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, June 27, 2009

Wallace

Meet Wallace, the Yorkshire Terrier. He is named after after William "Braveheart" Wallace. This little tidbit inspired the blue background! Not quite the blue Mel Gibson wore on his face in the movie, but a nice blue nonetheless.
This commission was a donation to the Northern New Jersey chapter of the Young Survival Coalition's most recent In Living Pink event. Wallace's parents, Jack and Pat, were the winning bidders and scored the portrait. After the auction I couldn't wait to get the call from whoever won; I was so curious what type of dog I'd be painting. I soon found out: a Yorkie! Ironically, the last time I donated a portrait to this event, the winner had a Yorkie. There must be a lot of philanthropic Yorkie lovers in North Jersey!
To my delight, Pat and Jack had fantastic photos of Wallace. I can't express enough how wonderful it is to work from good photos. By "good," I mean: in focus, from the dog's eyeline, no harsh lighting, clear view of the eye(s), with a great expression. I could have used several of the photos they gave me, but I knew right away which one I wanted to work from. How great is this expression? I love the tight crop, too.
Thank you, Pat and Jack, for supporting a wonderful cause and for your interest in my work. It was a pleasure to work with you and to paint the adorable Wallace. Enjoy the portrait!
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