Zoe ~~ Kimberly Kelly Santini


"Zoe," 8" square, commissioned portrait of a Border Collie, done in acrylics on panel, headed to a private collection (THANK YOU!).

Painting posthumous portraits are simultaneously one of the most painfully difficult and spectacularly rewarding aspects of my job. It makes no sense, I know, but there it is - I guess confronting loss allows the painting process to give the gift of a lifetime's worth of memories.

We started planning Zoe's portrait in August and she suddenly took ill in late September, passing away peacefully and with her family in October. Unbeknownst to me, I chose to paint her on the one month anniversary of her crossing the bridge.

You can laugh all you want, but I think Zoe had a hand in getting herself on my easel today and sending a message of reassurance to her family!

If you are interested, the progression of Zoe's portrait was photographed and is included on the studio Facebook page.

Thanks, as always, for looking at and sharing my artwork,


Above, a page from my NaNoJouMo 2011 Journal,
page inspired by the prompt "take flight." Page
created with multiple monoprints, acrylic paint
and micron pens in a "green" journal
Journalling Classes

This week ushers in the end of journalling classes for the year! Yikes, but that's hard to believe!

For our final get-togethers, we'll talk about journalling prompts and I'll share techniques to carry us through the holidays in a creative frame of mind.

Please RSVP so that I prepare enough take home materials for participants!

Thursday, 6-8pm, grownUPs
Sunday, 2-3, Kids Journalling

Both classes are at Little Monsters Toy Store in downtown Lake Orion.

Hope to see my regular journaliste's there!!

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