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NEW STUDIES Bumbles 5 and 6

At left, Bumble 5, at right, Bumble 6. Both are acrylic on panel, measure 6" x 6", and are $99 each. I estimate $15 s&h inside the US. I am happy to combine shipping on these, too. Simplyreach out to meand we can arrange your purchase. I accept Paypal, venmo, personal checks and payment plans. The last two bumbles went quickly, so I thought I'd try two more after signing a larger commissioned portrait today. It's fun doing these little studies, playing with color and line just for the pure fun of it. A nice contrast to the meticulous attention to detail required for portraiture.

I'm entering the homestretch - three more commissions and I can tie that side of my business up for the year. After they are done I will pick up work again ona larger paintingI'd like to enter in a competition, with a deadline of early January.

And get to making gifts for those on my own list!

Thanks, as always, for following along with my artwork journey,
Happy holidays!
Warmly, Kim

NEW STUDIES Bumbles 3 and 4

At left, Bumble 3, at right, Bumble 4. Both are acrylic on panel, measure 6" x 6", and are $99 each. I estimate $15 s&h inside the US. I am happy to combine shipping on these, too. Simplyreach out to meand we can arrange your purchase. I accept Paypal, venmo, personal checks and payment plans. Three gorgeous pet portraits were shipped out today - nothing feels so wonderful as wrapping these sorts of gifts up and sending them on their way. Except hearing back from the recipients about the reveal, maybe.

I've got 4 more portraits to complete before I can start on my own list. I'm spending most of my days and a good chunk of my nights at the easel, which is pretty much typical for this time of year. But what is new is that, instead of watching paint dry, I'm working on little studies which will be used as references in the New Year for larger paintings. Bees, like the two above. And butterflies (here's the last one currently available).

Thanks, as always, for …

NOW AVAILABLE A Dozen Kiki Kelly Paintings

For the first time ever, 12 original mixed media paintings by Kiki Kelly** available for purchase.

TOP ROW, FROM LEFT  Applause, Bloom I, Constellations
SECOND ROW, FROM LEFT General Admission Spring*, In Like a Lion, Petunias
THIRD ROW, FROM LEFT Ranunculas*, Sea Serpent, Sea Urchins
FOURTH ROW, FROM LEFT Snow Flowers, Valentine, Vivaldi

Mixed media (collage, water color, acrylic paints, various pens, inks) on paper, archivaly corner mounted on foamcore and cello wrapped. All pieces excepting * are 11" x 14" and $200 ea, paintings with * are 16" x 20" and $300 each. S&H extra. I accept paypal, venmo, personal checks and payment plans. Inquiries may cometo me.

I'm currently taking an online class calledSymbolotry. The class is focused on finding a deeper understanding of the role symbols have in our lives, and then consciously using this knowledge to build a personally meaningful dictionary of symbolic marks in our artwork. It's been fascinating for me to di…

THANK YOU

An untitled Daydream on my easel, along with a handful of studies, in a relatively clean studio.  All things are relative, right?! Am feeling very full this morning - and no, I've not started eating already!! Just sitting in the studio, thinking about all the beauty that you have allowed me to create for the past 19 years. Whether it's been with a purchase, a referral, a social media share or comment, or simply encouragement, I'm here today because of it. I am so very grateful - thank you.

There will be pie, in your honor, across the United States tonite.

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

NEW PAINTING Specimen 8

"Specimen 8," 6" x 6", acrylics and graphite on panel, $99 plus $15 s&h to the first asking nicely. Inquiries always welcome to come to me I got a new shipment of 6" panels today, which means there are more butterflies on the horizon. These are original paintings, each one uniquely individual, and all will be priced at $99. I'll be listing them viamy FB pageand here in this email group, in between finishing up commissions and readying those for shipment.

Not sure how many will show up, but it sure promises to be fun!

