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Two Bunnies

      "Bunny 1" (on top) and "Bunny 2," image approximately 5-1/2" wide on a 9" x 12" sheet, done in acrylic on paper, depicting sweet and fluffy rabbits. One of these paintings is for my client (who plans on donating it to a shelter fundraiser), and the other one could be yours for $100 plus s&h.  Let me know !!   Enjoy your weekend and stay safe!   Kim, who plans on losing her voice at tonite's high school football game  

Hardley A. Hadley

  "Hardley A. Hadley!!" 6" square, acrylic on museum quality panel, depicting a dapper and delightful Pomeranian. This painting is a commissioned portrait and will be headed to his new home shortly (and is ALSO a gift, so shush please!!) - however,  let me know  if you want one for yourself!!   It's been an exhausting - but fun - week. Between daily 8 hour Marching Band practices that required dinner deliveries, daily football practices and 3 games (with the varsity team playing tomorrow on the Detroit Lions home field), and choreography week for the dance team (also complete with meal deliveries), I've enjoyed total immersion in each of my kids' activites.   And now we are headed into a long weekend that will be packed with family time and, despite complaints, earlier, back-to-school preparatory curfews.   How can the summer be over with? Didn't we just start this?   Kim, who's not really counting, but noticed

Snuggles, A Painted Sketch

    "Snuggles," a painted sketch, approximately 4-1/2" x 6" roughly centered on a 9" x 12" paper, done in acrylics, depicting siblings, private collection (THANK YOU!).   Just like yesterday's painting, this one is another gift. So shhhh.....   And, yes, for those who asked, this morning brought about the return of my wits' end, and suprised me with moments of sheer joy. And, thanks to The Princess and her cohort, I also got homemade cookies - Kim

Chester, A Painted Sketch

    "Chester," a painted sketch, approximately 4" x 5" roughly centered on a 9" x 12" paper, done in acrylics, depicting a mixed breed dog, private collection (THANK YOU!).   Chester is a gift, so if you recognize him, help me keep the secret, ok?   I will be phasing these sketches out by year's end - lately they have been taking nearly as much time to complete as a panel painting and are far more laborious to pack and ship. So if you are interested, please  speak up now  and we can get it scheduled.   Thanks, as always, for supporting and following along with my artwork!   Hoping tomorrow brings along my wit's end, because today I think I lost it - Kim

September Desktop Calendar

      Every month, I travel back in time one year, and try to find my fav painting to make a calendar page. It's a grand journey, and the decision isn't usually that tough.   Except for this time.   Last September was a break through month for me - I made a number of paintings that I felt were important in my journey. But I chose this one, "Lady in Blue," because she represented triumph.   She initially was a sketch for a commission, and the client chose a different direction (here's  "Gracie's Throne,"  the finished commission, here - I have no regrets whatsoever on this project!). Something wasn't quite right with the piece, and it languished on my shelf for months until I figured it out.   While I knew it wasn't quite right to begin with, I didn't yet have the knowledge to fix things. Once I figured it out (values, more grays, and some additional saturation in her body, along with a complete redraw of her skeleton), things

My Life is Not My Own

Finger puppets, born yesterday. Courtesy of The Princess, Elizabeth St Hilaire Nelson, and the Detroit Institute of Art.   My life is not my own.   These are hard words to spit out, being that I am a total, over-the-top, control freak. But it is the truth.   I can't tell you what I did yesterday, but at any given point I can tell you what I'm doing in 5 minutes, 5 hours, and 5 days. And, yet, despite my calendar, things are not playing out as I anticipated.    And that's because of my kids. This last week, my life has become theirs. I am coordinating carpools, planning team meals, delivering forgotten bits of uniforms, volunteering behind the scenes, and cheering maniacally from the sidelines.   School starts on September 4th, but until then, I have my kids (mostly) undivided attention. I say mostly, because they are also focused on marching band, football, and dance, along with squeezing in as much time as possible with friends. And sleeping past noon. But let me te

Splash, Anna and Finnigan

  "Splash," 9" x 12", acrylic on museum quality panel, depicting a certain Princess and her rather neurotic Cattle Dog partner in crime, playing together in Paint Creek. This painting was done in acrylics on museum quality panel, and is the latest acquisition by the artist. Yes, me. I'm allowed to claim one every so often, no?   This is one of my favorite memories of this summer - taking Finnigan down to the creek, and watching him play water frisbee with his girl.   What's your favorite summer memory?   Kim, who is fearing the day when The Princess will be too cool to need me for anything other than a clothes allowance, but savoring and loving every single moment between now and then, including today's emergency trip to the library for "brain food"    


  "Sal," 6" x 8", acrylic on museum quality panel, depicting a blood bay Quarter Horse. This is a commissioned portrait and a Christmas surprise, and as such will be headed to a good hiding spot in his new home shortly.   But never fear - I am able to paint something just as special for you -  shoot me an email  and we'll get your project started!! Sketches start at $99 and panels like Sal's start at $329.   Happy Friday!!   And thanks for following along, Kim, who is throwing together a pot of veggie soup and getting herself ready for some high school football Caped Crusader style. Join me in crossing fingers and toes so that the predicted thunderstorms skirt the stadium and our boys get to play some ball!!!    


