with the end of this chapter. Monday evening she took her final bows with the dance team, her chosen family for the past 7+ years. Big changes are looming for our little family, and even larger issues are looming in the world.

It is with that in mind that I painted this Medicine Hat mare. She is a torch bearer of hope, acceptance, love, whatever you need her to carry.

Thanks, as always, for following along with my art journey,
Warmly, Kim

Contour Study 5

Contour Study 5, 12" x 16", mixed media on artboard, $250 plus s&h tothe first asking nicely.I accept paypal, venmo, personal checks and payment plans.

Yup, there's five of these, not all sent out newsletter style. All are mixed media, with bits of collage, drawn elements, and acrylic paints, all done in response to world events. I'm building a vocabulary of color and gesture, and it's rather healing to be able to "scream" into the compositions.

Contour Study 1
Contour Study 2
Contour Study 3
Contour Study 4.

Perhaps next week I will pull out the big canvases and start a couple of these in a larger scale. After I finish two commissions. And take down the show atArt of Custom Framing. And get my eyes dilated.

Thanks, as always, for following along with my art journey,
Warmly, Kim

Contour Study #3

Contour Study 3, 12" x 16", mixed media on artboard, $250 plus s&h tothe first asking nicely.I accept paypal, venmo, personal checks and payment plans.

I've been bouncing back and forth today between a number of these studies. Some come together quickly, and others need to simmer. I am learning quite a bit, in this process, and get more and more excited to try some of these ideas and processes out on a canvas. I have 10 of these artboard studies to complete, and then I'm going to go BIG.

Thanks, as always, for following along with my art journey,
Warmly, Kim

Where Ideas are Born - Contour Study #1

Contour Study 1, 12" x 16", mixed media on artboard, $250 plus s&h tothe first asking nicely.I accept paypal, venmo, personal checks and payment plans.

The last couple paintings I've begun started with a clear idea, but along the way, I realized I didn't have the toolbox to properly and clearly express that idea.

So what to do? Well, for one, I go to my journal and start writing. Make lists. Visualize bits. Break down the end result into smaller pieces and identify the things I need to learn. Look for artists who are onto something similar, and deconstruct their process. Talk to friends. Give myself permission to fail. And to have fun. And I start by making less imposing pieces.

Like this one.

This piece isn't the sort of end result I am seeking - but it taught me quite a bit about how to achieve said end result. And I'll be applying those lessons to another study, and hopefully that will teach me a bit as well.  Lather, rinse, repeat, right?

Thanks, as alway…

Studio News May 2019

Kimberly Kelly Santini
paintings with soul
because our world needs more beauty
"Empathy," acrylic on oval gallery wrapped canvas, 16" x 20", $699 plus s&h tothe first asking nicely. I accept paypal, venmo, personal checks and welcome payment plans.Studio Newsletter, May 2019 Spring is FINALLY in Michigan, at least for the moment. I am delighting in the fresh greens and birth of color outside my windows. My heart feels lighter when color lives beyond the studio. Here's a recap of studio happenings since the February newsletter (these are supposed to be monthly, but you'll see why I'm asking forgiveness!):

In March, I hung asolo show at Stones Throw Theaterin Lapeer, Michigan, featuring over 20 siren paintings. Thank you to all who were able to visit and share their support. Special thanks to Tony for facilitating this, and in particular, being such an advocate for the arts. I look forward to working together again.

April kicked off my own 30 day challenge…

In Process, Untitled Miniature Pony

In Process Detail, currently untitled, featuring a miniature horse and a handful of hyacinths. Entire painting is 24" x 36" (pictured section is approximately 24" of the 36" width) and, when finished, will be $1599 plus s&h to the first asking kindly. Inquiries may always cometo me. I accept paypal, venmo, personal checks and payment plans.