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

NEW PAINTING Surfacing (Daydream 41)

"Surfacing(Daydream 41)," 20" x 24", acrylics and graphite on panel, $849 plus s&h to the first asking nicely. I accept paypal, venmo, personal checks and payment plans - inquiries always welcome to come to me This painting evolved from the same reference photo as"The Butterfly Effect (Daydream 40),"yet they have entirely different feels. I think it's a reflection of my mood and frame of mind at the time I create them. Even just the span of a few days can have a significant impact.

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

NEW PAINTING The Butterfly Effect (Daydream 40)

"The Butterfly Effect (Daydream 40)," 20" x 24", acrylics and graphite on panel, $849 plus s&h to the first asking nicely. I accept paypal, venmo, personal checks and payment plans - inquiries always welcome to come to me As cliche as it sounds, I WISH I could show you this one in person. There is nuance here the computer simply cannot display. This is a breakthrough painting for me, as wasMother, who I completed a few weeks back. To have both of these happen so closely together tells me I'm asking the right sorts of questions.

Props toLauren Everett Finnfor encouraging me to embrace darker values in my work. And talking about all sorts of other things that have given me a larger arsenal from which to create.

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

NOW AVAILABLE Select Butterfly Studies

Clockwise, from top left: Specimen 2, Specimen 3, Specimen 6 and Specimen 7. Each painting is an original 6" square panel, done in acrylics and graphite, signed on front and back, and varnished. Each painting is $99 plus $15 s&h (yes, I will combine shipping on these). I accept paypal, venmo and personal checks. Inquiries may cometo me As I've been archiving, studying and making notes on the studies that are amassing in the studio, I decided I should let a few find homes. These four make a lovely grouping and, I imagine, will be flying off rather soon.

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

NEW STUDIES Tulip Inspired Daydreams

Four tulip inspired Daydreams, each 6" square, just a few of the studies I've been creating. They will be available for purchase at a future date. Inquiries may cometo me You might have seenthe large tulip Daydream paintingI've been working on the past couple months. These little studies are helping me plan the resolution of this larger piece.

And, it seems, they will also inspire other pieces. I've been playing with various arrangements of the panels, building interesting compositions and relationships.

Thank you again - wishing you all my best, and here's to continued sharing of artwork and creativity,
Warmly, Kim

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NEW PAINTING Daydream 39

"Daydream 39," 30" x 15" x 1", mixed media (acrylics and graphite) on gallery wrap canvas, image painted around sides so no pressing need to frame, $699 plus s&h to the first one asking kindly. I accept paypal, venmo, personal checks and will work with you to build a payment plan - just ask me Earlier today, this painting looked likethis. And in the interest of procrastinating and putting off my entire to do list, it now looks like the image above.

I'm starting to think that everything is better with butterflies added.

Or bacon.

Thank you again - wishing you all my best, and here's to continued sharing of artwork and creativity,
Warmly, Kim

NEW VIDEO Specimen 11

"Specimen 11," 6" x 6", acrylics and graphite on panel, not currently for sale. Inquiries may always cometo me I want to paint a giant Daydream piece based on butterflies. In flight.

I know very little about butterflies or how they move when flying.

The best way to learn, I figured, was to start painting little studies. Start with the butterfly frozen, like a specimen, and work my way from there, using photographs, videos and my imagination.

The last two days I've been painting these studies madly, and learning quite a bit about these lovely little fragile things that totally reinvent themselves during their lifetime, which is incredulous enough. And then you factor in the whole migration bit and my mind is blown.

Meanwhile, if you are curious about seeing how this particular painting was created, here's a couple links to my process.

Part 1
Part 2
Part 3

If you find the above intriguing or wish to follow more closely along with this particular larger painting(s)&…

STUDIO NEWS November 2019

Me at theRebecca Louise Law installation currently at Meijer Gardensthrough March 1, 2020. Photo courtesy of My Better Half.Studio Newsletter, November 2019 I'm still adjusting to the time change - now the afternoon light wanes long before I do. It's a reminder to slow down and settle in for a season of reflection, both personal and professional. While the fourth quarter of the year typically represents more than half of my annual sales and can be a bit crazed, it is also followed by time specifically set aside for introspection and goal planning.

