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.

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......

Wednesday, May 03, 2017

David+Austin

David+Austin, a Florus Animalum painting
36" x 48", acrylics on panel, starring two thoroughbreds nuzzling amid a tangle of english roses. David+Austin is $3599 to the first asking nicely. Inquiries may come to me. Please and thank you.
I've included a detail below. This is an incredibly complex piece full of subtlety, and while it looks pretty wonderful (if I do say so myself) on the computer, it's breathtaking in person.

Monday, May 01, 2017

Pink Peony

Pink P(e)ony, a Florus Animalum painting
24" x 48", acrylics on panel featuring a white pony crowned with a luscious bouquet of blooms. She is $1499 to the first asking nicely. Inquiries may come to me. Please and thank you.
I started this one last August, and forget why she got set aside. Today I practiced all the things I've learned in the past 8 months. Lots of drips, bursts of color, delightful drawn edges. Happy Sigh.

Thursday, April 27, 2017

Peter took advantage of Mr McGregor's distraction over world events to raid the cabbages.

Peter took advantage of Mr McGregor's distraction over world events to raid the cabbages.
18" x 24" x 1", acrylics on cradeled panel (with image painted around the sides), featuring an adventurous cottontail's wildest dream. Peter is $849 to the first asking nicely. Inquiries may come to me. Please and thank you.
I wouldn't put it past him, Peter that is, to have orchestrated the whole thing. He's got connections and a rap sheet. I'm just saying.....

 

Wednesday, April 26, 2017

This Dose of Tall Dark and Handsome is Much Stronger Than Xanax, With The Added Bonus of No Nasty Side Effects

This Dose of Tall Dark and Handsome is Much Stronger Than Xanax, With The Added Bonus of No Nasty Side Effects

24" x 36" x 1", acrylics on gallery stretched canvas (with image painted around the sides), featuring a matched pair of Friesian horses, $1699 to the first asking nicely. Inquiries may come to me. Please and thank you.
I got up early this morning, excited to put the finishing touches on this one.

The drips/focus bleed down the canvas, from right to left, creating a mesmerizing curtain which the horses gently part.

Monday, April 24, 2017

Tiny Fearlessly Steps into the Future Because He Lacks Reasoning Skills. His Bowl is Also Always Full of Kibble.

Tiny Fearlessly Steps into the Future Because He Lacks Reasoning Skills. His Bowl is Also Always Full of Kibble.

20" x 24", acrylics on panel, featuring a spunky daschund mix, $799 to the first asking nicely - inquiries may come to me. Please and thank you.
I wish I could be more like Tiny. Satisfied with kibble and chasing butterflies. I suppose starting by appreciating the simple things is a step in the right direction.

Friday, April 21, 2017

From the mists of uncertainty, a beacon arose

From the Mists of Uncertainty, a Beacon Arose

15" x 30" x 1", acrylics on gallery stretched canvas (image painted around the sides, so no need to frame), featuring a white Arabian. $799 to the first asking nicely - inquiries may come to me. Please and thank you.
Angels don't always come with wings attached. Today's angel is Hope - may you find it safely stashed where you left it, and may you hold it tightly to your heart.

Thursday, April 20, 2017

She Bows Her Head and Honors the Light in All of Us

She Bows Her Head and Honors the Light in All of Us

24" x 30", acrylics on panel, featuring a draft mare cloaked in all the color of the world. $899 to the first asking nicely - inquiries may come to me. Please and thank you.
"The light in me honors the light in you." Regardless of the color of your skin, the religion you practice, your sexual/gender orientation, and so many other factors. Always.

Tuesday, April 18, 2017

The Knight in Shining Armor Was No More Than Eye Candy, So She Left Him Behind When She Had Serious Stuff To Do

The Knight in Shining Armor Was No More Than Eye Candy, So She Left Him Behind When She Had Serious Work To Do 

24" x 30", acrylics on panel, featuring a ghostly mare emerging from an enchanted woods. $899 to the first asking nicely - inquiries may come to me. Please and thank you.

SOLD (TY)
This mare is on a quest for equality, dignity, safety, respect and love for all beings. She's got no time for distractions. Unless they are peppermint coated.

