WOOF! Thank you for visiting i heart dogs studio, the home of pet portraits lovingly painted by me, Christine Humphries Throckmorton. Since 2007, I have created custom pet portraits, prints, cards, and more, all featuring lovable canines (and the occasional feline). Scroll down, take a look around, click away. You'll see a wide variety of pet portraits, and get to know a bit about the girl behind the canvas.

PLEASE NOTE: Now that I have a toddler, I am no longer accepting commissions. For now, I am shelving the paintbrushes and just enjoying being MOM. I have a variety of original paintings, prints, and cards available in my shop, however, and there is a lot of dog art to peruse in the pages of this here blog. Enjoy.

“I would rather see the portrait of a dog that I know, than all the allegorical paintings
they can show me in the world.” ~ Samuel Johnson


Friday, June 1, 2007

Pearl

The aforementioned non-dog painting is finished and this is it, titled "Pearl." For about two years now, I've had this idea in my head for a painting series and I finally, FINALLY, got started with it. I draw countless parallels between fruit and the female body—both aesthetically and metaphorically. I'm exploring cross-sections of fruit, painted larger-than-life. Avocados are at the top of my list of My Favorite Fruit. The juxtaposition of the convex and concave—one half has the pit and the other half doesn't—is particularly symbolic, as I just had a huge thyroid cyst removed from my neck. No more bump! And, speaking of bumps, my sister's stomache is getting bigger and bigger as the twins grow.

Sitting on my easel, waiting for paint, is a portrait of a Pomeranian/Eskimo mix. And sitting on my drafting table, waiting for tile and grout, is a portrait of two English Cocker Spaniels. I'm eager to complete these portraits. But, I must say, the avocados provided a fun departure.

WOO HOO! This just in: This painting was selected to hang in this summer's juried biennial exhibition at the Noyes Museum of Art in Oceanville, NJ. I'm so excited!!
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