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

Saturday, September 1, 2007

Oh, happy day!

Wow. Kindness abounds today. You might remember a few weeks ago I posted a portrait I did of Ross Mathews' lovely dog, Louise. I sent it to Ross as a gift—a thank-you, if you will, for making me smile every day through his blog. I thought he'd like the portrait, which I executed using an old technique from my bag of tricks, but new to my dog portraits: watercolor + colored pencil. In the package I sent Ross, I included a few business cards, thinking perhaps he'd give them to a friend or two. NEVER could I have imagined the outpouring of kind words and inquiries that I received today. You see, Ross opened my package while being videotaped for one of his famous "Talky Blogs". As a result, I got to see his reaction in real-time. PRICELESS! Not only that, but his BFF Taya was there as well so I got to see her reaction, too. So exciting! Ross was incredibly generous with his plugs for me and my site. And his loyal Blog Buddies have been commenting and e-mailing me ever since. My face hurts from smiling. I am so happy! What a great end to a less-than-savory month. August has been redeemed!

I guess the "Pay It Forward" concept really does work. I'm experiencing it right now. THANK YOU to Ross and to everyone who has expressed a kind word about the Louise portrait and my work in general. Blog Buddies rule! If you are interested in commissioning a portrait, please hit the CONTACT button on the right.

Enjoy the video:
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