Friday, April 14, 2017

Delusions of Grandeur

Delusions of Grandeur

24" x 30", acrylics on panel, featuring a self important feline. I do have a collector interested, but should they choose to pass, Grandeur is $899 (includes s&h inside the US) to the first asking nicely.

SOLD (TY!)
My whole body is sore. I've been painting and dancing at the easel since 10am. Painting can be quite a workout!

Thursday, April 13, 2017

The Only Thing Brighter Than Carmen's Tiara Was Her Sparkling Personality

"The Only Thing Brighter Than Carmen's Tiara Was Her Sparkling Personality," a Bauble Painting, 9" x 12" x 1/2", acrylics on gallery stretched canvas, featuring a finch sporting just a few carats of ice. This painting is $289 (includes s&h inside the US) to the first asking nicely.

Started spring cleaning the studio this weekend. Found a stash of girl scout cookies I'd forgotten about. They expired in 2013. I stuck them in the freezer for 48 hours to kill any bacteria. Can't waste Samoas!

Tuesday, April 11, 2017

Nobody Ever Accused Gertrude of Eating Like a Bird


Nobody Ever Accused Gertrude of Eating Like a Bird

A Bauble Painting, 12" x 12" x 1/2", acrylics on gallery stretched canvas, featuring a rather curvacious finch. This painting is $309 (includes s&h inside the US) to the first asking nicely.  

This week it's been all about drips and stripes and sparkles and modeled vs flat space while trying not to think of current world events. Wishing I could wrap every child in an iridescent magical hug and make them safe and loved and valued.

Wednesday, April 05, 2017

For Me? You Shouldn't Have!


For Me? You Shouldn't Have!

A Bauble Painting, 9" x 12" x 1/2", acrylics on gallery stretched canvas, featuring a bullfinch with a diamond crown (what DO you get a chick who has it all?). This painting is $289 (includes s&h inside the US) to the first asking nicely.  

The Princess drove me to the art supply store, where I bought 25 canvases. They are patiently waiting for the next flock of birds. Or mice. Or whatever I feel like painting next.

I might have also bought a new pair of Converse.

Tuesday, April 04, 2017

Goldie, a Lesser Goldfinch, Bolsters Her Inferiority Complex with a Jeweled Tiara


Goldie, a Lesser Goldfinch, Bolsters Her Inferiority Complex with a Jeweled Tiara

A Bauble Painting, 9" x 12" x 1/2", acrylics on gallery stretched canvas, featuring a goldfinch with a teeny tiny tiara matching her self esteem. This painting is $289 (includes s&h inside the US) to the first asking nicely.  

Work in an obvious series, my friend Robert coached. It'll help you figure things out clearly and in an organized fashion. Little did he know he was unleashing a painting monster......

Monday, April 03, 2017

The Bluebird of Happiness


"I'd Be a Bluebird of Happiness Too With All That Ice,"

A Bauble Painting, 9" x 12" x 1/2", acrylics on gallery stretched canvas, $289 (includes s&h inside the US) to the first asking nicely.  

SOLD (TY!)

I'm off to purchase more canvases. The birds are flying north - my feeders and houses are filling with occupants. So many muses, so little time......

Friday, March 31, 2017

Priscilla Has a Resting Bitch Face

"Priscilla," a Bauble painting, 9" x 12" x 1/2", acrylics on gallery stretched canvas (painted around the sides, so she can hang directly without framing if you choose). Available to the first asking nicely, $289 (includes s&h inside the US). Thank you so much.

Last Saturday I purchased (7) of these panels. I have one left -- my muse has been keeping me busy! Guess it's time to purchase a few more.....

I am currently accepting a couple of pet portrait commissions. Snag one now for Mother's or Father's days, or even a graduation gift. Email me for details - and thanks!

Thanks for supporting my art,
Warmly, Kim

WORKSHOPS: 

May 17-20th, Baton Rouge, Louisiana. Please contact Betty Klenke for more information. 

June 21-23rd, Montague, Michigan. Please contact Korrine Rogers for more information.
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