Paintings With Soul

Since October 2006 I've been a daily painter, creating a new pet portrait at least 5 times per week. Over the years I've expanded my offerings to include a variety of animals, pets, race horses, children and other treasured heirlooms. In addition, I accept a limited number of commissions each year.

In 2015 I am honored to be the Kentucky Derby Artist.

You may use the links below right to receive my daily paintings via email or to follow my blog with a feed. I post additional info, including in-process jpgs and other related information, on the studio Facebook page as well.

Meanwhile, thanks
so much for your continued support of my artwork.

Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Knitting Rainbows

Knitting Rainbows. 12" x 16", acrylics on museum quality panel, featuring a celestial hamster busy with her handwork, $469 plus s&h. Inquiries may always come to me.
This is the latest incarnation of a mouse painting who couldn't figure out what she was at first. We went through various ribboned crowns, then there were crystals and jewelry, and finally she settled on the heavens.
It was The Princess's suggestion that I have her creating a rainbow, and that was the crowning touch.

I dedicate this painting to all needing a bit of glory in their lives - whether they are struggling with a hurricane, wildfire, earthquake, world affairs, or an empty chocolate stash.

Sunday, September 17, 2017

Lord Frith

"All the world will be your enemy, Prince of a Thousand enemies. And when they catch you, they will kill you. But first they must catch you; digger, listener, runner, Prince with the swift warning. Be cunning, and full of tricks, and your people will never be destroyed."- Lord Frith

Lord Frith. 12" x 14", acrylics on museum quality panel, inspired by the rabbits' god in Watership Down, $449. Inquiries may always come to me.

Thursday, September 14, 2017

She Cracks Herself Up

She Cracks Herself Up. 8" x 10", acrylics on museum quality panel, commissioned portrait of a goofy yellow lab, sold (TY very much). Inquiries may always come to me.
There's no gift quite as wonderful as a custom pet portrait. I paint from your photos, resulting in a surprise to unwrap that's like no other. Now is the time to start discussing and planning any holiday gifts you would like to commission.
Museum quality portraits start around $400, and are priced according to size and complexity. If you have a smaller budget, reach out to me so we can discuss other options.

Tuesday, September 12, 2017

Dog Star

Dog Star (Constellation). 18" x 24" x 1-1/2", acrylics on museum quality panel with image painted around the sides, sold (Congratulations and TY very much MH!). Inquiries may always come to me.
My collector said this painting reminded her of her dog who had recently passed away. I could see it too. So funny how that worked out.
And then she messaged me that, on her way home with the piece, the Ozzy song "Momma I'm Coming Home" played on the radio. Synchronicity.

Monday, September 11, 2017

Little Horse

Little Horse (Constellation). 11" x 14", acrylics on panel, $529 to the first asking nicely. Inquiries may always come to me.
It would be impossible to fear the dark if the stars truly looked like these.

Friday, September 08, 2017

Apollo

Apollo. 12" x 12", acrylics on museum quality panel, $529 to the first asking nicely. Inquiries may always come to me.
I am finishing up a workshop with Ardith Goodwin focused on framework. Understanding the things that thrill us, and using that knowledge to paint with intention and infuse our work with a passionate connection from the very get go.

It's no surprise that unexpected details delight me (pun intended). And I spent the last 8 weeks defining and exploring my realms of delight.
So it should follow that my work will carry the same sorts of elements - like a pink equine posing as Apollo, drawing the sun across the sky.

These pieces also give me a place to ostrich (bury my head in the sand) and pretend for just a moment that our world isn't quite so ugly.

Wednesday, September 06, 2017

Do not go gentle into that good night

Do not go gentle into that good night (title courtesy of Dylan Thomas). 14" x 18", acrylics on museum quality panel, $599 to the first asking nicely. Inquiries may always come to me.
My recent work is resonating with so many - thank you for your notes and encouragement. Baring my soul in paint makes me feel vulnerable and terrified. It is so much safer (emotionally) to stick with pet portraiture.

And yet I have much to share from my very core. I'm steadily working my way there.

Tuesday, September 05, 2017

Eclipse

Eclipse. 12" x 12", acrylics on panel, $549 to the first asking nicely. Inquiries may always come to me.
Trying some things out this week, experimenting with rather substantial changes to existing work.

Also, responding to the real world inside my imaginary one (paintings) more and more. You can't make this stuff up (The Great American Eclipse?!).

Saturday, September 02, 2017

Growing Gray

Growing Gray (a self portrait), 18" x 24" x 1.5", acrylics on gallery wrapped canvas with image painted around the sides. I am uncertain that this one is truly finished, just as I am unclear whether she will be available. This is an intensely personal painting, meant for loved ones denied the simple privilege of growing gray. Or gray-er.