  "Cannonball!!" 11-3/4" x 19", acrylic on museum quality panel, depicting a fearless dock-diving Nita. I have big plans for this painting, but if you are interested in purchasing,  let me know , and I'll get you on the list. I don't doubt that "Cannonball" will find a home quickly, and I do want it to be yours, but I also want to exhibit her for just a wee bit in the meanwhile, so please bear with me.   I started this painting late last nite - in process photos are on  the studio facebook page .   My favorite part of the painting? the water bits, where, close-up, they become entirely abstract, just pure color and shape.   And Nita's squinched eyes.   You might recognize this girl....... I've painted her  before . Huge thanks to Nita's mom who shared some most extraordinary photos when I told her of my dogs-playing-in-water-ideas (and there are more of these paintings to come!).   I'm li

The Stretch Run

  The initial block in happened overtop an orange underpainting (above).       I slowly worked my way across the panel, defining shapes and forms as I went.       Photo courtesy of the amazing  Jen Trottier.  Hair courtesy of the lovely Saratoga Humidity. White House Black Market dress courtesy of the Salvation Army.     ALl photos in process of "The Stretch Run," 9" x 36", acrylics on museum quality panel, $699 unframed. Inquiries may come  to me .   When in Saratoga two weeks back, I spent a day at  Spa Fine Art , painting and mingling with the public. This is the piece I finished while there, a painting I left in their care. I don't doubt that they will find the perfect home for it.   Meanwhile, if you are interested,  let me know,  and I'll introduce you to the Spa staff. And arrange for you to see a true completed painting image, too.   Kim, who is ever so eager to start painting some of he

Lily and Clarence

  "Lily and Clarence," 6" x 12", a commissioned portrait of a pair of King Charles Cavalier Spaniels. This portrait is done in acrylics on a museum quality panel and is directly headed to a private collection - BUT, I'm happy to create something equally special just for you.  Just ask .   Signed Kim, who had a crazy busy day between football carpools, marching band sectionals, collecting children from sleepovers, delivering others to friends' homes, visiting the library, treasure hunting, dog walking, packaging and shipping paintings, and catching up on laundry.     The BIG Studio Clean   So last week I was bemoaning the fact that my studio needed serious housekeeping, but I was lacking equally serious motivation.   I ate my wheaties on Saturday, and spent nearly the whole day in there. And I wasn't painting.   Only my desk remains. Which could be the most da


"Cooper," 8" x 10", a commissioned portrait of a dearly beloved golden retriever who recently crossed the bridge. This is done in acrylics on a museum quality panel. Cooper's painting has been spoken for, but I'm happy to privately discuss painting something like this starring your dog (or cat or horse or rabbit or guinea pig or whatever). Inquiries may come  to me. In process images are on  the studio Facebook page . Signed Kim, who was delighted to open her palette up today, even if it did smell rather skunky and had a bit of a science project growing over the cadmiums....... The Lure of the Easel It's been 2 weeks since I painted in my studio. It's been nearly a year since I did a deep clean in there. This week my goal was to do a wall each day - pull things down, wipe every surface, purge and reorganize. A great concept, but not terribly realist

Sights and Sounds of Saratoga

I spent last week in the clutches of Saratoga, one of my most favorite places in the world. Attached are just a few of the photos I snapped that capture the sights and sounds.....   Fondly, Kim, who will never get enough of the front - and back - side of a racetrack. Or Mrs Londons (pastry shop).        

August Desktop Calendar

      How is it August already?   To implement this month's desktop calendar, simply download the file  directly from my website . I've set up a couple different ways to do this, either via the photo album or a direct link.   I am by no means an expert on the variety of operating systems, so I highly recommend that if you don't know how to change your desktop wallpaper, don't email me for advice. Instead consult your computer's help files - they will be more concise, more knowledgeable and more responsive than I could ever hope to be.    Maggie is sized to fit a standard screen height of 768 - I realize there are lots of variables that could impact how this file displays on your screen. Let me know if, once you get the file installed, there are display quality issues (keep in mind, too, that options such as "stretching to fit," "tiling" and "cropping" will impact your display, so check t