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Imaginary Wings (Medicine Hat #17)

Imaginary Wings (Medicine Hat #17), 20" x 30" x 1-1/2", acrylics on gallery wrap canvas with the image painted around the sides, so there is no need to frame. This one is not currently for sale, but you are always welcome to reach out   to me   with inquiries Our imaginations - our ability to build stories in new and fascinating ways - it's a rather remarkable thing. My imagination was an escape hatch for a good chunk of my life. I still spend more time there than in the real world, not as a retreat, but for restoration and delight. And when I see children lost in their own worlds, I often wonder what their inner dialogue is, and I write something on the spot, in my head. That's what happened with this draft mare. She's sailing through the sky, marveling at the geography unfolding far beneath her hooves. Thanks, as always, for following along with my art journey, Warmly, Kim

A Busy Week

Above, a stack of commissioned portraits ready to ship to   Bozzuto Greene Art   near Baltimore. Typically this newsletter is about showcasing my artwork while I talk about the process of creating. That's the best part of my job, getting to make the imagery that resonates with so many of you. But that's not all that I do. There is this romanticized version of how artists live their lives that I sometimes need to dispel. Because as much as I'd like it to be all about long lunches in sidewalk cafes and late nights discussing the merits of what I create with like minds, it's a bit grittier and tedious. Here's what my last week looked like: one exhibition opening, for which I baked lovely   tahini caramel brownies   6 hours of teaching/instruction done in person and via Facetime with students as far flung as Switzerland (yes, I offer   long-distance mentoring ) varnishing, framing, wrapping and shipping 7 paintings to 2 galleries and 2 paintings to 2 colle

Made of Starlight (Medicine Hat #16)

"Made of Starlight (Medicine Hat #16)," 18" x 24" x 1", acrylics on gallery wrapped canvas, image painted around the edges, so no need to frame. $899 plus s&h, m essage me   for more details. Yes, that is copper paint reflecting the studio lights on the horse's shoulder, and yes, that is a silvery haze around her face. Because starlight sparkles. Just like you. Thanks, as always, for following along with my art journey, Warmly, Kim

Wild & Precious (Medicine Hat #15)

At tippy top, full image, immediately above, detail. "Wild & Precious (Medicine Hat #15)," 20" x 30" x 1-1/2", acrylics on gallery wrapped canvas, image painted around the edges, so no need to frame. $1299 plus s&h, m essage me   for more details.  This piece took some serious turns today, particularly after a critique with   Vianna Szabo (followers of my blog will know that I worship this woman and all that comes off her easel and out of her mouth). We had tea and bearclaws together this morning, and she reminded me that artists work with the same materials, And the same ideas of value, edges, color and application. Now let me tell you that up until that point, I was so in love with this painting. But then it hit me - this particular painting was mostly about paint application. I got so caught up in the joy of laying the marks down that I forget to assess the balance of values, control my edges to drive the focal point, and push color to

Medicine Hat #15

In Process: "Medicine Hat #15," 20" x 30" x 1-1/2", acrylics on gallery wrapped canvas, image painted around the edges. This painting is all about Mary Oliver, as I think how connected she was to the heart of the universe. And it's difficult to properly photo here in the studio, with swaths of metallics reflecting the lights.  Message me   for more details. How lucky am I, to have spent today doing what I love, making beauty, surrounded by my family? I hope that you were able to do the same - spend your day with your own passions and with your loved ones. Thanks, as always, for following along with my art journey,

Blue, version 2.0, in process

In Process: "Blue, version 2.0," 16" x 20", acrylics on panel. Collection of moi. However I will make prints available when he's finished, so   let me know   if you are interested in being notified when that happens. I painted our little boy  Blue   once before, and   that one   is currently hanging in The Gold Show at The Anton Art Center in Mt. Clemens   (the exhibition opening is this Saturday, from 2-4, if you are interested).  Meanwhile, this is a similar pose but a different approach, lighter hearted and a bit more playful, just like Blue himself. I am considering sending this version to a juried exhibition as well, but if I do, he must be for sale. I'm not sure if I can do that and risk him not coming home. I suppose we shall see as the entry deadline draws closer if I feel any differently. Meanwhile, yes, I can do something similar to this starring your four legged soulmate. Commissioned portraits in this style start at 16x20 and are $1399.

The Spell She Casts (Medicine Hat #13)

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 directly   to 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