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, January 24, 2009

Dogs among ruins

It is a cold, cold January here on the east coast. And the month seems to be flying by. Not much time for art making these days, but I've been very busy with art planning. I have a lot of ideas for future projects; I just need to write/sketch them all down. One such idea involves the many photographs I've taken of dogs amongst ruins. They are mostly from my trip to Greece, but the photo above was taken in Ostia Antica, Italy.

I wrote briefly about the stray dogs in Athens when I got back from Greece. It's almost a year later and I'm still thinking about them. I love the visual juxtaposition of something alive and warm against something so cold and ancient. Along those lines, I also took a lot of photographs of flowery weeds sprouting up in the cracks of the ancient marble steps and columns. Beautiful stuff to see!
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