Life is a miracle, every minute. My gray hairs remind me of that.

Inquiries may always come to ksantini@turtledovedesigns.com - thank you SO much!!

Friday, September 01, 2017

The Moon Goddess

The Moon Goddess (Fireflies 14) 24" x 36" x 1.5", acrylics on gallery wrapped canvas with image painted around the sides. This one gives me chills, and I hope that the photo, which appears a little dark, conveys that. She is ushering in the night, complete with all it's magic. This painting is $1299 to the first asking nicely - ksantini@turtledovedesigns.com - thank you SO much!!

Thursday, August 31, 2017

In the interest of catching up........

.....here are some more recent paintings from July and early August 2017

Fireflies 6, 20" x 30" x 1.5", acrylics on gallery wrapped canvas, packed with texture, luscious drips and transparent layers, including metallic and iridescent paint, $1225 (payment plans available) - inquiries to me! ksantini@turtledovedesigns.com - thank you SO much!!

There's no way to convey the magic and depth of these firefly paintings via the computer screen. Suffice it to say that they are gnome approved, and would make the most fantastic focal point in any room.



Fireflies 8 & 9 (mage taken inside with glare.), each 16" x 20" for a total image size of 20" x 32", acrylics on gallery wrapped canvas with image painted around the sides. Texture, color, and layers of depth create a magical pairing.  $1199 for the pair (payment plans available) - inquiries to me! ksantini@turtledovedesigns.com - thank you SO much!!


Dusk (Fireflies 7) 20" x 30" x 1.5", acrylics on gallery wrapped canvas with image painted around the sides. Texture, color, and layers of depth create a magical pairing.  $1225 (payment plans available) - inquiries to me! ksantini@turtledovedesigns.com - thank you SO much!!
Continuing to work with color, allowing the paint to do it's thing. Glazing, scumbling, scraping, dripping, wiping, masking, drawing, redrawing, slopping, splashing, spritzing, even finger painting.
I am thinking about taking this concept big, painting outside, so I am not restricted to the confines of my 10 foot wide studio. So large that you could stand in front of it, and let the painting swallow you into the cricketsong of night.


Fireflies 11,  16" x 20", acrylics on gallery wrapped canvas with image painted around the sides. A continuation of this ethereal series exploring the magic of early evening, this one has irridescent paint that shimmers like moonlight.  $599 (payment plans available) - inquiries to me! ksantini@turtledovedesigns.com - thank you SO much!!

Wednesday, August 30, 2017

My Apologies!

This summer I have been remiss in updating my blog regularly for a number of reasons - one being that I am in the midst of a painting dervish. I can't clock enough hours at the easel, the ideas are rushing out of me. The other reason for poor blog maintenance is that my viewership is way down, and I find myself questioning whether the day of the blog is past - is everyone now on social media?

I hate to let this site go - it's got 10+ years of paintings and musings here - so I will pop in and update it as I can. Meanwhile, if you wish to see current work (I'm about a month behind here), you are always welcome on my studio page over on Facebook - Kimberly Kelly Santini.

Meanwhile, here's a few pieces from last month:

 Fireflies 1 (SOLD), 2 and 3 (SOLD), each 6" square, acrylics on gallery wrapped canvas, all sorts of luscious drips and transparent layers - inquiries to me!  ksantini@turtledovedesigns.com - thank you SO much!!

Fireflies 4 (top, with larger bugs) and 5 (bottom image), each 16" x 20", acrylics on gallery wrapped canvas, all sorts of luscious drips and transparent layers including metallic and iridescent paint, $599 each or $999 for the pair (payment plans available) - inquiries to me! ksantini@turtledovedesigns.com - thank you SO much!!

Tuesday, August 01, 2017

Bumbles and a Ladybug

Bumbles (all 6"x6"x1-1/2") and a Ladybug (4"x4"x1-1/2"), from top going clockwise, Green Bumble, Blue Bumble, Pink Bumble, Orange Bumble, center Ladybug. Bonus - all are painted around the sides, so no need to frame. Bumbles are $124 each or 2 for $224, Ladybug is $74. Inquiries to ksantini@turtledovedesigns.com - thanks so much!!  ALL SOLD - TY so much!
I'm figuring out how to expressively paint an object in motion whilst still in motion. Also working on painting from memory (no references but my gray matter). 
Memory and movement are two things that continue to crop up when my paintings are discussed, so I thought I would design a little exercise to bring them both into play consciously and simultaneously.

Tuesday, July 25, 2017

Cracker Jack

Cracker Jack. 16" x 20", acrylics on panel, $649. Inquiries may always come to me.
I am tempted to keep this one, but willing to allow fate to send her elsewhere, in case she's needed more by someone else.
Spending time thinking about what makes my heart skip a beat, and why, so that I can incorporate it into my paintings. OKeefe (my hamster) is one of those things.

