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"From Behind (Great Dane Study),” 4” x 6”, harlequin great dane dog painting in acrylic on canvasboard, $50. Inquiries to .

A few years back I followed this young great dane around a dog event, shooting pictures of him from every possible angle. I loved the lines of his 1/2 grown body, and the way he loped around. I tried to capture a sense of that in this study from behind – but now I’m wishing I had painted it larger, so that I could have lost myself inside the violets and lavenders in his markings (even though that’s NOT what this painting is about). Perhaps next time – I’ll put these photos back into the “inspiration pile,” and you’ll see this guy again.

On another note, after much deliberation, I’ve decided to take a week’s vacation from the dog-a-days. We have a dear friend coming to stay with us for a bit, along with a big shin-dig we’re hosting for the 4th of July. And at the tail end of the week, my husband and I will celebrate our 16th wedding anniversary (or “The Day the Torture Began,” as he so fondly calls it). I also would love to just hang with the kids for a couple days, maybe lakeside with a good book and something cool to drink (my 9 year old can make a killer glass of homemade lemonaide).

Every other walk of life gets a vacation occasionally, and I’m going to join their ranks for the first time in a long time (no, I haven’t been painting dog-a-days for 6 years, but I have been tethered to the studio for that long!). I promise to return rejoiced and ready to continue on where we have left off.

Thanks, as always, for looking.
And for sharing these paintings with your friends and family.
Enjoy your week, and I’ll be back on the 9th!

Kimberly Kelly Santini
distinctive pet portraits
& 4-legged paintings
come. sit. stay.
enjoy the art.

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