Kimberly Kelly Santini paintings with soul because our world needs more beauty
From the ongoing series of 2020-21 world events' inspired drawings, "Psyche 164," graphite on paper, 11" x 8-1/2" (this is an up close view of the drawing, which is roughly 3" high).
Long time readers of my newsletters know I've been drawing quite a bit this past year, but I've not shared much of them. A couple reasons why, but mostly because I wanted to stay focused on the content of the drawings, and not get distracted by the commodity aspect that happens when something is for sale. These also came from a deeply personal space, a space I wished to protect as they emerged, for fear (there's that word again!) that too much hullabaloo would send them into hiding.
It's difficult to be vulnerable. It's even more difficult to be vulnerable at a time of great uncertainty. And I cannot recall a time of greater fear and tension at a global level that right now.
When talking earlier today with several artist friends (and continuing a conversation I've had in a variety of spaces with a cast of creative voices over the last 30 years), I had a couple of ah-ha moments. One of those was the realization that beauty is rooted in honesty, and also in terror (thank youAnne SiemsandRainer Maria RIlke). We cannot appreciate love without understanding loss, and the preciousness of something becomes heightened when we fear it will disappear.
There is, however, comfort in being vulnerable together. Which we can do over a piece of music or a performance or a particular ritual or just a simple email.
So I am sharing this drawing with you today, in spite of my fears, to help us each appreciate and savor the beauty we all have in our own lives in whatever way we can. These are unprecedented times, when a pandemic threatens communities and loved ones, and the US democracy teeters on the lip of the unknown, plus whatever other crises peek into our own lives.
If you want to talk about this, being vulnerable and defining beauty, or anything else about my artwork, I'm hosting a live Q&A for my online students this Thursday (Jan 21st) at noon eastern. Come join us -info is all here - at the $15 level, and you'll get access to the call details.
Meanwhile, as my shero Glennon Doyle says, we can do hard things. Stay well, Fondly, Kim
I am so excited to share with you the lessons I've created exclusively for this year's Make Create Express event. The first one features butterflies and will be part of the free Creative Retreat Weekend July 11-12th. The butterfly lesson will only be available, entirely for free, during this weekend event. However BOTH lessons, the butterfly and a wonderful rabbit painting workshop, are part of the year long Make Create Express. And I'm just one of 25 other artists who have made extraordinary content. Want in? Of course you do! We are less than 3 weeks out from the Creative Retreat Weekend , and to celebrate we are having a Blog Hop Giveaway. I get to give away 1 place in the Make Create Express year long workshop. This is a $120 value - think of the art supplies you can buy with that sort of savings!! To enter just share this particular blog post on Facebook and be sure to tell me that you have done so (shared this) by commenting here on the blog by 8pm on June 25th. I
"Lashes and Corkscrews," 5" x 8", buckskin tobiano curly horse portrait, acrylic on board, $289 to the first taker. Do I see any hands? Inquires to firstname.lastname@example.org . I really DID intend to paint today, but things got out of hand quickly. I think it was the Snickers bar breakfast that me going in the wrong direction right off the bat. Then the mid-morning helping of caramel corn followed by a Kit-Kat lunch.... straight downhill from there. For the last hour I have had my palette open and the brushes out, but trick-or-treaters are coming thick and heavy, and it's becoming very clear that I will NOT be finishing the sheltie paintings tonight (so sorry JB - they are coming, though!!). Instead I'll share with you a piece I did last week for an art competition. I won't find out about the juror's decision until December, but in the meanwhile, please enjoy Percy, my friend's new gelding. Isn't he a dear?! Be sure to make some time
"Dove 3," 11" x 14", acrylics and pencil on stonehenge paper, small white margin on edges (not pictured), $399 plus s&h to the first asking nicely. Inquiries may always come to me . In between working on commissions, I am continuing my own learning via mentoring sessions with Anne Siems . I'm also taking an online workshop with Stanka Kordic. This piece was a eureka sort of painting in that it begins to meld what I am trying to learn from both these extraordinary women. Someone asked me recently why I study with other artists. It's because I'm never fully satisfied with what I know how to do. There's always people better than me at something or another, and I want to try to peek inside their brain to figure out how they weave their magic. Then I can adapt that to my own goals and style. It would be boring to paint the same way, every day, for eternity. I want to evolve and grow. Always. (and if you feel the same way, maybe you want to v