Luminary (Medicine Hat #19), 48" x 48" x 2", acrylics on gallery wrapped canvas. She is a BIG one and lush with marks that simply don't translate in this scale -let me knowif you want detail shots. Luminary is $3299 to the first asking nicely. I accept paypal, venmo, personal checks and payment plans. Pleaseinquire directly to me.
Studio Newsletter, July 2019
Despite the hectic onset, summer has settled in rather quietly. There is a relaxed routine at the house, and I've been able to tuck into the studio nearly every day for at least a little bit of work. Painting is my mental health check, and it always makes me feel lighter in spirit when a regular creation schedule gives me the opportunity to process life and world happenings.
My work is evolving, which is a natural progression of a regular painting practice. With the studio move back home last fall, I began to look inwards, seeking a deeper understanding of myself. A lifetime companion at the easel and in my heart, equines returned to my paintings with a force. They were an allegory of sorts as I mused about my connection with their spirit and what the animal itself represented to my past and my future.The Echo series of paintingsevolved, of which the Medicine Hats were a subset, where I painted the imprint of a horse, typically working mostly from memory and my gut (rabbits and wolves snuck in as well).
Part of this exploration involved experimental works done on paper or at a much smaller scale than usual, where I laid down an abstract ground and built marks in response to pattern and value. Stylized horses emerged intuitively. Horses are always around my periphery. They always have been.
From those paintings grew what I think is a new series.Daydreams.That point where lucidity fades and our imagination begins to bloom. There's 5 paintings in this series to date (2 of which are currently unfinished). I'm still playing with this idea and asking all sorts of questions, so I expect to see a variety of visuals in the grouping as the pieces show up. How literal do certain components need to be? what is the symbolic nature of my colors and shapes? how can I improve the gestural quality of my marks to better tell my story, but still keep things vague enough that others can weave their own tales from the design?
And of course, horses are here, on the fringe of the daydreams or parked smack in the middle. And if you don't see them, that's entirely ok. All that matters is that I do - I see and acknowledge and allow them to become whatever the viewer needs to see and acknowledge in their own life.
So that's what has been playing out at the easel.
If you are interested in seeing theEchos (Medicine Hats too)andDaydreams, my websitegot an overhaul. Some of these paintings have already traveled out into the world (thank you so much to my beautiful family of collectors), and some of them are here, waiting, ready to go. If you see something you love,please reach out to me. I will work with you to make your purchase delightful and simple (and yes, I do payment plans so let's talk!).
(Side note, if the purchase of original art does not fit in your budget, consider a reproduction.FineArtAmericaoffers artist quality prints and other items featuring my artwork. After the original sells, I make reproductions available viamy FAA storefront. I will be uploading recently sold Echo paintings later this week.)
And a reminder that, as part of my online classroom, additional video, text and other materials are all available online for students' perusal at their convenience. $5/month grants access to this exclusive content, which this month focused on idea germination. The classroom community is growing, and I'd love to see youjoin usand contribute to the conversations happening.
"Blue," 16" x 20", acrylics on panel, not for sale. Not even if you ask nicely. My family will burn me at the stake if I let this one go.
When My Better Half works nights (like he is tonite), I play while the sun's up and work at the end of the day. It's a fun change to my normal routine.
Today included a little day trip with one of my favorite peeps in one of our favorite places. It was a delight to enjoy each other's company while the rest of the world was at work.
And tonight I had blocked time out to paint for a juried exhibit. My entry is due next week, and, true to form I waited until the nth hour. Because the next painting is always going to be the better one. Well, not always, but I do like to pretend. And I think tonite I might have played my cards well.
Well, mostly I played my cards well. You see, I turned my back, and Blue - yes, sweet little adorable - ate half my pizza** while I was feeding Gertrude Stein. Gertie the bunny, not Gertie the art…
Kimberly Kelly Santini paintings with soul because our world needs more beauty
"The Spell She Casts (Medicine Hat #13)," 16" x 20" x 1", acrylics on gallery wrapped canvas, image painted around the side, so no need to frame unless you wish. And yes, that glow you see in the image is gold paint reflecting the light - this piece will move and shimmer as you pass by. She is $649 plus s&h to the first one asking nicely. Inquire directlyto me- I accept personal checks, paypal, venmo and will arrange payment plans.
This Medicine Hat painting is number 13, so of course that association alone had me thinking about magic. If you love the company of equines, you know first hand the spells they cast. And that their magic lingers long after they have left.
Thanks, as always, for following along with my art journey, Warmly, Kim