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.

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