Sunday, August 30, 2009

Arabian ACEOs by Kerry Nelson

SOLD  "Ebony Prince" 2.5"x3.5" oil shown near lifesize

SOLD   "Ivory Prince" 2.5"x3.5" oil shown near lifesize.
See new work and works in progress at and see works for sale at .

Thursday, August 27, 2009

"Cute Foal" 4x6 oil by Kerry Nelson


This new foal painting is currently listed on ebay and is just 4 inches by 6 inches, oil on hand-made hardboard panel.   I offer originals, limited edition, and, open edition prints.

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Monday, August 24, 2009

Life Sized Horse Paintings

I seemed to have settled into an area of 'speciality' thanks to the numerous murals I have done over the last couple of years.  This specialty is painting life sized horses and farm animals.  I paint portraits in oils on standard sized canvases and enjoy this very much but also have found a niche in painting large.  In the photo you can see me working on a recent commission that will become an outdoor mural on an existing barn.  The wood panels will be placed in the spot above a dutch door stall opening so from the house the owner can look out and see the family's much loved horses memorialized in their spot in the barn.  I will be doing a whole series, each one a special horse in this family's lives over the years. 

I loved this idea!  We also have some special horses in our lives as I am sure many of you do too!  My daughter's horse Flicka in particular is a once in a lifetime horse.  I could not of asked for a sweeter, kinder soul to carry my daughter thru her childhood!  Flicka is still with us but I want to remember this idea and do the same when the time comes so I can look out my window to my barn and remember some very special times of my daughter's childhood. 

To see more of my finished owrk please visit or stop by my studio at SeconApril Art Galerie in Canton, Ohio.    I also have numerous murals at Lehman's
 in Kidron, Ohio.
Thank you!
animal and equine artists, pet portraits

Thursday, August 20, 2009

Painting a Dog a Day by Kimberly Kelly Santini

"Morning Commute," from the Saratoga 2009 series, also my entry for the August Virtual pARTy, 6" x 8", acrylic on Raymar panel, from a photo taken by Linda Shantz, $349. Inquiries may come to me.

Early mornings at Saratoga Race Track (or any racetrack for that matter) are delightful. You get a much stronger sense, watching the Thoroughbreds make their way to the training surface, of personalities and attitudes. The riders take pride in their mounts, and the horses have one thing on their mind - getting to that track and running.

This painting is my entry for the August Virtual pARTy. You may see other artists' take on the same reference photo I've used here over the next few days. Artists have until Saturday to complete their pieces, so if you check it out today, make a point to come back again.

On Saturday, I'll be sketching pet portraits at Addision Oaks (in Leonard, Mi) from 10am till about noon. If you have no plans, bring your four legged pal out to a gorgeous park and let me try my hand at capturing their likeness in pencil.

Thanks, as always, for looking at - and sharing - my artwork with your friends and family.
Kim Santini

OK, it's not a horse... Elin Pendleton paints a cow.

Sebastopol's Color Boot Camp is over, but I thought you'd enjoy the painting demonstrating evening light for the participants. This is one of Fay's Georgia heifers, and she is marked so well for demonstrating what happens to white and brown when in light and shadow that I use her more than once in my workshops!

It's a 9 x 12 ($150), and the source image is to the right of the share with you how the Color System makes the ordinary into extraordinary. Warm box colors in the light and cool box colors in shadow.

I received rave reviews for the just-completed workshop, and the comments mostly were about how logical the Color System is, and how easy it is to apply.
Here's a lineup of one students' paintings for the three days (without the value studies and "silly" painting). It's amazing how they all "read right". Backlit, morning, mist, clouds/sunrise and moonlight. All from an artist who had never used the Color System before.

One more workshop scheduled for October in Riverside, now set for October 8-11. I'll update my site with links for signing up, and have been taking emails to notify you when that page is up. Color Boot Camp!!

Tonight I head for the coast again, and more fog paintings of the ocean. Then home....

You can see my entire blog HERE.
My workshop schedule for 2009 is HERE.
Color System information can be found HERE.
If you need to email me directly, please click here.

Monday, August 17, 2009

New pencil drawing by Sheona Hamilton-Grant

"Marble Arch"
Pencil on Paper, 20x30 cm
Copyright:Sheona Hamilton-Grant

This is Marble Arch by Corland out of Clover Hill an Irish Mare.
The process and various steps in the creation of this portrait can be viewed in my studio blog Black on Grey on White.
View more of my work on website Sheona Hamilton-Grant.
Thank you for looking.

Friday, August 14, 2009

Celtic Prince

Here is Prince again, the young Gypsy cob stallion. Here he is in the first of a new series that will feature the Gypsy cobs with celtic imagery.

Judy Wood

Wednesday, August 12, 2009

Painting a Dog a Day by Kimberly Kelly Santini

"Checkered," the newest installment in the Saratoga 2009 series of paintings, 8" square, acrylic on canvasboard depicting a Thoroughbred racehorse, $349 to the first taker. Inquiries may come to me.

I can't decide which I like more in this piece - the bold pattern, the rampant color, or that eye smack dab in the middle of the canvas (which is supposed to be a no-no). Time permitting, I would like to do another one like this, but larger than lifesize, perhaps 20" square. What do you think?

Thanks, as always, for looking at - and sharing - my artwork with your friends and family.
Kim Santini

Tuesday, August 11, 2009

Games End - Catherin McMillan

Games End - Polo Ponies
I find the whole polo scene fascinating and have embarked on a series of polo pony paintings. This is my first titled Games End
It is 10" x 14" watercolour and pastel painting.
POA - pay pal available.

Thursday, August 6, 2009

Gentle Nature - Catherin McMillan

Gentle Nature

Gentle Nature or Pearl as she is known is another of my works created for Triple R Equine Rescue:

This is a pastel drawing 7" x 8 1/2" and is for sale 10% of the sale price being donated directly to Trew to help them with the wonderful work they do.

Price: $175.00 + postage

Pay Pal available

drop me an email if you would like to purchase Gentle Nature.

thanks for looking

Tuesday, August 4, 2009

Painting a Dog a Day by Kimberly Kelly Santini

"Blinkered I," 6" x 12", portrait of a Thoroughbred bay racehorse at the clubhouse turn on Saratoga, acrylic on canvasboard, $359 to the first taker. Inquiries may come to me.
The weekend at Saratoga Race Track was incredible. I have so many new ideas swimming in my head, jockeying for position. I posted a few of the 1000 photos+ I shot to my Facebook page, so you can get a sense of what the weekend entailed. You can see additional shots that my friends Linda Shantz and Juliet Harrison took on Facebook as well. Lotsa purdy horses, dramatic light, some equally dramatic weather, and the company of great friends.
So this is the first from my new series titled simply "Saratoga 2009." This horse was training on the main track Saturday morning. Such a joy to watch him interact with the other horses - there really is nothing like a running horse, reaching, stretching, fluid strides, blowing comfortably, all the while asking for a little more rein, wanting to hook up and give another a serious run.
Along with the equine behavior, I found myself fascinated by hoods and blinkers and other various trappings/gear. There was a parade of different bits of leather and sorts that I got to see up close and personal, both through the camera lens and with the naked eye, all of it oozing promise in painted form.
The next Saratoga piece is already on the easel, "Blinkered II," and I hope to work on her more later this evening. Meanwhile, I am delighted to share this piece with you.
Thanks, as always, for looking at and sharing my paintings with your friends and family.
Kim Santini


My first attempt at using Watercolor Pencils on a larger scale. You can see the entire process from beginning to end at my website. under CURRENT WORKS link. It was fun!