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"Rhodesian Gaze (Ridgeback Study)," 6" x 8", dog painting in acrylic on board, $199 to the first buyer. Inquiries may come to ksantini@turtledovedesigns.com .

This piece is almost like an abstract painting, being focused so tightly on the planes of the face. Rhodesian Ridgebacks are very statuesque in that their skin lies relatively close to the skull, which is something I had to continually remind myself as I became engrossed in the markings. I used my brushwork not to mirror the markings, but to follow the bone structure. It is especially effective when the paint layers are wet, and can be smooshed (for lack of a more technical term) into each other.

And I indulged myself with color on this one. Close inspection will reveal pretty much every imaginable color in here somewhere - daubs and layered hash marks abound.

On another note, I shipped my paintings off this morning for the Grand National Rodeo Celebration of Western Art Show & Sale (say that 5 times real quick!). This promises to be a very exciting show, with artists hailing from all over the world, participating by invitation only. 7 paintings, all delightful in nature, bursting with color, featuring everything from a tiny tortoiseshell kitten, to a watchful rhode island red hen, to a pair of mules. If you are in the San Francisco area, stop by the show - it will be a world class event - it opens April 4th and hangs through the 12th, at the Cow Palace.

My body of work submitted to this exhibition also garnered me platinum membership in the Grand National Artists Society, which is a high honor. This means that I'll have additional exhibition opportunities on the west coast, including events in Los Angeles and Santa Barbara, among others. I'll always keep you posted as to when my work travels to an exhibition - I know how much fun it is to see things in person as opposed to the computer.

Thanks, as always, for looking. And for forwarding these paintings to your friends and family.
See you tomorrow!
Kim

Kimberly Kelly Santini
http://www.turtledovedesigns.com/
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& 4-legged paintings

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