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 when I have paintings lying about and a brain spinning with possibilities.
I'm also gearing up for a few fall juried exhibitions. Or rather, readying myself for more rejections. Because if I don't apply, I'll never get in. (For those reading this who are unfamiliar with the juried exhibition processes, an artist submits - and pays an entry fee - for their work to be considered. A juror/team of jurors review all the applicants, selecting those who's work they feel best fits the space/theme/particular concept. Only art passing the jurors' muster makes it to the exhibition walls, where it is then again juried for prizes.) I'm reaching for some bigger events with bigger pools of applicants, which means my work has to measure up to stricter standards. We shall see what happens.
In this same vein, I entered the Pixels Billboard Contest. This is an online event for original artwork to be featured in a national billboard campaign. I don't typically do events that involve a popular vote, as it seems to not always reflect the merit of the work itself. I made an exception this time around because the popular vote was merely the limiting factor in identifying the artwork making it into the juried pool.SO PLEASE VOTE FOR MY PAINTINGS!!I need 250 votes on a piece (I have three of them) in order for it to be considered. Inclusion in this national campaign would be a wonderful boost for my business. Feel free to vote and share these links through August 15th.
Bins are piling up in the garage - The Princess is purging and packing - and when the September Newsletter goes out, she'll be off, too. I know I'm not alone in sending my kiddo off into the world, and offering a giant virtual hug to all of us who will be doing this same sort of thing when school/job/life commences shortly. We got this. They got this.
And if you want to go back to school or focus a little on your own creative growth, why not consider joining my online classroom? 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 work space setup and nurturing ideas. The classroom community is growing, and I'd love to see youjoin usand contribute to the conversations happening.
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
My very first Dog a Day painting, Pink, a little 4" x 5" panel, private collection (THANK YOU!). This is where things really began to take off. But let's go back in time a little first.
It's 2006. I had been creating larger than life sized pet portraits for about 5 years, selling them online (via ebay and my website). I was a little disillusioned, always moving from one commission to another, with little time for continued learning or experimentation (entirely my own fault). In October I decided to carve out a small window of time each day for just myself. An hour to push paint without any expectation but to have fun. I builta blogas a dedicated space to record my efforts, because I love to compartmentalize everything. Yes, everything. My Inner Marketer thought I should dovetail the daily project with the studio in some way, to further drive traffic tomy websitevia keywords, regular updates and context similar content - so I chose to focus on dog portraits. As an ad…