I look back to November of last year, when I was unpacking and consolidating two studios into my compacted little home space, and truly wish I had held greater trust that the universe would deliver beauty from the upheaval. I'll carry this lesson into 2020 - who knows what wonder awaits me (although I most definitely have a wish list!!)? It's bound to be magical, as I step into 20 years of being a working artist.

Meanwhile, the…

NEW PAINTING Daydream 38

"Daydream 38," 24" x 30" x 1-1/2", mixed media (acrylics and graphite) on cradeled panel, $1299 plus s&h to the first asking nicely. I accept paypal, venmo and payment plans; inquiries may come directly to me. Thanks so very much. It was a busy weekend, full of moments that will make me feel blessed in the coming months, when the colder weather keeps me closer to home and mostly bundled up inside (it's a standing joke with the neighbors that I go into hibernation between Halloween and Easter).

Meanwhile, here is the newest Daydream painting. I see one slight change to make with a couple of glazes once the surface is fully cured, but otherwise, she's ready to find a new home. Is it yours?

Thanks so very much for following along on my art journey,
Warmly, Kim

NEW PAINTING Mother (Daydream 37)

"Mother (Daydream 37)," 24" x 30" x 1-1/2", mixed media (acrylics and graphite) on cradeled panel, $1299 plus s&h to the first asking nicely. I accept paypal, venmo and payment plans; inquiries may come directly to me. Thanks so very much. I hesitate to title the majority of my Daydream paintings because I feel that guides viewers' perception and perhaps limits what they see inside a piece. And I debated this for days here, ultimately choosing a generic title, "Mother," that could itself become interpreted in a variety of ways, similar to the image. She, this painting, needed something more significant than just another number.

I'll keep the true meaning to myself. It's mostly important that I painted my story - it's not so important that I shout it out overtop everyone else's voice. Because we all have stories.

I'd love to know your interpretation, though, what do YOU see here?

Thanks so very much for following along on my a…

NEW PAINTING Daydream 36

"Daydream 36," 30" x 40" x 1-1/2", mixed media (acrylics and graphite) on gallery wrapped canvas, $1999  plus s&h to the first asking nicely. I accept paypal, venmo and payment plans; inquiries may come directly to me. Thanks so very much. This painting was, just a few days ago,Daydream 2 (and here'sanother link to an even earlier stage). I felt that I could tell her story better now, with all I've learned in the past 4 months exploring this concept. She went back on my easel, and became this.

I could sit and look at her all day long. As a matter of fact, I did just that for a good chunk of time last night.

Michigan friends, she (and another Daydream friend, as yet not chosen) will be debuting atStarkweather Arts Center's 20th Anniversary Exhibition, opening on November 2nd. Come soak them up in person.

Thanks so very much for following along on my art journey,
Warmly, Kim

NEW PAINTING Loui

"Loui," 30" x 30" x 2", acrylics on cradeled museum quality panel, featuring my grand-puppy. If you would like something similar starring your own puppy (or any pet - I don't discriminate), please shoot me an email. THIS portrait was a huge surprise. We gifted it yesterday to The Caped Crusader for his birthday. And I'd been waiting a looong time to reveal it, too, having wanted to paint this little guy since he first showed up in our lives.

Loui and his siblings were dumped in a cardboard box at about 6 weeks old. My son found him online via a rescue group, just a short time after our family had said goodbye to Finnigan, the dog he grew up with, in July. Loui is an adorably sweet mixed breed, clever and honest, with gorgeous brindle coloring and ears he might never grow into. His larger than life portrait was hung with great pride over the fireplace. And I'm sure Loui is stretched out on the couch right now, too, taking it all in. He's moving u…

NEW PAINTING Kodak & Ella

"Kodak & Ella," 11" x 14", acrylics on museum quality panel, commissioned portrait starring two stunning golden retrievers. This painting has a home, but if you would like something similar starring your own family members, please shoot me and email. I take on a couple pet portraits each month, but don't always get the chance to share them in my newsletter, since the vast majority of them are gifts and sharing could spoil the surprise. But Kodak and Ella's portrait is heading to a collector who has been involved in the project since the summer. It felt so fantastic to send her the final image via email this afternoon and get an enthusiastic thumbs up in return! It will be even better to hear from her when she's holding this one in her hands, in her own home.

