• Artist – Kimberly Santini
  • 10+ Hours of content
  • Lifetime Access/Downloadable Content
  • Private FB Community
  • Course Price – $149 USD
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Do you find yourself yearning to break free from traditional painting techniques?  Are you ready to embrace a more imaginative and expressive approach to art, merging the natural world with your inner landscape??


In this captivating class, Kimberly Kelly Santini shares her unique approach to art, combining animal forms with landscapes in her signature Talisman paintings. With contour drawing as the foundation, she explores expressive layering to meld diverse ideas into cohesive narratives. Students will discover Kim's techniques for starting paintings, engage in her dynamic "call and response" method for evolving artwork, and dive into her personal color strategies. By embracing spontaneity and utilizing digital tools, participants will learn to refine their artistic voice and evaluate their progress. Although spared from her singing and dancing, students will enjoy Kim's lively dialogue with her creations. The course encourages personal experimentation, whether by following Kim's examples or integrating her methods into one's own unique pieces, all while drawing inspiration from the enchanting blend of Momma Bears and the California landscape.




By the end of this course students will have an understanding of the following concepts:

  • Understand gesture, shape, and form basics over details
  • Explore layers from broad strokes to details
  • Integrate water-soluble tools with acrylics for dynamic compositions
  • Release expectations, remain open to evolving possibilities
  • Evaluate work continuously to enhance decision-making and growth.
  • Create unique compositions by sourcing from multiple references
  • Develop a personal visual language


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This course kicks off with an engaging warm-up, inviting you to connect with bears in their natural setting through a live, free-to-access video feed. From here you'll dive into the heart of intuitive art, guiding your creative process with your subconscious to merge distinct elements, like the spirit of Momma Bear with the vibrancy of the California landscape. You'll learn to release precise expectations and allow your imagination to lead, focusing on the essence rather than the exactness of your subjects. This approach encourages direct and spontaneous interaction with your work, fostering a deep and genuine connection.  You'll be prompted to trust your instincts, responding to the art as it unfolds and embracing the challenges and surprises that arise.


Next, we'll transition from sketches to paintings. Understanding the challenge of beginning a painting, I'm eager to share several techniques to kickstart your process. We'll explore three distinct approaches I call "starts." First, I'll show you how to repurpose an old painting as the foundation for a new creation. Then, we'll experiment with using text or intention as an underpainting layer. Lastly, we'll tackle initiating a painting on a blank panel, guiding you through these methods to find your own comfortable starting point.  Following our "starts" exercises, we'll revisit our initial sketches and select a few as the foundation for starting our bear paintings!


Once we have our starts completed, it's time to move into our paintings!  In this segment of the course, you'll learn the art of releasing expectations to embrace the natural evolution and cross-pollination of ideas. We'll explore how to critically view art in progress and devise strategic action plans for further development. By fostering associative thinking, you'll keep your mind actively engaged in the creative process. We'll also delve into the use of digital resources as invaluable tools for exploration, enhancing your artistic journey. Additionally, you'll create a "Must Haves List," identifying essential elements that resonate with your artistic vision, guiding you to cultivate a personal and meaningful approach to your work.

Concluding the course, we'll engage in the essential practices of final critique and comparison, designed to deepen your comprehension and recognition of your artistic development.  You'll learn to identify key takeaways from your experience, distilling valuable lessons and insights that can be applied to future projects. Emphasizing "The Gift of Time," this phase encourages patience and the understanding that artistic growth and skill development are processes that flourish with time, allowing you to fully absorb and implement the learnings from your journey.



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Kimberly Kelly Santini is a small town girl from the thumb of Michigan. She spent her childhood wandering the neighboring woods and farmland until suppertime, filling her head and sketchbook with the things she experienced.

She has a BFA in Painting and a BA in Art History from Michigan State University. She completed half of an MFA at California State, Los Angeles before leaving the program for health reasons. She has run her studio business since 2000.

Kimberly established a daily painting practice in 2006 ( For well over a decade she delivered 3-5 small commissioned portraits weekly while managing a waitlist over a year long. Her art is collected worldwide and has been exhibited to great success. She has worked with the American Kennel Club and was honored as the official artist of the 2015 Kentucky Derby. She continues to paint and teach from her home studio, along with community involvement and volunteerism. She is the parent of three adult children who grew up as integral parts of the studio (and were featured regularly in her PaingingaDogsDay blog sharing painting and life snippets).

Kimberly is a lifelong learner, always actively seeking experiences to guide her in raising the bar. She has studied with many artists over the years, but learned significantly from Vianna Szabo, Alyssa Monks, Anne Siems, Stuart Shils, Lynn Whipple, Stanka Kordic and Zoey Frank. She prefers books over TV or movies, loves long walks with the dogs and has become obsessed with gardening (roses and dahlias in particular).

She runs a membership program where students learn to align their lives and artwork in uniquely sasifcying way. Nothing gives her joy like students encountering ah-ha moments as they piece things together for themselves. She cannot wait to experience that with you!



This course will have a private Facebook group just for you!  The artist will be actively involved with the class via Facebook the first four weeks the course is open!  After that the course will be a self-study.  The artist may or may not be involved after the four weeks.  We are looking forward to seeing your artwork!


Below is a list of the supplies that I will be using for the projects in this course.  However, you are always encouraged to use what you have on hand. 


  • Canson Mixed Media paper, 11”x14”
  • Deli paper (or tracing paper)
  • Composite drawings from prior lesson
  • Hardboard, Jack Richeson flat panels 24x30


  • 2-3” and a 1” bristle brush
  • Rosemary Evergreen extra long flats, 12, 10 and 8 (or a flat synthetic brush like Utrecht Mangalons with a crisp edge, roughly 1” wide, 1/2” wide and 1/4” wide). Rosemary brushes are handmade in England and can be purchased in the States from distributors – a simple google search will help locate the one closest to you).


Golden heavy body paints

Drawing Tools


  • Golden isolation coat acrylic medium (or acrylic gel medium in a loose, brushable viscosity)
  • Rubber brayer, 6” (although any size is fine)
  • Mary Oliver poem, Among the Trees
  • Masterson sta-wet palette system for acrylic paints
  • Composition notebook (or sketchbook)
  • ipad, procreate app and an ipencil
  • painting critique worksheet
  • Masking tape



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**Please talk to the artist of the course about his/her policy on selling artwork created in this course prior to selling any works created during course.  Some artists will allow it, while others do not.  Thank you for your support.


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