Friday, March 4, 2011

Gabby (A Gratitude Painting) ~~ Painting a Dog a Day by Kimberly Kelly Santini

"Gabby," from The Gratitude Project**, 4" square, pet portrait depicting another special Yorkshire Terrier. This painting was done in Golden Open Acrylics on an Ampersand Gessobord and will shortly be headed to her new home along with big sister Lucy's (and this is probably the first time that 2lb 3oz Lucy has been called "big").

Additionally, proceeds from the sale of Gabby's portrait will benefit Rescue Me Yorkie Rescue. I invite you to visit their website, and if you are so inclined or able, make a donation to further their cause.

Gabby was born with no bladder, all of her abdominal organs jumbled out of position, a full hard and soft cleft palette (an opening the width of a pencil through her mouth all the way into her sinuses from right behind her front teeth to the back of her throat) and a tongue that was too long for her mouth.

Gabby had enough spunk for a dozen Yorkies, surviving and captivating and blessing her adoptive Mom with 6 months, crossing the bridge just after her first birthday.

Seems like Gabby and Lucy's household is full of determination and hope. I am so grateful that both girls were on my easel.

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

**What is "The Gratitude Project," you ask? Spurred by a desire to keep the good vibes happening, vibes collected during last year's visit to Best Friends Animal Sanctuary, The Gratitude Project is my newest series of paintings. Featuring dogs (and other animals) from shelters across the country, proceeds from Gratitude paintings will be donated to the muse's host shelter, and the blog listings will also include a link for Dog a Day fans to make their own contributions.



"Yeah, whatever. Wake me up when you're ready to go for a walk."
How Things Work Around Here

There's lots of new folk hanging around (WELCOME!), so I thought I'd explain a little bit about how I roll.

I paint a new furry face 4-5 days a week.

Subscribers to the daily newsletter get to see these paintings first - they are delivered directly via email (one may train one's email to fetch here on the left hand side).

Late afternoon the artwork and animal's bio get posted to the Painting a Dog a Day blog.

And at some point within the following days, if not sooner, the image becomes available as a notecard, with reproductions following once the original sells.

All the daily paintings are archived at the blog, as well.

And I'm getting the remaining unsold originals added to this gallery, to make shopping all the easier.

If you can't stand it and want even more, you are welcome to become a fan of the studio's Facebook page.

I am always accepting commissions, and especially enjoy receiving your suggestions.

Email me and we'll chat.

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