Friday, July 14, 2017

Learn from my mistakes

Learn From My Mistakes. 24" x 36" x 1-1/2", acrylics on cradeled panel, not for sale. However, inquiries may always come to me.
My newest selfie - I've been doing these regularly for over 2 years. After so much practice, I am finally getting the hang of figurative painting.
Still have a looooong way to go, but I am very pleased with all the forward progress I have made.

Tuesday, July 11, 2017

The Dream Materializes

The Dream Materializes. 24" x 36" X1/2", acrylics on cradeled panel, $949 plus s&h. Inquiries may always come to me.
I've had marathon painting days in the studio with a number of LARGE paintings in process. I am exhausted, but also so very pleased with all I am learning.
Including the painting I ruined last nite, because I overworked it. I knew better, and told myself, "Self, you are getting into trouble here." Self didn't listen; she needs to work on her listening skills.

Monday, July 10, 2017

Breathing Underwater

Breathing Underwater. 30" x 40", acrylics on panel, not for sale. However, inquiries may always come to me.
I've been working on this one all week. It is extra special to me, and I plan to enter her in a juried show later this summer.
What sort of story does this one tell you? I'd love to hear your interpretations!

Sunday, July 09, 2017

A Little Romance

A Little Romance. 24" x 20", acrylics on panel, (sold - thank you SO much!) Inquiries may come to me.
Another special request painting - after completing a gray mare and chestnut foal painting last week, I was asked to try my hand at a bay pairing. From the historic "Four Sixes Ranch" in Texas, comes the mare Mostfamouseromance, and this year's baby filly by Hez Our Secret. The baby is a promising future racehorse, and they are hoping to register her as Scandalous Romance, but for now she's just "a little romance."
Now what to paint next? I'm open to suggestions - you are welcome to send non-flash photos that you have taken to ksantini@turtledovedesigns.com. By submitting a photo you are acknowledging that you are the photographer and have not assigned the copyright to any other parties and that derivative artwork may be made from your photo. You are under no obligation to purchase resulting artwork, however, you will be offered first right of refusal.

Saturday, July 08, 2017

The black horse is a uniquely powerful amulet

The black horse is a uniquely powerful amulet. 24" x 20", acrylics on panel, sold (thank you!). Inquiries may come to me.

I was asked to paint a black horse, and somewhere along the way I was seduced by her magic. It's not the first time she's done this - Shadow was destined for another fate altogether when her current owner bought her from a kill pen.

And as often happens with rescued animals, they reciprocate by rescuing their new owners.

Friday, July 07, 2017

My parents were told I'd grow out of it, but I still dream of ponies.

My parents were told I'd grow out of it, but I still dream of ponies. 24" x 20", acrylics on panel, $899 plus s&h. Inquiries may come to me.
In my imagination, I owned many ponies. And horses.

I was a horse whisperer before anyone even knew what that was. I also was a champion jockey and an Olympic rider and especially talented at braiding manes. I had an uncanny connection with all things equine.
Art opened doors that my imagination jumped straight into. My drawings of various adventures papered my bedroom wall.

And my paintings continue to do the same thing to this day. Especially when world events are tragic. I close my eyes and dream of ponies comforting those in need.......

Thursday, June 29, 2017

Peace and Comfort

Peace and Comfort. 24" x 30", acrylics on panel, $899 plus s&h. Inquiries may come to me.
Our world needs buckets more of peace and comfort. Although baby horses are wonderful too.

Wednesday, June 28, 2017

She carries me from the darkest places


She carries me from the darkest places. 12" x 24", acrylics on museum quality panel, $849 plus s&h. Inquiries may come to me.
Who's always got your back?

Monday, June 26, 2017

The Spirit Within

The Spirit Within. 16" x 20" x 1/2", acrylics on gallery wrap canvas (painted around the sides, so no need to frame), $679 plus s&h. Inquiries may come to me.

I have been trying to get this sort of surface for YEARS now, and I've finally figured it out!! At one point today I got so frustrated that I walked away, only to return after mowing the lawn to find my desired effect had occurred - it just took some time to set itself up.

The acrylic paint appears to be melted wax, marble.moves like watercolor, and scumbles like oil. Some of these effects occur simultaneously. I wish you could see it in person!

Friday, June 23, 2017

Prince Leopold

Prince Leopold. 12" x 12" x 1/2", acrylics on canvas, $309. Inquiries may come to me.
In between waiting for layers to dry on a 24" x 36" panel, I continued with my Frog Princes paintings.
Warm thanks to Team Husar Photography for this leopard frog reference.

