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

Wednesday, December 31, 2008

one little word for 2009: HARMONY

It's time to say goodbye to 2008. I'm a bit sad about this because 2008 was, without exaggeration, the best year of my life. Within those 366 days, I did the following:

* Got engaged in Washington, D.C.
* Traveled to Greece
* Got married !!!
* Honeymooned in France
* Earned tenure where I teach
* Celebrated 10 years cancer-free (I was diagnosed with melanoma in 1998)
* Moved into Kevin's house
* Renovated OUR house--every surface is new/updated

And while I didn't create nearly as many paintings as I did in 2007, I had some wonderful clients and I'm proud of the art I made this year. It was an amazing year. But I'm happily looking forward to 2009. I have many goals to accomplish!

I am a big fan of Ali Edwards' blog and work. I think her concept of "one little word" is brilliant. Last year my word was BALANCE. When I chose that word at the beginning of the year, I had no idea how much my world would be rocked (in a good way) in the upcoming months. Despite all the wonderful happenings of 2008, I felt like I was in a constant state of overwhelm. I definitely have more work to do to achieve some balance in my life. So I'm going to keep the same theme but this year my word is HARMONY.

{Harmony is derived from the classical Greek harmonia (meaning a joint between the planks of a ship or a joining of those planks). From the beginning, the term was also used in its current metaphorical sense, that of a combination of parts or related things to form a consistent whole or an agreement.}

Here's to a great year. I wish you all a happy, healthy, and harmonious 2009!

To be posted soon: the portrait of my mom's dog Abby (finally!).
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