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


Thursday, August 16, 2007

Louise and my first love




I got reacquainted with my first love. Not the guy, the art supply (that rhymed)! Colored pencils—my One True Love in artmaking. I've used them forEVER. I even used to teach colored pencil classes. But lately, I've neglected them and gotten busy with oils and mosaic tiles. I mentioned in my Owl and the Pussycat post that I wanted to re-introduce colored pencils into my repertoire. Well, today I did. And I'm positively giddy about it.

I needed some dog models to work from as I attempted the first dog portraits in my favorite combo: watercolor + colored pencils. I chose Quincy (whose portrait will be featured soon) and Louise, pictured above.

Louise is quite a famous dog. She is the "paw-fect little dog-ter" of Ross Mathews. If you're a fan of The Tonight Show, you already know who Ross Mathews is. I don't know him personally, but I wish I did. He is funny and sweet and down-to-earth and his blog keeps me entertained every day! Ross is head-over-heels with his dog, Louise. And I think she's super cute so I honored her in this portrait, which I intend to send to Ross.
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