Kimberly Kelly Santini uses acrylics for her colorful, calligraphic paintings. In addition to earning a BFA in Painting and a BA in Art History, she continues to study with various artists and offers workshops herself.
“First and foremost, I am a Mom. This means I have eyes in the back of my head, spot on intuition, the patience of a saint and mountains of compassion. And let’s not forget the minivan. Conveniently, these are also all prerequisites for being an artist.”
She has created a popular daily painting project that involves pets and children, donating 10% of gross sales to animal welfare. Here is a YouTube video of her painting one of her dog portraits, and her Facebook page includes many paintings-in-progress.
Congratulations to Charlie Hunter, who won the Guerrilla Painter award at the Main Street Paint Out in Sedona yesterday. His tonalist style is an alloy of realism and abstraction, based on a deep-rooted sense of design and leavened with an appreciation of mystery, of the process and the oil paint itself.
Shown here are Observed Automobile (top) 8″x16″ and Lower St. Regis Lake (above) 9″x12″. He also creates large (up to 4×6 feet) studio works.
“I like to paint what nature does to what man creates.”
Shown below is Small Town, 8″x16″.
After graduating cum laude from Yale in art, Charlie found employment in the music world, first as a graphic designer and then as a music manager. He still arranges concerts for Roots on the Rails, long-distance train travel with your favorite singer-songwriters, new friends and magnificent scenery.
We enjoyed a call recently from New Orleans-based architect and professor of architecture at Tulane University Errol Barron. He paints in watercolor and sometimes oils, primarily cityscapes and landscapes, but also abstractions of natural and man-made structures, weather and water, and the occasional still life.
Many are 11″x7″ (Alley, top, and Venice, right), but some are as small as 4″x3″, while retaining a sense of scale. There are three published annotated sketchbooks of his observations, including one on New Orleans (“America’s Most Foreign City”) and one on Rome.
He also plays flute in amateur ensembles and in 2004 released a CD with the pianist Sakiko Ohashi entitled L’Amateur.
At left is a 5″x5″ watercolor entitled River Structures.