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"Recommended Reading," from the "Tags, Toys & Treasures" series, 16" x 20", still life painting of vintage children's books and a mohair stuffed terrier, acrylic on board, original work $840. Limited edition of 25 giclees available, image size approximately 11" x 14", archival inks on beautiful artists' paper with white margin, $60 each. Inquiries on the original and reproductions may always come to .

That is my copy of "The Stray," a book who's drawings I meticulously copied as a teen. I was mesmerized by Jamie Wyeth's use of line. I wish I could say that "The Pokey Little Puppy" was originally mine, too, but alas, it is a copy that I picked up at our library's used book store. I did spend many an hour hidden in my closet, reading "The Pokey Little Puppy" and all my other favorite titles by Lite-Brite.

The books are back on the shelf here in the studio, but this painting is headed to an exhibition. I am eager to see how "Recommended Reading" is received, as it will be accompanied by two other pieces from the "Tags, Toys & Treasures" series. This also represents the first time I have shared my new still life paintings with the public; previously I have exihibited mostly larger than life sized animal paintings or a handful of my favorite dog-a-day pieces. This week I will send three still lifes to the Orion Art Center's All-Media Exhibition. The exhibition opens on Wednesday, March 26th, at 7pm at the Orion Art Center (please call them for additional information: 248-693-4986).

Finishing this piece also means that I can clear the still life setup in the studio, and build a new composition. As space is limited in here, every square inch counts - I can only have two still lifes going at once. I've been toying (pun intended!) with some new items, and have several different ideas in mind. We shall see what the afternoon leads to.......

Thanks, as always, for sharing these paintings and stories with your friends and family.
Talk to you tomorrow!

Kimberly Kelly Santini
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  1. Kim I love him! Great stuff. I have no doubt this piece will be really well received at the exhibition. Sheona


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