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


Monday, May 4, 2009

Reflections on a quote about dogs, part 1

I've been working for a while on a different line of greeting cards featuring my dog art. And here is one of the results. Each card features a black & white version of one of my dog portraits and a corresponding quote about dogs. I've chosen a beautiful, archival, Crane paper. I'm really excited about these cards, especially since they are now available in my Etsy shop.

I'm finding it difficult to eek out some time to paint. But I don't want to slack off completely on here, so I decided to feature one of my new cards and reflect on the quote it features. Perhaps this will become a regular posting trend for me. Who knows...

Ahem.

"Dogs are not our whole life, but they make our lives whole."
~Roger Caras


I couldn't agree more. I had a few dogs growing up, but in every case we would have the dog for a while, and then it would, for reasons I can only speculate, go away. Patches went to our vet, who found a good home for him. Brandy went to live with my grandmom, and became an outside dog (that makes little sad now that I look back). And Daisy, well, I was a baby when we had Daisy and I don't know where she ended up. I'll have to ask my mom...

As an adult, I have acquired a canine niece named Georgia and a canine little sister named Abby. I love them both dearly, but I wanted my own dog...

Kevin and I prioritized adopting a dog, but we waited until we did a lot of research on dog breeds to find the best match for us. We also waited until we were actually married (we did not live together prior to getting married), and after our house renovations were complete so the pup would have a nice home. We planned on waiting even longer--until the summer, when we would both be home for ten weeks. But when we saw our puppy's face on Petfinder.com, it was a done deal! Now we can't imagine life without her. My expensive sheets and comforter that I registered for and received as wedding presents are all sorts of stained, but I don't really care. Because the source of the stains are the cute paws of the best dog in the world. Rosie definitely added a new dimension to our lives and marriage. She does, indeed, make our lives whole.

In other IHDS news, I'm working on Batch #4 of my fancy dog cards, with some improvements.These have been a great seller for me, and they are fun to make.....Also in the works: a portrait of a Basset Hound named Regis, and the first (of many, I'm sure) portrait of my precious puppy Rosie.
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