Tuesday, December 7, 2010

Couch Potato (Sophia) ~~ Painting a Dog a Day by Kimberly Kelly Santini


"Couch Potato (Sophia)," 12" x 7", Golden Open Acrylics on an Ampersand Gessobord, commissioned Yorkshire Terrier portrait, one of 4 Yorkies I'll be painting this week.

I've added some new colors to my palette. For those of you new to the Dog a Day project and my artwork, I paint with what's referred to as a limited palette. This means I set the exact same colors out for every single painting.

One of the benefits of working this way is that because I am always working with the same ones, I become more intimate with the properties of specific colors, leading to a better understanding of mixing.

It also ensures perfect color harmony every time. I'm continually using a balanced selection of pigments that compliment each other, and never introducing a new color that might throw that harmony off.

And now, after working this way for 4+ years, I can almost mix color without having to look at my palette.

However, I found myself wanting to improve my understanding of darker shadows and deeper colors. So I decided to mix things up and add some new colors (darker pigments/values) to what I laid out.

This week I'm working with (the asterisked colors are the new ones):
Titanium White
Ultramarine Light*
Prussian Blue*
Anthro Blue
Pthalo Blue Green
Dioxazine Violet
Jenkins Green*
Terra Verte*
Green Gold*
Van Dyke Brown*
Quinacridone Scarlet
Cadmium Red Dark
Cadmium Red Light
Light Magenta
Raw Sienna*
Cad Yellow Dark
Cad Yellow Medium
Hansa Yellow

Can you see the difference in the colors from this week's paintings and ones I did over the summer?

Now I won't necessarily keep all these paints in my palette, but I will work with them over the coming weeks and decide which (if any) are my favorites and which (if any) are worth keeping.

Thank YOU for looking at, and sharing, my artwork with your friends and family -
Wishing you a very happy holiday season -
Kim

The Third Book!!

Over the weekend I completed - and published - my newest book, "Come Sit Stay." This volume summarizes all the Dog a Day paintings from 2009 and has lots of other extras.

I've gotten many requests about ordering personalized copies of the book. I do regret that my workload precludes the offering of signed copies this year - I can barely stay current with email!!

In past years, the inscribing, wrapping and shipping of well over 100 personalized copies took up 3-4 full days. This December I needed that time for painting and planning a January exhibition (and staying on top of my emails)!

However, I CAN inscribe a card which you may tuck into the book. Let me know if this is something you would be interested in - and of course, with holiday gift giving, time is of the essence.

Meanwhile, you may order your copies directly from Blurb. (and I have a coupon code for free shipping on 3 or more copies to the same address - email me your destination and I'll get the code to you!)

Softcover, $44.95
Hardcover, $59.95
Image wrapped hardcover, $64.95

I also kept last year's price structure, just to make it a little bit easier for you.


Thanks so very much!

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