Kimberly Santiniis creating original artwork and providing random peeks inside her head
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Because being creative means taking risks. But we don't always see that when we view a finished piece. Lots of art instruction focuses on how to push paint, which is important, yes, but so, too, is the decision making that happens before we even pick up our brushes. Some of that stuff is downright terrifying, but you already know that.
So if you are up for the challenge of Running With Scissors (point side down, always), come join me at the easel for a peek inside the process of formulating the process. We can be scared together - there's always comfort in numbers.
See how I take an idea, analyze it from various perspectives, and structure a painting to best tell the story. I'll talk about what my concerns as as the piece unfolds, and how to listen to and honor what it's saying.
You will also see my fails, because that's the best way to learn. You can participate in conversations about the evolution and visualization of concepts and ask for more specifics.
Let's be real - there will be painting process things, too, because that stuff is fun to learn and pretty to watch.
Videos and photos will not necessarily follow the evolution of one painting directly, but reflect the perspective of building a series organized around a main concept. My intent is to show you how to think more creatively, so that your pieces carry more intention and impact.
Materials/information shared via Patreon will not be available anywhere else, although they will dovetail with my social media presence. Students wishing additional personalized instruction can reach out to me directly for one on one mentoring support.
I am a painter, a colorist, and a storyteller. I am curious, insightful, open hearted, imaginative. I play well with others and with my (acrylic) paints. And I love to share and inspire the same.
I've been making art since I first scribbled on Mom's kitchen walls. I've been doing it full time, like actually supporting my family thru the sales of my art, since 2000, 12 of those years were spent as a daily painter, where I started and finished a small painting at least 5 days a week. I am the creator of PaintingaDogaDay (dot com), a daily pet portrait project that stretched beyond a decade and raised thousands of dollars supporting animal welfare.
I currently work abstractly, with roots in figurative and animal subject matter, and my process has evolved in complexity. This means while I still paint nearly every day, the work has become more thoughtful and intricate. It is not a straight representation, but a response to the emotional connection I feel with the subject. As such, it no longer lends itself to a simple blog post each day, and often it's difficult for me to summarize in a paragraph or two what the painting means or has taught me. There's lots I want to say about the process and the ideas flying about in the studio, and as I've learned over the years, the far more fascinating things happen long before the painting is even signed.
With video shorts based on behind the scenes discussions, Patreon supporters will have the opportunity to peek into my problem solving, inspiration gathering, and paint pushing. Footage will be focused on the conversations (inside my head and otherwise) that take the idea from something imagined to something realized. There will be both thought and painting processes demonstrated, with the end goal of helping students to nurture their own creativity so as to make more meaningful art.
Buckle in - it's often mayhem in the studio (and my head) - and thank you, as always, for supporting my journey as an artist.