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Commission a Pet Portrait

"Cannonball," a pet portrait which now sits in a private collection (thank you SO much LH!). Portraits start at $399. Inquiries may always cometo me. You can read this in a whisper if it helps, but summer is coming to a close. Our local grocery has had ceramic pumpkins at the front of their store for a couple weeks, which I find offensive in August, but nevertheless, there they sit because noone consulted me first.

However, now is a great time to take outdoor photos of your pet if you are thinking about commissioning a portrait in the coming months (I won't say it, but, ahem, the h*(!$@&$......). Turn the flash off on your camera, and get down to their eye level while they are playing. Don't worry about a "sit, stay" - those sorts of photos are fine, but casual non-posed action shots also translate well to a WOW portrait. And I happen to know someone who's got nearly 20 years of experience in creating custom, original WOW portraits that will knock yo…

NEW PAINTING Daydream 22

"Daydream 22," 11" x 14" x 3/4", acrylics on cradeled wood panel, $499 plus s&h. I accept paypal, venmo, personal checks and payment plans. Inquiries may always cometo me. This one is fascinating to me. There's magic happening in the depths of the garden. Jack might have dropped a bean seed, and it's just germinated.

What do YOU see?

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

NEW PAINTING Daydream 21

"Daydream 21," 11" x 14" x 3/4", acrylics on cradeled wood panel, $499 plus s&h. I accept paypal, venmo, personal checks and payment plans. Inquiries may always cometo me. I literally cannot stop painting these.

When I am at the easel, it's for hours on end, working multiple compositions back to back.

And when I'm not in the studio, I get swept away by a beautiful detail, and begin to paint another daydream, this time in my head.

Years ago I heard that an indicator of a true artist is that they simply can't stop creating, even when they aren't holding their tools. I didn't truly understand that until the act of painting slowly consumed the bulk of my gray matter.

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

NEW STUDY Dreaming of Vincent

"Dreaming of Vincent," 16" x 20" x 3/4", acrylics on gallery wrap canvas, $249 plus s&h. I accept paypal, venmo, personal checks and payment plans. Inquiries may always cometo me. Last week my daughter moved into her freshman dorm room. It was a fun day, unpacking her life alongside her roomie's (who, although they essentially roomed blind, is basically my kiddo in different packaging), watching them settle into their own independence. This is what we raised her to do, and there she was, jumping in with an open heart. It filled mine with joy.

Then, at the end of the day, she and her roomie agreed that they needed one more thing to complete their room. A sunflower painting.

You know I was all over that one!

The girls got their painting personally delivered yesterday, and on the drive home from campus I decided to do another one, because who knew who else was looking at their walls, thinking that they, too, needed a sunflower painting to complete their own …

NEW PAINTING Daydream 18

"Daydream 18," 20" x 20" x 3/4", acrylics on cradeled birch panel, not currently for sale. Inquiries may always cometo me. I can't stop looking at her.

The fragmented bits in the light, crystallizing as they approach the darker area, feel like Hope. I needed this. Perhaps others of you do, too.

Take this Hope and spread it out into the world.

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

NEW PAINTING Daydream 17

"Daydream 17," 11' x 14" x 3/4", acrylics on cradeled birch panel, not currently for sale. Inquiries may always cometo me. Can you tell what inspired this Daydream? I don't think it matters, really. The inspiration was merely the gateway to this image, and that's the true starting point I think.

so what do you see here? where does it take you?

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

NEW PAINTING Daydream 16

"Daydream 16," 11' x 14" x 3/4", acrylics on cradeled birch panel, $499 plus s& h to the first asking nicely. ** Inquiries may always cometo me. It's interesting how the design shifts, moving from the square daydreams to a rectangle. I'm also experimenting with some other media, seeing how just how juicy and just how blurry I can push things.

And recording the process for my online students to learn from.Are you in my classroom? why not?

Thanks so very much for following along on my art journey,
Warmly, Kim **Daydream 16 is entered in a juried exhibition, which means, if she is accepted she becomes available for purchase on August 29th directly through the gallery, and can be shipped after the exhibition comes down on September 29th. I am happy to coordinate introductions to facilitate your purchase ahead of the show opening. If she does not make the cut for this show, her mood would be greatly improved by having a welcoming new home, which can be arra…

NEW PAINTING Daydream 15 (Daisy)

"Daydream 15 (Daisy)," 12' x 12" x 3/4", acrylics on cradeled birch panel, $449 plus s& h to the first asking nicely. ** Inquiries may always cometo me. Someone said these recent Daydream paintings were spiritual. That's a five star compliment.

Thanks so very much for following along on my art journey,
Warmly, Kim **Daydream 15 had been entered in a juried exhibition, which means, should she make the cut, her dance card is full until the exhibition closes on October 5th, 2019. I can ship her off shortly afterwards. If she doesn't make it in, she's available for shipment after August 27th, 2019. Any questions may always cometo me.

NEW PAINTING Daydream 14 (Yellow)

"Daydream 14 (Yellow)," 12' x 12" x 3/4", acrylics on cradeled birch panel, $449 plus s& h to the first asking nicely. ** Inquiries may always cometo me. I approach the daydream paintings intuitively, without a clear idea of how they are going to turn out. They reveal themselves, ideally without any micro management or control battles. Today's painting showed up, delicate, vulnerable, maybe even a bit weary. But she's a moment of substance and truth. I feel like I properly channeled things this time around.

Thanks so very much for following along on my art journey,
Warmly, Kim **I am entering her in a juried exhibition, which means, should she make the cut, she will grace the gallery walls until October 5th, 2019. I can ship her off shortly after the exhibition closes. If she doesn't make it in, she's available for shipment after August 27th, 2019. Any questions may always cometo me.

Finding My Happy Place

Detail of a larger painting in process, currently untitled, acrylics on gallery wrap canvas. Inquiries may always cometo me.
Current events have gutted me. So today I crawled into my proverbial cave, turned my music up loudly, and tried to forget that we live in a world where hate grows invasively. This painting doesn't have a title - yet - but she is going to be special. She will be hopeful, a glorious beacon, filled with the strength we need to combat the divisiveness. And somehow her title will reflect this.

Meanwhile, the voting continues for the Pixels Billboard Contest, which seems very shallow in the whole context of life, but there it is. I have until August 15th to garner 250 likes for my three paintings, and if this happens, they advance to the jurying phase. If you are looking for a simple distraction,PLEASE VOTE FOR MY PAINTINGSby following the links below. Inclusion in this national campaign would be a wonderful boost for my business (which helps pay college tuition fo…

Studio News, August 2019

Finnigan, 12" x 12" x 1", acrylics on cradeled birch panel, not for sale.  Studio Newsletter, August 2019 Finnigan's health had been steadily declining, and a few weeks ago he let us know he was ready to leave. Our family surrounded him with love well beyond his last moments, something we had been dreading doing, but it was the greatest gift that we could ever have given, other than our home and companionship during his lifetime. It seems strange without him here. Thank you to all who reached out with their stories and support during this time - we felt part of a greater, gentler community.

I am continuing to paint the Daydreams - that magical space where lucidity fades and our imagination begins to bloom. I'm putting them on my website as fast as they come. Some of the paintings are smaller and on paper, so there's a variety of price points.  And I am already seeing that I may choose to go back into one or two and repaint some areas. That's always a risk…