Wednesday, September 30, 2009

"Kiss Me!"

Mules can be hard to resist!  They have so much personality, and they can be so funny.  This pair was showing off for us, and being especially silly when I caught this shot.  It was easy to come up with the title!
Donna Ridgway

The Hitch Hiker

"The Hitch Hiker"

This foal wasn't sure he was ready to carry a rider yet! And look at the way the cat is staring into his eyes, daring him to try to buck him off. It's fall, and the dandelion and milk weed pods are flying....

Donna Ridgway

Tuesday, September 29, 2009

Night of Magic

In the dark of night, the Unicorn Fairy comes to the most special of horses and makes them unicorns! (How else do you think they come into being?) You can see here, the fairy has her wand raised, and as soon as this horse bows his head around to her, she'll touch his forehead with her wand. Do you suppose it tickles his back, to have fairy feet walking on it?
Donna Ridgway

Monday, September 28, 2009

Painting a Dog a Day by Kimberly Kelly Santini

Origami (Broncs #1), 8" x 16", acrylic on canvasboard, depicting a variety of broncs, $599 to the first taker. Inquiries may always come to me. (This photo is washed out, for which I apologize - I will take a better shot in the sunlight tomorrow, should the sun choose to shine.)

My friend Donna Ridgway is a gifted artist and photographer. Last summer she took a series of rodeo shots, photos which called to me so strongly I asked for permission to paint them. I purchased the rights to create a series of paintings from her photographs, but hadn't gotten the chance to get the pieces started until today. (By the way, Donna sells both reprints of her photos and copyrights, in addition to her artwork - you can catch up with her life here.)

And I started today simply because of a looming deadline. I have yet to get juried into Ex Arte Equinas, a prestigious equine art exhibition and publication, but being the eternal optimist, I am not nearly ready to throw in the towel. Nothing's due till the end of October, so I've still got plenty of time to continue tweaking and working these ideas out.

Meanwhile, the notecard storefront is coming along! I'll be open for business tomorrow, so if you are interested in ordering cards with a Painting a Dog a Day image on them, let me know what you are looking for so that I can get it set up.

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

Friday, September 25, 2009

Rainin' at the Rodeo

This image was featured in the All About Rodeos group on Red Bubble.  It's a digital compilation of two photos, and I used some Photoshop brushes to create the rain.  The original photo was taken at the Choteau, Montana ranch rodeo.

Hope you enjoyed seeing "Rainin' at the Rodeo!"
Donna Ridgway

Thursday, September 24, 2009

Beach Bums

"Beach Bums," 8" x 10", portrait of a woman and her horse, acrylic on canvasboard, private collection (THANK YOU!). Inquiries may always come to me.

This is another piece that came about from my request for black (or white) subjects. When my client read that I was looking for muses, she sent photos of her big, black horse. Already having several paintings of her (not black or white) dogs, she rightly predicted I would flip over the photo that inspired this composition - the lighting, coupled with the fact they both were in stride together, was downright irresistable.

With this painting and a few other recent ones, I'm gathering confidence with my human portrait abilities. (Of course, it's far easier when their faces are turned away....) I hope to be able to accept commissions for them in the coming year.

Are you thinking about the holidays yet? I have been and there are a couple studio projects in the works, one being a storefront for greeting and note cards. If you are interested in ordering cards with a reproduction of your painting (or another image from the Painting a Dog a Day archives) please let me know. Include the title of the painting or the date it was shared (you can get this from the blog), and I'll create them on a first come first served basis. Raise your hand now and we'll get going!!

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

Tuesday, September 15, 2009

A New Magazine Cover A New Magazine

I feel very honored to be the artist picked to have my casein painting "A Moment In time" chosen to grace the cover of the new equine magazine, 'The StableWoman Gazette"!! This painting is a commissioned work, commissioned by the husband of the woman in the painting...a gift for her birthday. I have blogged about this work before....the painting has been delivered and now hangs in their Ohio home.

"The StableWoman Gazette is a new online magazine style portal dedicated to ALL horsewomen worldwide! Featuring a wide variety of content, from articles and stories to art galleries, video shows, boutique shopping, stress relievers and much more!

This publication is for you and about you. There will be features that are informative on a host of subjects, but also it will include your participation and comments. Browse through the sections. There's something to please every horsewoman.

The StableWoman Gazette changes several times daily with news, stories and updates. So make The StableWoman Gazette your home page to visit and enjoy often.'

Check out this great is a good read about timely equine news and great stories! and tell them that I sent you! ;-)

Kathi Peters

Friday, September 11, 2009

painting for a purpose...

Since my right hand is in a brace, I was going to paint my pARTy painting (reference photo by Linda Shantz)with my left hand...I decided to use my right hand instead, giving myself 'one hour' by timer, just seeing what I will come up with...finishing after an agonizing hour, I decided it was finished, although different from my norm artworks it was good to see that it was not too tight...admittedly a struggle but I managed.

"workout" Acrylic 5" x 7" for sale ($80. or offer + $4.00 S/H)

the money I make from this painting will go for the Texas horses at Bluebonnet Equine Humane Society and T-bars

more about delia

Equine and Children from the "Painting a child a day" project

Hard work pays off 5 x 7 Watercolor $50.00

Day dreamers 5 x7 Watercolor SOLD

Silent communication 5 x 7 watercolor SOLD
I've been painting a lot of small 5 x 7 Watercolors of children with their horses for the "Painting a child a day" project. These great little gems are full of emotion.
Many have been selling and if you would like to grab one or two for yourself, give me an email at
You can also submit images of yours to me, for consideration in the Child a day. Each 5 x 7 is created on watercolor board with a half an inch white border and comes sealed in a clear sleeve, until you are ready to slip it into a mat and frame. Right now, if you purchase two or more the shipping is free within the USA.
You can see the whole collection, which started in April of 2009 at
The end of September marks the end of 6 months for this project. The project will be running for a year. The first six months will be showcased in Volume 1 of "Painting a child a day" book. This book will certaily be a treasure keepsake. If you would like to put your name in to reserve a copy for you, send me an email. Place the words "Painting a child a day book" in the subject line, thank you, and include your name and contact info. I'm working hard to finish this book before the Holiday season kicks in.
You can also follow these paintings and other paintings on my Face book Fan page
It is much easier for me to communicate with you on that page. I also have an RSS Feed on there for you to recieve updates on Blog posts.
Thank you for following and enjoying my art.

Saturday, September 5, 2009

Before The Paint

I am sitting here posting this...still in my pj's! That is one of the perks of having my studio at home!!! But I got into this drawing this morning and forgot about everything else! So the dogs sit and wait to be walked for their mid-morning walk and here I am posting about this sketch that will be put up on a 30 x 40" canvas this afternoon. ...after I walk the poor pups! After I get dressed!
Actually they have been busy watching from their deck perch as Les trims around all the gardens. I am sure our Corgi , Addie thinks he could do a better job!

This sketch on bristol paper is really too big to scan at 11 x 14", so I will have to photo it to really show all of it and my signature on the right bottom. As I explained before, I very often work out a sketch before putting paint on canvas or board. This sketch works for I feel the 'need' to get into it.
I am excited about the possibilities! Strike while the iron is hot!!! No???


Thursday, September 3, 2009

"Playing With Mom" oil ACEO by Kerry

"Playing With Mom"

2.5"x3.5" oil on multimedia artboard (shown life-sized)

My latest offering, another small oil art card of an appaloosa mare and foal.

Buy it here;