If you are interested in commissioning a portrait, I can squeeze a couple more in prior to the holidays. And I can always put together a gift certificate, too, which makes for wonderful gift givi…

NEW PAINTING Schematic (Daydream 34)

"Schematic (Daydream 34)," 11" x 14" x 1/2", acrylics and graphite on cradeled wood panel, $499 plus s&h to the first asking nicely. I accept paypal, venmo, personal checks and payment plans.  Inquiries may always cometo me. I spent a good time today looking at the Daydreams and Figment paintings collectively. Independent of each other, they are fascinating. But when grouped together, there's all sorts of whispered secrets.

It's magical.

Thanks so very much for following along on my art journey,
Warmly, Kim

NEW PAINTING Daydream 23

"Daydream 23," 11" x 14" x 1/2", acrylics and graphite on cradeled wood panel, $499 plus s&h to the first asking nicely. I accept paypal, venmo, personal checks and payment plans.  Inquiries may always cometo me. What do you see in this painting? there are so many delights hiding-in-wait.....

Thanks so very much for following along on my art journey,
Warmly, Kim

NEW PAINTING Warbler (Daydream 32)

"Warbler (Daydream 32)," 13" x 16", acrylics and graphite on wallpaper, $299 plus s&h to the first asking nicely. The rectangular section with the bird is the wallpaper itself; the remainder of the surface carried layers of marks laid down by me. The crease in the middle is part of the painting. This piece will need to be framed behind glass. I accept paypal, venmo, personal checks and payment plans.  Inquiries may always cometo me. I am intrigued by the addition of collage materials to my Daydream pieces. The conversation that happens between the painting itself and the collaged item is fascinating. But what happens when the collaged bit isn't collaged at all - it just looks that way? I'm figuring that part out right now.

This is a Ralph Lauren wallpaper remnant I picked up at a garage sale. The pattern, from 2006, is called Marlowe Floral Cinnabar. If you know how I might acquire additional bits of wallpaper (not necessarily this pattern, although beca…

NEW PAINTING Anemone (Daydream 31)

Detail of "Anemone (Daydream 31)," 24" x 24", acrylics and graphite on panel $899 plus s&h to the first asking nicely. Full painting pictured below. I accept paypal, venmo, personal checks and payment plans.  Inquiries may always cometo me. Siren meets Daydream.

I beganthe Siren paintingin May 2018, but I couldn't figure out how to resolve her. That's because she showed up far too early - I hadn't yet learned how to dothis, with the glazes and lines. So she waited in the studio. Very patiently, I might add.

Thanks so very much for following along on my art journey,
Warmly, Kim Join My Virtual Classroom

STUDIO NEWS October 2019

Currently untitled, this is an early stage of an ambitious 36" x 48" Daydream painting. Acrylics and graphite on canvas.Studio Newsletter, October 2019 September sure flew by. Punctuated with 4 shows (The 59th Annual Thumb Area Art Exhibition atStarkweather Gallery(Romeo, Michigan) theDetroit Society of Women Painters & Sculptorsannual show (Grosse Pointe, Michigan) theAnton Art Center(Mt. Clemens, Michigan) and theGreater Michigan Art Exhibition (Midland, Michigan)), I certainly had a full calendar. I enjoyed getting out to the openings to see the exhibitions, meeting up with friends who had been traveling over the summer months, and connecting with new friends as well.

In other news, My paintingWabi Sabiwas part of FASOs TOP15% for their August competition. This is a lovely honor, particularly because the painting is all about resilience, and while I painted it two winters ago, the message remains important.Last winter I filmed a segment for the television seriesMetro Ar…