I am seeking to become less literal and more emotive with form. I've been doing this with color and brushwork for the last couple years, and now I want to do so compositionally. It's so freaking hard, to shift from painting an actual object to painting the spiritual essence of that object. I've been at the easel for 9 hours today, and I am far more exhausted than I'd be had I just been painting this pony's likeness directly. But every minute was worth it - I'm learning SO much.

And this painting will be a stunner!

Thanks, as always, for following along with my art journey,
Warmly, Kim

That is the Way it Was

"That is the Way it Was," 23" circular panel, acrylic on pine, featuring my rescued bunny Gertrude Stein, $999 plus s&h to the first asking kindly. Inquiries may always cometo me. I accept paypal, venmo, personal checks and payment plans.

Some days, I question my calling altogether. What's most important when this happens is to show up anyway, and continue to show up. Because the brushes won't pick themselves up and finish the piece for us.

Thanks, as always, for following along with my art journey,
Warmly, Kim

The Rebirth of Wonder

"The Rebirth of Wonder," 16" x 20", acrylic on gallery stretched canvas, $649 plus s&h to the first asking kindly. Inquiries may always cometo me. I accept paypal, venmo, personal checks and payment plans.

What is it about youth that is so full of wonderment? and how do we sustain this sort of wonder long-term? 

I watchedBrene Brown's Call to Couragelast night. I've read all of her books and find her studies (shame, vulnerability and courage) fascinating. This special was entertaining and enlightening, and I thought it was also serendipitous that it came across my radar randomly the same evening I was pondering the final direction of this painting.

Thanks, as always, for following along with my art journey,
Warmly, Kim

My Kentucky Derby Gig

In the studio with Kimberly Santini, the official artist of the 2015 Kentucky Derby In the summer of 2014, I received a phone call inviting me to be the official artist of the 2015 Kentucky Derby. I thought it was a prank call. Seriously, I did. But we sorted things out, and I stayed professional during the entire conversation. After we disconnected, I screamed with joy, and the kids and I had a good couple laps outside the house. And then, they had to be sworn to secrecy, because no one in the universe was supposed to know until the formal announcement in November.

That was a LOOOOOOOONNNNG 5 months.

Then, everything after that, was a whirlwind.

I painted all summer in secret and shipped the piece off to Louisville in October. At that time, The Caped Crusader was taking a sports marketing class, and I asked if he would come with me to the reveal at Churchill Downs. We set off, just the two of us, on an early morning flight. Starting at the airport gate,I began posting photos, documentin…

Colliding Worlds

"Colliding Worlds," 16" x 20", acrylic on gallery stretched canvas, $649 plus s&h to the first asking kindly. Inquiries may always cometo me. I accept paypal, venmo, personal checks and payment plans.

Day Three of Kentucky Derby week. Four years ago today, I was fulfilling my duties as the Official Artist of The Kentucky Derby, sitting in a box at the finish line at Churchill Downs, watching the running of The Kentucky Oaks. And today I'm working in my jammies from home - but I am wearing a hat! a baseball cap adorned with roses! Sigh. Good times.

"Colliding Worlds" is another paint over, although the entirety of the previous painting (a Firefly one) is completely buried. That sometimes happens. And I guess it also plays into the painting's concept - expectations vs reality - nicely, too.

Now to figure out what I'll paint tomorrow. I'm all out of these little 16x20 canvases, and I feel like I get a head start when they already bear layer…

The Edge of the World

Detail and full view of "The Edge of the World," 24" x 30", acrylic on panel, $899 plus s&h to the first asking kindly. This painting is currently hanging in the show "Muses, Myths and Magic" atThe Art of Custom Framing through May 24th, 2019. Reach out toDianaif you are interested in purchasing.

It's day 2 of Kentucky Derby Week, and I'm sharing a painting I thought was unfinished. I didn't know what else it needed, so tucked it away in a stack of other such pieces. But when I came across her a few weeks ago, I saw that she was done. And glorious in her detail.

