Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Whiskery Clyde ~~ Painting a Dog a Day by Kimberly Kelly Santini

"Whiskery Clyde," 4" x 8", portrait of a black Clydesdale, done in Golden Open Acrylics on an Ampersand Gessobord. Clyde's painting is part of my Gratitude Project, and as such, proceeds from the sale of it will go to his host shelter, Best Friends Animal Sanctuary (BFAS) in Kanab, Utah.

"Whiskery Clyde" is $259 and will go to the first asking nicely. You can ask nicely here.

Clyde is one of the Guardian Angel animals at BFAS, coming to the sanctuary when his family could no longer provide the special care his feet required. You can read all about his progress here - it's encouraging to hear how they have treated his canker and foot health. I always enjoy catching up, too, on the Guardian Angel pages. There are some very special animals at Best Friends.

Switching gears, there is still lively debate happening on Katherine Tyrrell's Making a Mark Blog about derivative art, plagarism and developing your own artistic style (I highly recommend reading all the comments, too). It's taken an interesting turn in that the Daily Painting movement has come under scrutiny. If you are an artist I think all of this is an especially interesting read.

There's nothing distinctly new about my/Clyde's composition - I dare say this pose has been painted possibly hundreds of times by hundreds of others. What I hope is unique to Clyde's portrait (and all of my daily works) is my approach to color and reflected light. And the fact that this is just one of now over a thousand paintings documenting my journey, and as such it illustrates the story of an artist's path to growth.

What do you think about artist's finding their way in today's world?

Thanks in advance for sharing the Painting a Dog a Day artwork,

"Help Japan"

The Daily Paintworks challenge, "Help Japan," has raised nearly $22,000! I've donated 2 paintings to the cause, both of which will benefit Save the Children.

"Ruthie" sold last night (thank you and a big warm welcome to my new collector!).

But the pet portrait auction continues until about 9pm EST tonite.

Thanks so much for your generosity and compassion.

Sunday, March 27, 2011

Boots & Spurs

Boots & Spurs work in progress

Ive been working on this watercolour over the last couple of weeks.. I'm sorry I haven't been posting a progress on this piece.. I had problems accessing blogger..

Boots & Spurs is the 4th work destined for Arizona later this year unless sold prior .. painted in my favourite Windsor and newton Charcoal Grey colour.

Still along way to go with this piece with a bit of luck though and no interruptions in the studio this week Boots & Spurs should be finished

Boots & Spurs

10" x 14" watercolour

$1200.00 unframed + Shipping

I will be creating a limited edition print from this piece limited to 50 only.. if you would like to reserve a print please email me: catherin@animalarthouse.com

Catherin McMillan

Commissions Welcome.. Original Art Work for sale
Lay byes and gift vouchers available

Pay Pal Welcome

Saturday, March 26, 2011

'Secret Getaway' Equine Watercolor by Debbie Flood

This is one of my latest Watercolors. Secret getaway. You know, when I had horses growing up, I was always making a get away on my pony or horse. Such a wonderful feeling to jump on and go. It takes one to another place and time of imagination and stresses just melt away.
For me, now, I don't have the horse to jump on to 'getaway'. I probably couldn't jump on one now, if my life depended on it! But what does take me away, is creating works like this in my studio. The light in this bounces all around, the colors are bold, and the horse is sculpted in the paint. It takes me away every time I look at it.
Secret getaway is 11 x 13 inches and being offered for $1,200.00.
For more of my equine watercolors, visit my website at http://www.debfloodart.com

Thank you!
Debbie Flood

Friday, March 18, 2011

Back in the saddle

Back in the saddle

No 3 is finished for Arizona unless sold prior... Back in the Saddle.. I love these black and white watercolours the effects you can achieve is amazing... working with tones of the one colour is a wonderful challenge.

Back in the saddle

10" x 14" watercolour
$1200.00 unframed + Shipping

Catherin McMillan

Commissions welcome
Original artwork for sale

Lay byes & gift vouchers available
Pay pal welcome

New Casein of a Clyde Grazing On Green

"Hand Grazing- Clyde "    casein on board   12 x 12"
A painting with green...appropriate for Saint Patty's Day!..... while we still have feet of snow covering most of our farm. The handsome Clyde in this painting has been the subject of several paintings I have done over the years. I love painting those gentle giants! I did this casein on board and will be varnishing it.......and putting it on my website. Some of my casein paintings are varnished....some not. I make the choice after I have finished a painting. Varnishing this casein painting will give it a look like an oil painting. That is the look I want for this painting.

I spent the morning grooming our horses.....trying to get into the winter crude and dead hair,as they shed their winter coats .Boy.... do I smell like a horse!! Not so nice as smelling like a rose?!!! But this is a sign of spring for sure!!!

Kathi Peters,
American Academy Of Euine Art Associate,Women Artists of the West Associate

Wednesday, March 16, 2011

3 Amigos

3 Amigos

Blogger was down for a few days so I was unable to continue to share my process of painting 3 Amigos.. rather than continue the process now they are all finished.. I couldnt wait to share the finished painting with everybody.

3 Amigos

$1200.00 unframed + shipping

10" x 14" watercolour off to Arizona in August unless sold prior

Catherin McMillan
email: catherin@animalarthouse.com

Commissions welcome... Original work for sale
Lay byes welcome .. Gift Vouchers available

pay pal accepted

Tuesday, March 15, 2011


It's been awhile but this is how the painting turned out. I am very happy with it and hope that it goes far-haha-you know with the title, Travelers.
36x40 oil on canvas

Tuesday, March 8, 2011

All Dressed Up ~~ Painting a Dog a Day by Kimberly Kelly Santini

"All Dressed Up (Donica)," 7" x 12", commissioned Andalusian filly portrait. This painting was done in Golden Open acrylics on a Raymar panel and will be headed to her new home shortly (THANK YOU!).

I see a couple minor changes I want to make and my client hasn't had the chance to give me any feedback yet, but I have to call it a day - dinner's gotta be cooked and then I'm off to an Art Guild Meeting.

And for the record, I only had 1 paczki today. Ok, 1. And a half. But that's it. For now.

Enjoy your Fat Tuesday!

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

Wednesday, March 2, 2011

"Ebony" New Work by Kerry Nelson

"Ebony" 2.5x3.5 inches oil trading card

This black arabian miniature oil painting is shown life-sized in trading card format. Available for sale now Here;

See more work by Kerry Nelson here;

3 Amigos - work in progress

3 Amigo's work in progress

An up date on these little guys.. I spent today working on the middle amigo's yellow shirt.. jury is still out if I need to knock back the shadows a little.. once the indigo of the jeans is added I'm sure it will look a lot different.

Also started on the little girl amigo on the left lots to do to finish her shirt.. wanted to use a softer colour from the boys so Ive chosen rose madder.

3 Amigo's 10" x 14" watercolour

Catherin McMillan

Commissions welcome
Original art work for sale

Gift vouchers available
Lay byes welcome
Pay Pal accepted

Tuesday, March 1, 2011

3 Amigos - work in progress

3 Amigos - work in progress

Trying to find images to paint for the upcoming Arizona exhibition has been easy and hard at the same time... When I first saw this photo of Lance's I just knew I had to paint it.. I look for images that speak to me and get my creative juices flowing..

These little In's just spoke out and yelled paint me paint me.. and so the 3 Amigos was started.

3 Amigos 10" x 14" watercolour

Off to Sedona in August unless sold prior

Catherin McMillan
email: catherin@animalarthouse.com

Commissions welcome
Original art work for sale

Gift vouchers available  Lay byes welcome

Pay Pal accepted