Happy New Year!! (They don't look like this anymore - it didn't take long for me to get paint on them, like the majority of my wardrobe)
Studio News, January 2020
If you are reading this, you made it through the holidays, one of the most stressful times of the year. Congratulations on surviving and getting a start on the new decade.
How weird is that? We've got a new decade on our hands. I don't remember 2010 being that big of a deal, but I was pretty engrossed in raising my kids then, and social media was much quieter, too. As someone who's never watched a whole lot of television and currently limits their online time, I rather prefer things on the quieter side. I have enough voices already in my head, lol!
So here we are, feeling even more pressure because it's the start of a new year and a new decade, to make resolutions and throw out those habits that don't serve us well. I'm going to tell you something, though - each day is a new start and a chance to love ourselves a bit harder, faults and all. That's how I look at it. January is just a month to hunker down (if you live where there's colder temps), rejuice and be a kinder person.
I am looking forward to all that this year will teach me. My eyes, ears and heart are open and taking it all in. It's going to be epic because I'm going to treat it that way.
I made you aplaylist. Just 10 songs that maybe you haven't heard before, favorites of mine. Maybe you'll fall in love with one of these artists yourself. Or add a couple to your own painting/creating/housecleaning/commuting playlist!!
As to what's happening in the studio, I did start with a thorough re-organization of my paintings' storage and a little re-organization of my working space. I'm preparing exhibition entries for 7 shows and curating work for an installation of Daydream paintings, coupled with a tutorial on how to appreciate abstract art, at my local library in March. I am continuing to paint movement studies using butterflies, bumble bees and now dragonflies, and taking the Daydreams BIG (36"x48") with collaged bits of smaller Daydreams added. I am reading (here'sa link to my virtual bookshelf), journaling, meditating and yoga-ing.
And I am currently sniffling. It would appear that I'm coming down with a sinus thing.
Meanwhile, the ever constant nitty gritty:
If you would like a pet portrait (they make wonderful Valentines!) Message mefor details.
For about the cost of a cup of coffee, you can join my online classroom. It's perfect for creatives of all walks. Via video and other resources coupled with a private online community space, I provide exclusive behind the scenes footage of idea germination, painting progressions, materials, inspirations, studio management, etc. Access is $5/montth.
My journaling classmeets on the 3rd Thursday of each month in Lake Orion (MI). This month I will be teaching/sharing some of the processes I use in the daydream paintings - this is an exclusive opportunity to try some of the approaches out.
MyFIneArtAmerica storefrontis open 24/7, with over 300 paintings which can be reproduced on a variety of textiles, along with smartphone cases and other traditional surfaces. Prices start around $3 and go up.
Wanting to gift yourself or someone special an original painting? Reach out - I have Daydreams, Echos and Sirens in my home studio, and can ship worldwide. I am happy to arrange for payment plans, too - I want you to be able to live with the painting you desire.
THANK YOU so much for making it this far, for reading all my wordy words, for buying my art or taking my classes or commenting and sharing things on social media. I am so grateful to share this journey with you. HAPPY NEW YEAR!! Warmly, Kim
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…