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 15, 2007

Saying goodbye to summer

Summer is over. And what a summer it was! I took a big risk, deciding not to get a job once the school year ended. Instead, I chose to devote all of my time to building this little business. There were times when I could be described as the proverbial starving artist, but I survived. And I have no regrets. I learned a lot about myself, I completed at least 12 paintings, and I made strong connections to fellow artists/dog lovers (and a wonderful friend in Linda). It was a life-changing summer and I'm sad to see it end.

I'm lucky to live within an hour from the Jersey shore. Working for myself this summer allowed me to spend a Tuesday afternoon with Kevin (also a teacher) on the beach. Not many people get to be leisurely on a Tuesday afternoon. Usually I'd draw on the beach while Kevin would surf. Again, not many people get to feel the sand between their toes and hear the crashing waves as they are working. I'm thankful for such a wonderful season.

Ever since I was a little girl, I've enjoyed picking up shells on the beach. One of the shells I found over the summer was the inspiration for this painting. This piece is my wedding gift to my cousin Andrew and his lovely bride Paige, who got married Labor Day weekend.

Coming soon: four new dog paintings—Samson, Emma, Max, and Buster!
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