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30 Dogs 30 Days - My Books

I've been a working artist for 18 years, and I learn something new every day. What I learned recently is that I've done a really poor job of sharing the fact that I wrote and published 3 volumes outlining the first years of Painting a Dog a Day. Above is the cover design of my 2nd book, "That's 14 in Dog Years."

How did I become an author? It started out as my wanting to review the work I had created in the first 18 months of the project, so that I could see what I accomplished and set some goals. Of course, being OCD, I couldn't just scroll through photos of the paintings on my laptop. Nope, I had to write an entire book.

And then I did one the next year, too.

And one the following year.

And then I was burned out. The act of designing, writing, editing, proofreading, marketing, pre-selling, and signing/wrapping/shipping was fun for a bit, but then it became something that took me away from the easel. I didn't start painting as a gateway to be an author/publisher. So I let the series sit at 3 volumes and moved back to my easel.

Each volume features over 100 full color images of my fav pieces from the year, along with an essay that carries you through my thought process and general life events of the same time frame. Volume One covers the first year and then some - October 2006 through December 2007. Volume Two is 2008. And Volume Three is 2009. And while my work, style and process has evolved over the years, the books themselves are a good starting point for anyone looking to begin a daily practice or work in a series.

These books are printed on demand, which means that my online vendor creates and ships directly to you. Here's the link:

If you would like to have a signed copy of the book, you will have to ship it to me, and then I can personalize and forward it along to you. Reach out and we'll coordinate this.
Thanks, as always, for following along with my artwork and journey.
Warmly, Kim


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