Thursday, June 22, 2017

The Real Deal

The Real Deal. 12" x 12" x 1/2", acrylics on canvas, $309. Inquiries may come to me.
I'm running out of references - time to go play in the garden and see if Grandpa Toad wants to do a photo shoot!
And there was that little tree frog hanging out around the fountain the other day too.......

Monday, June 19, 2017

Prince Pessimism

Prince Pessimist. 12" x 12" x 1/2", acrylics on canvas, $309. Inquiries may come to me.
I'm loving all the little warts, and having a perfect excuse to sprinkle in lots of color.....

Thursday, June 15, 2017

The Freckled Prince

The Freckled Prince. 12" x 12" x 1/2", acrylics on canvas, $309. Inquiries may come to me.

SOLD (thank you!)
I may have to make a series out of this. There's some crazy wonderful frogs/toads out there, all begging to be painted......

Wednesday, June 14, 2017

Waiting for a Kiss

Waiting for a Kiss. 12" x 12" x 1/2", acrylics on canvas, $309. Inquiries may come to me.
Aren't fairy tales the best? They were one of my favorite things to read as a child - I loved comparing similar tales from differing cultures.
I've had The Frog Prince in my head for over a week now. Finally able to get around to painting him. And I just might do it again.......

Tuesday, June 13, 2017

His Royal Highness and The Crown Prince

The male oriole is rumored to have a penchant for dressup.  Diptych (two panels specifically painted to hang together), His Royal Highness on the left and The Crown Prince on the right. Each painting is 9" x 12" x 1/2", acrylics on canvas, $289 separately or $499 for both. Inquiries may come to me.
Back in the studio, I'm thinking about that space between actual experience and dreams, where bits of reality stick to ethereal possibilities. 
It's a fascinating place, that juncture between imagination and true events. Anything is possible, like royalty among the Orioles. I mean, it makes total sense for every species to have it's own royal family.

Wednesday, June 07, 2017

Unicorns are highly skilled at camoflauging themselves. That's why you have to search very hard to find them.

36" x 48", acrylics on panel, featuring a unicorn hidden inside a rose bush. Don't despair if you can see her right away - just breathe slowly and look closely. This piece is $3599. Inquiries may come to me. Please and thank you.
I usually buy my flowers from the week-old bucket. But not today. This painting was totally worth splurging on the most insanely gorgeous blush roses. Added bonus - they will last a bit longer than I am accustomed to.

Monday, May 22, 2017

Teaching and Learning

My brave crewe of painters from the Louisiana Art and Artists Guild.
I've been in Baton Rouge the past week, painting alongside these lovelies, working on color, brushwork, and what it means to honor one's path as a creative. They were fearless and inspiring, each one tackling their own wish list of lessons and finding ah-ha moments. Including me!
Now I'm in New Orleans with Dianna Reilly (A.K.A. Stella Gray) for a few days. New Orleans is the perfect setting for further discussion about the way creativity weaves itself into our lives, and how we can best feed it.

There are also grits. Lots of grits.

Friday, May 12, 2017

Mum, Happy Mother's Day

Mum, a new selfie in celebration of Mother's Day
16" x 20", acrylics on panel, part of my ongoing series of self portraits. This one is not for sale - I'm going to will it to a kid with specific directions to hang above their eye level, so that I am always looking down at them, just like when they were all shorter than I...... Meanwhile, inquiries may come to me. Please and thank you.
Self portraits are a remarkable exercise. I've been practicing them at least monthly for nearly 2 years. They are an insightful exploration of mood, energy and outlook. Sometimes they aren't terribly flattering, but I'm not painting them to pretend I'm a supermodel. I'm painting them to become a better caretaker of myself.

Friday, May 05, 2017

They got their hats! These chicks are ready for the Kentucky Derby.

They got their hats! These chicks are ready for the Kentucky Derby.



18" x 24", acrylics on panel, starring two heirloom Derby Chicks. These chicks are fairly common in the south, but up here in Michigan, it's rare to sight them. I've included a detail below so that you will recognize one more easily in the future.

This Derby Chicks painting is $799 to the first asking nicely. Inquiries may come to me. Please and thank you.


Two years ago I was feted all week in Louisville as the official Kentucky Derby artist. The final honor was sitting in our box at Churchill Downs' finish line and watching American Pharoah win the first leg of his Triple Crown. History unfolded for me personally and for the sport I passionately grew up with.

Wishing all involved a safe trip tomorrow.

Thursday, May 04, 2017

Squeaker

Squeaker, a Florus Animalum painting

48" x 48 x 1/2"", acrylics on panel, starring a not-so-tiny mouse sprouting a mass of wildflowers. Squeaker is $4599 to the first asking nicely. Payment plans available. Inquiries may come to me. Please and thank you.
This little one has a huge personality. And probably every color in the world is tucked into his floral crown. What a focal point Squeaker will make......
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