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.......
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