This is a paint-over - there is a portrait of The Princess underneath, and while her face has been entirely covered, much of the marks around the perimeter of the panel remain or peek through the new layer of paint. I love this sort of effect. I call it ghosting.

Thanks, as always, for following along with my art journey,
Warmly, Kim

30 Dogs 30 Days - Big

From the archives, this is "Big, Bigger, Biggest," a 10" x 12" painting that now sits in a private collection (thank you very much!).

One of my favorite things to teach is the complexity of whites and blacks. Neither are straight up, and when a student processes this for the first time, it gives me goosebumps. The simple exercise of studying a black and white object in different environments is a great beginning.

Half of being an artist is about learning to see beyond preconceived notions. The next time you look at a sky, count the variety of blues there. And really look at those clouds - how many different colors do they hold? do YOU have goosebumps now?

The last 30 days has been fun, wandering about in my archives and revisiting stories. Thanks for following along with me - I'll make a point to share older pieces more regularly.
Fondly, Kim

Surviving

"Surviving," 20" x 16" x 1/2", acrylic on gallery wrap canvas (image painted around the sides so no need to frame), $649 plus s&h to the first asking kindly. I accept paypal/venmo/personal checks and welcome payment plans.Please reach outand let me know how we can get you "Surviving."

It's Kentucky Derby Week, which means I will be sharing equine paintings in the days leading up to Saturday. 

This is a new piece fresh from the easel. I titled it "Surviving" afterKaz Hawkin's poignant songof the same title. While the song is about her own story of domestic abuse, it's a swansong for anyone seeking change, and I know there's many of us doing so these days.Listen to the song and know that you can survive, too.

Thanks, as always, for following along with my art journey,
Warmly, Kim

30 Dogs 30 Days - Arting Together

Above are just a few of my kids' art pieces. The Man Child's "Still Life With Flying Dog" is in the back, The Princess's "Finnigan Says Good Morning to the Sun," and The Caped Crusader's "Finningan" rattle (made of fired clay).

For those new to my art journey, I have worked as an artist the past 18 years, from a studio in the hearf of our home, all the while raising my kids. Oftentimes, as any parent can tell you, there was no separation between the two responsibilities.

When I had a pressing deadline, the kids would often be alongside me on easels or working in sketchbooks at my feet. Some days even, The Princess was in charge of creating the daily painting because I had another pressing task, or the boys would make dinner so that I could get another hour in the studio. They all know how to varnish a painting and are skilled at building boxes and shipping preparations.

And I think they each also are very gifted creatively. The Man Child'…

30 Dogs 30 Days - Snow Much Fun

Originally this painting above, Snow Much Fun, was to be the last one shared this month. However, I couldn't resist moving it up a couple days, given the weather forecast for today. Nobody wants to see snow - the real stuff - at the very end of April.

This painting had me grinning ear to ear the whole time I worked on it. It stars none other than Nita, whom I've painted before many times, and was inspired by a series of photosLisa (Team Husar Photography)texted me one wintry afternoon. It's a 36" wide piece and has quite the presence. There's no mistaking the sheer joy this dog has for chasing snowballs.

If you want snow for yourself at the end of April - or any time of the year - you can order a print (or other object) of Snow Much Funhere.

Thanks as always for following along with my art journey,
Fondly, Kim

30 Dogs 30 Days - Beau

This is my meditation corner, and the artwork rotates depending upon what energy I'm trying to channel. This little painting is a 4" x 6" portrait of my first dog, Beau.

As anyone who grew up with a dog knows, they walk at our sides far longer than their mere lifespan. And Beau is no exception. When I'm feeling particularly uncertain, his nose is right there at my knee, and I can feel the warm curve of his head on my palm.

This painting was done 15 years after he passed, from a cloudy instamatic photo I had carried in my wallet. A photo which I still have. Hard to believe that it'll be 28 years this June. 

Thanks as always for following along with my art journey,
Fondly, Kim