Thursday, December 16, 2010

Othello ~~ Painting a Dog a Day by Kimberly Kelly Santini

"Othello," 6" x 8", Golden Open Acrylics on Raymar panel, commissioned equine portrait, private collection (THANK YOU!), and the last of my commissioned holiday pieces.

Yesterday was my shipping deadline for the holiday, after which the studio slides into a more indulgent frame of mine. This week I shipped out 14 paintings to new homes (including Othello, above). I'm more than ready to kick back.

I have several weeks without commissions ahead of me, my reward for sticking it through the year. Now I'm painting purely for myself, working out ideas that have been simmering all year and trying out new things.

It'll set the stage for a new year and new beginnings.

But meanwhile, if you want to get on the bus and commission something for 2011, please let me know. I'm getting plans made and the route planned and would love you and your pet to be a part of it!

Thanks for looking at, and sharing, my artwork with your friends and family -
Happy holidays -

Tuck a Gift Certificate Under The Tree

Looking for a last minute gift? A certificate for a pet portrait is a great idea that will give the recipient the opportunity to participate in the portrait process, resulting in a painting they will cherish for years to come.

Paintings start at $200, sketches $29.

Email me for more information.

Sunday, December 5, 2010

Elin Pendleton Reworks a Mule Painting

Does this one look familiar? Ought to. It was around a few years ago in another life and another level of color knowledge. I've included the earlier version below and that'll allow you to see how making color changes as one's color knowledge improves can be freeing, pleasurable and just pure FUN!

During the workshop (Color Boot Camp!) last weekend, I used this 12 x 9 oil as a lesson in how to achieve color balance when faced with a problem painting. I brought this one into 2010 with better choices of hue in about 1/3 of the canvas. Can you tell where? Yes, the panniers got a makeover, but so did the sky and the shadows. It was a good lesson for the Color Boot Campers in my workshops to see.

What's the value plan?
What time of day is it?
Is there a good value structure holding the painting together?
These three questions are good ones to have when you're either fixing a painting or beginning one.

The Mule is Sold, and will be going to it's new home next week.

Today my guest Michelle Walker and I will be plein air painting near Two Trees, and who knows how my brushes will behave? I know her company is joyful as she is really GOOD with color (having done the Boot Camp!)

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Watercolor of Winter Belgians

"From The Box - Belgians"  watercolor     14 x 14"

My watercolor of the two Belgian Draft horses is done. A painting that started out as a summer scene ended up being a winter scene with snow flakes falling. The view of the horses as seen from the drivers seat , is one of my favourite views! Looking at the painting makes me want to get out and drive! But our weather is not so inviting. It has been cold,gray and damp...I prefer the warmth of the house,the cozy studio. So let it snow!!!

This painting is available for purchase on my website.....easy to buy!
Now back to the studio where I am working on a still life in oil on copper..and I am also working on a big casein.....of drafts....big driving horses!

Kathi Peters

Thursday, December 2, 2010

International Equine Artists Online Member Holiday-Winter Exhibit 2010-2011

The International Equine Artists are proud to present their first member Exhibit! The Holiday-Winter Exhibit 2010-2011 online at

View some of the best Equine Art from around the World! You can also participate by making your People's Choice Vote! The Artists winning 1st and 2nd place will receive a monetary award.
Most works are for sale. Those works not for sale, you may contact the Artist about other works they may have or commissioning your own piece of art.

  The IEA is also open for new Artist Memberships. If you are an Equine Artist or love creating the horse in art, take a look at the site and see if this group is right for you.

Thank you,

Debbie Flood, Founder & Administrator IEA