Monday, September 26, 2011

Bathtime (Harrison's Reflection) ~~ Kimberly Kelly Santini

In Process views are on the studio Facebook page

"Bathtime (Harrison's Reflection), from the Saratoga Series, " 5" x 7", done in Golden Open Acrylics on ampersand gessobord. This original painting can be added to your collection for $289 - just ask me how!

It seems like photographer Juliet Harrison's imagery has always turned me on. I have several of her silver gelatin prints in the studio and scattered throughout my house, and that has nothing to do with the fact that she is also a cherished friend.

The way she sees the world through her viewfinder is brilliant - and usually causes me to do a double take and look again. I mean really look. 

And when I shot the reference for this painting, she happened to be standing alongside me, taking a similar one.

I'd like to say that great minds think alike, but I'm not taking any credit for this. It's all Juliet's inspiration.

Thanks, as always, for looking at and sharing my paintings with your friends and family.

Mona Lisa
(aka Mo-Bug/

How is it possible that 6 pounds of fur adds so much warmth and laughter to our home?

A year ago this week, we adopted a teeny tiny tabby kitten from our local shelter. It's like she's always been here.....

I just love her "sweet spot." And everything else about her.
Thanks for picking us, Mo!

Monday, September 19, 2011

Nuzzling Hope ~~ Kimberly Kelly Santini


"Nuzzling Hope," 6" x 8", done in Golden Open Acrylics on a Raymar panel. Commissioned portrait of a paint mare and foal, the latest painting in my Gratitude Series (paintings of animals who were once homeless).

Hope (the mare above) and Lucky Star (the foal) were 2 of a dozen horses rescued in Arizona this summer. Abandoned, malnourished, some injured, most suffering from foot problems/abcesses/serious infections, the horses were in rough shape.

They were moved to a clean and safe facility, Hoofbeats With Heart, where they received proper veterinary care and nourishment, among other things like feet trimmings, baths, and TLC (You can see photos on a Facebook page dedicated to the 12 horses' recovery).

All 12 have all been adopted out - what a fabulously happy ending to the story, right? Yeah, I agree!

My client, who was involved in the rescue, commissioned Hope and Lucky Star's portrait. She is donating this original painting to Hoofbeats With Heart, where the piece will be auctioned off as part of their Charity Horse Show the weekend of October 1st.

Thanks, as always, for looking at and sharing my paintings with your friends and family,

Holiday Cards

This year I have a reliable vendor who can deliver custom notecards bearing the image of your favorite Dog a Day painting.

Whether you are mailing or gifting, these notecards will bring smiles and warm hugs to the recipient.

Order "Holiday Lights" (above), Mona Lisa's first Christmas portrait, here.

Or browse the nearly 200 images I have available here.

Don't see what you want? Shoot me an email and I'll dig it out for you!!

Thanks so much!


Thursday, September 15, 2011

35th International Bank Exhibit, Raton, New Mexico September 21-23, 2011

I am so very pleased to announce that I was “Invited” to send works, of my choosing, to the 35th International Bank Exhibit in Raton, New Mexico.

Back in June, during my Gallery Opening debut in Angel Fire, New Mexico, at the Angel Fire ArtSpace Gallery, I was contacted by the Director of the International Bank Exhibit of Raton, New Mexico, Ray Wolf. What a surprise that was! The jury process for this exhibit was being waived, as my work had already been seen, and I was being recommended to exhibit there. WOW!

Three works of my choosing. Hmmm…what would I send???

In August I had a trip to Sedona, Arizona with works in the group Invitational Exhibit, ‘Lamingtons and Apple Pie’. What a week that was! Another big ‘WOW’. Because of this exhibit, I couldn’t yet decide which paintings would go to the Raton Bank Exhibit.

Once home, and the works that were slated to return home from the Sedona exhibit were home, I picked out the three works I would send to Raton.

Here are the works that have just arrived there, today. The exhibit takes place September 21-23, 2011.

 Head games Medium Web view

Head games Watercolor


Leg man Medium Web view

Leg Man Watercolor


Knot listening Large Web view

Knot Listening Watercolor

If you are in the North Eastern area of New Mexico, I hope you can make a point to stop by this exhibit in Raton, New Mexico. I hear it is rich in Western Genre Art.


~Debbie Flood

Blue Plaid, From the Saratoga Series ~~ Kimberly Kelly Santini


"Blue Plaid," from the Saratoga Series, 5" x 8", done in Golden Open Acrylics on an Ampersand Gessobord. Portrait of a dark bay Thoroughbred on the backside of Saratoga Springs Race Track. This painting can be yours for $299 - inquiries may come to me.

It's become a tradition, my summertime trek to upstate New York, where I meet up with girlfriends from all over the US and Canada for a long weekend of horses, art, and friendship.

This year I returned with nearly 1000 photos, the majority of them taken in the early mornings.

Early mornings at the track are full of bustle - visual, audial, and olefactory - and they carry a distinctly different flavor than the pomp and pagentry shown to the public on racing days.

For instance, when we arrived shortly after 7am, this big guy had already trained and bathed, and was being handwalked around the foggy shedrow. His body was steaming underneath the jaunty blue plaid cooler, and he followed my camera with a knowing eye.

"Paint me," he said, not as a request, but simply a statement of fact or mutual understanding.

I was more than happy to oblige.

Additional paintings in the Saratoga Series are here - you can purchase originals, order reproductions (if the original has sold), and design notecards.

Thanks, as always, for looking at and sharing my paintings with your friends and family,
COMING UP ~~ PAINTING WORKSHOP "Mixing Color Not Mud": Saturday, October 8th, at the Orion Art Center in Lake Orion MICHIGAN. Email me to get on the early bird list.



Remember "For Her Eyes Only"? This painting is one of mine, also from The Saratoga Series, a piece I created last month.

Initially I saw a photograph of on Facebook, and marvelled at her unusual markings. I did a little research and learned she was a filly in training at Saratoga. I emailed a couple friends who were headed to the track and asked them to keep an eye out for her.

Then, the very next morning, when reviewing my own track photos, who did I discover but this same little lady! being hotwalked directly in front of Mr. Blue Plaid, no less!

I had been so distracted by Mr. Blue Plaid and another jet black irish mare getting hosed down across the way, that I didn't pay this lady her proper due.

She's saying to me, "Hey, stupid! Over here - I have the goods, too."

And apparently she does. She broke her maiden in her first start, flashing quite a bit of speed.


(Psst! This painting is still available - I'd love to ship it to you - let me know if you are interested! Better yet, I will be happy to work a deal for the two pieces together!)

Sunday, September 11, 2011

In the Spotlight

Here's a dramatic no-flash shot of the sort I love to get when I can, of the Arabian stallion Bey Ambition and his handler at a recent local event.

Judy Wood

Saturday, September 10, 2011

This is a painting that I did while in college of my pony, Patches.  It is currently in the collection of my sister, who has a virtual gallery of my works in her home.  This one is the largest at about 36x48 if I'm not mistaken.  Patches' main claim to fame in our family is that I used to confuse the day of his death with my husband's birthday as they are two days apart.  I have learned.

Judith A. Johnson

Thursday, September 8, 2011

"War Horse I" by Kate Dardine

A horse and a wolf, perhaps unusual companions, set against an abstract background of yellow ochre. This is the first of a series called War Horse. Framed in wide black wood frame. Click here for details.